• Can we keep the Chicago River locks open and still keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes? • Ruffed grouse hunting forecast: past the peak, but a good season in store. • Lake Superior salmon action still going strong. • Lake Michigan kings moving into the harbors.
• Jeff's Labor Day Weekend: tweaking his tree stands and getting ready for bow season. • Dan tells of a tree-stand mishap when he shot his first deer.
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Background: In July, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit in federal court to force the closure of the Chicago Waterway System locks in an effort to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan.
The court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on September 7. A coalition of businesses and government agencies in Illinois, called
Unlock Our Jobs, says the locks closure would have a crippling impact on Chicago and the entire Midwest region. Unlock Our Jobs plans to testify against the lawsuit and argues that alternative measures stand a better chance of keeping the carp out of the Great Lakes.
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executive director of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and head of Unlock Our Jobs, tells why the five-state lawsuit to close the Chicago Waterway System locks is is not the best way to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
senior regional biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society, shares an upbeat hunting forecast for grouse and woodcock.
Sept. 8: Lansing, MI banquet Sept. 9: Green Bay, WI banquet Sept. 9: Grand Marais, MN banquet Sept. 10: Detroit & Ann Arbor, MI banquet Sept. 11-12: Lansing, MI dog trial Sept. 11-12: St. Ignace, MI youth hunt Sept. 11: Traverse City, MI banquet Sept. 16: Marinette, WI banquet Sept. 16: Aitkin, MN banquet Sept. 18: Hayward, WI hunt, shoot & banquet Sept. 23: Ironwood, MI banquet Sept. 24: Ash River, MN banquet Sept. 28: Milwaukee, WI banquet Sept. 30: Brainerd, MN banquet
Sept. 11: Stone Bank Sportsmen's Club, Ashippun, NRA Women On Target instructional shooting clinic for women. Contact:Kim Laughland, 262-820-1827; Online Info:
Sept. 11-12: Valders, WI – Earl Bubolz Fall Archery Classic, Viking Bow & Gun Club. Standard 30-target 3-D course for men, women and juniors. 15-target 3-D course for senior, disabled and senior crossbow shooters. 80-yard novelty shoot. Free camping on the grounds. Contact: Pat Blashka 920-323-2216.
Sept. 12: Columbus Sportsman Association's 46th Family Fun Day & Team Shoot, Sept. 12 at Columbus Sportsman Association grounds. Activities include: 100-bird trap shoot for 5-man teams, Annie Oakley, Hunt & Cover, Rabbit and Chicken shoots all day. 3-D archery, .22 pistol and rifle events, air rifle for kids, food, raffles, auctions including a 2-person African hunt. Contact:Larry Haseman, 920-344-0656; Online Info:
WISCONSIN Hunting & Fishing Seasons:
Sept 4: Hook & line sturgeon opens Sept. 8: Bear opens in all zones, except for hunting with dogs Sept. 15: Bear with dogs opens. Sept. 18: Bow deer, turkey & squirrel open statewide, ruffed grouse opens in Zone A, rabbit opens in Northern zone Sept. 18-19: Youth Waterfowl Hunt
PESHTIGO – Recently completed fish surveys for yellow perch in Green Bay show good news: the third highest abundance in 30 years for fish hatched earlier this spring, state fisheries biologists say.
“Once again we're seeing a very strong year-class,” says Tammie Paoli, Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist in Peshtigo.“Numbers are up and the fish are larger than last year at this time, which is indicative of the early hatch and warm water temperatures encountered this spring and summer.” Earlier this month, young-of-year perch were 2.5 to 3 inches long.
Paoli is hopeful that this year class of fish will be different than other classes in recent years that have survived their first summer in good numbers but many of which have died before reaching a catchable size.
“We've been getting some pretty decent year classes for quite a while now, but we are not seeing adults in the numbers we'd like to. There seems to be a lot of mortality occurring at some point in their first one to two years.”
While Paoli and other DNR biologists don't know the exact reasons for the perch mortality, they do have some suspects: predation from other fish species, such as walleye and/or northern pike, which both seem to be doing well in the bay; or bird predation, specifically cormorants, which are at high numbers and are the subject of control efforts by the DNR and Wildlife Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two agencies have been oiling cormorant eggs and conducting some limited sharp shooting to trim back the birds' numbers, as described in this February 2008 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine article, Cormorant Conundrum.
The goal is to reduce the number of nesting pairs to 6,000 from the 15,000 estimated now.
Fishing reports for most of the summer have reflected the fishery's skewing toward young, small fish, Paoli says. “We've heard reports of good fishing but a lot of small fish. So again, this kind of goes back to the idea that some of these fish may be cropped off at a younger age.”
The yellow perch season on Green Bay runs from May 20 through March 15, and there is a daily bag of 15 with no length limit. Anglers tend to start keeping perch when they are about 8 inches long, a size they tend to reach in their second or third year, she says.
In the last week or so, DNR creel clerks who survey anglers about their catch have reported some improved catches. “So the size of fish people have been catching could be related to water temperature, fish moving around.”
The DNR crews were able to complete the surveys this year using trawling nets early despite intense heat, humidity, and fog, Paoli says. The relative abundance combining shallow and deep sites increased from 1,211 per hour spent trawling in 2009 to 2,581 per hour in 2010. The other two years which were higher were 1986, when 4,480 per hour were hauled in, and 2003, with a rate of 7,868 per hour.
The majority of the young perch were captured near the mouth of the Peshtigo and Pensaukee rivers and in the Little Tail Point area. Other notable items from the survey:
Alewife abundance fell, which had been increasing slightly each year since 2007.
Smelt abundance rose, which has been increasing slightly each year since 2007.
Round goby catch rates were at the second highest since 2003, when they were first captured in trawl surveys, with the majority captured near the Peshtigo and Little Rivers in the northern portion of Wisconsin waters.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tammie Paoli - 715-582-5052
MADISON – Sept. 1 marks the start of the fall hunting seasons, with the statewide opening of the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons.
The early Canada goose season runs from Sept. 1-15 statewide and requires a $3 early Canada goose permit. The Burnett County subzone closed area has been eliminated and is now open to goose hunting.
The dove season runs Sept. 1 through Nov. 9.
“The early Canada goose hunt directs harvest efforts on Wisconsin breeding Canada geese,” says Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources. “Resident geese often change their feeding and movement patterns as September approaches. Scouting ahead of time and staying mobile during the season offers the best chances for success.”
Wisconsin's Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey showed a resident goose population of 165,853 (up 12 percent from 2009) and Van Horn expects good early season goose hunting opportunities.
The 10 year trend for mourning doves shows the populations to be stable, with a 0.8 percent increase. On average, about 14,000 Wisconsin hunters harvest 140,000 mourning doves each year. As with Canada geese, mourning dove hunters should benefit from before the season scouting to see where birds are flying as they move between roosts, water, and feeding areas.
“At this time of year, particularly over the holiday weekend, many people are spending time outdoors and we encourage everyone to respect each other's interests,” adds Van Horn.
Both Canada goose and dove hunters must be HIP (harvest information program) certified to hunt migratory game birds to be in compliance with state and federal law. This free and easy certification should be requested when purchasing your hunting license and the HIP registry allows us to survey hunters about important harvest information. Dove hunting regulation and safety reminders
Doves are migratory birds so hunters must use a plugged shotgun with a capacity not to exceed 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
Nontoxic shot is required to hunt doves on all DNR managed lands.
Dove and all migratory bird hunters must be HIP certified. HIP certification is free and available at all locations where hunting licenses are sold.
Remember to avoid shooting at doves near power lines and horizontally at low-flying birds where other hunters may be present. Following the basic rules of firearm safety should avoid these situations.For more information see the Waterfowl in Wisconsin or mourning dove pages of the DNR website.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT: Kent Van Horn 608-266-8841
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