2013-09-19 / Outdoors

Fish Report

Well, if you have been up in the early morning hours when the temperature has been in the 30’s there would be no doubt in your mind that fall is here. In fact, when you turn on your windshield wipers and the water crystals do not move you know fall is here.

Then as the clouds move across the sky they sure have that fall look to them. Put on top of this the fact that bird season is now open and the leaves are turning and life in the U.P. is getting into the best time of year for a lot of us.

This falls under what might have been. If you are a hunter and you come across a 15 point buck that had got tangled up in a fence and died you have to think if only he had walked through during hunting season.

They are getting some real nice fish down at the river. Plus from what I have been told, they have some good size to them this year. It sure is interesting when you stop and recall all the problems the fishermen had trying to locate the fish during the summer out on the big lake and now the river is having a good run.

It has been awhile since they caught some fall fish in the 20 pound weight class. But it sure does make for some fun down on the river.

If you have been following the action down in Lansing they finally made the move and increased the cost of hunting and fishing licenses. From what I read they incorporated a number of licenses together so each license covers more activities.

I have read about some of the action taken, but I will have to do some more reading to make sure just how things stand now. I am sure there will be a lot written about it so you can find out.

In all the driving Wifee and I do out in the woods, we have not seen near the deer we usually see. In fact, when you consider both deer and partridge, our count is way down. Hopefully it is just a case where we have not spotted wildlife in our travels and they will show up when it counts.

I have mentioned a number of times in my report that the number of hunters continues to go down in a lot of states, in fact in most states. So I found it rather interesting when I read the following article from Wisconsin as to what they are doing to try to increase the number of hunters.

Hunters who are able to recruit three new people into hunting would be eligible for a half price license the following year, under a new Department of Natural Resources program that seeks to encourage active hunters to introduce new people to hunting.

“Becoming a mentor may take a year to accomplish. However, it comes with immediate – as well as lifetime – rewards,” said Keith Warnke, DNR hunting and shooting sports coordinator.

Warnke says if three new hunters list a mentor as their “recruiter,” the mentor may receive a license of his or her choice at half-cost the next license year.

Apprentices can purchase a firsttime hunter’s license for $5. The mentor then provides his or her DNR customer identification number to the apprentices and has them call the DNR. The apprentices simply gives the mentor’s identification number as the person who recruited them.

“If you accumulate three recruiter points, you receive a half-price license for you next year,” Warnke says.

“New hunting partners can become friends for a lifetime,” Warnke said, adding mentors can suggest the opportunity to family members, co-workers and friends. “And it is a great way to share the state’s hunting heritage.”

Warnke says those who are interested in hunting but don’t know how to start also can use the rewards program. “Ask a friend to take you hunting and explain this program,” he says. “There are hunters who can help you. And now it’s easy to reward them for their time.”

I guess it is funny because it is hard to make a lot of people realize that there is a lot more to hunting than just getting something. In order to enjoy hunting you have to also enjoy nature and the great outdoors as a whole.

As I have said over and over there is really as much or more enjoyment in scouting an area, trying to figure out and outwit the game you are after than feeling you always have to get something. If you go into hunting looking at the big picture you will have a lot more fun in the long run.

So get out and enjoy the fact that there is another fall here for you to enjoy.

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