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Hunting / Trapping / TV-13 CWD panel discussion segment...
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:26:48 AM »
There were a couple of miss-statements, one quite glaring, during the MDNR's panel discussion on CWD.

Specifically, Terry Minzey, Wildlife Division Region 1 Chief, stated that the follow-up testing at the captive cervid facility near Big Rapids, Mi., where two deer from a sample submission of six heads tested positive initially, revealed no subsequent positive animals prior culling of the herd. Here is testimony from an Amish farmer that processes wild deer for area hunters, as well as some of the deer from the game farm, without a permit to operate as a meat processor i.e. no records available of who he processed deer for, or where they came from or where they were killed.


His testimony would indicate that five of the six heads the game farm owner initially submitted for testing,came from cervids killed in the surrounding area, indicating that there is no known specific site (focus) of contamination within the geography...kinda hard to contain an outbreak when you have no means of determining where it actually is!  Considering that no deer from the facility that were culled tested positive, I strongly doubt if this outbreak is contained, nor effectively managed in this geography of Michigan.


If you are interested, contact the MDNR Wildlife Division and ask for specifics on their timeline toward opening a season, since it will likely be in the U.P.

House of Representatives pass Resolution 154, requesting that the Michigan NRC act to place sandhill cranes on the game species list.  Should this happen, then the next step would be to request USFWS season structure recommendations.  USFWS has already approved seasons for Tennessee and Kentucky, within the Mississippi Flyway.

Sandhill cranes are more difficult to kill than a turkey, very wary, with excellent eyesight.

Classifieds/Buy/Sell / GHG full body goose decoys
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:24:25 AM »
One dozen flocked head GHG goose decoys for sale.  These have standard full bases, as well as motion stakes that can be used with the leg-base pulled. No bag. Asking $115 for the dozen. Send me a PM if interested.


Trout/Salmon / Chinook management discussion for Lakes Michigan/Huron
« on: August 24, 2017, 06:48:38 AM »
Not sure why this never received broader communication, meeting occurred in 2016:


Classifieds/Buy/Sell / Shimano TLA 90 MC-2 Roller rod for sale
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:48:30 AM »
New, still in packaging-$110.

SOLD, pending funds. Thanks!

Lake Michigan / Lake Michigan Chinook-Muskegon 41.48lbs
« on: August 12, 2017, 08:10:46 AM »
I had to chuckle when I found that Jay Wesley was the one who posted this on a Michigan based website.  I like to walk on sand...not real fond of being asked to drink it!  The MDNR can't even claim Lake Michigan is becoming a big fish destination like Lake Ontario, since the catch rate data have fallen so low

Self-explanatory legacy of the US Army Corp of Engineers;the same folks who have yet to build the replacement to the existing dam in Mansitique, four years after the agreement was signed with the State.


Lake Michigan / Great Lakes Salmon Initiative
« on: August 03, 2017, 09:23:35 AM »
A friend sent me a PM regarding the Great Lakes Salmon Initiative...

The GLSI is soliciting support monies form sport fishers to lobby in Lansing  within both the legislature and the Steve T. Mason building to solicit greater support for a salmon focused fishery management scheme on Michigan waters of the Great Lakes, with major focus on Lake Michigan.

Their website contains a broad summary statement regarding sizeable numbers of private hatchery Chinook planted in rivers in Canada, implying that these fish are skewing the CWT estimates of the wild origin Chinook stock proportion.  No support data. No documentation. JUST a statement...

Here is a doctoral thesis study from the post-crash interval 2008-2010 from Canadian side Lake Huron waters, focused on determining the proportions of hatchery origin and wild fish, as well as their source waters in Lake Huron.

You make your own determination regarding the validity of the GLSI group's claims:


Lake Michigan / Thirty pound plus chinook
« on: August 01, 2017, 06:16:35 AM »
Caught last night.  Just over 31lbs. on two certified scales in Empire, 39".  Silver Streak "green and white" spoon on 14lb. test at dusk.

Lake Michigan / Sea Grant Lake Michigan-Huron Food habits study...
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:17:04 AM »
Huron-Michigan diet study: What are fish eating?

As invasive species shift the Great Lakes food web, predators are changing their feeding habits. The Huron-Michigan Diet Study enlists anglers to contribute stomachs from all types of predatory fish caught in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

If you fish early or late in the year, late at night, or in places away from crowds, your contribution may be especially useful. To avoid bias, it is important that you collect stomachs from all fish caught during the trip. Even empty stomachs are very important because a high percentage of empty stomachs means that fish are having trouble finding food. If you decide not to collect fish stomachs after a trip, that is fine, but if you collect one stomach, you should collect all of them by doing the following:
•Cut the esophagus and intestine to remove stomach.
•Place stomach and all contents into plastic freezer bag.
•Write all required data on a data tag.
•Place the tag into the bag with the corresponding stomach.
•Seal the bag carefully to prevent spilling.
•Place the bag in one of the freezers located at access sites in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Freezers at collection sites are operated in conjunction with Michigan DNR and Wisconsin DNR, and volunteers from Michigan Steelheaders will be maintaining stomach collection supplies at many Michigan ports. Other partner groups include Michigan State University and U.S. Geological Survey.

Materials for stomach collection include:
•Stomach Sample Removal Figure (both lakes)
•2017 Lake Huron Diet Study Instructions
•Lake Huron Data Tags
•Lake Huron Stomach Drop Sites
•2017 Lake Michigan Diet Study Instructions
•Lake Michigan Data Tags
•Lake Michigan Stomach Drop Sites (TBD)

I can't cut and paste this and keep the bullet point links active.  Go to Michigan Sea Grant's website. Find the tab on the tool bar titled:Explore and open it. Scroll down to the Fisheries links and then scroll to the section I posted above to get tags, and turn-in sites if you intend to participate.

Contact Ron Kinnunen- (906) 226-3687  Be  patient, Ron is running back-and-forth to Vietnam per the "Rumpster Administration's" intervention in attempting to protect the domestic catfish market for Swai imports!

This change goes into effect 6/9/2017...

Heather Hettinger, MDNR Fisheries Division biologist:

HEADS UP! Today the Natural Resources Commission approved the changes that DNR Fisheries Division proposed to ammend the lake trout regulations for MM 123 and MM 4 (Grand Traverse Bays and all Lake Michigan waters to the north). These regulations take immediate effect and are as follows;

 2 fish per angler per day
 15" minimum size limit

 That's it. No crazy slot limit, nothing fancy. Now that we are using a higher mortality rate, we really just want anglers to go out and harvest fish without having to throw any back. This creates an easier regulation for anglers to remember, and a better opportunity to harvest lake trout

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