Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan outdoors news and tips
- Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:23
Two retired Michiana school teachers have presented their historical displays of antique tackle at the Niles Riverfest for 23 years and they’ll do it again this year at the Riverfront Park Aug. 2-3 from 9 a.m. until dusk.
Ric Ladonski will display over 100 fishing reels ranging in age from the turn of the century through the 1950s. Ric also has also become a national expert on the St. Joseph River’s “mother-of-pearl” antique button industry. He has put together an extensive display of fresh water pearls and mother-of-pearl items for everyone’s enjoyment.
Doug Bucha presents an extensive display of antique fishing lures, which were manufactured by various local companies such as Heddon (Dowagiac), South Bend Tackle Co.(South Bend), Shakespeare (Kalamazoo), Paw Paw Bait Co.(Paw Paw) and Creek Chub Bait Co. (Garrett, Ind.).
- Published on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:31
The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the application period for antlerless deer licenses is now open through Aug. 15. Hunters may apply for one license in any open Deer Management Unit (DMU) statewide; a nonrefundable $5 fee is charged at the time of application. Drawing results and leftover license availability may be viewed at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings beginning Sept. 4.
Antlerless deer quotas have been reduced to about 494,000 licenses statewide, down from about 550,000 for 2013. In the Upper Peninsula, licenses are available only in DMUs 122, 055 and 155, and have been eliminated in other Upper Peninsula DMUs due to the severe winter of 2013-2014 and the resulting losses in the deer herd.
- Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 13:13
In an effort to gather public input on proposed regulations to expand Michigan's bass fishing seasons, the DNR has announced an online survey and public meetings throughout the state in July. For the past year the DNR's Fisheries Division has been working with the Warmwater Resources Steering Committee (a public advisory group) to discuss possible expansion of bass seasons.
The regulation expansion options being discussed would increase fishing and harvest seasons. Under all options, bass populations would still be protected and include a winter no-harvest season, 14-inch minimum size limit and daily possession limit.