2012-09-06 / Outdoors

Fish Report

Well, here we are now into September and with this month comes the start of the hunting seasons and the fall fishing seasons, with some of the best fishing. I have stated a number of times that fall is my favorite time of the year. As I stated last week, with the crazy weather patterns we are having a person really does not know what to expect.

During the week I ran into the party from Gould City that makes Maple Syrup and asked how things were going. He told me what I had already heard from others, with the crazy weather we had this spring they made very little maple syrup. In fact, some made none at all and did not even put out their sap collecting system.

This brings up the article I read where more than $30 million dollars worth of Maple Syrup was stolen up in Quebec, Canada. In fact, this place had so much Maple Syrup stored in their warehouse they had no idea it was even gone until they did an inventory.

It seems they stored all this Maple Syrup in big wooden barrels and had no idea it was even missing and even more interesting they have no idea how it was even taken. This will make it real interesting to track down the thieves if you have no idea who-how-whatwhen or even where it went. It makes for an interesting project just to see if they figure it out.

This is another one of the articles put out by the DNR about Conservation Officers who lost their lives while on duty.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, marks the 55th anniversary of the death of Michigan conservation officer Edward C. Starback, the Department of Natural Resources recently announced.

In 1957, Starback was en route by private airplane to Beaver Island from Boyne City to pick up a Department of Conservation patrol boat he’d left there a few days earlier due to bad weather. About 20 minutes after take-off, another pilot reported the plane had spiraled into Lake Michigan and sunk immediately.

Also killed in the accident was the pilot, Don Watkins, 63, of Boyne City and Streak’s two adult sons - Air Force pilot Maj. Richard Starback, 35, and Carlton Starback, 28. Carlton Starback was an air traffic controller at Willow Run Airport.

“Officer Edward Starback weighed the danger of the waters of Lake Michigan and decided to fly off the island,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “But this decision could not overcome what fate had in store. Officers using their best decisions and judgment are not always shielded from the dangers of the profession. We will always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”

This year marks the 125th anniversary of conservation law enforcement in Michigan. Starback is one of 12 fallen conservation officers whom the DNR commemorated on May 15, when the department dedicated a memorial to conservation officers who have died while in the line of duty. For more information or to contribute to the construction of the memorial, visit www.mcoa-online.net.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

In other news it seems that there was an increase in the number of campers at state parks this year. It seemed to me the times I was at Indian Lake there were a few more campers. It is always good for local businesses when there is an increase of tourist in the area. In fact, I can recall when you could not get into the main park at Indian Lake unless you had a reservation or came early. Just maybe we are heading back to those days.

With the fall season upon us it is no secret that deer season will be here before you are even ready. I have always told you that to be a successful deer hunter I feel you have to spend time working at it.

There are those that feel it is impossible to follow whitetail around to learn their habits so you will have better luck hunting them. This is not true because veteran photojournalist Richard Smith from Marquette has been walking with whitetails for years.

Now Richard has put out a 90 minute DVD called Walking with Whitetails. If you want to improve your hunting skills this DVD is a must. It covers just about everything you need to know about our deer up here. In fact, that is what makes it all the better because it was put out by one of our own. I have always wondered if those Alabama whitetails even know what our local deer put up with.

I really think this DVD will help you out in scouting out an area and outwitting that buck you are after.

Also if you are going out bear hunting remember Richard’s Black Bear Hunting DVD. You can find both of these and other books and DVD’s by Richard P. Smith at http://www.richardpsmith.com So get some help from someone who knows and look up these DVDs.

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