2013-05-09 / Outdoors

Fish Report

Well, don’t you just hate the weather we are having this week! The deer are all over the place and some evenings Wifee and I saw a dozen or more while riding home. All in all, they look in pretty good shape. Hopefully there will be a half way decent fawn crop this spring but I guess we will just have to wait and see.

From what the fishermen are saying they are doing pretty well perch fishing this spring. I was told they are not hitting every day but in general they are making for some happy fishermen. I guess there is not a time of year that fishermen look forward to more than the spring fish runs. Can life get any better up here in God’s Country?

If you are out poking around in the woods or even doing some yard work be careful with any burning because believe it or not, it is quickly drying out. In some places it is really dry while in others there is still a lot of snow lying around. So just be careful with any fire you may have.

In all my travels I have never been able to understand just why some people do what they do. Even when I taught hunter safety I would tell the youth I could never understand why some people feel led to shoot up road signs or shoot some protected species just to do it. The article below brings this to light.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the investigation of a poached bald eagle in Clinton County. USFWS is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for tips or information that lead to an arrest and conviction.

DNR conservation officers are seeking tips and information about a wildlife poaching incident that occurred on April 27 in Clinton County involving a bald eagle.

At about 11:40 a.m. Saturday, April 27, Officers Al Mendez and Jeff Walker responded to a complaint about gunfire and a dead bald eagle found near Alward Road adjacent to Highland Hills Golf Club in DeWitt. The caller saw the bird fall from the sky after the gunshots and retrieved the bald eagle and took it to Sleepy Hollow State Park to turn it in to the DNR. Officers Mendez and Walker were then joined by Officers Jason Smith and Derek Miller to canvass the area around the golf club to look for evidence and suspect information.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to call the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) Line at (800) 292-7800. Information can also be provided online at www.michigan. gov/conservationofficers. Information can be provided anonymously. In addition to the reward offered by the USFWS, information leading to an arrest and conviction is eligible for a cash reward funded by the state’s Game and Fish Protection Fund.

Bald eagles first received Federal and State protection in Michigan in 1940 and 1954, respectively. They continue to be protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and the Michigan Endangered Species Protection law. Under these laws, a person may not kill, harass, disturb or otherwise harm bald eagles. Bald eagles, the national emblem, are one of two species of eagles found in the United States. The image of the bald eagle has had great significance in the formation of the U.S.

Now you have to have a law enforcement sense of humor to even relate to something like this that was sent to me. As Wifee said when I read it to her, “Is this really true?” I don’t know but it makes one wonder.

An illegal alien, in Polk County, Florida, who got pulled over in a routine traffic stop, ended up “executing” the deputy who stopped him. The deputy was shot eight times, including once behind his right ear at close range. Another deputy was wounded and a police dog killed.

The murderer was found hiding in a wooded area. As soon as he took a shot at the SWAT team, officers opened fire on him.

They hit the guy 68 times. Naturally, the liberal media went nuts and asked why they had to shoot the poor, undocumented immigrant 68 times.

Sheriff Grady Judd told the Orlando Sentinel: “Because that’s all the ammunition we had.”

Now, is that just about the alltime greatest answer or what!

The coroner also reported that the illegal alien died of natural causes. When asked by a reporter how that could be, since there were 68 bullet wounds in his body, he simply replied, “When you are shot 68 times you are naturally gonna die.”

Well, seeing the nice weather is here and the bugs are just starting to wake up you still have time to get out in the woods and have fun. I spent some time looking for “sheds” this spring and my record holds true to form I did not find any.

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