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Michigan confirms first case of CWD in wild deer

Detroit, Mich. (AP) — Wildlife officials on May 26 confirmed Michigan’s first case of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer. The Michigan DNR announced that a female white-tailed deer in Ingham County’s town of Meridian tested positive for the contagious and fatal disease that attacks the brains of infected deer and elk. Officials say they will require mandatory testing…

Wisconsin deer hunters to wear pink?

Madison (AP) — Real men – and women – could wear pink in Wisconsin’s woods if a group of lawmakers gets its way. The Legislature’s sportsmen’s caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators who focus on outdoor issues formed last January, is preparing to unveil a bill that would legalize blaze pink for deer hunters. The group has held a news…

DNR seeks to expand dialogue about Minnesota’s pike problems

St. Paul — Excited to catch a big northern pike at the cabin near Brainerd, an angler casts a lure all week. Yet day after day, the angler has success only in reeling in skinny, snake-like pike.  In the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a large pike strikes a bait not far from the rocky shore of an island. With…

Study looks at deer response to moon, weather changes

University Park, Pa. — There seems to be a lot of common wisdom that exists when it comes to whitetails, such as, “It’s near full moon, so the deer are only moving at night.” Or how about, “A cold front is coming, which is why the deer are out feeding.” Do you believe these axioms? Are they really accurate? Well,…

Birding groups cry foul over wind turbines

Port Austin, Mich. — The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada’s boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines. Federal guidelines from the U.S. Fish…

Minnesota pet losses to wolves already equal last year’s

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Minnesota’s pet losses to wolves through the early part of 2015 already equal all pet losses verified as being caused by wolves in 2014. In Wisconsin, overall dog kills – combined pet and hunting dog losses – through February are ahead of last year. Northern Minnesota farmers have calving under way, and beef farmers are putting…

UPS refusing to ship gun suppressors

Atlanta, Ga. — United Parcel Service delivers more than 15 million packages every day to customers in more than 220 countries and territories around the world, but it now appears that those packages will no longer include firearms suppressors. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, UPS recently made the decision to stop shipping suppressors, even between licensees. As of…

Tagging toms and making memories

Oriskany Falls, N.Y. — A tag team effort by several groups and individuals helped some youngsters tag their first turkeys during New York’s youth turkey hunt weekend last month. The fifth annual youth turkey hunt event was again a joint effort of the Federated Sportsmen Club’s of Oneida County; DEC Region 6 environmental conservation officers; the National Wild Turkey Federation;…

Will 2015 muskie season produce new record from Green Bay?

Green Bay, Wis. — While size and bag limits are the subject of frequent discussion among many anglers, there’s one group of fishing enthusiasts who are relatively unaffected by such matters: muskie hunters. A glance at online fishing forums indicates most muskie anglers would never keep a muskie unless they believed the fish was unlikely to survive or it was…

Fish commissioners propose wide range of actions

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. —  Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commissioners, during their recent quarterly meeting here, took a series of minor actions not covered in other stories in this issue. Commissioners: – Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking that would eliminate the restriction for personal watercraft to tow no more than one skier.  The total number of persons being…

A newly-passed New York fishing photography law will now hold social media users responsible for any fish caught out of season.

Catching fish out of season is a big no-no. In most places, even if it is accidental, the law states that you must immediately return the fish to the water as quickly as possible. But New York has taken things a step further with a new fishing photography law that makes posting pictures of these out-of-season fish a ticketable offense. The new…

Effort under way to increase knowledge of Red River fishery

St. Paul — Anglers who fish the Red River this year may see fisheries management work under way as the Minnesota DNR and North Dakota Game and Fish Department conduct a fish population assessment and an angler creel survey.  “The population assessment will target channel catfish, but will provide valuable information on other species, as well,” said Jamison Wendel, DNR…

Michigan bowhunters harvest four ‘Booners’ in 2014 [Photo]

Marquette, Mich. — For the first time in Michigan’s deer-hunting history, all of the top-end bucks shot during 2014 hunting seasons were taken by bowhunters, according to Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, the state’s official record keeper of trophy deer, bears, elk, and turkeys. Top-end bucks are those that qualify for entry in all-time national records maintained by the Boone and…

Runaway bison herd killed outside Albany

Coeymans, N.Y. — A runaway herd of bison roamed the suburbs of the state's capital for more than 24 hours over a two-day period last month, crossing a busy interstate highway and the Hudson River before a sad ending that saw an estimated 21 of the massive animals shot and killed. The hours-long pursuit played out on live television April…

‘Grizzly bear czar’ taken to task by western tribal leaders

Yellowstone, Wyo. — In a strongly worded letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sen. John Tester, D-Mont., Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council has voiced misgivings about the impartiality of Dr. Christopher Servheen in any proposed tribal consultation process over the government’s controversial delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear….

Fishing, hunting ‘therapy’ crucial for wounded vets

Ina, Ill. — It was a chilly spring morning. The crappie weren’t cooperative, but Sgt. Matthew Taylor, of Fort Campbell, was undeterred. Sgt. Taylor patiently guided his minnow-tipped hook through Rend Lake’s tangled buckbrush, hoping for the opportunity to tangle with a 2-pounder.  The lack of action did little to dampen his enthusiasm. Taylor and five other members of the…

Largemouth bass top targeted species in annual survey

Springfield — If any surprise exists for the buying habits of American hunters and anglers, it is that there are no surprises. Or at least only a few surprises. Extensive summaries of buying trends performed by the co-joined AnglerSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com are go-to insights useful for their respective industries, state fish and game agencies, and even sportsmen and sportswomen. The…

Dough for doe: $1,500 fine for antlerless deer

Ledyard, N.Y. — A 35-year-old Aurora man was fined $1,500 for taking excess antlered deer in connection with a hunting violation last November in Cayuga County, DEC officials reported. Bruce D. Baker, Jr., was cited in connection with a Nov. 16 incident in the town of Ledyard. His case was heard earlier this year. Other citations and fines/sentences handed down…