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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 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.


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


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!


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.


Wolf Hollow league sign-ups

Sun, January 09, 2011

Wolf Hollow Archery in Chillicothe is taking registrations for its indoor archery leagues. Traditional shooting starts Feb. 8and 3-D compound shooters are Feb. 9-11.

Leagues start at 7 p.m. and run for 10 weeks.

Call 309-274-9653.


Predator hunting contest Jan. 23

Sat, January 08, 2011

Al’s Sporting Goods in Galesburg and Grizzly’s Wholesale are sponsoring a 21st annual Predator-Thon on Sunday, Jan. 23.

The team with the most coyotes and foxes wins. Ties are broken by: 1. most coyotes, 2. heaviest coyote.

Cost to enter is $15 for a two-man team, $30 for a four-man team. There is no crossover between teams. Winners will receive trophies.

Starting time is 5 a.m. out of Al’s Sporting Goods or Anderson’s Sporting Goods in Middle Grove. Check-in is at Al’s Sporting Goods. Check in time is 1 p.m. for hunters who started at Al’s and 1:30 p.m. for those who start out of Middle Grove.

All participants receive door prizes at 1:30 p.m. at Al’s Sporting Goods.

For more information call Al’s Sporting Goods at 309-342-7776


Spence Petros offers fishing classes

Fri, January 07, 2011

Chicago-area fishing legend Spence Petros is once again offering fishing classes.

Click here to learn more.

Petros is teaching a bass and panfish class on Tuesdays from March 8 through April 5.

He also has a class on walleye, pike and muskies on Wednesdays March 9 through April 6.