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If you’re going to Minnesota, I hope you have a fishing license

With all the other woes in the world, add to your trouble: procuring a fishing license if you’re headed to Minnesota to catch a few of dem walleyes, don’tcha know.

With Minnesota state government currently closed due to a budget impasse, anglers are unable to purchase licenses for fishing as the automated licensing system has been shut down.  This has, in turn, drastically affected lodges and fishing guides along with all the other services that support those industries in the fishing-crazy northwoods.

Some anglers are going ahead and fishing anyway, risking a ticket and loss of fishing gear.

Our current plans don’t include a summer trip to Minnesota this year but we’d be seriously unhappy if they did.  If you have been caught by this unintended consequence of the budget crisis, drop up a line here.

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Anglers grapple with lockdown on Minnesota fishing license sales


Deer Rule Hearings

Two important hearings being conducted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The Natural Resources Commission will conduct two public hearings on proposed changes to deer hunting rules. The components of the proposed deer rules changes include modifications to the season structure, bag limits, hunting equipment, and licensing requirements.

The proposed rule language and fact sheet can be found at: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2362.htm. Individuals can provide comments at one of the public hearings scheduled as follows:

Monday, July 25
Spring Mill Inn
Spring Mill State Park
3333 St. Rd. 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
6 p.m. (EDT)

Tuesday, July 26
Community Building
Miami County Fairgrounds
1029 W. 200 N.
Peru, IN 46970
6 p.m. (EDT)

Submit comments regarding these proposed changes to the NRC at http://www.IN.gov/nrc/2377.htm by clicking on “Comment on Proposed Rule” next to the “Deer Amendments.” The deadline for submitting comments is Wednesday, July 27.

Comments can also be mailed to:

Natural Resources Commission
Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Ave., Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204

All comments sent to the NRC regarding these proposed rule changes will be provided to its members and DNR staff, and will be publicly disclosed and searchable on the Internet and in a paper docket as part of the final report.

Proposed sandhill crane season in Kentucky controversial

If you’re looking to hunt a sandhill crane, you might be interested in the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting today.  On the agenda is a proposal to make the Bluegrass State (actually a commonwealth) the first state east of the Mississippi river to offer sandhill hunting.

Biologists for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have decided that since the flock has recovered from near-extinction levels to today, where seeing a sandhill is a commonplace occurrence, it’s time to offer hunters a chance to harvest a few of the birds.

Not surprisingly, there are a few people upset by the proposal.  According to media reports, the primary flack has come from bird watchers.  The spokesman for the Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes, Ben Yendall, was quoted as saying “…the fundamental basis of our objection…(is that) the birds haven’t been hunted in Kentucky in nearly 100 years. There’s no emergency to go out and start hunting these birds.”

We would note that, at the speed which regulatory processes move, it’s a good thing that this isn’t an emergency.  It is our opinion that Mr. Yendall and his group wouldn’t be happy if crane hunting wasn’t started for another 50 years.

By the way, though the huge migratory birds might seem a gangly, easy target for gunners, those who have hunted the cranes note that they are extremely wary and challenging to hunt.

Read more: Proposal for Kentucky sandhill crane hunting season ruffles some feathers | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com.


Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Old-growth timber harvest in state forests raises controvery

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has ignited a firestorm after selling timber that the Indiana General Assembly  failed to protect.

The 1,377 old-growth trees in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests were initially protected by former governor Robert D. Orr in 1981.   The controversy started in 2009 when the state attempted to sell the timber rights to the trees but pulled back after public outcry.  However, an attempted by the legislature to permanently protect the trees fell short.  The DNR then recently sold the timber rights to the trees to an Indiana lumber company.

The trees are being selectively cut, a permitted use within the designated wilderness area rather than being clear-cut.

A lawsuit by a Bloomington environmental group is in the works.  The trees will likely die of old age before the whole thing is settled.

Read more: State forest trees are sold for logging | The Indianapolis Star

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Salmon civil war on the St. Joe River

We wondered how long it would take before things got heated.

As we reported here on April 28, 2011, the Berrien Springs, Mich., village council passed a resolution supporting the closure of the local fish ladder on the St. Joseph River, ostensibly for the purpose of keeping asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.

There is one major flaw in the plan: there are apparently no asian carp in the St. Joe.

However, there are tens of thousands of salmon and steelhead that ascend through the fish ladder to other communities such as Buchanon, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana.

Now, the Town of Buchanon has fired back, claiming the Berrien Springs simply want the fish to stack up below the fish ladder in order to bolster tourism.

Given the facts, that would seem to be the only logical reason for Berrien Springs to want to close the fish ladder.

This will undoubtedly get ugly.

Read more:

City opposes closing fish ladder – South Bend Tribune.

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Illinois concealed-carry bill doesn’t pass

Shocked.  That’s the only way to describe it.

We are stunned: once again, last Thursday the State of Illinois refused to pass the concealed-carry handgun bill.

If you really believe we are surprised, we’ve also got some prime oceanfront property in Arizona we’d love to sell you.  If you act quickly, we’ll throw in a gold mine and unicorn ranch for free!

Once again, the legislators in Chicago had effectively overrule the other 90 percent of the state and killed the bill.  Governor Pat Quinn had also vowed to veto the bill if it reached his desk.  Interestingly, one story claimed that every county Sheriff in the state except Cook County (Chicago) also supported the bill.

As Wisconsin is now on track to pass their concealed carry bill during this legislative session, it appears that the Peoples Republic of Illinois will remain the sole U.S. state that doesn’t allow some form of  handgun carry for law-abiding citizens.

I’m sure we’ll all feel safer if we accidentally get off the Interstate on the south side of Chicago.

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‘America is no longer the wild, wild West’: Concealed-carry falls short in Illinois House – .Crime & Controversy – bnd.com.