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Hunter admits to shooting Mo. cougar

Wed, January 12, 2011

RICHMOND, Mo. – A Ray County man has admitted that he, not a cattleman, shot a mountain lion on Jan. 2. Conservation officials say the admission brings their investigation to a close, and there will be no charges, because the shooter feared for his life.

James “Jimmy” McElwee, 29, of Camden, admitted he shot the 115-pound mountain lion while hunting raccoons in rural Ray County. His confession followed the admission by Bob Littleton, 60, of Richmond, that his initial claim of shooting the mountain lion was false.

“Mr. Littleton only said he shot the mountain lion to protect Mr. McElwee,” said Larry Yamnitz, Protection Division chief with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). “Based on the outcome of our agent’s investigation, no charges will be filed in this case.”

According to Yamnitz, McElwee admitted to the shooting, saying he feared for his life.

“He followed his dogs up a draw and shined a light up into a tree and saw eyes that were too far apart for a raccoon,” said Yamnitz. “When he realized it was a mountain lion, he was afraid to run, thinking it might attack him.”

After killing the cat, McElwee and his hunting partner and father-in-law, Larry Danner, 52, of Richmond, contacted Littleton, who took responsibility for shooting the mountain lion.

Yamnitz said everyone would have been better off if all parties involved had told the truth from the beginning.

“The true circumstances of the incident were more clearly within the provisions of the Wildlife Code than the story they made up,” said Yamnitz. “Based on the evidence and statements by all the parties involved, you can make the case of self-defense. There will be no charges.”

The Ray County mountain lion showed no signs of having been held in captivity and was in good health. MDC is conducting DNA tests to learn more about its origins and determine if it is the same animal photographed by a landowner in southern Platte County Nov. 26

The mountain lion (Puma concolor) is a protected species under the Wildlife Code. The Code allows the killing of any mountain lion attacking or killing livestock or domestic animals, or threatening human safety. Anyone who kills a mountain lion is required by law to report the incident to the MDC immediately. The intact carcass, including the pelt, must be surrendered to MDC within 24 hours.

To report a sighting, physical evidence or other incident, contact a local MDC office or conservation agent, or email MDC’s Mountain Lion Response Team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
For more information on mountain lions in Missouri, visit http://www.MissouriConservation.org

  and search “mountain lion.”

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Quad City boat show ahead

Tue, January 11, 2011

The first outdoor show of the 2011 season comes to the Quad Cities this Friday through Sunday when doors open for the Quad City Boat and Vacation show, sponsored bythe QC Boat Dealers Association.

The show is at the RiverCenter, Davenport. In addition to some 13 boat and RV dealers, another 50 vendors will bill both halls. Among those vendors will be Heartland Outdoors. We’ll be giving out free magazines.

Seminars will be presented by nationally known anglers Dave Csanda and Mike DelVisco and local outdoors communicator/angling educator Dan Galusha. Admission is $6 per adult, kids younger than age 12 are free.

Click here for more information.

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Wisc. Lake Michigan report 1-10-11

Tue, January 11, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  In Kenosha anglers in Simmons Island Marina have been catching occasional brown trout on spawn. Anglers have been fishing through the ice near the docks, as well as in the open water near the railing on shore.

Racine Co.
  In Racine, much of the Root River is iced over. There has been evidence of anglers ice fishing downstream near the 6th Street and Marquette Street bridges, as well as in the Racine harbor. Use extra caution, as conditions can change quickly, and there are some open spots close to shore in the marina. Fishing has been relatively slow in the harbor, but some steelhead have been caught further upriver on spawn set close to the bottom.

Milwaukee Co.
  In Milwaukee open water can be found in the lower stretches of the Menomonee River and canals, and there is some limited open water under the Hoan Bridge near Jones Island. The Milwaukee River mouth and harbor are covered in some broken up ice floes, but Riverfront Ramp is currently open. The lagoon behind Lakeshore State Park and McKinley Marina are iced over, but fishing in both of those locations has been relatively slow.

Ozaukee Co.
  In Port Washington, the area near the power plant discharge provides good winter open water fishing opportunities. The discharge is currently pumping, and the west slip also has open water. Brown trout and steelhead have both been caught near the power plant on spawn fished on a three-way rig. The north slip is iced over, but it is not safe for foot travel.

Sheboygan Co.
  In Sheboygan, much of the marina around the Deland boat launch is iced over. Ice anglers have been working the areas around the docks, but fishing has been generally slow. Please use extra caution out on the ice as conditions can change rapidly.

Green Bay
Brown Co.
  Cold weather has helped create some good ice conditions for fishermen, couple this with sunny days and the fishing pressure has been moderate to heavy in places. As always caution should be used when venturing out on the ice. Voyageur Park fishermen are targeting walleye and perch in 6 to 12 feet of water using jigs and the appropriate size minnow for the fish they are after. Sunset Beach is producing some perch with sizes running on the small size, along with the occasional whitefish and smelt.

East Shore
  Sturgeon Bay: Ice conditions are very poor because of the warmer weather last week and overall wind conditions. Prior to this weekend, a few walleye and some whitefish were being caught. Some yellow perch have been caught around the state park as well. Little Sturgeon Bay: The wind played havoc on some of the permanent ice shelters during the last few days, with some being ripped apart or blown across the bay. Anglers, however, have been finding some perch in the weed beds, and most have been using wax worms and minnows. Anglers have been finding good numbers of whitefish from Lime Kiln Road to Sand Bay. Use extreme caution though when venturing out in these areas due to poor ice conditions. Anglers have been fishing with small jigs or jigging spoons with a wax warm or a small piece of Berkley gulp for bait. Bayshore Park/Dyckesville: Anglers have been fishing for yellow perch and whitefish. Most anglers have been fishing in 15-25 feet of water and have been using jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads or wax worms. Most of the Lower Bay seems to have good ice on it; however, it would be prudent to use caution there as well.

Oconto Co.
  Pike fishermen were out in full force from Oconto Breakwater Park to Oconto Park I, using large shiner minnows suspended a foot off bottom and dead smelt in the round fished on bottom. Some perch are being caught in and around Oconto Breakwater Park proper using jigs and perch minnows, along with the occasional smelt and whitefish.

Marinette Co.
  Perch, walleye, and whitefish are being caught on the Menominee River in the area of 6th Street Slip Landing. Fishermen report ice conditions on the river at about a foot. Jigging with Moonshines tipped with minnows has been working for walleye, while small jigs tipped with wax worms is the bait producing best for panfish.

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Indiana extends goose season

Tue, January 11, 2011

Indiana DNR has passed a temporary rule continuing the February Canada goose hunting season for Feb. 1-15, 2011.

The season will be open in selected counties to control the population of breeding Canada geese around urban areas.

Counties where geese can be hunted during this season include: Adams, Allen, Boone, Clay, DeKalb, Elkhart, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Huntington, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, La Porte, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Noble, Parke, Shelby, Starke, Steuben, St. Joseph, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo, Wells and Whitley.

Adam Phelps, DNR wildlife biologist, estimates that 5,400 Canada geese were harvested during the February 2010 season, about 900 fewer than in February 2009. He estimated the total late-season harvest across all three years to be 15,800 geese.

To meet guidelines from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at least 80 percent of the geese harvested during the three-year experimental period needed to be the giant Canada goose. This is the goose that commonly breeds in Indiana and surrounding states.

“Most of the hunt zone was well over the 80 percent mark,” Phelps said, “but the counties around Terre Haute did not meet that criterion.”

The “experimental” status of the season ended in 2010, so most of the late goose counties will no longer need to check in geese; however, because the Terre Haute area didn’t meet the 80 percent criterion, geese harvested in those counties—Clay, Greene, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo—still need to be checked.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave us the option of continuing the experiment in the Terre Haute area to see if it will come into compliance with additional data collection,” Phelps said.

When checked, geese must have the head, a fully feathered wing, and reproductive parts still attached. Check station staff age and sex each bird, and remove and keep the head of all adult birds checked.

Data collected from these heads are used to determine whether the late season will continue in future years. Even if Indiana’s season meets federal guidelines, the season may be closed in the future if local Canada goose populations are sufficiently reduced.

The bag limit for the February season is five Canada geese per day, with a possession limit of 10, same as for the September season. Shooting hours are from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

The same regulations and restrictions that apply during the September season apply during the February season. In addition to a valid hunting license, Indiana waterfowl stamp privilege, signed federal duck stamp, and a HIP (Harvest Information Program) number, a free permit is also required.

The free permit is available at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/4523.htm by ph,one (317) 232-4200, or at any state reservoir or fish and wildlife field office during regular office hours in January.

Hunters are encouraged to get their permits online. That is the easiest and fastest way to get a permit, since it prints out immediately. Hunters are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to obtain a permit.

This temporary rule also establishes a one-year season for snow and Ross’s geese. In most of the state, the light goose conservation order, as it’s called, is open Feb. 1–March 31, 2011.

However, federal regulations prevent the late Canada goose season and the light goose conservation order from being open at the same time, so if you hunt in one of the counties listed in the third paragraph, the snow and Ross’s geese season doesn’t open until Feb. 16. It then runs through March 31. The HIP number and federal duck stamp are not required to take snow or Ross’s geese.

The DNR director has exclusive authority to adopt temporary rules regarding such issues. Such rules are valid for a maximum of one year and can be renewed by the director for an additional period not to exceed one year.

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Lappin speaks at Quad County meeting

Mon, January 10, 2011

The Quad County Hawg Hunters are inviting the public to their monthly meeting on Jan. 13. They will be having Dennis Lappin as their guest speaker. He will be speaking on How to catch Big Muskies on Plastic Baits. He will also be speaking a bit about Lake Minnetonka where he lives. He also may speak on some other lakes in Canada and Ontario so bring your lake maps.

Dennis is Vice President and National Sales Manager of Musky Innovation Lures; He also fishes many lakes across North America.

Quad County Hawg Hunters is a local club and non profit organization working to make Illinois muskie fishery better. They are also a member club of the national organization of muskies Incorporated. Our meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 p. m.

Admission is $5 and there will be pizza and refreshments available at Plano American Legion, 510 E. Dearborn St. Plano, IL 60545.

Contact Duane 815-286-7170

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Dahlberg to speak in Schaumburg

Mon, January 10, 2011

Larry Dahlberg from “Hunt for Big Fish TV” will be guest speaker at the Fox River Valley Chapter on Thursday, Jan. 13.

The dinner & presentation will be in the grand ballroom at the Schaumburg Golf Club located at 410 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and can be purchased on the Fox River Valley Website using PayPal
or direct from FRV BOD members. If not, tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event for $12.

If you plan on attending the Tri-Esox Show, come join us on Thursday evening for Larry’s presentation entitled NO MORE SECRETS.

This presentation will NOT be duplicated anywhere else. Please pass this along to your membership. Thanks for getting the word out for us!

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IMA muskie meeting Jan. 15

Mon, January 10, 2011

The Illini Muskies Alliance has its annual meeting with the Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, Jan. 15 during the Chicago Muskie Show at Harper College in Palatine.

The meeting is open to the public and includes the following agenda items:

  * IDNR Needs for 2011
  * IDNR Report on Fishery
  * IDNR Report on Fish Stocking
  * Barriers on Evergreen & Shabbona

For information or directions call Ron Skala at 708—975-3412.

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