New chronic wasting disease report gives hunters food for thought

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The 2002 discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild white-tailed deer near Mt. Horeb, Wis., was a watershed event in Wisconsin wildlife history.

Tom Heberlein, a sociologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, referred to it as "Fire in the Sistine Chapel."

The finding led to an upheaval in deer management, with an initial goal to ...Read more

Clearing lakes of invasive weeds becoming a class issue, with benefits for all

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Pine Springs is a micro-city east of St. Paul, Minn., where hardly anyone lives -- just 150 homes, with many on tiny lakes. Its household incomes are higher than Edina's.

But its enviable lifestyle of sunset pontoon rides was threatened by the arrival of milfoil in 2008: Plants as tall as a three-story building turned all of Long Lake, the city...Read more

Kansas man shows merits of totally tubular fishing

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GREENWOOD COUNTY, Kan. -- From Hawaii to Alaska, Bill Hartman has fished from sizable saltwater vessels. He's roared across sprawling reservoirs in bass boats at "better hold on" speeds, and piloted canoes and kayaks across quiet wilderness waters.

Last Wednesday, Hartman launched his favorite fishing craft, carrying it to the water's edge ...Read more

Lobster miniseason offers bonus for lionfish

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For the first time, next week's lobster miniseason will allow divers to take an additional lobster if they first kill 10 lionfish.

Unless you're really good at catching lobsters and spearing lionfish, don't plan on that happening.

"I certainly wouldn't let the lionfish get in the way of getting my limit of lobster," said Frank Schmidt, who ...Read more

Anglers in kayaks descend on Lake Arthur for fishing tournament

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Last spring Noah Heck was about to launch his kayak at North Park Lake. I was right behind him with my son, nervously putting mine in the water for the first time.

A new member of Kayak Anglers of Western Pennsylvania, I had already used the group's web forum, including lots of information from Heck, to figure out what kayak to buy and how to ...Read more

Froggers find fun, rewarding way to spend their nights

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Kan. -- Josh Hackathorn and Kyle Markham, avid hunters for all things with a season, have weathered many elements and challenges.

For pheasants, they've battled through Conservation Reserve Program grasses so high and thick they wouldn't hit the ground if they fell. For ducks and geese, they've spent hours in toe-numbing cold....Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............7:55 p.m...........................................8:25 a.m.

Monday.............8:50 p.m...........................................9:...Read more

Tennessee River reservoirs full of big catfish that won't shy from eating in the heat

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Richard Simms didn't have to wait long to find out if the big blue cats in the Tennessee River were stirring on this hot, early-summer day.

Not long after he baited his hook with a chunk of chicken breast and dropped it into the current on the upper end of Nickajack Lake, he was greeted with a big tug. When he set the hook...Read more

Duck stamp helps raise money for wildlife

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The latest edition of one of America's most successful and enduring conservation tools made a relatively quiet debut last month.

When the 2015-16 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp was released June 26 in Memphis, Tenn., the ceremony was modest and little publicized.

A certain percentage of waterfowl hunters and wildlife supporters ...Read more

Ozarks are ready for some dry weather

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This is the story that won't go away.

Ever since early May, the Ozarks have been under water. Heavy rains keep dumping on southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, swelling reservoirs, rivers and trout parks, and leading to headaches for fishermen, boaters and campers.

The statistics are mind-boggling. Since May 1, the Table Rock Lake areas has...Read more

As wolves settle in, Washington state OKs hunting more cougars

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Conservation groups are challenging new rules that expand cougar hunting in some parts of the state, arguing that the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission disregarded scientific studies that show increased harvests don't reduce cougar populations and can actually lead to more conflicts between the big cats and their human neighbors.

A ...Read more

Environmental groups want protection for Midwest moose

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Two environmental groups last week filed a legal petition seeking federal Endangered Species Act protection for moose in Minnesota and other Midwest states.

Citing the dramatic decline in moose numbers in Minnesota -- down 60 percent in less than 10 years -- the Center for Biological Diversity and Honor the Earth said it was ...Read more

Kansas man is working for fishing's future

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EMPORIA, Kan. -- Phil Taunton stood on a dock on a lake in east-central Kansas, and watched Bailey Wiltz's reaction to the big bass she had just yanked out of the water.

"How much do you think that bass will weigh?" Taunton said, waiting for a fish story from the 6-year-old.

"About 30 pounds," the little blonde said as she fidgeted in front of...Read more

Eleven-year-old hauls in near-record lake trout

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Eleven-year-old Connor Seeger had no idea he was fighting a lake trout of near-record proportion. He just knew it was heavy.

"It felt like pulling up a big log," said Connor, who lives in Ashland, Wis., with his dad, Joe Seeger, and in Washburn, Wis., with his mom, Jennifer Seeger.

He caught the fish June 27 on Lake Superior in the Apostle ...Read more

Catching bonitos can be a blessing

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Bonitos are plentiful as we head into the heart of the summer, and South Florida offshore anglers have a love-hate relationship with the fish.

Most of them hate bonitos, but smart fishermen like Capt. Chris Lemieux love them.

Although bonitos taste terrible -- "I've tried it twice, and I'll never do it again," Lemieux said -- the hard-fighting...Read more

Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............2:45 p.m..........................................3:05 a.m.

Monday.............3:25 p.m.......................................3:50 a.m...Read more

Idaho's Warm Lake is a great backcountry destination

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WARM LAKE, Idaho -- Warm Lake is ringed with ponderosa pines, filled with sparking blue water, and the North Shore lodge has a postcard view of the whole thing.

The lodge was built in 1937, and while modernized (there's WiFi, if you insist), it's a throwback in a good way.

Ten rustic log cabins are spread throughout the forest, and families ...Read more

Fishing has been a staple of life in the Flint Hills for the Barr brothers

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MORRIS COUNTY, Kan. -- Last Tuesday morning was the most recent time the Barr brothers fished together. Neither knows the date of the first time.

But it was surely before Bonnie met Clyde, when Babe Ruth was batting cleanup and America was on the cusp of economic collapse.

"We were fishing with dad when we were really small," said Jim Barr, 91...Read more

An eye for walleyes: Fishing the Mississippi with legendary guide Dick 'Griz' Grzywinski

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Griz was growling.

Sitting in his boat on the Mississippi River near the Twin Cities, he talked about the way it used to be. And the more he talked, the more worked up he got.

"Years back, this part of the Mississippi was just getting hammered because it was so close to the city," said Dick Grzywinski, better known as ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............8:55 a.m..........................................9:25 p.m.

Monday.............9:50 a.m..........................................10:15...Read more