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ADVENTURE Mike Crabtree's 2008 8-pointer!

Sports Outdoors November 2009

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2009 Youth Deer Hunt at Wild Rural Park Outfitters!

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Let's start out with the BowHunting accident in southern Illinois this last month. As a state goes Illinois probably has fewer hunting accidents than most. But occasionally bad things happen to good people. On opening day in Wayne County a young Fairfield man died after his friend apparently mistook him for a wild turkey and shot him with an arrow. Aaron J. Long was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7pm on October the 1st. He was hunting


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with friend near the Sam Dale Lake State Park in northwestern Wayne County. Mr. Long came down from his deer stand earlier than his friend expected, and was sitting on a small ridge, said Wayne County Sheriff Jim Hinkle. His friend walked up on him, apparently believed he was a wild turkey and shot him in the back. Long's friend was identified as David Buchanan 16 of Fairfield Illinois. David knew instantly that he had shot his friend and not an animal. The victim let out a scream the instant he was shot said coroner Jimmy Taylor. It appears that it was nothing more than a very tragic accident said Taylor. See page 22 for more on this story. A friend of mine who couldn't get it off of his mind told me of this incident. He himself is a dedicated bow hunter who knows that a mistaken target can be deadly to another hunter. It shows again why bow hunters should wear orange in my opinion after they descend from the stand. This is not the first time and unfortunately won't be the last. For the most part bow hunters in Illinois have a pretty good record for safety. But when you have thousands of bow hunters in the woods accidents do happen. One that comes to mind is when a man fell out of his tree stand with a harness and was crucified. Every year I hear of hunters gun and bow both fall from their tree stands, most of these are broken bones but some are very serious, even death. I know of three guys that have had permanent damage from falls. In other cases some not reported, hunters have fallen on their broad heads. Most with minor wounds but some have bled to death. This case in Wayne County should be a call to all that being a little extra careful when hunting with a bow or gun can prevent fatal accidents. Our Prayers go out to Aaron's family and also to the young man who made the mistake. It was just a terrible accident and hopefully we won't have to write about another

incident like this for a long time. Please be careful out there this sport we call hunting is suppose to be fun not fatal. Our friend Jeff Rosencrans, the director of Wildlife Prairie Park, is working hard to feed the wild animals at the Park. This is the first year they have really went after deer meat from hunters. These donations are deeply appreciated not just by Jeff but the animals too. Everything from the birds of prey to coyotes, bears, lions and all other carnivorous animals love deer meat. It's not only one of their natural foods but healthy for them too. Meat in your freezer from last year that your not going to cook would also make a great donation to the park. Call 309-6760998 to make arrangements to drop it off. If you have an old freezer you don't need, they would be happy to take that off your hands too. Wildlife Prairie uses about 5 to 6 deer a week. Jeff has been a great addition to Wildlife Prairie Park in every respect, and instituting this deer meat drive is just one of them. A sad note to report is Randall Severs of Farm King family based in Macomb passed away last month. Randall was the brother of ASO's friend Rick Severs. Randall was only 53 years old. He worked with his parents and brothers for 33 years at the family business. Of course if you are a Severs you like to hunt and fish. He was from hard working midwestern folks who were dedicated to family and community. Randall will be deeply missed by all who knew him. This is a reminder to all of us who have family and friends we enjoy and love to be with, to spend as much time as possible. We are only here for a short visit. It seems Mr. Obama is dragging his heals on sending more troops to Afghanistan. General Stan McChrystal requested 40,000 more combat ready troops, in order to not win the war, but to stop from loosing the war. I Cont’d. on pg. 8 • Deck Overs • Car Haulers • Wood Pellet Grills • Utility • Portable Bldgs • Cargo

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7 ........Thanksgiving Feast from NWTF 8 ........Harry Canterbury's editorial continues... 9 ........IDNR Newsbits 10 ......Archery and Firearm Deer Hunting CWD Sampling 11 ......Fall Trout Fishing Season Open 12 ......Deer Hunters Participate in IL Sportsmen Against Hunger Program 13 ......Rich Pearson, ISRAP: The Road Ahead 14 ......John Ackerman, The Power of the Presidency 16 ......Outdoor Action Photos 18 ......Don Dziedzina, IL Outdoors: Bowfishing - Hot Topic and Growing Sport 20 ......Bob Murray, Meandering Murrays: Where There's Smoke 22 ......Nov. 2009 Calendar of Events, From Outdoor Illinois Magazine 22 ......Illinois Man Killed by Friend in Hunting Accident 23 ......IFOR Ronald Rhoades Conservation Congress - Public Access Committee 24 ......Bass Pro Shops and PAA Partnership for 2010 Tournament Series Events 25 ......Dave Shadow, Dear Hunter: Want To Be More Successful? 26 ......Josh & Brad Kirchhoff Win 2009 "ITT Classic" Event 28 ......Colby Simms, Simms Outdoors: Wraps Aren't Just For Pros 30 ......More Outdoor Photos of Trophies 31 ......Missouri Urban deer harvest up 83 percent 32 ......Jim Low, MO Wildlife Code changes now in effect 33 ......Ed Schneider, Getting prepared 35 ......John Neporadny Jr. Jigs Mean Bigger Lake of the Ozarks Bass 36 ......Ronald Ghighi, 2009 Elk Hunt 38 ......Wayne Baughman, Archery Hunting: A High Tech Sport 39 ......Steve Welch November Is Always Hot For The Tasty Crappie 41 ......Woo's Corner, Fishing In The Fall 43 ......Ted Nugent, The Sniper 12 Gauge 44 ......Dan Vinovich, The Need for Feed/Wildlife Prairie Park Deer Donations 47 ......Rob Williams-Elk Taken at High Adventure Ranch, Cook Station, Missouri 49 ......John Meacham, Joey Hancock, Southern Humorist 50 ......Outdoor Survival Guide, Book Review 50 ......Illinois Fall Walleye Classic winners 51 ......IDNR Conservation Police Activity Reports: AUGUST 55 ......Bob Siler, Fishing on Lake Cumberland Kentucky


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TALES… Cont’d. from pg. 5 thought Obama's plan was to stop the Taliban and those other murders that want to kill every American and coalition forces in country. This is all too familiar of a sound bite from the last so called police action America was in 30 years ago. It was called Vietnam. If you can't trust your commander in charge who can you trust? Obama had the name changed from war on terror to the over seas contingency operation. The one that really gets me is the terror attack on 911 is now called a man made disaster. What is this bull that enemy combatants have to read their rights and they can lawyer up with taxpayers dollars? Now our troops can't shoot unless fired upon even if they are a known enemy. No interrogation of a prisoner for more than a few hours; they have to be sent back to White House approved interrogators. I've never heard of so such bull. Nancy Pelosi said that McChrystal should not have publicly requested troops, now the American public knows that things are not going well over in the big sand pit. She also said McChrystal should keep his comments to himself. So far this year we have lost 253

military personnel. October alone we have lost over thirty. Our British friends have lost 221 since the war started and we have lost 883. Why can't we send 500,000 troops over to fight, to win and come home? The US hasn't won a war in 65 years. We have been in this sand box for eight years. At this current rate we will be there longer than we were in Vietnam. It's just like Vietnam; the politicians are running this war and not the Generals on the ground. Why would the largest, strongest most powerful military in the world be denied the help they need. This is not Bush's war anymore it is Obama's and now it has become Obama's Vietnam. As I said earlier about the coming hunting season, be careful and make sure that you identify your target and know where that arrow or slug is going after you pull the trigger. Have a safe and fun season. Congratulations to Sue Ann Bubert of Mason City for winning the free trip to RiverBank Resort in Petersburg. Godspeed to our troops. Watch Fox News for fair and balanced news. Keep your Powder Dry and Your Worm wet.

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Online Survey: As part of the new Illinois Conservation Congress, the IDNR is interested in citizens' views on conservation issues. Take the online survey and provide opinions about public access on land for recreational activities, programming and recruiting for youth outdoor nature-related activities, and options to fund conservation and outdoor recreation. Results are confidential and will be presented at the Conservation Congress. You can access the survey through a link on the IDNR web site at http://dnr. Coles Open for Late-Winter Season: Coles County will again be open for hunting during the 2009-2010 Late-Winter Deer Hunting Season in Illinois. A recent announcement regarding changes in deer regulations for 2009-2010 had indicated incorrectly that Coles County would be closed for the Late-Winter season. The Late-Winter dates for the split seven-day season are Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010 and Jan. 15-17, 2010. Archery Permits: Deer and turkey hunters can purchase 2009 Illinois Archery Deer Hunting permits (combination archery and antlerless-only archery permits) and turkey fall archery permits over-the-counter from DNR Direct permit sale locations throughout Illinois. The archery deer and turkey seasons are open through Jan. 17, 2010.

Firearm and Muzzleloader Permits: Illinois Firearm and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits that are still available after the close of the random daily drawing period on Oct. 1 will be sold over-the-counter for the first time this year. The remaining Firearm and Muzzleloader-only permits will be available through DNR Direct license and permit agents beginning Oct. 19. Des Plaines SFWA Permits: Hunters interested in archery deer hunting at Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area can call and arrange to pick up the 2009 archery deer hunting parking permits for the site thru Nov. 30 at the site office located at 24621 North River Road, Wilmington, IL 60481. Hunters who want a parking permit for Des Plaines SFWA must call the site office at 815/423-5326 in advance to make an appointment to obtain the permit. Archery deer hunters wanting a parking permit are required to have a 2009 hunting license and habitat stamp. Digest Online: The 2009-2010 Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations is now available on the IDNR website at this link: admin/waterfowl/Digest_09.pdf The hard copy of the digest should be available in October. Waterfowl Facilities for Hunters with Disabilities: Requests for hunting dates for people with disabilities for waterfowl hunting spots at Kaskaskia River State


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SPRINGFIELD, IL - The 2009 Illinois fall trout fishing season opened on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 37 ponds and lakes throughout the state, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced. "The catchable trout program is very popular and the fall season opener is always a big day for Illinois anglers," Miller said. "Trout fishing is also a fun activity for children and taking the kids fishing is a great way for families to spend time together." More than 70,000 trout were stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below just prior to the opening of the fall trout season. Trout anglers must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind, disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout. For more information on fall trout season and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the web site at Illinois fishing licenses and inland trout

stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR web site at or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-8886PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). For more information about site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. The 37 locations are: • Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park, 217/894-6205 • Bond County: Greenville Old City Lake (Patriot's Park Lake), 618/664-2330 • Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, 815/454-2328 • Christian County: Manners Park Pond in Taylorville, 217/824-3110 • Coles County: Campus Pond at Eastern Illinois University, 217/345-2420 • Cook County: Axehead Lake - Cook County Forest Preserve District, 847/294-4134 • Cook County: Belleau Lake - Cook County Forest Preserve District, 847/294-4134 • Crawford County: Crawford County Conservation Area Pond, 618/563-4405 • Douglas County: Villa Grove West Lake, 217/443-0529

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• Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond, 618/5473610 • Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park, 618/995-2411 • Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee, 815/939-1311 • Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Park, 630/553-6297 • Lake County: Banana Lake Lake County Forest Preserve, 815/675-2319 • Lake County: Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park, 847/662-4828 • Macon County: Rock Springs Pond - Macon County Conservation District, 217/423-7708 • Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake, 217/854-8020 • Madison County: Highland Old City Lake, 618/651-1386 • Marion County: Boston Pond at Stephen A. Forbes Park, 618/547-3381 • Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, 618/5244712 • McDonough County: Argyle Lake at Argyle Lake State Park, 309/776-3422 • Randolph County: Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake, 618/826-2706 • Randolph County: Derby Lake at Sparta World Shooting and Recreational Complex,

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Program provides venison to food banks and charities Deer hunters in Illinois are helping hungry families in Illinois by providing venison to food banks, food pantries, and charitable organizations again this deer season through the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program. The program allows hunters to donate whole deer for processing into venison that is provided to food banks for distribution in local communities throughout Illinois. Since 1994, the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger (ISAH) program has coordinated the donation of more than 573,000 pounds of venison, providing nearly 2.3 million meals for families and individuals in need. More than 106,000 pounds of venison was donated through the program during last year's deer season. "The generosity of deer hunters in Illinois is amazing, and thousands of

families in need are the beneficiaries of that generosity each year thanks to the hunters who donate to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program," said IDNR Director Marc Miller. "The hunters who are helping us manage the state's deer population are also providing food for people who can use it. We appreciate the support of hunters and the support of individuals who contribute to the program to help cover the cost of processing the venison that is provided to food banks throughout the state." The IDNR and the Illinois Conservation Foundation encourage hunters to, if they wish, make a taxdeductible $50 contribution through the ICF to help cover the cost of processing the deer into ground venison. Hunters may donate deer to the program without making an additional monetary contribution. Monetary donations to Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger can be made by hunters, other individuals, and organizations to the Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield,



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DRAWING A BEAD by Richard Pearson Join the ISRA Today! (815)635-3198 T HE ROAD AHEAD All gun owners in Illinois are both apprehensive and encouraged about the future of gun ownership. Gun owners are apprehensive because we all know that there is an underlying pressure from Washington to restrict our Second Amendment rights in various ways. We have seen attempts in the Illinois' legislature that will reflect future action, at both the state and national levels. Although the state of the economy has pushed attempts at restrictive gun control legislation aside, the anti-gunners have not gone away; they will be back. We are taking advantage of the situation, and are preparing to counterattack. Gun owners are also encouraged by what has happened in the court system - once again, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is leading the way. The efforts of the ISRA are going to have national ramifications; here

is where we are at right now: • The ISRA case, McDonald vs. City of Chicago, is on the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. • The ISRA vs. Cook County is on the way to the Illinois Supreme Court. • The ISRA has recently filed an amicus brief (friend of the court) in the People vs. Diggins case. The Illinois Supreme Court used some of our information in the ruling for Diggins. The case involved the use of the center console in a vehicle to store firearms. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the center console was a legal storage container that could be used as a storage container for a firearm. It feels great to be winning - and we must keep on winning. If the McDonald vs. City of Chicago case is ruled to our advantage, it will not only destroy Chicago's gun ban, but the

ruling should apply to every state and municipality in the United States. We can expect Mayor Daley and other anti-gun big city mayors to throw every type of road block to avoid implementing this ruling. In just a few months, Illinoisans will partake in two Senatorial races and twenty-four Congressional races. All of the Illinois Constitutional Officers (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer, Auditor General), all of the Illinois State House of Representatives, and one third of the Illinois State Senate will be up for election or re-election. We must make sure only pro-gun legislators are elected. We need our members to be involved. How do we do it? What does it take? First, it takes people - I have found that we can have every argument on our side, but if we don't have enough people, it doesn't matter. I know things shouldn't be this way, but in reality, they are. We need what I call "critical mass" to achieve our goals and maintain our freedom. "Critical mass" is enough members to achieve our goals and maintain those goals afterwards. Our members often ask whom they should recruit - the simple answer is any one who is not yet an ISRA member. Talk to your friends, relatives, and anyone you have business contact with, find out if they are ISRA members - and if not, invite them to join. Anyone who believes in freedom should become an ISRA member. Keep a few applica-


tions with you and ask them to join. Even offer to mail the application in to the office for them - that way they won't "forget" to do it. Second, it takes money - I know times are tough, but without the Second Amendment times would be even tougher. Whatever the program - running a kid's shooting camp, legislative efforts, recruiting new members, sending alerts, etc., it takes money to be successful. IGOLD (Illinois Gun Owners' Lobby Day) is a good example - though very expensive, it is one of the most effective events the ISRA sponsors to protect our Second Amendment rights. In short, it costs money to get our message out to legislators and to the population at large. I feel, our message has not gotten far enough; we have not reached enough people, we still have a lot of very expensive work to do. Third, it takes activism - members don't need to volunteer for every event, but two or three activities would be great. We welcome volunteers for the youth training camps, women's events, or just any other training program ISRA is involved in. In summary, our future of gun ownership in Illinois depends on these three factors: • The number of members the ISRA can recruit • The amount of money the ISRA can raise • The extent of participation the ISRA members are willing to provide Let's all get to work!



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The Power of the Presidency Famed businessman John Pierpont Morgan, better known as J.P. Morgan, walks towards the Oval Office and his meeting with the President. While upset and in a very fowl mood, he had already had a reception with the President and the rest of his financers in his Northern Securities monopoly earlier that day. No business was talked about there; that would not have been polite. This meeting was the time for that. As he walks towards the Oval Office, the question he wants to have answered is why had the Administration not asked him to correct irregularities in his new trust company? President Theodore Roosevelt: That is just what we did not want to do. Morgan: If we have done anything wrong, send your man to my man and they can fix it up." Roosevelt: That can't be done.

Ackerman. But the respect for what he was and accomplished goes much deeper than just naming my dog after him. Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most underrated, understudied and unrecognizable of the great American Presidents. And his administration has a monumental impact on the country today. Attorney General Knox: We don't want to fix it A look over his life on paper could look like a long up, we want to stop it. series of contradictions. While being a wealthy Morgan: Are you going to attack my other interindividual, as a political official he had the reputaest, the Steel Trust and others? tion as the common man, never Roosevelt: Certainly not - unless afraid to get his hands dirty and we find out that in any case they help get the job done. An avid and have done something that we regard renowned hunter and outdoorsman, as wrong. he created the National Park Alone with Knox later, Roosevelt System as President to preserve the mused "that is a most illuminating western landscape. illustration of the Wall Street point A man known for his rough, warof view." Morgan could think of the rior personality as a SpanishPresident of the United States only as "a big rival American War "Rough Rider" hero and western operator" with whom to cut a deal." cattle rancher, he became the first sitting (Quotes from Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris) President to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a peaceful end to the Russian-Japanese Anyone who has talked or worked with me knows War. While this peaceful resolution earned him that I have passion for Theodore Roosevelt. All you that award, he wasn't afraid to use force when have to do is see me in one of our local parades with needed to get the job done, as was the case with my trusty sidekick, Theodore Roosevelt "Teddy" the Panama Canal and his use of the US Navy to help gain independence from Columbia for Panama. This action and his rebuilding of the US Navy into one of the world finest fleets not only cemented his reputation of "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" but also signified a new Presidential interpretation and use of the Monroe

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free market then you cannot support the enforcement of regulation. If you are a Republican or a Conservative, then you cannot support changes to the status quo. These lines are false and are an attempt to quiet rather than realize the truth. Thanks to the Republican President Roosevelt's work, we know that the citizen is higher than any business. The will of the people is higher than the desire of any group of businessmen. And that the role of the President, the Power of the President, is to enforce this will. Too many times we get caught up with absolutes, believing that if one company is doing wrong and is out of line than we must change all of them, not just the one that is wrong. Thanks to Roosevelt's work, we know that we can single out a company and focus on bringing them into compliance. In doing so, in attacking Northern Securities, Roosevelt brought about change to all by making an example of the worst abuser. What does this mean in plain English; simply that to bring about change we want to see in the pharmaceutical industry, in the oil industry, in the health industry, maybe we don't have to change all of the rules for all but focus on the major abusers of the publics trust and work to resolve those issues. Instead of enlarging government, maybe we work government to use the tools we currently have to resolve the issues we all see. If the Roosevelt administration can with one energized, empowered Roosevelt make changes that still stand today, why do we allow the current administration to manipulate us into enlarging the government rather than utilizing the current government to resolve these issues.


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This is Carl Wood’s of Chester England SIKA Deer he shot with a 30.06 rifle in September. It was nearly dark and he was heading back to his vehicle after hunting another area but kept watch as he was walking. It was shot from about 70 yards away and then ran into thick forest right about dark. He couldn't see much because it was so dark inside the trees, but luckily he had his dog with him & she found it dead about 40 yards inside the forest. Carl took this deer hunting in Scotland about 10 miles from Moffat. This is the small town he took Harry Canterbury hunting during a 2005 visit to England. Congratulations Carl on this great trophy! Congrats to Don & Tammy Greathouse with (2) 45 lb. flatheads caught in July on a trotline at the Big Muddy River. Thanks to Linda at Crappie Pro Shop in Carterville for sending ASO this great catch!

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Illinois Odd Fellows, Annual Trap Shoot held Sept. 12 at Jacob’s Field in St. David, IL IL Odd Fellows Executive Board: (L-R) Lyndall Pigg, Arlan Miller, Jerald Sarnes, Harry Canterbury & Gregory Worrell (L-R) Cousins Ian & Jacob Weber had a successful trout fishing outing at Hennepin Canal on opening day. The picture says it all... They met their limit! Thanks to Joan & Oscar Weber of Dunlap for the great photo!



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Retired Tremont High School teacher Steve Ramsey with a real nice 26 lb. gobbler!

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“Here's a picture of my opening morning buck. I shot him in Knox County just a few minutes after the archery season opened. 10 solid points and dressed out at 210 pounds. He was a decent body size for being this early in the season. I imagine he would have put on another 25 pounds or so for the rut. I haven't had him scored yet, but my best guess is that he's a 140 class buck. I have seen more big bodied deer...both bucks and does...this year than ever before. Proper game management and food plots work, period! This is the first time I've ever had the opportunity to shoot a Poper on opening morning. I can't wait to see what the rut brings.” ~ John Soehn Brimfield, IL Nice trophy John!



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Emails and letters coming to me on this article could be interesting. I wonder how many I'll receive about this one. The sport of bowfishing has been around for a long time. Actually, I have an old bow fishing reel that I attached to a recurve bow that I had over forty years ago. But bow fishing is centuries old as it was an ancient form of harvesting fish for food. My reel was one that was very basic in that it was taped to the bow and by hand you would wind on a heavy cord that was attached to a fiberglass arrow. Today, the bows are more sophisticated, and special reels are made for bowfishing. At a recent visit to the Bass Pro Shop in Bolingbrook I noticed nearly an entire aisle in the hunting section

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there is no such thing as catch and release. This is understood by the hunter and by those who regulate hunting. Fishing here in Illinois, anglers can catch and keep or catch and release their fish. It's obvious to all that a fish caught on a hook can be release relatively unharmed and be able to survive. But in bowfishing, as it is called, is not that kind of fishing. It's hunting. Hunting for fish with a bow and arrow is not fishing in my interpretation of the sport. The Bowfisherman, or hunter, has no choice of keeping or releasing the fish. It's hunting and a fish that is caught must be kept. Most importantly I want to stress that it is legal for harvesting carp and gar. As of late, there are groups out there who want bowfishing to stop. Carp anglers don't what carp being taken by bow hunters and gar fishing groups don't want gar taken either. I think that many of these people who are anti-bowfishing really don't understand the sport. Our lakes and rivers have been infiltrated by invasive species that can

really damage our gamefish population. Illinois allows recreational fishing for carp and there are no limits. The Illinois DNR fisheries manages our lakes and rivers and would put limits on these fish (carp and gar) if they were in fact a gamefish. They are not. They'd also put limits on the fish if they were not in such great abundance or if they were an endangered species. But the bottom line is that they are not and the fish are there for the taking. I agree as do many people who enjoy bowfishing that using a bow and arrow to capture bass, walleye, pike, muskie or other gamefish is not what bowfishing is all about. Bowfishing is for rough fish only. I also believe that many bowfishermen and women don't bowfish just to kill fish and waste them. Fish that are taken should be for a useful purpose. If you visited, the official website of the Bowfishing Association of Illinois (BFAI), you would find a good variety of recipes for cooking carp and gar. You can also learn how to clean these fish, and you

can find out how to get started into the sport of bowfishing. I've bowfished just a handful of times and not one time was a fish wasted. All were cleaned and taken by someone for table fare. I have never had the opportunity to taste gar, but I have eaten carp. The Bowfishing Association of Illinois is a free club that anyone can belong to. They attend the outdoors and at some like the Tinley Park Fishing Show and Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days, their members volunteer to set up a bowfishing in the pool or pond. Adults and kids get a hands on try at bowfishing at targets set up under the water's surface. Their participation at these events is very popular with show visitors. Literally thousands of people have been exposed to this rapidly growing sport thanks to the BFA. It is through their efforts that new people to the sport not only learn the right way to harvest the fish, but also not to waste the resource. In my conversations with the club president, Ed DeVries, I am convinced that neither he nor any member of his club has any inten-


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The Meandering Murray’s By Bob Murray Where There’s Smoke Some of you have probably noticed from past “Meanderings” that I have developed a passion for cooking. Some of you that have met me also know that I have always had quite a passion for eating. There are some that are close to me that understand that I also like to eat my own cooking which is a combination that contributes slightly to the fact that America is overweight. I am doing my part. In the outdoor arena there is that overlying element that cooking good simple food is generally part of the activity we enjoy. I recall walleye shore lunches on “gull rock” with my Dad and brothers on our Canadian trips when I was a teen. I fond-

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dish that would stay with them their whole lives. Besides the conquests of your sport, how many stories of trips start out with “you wouldn’t believe the (fill in the food) we ate when we got in from (fill in the sport)? This is followed by a blow-by-blow description of whom, how and why this meal was off the charts. Given my interest in food and knowing that most of you would appreciate some very practical knowledge, I offer the following useful tidbits that I have acquired along my culinary development, or more simply put…things I’ve learned while cooking. For the hunters out there smoking meat is a tradition that dates back to our hunter/gatherer ancestors and to this day is carried out with some of those “secret” combinations that make it “just right.” In most cases the smoking is done by a meat processor who may or may not know what he is doing. All else thrown aside, smoke is the key to the flavor after the rubs and marinades, or the spices and brines are done. Ah…but which smoke. I offer you this in answer to that question. Alder wood - best for salmon Apple or cherry - fruity and great for poultry or pork Hickory - a strong pungent smoke that

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enhances the flavors of pork, bacon, beef brisket, and turkey Maple - sweet and fragrant smoke that pairs well with chicken, full flavored fish, and some of the more tender cuts of pork. Mesquite - heavy smoke the can be over done but works the best with beef. Oak - probably the most accessible wood, not as strong as hickory and no bitterness to it. Pretty much an all purpose smoke. Pecan - rich and fragrant and will not overpower delicate meats or fish. I know there are some out there that are at the bit to tell me I missed a key wood. Okay! I am sure they are not a readily available as the above basic choices. I will tell you NEVER to use pine or cedar. I got some pine mixed in with my oak on one occasion and ended up with six chickens that looked as if I had painted them with black lacquer. It not only looked bad it tasted worse. Hunting and fishing are certainly not the only sports we enjoy in the outdoors. But, let’s face it, the average birder or back packer either brings it with them or depends on road kill for their next meal. Smoke is a great means to a wonderful end. But, not the only means and not the only end that we seek in our gastronomic

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endeavors. A common question I get is: How long should I marinate this? Good question. Marinating can do a couple of things, the first of which is imparting flavors from the marinade to the product being marinated. This can be done with animal, fish and vegetables. This is generally done with simple combinations of oil and spices and or herbs. The trick comes in the second element of marinating which is the tenderizing of the food that is in most cases wild game or tougher cuts of commercially butchered meats. In those cases you need to add an acid to

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That is an example of why the question is asked so frequently because the meat dictates the time and strength of marinade. Have you ever eaten chicken that has a soft almost chalky texture? If you have, that chicken was marinated too long, and the marinade had “cooked” the surface of the meat. Here is my guide for a medium strength marinade made with 1 part vinegar or wine to three parts oil or 1 part citrus to two parts oil. This is about the same strength as the good old standby of using Italian dressing as a marinade.

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Illinois Man Killed by Friend in Hunting Accident A young Fairfield, Ill., hunter was killed Oct. 1 when his friend apparently mistook him for a wild turkey and shot him in the back with an arrow. Aaron J. Long, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday night. According to Wayne County Sheriff Jim Hinkle, Long had been hunting near the Sam Dale Lake State Park with several friends Thursday evening when he decided to come down from his deer stand earlier than expected. "Mr. Long was sitting on a small ridge when his 16-year-old friend walked up on him and mistook him for a wild turkey," Hinkle said. "He was struck in the upper back and died at the scene." Long's friend was identified as David Buchanan of Fairfield.

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by Dave Shadow National Fishing Champion Outdoor Writer College Instructor Tournament Angler Instructional Guide

A while back someone sent me an old adage, something like this; It Is Possible To Fail In Many Ways... While To Succeed Is Possible In Only One Way. --- I don't remember who said it or where but it is certainly true when related to whitetail deer hunting! With some preparation and by using our head a bit, we can improve our odds of success, however. In my bass fishing classes I have often said "don't fish where there are no fish", and then watch the faces of those in the class. Most of them were thinking that it was a pretty obvious "no-brainer". However, it also relates to deer hunting, maybe even more so. RULE NUMBER ONE: Locate an area that actually holds deer during hunting hours and one that does not have an excess of "pressures" from other hunters and/or other activities. Obviously the selected spot must contain the species "whitetail deer" to qualify as a "possible". Many hunters pick a spot with trails and deer "droppings" and fail to see deer. This may

because of bad hunting techniques, unknown "pressures" at a time when the hunter is not there, or many other reasons. Actually I own a spot like this. It has deer trails and "droppings" indicating the presence of deer. I have placed a scouting camera there several times just to investigate why I seldom see a deer there. I find that they travel through the area quite heavily between 11 pm and 2 am, but seldom during hunting hours. This is probably due to its proximity to a heavily traveled road and some neighboring dogs. Summary; It looks good, but is a waste of good hunting time. RULE NUMBER TWO: All areas with deer are not created equal. Unfortunately, most of us don't have an almost unlimited hunting area, like some western and northern hunters. We are limited to a piece of property owned by a certain individual who allows us to hunt there. Most of these properties are pretty small and I'd almost bet the next piece of property adjacent to it is already spoken for by someone else or owned by an


individual who doesn't allow hunting. Sound familiar? Many times a property holds does and yearlings, but the big bucks are "holed up" in a more secluded area, off the property. If you're "meat hunting" that's no problem. The younger and smaller deer certainly taste better. However, if you're "trophy hunting" and it takes a big buck to "pluck your string", this is probably not the place to be. At least not until later in the season when he is likely to come and visit the does. Hunt an area that contains the type of deer you wish to harvest. RULE NUMBER THREE: Create blinds and stands in "logical" spots of travel not in the bedding areas where you can't access them without being "busted" by the deer. Don't pick a tree for your stand just because it's a "good tree". First find a good travel area and then look for some way to set a stand or place a blind. Don't locate your stand directly on a trail or in line of sight of trail turns etc. Pick a spot that you can access with a minimum of noise made by walking to it and one where you cross as little of the deer travel area as possible. RULE NUMBER FOUR: It is important to place your stand or blind where the deer will not be alerted. It is also imperative that you have a clear shot lane. It doesn't do any good to have located the deer and be able to see him if you can't shoot because of tree limbs and other obstructions. It is very difficult to tell which limbs are obstructions when you are on the ground and the stand is fifteen or twenty feet high. Have someone sit in the stand and someone else trim branches to make satisfactory shooting lanes. Do this while you shout advice and encouragement. Remove a minimum of materials and use this material to camouflage the legs of stands and break up the "lines" of pop-up

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DD22, the team seined the area from shallow to deep and kept changing colors from shad, crawfish to chartreuse when they thought the fish were getting use to seeing their baits. But the real key to their success was the 3/4 oz. football jig in green pumpkin. The versatility this team showed, the care-free attitude of their boat's speed limitation and their complete confidence and knowledge of the area they fished - was nothing but EXTRODINARY! Job well done and deserved, congratulations Josh and Brad Kirchhoff! Our Second Place Team showed the same consistency as the Kirchhoff's, - just didn't have the same quality. James Williams of Homer, IL and Ian Estes of Mahomet, IL ran the same distance as

JOSH & BRAD KIRCHHOFF WIN 2009 "ITT CLASSIC" EVENT "Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better!" echoed the words of Brad Kirchhoff. He wasn't referring to the massive fish him and his son, Josh, had caught to win the new Ranger Boat package - but rather, the 17' aluminum boat with a 25 h.p. outboard they used to get there! Traveling an hour each way sounds like they traveled far but not at 20-25 mph! The father and son team of Highland, IL caught an impressive 33.28 lbs. in two (2) days, 6.40 lbs. more than their nearest competitor! Their 1st day catch of 5 fish weighing 15.64 lbs. was good for a 5th place standing, behind four 17


lb. + stringers, in first through fourth place. Their 2nd day 17.64 lbs. stringer had the tournament's 2nd Big Bass of 6.51 lbs. That was the fish that won the Illini Team Trail tournament for this team! Using various crankbaits from shallow runners like the Bandit 100 to the deepest diver Norman


most of the field did, only on Barkley Lake for them. Their fish consisted of almost 14 lbs. on Day 1 and almost 13 lbs. on Day 2 - came on top water baits near bridge pilings as the Corp pulled water, then later in that day off of football jigs. The two-day total came to 26.88 lbs. winning

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2nd Place and a whopping $10,000.00 paycheck. Also, they were the first place Ranger Cup qualifier winning an additional $1,000.00. (for info. see Ranger Cup Registration. The tournament's Big Bass of 6.82 lbs. was caught by Bob Brachear of Ashmore, earning his team $700.00, plus he and his partner, Jack Hingson of Mattoon, won $300 for their 12th place finish. Good job men! Fifty-three teams competed in a two-day Classic on September 19 and 20, 2009 as chosen by them by ballot on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. The total purse paid out was $48,700.00 in Cash including a Ranger Boat/Mercury Outboard package. The sun never appeared but only minutes each day with most of the time spent in rain gear. The twin lakes weren't "up-to-par" as in year's past. Fishermen found practice and the tournament to be tough for the most part. Typical for most Illinois waters, not typical most of the time for twin lakes. Still in all, it was a blast for most of our fishermen. There was a total of 280 fish caught that weighed a total of 729.71 lbs. An average of 2.60 lbs. / fish. Winners listed - Two-Day Totals - All of Illinois: 1st Place: Josh and Brad Kirchhoff, both of Highland, 10 fish, 33.28 lbs. - 2010 Ranger Boat/Mercury Outboard 2nd Place: James Williams of Homer and Ian Estes of Mahomet, 10 fish, 26.88 lbs. $10,000.0 plus $1,000.00 Ranger Cup Bonus 3rd Place: Gene Compton of Mattoon and Eric


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Ballinger of Neoga, 8 fish, 24.90 lbs. $5,000.00 4th Place: Kevin Arbaugh and Kari Shultz, both of Olney, 8 fish, 24.49 lbs. - $2,500.00 5th Place: Danny Schipkowaski and Steve Tucker, both of Edwardsville, 10 fish, 24.36 lbs. $1,000.00 6th Place: Jerry Walker of Zeigler and Bobby Atchison of Whittington, 8 fish, 23.69 lbs. $900.00 7th Place: Greg Coleman of Butler and Travis Gillett of Iuka, 9 fish, 22.44 lbs. - $800.00 8th Place: Adam Eggertsen and Dan Shoraga, both of West Frankfort, 10 fish, 22.38 lbs. $700.00 1st Big Bass: Team of Jack Hingson and Bob Brachear, 6.82 lbs. - $700.00 2nd Big Bass: Team of Josh Kirchhoff and Brad Kirchhoff, 6.51 lbs. - $300.00 Thanks to Bradley and Sue Culp, owners of "Sportsman's" of Gilbertsville, KY for preparing sack lunches of ham sandwiches, chips and candy bars to all of the qualifiers early Sat. morning before take-off. In fact, it took them so long to prepare the sack lunches; they never went to sleep Friday night. The fishermen sure did enjoy their lunch. A banquet supper for the Classic Qualifiers and guests was held at the "Ken-Bar Lodge" in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. An award presentation was held after the supper. Travis Loyd of "Jackson Hewitt Tax Service" presented the top Points Champions of the Southern and Northern Division


their plaques by "Tinder's Rubber Stamps" (Mark Tinder of Lerna - Owner). The top 2009 Points Champion Team of the Southern Division was Toby Corn and Allen Williford, both of West Frankfort. The top 2009 Points Champion Team of the Northern Division was Marion Cordes of Sullivan and Jason Jacobs of Charleston. Each team was also awarded a $1,000.00 check for expenses, tournament fishing shirts and fully paid 2010 entries into the Illini Team Trail by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. Ray Cortivo of Troy won the Flowmaster Muffler System donated by Red's Muffler System of Urbana and was presented by Wayne Shaw. The Southern Division has two tournaments on Lake of Egypt, two on Rend Lake and two on the Ohio River (Golconda). The Northern Division holds all six tournaments on Lake Shelbyville. The Illini Team Trail's 2010 dates are all on: 2009 Illini Team Trail Sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Eagle Creek State Park (Lake Shelbyville), Hamby's Protector Beaching Bumpers, The City of Sullivan, Pizza Hut, Reynolds Towing Service, Inc. of Champaign, Prairie Outfitters of Charleston, Bedford Sales of Morris, Belleville Sport Sales of Belleville, Buell's Marine of Canton, Lake Sara Marina of Effingham, Rend Lake Marina of Benton, Rend Lake Sporting Goods of Mt. Vernon, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, B & R Outlaw Rods of Collinsville, Tinder's Rubber Stamps & Engraving of Lerna, Rejuvenade, Standard Coffee, Vicious Fishing Line, Sportsmans of Gilbertsville, KY, Howy's Lakeside Food Mart of Sullivan, Red's Muffler Shop of Urbana, Black's Insurance of Toledo, and Gateway Inn of Sullivan.


Nascar Driver Hits Coyote Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brad Coleman was testing a Gibbs NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car at Toyota Arizona Proving Grounds earlier this week and came onto the radio and told his crew something rather unusual. "Guys, I hit a coyote," Coleman said. Coleman was running close to 200 mph around the 10-mile test track when he saw the animal wander under the outside guardrail. "I'm in the middle of the corner, and I'm doing like 190," Coleman said Friday at N a s h v i l l e Superspeedway before practicing his Nationwide Series car. "I'm just cruising. You run the high line there, because

that's where the most banking is. It's the high-speed lane. There's just a guardrail like on the freeway. "I see this thing, it must've been 100 feet in front of me, just jump out. Right when I saw it came out from under the guardrail, I was like, 'That's a coyote.'" "The car started smoking like crazy, The coyote screwed up the radiator, clogged up the grille a little bit, and it smelled terrible," Coleman said. Thanks to ASO Sponsor Tom Rosenberg, owner of Tom's Guns in Galesburg for emailing ASO this story!



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Boat and Truck Wraps Offer Many Advantages to Many Anglers and Hunters By: Colby Simms

Think about seeing a professional angler or professional hunter driving down the highway. Chances are if they're in a wrapped vehicle you are definitely going to take notice. The name of the sponsor businesses are certainly going to stick in your mind. I know that they do in mine. As a fulltime professional angler and national media member, I travel extensively around the United States, Mexico and

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and promotes them to the masses. The amount of positive exposure that is provided by my wrapped boat and suv is truly incredible, and my business and the businesses of my sponsors have all benefitted greatly from this tremendous form of promotion and advertising. It also helps get people more curious and interested in fishing and the outdoors. I can barely leave a gas station without numerous people coming up to meet the pro and ask about the wrapped rig. Vehicle, trailer and boat wrapping is becoming very popular in the world of professional sport fishing and hunting, as sponsors are quickly realizing the potential of having a giant flashy rolling billboard traveling up and down the road and being parked in public places. Whether I'm at home or far away, everywhere that I go I'm promoting and advertising my business and my sponsor companies in a very unique way. Think about it, we see advertising everywhere, but while most of us don't pay attention to most of the billboards and commercials that we see, we definitely take notice

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the cost of wrapping your boat or vehicle in exchange for a sponsorship deal is something that many will consider. Other advantages exist here as well. A wrap is basically a giant vinyl covering or outer skin for your boat or vehicle. The right wrap can look better than any factory paint job and it protects your finish. This outer shell basically keeps your boat or vehicle looking brand new, and so when you are done with it, the wrap comes off and your rig looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. It's a great way to protect your valuable investment. Choosing the right sign company to design and install your wrap is absolutely critical, and you want to go with a business that has a stellar reputation. Not every sign company can do a boat or vehicle wrap and its best to make sure that you choose a company


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Burke Sullivan, 12, at the Brown County Republican Party's 2nd Amendment Day celebration at Ridgeview Winery in Brown County. Burke is the son of Joe and Zoe Sullivan and attends Brown County Middle School in Mt. Sterling. In September he passed the Illinois Hunter's Safety Course and hopes to shoot something as big as he's standing next to. His dad, Joe Sullivan, set up the CRP program on the Canterbury Farm. Check with Joe for more info on getting your CRP program set up for wildlife. USDA Service Center

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Missouri Urban deer harvest up 83 percent This year's harvest is the fourth-largest in the history of the Urban Portion of Firearms Deer Season.

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83%… Cont’d. from previous pg. but it is one that many hunters are happy about. Hansen points to the ages of deer taken by hunters in counties with the antler-point restriction four years after the rule went into effect. The number of 2.5-year-old deer was up 20 percent compared to counties without the restriction. The number of 3.5-year-old deer was 62 percent greater in antler-point restriction counties, and the number of 4.5-year-old deer was up an astonishing 202 percent. "You have to be a bit cautious about the big differences in 3.5- and 4.5-year-olds," said Hansen. "The number of deer that hunters take in those age classes is small, so even a modest difference in the absolute number of deer shot translates into a big percentage difference. Nevertheless, a significant difference is attributable to the antler-point restriction."

Not surprisingly, hunters who focus on mature bucks have been enthusiastic promoters of the four-point rule. This popular support has encouraged the Conservation Department to expand the regulation to 65 counties and parts of three more. Hansen says archers need to know that the antler-point restriction has been extended to Ste. Genevieve County and portions of Cass and Jefferson counties. The portion of Franklin County in the St. Louis urban deer zone no longer is under the antler-point restriction. Details of the four-point rule and other archery deer hunting regulations are contained in the 2009 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available wherever hunting permits are sold.

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MDC reminds hunters that several changes went into effect July 1.

by Jim Low • JEFFERSON CITY-Changes to Missouri's Wildlife Code that went into effect July 1 affect youth and nonresident permits, the antler-point restriction, urban deer hunting zones and the timing of the antlerless and muzzleloader portions of firearms deer season. The Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting Permit, which has been around since 1999, no longer is available. However, hunters who bought the discontinued permit before July 1 still can use it for fall deer and turkey hunting. The $17 permit entitles holders age 6 through 15 to take one turkey in the spring and one in the fall and one deer during any firearms deer hunting season segment. The Youth Antlerless Deer Hunting Permit also was discontinued July 1. Instead, young hunters - whether residents or nonresidents - can buy regular firearms deer hunting permits at half the price paid by adult Missouri residents. The order of the muzzleloader and antlerless portions of firearms deer season is reversed this year, with the antlerless portion taking place Nov. 25 through Dec. 6, and the muzzleloader portion running from Dec. 19 through 29. The Conservation Commission changed the timing of these events at the request of hunters. Also new this year is a requirement that youths be at least 6 years old to receive landowner permits. Reduced-cost nonresident landowner deer and turkey

hunting permits are no longer available, and prices for nonresident hunting and fishing permits have increased. Another set of changes is aimed at bringing consistency to requirements for mentors of firearms hunters who have not completed hunter education. Until this year, hunters as young as 17 could serve as mentors under the requirements for some permits, while other permits required 21-year-old mentors. In certain circumstance, mentors faced no age restrictions. This year when mentoring a firearms hunter who is not hunter-education certified and not hunting on a landowner permit, all mentors, including landowners on their own land, must be at least 18 years old and hunter-education certified unless they were born before Jan. 1, 1967. Qualifying nonresident students may purchase resident permits this year, except lifetime permits. New areas with the antler-point restriction include St. Genevieve County and the portions of Cass and Jefferson counties not included in the new urban deer zones. The antler-point restriction no longer applies to the portion of northeastern Franklin County now in the Urban Zone. Archery antlerless deer permits now may be used in Cape Girardeau County, and qualifying air-powered guns may be used during firearms managed deer hunts. Finally, deer-hunting methods and seasons have been changed on some conservation areas in an effort to improve game management and hunting quality. Details of this and other regulation changes are explained in the 2009 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations and the 2009 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations & Information booklet. These publications are available wherever hunting permits are sold or at

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Cleaning off traps

by Ed Schneider I tore through my hunting gear looking for my bow over the weekend and was actually feeling much unprepared for the hunting season to be here! It is the middle of October, and I should be getting my gun resited in instead of my bow sites. I reached back in the corner under my carbon activated scent proof insulated coveralls and found my bow case. I transitioned from the hunting inventory to my make shift bow range and set my broad head target at 20 paces. Took careful aim and hit my mark on the first try. You see, when you don't use your equipment, nothing gets knocked around and off site. I took the next hour re-familiarizing myself with the different pins and felt pretty good about my marksmanship. Being satisfied that if I choose to go out I would be ready. Meanwhile I decided to work on my traps. That was a job I really put

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PREPARED… Cont’d. from previous pg. Dyeing traps

heat a bit to get the hardened wax liquefied while all along I keep checking the temp with my temp gun. I want the wax just less than 290 degrees to keep from scorching it. With the wax ready I carefully dip each trap and allow the temp of the metal

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trap to match that of the wax and then carefully pull it out while setting the next trap in the pot. By the time I get back from setting that waxed trap down, the next trap is ready. I repeated this process 70 times and finished the job by the light of my shop with the sun setting about an hour ago. Even though all of this takes a lot of time, it is still one of my favorite times of the year. It is the time when we as trappers and hunters can dream of our future days in the field or on the line. It is a time of changing weather and viewing the leaves change from the summer green to fall scarlet, yellows,

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JIGS MEAN BIGGER LAKE OF THE OZARKS BASS by John Neporadny Jr. Flashy new lures come and go each year, while an old reliable continues to hold a special place in the tackle boxes of both tournament anglers and weekend fishermen at Lake of the Ozarks. Some lure innovations catch more fishermen than they do fish, but veteran anglers know that the trusty jig-and-pork combination consistently catches bigger bass at the lake, especially during October and November when bass are feeding heavily in preparation for winter. The jig and its pork trailer have survived the test of time because of its versatility and bigbass appeal. You can bounce the lure along the bottom, swim it at a certain depth for suspended bass or even skip it across the surface as a topwater bait. One angler who competes in tournaments at the Lake of the Ozarks and frequently catches heavyweight bass on the jig-and-pork combination is Marty McGuire, owner of Marty's Marine in Osage Beach, MO. "The jig and frog is probably the number

one bait as far as catching big fish and catching numbers of fish year round," McGuire says. While many anglers use a jig as a crawfish imitator, McGuire selects the lure for its impersonation of a baitfish. Since he's keying on bass suspended under boat docks, McGuire wants a lure that best simulates a shad swimming just below the surface. A topwater plug or buzz bait also works in this situation, but the biggest bass seem reluctant to come out from under the security of the dock to hit something on the surface. "That jig is already right in front of their faces," McGuire says. "All they have to do is dart out and they have it." Most of the time, McGuire swims his jig and pork frog along main lake docks sitting over deep water. "It really doesn't seem to matter how deep the water is," he says. "I have caught fish in 75 feet of water out on the corner of a boat dock and that fish was lying right underneath the dock foam about 6 inches deep."



Bigger docks that offer plenty of shade attract the most bass. Normally in the fall, the water is clear in the areas McGuire fishes, so he tries to find docks that have the right combination of shade and wind. "You have to do some running because these docks aren't all piled up together," McGuire says. "A lot of times I will burn quite a bit of fuel running up and down the lake looking for these docks because the wind doesn't blow in the same direction on every part of a lake." When fishing the largest docks, McGuire pitches his jig in the last couple of wells on the windy or shady side of the boat house. During this time of year bass usually suspend under the docks foam and dart straight out to hit the jig and frog. McGuire says he has never caught any bass coming up on his jig, so he tries to keep the lure as close as possible to the dock's foam. "Take the jig and pitch it up in the wells on the shady or windy sides and let the jig sink 2 or 3 inches," McGuire advises. "Then start pumping or reeling it right back underneath the foam. When it gets to the corner of the dock, let it fall and watch the lure because on 90 percent of your strikes you will see the fish come out and hit it." Most of the time McGuire just steadily cranks the jig and pork along next to the foam and lets it drop at the corner of the structure before reeling it in for another pitch. This technique allows him to cover a lot of water with a lure normally used for a slower


presentation. A 3/8- to 1/2-ounce flipping-style jig combined with a medium-size pork chunk has the right buoyancy for McGuire's swimming technique. He prefers the flipping-style jigs because they are equipped with rattles and larger hooks. A white jig with a white pork chunk best imitates a shad in the fall. McGuire uses a black-and-blue color combination for his jig and pork chunk most of the time. To increase the action of the trailer, McGuire cuts some of the fat off of the pork frog. Trimming a blue or black pork frog turns the underside of the pork piece white, which gives the lure more flash as it swims in front of a bass. While new-fangled lures come and go, anglers keep finding creative ways to use the old reliable jig and its pork trailer. And even though big bass at Lake of the Ozarks have seen it countless times, the jig-and pork chunk continues to trick them over the years. For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free 152-page vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at Copies of John Neporadny's book, "THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide" are available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site




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2009 Elk Hunt By Ronald Ghighi

Washington, IL On August 15, I had a stint put in an artery that had been 98% blocked. I had been jogging two miles every other day all summer. On about August 1, I started having what I thought was mild pains in my chest when I was jogging. It would stop when I quit jogging. I was afraid to go to a doctor because of my upcoming elk hunt that was to start Sept. 5 in New Mexico. After starting to have these pains while I was walking instead of jogging I decided maybe living was more important than going on an elk hunt. After installing the stint, the doctor said at first I'd have to miss the hunt. But after thinking about it, and telling him I was going anyhow, he said come to the office and

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your heart is do a stress Ron bugling off Johnson Mesa as good as test on a can be, just treadmill. If I don't pick up could pass anything, or that without ride any having any horses or problems, I ATV's. I wascould go with n't going on his blessings. that kind of Everything hunt anyhow, went well, it was by except, I was pickup truck h a v i n g and about three miles walking swelling and some pain where they every day. went in my groin to an artery on the After five days of hunting and way to my heart. He said very selseveral close encounters of smaller dom do they have complications of elk, and a couple of smart older a psuedoanurism, or an AV fistula, elk, I managed to get this 7x6. I we'll have to do an ultra sound to made a good hit on him at thirty check for that. yards, but got poor penetration. I Now this was less than a week must have center punched a rib or from my hunt. What more could go something. We watched him for wrong? There was no aneurysm, twenty minutes at about 80-yards but there was too much swelling to away before he walked over a tell for sure if there was an AV fisridge, and the placement looked tula. Go ahead and go on your trip, good, but not the penetration. He was coughing up blood, and bleeding out on his left side. We couldn't see his right side to tell if it punched through that side or not. After waiting an hour, we began to trail him, but after about 300 yards

he quit bleeding and we lost him in an area of thick oak brush on a steep slope. We looked for three hours, till we had to leave to make our trek back up the 1000-foot trail to the truck before dark. The outfitter assured me he would find him by watching for the ravens to feed on him. He found one that way last year for a young hunter after three days. My hunt was over and I had to leave. I wanted to stay in town and come out and help him look, but he refused, saying he was going to search by horse back and he didn't want me riding down the 1000' trail, he could cover more ground without having to watch out for me. He searched for two days till dark, but couldn't find him. The third day another hunt started. They were the same guys that lost an elk the year before. They hunted the same ridge over looking the valley where I shot my bull. Kyle noticed the ravens flying. There were several bulls visible down in the valley, so they dropped off the mesa, and got a shot at a real nice bull, but didn't connect. You can't imagine all the things that have to go just right to make a


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Ron with elk's antlers

If it was public ground, he couldn't have kept me from looking for the elk. I don't think I could have done any better than Kyle did anyhow. Some say the elk was wasted, but if anyone really knows about nature, nothing is wasted in the wild. If anyone has hunted for many years, whether it be with a gun or a bow, they know that sometimes game is not found soon enough to save the meat. At least Kyle kept looking and didn't give up. I for will honor the elk as long as I live. That's all I can do. Book a great elk hunt with Kyle Bell. Contact him on e-mail: and see web at:

good shot on a bull. Kyle told them the story about my bull, and that he had noticed the ravens. They happily offered to go take a look, and found my elk piled up with his head hung up in an oak brush tree. He had died on his feet, he never did bed down. He really was a bull with heart. The bears had begun to feed on him, but with the warm tempera-

tures, the meat was no good. They did get the antlers, and took turns carrying them out. Kyle Bell of Folsom outfitters is a great outfitter, and the hunters with him, brothers from Springfield, IL were just super to help retrieve my antlers. They managed to get a nice 4x4, and after their hunt, offered to bring my antlers back with them, so that I could pick them up.

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the 2008 deer harvest in Pike County and for the State when it dawned on me that archery hunters accounted for nearly half of the deer harvested in the county while statewide bow hunters took one third of deer killed. Being strictly a firearms hunter I have a lot of catching up to do. To get up to speed I made trip to the Archery Shop in north Pittsfield to talk with Scott Andress, owner of the business. Scott has been in business for over 9 years. His knowledge, customer service and positive attitude are the key ingredients of his success. His shop attracts archery enthusiasts year round but September thru December the place is an absolute mad house. I was in his store early one Saturday morning at the beginning of October. Scott and two assistants were restringing bows, demonstrating the latest precision bow sights and assisting customers in selecting rain wear. While only there only a brief time, at least a dozen

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clients came in. When Scott w a s finally free for a moment we set a time for me to c o m e back for a visit. I suggested an early Monday morning but Scott said it was the busiest day of the week with hunters coming in for repairs and replacement equipment after a weekend in the woods. Certainly time has to be allowed for an exchange of war stories. We settled for an early Tuesday morning and even then there were people waiting at the door. Scott got into the archery business as a result of his personal bow hunting experiences and his participation in competitive target shooting events. He saw the need for a service-oriented dealership that truly understood the needs of hunters, with employees that had real experience in the field. Most importantly he wanted a store that carried quality equipment. Like most business enterprises you can buy products from a lot of sources but often the merchandise is shoddy and there is often a lack of knowledgeable service people. Scott markets the Matthew line of bows and companion equipment. The Mat-

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thews C o m p a n y based in Sparta, Wis-consin, are sticklers for quality and innovat i o n . They are so confident in t h e i r products that a lifetime warranty covers their bows for the original owner. Scott researches every product before adding it to his inventory. His line of severe weather clothing, boots, field optics and bow hunting accessories are testimony to that. Scott is discouraged with the fact that so many companies are contracting their production over seas especially in China. A couple of years ago he was selling treestands. A new shipment came in and when Scott inspected the merchandise he thought the workmanship was poor and the quality of metal sub standard. Concerned with the safety of his clients he shipped the order back. I too am concerned with quality. When you are 20 feet in the air and the wind is blowing a gale you sure don't want to be perched on a grade 3 deer stand. Incidentally I noticed that what used to be considered the premier maker of trailer hitches has now out sourced manufacture of their product to China.

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Being a total novice I asked what it would cost me to start bow hunting. Scott gave a range of about $500.00 for an effective basic bow, arrows, sights and companion equipment. If I wanted to get set up on a premium basis the cost would be in the $1000. to $1200. range. I mentioned I probably couldn't hit a bale of hay, he pointed out that a couple of hours in his indoor range and I would be sticking arrows in a 3 inch circle at 20 yards. In addition to regular bows Scott also has a selection of cross bows. These are stocked for handicapped hunters and now may be used by hunters over the age of 62. These bows can really smoke a bolt, casting the shaft in the neighborhood of 340 fps. If you are a bow hunter or giving consideration to becoming one I urge you to visit the Archery Shop. This includes the ladies. The Matthews Company is manufacturing a line of bows for especially for women. While you are at Scott's business allow enough time to go to Foiles Migrators store where you can see the latest in calls, decoys and related waterfowl hunting merchandise. Then just across the way is Jeremy Priest's Longbeard Taxidermy building. All businesses are located in the North Industrial Park on Rt. 24 East of Pittsfield.



November Is Always Hot For The Tasty Crappie By Steve Welch

I look forward to fall fishing each year. Finally the big boats are gone and even the Bass fishermen have dwindled down to but a few. All that is left are die-hard crappie fishermen and oh of course the duck and geese hunters. This year I look forward to November crappie more than ever. We have already had a great summer to fall transition and the fish are way bigger and heavier than most years. This is due in part to the new limits and more importantly the floods from the last two years. Shelbyville has always repaired any problem it might have with a good long period of high water. The food is plentiful and the fish reap the benefits. This summer I have seen the biggest

white bass I have seen in years and we were getting crappie in ninetydegree heat from just four feet of water in flooded willows. This fall the average sized crappie have been close to a pound and the lake is full of them. I can't think of a hotter lake in the state right now. Just think throwing back eleven and a half-inch fish, too small to keep. Hundred fish days are the norm for myself and two anglers, not bad and most call it the best they have ever seen. I pride myself in hearing those words from my clients and always go overboard to ensure it is the best crappie trip they have ever seen.

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especially at the beginning of the month. The trees are turning and an occasional eagle flying overhead make for a Kodak moment. November can get chilly at first light but by mid morning you are in just a light jacket and the wind lies down for days and you can't find a more tranquil setting. Once the surface temps fall into the mid fifties to high forties the crappie go on a feeding binge and all you need is a handful of your favorite jigs a long rod a good trolling motor operator that lets you hover over brush and pull the tasty crappie up and out of their hideout. The rest is history; limits are not just a pipe dream but an every day occurrence. Just look at the pictures on my guide trips just about all of them have November dates with triple limits. Another favorite thing I like about November is any method you like to use to catch crappie works. I can get big fish up in the mouth of feeder creeks tossing a cork or I can hover over ledges and get into the mother load of stacked up fish and put numbers of good-sized fish in the boat. Once we hit the end of the month we are out on ledges but the fishing doesn't taper off. In fact we harvest

them right on up to middle of December. November is also my month to bring out the big baits. The shad that the crappies are feeding on are large, nearly four-inches in length and the crappies want a big meal. Midsouth Tackle has what they call an eighth ounce tube. It is two and a half inches long and it flat out catches bigger fish. Besides it keeps the pesky yellow bass and small fish from biting it. Colors that I use depend on watercolor. If it is clear I will use a pearl color or light blue. Stained water, something with chartreuse and just about any other color. Dirty water it is always brown and chartreuse or black and chartreuse. November is also the month I get out the Bighead jigs. Oddly they work the same way as the larger tubes. The fish can just see them better. These jigs are quarter-ounce aspirin head jigs that have a big profile. If I am probing a ledge I always have one on. The fish just nail them way harder than a normal jig. You team this up with braided line and the bite will jar you clear up to your elbow. I use 8/3 pound Fireline crystal. It is supposed to be the only braid that dis-


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appears under water. That I don't know but I do know I can see it very well. That is important in crappie fishing because they will hit a bait on the fall and spit it back out before you ever feel it so I am always watching my line where it enters the water. Any slightest tick I set the hook and listen for that two or three inches of drag to slip from my spinning reel. I always keep it loose enough to hear a slight slip of drag. This way if you hook a real big fish you know where drag is set. I tend to bend their eyes back on my hook sets. I have had anglers fishing beside me jump out of the way on my hook sets. They can't believe I set it so hard since all they have heard crappie referred to are paper mouths. If you get a good quick hook set you will find that jig right in the top of their mouth right into the bone. No way are they getting off. One thing I must apologize to my clients for these past couple of months. My nine to five job has switched from a service job in the Champaign-Urbana area to a project coordinator on huge construction jobs. Since the economy has plummeted the company that I work for has went more into the commercial end of plumbing and heating. We build motels all over the country and I am responsible for the heating and air conditioning and desert air systems for the indoor pools. I am presently in North Platte Nebraska way to far to come home for weekends. I really had no choice in the matter

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since I am still too young to retire and just fish full time. The money is very good but the headaches from being the head of such a big project can overload you. I was told that my latest endeavor would take just two weeks to rough in and I would have a huge crew. Well I am on my fifth week and have a couple more to go. My wife Tina has been thrust into the bad guy position of calling and either canceling trips or rescheduling them without really knowing when I will be home. The only good news is that when I get a motel roughed in then I have two or three weeks back in town and I can guide most every day even during the week. Then I go back for final trim then on to the next project. So please have some patience with her as she is really a saint and has this burden of running everything in the household thrust upon her as well. We might try just getting people on a call list and trying to get them in once my schedule dictates me being home. So don't hesitate to call as the fishing is very good and you will be thankful you called.

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BY WOO DAVES Fishing In The Fall I say this every year, November is a great time to fish. Most fishermen have gotten into the hunting mode and put their boats away until spring. You have the water almost to yourself and the bass are still in a good feeding mode. This is another good month to be on the water. A lot of lakes are being drawn down to winter pools. This is a great time to look for future normal water level places to fish. I’m constantly marking places to fish with my Raymarine GPS for when the water is at normal levels. Stumps, rock piles, brush and especially abnormal spots that are not on maps, could be great spots next spring when the water is at normal pools. If you have a mild fall, top water fishing can be excellent. Find the mouth of a creek where the shad are, especially one with a lot of flat points. This is where the bass will run bait into the shallows to ambush them.


A top water lure can be deadly. I usually keep five Extreme rods rigged with different top waters and one rod rigged with what I call a follow up bait. I like to have a XPS Nitro Popper, a XPS Slim Dog, a Zoom Horny Toad, a XPS Laser Eye buzzbait and a Spook. For a follow-up lure I will always have a Zoom Fluke ready and 30 to 40% of my fish will be caught on the Fluke. I find a lot of fish either near the mouth of major creeks or in the very back ends. Either one is good if there is shad in the area. I like to fish the Slim Dog and the Popper first kind of rotating back and forth to find what the fish want. I fish these lures on a Woo Daves’ Extreme rod XTR60MT that’s a 6 foot light action rod with 14 lbs. Excel line. I’m a big advocator for fluorocarbon line but I don’t use it on top water plugs because it sinks and deters the action. The Slim Dog in Emerald Shad is probably my go to bait because not only do the fish love it, but I can cover a lot of water with it. It is a very easy lure to work either fast or slow with an action bass can’t resist. Another thing you need to do is put Mustad’s Triple Grip hooks on every top water and crankbait you own. This is a must because if a bass gets near a triple grip you got them. When I fish the Horny Toad, the Spook, the buzz bait and the Fluke I like to use a Woo Daves’ Extreme XTR74MT rod with 17 lbs. Bass Pro Shops’ Excel line. I find the bass will tear a Horny Toad up because of the subtle noise it makes. But there are a

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lot of the times when the bass like the louder noise of the metal buzzbaits. I use the Spook on and off during the day, especially trying to call fish off deep points and brush piles. But the main reason for the Spook is you can really throw it a long ways. A lot of times in the fall the bass will come up busting just out of range of normal baits and you can pick up the Spook and get it to them. I can’t count the times I’ve stopped my Nitro, got on the deck and the fish would bust just out of range. The spook has saved me several times, so always keep one ready. My follow-up bait is a Zoom Fluke either in pearl or watermelon color. Now is when I’m going to use Bass Pro Shops’ Fluorocarbon line in 12 lbs. test because I want my bait to fall. I will usually fish the Fluke with a 5/0 wide gap Mustad hook and let the weight of the hook be my only sinker. By follow up bait, I mean a lure you can throw on top of a bass that has just missed your top water lure and believe me this happens often. Once I get a bass to boil on my lure I pick up my Fluke throw 5 to 10 feet past the boil and work it right to the spot fast and just kill it. Watch for the line to take off and when the bass gets the slack out, bear down on him and set the hook.


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The Sniper 12 Gauge by: Pumpkin balls. I like the sound of that. Pumpkin balls. That’s what we used to call solid lead slug loads for our 12 gauge smoothbores way back when. Hell, a bunch of us still do, well, simply because pumpkin balls just sounds cool. But the days of stuffing a few rounds of one ounce lead slug loads into our 870 pheasant gun or variation thereof for opening day of shotgun zone deer seasons are long gone. Hallelujah! Or at least they should be. With the truly amazing advances in rifled shotguns and ammo technology over the years, there is no excuse for using a birdgun on big game anymore. I remember as a very young man, not knowing any better, loading up my 30 inch double barreled, full-

choked 12 gauge goosegun with some pumpkin balls, all excited about my beloved, magical mystical November 15 Southern Michigan gun opener celebration. At the time, black powder guns and handguns weren’t allowed, and shotguns were the only arm we could legally use on the exploding whitetail deer population in the lower tier of Michigan. I was psyched for the big day. At the range, I squatted onto a comfy shooting stool, laid my big double onto a rolled up sweater, settled the front bead onto the vitals of the 50 yard deer target, and attempting best I could to squeeze the scattergun’s heavy trigger, sent a big lump of lead downrange, then another. Now the lifesize paper deer target I was using was pretty big, and I was used to shooting some pretty tight


groups with my open sighted rifles and handguns at such close range. But when I strolled down to examine the big three foot by four foot target, there were no holes to be found. I was stymied! I wasted many rounds that day before I finally came to the conclusion that my trusty birdgun was worthless for reasonable accuracy beyond 20 yards. I remember having to use bowhunting tactics to get me close enough to use some three inch magnum triple ought buck to kill my gun deer for a few years there. It was rather frustrating. Compare that to my magical opening day last year in the mystical swamps of my sacred southern Michigan deer heaven. Using an absolute sniper of 12 gauge Browning, heavy, rifle-barreled boltgun with sabot bullets designed just for it, a beautiful rifle like 3 pound trigger and a quality Leupold scope, I literally took a dandy buck at 125 yards, a big doe at 150, another doe at 170 and my third and fourth does of the morning right around 200 yards. It was wonderful. At the range and in the field, this fantastic combination of shotgun and ammo was producing

rifle like accuracy beyond 200 yards. Like I do with all my firearms, I experimented with every brand of ammo I could get my hands on and discovered the perfect combination for supreme accuracy from this particular Browning 12 gauge big game shotgun. For a guy who loves guns and the challenging marksmanship discipline, I am in heaven. I also have had phenomenal success with various pump and auto loading shotguns with both fully rifled barrels and rifled screw in chokes. With every ammo manufacturer realizing that shotgun deerhunters want supreme accuracy, the competition factor has driven the development of the very best guns and shotgun loads in history. Winchester, Federal, Remington, Lightfield, Breneke, Fiochi, and more, all manufacture high quality, supremely, deadly accurate big game shotgun ammunition for rifled shotguns. I admit that there is that rare smoothbore out there that will shoot some slugs very accurately. I did some deer control work for years on a municipal airport property where the deer had become a deadly hazard Cont’d. on next pg.

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like a good time to start. I had a new set up this year. I was trying the new Rage 2 blade broad head with the full metal jacket arrow. This set up had given me almost 4 inches added penetration on the dense foam target, so I was itching to give it a try. A big fat doe worked up the trail towards my stand. I picked up my bow and drew. She gave me a perfect broadside shot at 25 yards. I could not believe my eyes. The set up performed flawlessly. After the shot, the doe walked about 10 feet and dropped over dead. This a good start to the year. An hour later, she was field dressed and on the 4-wheeler headed to the truck. I hope the rest of the year goes this well, I thought to myself. On the way home I called my buddy to see if I could hang her in his cooler 'til the weekend came and I had the time to get the butchering done. He said that would be fine except he had to order a new part for the cooling system and it would not be in for a couple days. Great! Now, I was going to have to burn one of my vacation days to butcher it tomorrow because the temps were going


to be too high to hang her in the garage. I saved up some vacation time, but hated to burn it up for this instead of using it during the rut. Just then, I remembered reading that Wild L i f e Prairie Park had put out a plea to the a r e a hunters for donations of deer meat for the p a r k s Wildlife. I had thought this was a worthy cause and had jotted down the number a few weeks before. I brought up the number on my cell phone and gave them a call. They had already closed for the day, so I swung by the gas station on the way out of town and iced her down. The next morning, I called

the number I had read in the paper. A friendly voice came over the phone. I asked where they wanted the deer dropped off. They said to bring her to the front gate and someone would be there to direct me the rest of the way. I was greeted with a welcome smile and told to take the deer to the maintenance a r e a w h e r e someone w o u l d h e l p unload it. A white truck pulled up beside me and directed me to a skinning gamble where we hung the doe. After we had her hung, the man got out of the truck and introduced himself. It was Jeff Rosecrans, the executive director of the park. He


asked if he could get a little information from me so the park could send out a tax deduction form at a later date. It did not take long for me to start asking about how the meat was going to be used. He said the two cougars could eat about four deer a week and the park's wolf pack could eat another three. They also have an assortment of Bobcats and raptors that need their share too. Wow! I had no idea those predators could put away those kinds of groceries. I told him I would not want to have his monthly grocery bill. He just laughed, and said it was high and that all the cut backs from the year before had left the park a little short. That is why he decided to turn to the hunters for help. So far, hunters have donated over 30 deer to the feeding cause, saving the park on its monthly grocery bill. Jeff also said he would accept any other meat that people were going to throw out, for example, that bag of freezer burnt deer burger from last year. I have not been in the park for a number of years, but I do have fond memories watching Cont’d. on next pg.



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FEED… Cont’d. from previous pg. the big cats and the park's other inhabitants going about their lives in such a natural setting. The park is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family, and offers a chance to see sights we flatlanders don't often get. We, as hunters, have always done our part as the state conservationists. We, as a group, do not often run from a good cause, and try always do our part to support the outdoors in our country and state, which says a lot in these days of tough times. I will give all of the information you may need to drop off a care package to the park. Hunters, lets roll up our sleeves and field dress a deer or two for a good cause. I am sure they would have not asked for our help if they did

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on a still right beside the river. There was nobody there, but I knew what moonshiners would do, and I was ready to leave. "Jimmy was a little more bold, though, and he saw a pearl-handled shotgun setting there, and the next thing I knew he had it, and he was scootin' through the woods with it. He said, 'What are they going to do? Come and tell me I took it from their still?' But, his daddy made him take it back. We were always carrying on -- just typical Southern stuff. I loved to hear a story and tell a story." Hancock also loves to hunt and fish, and his experiences in the woods and on the waters have made him a popular choice as a speaker for sportsmen's banquets. At one held at First Baptist Church in Perryville, Mo., recently, Hancock told a "slightly embellished" tale about his first coon hunt, in the Sunflower Swamp in southern Alabama. The central character was Ol' King, a champion hound that "barked like a moose" on track or tree in certain circumstances, but went "graveyard quiet" on other occasions. The explanation brought laughter

would take me to the 160 outup there when I doorsmen who was 8 or 9 a t t e n d e d . years old and Hancock, who just leave me was once named up there all day one of by myself. Of Alabama's top course, you 10 turkey wouldn't think hunters by the about doing Birmingham that today! News, then "When I got launched into an my driver's account of his license and my trip with first little Rodney, who Volkswagen car came down with when I was 16, an acute case of that was an "gobbler fever" open door to when it was When Joey Hancock tells a story... the outdoors. time to let the All the other teens were going parhammer down. That story stirred tying, but I was going to the mounmore than one nod of the head and tains and the woods." memories too numerous to mention Hancock said he felt his call to of the "been there, done that" varithe ministry when he was 19. He ety. went to Furman University and His love of the great outdoors then Southwestern Baptist began at an early age, Hancock Theological Seminary. He was a said. pastor for 30 years and traveled "One of the neat things about the with the American Tract Society area I grew up in was the catfish for eight years. He has been a fulllakes where you could pay a dollar time speaker for three years. and fish all day. They were run by Several writers have compared such nice people that Momma

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deliveries and to recount the stand around in misadventures the break room of others withand tell his stoout hurting their ries, and the f e e l i n g s , whole room Hancock said. would fill up "If you're with people. not willing to Pretty soon, one take the brunt of of them would the joke, you're say, 'We're havgoing to limit ing a Christmas yourself," he party. How said. "I see a lot about coming of comedians and speaking?' today who are That was what very vulgar. I launched Jerry. see others who "A lot of that are just smart has happened to alecks. All they He puts his heart... me. Of course, do is make wisebeing a pastor, I've been on stage cracks about someone. my whole life, and I've always "You look back at the really good used stories as illustrations in my comedians -- men like Red Skelton sermons. Pretty soon, I was having and Johnny Carson and Milton folks asking me to come to the Berle, who were pioneers, and men Kiwanis Club and the Rotary and like Jeff Foxworthy and certainly all of that. They weren't necessariJerry Clower -- they turn it on ly wanting me to come as a theolothemselves more than they turn it gian. They wanted me to tell my on anybody else. I think people stories." love that." A storyteller who wants to make Hancock recalls that, as a young people laugh must be willing to preacher, he met Billy Graham. laugh at his own mistakes and able "I asked him for some advice,


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AUGUST 5TH REGION I A CPO received a complaint on three subjects who were snagging out of season along the Mississippi River in Rock Island County. After watching them for several minutes he approached the group and was able to charge one of the subjects with snagging and possession of a short bass. A second subject was charged with fishing without a license and obstructing a police officer. This was after the subject cut the wrong hook off of a fishing pole. The subject thought he was cutting his own snag hook, but ended up cutting the hook off of the pole that the CPO had been carrying as a prop. REGION II A CPO cited two fishermen on the Chain O' Lakes for failure to immediately release a 13 inch Largemouth Bass (14 inch minimum legal size limit) and a 19 inch Walleye (18-24 inch protected slot size). A CPO was checking fisherman at McHenry Dam and cited a subject for failure to immediately release a 13 1/2" walleye. He checked another fisherman who presented him with a duplicate fishing license. The subject did not possess any identification and spoke mainly

Spanish. The DOB on the license was 1975 and the subject appeared much older. The CPO asked the subject for his address and DOB in Spanish, but the subject did not know the answer. Further investigation ascertained the subject paid a friend $10.00 to get a duplicate license. He stated he did not have the money to purchase the nonresident license. The subject was arrested for misrepresentation and no fishing license. REGION III CPOs cited a Mattoon man for fishing on a sport fishing license with over 50 hooks. The man was fishing with three trotlines totaling 178 hooks in the flooded backwaters of the Kaskaskia River in Shelbyville Fish and Wildlife Area. CPOs arrested a Decatur man, operating a marina rental boat on Lake Shelbyville, for OUI. The man recorded a BAC of .086 percent. REGION IV A CPO received a complaint of a subject retaining a species (raccoons) alive in his barn. At the barn, he found several raccoons in live traps. The subject was trapping out of season and training his young coon hounds.

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A CPO recovered a stolen canoe while conducting boat inspections at a boat ramp in Winnebago County. An investigation on the theft continues. REGION II CPOs encountered three fishermen at Spring Lake. One subject, who a CPO cited the previous year for fishing without a license at the same location, was issued a warning for not having his license in possession. The other two fishermen, who had fishing equipment baited, but out of the water, were warned to purchase a license prior to fishing. CPOs left the area and observed through binoculars both subjects fishing. Neither had purchased licenses and they were each issued citations. A CPO arrested a subject fishing along the Fox River for failure to immediately release an 11 3/4" largemouth bass (must be 14"). A CPO arrested a subject fishing along the Fox River for failure to immediately release a 10" and an 11" largemouth bass (must be 14"). While patrolling the Calumet River for sport fishing compliance, a CPO checked a fisherman who was wanted on a warrant for delinquent child support. The subject was arrested and transported to Blue Island Police Department.

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POLICE… Cont’d. from previous pg. REGION III A CPO cited a Lake Shelbyville marina operator for renting unregistered boats to customers. A CPO arrested a Mattoon gang member at Lake Mattoon for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia after observing the man smoking cannabis while fishing. A CPO made presentations to a group of approximately 200 Edgar County area youth at the annual National Wild Turkey Federation J.A.K.E.S. event held near Paris. Two District Sergeants, with support from the McLean County Sportsmen's Association, conducted a boating education class for 20 McLean County youth. While working Kickapoo State Park campgrounds and dealing with a noisy group, a CPO arrested three people for possessing alcohol in a restricted area and drug charges. While dealing with the noise and alcohol violations, the CPO found a homemade cannabis pipe made of tin foil and then found more cannabis in a vehicle. Also found was a baggie of unidentified powder in one of camper's pockets. A CPO arrested a Work Investment Act (WIA) worker for aggravated assault at Weldon Springs State Park. Over the lunch break, the man became angry at a fellow worker. The suspect went to his truck and retrieved two knives, opened them, and threatened to stab the victim. The Farmer City man was arrested and transported to the Dewitt County jail.

CPOs investigated a vehicle that rolled into the lake while launching a watercraft at Mascoutin State Recreation Area boat ramp. No one was injured. A CPO is investigating migratory birds being poisoned by a pest control company. An anonymous complaint was received of a Bloomington retail store using a pest control company to poison nuisance birds within the store. Several migratory birds (doves) have been found dead. The investigation includes USFWS Special Agent in Charge. REGION IV A CPO completed investigation of case involving subjects in Scott County removing a fawn deer from wild in the Spring of 2008 and keeping it penned in their back yard until now. Two Bluffs residents were cited for unlawful taking whitetail deer fawn from the wild and retaining it alive. A CPO responded to a complaint of a Morgan County subject who illegally disposed of hog waste in a waterway, which is suspected of contaminating a 5-acre lake and causing a major fish kill. The case is under investigation with the Illinois Attorney General's Office and Illinois EPA. CPOs responded to complaint of a possible pipeline leak in the center of the Illinois River Channel approximately 1/4 mile south of Meredosia in Morgan County. Officers deter-

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called to use the side scan sonar in the search. The subject was located on the surface a few days later. Two District 1 Officers conducted a bike patrol on the Hennepin Canal in Henry County. They were focusing on an omnipresence patrol for public safety. They issued one citation for a fishing license violation, five written warnings and one warrant arrest. District 7 officers continue to work a hit and run, serious personal injury boat crash where the victim remains in the hospital with multiple injuries involving a lung problem. The boat, operator and passengers of the boat that fled the crash have been located and the investigation continues. A District 7 and Region IV District 10 Officer working with a confidential informant arrested a subject for harvesting ginseng out of season and without a license. A District 7 Officer has been working bicycle patrols on the Rock Island Trail due to heavy recreational use. Thankfully, no significant violations have been noted. REGION II CPOs assisted the DEA and McHenry Co Sheriff with a cannabis eradication on department lands. A camp within the area was found and all evidence was turned over to the DEA. Approximately 2,500 plants, ranging from 5' to 10' tall, were located on a 40 acre piece of department land. The cannabis was cut down and burned on site. According to DEA, the value of the cannabis would have been between 2 and

3 million dollars. A CPO cited a fisherman on Long Lake for failure to immediately release a walleye under 14 inches. REGION III A CPO cited an Arcola man for illegally cast netting in prohibited waters in the Embarras River below the Lake Charleston spillway. The area is clearly posted as to the restriction and the violator threw the net into the weeds after observing the officer approaching. A CPO and District Sergeant assisted Region 5 CPOs and District Sergeant, with an illegal wild ginseng harvesting investigation that started in Jasper County. The investigation revealed that two men had been illegally harvesting wild ginseng for the last month from private property owners and properties adjacent to Illinois state parks. A search warrant was executed at a residence in Moultrie County. The search resulted in the seizure of approximately 3 lbs. of drying, wild ginseng roots that were found to have been illegally harvested in Jasper, Coles, and Shelby Counties prior to the harvest season, without a required wild ginseng harvester's license, and from properties without permission of the landowners. Additionally, one of the men involved was arrested on a Coles County arrest warrant and was found to be in possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. The man was incarcerated in the Moultrie County jail, awaiting bond. CPOs and a District Sergeant responded to a request for assistance from the Edgar County

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DELAY = NEGLECT = REGRET I’m sure that most can empathize with a cold and wet hunter dragging in from the duck blind and in such a situation have a nice hot drink (like cocoa) in mind. The great challenge is to remember that the hunt is not officially done before all of the attendant duties are completed. A hunter may have dogs in need, clothes to hang, boots to dry, and guns to clean. Note that just because it is listed last- to not consider the gun cleaning task as optional for today. Rain has a tendency to be wind-driven during hunting seasons and can be driven into gaps and recesses that might not seem vulnerable to water ingress, so less attention might be given to the possibility of afterdrainage if there was no thought of penetration by moisture. Capillary action and surface tension effects must be expected and counter-acted if damage is to be avoided to ferrous (iron and steel) and other vulnerable materials. Some non-ferrous metals may corrode at rates slower than exposed steel, but we have all seen tarnished and corroded pennies, silver service, and brass door hardware, so it’s no surprise that part materials do degrade. Aluminum and other “white” metals may have a crusty pitted surface when corroding. Contact of dis-

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2 The magazine tube holds and guides the action bar assembly attached to the inertia weight visible at the left end of the first picture. This sleeve has little clearance around the tube and can trap and hold liquid that may not drain or dry for a long time. There may also be some trapped moisture between the sleeve and the gas seal rings, and the gas cylinder completes the circle of entrapment. Pictures 3 and 4 show the tube after cleaning the



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We've lived in the same house, on the same plot of land for going onto 45 years--which, I suppose, is no record, but is a pretty fair average. The house we moved into, back in 1965, was a 1925 Sears & Roebuck pre-fab that replaced the original homestead cabin. Golden willows had been planted in windbreak rows north and south, Lombardi poplars towered to the west. The poplars were augmented by a row of wild plum mixed with chokecherry trees. Rows of carigana wind-proofed the willows and a phalanx of househigh firs stood final palace guard. Apple trees and cherry trees were

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SURVIVING WINTER by Dru Hauter, MD One of my professors at the Medical College of Wisconsin used to refer to the patients in his Internal Medicine practice as “his herd”. He knew that the winter was tough and that many of his patients would not survive the next cold or flu. The cold weather and the winter’s decreased activity would also take it’s toll. He referred to this as the “Yosemite

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tackle was loaded as everyone headed to the marina before dawn. We took two boats with two anglers to each boat and our guides. After a quick 20-minute ride across the lake, we stopped at one of the many manmade wave breaks and our guides cast nets to pick up some live bait to begin the day. After the live wells were filled we headed to one of the channel entrances to begin our day of fishing. The first few casts were met with the challenges of jig fishing in strong current and submerged rocks. After figuring out the nuances of fishing in the rocks and a few lost hooks, we started landing a variety of fish including Rock Bass; an ugly little fish with a very big bite. Steve said the fish's jaws are strong enough to crush clam shells and the petite fish are not to be taken lightly. As the sun broke the horizon, the fishing action took off. Both boats saw furious action with several speckled trout and redfish landed. Once the initial morning feeding action subsided, the boats split up and headed different directions to each guide's preferred fishing beds. Soon both boats were limited and we headed back to the lodge. While the guides cleaned and packed the fillets, we settled back into the lodge and the fish stories began. After another outstanding meal, this time farm-raised alligator, there were a few cocktails, cards and off to bed. The second day was more of the same with several large redfish landed including a 40 pounder that took over 30 minutes to


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with Capt. Herman Kunz WOW! This is already November and I can't believe that the fishing season is beginning to come to an end for us fair weather fishermen... unless you are a diehard musky fisherman of course. But, the hunting questions are just starting. This month's questions as usual, are interesting and informative and the first one should be of importance to everyone, hunters and land owners alike.

Mary, this is a question that has come up before, as a matter of fact more than once! The last time I checked, this was direct quote from the USDA's FSA (Farm Service Agency.) Paragraph 276, page 12-9. Commercial Shooting Preserves on CRP Acreage. A. "Recreational Hunting, CRP participants may lease hunting rights, charge fees for access to hunters, or conduct other similar hunting operations on CRP acreage if this activity occurs during the normal hunting season for the pursuit of game that is normal to the

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to free snagged lures, that with ordinary monofilament you might have lost. Their thin diameter and high strength allows you to use a much stronger line than normal and still have a very small diameter. That is the plus. Again the rub! If you have read prior questions about these types of lines in past issues, you will see that if they are not applied properly they can be a nightmare of backlashes and tangles. As far as their fish catching ability, they are excellent, in stained or colored water. Clear water at times can be questionable. As an example, I was fishing with a friend in very clear water in one of Wisconsin's more southern lakes. My friend in the boat was out fishing me at least three fish to one if not better, same boat, same lures, same trolling speed, and etc. The only difference was that I was using a six pound diameter twenty pound test super line and he was using plain eight pound test monofilament. When I switched to a monofilament line everything began to equal out. So there you

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have it. The super lines are good... BUT!!!!!!!!! Have something else available if the fish won't react the way that you would expect. Q. I am somewhat new to the fishing scene and don't have a lot of equipment to fish with just yet. As finances allow I would like add to my collection, but as of now, I am some what limited. My question is this, what kind of line should I purchase that would be a good all around line to fish with on my spinning reel. John G. Nashville IL. A. Sorry John Your question is somewhat limited also, but I'll try and do my best. First you didn't give me a clue as to what type of fishing you do. Since you say you are somewhat new to the fishing scene I'll take it for granted that you are not into musky or giant pike using spinning tackle, so I will be a little more general with my answer. If you are simply fishing for panfish four or six pound test should be all that you will need. If you are pursuing bigger game like bass and walleyes it gets a little more complicated. Sometimes you need to finesse a walleye with four or six pound test

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Steady Retriever or Breaking Dog? By Steve Earick Owner, Misty Morning Retrievers How many times have you been hunting with a "breaking dog"? The birds come in, you jump up to shoot, and the dog is there to catch them as they fall. Or worse yet, no birds fall and you must convince the dog that there is no retrieve. It is a common problem. I recently watched a hunting show that took place on a cold, snowy day in Missouri. There were more mallards flying than I have seen in a while. I was really enjoying watching the birds work their set-up, but every time the hunters jumped up from their layout blinds to shoot, the dog would jump out in front of them. It made it hard for me to watch. It has been said that there are two kinds of

dogs, those that have broke, and those that are going to break. You could not have a more true statement. With that being said, how do we build a retriever that is not a "breaking dog"? The cornerstone of building a steady retriever begins with three components: attitude, expectation, and self-discipline. As your retriever's trainer, your number one job is to constantly monitor his attitude. This is a multi-faceted task beginning with his attitude in general. Is he having fun? You want your retriever to love what he does while still realizing that you are in charge. Secondly is his retrieving attitude. This will be a variation of one of two extremes, with either no interest in the retrieve, or a retrieving maniac. Both of these can be equally as frustrating to deal with. The rule of thumb to keep in mind when dealing with the puppy's retrieving desire is to be the opposite of them. With a puppy that has less interest, you should become the

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not to expect the retrieve. So many times when we get a new puppy, retrieving becomes their training. We throw it, and they go get it. The retrieve needs to be the reward for being calm and steady. We begin this process along with our basic obedience training. We teach sit-stay, and as part of reinforcing this, we have them be steady to a tossed bumper. The two keys to this are to have the retriever on a check cord, and for you to start out between the retriever and where you toss the bumper. Hold your hand up as if to loom over the retriever as you keep repeating the sit command. You then walk out to pick up the bumper. If your retriever moves, you place him back by either picking him up and placing him back, or just leading him back. The reasoning behind picking them up to place them back is to emulate how their mother carried them around. They seem to get more sense of a correction this way. Remember to always stay calm with a simple "no, sit". You are trying to convey the attitude you expect from them. As your retriever begins to accept you picking up the bumper, you can begin

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to reward their steadiness by ending them. Do not give them too many retrieves. Monitor their attitude and reward accordingly. While going through this don't focus too much on delivery. Concentrate more on their obedient return. As they become steady, begin to move closer to them until they are at your heel. Always keep a high standard on being steady. If they so much as wiggle, say, "no, sit" and you pick up the bumper. This is also a good time to introduce a duck call or gun fire. Be sure that you start far away from your retriever when introducing gunfire. You can reload spent shells with primers only. This is an affordable way to incorporate gunfire in your training (never use live shells when training your retriever. It is too easy to become distracted and create an unsafe situation). The third component to building a steady retriever is your self-discipline with keeping a high standard. As you begin throwing longer marks, training with other people, or worse yet, hunting, your standard begins to deteriorate. This is when it really pays off to not reward being unsteady. Correcting the retriever with either a heeling stick or an e-col-


lar and then sending them is not a very effective way to build steadiness. The retriever learns to take the correction and then be rewarded with the retrieve. There are certainly times while hunting when it is not practical to make the retrieve yourself. However, when possible try not to reward being unsteady. If you are hunting with another dog, let them make that retrieve. A few years ago I was on a hunting trip in Kansas. Early in the trip my dog Kate broke on a bird. I was able to stop her and walk out to pick the bird up myself. She hunted the next two weeks there and never broke again. Hunting with an obedient, enthusiastic retriever can be a very rewarding experience. Developing this is just a process of constantly monitoring your dog's attitude to be sure that they always love what they do. Always keep the retrieve the reward for being steady and obedient. All it takes is a little self-discipline on your part. Contact Steve: 46 Bethel Ridge Rd. Vevay, IN 47043 • 937-441-5451


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In Remembrance of Don Cranfill

By Glenn Savage

Don Cranfill died at 7:15 Wednesday, Sept 23, 2009 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. Don loved his wife, Joyce, the former Joyce Carlyle whom he married in 1986. Don also was passionate about his bird dogs and the business he founded that revolved around dogs, The Don Cranfill Hunting and Shooting Preserve. Don had other passions in addition to his business. He was an ordained minister for forty-two years and a pastor for eleven of those years. He worked for Eagle Pitcher for 25 years, was a self-employed sheep shearer and an auctioneer. Thirteen years ago, Don became involved with Pheasants Forever when Glenn Bishop of Litchfield approached him and asked for help with the first banquet. Glenn Bishop told the author, "The first year, Don sold more sponsorships and tickets than all the rest of the board combined. Don continued to support

Pheasants Forever for the rest of his life and continued to outsell everyone on the board." A short list of other accomplishments include hosting the annual youth hunt for Pheasants Forever, taught generations of hunters to hunt safely and ethically, established and nurtured hundreds of acres of his own ground for conservation, donated time and equipment to non-profit organizations and friends for establishment and care of conservation acres, mentored hunters in the importance of conservation for the future of the hunting sports, and worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to establish the Don Cranfill Upland Hunting Area as part of Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area. Another new venture Don began in 2004 was the Donnie Burton Memorial Hunt. Don confided in the author, " Since I started this hunt with the help of Don and Sally Burton and since I've been holding "Fun Hunts" with profits going to Montgomery County Cancer Association, the Lord has blessed me by multiplying my business." Don Cranfill inspired many by his generosity and willingness to try new things. In the last year of his life,

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he started a prayer group that met Thursdays at 6:00AM. Through the prayer group, individuals were inspired to come to Jesus and to renew their faith. One of Don's favorite bible verses was Ephesians 2:8 that states, "For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Throughout his life, Don Cranfill inspired others. For example, Josh Tucker wrote this about Don, "Servant of the Lord, spiritualist, son, father, brother, grandpa, teacher, mentor, leader, organizer, conservationist, conversationalist, hall of famer, champion, outdoorsman, hunter, trainer, inventor, shooter, comedian, counselor, confidant, chef, generous friend that will always be respected and loved." The author will remember Don as a man who "beat" cancer (he died a survivor of prostate cancer) and ran the race with all his might until the finish.

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Dennis McCammack announced today that "CrannieMack" would continue the business founded by Don and Joyce Cranfill in the same location as Cranfill's Shooting Preserve, at 11 Lakecrest Lane in Hillsboro. Crannie Mack's services include guided hunts for quail, chukar, and pheasant, dog training, and dog breeding and sales. Dennis McCammack is also a dealer for Joy Dog Food. Contact him at: (217) 532-9402

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WATERF OWL 2009 Liv's ‘Hunt for a Cure’ Goose Hunt Returns By Jerry Pabst

If there is a better place to hunt Canada geese than northeastern Illinois; I surely don't know where that would be. Lake and McHenry Counties literally swarm with the critters each season, and this year should be better than ever. Most of the several hundred thousands of honkers wintering in this area are of the home grown giant Canada variety, and their nesting success last spring was or record proportions. That translates not only into a noticeable increase in total numbers, but also a larger percentage of young birds. Similar to humans, young, inexperienced geese are prone to mistakes in judgment. They really believe plastic decoys are other geese. They ignore the weird sounds that sometimes emanate from our goose calls, focusing instead on the instant gratification an alluring corn stubble field promises. Very often, these flying dummies pay dearly for

the youthful exuberance. The beneficiary of this combination of fortuitous circumstances could be you, if you had a place to hunt in the promised land of Lake and McHenry Counties. But, this goose hunting Valhalla has become a land of leased fields and commercial hunting clubs. One way or another, you have to pay to play here. But, if we are willing to dig into your pocket to enjoy this world class resource, I figure we should have as much fun as possible in the process. Here is a great way to do just that, and support a very deserving charity as well. Liv's Hunt for a Cure annual goose hunting weekend is a long running event that raises research funds devoted to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, (CF), a devastating childhood disease. It all began when Mauro and Lisa Tomassetti's infant daughter, Olivia, was diagnosed with

CF. Briefly, CF is an insidious condition that attacks the organs, and shortens life span to the early 30's. There currently is no cure for CF. There are medicines that will fight the symptoms and provide some comfort for those so afflicted, but these drugs only postpone the



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includes a room inevitable. While at this motel. At researchers are 6:00 P.M., a shutworking tirelesstle will transport ly to find a cure, everyone to neartime is of the by Independence essence for the Grove where a children born silent auction and with CF. The open bar will To m a s s e t t i s complement an know this and are all you can eat determined to do buffet dinner. everything possiExpect some ble to speed that unusual enterresearch to a suctainment as well. cessful end, help(One year, ing their daughgoose ter, and all chil- The geese are plentiful and big in famous dren afflicted northeastern Illinois. The Hunt for calling champiwith CF to lead a a Cure Charity Goose Hunt will put on, Tim Grounds you right in the middle of them. d e m o n s t r a t e d full life. Jerry Pabst photo. how to use nine, To this end, yes nine, duck calls at the same time.) Mauro and Lisa have inaugurated a Saturday morning comes early, as a series of fund raising sporting events sumptuous breakfast is served beginthat include boxing matches, a night ning at 4:00 A.M., where you will at the races, and the annual goose meet your guide for the day's hunt. hunt/calling contest. This year's Hunt The guide's are also contestants in the for a Cure goose hunt will take place afternoon's goose calling contest. You December 11-12. Here is how it will be hunting with one of the finest works. goose hunter/caller sin the country, The weekend's activities begin on many of which you probably have Friday afternoon with a 4:00 P.M. seen on T.V. shows. cocktail party at the Libertyville After building your own blind Holiday Inn Express. Your entry fee




lunch from a seeming endless array of delicious offerings, it is off to the field. Mauro, himself a dedicated goose hunter, has lines up pits and blinds both in private fields, and on some of the area's most productive clubs. And, that is when the fun really begins, as the geese begin to spread out over the fields searching for their breakfast. It may take only a few minutes, or several hours, but the hunters may stay in their pits as long as they wish. After bagging their limits of geese, the hunters return to the Holiday Inn to change clothes. Some head for

home at this point, but many head over to Independence Grove to enjoy the professional goose calling contest. What a great way to pick up some tips on improving your own calling techniques. So there it is, Liv's Hunt for a Cure. What an enjoyable weekend of concentrated goose hunting. And, what a difference your contribution will make in defeating a devastating childhood disease. I'll be there, and I hope you will, too.





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by: Charles “HammerTime®” Snapp I've heard it said many times; "History repeats itself." While I hope it's not true for this hunting season, we have had enough rain (23 inches above normal for the year) that a recent drive through some of the rice farms in our area, reminded me of one of the most unusual hunting opportunities I've ever experienced. Years ago, it was common for a farmer to expect a 120-day maturity period, from planting to harvest, for their rice crop. The farmers also contended with uneven fields and poor drainage. Poor drainage meant it took longer for the fields to dry in the spring, thus planting was delayed and the harvest ran later. This past spring, farmers were hit

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encing, farmers are facing some of the flooding problems their fathers faced in the early 80s with their harvest, which sets the background for my story. It was the early 80s, when I received a phone call from a regional representative with Ducks Unlimited. An associate of D.U. was traveling the Mississippi Flyway, from Canada to Louisiana and needed a place to hunt in NE AR. They were quick to inform me; he was in the process of writing a book about his journey and they wanted him to see what our area offered. I jumped at the idea! As time for the hunt neared, I can remember worrying about the bird numbers and water levels. It was a year, much like we're experiencing right now. Rain, after rain, after rain and the larger rivers were out of their banks. The birds were using places they normally didn't use, but I had a huge advantage over other outfitters. Some of my friends owned a Cessna 172 airplane and since I had my pilot's

license, they rented it to me for $35 an hour. On average, I could fly most of the ducky areas, of the three counties we hunted, in three hours. While I considered that expense a major investment at the time, I felt I had no other choice. Not to mention it was a good excuse to log a few hours in the plane. The morning the group was to arrive, I took to the air. The flooded farmland looked like an ocean. The flood was so vast, I had trouble spotting the landmarks I normally used, while scouting by air. With that much water, finding the birds was like finding a needle in a haystack. I had made the entire three-hour circle, without locating any significant bird numbers. I was left with two choices; 1.) make another pass and look at areas I normally didn't check. 2.) tell the hunters I couldn't deliver. Once in the air again, I shifted off my normal course and that's when I spotted them. Settled in no more than five or six miles from the airport, I

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had overlooked their hiding spot. From the air it looked as though every duck in the Flyway must have been flocked together. I dropped the plane down for a closer look and it was obvious why the birds had decided to gather at this location. The river had risen to the level that an entire, un-harvested, rice field was underwater. The field must have spanned 80 to 100 acres. In a few spots I could see the tops of the rice showing through, but the bulk of the crop was just under the surface and right in the middle of the rice field was a small patch of woods. The woods appeared to be thick enough to hide a boat in and the birds were on two sides of the woods. When our hunters arrived, we told them to unload their gear and get ready, while we hooked up the boat. I already knew were to launch the boat and I wanted to make an afternoon run, before trying to locate the wooded thicket the following morning. As we boated across the sea of floodwater, I spotted the thicket in the distance. I can remember idling the motor and telling the guys to get their cameras ready; "We're going to jump more ducks than you've ever seen!" As we neared the thicket, the pressure intensified. Where were the ducks? I shut the motor off and started apologizing. I had seen the ducks! They were here; right here and there were thousands, upon thousands of them. But, they seemed to have vanished. Without a plan B to consider, we pulled the boat inside the thicket and tested the depth of the water. Just right for a pair of chest waders, but we needed to keep the

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boat close for the dog. We set our decoy spread and were ready to wait them out. An hour or two later, about 4 o'clock, the first duck made a pass. Before anyone could blow a call; he went for the blocks like a dive-bomber. When the shooting was over, the discussion focused on how fast he came in and we wondered if more birds would do the same thing. They did and they all worked like the first one had. Within the next thirty minutes or so, everyone had limits and the pressure was off. The next morning we arrived to a thick layer of fog, rolling off the warm floodwater. My old boat was 19 foot long and there were times I wondered if I could see past the front seat. I idled though the oxbow lake and found the can I had hung on the limb the afternoon before, marking the cut-through into the flooded rice field. Once in the field, I pointed the boat in the general direction of the thicket and headed out ... only to find myself back on the edge of the oxbow lake, we had launched the boat in. It took me two or three more tries, but I finally found the thicket. After setting out a few decoys, we pulled the old boat in the woods and waited. I can remember hearing massive flocks of ducks flying in the fog and wondering if they were

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GOOSE HUNTING BASICS By Jerry Pabst Every now and then it pays to return to the basics, just to make sure we haven't fallen in a non-productive rut. As a salesman in the real world, I read a book on the subject that reminded me to smile, shake hands, use the customer's name, ask for the order, and other things that seemed so normal they didn't need mentioning. But, as simple as these things seem, they are important things that may go by the wayside over the years. The same holds true in the sporting world and waterfowl hunters are susceptible to forming habits that may need to be reviewed from time to time to be sure we haven't overlooked something. Goose hunting is no exception to this rule, so let's take a look at the ABC's of this fascinating sport. The first consideration a goose

hunter must make is where to set up his decoy spread in a field. If you have scouted the field, and seen where the geese want to be, your problem is solved. Go there and wait. If not, remember that geese don't feel secure landing near any heavy cove that might conceal predators such a coyotes, or you. They don't like tree lines or brushy fence rows, especially later in the season. Look for high ground in the center of the field, and dig a pit, or use layout blinds there. Put your decoys where they best can be seen from a distance. Whether you use a pit, field blind, or layout blind, be sure to cover it well with a surrounding type of vegetation. Don't put cattails on a blind in a cornfield. Don't use grasses in a wheat field. The idea of a blind is to hide in it, so don't draw attention to it by using contrasting cover material. Use good decoys, and face most of them into the wind. Because wind ruffles their feathers, geese usually stand facing the blow. They won't all be facing exactly the same way, of course, but very few will have their backs turned into the wind. Always give the incoming birds a landing zone in the middle of the decoy

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will often work spread. better than agThe number gressive flagof decoys used ging. depends on Calling: see how spooky flagging. The the birds are. more often the Early on in the birds hear season, you goose calls, no won't need a matter how lot of fakes to well blown, the do the job, but more alarmed after a few they may beweeks the come. Cut geese seem to back on the seek safety in numbers, and Layout blinds in a corn stubble field frequency and more is better. produced plenty of in-close shooting volume of your calls as the seaThen in the latfor Bob White (right) and Jerry. son progresses. er portion, the Jerry Pabst photo. You will know birds become when to do this because the geese decoy shy, and you will have better will begin to flare away when they luck with a few segregated family hear the call. Late in the season you groups, with shell decoys lying flat must rely on your decoys more and on the ground mixed in. more to bring the geese in. Flagging works most of the time, Hide, hide, and then hide some but not always. As the season promore. During the first week of huntgresses the geese seem to understand ing I have called geese in and shot that a waving flag is a danger sign, so them while standing on the ground, don't wave the flag as high as possinext to my pick-up truck. But, once ble. If you use it at all, try laying the those flocks have been burned a few flag flat on the ground and then tiptimes they won't go anywhere near an ping one end up and down to simuexposed hunter. Get out of sight and late a bird's wing. Subtle movement



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don't move around. My last tip is: it is not necessary to over gun the geese. A 10 gauge shotgun is big, heavy, uses expensive ammunition, and is totally unnecessary. 3 1/2 inch, 12 ga. shells are equally superfluous. Similarly, $2.00 per shell loads of super fast amalgam pellets are over kill. While they all will surely kill a goose, you don't need any of them. Actually, a hunter who relies on these "technical advances" really needs to become a better hunter. The main reason many hunters feel they need bigger guns and more powerful ammo is they can't get close enough to their targets. I have been hunting geese for over forty years, and have gotten pretty good at it. I shoot 3 inch shells, loaded with steel number 2 or BB, and don't leave very many cripples in the field. The reason for this is I won't shoot beyond the limits of my ammunition, and I won't shoot beyond the limits of my ability to consistently put the pattern on the goose. If you follow the general basic rules


outlined above, and let the birds work into proper shooting range, you won't need those expensive "technical advances". To learn your personal effective range have a buddy throw some clay targets at crossing angles and varying distances, and you will soon learn at which ranges you are a good, fair, or terrible shot. If you can't regularly hit a clay target at forty-five yards, what makes you think you can consistently deliver a killing shot to a goose at the same distance? If you can't get the goose within your range, don't shoot at it. Remember, the game is called "hunting", not "shooting". When you go afield, only take five rounds of ammo with you, not the whole box. If you do it right, you shouldn't need more than five shots to bring down two geese. You will quickly learn to shoot only at those honkers you can hit, and not at those that are merely poke-and-hope, humorously high birds. I hope this refresher course has been helpful, and will improve your success during the 2009/10 goose season.


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By Dennis Hunt - The friend of the goose hunter The average goose hunter will hunt geese 7 or 8 times each goose hunting season. Most of the average goose hunters would like to hunt more but goose hunting is not high on their priority list because the job and family have to come first. Others are not economically able to hunt more than that. The average goose hunter is not able to improve his or her goose hunting skills because they are not able to hunt geese more. As a result, their skills become dormant and they do not improve while the goose hunter who hunts geese 20 to 120 times a year has figured out the geese because of the experience he or she has obtained from being out in the field trying to fool a goose or a flock of geese. Let me tell you about the wind that the average goose hunter is not aware of or hasn't thought about. ABOUT THE WIND: The wind can be your best friend if you use it correctly or your worst enemy if you are not aware of it. A few facts: * Geese will almost never migrate against a strong wind. They wait for the wind to blow from the correct position and fly with it. They get up in drafts of wind and have an easy ride to their destination. This saves them a lot of important energy. When hunting snow geese in the spring, A SOUTH WIND is important because that is the day the geese will be migrating. This is when they will fly 200 to 500 miles to their destination. They will usually arrive after 3pm and the first thing they will do is to fly into some body of water to get a drink and rest their tired bodies. * Geese will almost always try to land against the wind. The exceptions would be if they have to fly a very short distance or if the wind is almost calm. * Geese might not fly at all if the winds exceed 35mph. Their instincts

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WIND… Cont’d. from previous pg. they face slightly into the wind is important because the wind will make the skirts on my windsocks move and any movement will catch the eyes of the geese.

water. When a weather front comes thru and it suddenly starts to rain or snow and the wind starts blowing strongly, this is the time to move quickly and get in position for some great shooting.

DEALING WITH A STRONG WIND: I pray for a strong wind because if the wind is blowing over 30 mph, I usually have a super day because I take advantage of it. The instincts of the geese tell them to BEWARE! They will be flying very slow and the wind drafts might force them to fly low. This is the day that you have to capitalize on this as you wait for them to come to you. They will try to land as soon as possible and they do not take a lot of time to look over your decoy spread. They will want to get out of the strong winds and they will want to settle down whether it is a field or a body of

DEALING WITH CALM WINDS: This is a condition I don't like to see unless the lack of wind and lots of ground moisture manufactures some fog. This results in an ideal situation! When there is less than a 3 mph wind, I have to change my decoy strategies and use: * The Higdon Finisher System. * A Wing Waver or two. * Goose size balloons filled with helium and a 4" piece of string. Always check out the wind because it can mean the difference between success or failure.

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Clean Water Critical For Sportsmen Across The Country By Neil Shader

As hunting seasons across the country begin to open, clean water is again on the forefront of sportsmen's minds. An investigation into the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee attracted praise from sportsmen's groups including Ducks Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League of America, the National Wildlife Federation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited. More than 20 million acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams are at risk of pollution and destruction because the Clean Water Act may no longer protect them. "Clean water is the biggest issue for sportsmen, especially in this time of year when waterfowl and other game seasons are opening,"

said Dr. Scott Yaich, director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited. "With more than 20 million acres of wetlands at risk, not having clean water is a threat for waterfowlers gearing up for the season." Clean Water Act protections were severely weakened in the wake of two Supreme Court cases that radically scaled back the types of waters covered by the law. These decisions directly threaten public health. For example, streams that do not flow year-round are especially at risk of losing protection. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 117 million Americans receive their drinking water from public systems supplied by these streams. "The streams that fish, waterfowl, and wildlife use are the also the streams that feed our drinking water," said Scott Kovarovics, con-

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servation director for the Izaak Walton League of America. "This issue is bigger than sportsmen, and it affects everyone that wants clean, safe drinking water." A Senate bill to address these issues passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in June. Chairman Oberstar is expected to introduce similar legislation to restore protections to wetlands and streams. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and the heads of four other federal departments and agencies called on Congress in May to enact a legislative solution. "We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Oberstar to identify a practical solution to protecting water sources," said Jan Goldman Carter, wetlands and water resources counsel for the Na-


tional Wildlife Federation. "Hunters and anglers know firsthand the importance of wetlands, lakes and streams," said Geoff Mullins, policy initiative manager at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "Restoring these clean water protections will ensure that sportsmen can enjoy these resources for generations." Steve Moyer, vice president of government affairs and volunteer relations for Trout Unlimited, added, "This is a common-sense issue that brings together people from various backgrounds – farmers, water professionals, sportsmen and environmentalists. The time to restore protections to our nation's water is now."

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GET YOUR BLAZE ON... AND ODORS OFF Scent control counts during the firearms deer hunt, too

By Adam Johnson Outdoors writers expend vast quantities of ink describing in exacting detail how to fool a buck's nose during the archery deer season. Come firearms season, however, all that TLC disappears. Why this occurs, I don't know. It's not like all the gunpowder overpowers a whitetail's olfactory senses. Yet, we see little space devoted to containing scent during the important firearms hunt. Scent control is every bit as important come November and December, because our guard is down. Firearms deer seasons in many places means deer camp - with all of its comforting and tasty smells, like wood fires and camp cooking. Unfortunately those same odors scare whitetails out of their wits, so we need to take proper precautions. We all know guys whose eyes glaze over when the discussion turns to scent control. Part of the gap is understandable. Humans simply are not equipped to handle and decipher smells the way many animals can. A whitetail's sense of smell is its No. 1 de-

fense, and bottom facing a field, and line, even on your you can have that best day; you wind in your face, don't smell very all the better. You good to a deer. know the general Ever see a deer wind direction is walking toward west to east, but you, suddenly it's best to have freeze, and then several options for move away. That different scenardeer probably ios. Wind has a busted your nasty reputation scent. I see this for swirling and when I've exotherwise not copended little to operating. no effort to con- Adam Johnson says we want deer to That's where trol my scent the scent control feel comfortable, not on edge, when while turkey industry can help we're hunting them. A deer that feels with our deer hunting. (As they comfortable is a deer that's much say, if a gobbler hunting. Better more likely to expose itself to you, could smell you, writers than me and your firearm, this season. he'd be impossihave explained ble to kill!) Even (Image courtesy of Adam Johnson Outdoors) their scent-control 100-plus yards away, your scent can end a regimen, but suffice to say, all the rules apwhitetail kill opportunity before you even ply. I follow a regimen that starts with a knew it existed. shower every hunting day with a no-scent Let's start with wind. Right now, you soap. need to scout and observe deer movement My hunting clothes remain outside to determine how your stand sites sit in rehanging up where they absorb outdoor lation to the wind. Whenever possible, odors, not basement odors. One quick choose a stand where the wind is in your facaveat here: Hanging them over your wife's vor. Deer likely will be returning to bedflower bed or in a cedar grove (when your ding areas in the early morning, so if you're hunting land is covered with oaks) will

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smell just as foreign and alert whitetails as the unnatural human odors you're trying to eliminate. A little commonsense here goes a long ways, folks! En route to hunting camp, I place my clothes in unscented plastic yard bags or big Rubbermaid-style tubs. I washed those plastic containers with a no-scent soap back in August and most have been outside ever since so plastic odors dissipate. The older the container, the less scent and the better they work. A couple weeks before the season, I saturate my clothes with a favorite scent-elimination spray. It dries off fast, but the spray formula clogs those pores to contain my scent. Before heading afield to hunt, I spray a lighter "touch-up" application on all my hunting clothes. Coming and going from camp, I hang my clothes outside. Don't just waltz into your cabin and toss your clothes on the floor. Keep them away from all campfires, cooking fumes or any gasoline-operated devices. And for pity's sake, don't smoke cigarettes around them! Afield, I walk as much as possible, being careful not to work up a sweat. Walking keeps me in better shape but the fewer ATV or automobile smells that reach my stand, the better. I also spray down my boots. Uh-oh, I hear you asking:?"Should I wear rubber

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boots?" I do not, and here's why. Rubber boots or gloves absolutely do not hold scent on outside. That's a good thing, and it's the reason trappers wear rubber gloves when handling traps. But I fall into the camp that believes that typical leather or cordura boots breathe better, so I build up less odor. For walking, rubber boots are foot saunas, and scent chimneys! That extra scent escapes through top, and in my opinion, creates more scent problems than it solves. Breathable boots keep my feet dryer, with less odor, and they're more comfortable, too. I employ liquid cover scents before heading afield, but again, stick with scents that match your location to avoid alerting deer with a foreign smell. I wonder what deer imagined back in the days when every hunter and his brother were applying a pint


of fox urine to his boots. I mean, how many red fox actually are out there? As for attractant scents, there are many great options on the market. Our rifle season comes around the peak of the rut, so you'd better believe I use a doe estrous scent then. You've read how-to features before describing how to lay a scent trail with them, via felt wicks or cotton tabs, and I follow this advice religiously. Place these markers at a deer's nose level - say about 4 feet off the ground. People for years would dump these scents on rocks or ground where it would quickly evaporate or the ground would absorb it. With tabs or wicks, the scent has a much better chance of carrying on the wind or thermals. You can draw deer from quite a distance, even hunting thick woods with a timely scent trail.

En route to any stand, I lay a scent trail by tying a scent-dispersing wick onto a stick. I'll drag it adjacent to wherever I'm walking, so it doesn't land right atop my own potentially deer-alarming footsteps. This also disperses the scent more randomly. Once I arrive at my stand, I'll walk a big figure-8 pattern - maybe 50 yards wide by 100-plus yards long - with my stand in the center. That way, all scent trails lead to me, and even deer passing upwind may trip across that trail and approach. Post-rut, I'll still use doe in estrus, until mid December. For archery hunting, before or after the rutting period, I'll use a curiosity scent - like apples or acorns - something to catch the interest of deer.


In portions of Canada or other parts of the world, predators like wolves or bears are the dominant factor in the survival of game animals. Human scent may almost be a curiosity - even to whitetails in such remote places. In the Lower 48, however, we're hunting highly pressured deer. Believe me, when every square mile is crawling with orange, deer learn quickly that human odors mean danger. Given that, we want deer to feel comfortable, not on edge, when we're hunting them. A deer that feels comfortable is a deer that's much more likely to expose itself to you, and your firearm, this fall. To contact Adam visit his web site at


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by Larry & Linda Dozard Late Fall Fishing Patterns Weather is the single most significant factor that affects all wildlife activity including fish. Understanding the impact of weather on the individual species of fish you pursue as well as other factors including depth fished, water temperature and clarity are all important factors in your success. Storms and changing weather patterns affect fishing success since fish are keenly attuned to changes in barometric conditions. High winds and cold temperatures are also things you need to prepare for this time of year. All fish are cold-blooded and can not


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IRVINE, Calif. USA - A recently published administration document outlines a structure that could result in closures of sport fishing in salt and freshwater areas across America. The White House created an Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force in June and gave them only 90 days to develop a comprehensive federal policy for all U.S.

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is on the pro staff of and writes for their site as well. Terri Lee is a member of the NRA and Whitetails Unlimited. Anne Vinnola is an entrepreneur, freelance writer and member of Team Huntress. She has published multiple articles on hunting, field care and taxidermy, as well as product reviews, for online outdoor publications such as Sportsman's News, and

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RUFFED GROUSE A Tutorial in the Art of Seeing By Anna Stubna

It is astounding how even just a little education can change the look of things. Then again - maybe it's not that you're actually seeing something different - but more that you're looking at the same thing with new eyes, and therefore seeing it differently. I can remember with perfect clarity the first time I saw a ruffed grouse in the woods. I mean really SAW it - not just have it flit by the edges of my consciousness while considering the placement of my


next footstep. There I was, meandering along a walking trail that was surrounded by young saplings and brush - prime ruffed grouse habitat, as it turns out. I heard an explosion of wings off to my left, and I snapped my head up in time to see the bird land somewhere off in the distance, immediately blending in so thoroughly I lost it almost as soon as it touched ground. The sighting - though brief - sent a charge through me. Here was this bird I had heard so much about, and that I was reading so much about - right in front of me! I continued on somewhat reluctantly; it was difficult to break the spell that small secret moment - known only to the forest and my solitary self - had created. Ruffed grouse are non-migratory game birds also known by many nicknames including "partridge" and "drummer." My personal favorite is "ol' ruff," which conjures up an image of old man winter with a preternatural woodcraft sense. In many ways, in order to reach adulthood a grouse does have to be gifted with a superb sense of survival. Their predators, avian and terrestrial, are numerous and include great horned owl, red fox and goshawks to name just a few. When hatched in the spring the young chicks have not only predators to avoid, they have to battle the elements. Cold, wet springs and scarce food supply

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but also knowing exactcan all spell disaster for Ruffed Grouse ly what you are looking a brood. FOR. The grouse that do In this case, it was survive are often cauguessing where the tious, crafty and skilled grouse might be, and at eluding predators. where he might go This makes them quite and focusing on those challenging to hunt. things, while avoiding They tend to flush Photo: Paul Carson getting visually lost in when you least expect the tangle of limbs and leaves and trees it, suddenly and unexpectedly exploding between him and I. up with a whir of wings and gone before I can only liken this experience to the you can even blink. difference between reading any book that The first time I went grouse hunting I falls in your lap, and reading that book in was trooping along holding my camera and context of the author, and the time it was finding it difficult to keep my footing in written. A walk in the woods can be an the thick cover that grouse prefer. "He's on ordinary experience turned extraordinary if point - the dog's on point," my companion you have the patience to learn, and never - a seasoned hunter - explained. Quickly he stop learning! Oh - and a woodland guru moved into position, and when he took a guide never hurts either. shot I wasn't even aware of what had hapAnna Stubna is the editor of the Ruffed pened. I hadn't even seen that there was a Grouse Society magazine. The Ruffed grouse, let alone had the wherewithal to Grouse Society est. 1961 and is the one plan a shot! international wildlife conservation organiThat scenario was pretty much repeated zation dedicated to promoting conditions throughout the day. I felt like a blundering suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodneophyte - not yet privy to the reality of cock and related wildlife to sustain our the whole experience. On the last flush of sport hunting tradition and outdoor herthe day I finally could pick the grouse out itage. Become a member today, visit of the trees ahead of me. It was more of a feeling really - a flurry of feathers and it was Article courtesy of: gone. Seeing in the woods requires not only a different development of your sight,



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The Last Hunt By Jerry Read He was feasting on the corpse of a dead cow. In no particular manner he ripped more of the stench from the carcass seeking to satisfy his craving. A short distance away, I cowered behind a nearby tree hoping he would not turn my way. It wasn't by choice that I met up with him that day it was simply bad luck. Suddenly he raised his head high and spun his 500-pound plus frame around sniffing the air. He could smell me. Fear washed over me as his black eyes bore two holes right through the locust tree concealing my presence. He knew exactly where I was but not what I was. Survival instincts took over and he bolted to the north, lowered his head

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other to block escape routes along the narrows between the creek and a hillside. Annibal was almost all white with just a little black around his shoulders. He was one of he largest hogs if not largest to ever roam these parts. He was seen quite often but his trail of destruction was seen all the time. He seemed to have split second instincts for survival and this had kept his brood safe. Escape by running through thick brush or standing corn was his mode for self-preservation. Many times he had been hunted but never with any success. When we left for the hunt, I was dropped off at the east end of the nesting field as a look out. Some of the guys were let out at the narrows and the rest went to the north and west of me to drive. After what seemed forever a shotgun discharged about 100 feet in front of me and I heard a deer slug zip past nipping and cracking corn stalks close by. I dropped to my knees, and started hollering to make my presence known when a second and third shot rang out in quick succession. Other guns started firing

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accounted for. I was hoping now that they would just forget about Annibal and call it quits, but my wish was denied. The question was raised if anyone had seen Annibal? I stood my ground and said nothing about my encounter. The men decided to make a big circular drive that would hopefully bag him. My uncle Edgar with his 30.6army rifle would stand guard at the narrows and lay in wait for the white flash. As the guys headed out, I wanted no part of it. I was all excited about this hunt to begin with, but now I wanted nothing to do with it. I sat with my Uncle for a while, not much was said, and he is not a wordy man. We could hear the hollering of the shooters trying to get Annibal to move, if he was still around. I was afraid he would be near because this was the home of his brood. Uncle Edgar swiftly swung his gun to the right and started to pull up on a target. There to my surprise was Annibal trotting across the narrows where his brood lay motionless. We could hear his heavy breathing nearly 75 yards away. He stopped and looked around at the carnage. I could

near the narrows and then several shots and men hollering rang out from the northwest, the herd was on the move. Still kneeling in the corn, I suddenly heard the crashing of corn stalks and wild snorting noises moving in my direction fast. Just as I stepped back to the edge of the field, Annibal popped out of the corn right in front of me. Startling him, he slid to a stop and stared at me. It must have been only seconds, but in that moment I felt sorry for him. Obviously he knew what was gong on and that his brood was being decimated by the gun fire. In a white flash he scooted off to the north into another cornfield. I did not sound the alarm. I just stood there and watched the dust of this majestic animal settle to the ground. By now the firing had stopped and the calmer voice of the hunters was the only thing I heard. I cut around the cornfield to join up with them at the narrows. There were hogs laying everywhere, the shooters had accomplished their goal, all accept for Annibal. A head count was taken and the two sows and all the piglets were

not imagine what he was thinking. My ears rang when Uncle Edgar put a bullet through his shoulder area. Annibal shuddered and then took off running to the south. I heard another cartridge being loaded and another blast roared out. He was hit a second time and then disappeared from sight. My Dad, Uncle and I followed his trail of tracks and blood for nearly a quarter of mile before we found him laying on his side in knee high grass. He was breathing slowly with his eyes open. Nobody said anything we just stood there. I slowly moved around by his head and saw his eye follow me, but he could do nothing. His three-inch tusks were snow white and his snout was bigger than a large man's fist.

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WHITETAIL BIOLOGY BY MIKE ROUX • When it comes to knowing and hunting deer, most of us probably consider ourselves pretty well versed. I have found, however, that there are some whose knowledge and experience go far beyond my own on this subject. C.J. Winand is one of America's top whitetailed deer biologists. This man knows as much about deer as Jimmy Dean knows about sausage. Seriously though, he does know his stuff about deer. Much of this biological and behavioral knowledge can come in handy to those of us who hunt deer. I will do my best to accurately pass along what I have learned about deer biology from C. J. Winand. A lot of the deer behavior I had learned in my youth was either substantiated by C.J. or totally shot down. The best example of the lat-

ter is how I was taught that doe always urinate in scrapes. According to C.J., that may happen, but it is not the usual thing for a doe to do. When a doe runs across a fresh scrape, she may just stay in that general area waiting on the buck to return, if she is in estrous. A buck does not have to put his nose in her urine to know she is around and to know she is in season. While we are talking about female deer, let me give you C.J.'s number one tip for herd management: "SHOOT DOES!!" Here is the rational for that, based on a behavioral view; when young deer, say 6 to 8-months old, are still with their mother, they follow her every command. As these small deer begin to mature, the old doe will run them off, literally. She chases

them off with such vigor that most often the young bucks leave this home area, never to return. If this doe had been harvested before the youngsters were chasedoff, the chances are very good that the young deer would stay and mature in this area. If you are managing for trophy bucks, and you see an immature buck trailing a doe, there is a very good chance that she is his mother. By legally harvesting her, you increase the odds that he will stay in and mature in that area. As this buck matures, his need to reproduce grows. As estrous approaches, he will begin to make scrapes on the ground underneath overhanging branches. C.J. says he has documented three types of scrapes. The scrapes that bucks make very early in the season are called "preliminary scrapes". These are possibly territorial markers, similar to tree rubs. These early scrapes are seldom regularly revisited. As the peak of the breeding season grows closer, the buck's scrapes may become more concentrated and more routinely checked. These could be "breeding scrapes".

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This might be an area where the buck wants to find and breed his doe. These scrapes are freshened regularly, especially after a rain or very heavy frost. The third type of scrape is called a "satellite scrape". These are done away from the breeding area and are believed to be similar to the "preliminary scrapes", but made later in the season. The rut is the hormonal peak of the year for mature bucks. For immature and sub-dominant bucks, that peak may come about a month after the primary rut. The secondary rut is a true and documentable phenomenon. This may be the time that young bucks carry-on the bulk of the breeding. When there is a high buck-to-doe ratio, like we have here in Illinois, it is very difficult for the dominant breeding buck to service the entire herd the first time they come into estrous each year. If a doe is not bred on her first cycle, 28-days later she will come-in again. By this time the dominant buck is exhausted. He is spent. This gives


the younger bucks a chance to breed during this secondary rut. Most likely these younger bucks will be breeding doe close to their own age. Theoretically, the subsequent ruts could continue, every 28-days, until all the doe have been bred. Another myth that C.J. dispelled was about spike bucks. C.J. said, "Nutrition, age and genetics, in that order, is what it takes to produce trophy bucks." A spike buck may have been born later and not had the best, most nutritious milk to suckle. The nutritional requirements of his mother may not have been adequately satisfied during gestation. If that spike buck gets a balanced diet and time to mature, the chances are very good that he will develop a full, normal rack. Doe harvest also effects buck size from another nutritional stand-point. Deer compete for food during the winter. The more deer, the less food they get. By maintaining an adequate doe harvest, there is more food available for the bucks and the doe that were

Congratulations to Dave Jackson for taking this beautiful trophy. He shot this buck with his bow in Mason County 10/10/2009. It field dressed out at 215 lb. This is a great typical 10 point… Nice speciman! David is the owner of DJ Calls Co. in Pekin.

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not harvested and are gestating. I fully agree with C.J.. "SHOOT DOES!!" From behavioral and biologic viewpoints, the whitetailed deer is an amazing creature. Their ability


to live and adapt along side us is truly remarkable. We almost lost the whitetailed deer in the early 1940's. Let's get together to help preserve it now, in the new millennium.



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Our quest for giant striped bass began late in May after weeks of rain we squeezed the trip in between thunderstorms. Sound uninviting? Maybe so, but as we arrived the beautiful old lady rested well

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by the Ol' Girl's Beauty. If only she'd give up a few of her treasures tomorrow. With water levels 11 feet over high stage, locating the prized striped bass could be difficult. Tomorrow at 5 a.m. we'd meet our guide, Rich Mikuska of Garfield, Arkansas, locally famous as one of the best striper guides in the Ozarks. Promptly at 5 a.m. Rich pulled up to the Posy Mountain Inn where he'd suggested we stay during our trip. As the boat was launched details showed red in the video camera lens. It obviously was too dark to film. But, it wasn't too early to head out for Van Hollow Point 6 where we'd engage our first fish of the day. Major bait presentation would be live gizzard shad presented several ways. These would include four Yellowbird Planer Boards, two on each side, an orange balloon bobber which would be trailed far behind, and three straight lines laced with split shot to hold the huge gizzard shads down in the water column. All were skillfully dispatched as we quietly approached the limestone-heavily forested point. Suddenly water erupted 75 feet in front to our left. "FISH ON SHAD---TAKE 'EM," yelled our guide. Needless to say, none of us knew exactly what to do until Rich thrust three casting rods in our hands with the instruction to cast. One rod was rigged with a 4-1/2-inch

Polish Jerk, another with a white plastic shad, the third with a Chrome finished Flub Dub looking lure. "Cast before it's too late," came Rich's next comment. And cast we did but with little results. Two of our baits were blown out of the water by fish with no hook ups. As soon as they came, the fish left. As our live shad trolled over the spot a pair of boils appeared behind two of them but no hook ups. Had we missed our chance??? An hour later as the electric motor pushed the boat along a starboard Yellowbird jerked sharply backwards. FISH ON!! But alas it was only a 3-1/2 pound spotted bass, which had attacked a live 10-inch hickory shad. How such a small fish could hook up on such a large bait I'll never know. Two hours later after much searching we were still without the trophy striper Beaver is known for. Beaver Lake, one of the oldest TVA lakes isn't known for lots of fish, just big fish. Anglers looking for a wall hanger often choose Beaver as the destination to fulfill their trophy dreams. With fishing guide time beginning at 5 a.m. the day ends at two in the afternoon. We were fast approaching quitting time when our boat slowly trolled past a flooded

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timber point. Rich commented that he'd seen several shad break water surface just ahead. Maybe, just maybe, there'd be a large striper beneath them. Moments later the port yellowbird had several boils behind it as the gizzard shad it trolled raced to the surface in an attempt to avoid a predator chasing it. We held our breath!!! Then the boils ceased and the commotion ended--Nothing. "Let's give that fish one more go at our baits. She seems active and if we go over her again---just maybe?" commented our guide as our boat began a large rounding turn to go back over the point-holding fish. We'd passed the point where she would have had a good look at seven of our presented baits. Only the balloon-held shad that trailed far behind was left to pass over her. Then it happened. A huge boil, then another behind the balloon; 'Bobber' Anne was first up on a big fish. Rich quietly instructed her to wait---then wait more until the balloon jerked under and the rod bent backwards hard. She waited what seemed like forever. Then, with another huge boil the rod bent, the balloon went under and Anne jerked the rod from the rod holder and set hard. Now, with 70 yards of line out the setting of the hook on a larger striper isn't just the


jerk of a rod, time racing Bobber Anne with a nice striped bass! it's a heavy to the stararm and board. shoulder The next yank that is four minutes followed by was pure three steps chaos in the backwards in boat as the the boat and other seven another lines were heavy jarring reeled in to shoulder and prevent tanarm motion gling. Added backwards. to this was We were our attempt into fish, a to film the good one! prize both Like so often underwater stripers do, and on top. this one ran Finally, as towards the the huge boat in a striper speedy first passed close run. by while "He's gone Bob Kook, Rich, I've our cameralost him, " man who moaned my was intent fishing parton shooting ner. the underRich instructed her to reel fast. She did water camera, Rich managed to net Anne's and moments later a huge grin crossed fish. Anne's face. Her trophy was still on, this On the boat's bottom Anne's fish proved


to be a beauty, the largest striper since we'd last fished Beaver 17 years ago. Rich guessed the fish's weight between 28 to 31 pounds. Let's call it 30 pounds. That seems fair doesn't it? Look at the pictures attached and you be the judge. Hurriedly we released the fish and congratulated 'Bobber' Anne. Now it was my turn. But my turn never came as lightening storms once again descended on Beaver. I'd have to wait for another day. If you want to hire an excellent trophy striper guide call or write: Rich Mikuska 19578 Posy Mountain Garfield, Arkansas 72732 (479) 359-2332, (479) 640-0087-cell Post Note: If you are interested in a trip for trophy striped bass, the next three months are the best three months for huge stripers. Get a hold of Rich and have a trip of a lifetime. Now the rest of the story! In all the confusion in the boat as the trophy fish came to boat, one of the wires connected to the underwater recorder was pulled out. No underwater film of the big fish. That's the way it goes sometimes when producing a TV show. Until next time this is The Ol' Man hoping you'll RELAX-SAVOR-and ENJOY our great outdoors, it's yours to use and conserve.

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Dear Harry & Cathy, Thanks for letting us fish in your back yard or close to it on Lake Windermere. We had a 3-hour mini vacation that seemed a lot longer and we only drove 20 miles from Peoria. I took photos of the lake and its beautiful fall colors. Pat & Ralph

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"More Dog Days" While the German shepherds of the Larson's and the Johnson's were fixtures and integral parts of my Nokay Lake memories, other dogs have filled the void left by their passing and were or are a significant presence at Leeward Shores. Feather: Several years ago Katie and I traveled with Bob and Muff to Ely for a "weekender" and a visit to the International Wolf Center. On our way back to Nokay we stopped in Grand Rapids for lunch and an opportunity to see some yellow Labrador retriever pups at the home of a The call of famous breeder. "Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!" produced a dozen rollicking, yellow animated furballs, which surrounded and entertained us. From among the plethora of choices, Bob selected the pup with an obvious "I'm the one" in her personality, and Feather rode home with us, mostly asleep on Katie's lap. With some excellent training by Bob and the fine folks at Pine Shadows Kennels, Feather has become a superb hunting dog as well as a wonderful, friendly addition to the Nokay scene. When Katie and I lived in the Heron Lake cabin near Bob and Muff's during the construction of our new cabin, Feather always greeted us and appeared at our door for a treat or two. Though she is afforded the comforts of family pet, Feather is a formidable hunter's companion, working well in the field as well as in the water. Incidentally, Feather is a sister to Summit, owned by Holly (Bob and Muff's daughter) and Dave Connaker. In the water at Heron Lake, Feather loves to "fish," and Summit loves to retrieve - anything. Once we had Fancy Free and Miss Piggy running together. Now Feather and Summit continue the tradition of good dogs at the lake. Ellie: Our English springer spaniel (courtesy of Jody and Randy Drury of Pekin) was one the most "laid back" springers ever! No leash or tether needed. Ellie simply obeyed, stayed put, and watched the world go by.

When we were still in the "resort mode," we didn't take her to the cabin, but after the transition to Leeward Shores, Ellie was a part of our summers at the lake. Not fond of swimming, she preferred to walk the shallows of the shoreline looking for frogs. Once she saw one, the perpetual hunt was on! Every day! All day! Ellie did not force herself on anyone, but once greeted by a neighbor, she would sit at or on his feet as if she...I don't know why! She loved to go in the boat with us, and was fascinated by fish swimming in the livewell. Once she plucked a fine crappie from its captivity and seemed pleased that she had captured it.

Anyway and otherwise, Ellie was the "perfect" neighborhood association dog. She was an even-tempered nat-

ural at home or at the lake. When her dark days came, and we had to say Cont’d. on next pg.

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DAYS… Cont’d. from previous pg. goodbye, her passing left a void in the lives of all who had come to know her unique friendly demeanor. A member of many families, she was mourned. Good dog! Abby: For many years this wonderful golden retriever was the companion of Doug and Kristi Sampson. As a

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her patience at the base of a tree - waiting! Chipmunks. Muskrats. Abby was not particular, but fishing was her passion. Suddenly and unexpectedly Abby passed away this summer of 2009. The day before, she fished heartily but had to be encouraged (unusual) to go on a paddleboat ride with Kristi and Katie. Not feeling well? Anyway, she was older. But the next morning she did not wake up to chase the day's pleasures. A devastating loss for Doug and Kristi, we all shared in the pain. A gloom descended on Leeward Shores, as the glowing happiness of a faithful friend was no longer present to brighten our days. Abby - fishing, running, playing, "marching" in place as we rubbed her "derriére," looking for treats in my pocket, bringing us one of her favorite toys, tolerating our springer Maudie. Abby - part of the love and lore of Nokay Lake. Good dog! Maudie: A year without a dog after Ellie's passing was enough. We almost joined Bob and Muff in the yellow lab market, but we weren't quite ready. When we had an opportunity for a neighborhood springer pup, we welcomed Maudie to the family. Named for a character in To Kill A Mockingbird (Miss Maudie Atkinson)

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we hoped she would be something like Ellie. WRONG! Maudie is more typical of springers - hyper, busy, or whatever one might label them. We are convinced she has ADHD! But she loves the lake! Nokay and Maudie were/are a perfect match! She will swim, race down the dock to retrieve her toy, and fish (Abby taught her) all day, or for as long as we are around to watch and throw her toy. Like a child, sometimes, she demands attention. She searches the shallows for hours, as Abby did. She hasn't caught anything yet, but we might add obsessive/compulsive to her psychological profile. No fish? No problem! Keep trying! She "sleeps in" in the morning, but she is excited about evening boat fishing. Like Ellie fish in the livewell fascinate her. She likes to pursue fish dropped onto the deck or fish airborne being tossed into the livewell. She likes to lick the fish, except for rock bass or northerns. Maudie loved Abby and would often race to "her house" to play or fish. Sometimes Abby would come down to fish - in deeper water where Maudie couldn't bother her. Maudie and Abby "running so fast" were sometimes a blur of little dog and big dog. I think Abby was Maudie's hero (heroine?) and one



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of the few dogs Maudie really cared for. I know there was confusion when Abby no longer answered the call. Dogs have friends, too! Maudie's energy is often a source of frustration. She barks - lots. She rushes barking to greet everyone and every vehicle in sight. She just cannot help herself. She doesn't become friends with other dogs easily. She does well with Feather. She likes Charlie, another golden belonging to Kristi's parents, Denny and Sue Gustafson, but then she met Charlie through Abby. She tolerates Scooter, a pug accompanying Doug and Kristi's daughter Melissa when she and her husband Dennis come to their cabin. Jon Sampson's black Lab, Sadie, is another "challenge" for Maudie. So much power and energy! We hope she eventually accepts Bella, the golden pup that is beginning to help fill Abby's place. (Abby can't be replaced!) Bella has Maudie's energy and wants to play all the time. Maudie is to Bella what Abby was to Maudie? We're all hoping for the best. Next summer Bella will be Abby's size, and maybe Maudie will become the playmate she was for Abby. Whenever we travel to Nokay, Lake Mille Lacs is a most welcome sight because we are almost "there." At


about that point we are more and more anxious, and Maudie becomes aware. When Nokay comes into view, Maudie is bouncing around the TrailBlazer, becoming an uncontrollable bundle of excitement. Out the door - into the water. The Promised Land! No matter how cold the water, especially in the spring when ice has not been long gone, Maudie is in! If she weren't a dog she might turn blue, but no way can she be kept from her fishing. She does drive us nuts at times, and we wish she had a bit more of Ellie's demeanor. However, she does provide us with a life of affection and entertainment. Like all of the others. Good dog! So dogs have been a part of life at the lake for what has now been fifty-seven summers. From Pal in the beginning to Maudie now, the company of a good dog only enriches the memories of times, which would still be a pleasure otherwise. Nokay without dogs? Life without dogs? Anyway, I wouldn't be relishing the sight of Maudie leaping at full run from the dock, or Abby fishing, if we hadn't made that first trip to Nokay in 1953 to meet the Larsons, and Pal. Thanks, Mom and Dad! Next: "More Folks at the Lake" Copyright: 2009

FALL RIVER WALLEYE TACTICS By Ted Takasaki and Scott Richardson

River fishing for walleyes heats up in the fall, so get ready for some of the best fishing of the year. Rivers and jigs are like peanut butter and jam... they go together. Here are some jigging tactics for catching fall-run eyes. Rivers are typically not as weather-affected as lakes are. The water tends to be dirtier in rivers, so walleyes can be caught somewhat shallower than in lakes. And when they are shallow, they are easier to catch. Reading current and understanding where the fish are located is important as well. Fish will often stack up in the slack water areas and near sharp bends in the river. Due to lower rainfall, the fall season tends to have lower river levels and decreased current flow. So, first good 'rule' to know is that you should concentrate on deeper channel edges where there is more


current. For many anglers, it's first nature to think about rivers, jigs, and walleyes during the springtime. Due to their instinct to spawn, 'eyes are concentrated in rivers across their range and jigs are an effective way to catch them. Fewer anglers realize it, but there is another time (fall) when walleyes head toward what will be their spring spots. It's the period beginning with the first cold snap of autumn. Most anglers who crowd boat ramps early in the year are in tree stands by then. The best fishing of the season is about to start, and you can often have the best spots to yourself. The patterns that begin to work in September and October keep catching fish right through ice-up, and one overriding force-current-dictates the best spots to find river walleyes and sauger. Current dictates where fish should be and where they are going to be. As water temperature falls and days shorten, walleyes move from summer haunts and travel upstream. Dams or rapids eventually halt the migration. They spend the coldest months in relatively deep water, near places where they'll lay the eggs that are already developing. Fish pause to rest wherever they can escape the heaviest current flow along the way. As a result, neckdowns (spots where current flushes through narrow areas) are key. Walleyes must funnel through them. They tend to rest before and after the neck-downs. Anglers often overlook another type of prime fall fishing territory where the effect of current isn't so Cont’d. on next pg.



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TACTICS… Cont’d. from previous pg. dramatic. Take a river map and pinpoint the first set of river bends above long straight stretches. Slack water, deep water, moderate current and current breaks are usually present in the river-bend areas. Avoid the straight stretches of river where there isn't much change in the current. Later in the fall, the majority of fish reach deeper areas near their spawning grounds, and that's where you should Even the classic deep water zone be, too. just below dams can be relatively Areas just below the dam unpressured in later fall. Trophy can be excellent, although there's often more boat traf- walleyes like this one caught by Ted fic there. If that zone is are predictable in autumn, when crowded with other anglers, they make 'staging migrations' into the vicinity of next spring's try working over deeper holes and sharp bends in the river spawning areas. If you encounter within the first mile or so crowds near the dam, follow Ted's downstream. additional insights to find good

fishing farther downstream.

Gear and Presentation Tips Here's the common school of thought when it comes to choosing the right-sized jig: you need enough weight so you can feel the jig as it touches bottom. Start light, but if you don't have control over your

jig, switch to a heavier one. You have to know where your jig is at all times, and if you are guessing, you may not be where the fish are-which is right on the bottom. Making adjustment to the weight of your jig is easy now, due to the new, Lindy XChange jig system. This system allows you to make quick changes to jig weight and color without re-tying. Super braided line, like Power Pro, with the strength of 10-pound monofilament and the diameter of 2-pound mono, is a great aid. Its small diameter causes less drag against the water as you slip downstream, so you don't need as much weight to stay vertical below the boat. Its nostretch qualities transmit the slightest bump. High-vis braided line also allows you to watch for strikes and detect

the bottom. A lot of people don't use high-vis line, but they're missing the boat. The best jig anglers in the world are line watchers. If you aren't watching your line at all

times, you can miss fish. Minnows ranging from 2 to 4 inches are the preferred live bait in fall. Crawlers can work as well. Tipping your jig with plastics can also be productive. Be aggressive with plastics and pop them off the bottom to make them look alive. This will often cause a reaction strike. Jig color? There's no doubt that color can make a difference on certain days. Make sure that all boat partners start out the day with different colors to see if the fish show a preference. Instead of leaving a spot when the action stops, try switching colors to see if that sparks action from other walleyes who may want a little different look. A major factor in success on the river is mastering the use of your bow-mounted trolling motor. Chasing your line, which is the same as 'slipping with the current,' requires making small adjustments to your boat speed in order to keep your line directly beneath you. If you don't feel comfortable using the trolling motor, then just drop an anchor. There have been many trophy walleyes caught by just sitting still. Watch your sonar and GPS to be sure you drift over your waypoints and maintain your depth. Mark obvious structure, like the tips of points or rock piles, and where you have caught fish. Rather than letting other boats or the wind push you over unproductive water, reel up, move the boat back into position, and let the jig back down rather than wasting time drifting over less-productive water. Don't put away the boat too soon. Autumn offers some of the best walleye fishing of the season. It just might become your favorite time of the year.

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Andrew Vavra

PF's Merchandise & Marketing Specialist

PHEASANTS, FACEBOOK AND THE FUTURE OF CONSERVATION How the advent of online social networking can help the well-being of wildlife

Twenty years ago, we couldn't have dreamt how powerful the Internet would become, or how much of an asset it would be to telling our conservation story and engaging new members. Last year, nearly half a million people visited Pheasants Thousands of those visitors became our newest PF & QF members or bought merchandise. Add those sales to the advertising revenue generated by our sponsors' website advertisements and it's easy to see the financial and educational impact our on-line presence has had to our on-the-ground conservation mission. I began working at Pheasants Forever a little over a year ago, being an avid bird hunter, I understood the importance of working hard to preserve and improve the outdoor world I had learned to love from a very early age. However, I also saw a large disconnect from my generation. My friends enjoyed the outdoors, but weren't active in conservation organizations. I believed this wasn't because my peers weren't listening, but rather, they weren't being reached. The current average age of a PF member is 49, and this num-



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ber is rapidly climbing. PF's must recruit a younger audience to keep flourishing It is for this reason we have begun to use Internet social networking as a way to reach the 18 to 34 year old population. Online social networking, that has millions of people connected. Various unique websites provide a common platform for everyone to connect, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. These websites all have one thing in common, providing a wealth of opportunity to unite with other people having similar interests - ours being habitat conservation - for free. Facebook 200 million active users worldwide, is the world's largest social network. It allows users to join networks based on various criteria such as region, workplace and schools attended. Once a part of a network, then create your own personal profile and find friends, family members, coworkers and others you wish to stay in touch with. Create "Groups" and "Fan Pages" for people to join so that they may discover new contacts who share commonalities. PF's fan page can be found by typing "Pheasants Forever" in Facebook's search area. PF now has 2,500 fans on Facebook, and of these fans, 70 percent fall between the ages of 13 and 35 - our missing demographic. The PF fan page lets visitors participate



in quizzes on prairie flowers and dog identification, receive reminders about keeping you and your dog safe in the field, learn about pheasant biology and hunting hot spots, find updates on pheasant related events occurring all throughout the country and more. Become a fan and ask us questions, share your own pictures and watch our latest videos covering everything from dog training to proper shooting techniques. LinkedIn Another social networking website utilized by PF is called LinkedIn ( This site is similar to Facebook in its ability to connect and share ideas with others; however, it is especially oriented for business-related activities and events. LinkedIn provides an arena for professional and personal networking to take place on a grand level. Giving and receiving feedback and recommendations with governmental agencies, discovering new business opportunities and strengthening bonds with existing members and partners is PF's focus on this site, and we want you to take part in it. Join the Pheasants Forever LinkedIn group and participate in opinion polls and surveys, receive the latest upland gaming news, learn about job postings and find information on upcoming events - all while being able to provide us with feedback on how we can continue to be the most effective conservation Cont’d. on next pg. •



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organization in the nation. Twitter The Internet is also abuzz with "tweeting," or "micro-blogging" on Twitter ( A "tweet" is a short posting of text that can be up to 140 characters long, this post is then displayed on your profile and sent to everyone else who is following you. This is a great way for our supporters to follow our minute-to-minute activities aimed at putting habitat on the ground and birds in the sky. In today's fast paced world, if you're not moving forward you're falling behind. We can't afford to be stagnant with all of the looming threats to wildlife and declining hunter recruitment numbers. Any opportunity that allows us to connect with members as well as gain more supporters is one we must take. It is no surprise that my generation seems to be dragging its feet when it comes to being conscious about conservation issues, but time has not run out and we here at "The Habitat Organization" are going the extra mile to open up avenues for gaining the younger age groups' interest and support. PF has never been more accessible, with opportunities to provide instantaneous feedback to our article postings and the ability to post questions

Bob Hendricks

Thanksgiving November brings a time of thanksgiving. Being thankful for all that we have in a world where many go to bed hungry. Our economic situation now has that we at PF and other avid outdoorsmen and women can answer -immediately - are just a few of the benefits of joining our online communities. Later on down the road, social networking could become an instrumental tool in selling tickets to chapter banquets, rallying volunteers, and gaining the attention of legislators, but nonetheless, one thing is clear: The future for pheasants is being decided today. Meet us on the web and help put more wildlife in the fields. Contact Andrew at:

certainly made us aware of how it feels to lose some things that we once took for granted such as a job, or losing a home, losing the things that we had grown accustomed to. I think most of us have suffered some kind of loss in the past year. So how can we be thankful in a recession and in times when our very security is threatened in one way or another? By remembering the things we have and the things that could have been. If you have food in your frig you are blessed, if you have a warm coat, and a place to live you are blessed. IF you have friends, family, and people that care about you, you are blessed. If you have a healthy body you are blessed. If you can see, hear, smell, taste, you are blessed. These are all things that we take for granted but seldom realize just how blessed we are to have them. In life there are no promises that things will always be great and hard times will never knock on our door, but if you have lived long enough you know that along with life's joys there are times of rain. It is a part of life. In hard times it is good to remember what might have been. Perhaps that safe trip you took could have turned out differently with a terrible wreck or worse. What about that germ that you were exposed to but your body rejected it, you never knew but you were blessed and spared from sickness. How close did someone you care about come to not making it

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home had God not been watching over them? The things that could have been could go on for longer than I have room in this column. My point in all of this is that no matter how bad it seems, no matter how many reasons we can think of not to be thankful our blessings from God far outweigh the bad in our life. Now is not the time to grumble and ask why we have suffered loss this past year but a time to thank God our father in heaven for all of the many blessings he has bestowed on us, some even unknown to us. You may be thinking that you don't have anything to be thankful for but if you stop and really think about it I think you will come up with a pretty good list of blessings in your life. The Bible says in the book of Isaiah chapter 40 verses 29-31 "He gives power to the weak, and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. This Thanksgiving season is here so count your blessings and trust God in faith to give you strength to endure whatever you may be going through and as always good hunting my friends! "As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God." Psalm 42


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SITKA GEAR Brings a Revolution in Clothing for Serious Hunters By Brodie Swisher

When I was first introduced to Sitka Gear several years ago, I knew I had stumbled across a product unlike any other offered by the hunting industry. It appeared that quality and comfort in hunting garments had finally come together. I had the opportunity to talk with Sitka Gear owner, Jonathan Hart, and pick his brain as to what the buzz on Sitka Gear is all about. The guys at Sitka had a simple goal: to introduce to the hunting industry a system of clothing that incorporates the latest high-performance fabrics with a mountaineering design philosophy. Sitka has created a line of clothing


that is engineered to perform under the various circumstances that hunters experience, while hiding them with an extremely effective, multi-season pattern called Mountain Mimicry. Sitka developed fabrics that wick moisture, incorporate twoway and fourway stretch for comfort and mobility, block wind and h a v e Durable Wa t e r Repellant (DWR) finishes. All of their gear is designed to be quiet and tough enough to withstand extreme abuse. "We set strict guidelines on design, stressing a minimalist approach to eliminate bulk, decrease weight and increase packabil-

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ity," says Hart. On Sitka Gear you will find storm-proof zippers versus bulky storm flaps, taped seams versus folded over, internal cuffs for heat and pockets you can use with a pack on. What you will not find is 10 pockets on one jacket, hidden lanyards, micro LED's or chemical h e a t warmers. Just what y o u need; no more, no less. Sitka Gear is based on the triedand-true system of layering, which gives the hunter the flexibility needed for hunting in the widest range of weather conditions. Sitka offers a moisture-wicking base layer, warm


thermal layer, quiet and tough DWRfinished soft shells, and a bombproof outer shell. This allows you to climb light when you are heating up and to control your temperature when you are slowing down or when the weather changes. Sitka also incorporated the latest in scent prevention technology with Encapsulated Silver. This Scent Prevention System is built into all of their next-to-skin pieces. Silver has proven itself invaluable, as it kills bacteria on contact, eliminating your body's natural odors from reaching the noses of wary game. Two systems, brought together as one...the S2 system. The latest craze in the Sitka camp is the partnership with OPTIFADE Concealment Technology. W.L. GORE (makers of GORE-TEX), assembled the team of experts to explore and then develop a solution to better hide from the eyes of a deer or other ungulates. By understanding how a deer sees, they were able to create OPTIFADE Concealment. A pattern that is designed to not blend into the background, but instead disappear in the eyes of a deer. Until now, visual concealment has been designed Cont’d. on next pg.


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GEAR… Cont’d. from previous pg. from the perspective of the human eye. To create the new GORE OPTIFADE pattern, the team at W.L. Gore worked with a panel of scientific advisors and employed the latest research in animal vision science, camouflage science and computer technology to create a proprietary new concealment pattern. In contrast to mimicry camouflage, which attempts to make the hunter closely resemble his environment, Gore's technology aims to prevent the animal from recognizing a hunter as a predator, even if the hunter is detected. GORE OPTIFADE Concealment incorporates a micro and a macro pattern. The unique micro-pattern considers the way a deer or other ungulate perceives color, the ratio of positive to negative space and other visual elements to create an effect that allows the hunter to blend with the animal's perception of the environment. The macro-pattern breaks up the symmetry of the human body so that if a hunter is detected, the animal will not be able to

identify the hunter as a predator. Experts point out that predators in the animal kingdom operate on the same macro and micro pattern principles. "Stalking predators, like tigers, have a macro-pattern of stripes that break up their body symmetry as they move through their environment. Ambush predators, like spotted leopards, utilize micro patterns that enable them to blend with their environment while poised to attack," says Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Tim O'Neill, PhD, one of W.L. Gore's advisors on the the project. "Human hunters both stalk and ambush, so we've used scientific research and technology to combine the best practices of the animal kingdom. GORE OPTIFADE Concealment is a whole new category of concealment. Interestingly, in the wild, mimicry patterns like those on more traditional hunting camouflage are most often employed by prey - not by predators." This is a very interest-

ing camo concept, to say the least! To learn more, visit The crew at Sitka has answered the call for more cold weather garments with their new Kelvin Series of insulating garments. Lightweight and packable, the Kelvin Jacket has an extreme heat-to-weight ratio. Filled with Primaloft(r); a synthetic high-loft insulation this jacket is designed to distance the atmospheric climate from your skin. Built for the most extreme and cold situations, the Kelvin is no joke. Designed to layer underneath an appropriate outer shell, the Kelvin is Sitka's warmest insulating jacket. Quite possibly one of the slickest new offerings from Sitka is the new Dutch Oven. A flagship in design, the Dutch Oven represents yet another technological landmark. Designed around cutting edge

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technology developed for US Special Forces, the Dutch Oven is not only an insulated vest, but a portable source of heat and power. Enabled with Ardica, the Dutch oven has 3 heat settings, 3 heating panels, and a removable & rechargeable battery. The vest is also equipped with the ability to charge any device USB enabled while being worn. No more excuses of being cold in a tree stand, the Dutch Oven will keep you toasty! To check out the complete line of garments from Sitka Gear, visit

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Syracuse, Utah deer hunter survives shocking encounter with angry mountain lion By Mitch Shaw Standard-Examiner Davis Bureau

Syracuse, Utah -- On the first day of deer hunting season, David Garcia felt an awful lot like a deer. It was a classic case of the hunter becoming the hunted on the Oct. 17 season opener of the Utah deer hunt, as the 48-year-old Syracuse resident found himself face to face with a full-grown, 150-pound mountain lion. Garcia, who has been an avid deer hunter since he was 13, was in New Canyon near Randolph when he encountered the female mountain lion. It was about daybreak. Garcia had hiked to a pinecovered area and begun scouting for deer. "I was standing there and I heard a stick break behind me," Garcia said. "I expected to see a squirrel or something, but I saw this 150-pound mountain lion staring right at me." Garcia said the sight of the cat sent him into an immediate state of shock. "When I saw her, it sent a chill through my spine that I can't explain. I was trembling," Garcia said. "I didn't know whether to pass out or run or what. I thought about trying to scare her, but I thought if she calls my bluff, she's going to have me for lunch."

Garcia said he had only a few seconds to decide what to do and ultimately decided to use his rifle as a measure of self-defense. "When I turned around, she immediately went into a crouch and started hissing like crazy," Garcia said, "so I lifted my rifle and looked through my scope and all I saw was her head -- then I just fired." The bullet went through the mountain lion's neck, passing through the heart and exiting near its front shoulder. Investigators from the Ogden branch of the Division of Wildlife said the mountain lion was only 9 yards from Garcia when he shot it. "The wildlife officer said she could have made that distance in one bound," Garcia said. Lt. Scott Davis, a conservation officer with the Ogden branch of the state Division of Wildlife, responded with other wildlife officers. "I asked David how he was doing on the deer hunt," Davis said. "But he was pretty keyed up and told us he just killed a mountain lion." The wildlife officers investigated and determined Garcia acted in self-defense. "He was worried about getting arrested for shooting it," Davis said. "But we found the spent cartridge, looked at the footprints -- all the evidence indicated that he was protecting his life." Davis said the cat may have been in attack mode to protect nearby kittens. "This particular cat was nursing, and there is a good chance there were kittens in the area," he said. "And it's just motherly instinct to protect those kittens." Davis said cougar sightings and attacks seem to

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have increased over the past few years and that people trekking into the outdoors should be prepared. "The last thing you want to do is run," Davis said. "Stand tall, make noise, grab sticks, rocks, do anything you can to scare it. If it does get ahold of you, do anything you can to inflict pain -- hit, kick, poke eyes, anything." Davis said cougar sightings should be reported to the Division of Wildlife by calling county dispatch. Thanks to for sharing this story!

MISSOULA, Mont. Which areas of North America have produced the most Boone and Crockett trophies so far in the new millennium? With appearances in 9 categories of big game species and subspecies, Alaska is tops and easily guessed. Longtime trophy mainstays like Colorado for mule deer and Montana for bighorn sheep also remain at their lofty spots. But even the most discerning hunter might be surprised at other states on the list. Illinois, for example, is out to a big jump on recordclass whitetail deer. Utah is the new pistol-hot destination for monster elk. Nevada has emerged as No. 1 for desert sheep and, amazingly, also makes the list for trophy mountain goats. "Boone and Crockett records have always been a classic indicator of habitat quality and on-the-ground performance of conservation and management programs. The states and provinces on this list are the best of the best right now," said Eldon Buckner, chairman of the Boone and Crockett Club's Records of North American Big Game Committee. "We congratulate these respective wildlife agencies and hold up their work as a model for conservation and game management in the 21st Century." Here are the top 3 trophy producing areas, by type. The number in parentheses is actual entries into Boone and Crockett records (typical and non-typical combined, where applicable) since 2000. Cont’d. on next pg.

Specialized Real Estate for Farms, Hunting, and Wildlife Management FULTON COUNTY Harris Twp Sec 35 and Farmers Twp Sec 1: 139 acres This farm is located along the Spoon River and is very private. Big timber and lots of brush. This is a sleeper in Fulton County at only $479,550

PIKE COUNTY Montezuma Twp Sec 34: 119 Acres, with 14 tillable and 100 in timber. Big bucks, big turkeys lots of timber, B & C taken off farm in 2007. Several nice deer taken off the farm over the years . $ 529,550 SCHUYLER COUNTY Fredrick Twp Sec 12 & 13 and Hickory Twp Sec 7 & 18: 180 Acres with 85 tillable. This property is the ideal hunting retreat. Beautiful cabin overlooking a well stocked pond. Comfortably sleeps 8. New Machine shed (30x40) for all the toys. Perfect mix of mature hardwood timber and crop fields. Loaded with trophy bucks and big goblets. This is your new home away from home. $650,000



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TROPHIES… Cont’d. from previous pg. BEAR Alaska brown-Alaska (195), Black-Wisconsin (238), Pennsylvania (118), Alaska (97) Grizzly-Alaska (88), British Columbia (50), Yukon Territory (5) BISON- South Dakota (42), Wyoming (36), Utah (17) CARIBOU Barren ground-Alaska (55), Yukon Territory (8) Central Canada barren ground-Northwest Territories (74), Manitoba (19), Newfoundland (1) Mountain-British Columbia (48), Northwest Territories (44), Yukon Territory (29) Quebec-Labrador-Quebec (113), Newfoundland (10) Woodland-Newfoundland (89), COUGAR-Idaho (36), Alberta (31), Colorado (31), Montana (31) DEER Columbia blacktail-California (155), Oregon (76), Washington (20) Coues' whitetail-Mexico (117), Arizona (60), New Mexico (6) Mule-Colorado (234), Saskatchewan (88), Wyoming (67) Sitka blacktail-Alaska (54) Whitetail-Illinois (523), Wisconsin (442), Iowa (339)

ELK American-Utah (120), Arizona (86), Montana (47) Roosevelt's-Oregon (54), California (50), British Columbia (19) Tule-California (28) MOOSE Alaska-Yukon-Alaska (158), Yukon Territory (30), Northwest Territories (7) Canada-British Columbia (117), Maine (39), Alberta (25) Shiras'-Wyoming (84), Idaho (70), Montana (62) Muskox-Nunavut (56), Alaska (34), Northwest Territories (31) Pronghorn-Wyoming (339), New Mexico (207), Nevada (102) Rocky Mountain goat-British Columbia (107), Alaska (52), Nevada (24) SHEEP Bighorn-Montana (220), Alberta (32), Oregon (29) Dall's-Alaska (59), Northwest Territories (26), Yukon Territory (20) Desert-Nevada (61), Arizona (53), Mexico (41) Stone's-British Columbia (30), Yukon Territory (4) WALRUS Atlantic-Nunavut (2) Pacific-Alaska (11) Complete Internet access to the Boone and

Crockett Club's trophy records database is available via subscription to Trophy Search. Records from 1830 to the present may be searched by species, locations, years and more. An annual subscription is $50 (Boone and Crockett Club members receive a discount). Order at or by calling 888840-4868.

Denny Austad ‘09 world record nontypical elk, Utah, 478-5/8 About the Boone and Crockett Club: Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair-chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the National Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For details, visit: WWW.BOONEANDCROCKET TCLUB.COM

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PROBLEM SOLVED, PEOPLE: Seattle's First Gun-Ban Sign Stops Criminals in Their Tracks By Caleb Hannan The ineffectual boondoggle that is Mayor Nickels gunban is in place. And guess what? Now there are signs! West Seattle Blog reader Hillary snapped this photo at the central Lincoln Park playground. Her reaction: "Had I seen these signs in Seattle parks as a prospective home buyer, I would have chosen the 'burbs, assuming there must be firearm problems if there have to be signs on playgrounds. (Which, now that I live here, know is not the case). Signs and laws don't dissuade gang members from wielding their guns in any public location, unfortunately. As far as I'm concerned, the only things these signs accomplish are decreased property values and creating unnecessary fear in law-abiding citizens. " "I had to respond to my 2 year-olds questions about "The sign with the gun on it" today.... Maybe they should also post "No Drugs" and "No Sex" signs at the park. I'd love to have to explain those things to him while he's still in preschool. I am, of course, angrily sarcastic." For the love of God, Hillary. Don't give them any more ideas!



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