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COHOS STOCKED IN INDIANAWATERS OF ST. JOE RIVER
WATCH THE WEATHER FORQUALITY WATERFOWLING
ION STAFF REPORT --While harvest numbers for
this years firearms season arenot yet available, DNR deer
biol-ogist Chad Stewart says Indianais on track for another record
With the dry fall we had, thecorn harvest was vastly
accelerat-ed compared to last year, whichmeans less potential cover
fordeer, said Stewart. I anticipate arecord or near-record harvest,
andobviously, the firearms season isa major component of that
While an early harvest hashelped bowhunters and firearmshunters
alike so far this season,the weather has cooperated aswell.
As with last year, favorableweather conditions were
presentduring opening weekend of thisyears firearms season -- a
factorwhich historically points to anincreased number of hunters
afieldand good hunter success.
Favorable weather condi-tions were a factor in hunters
INDIANA DEER HARVESTESTIMATES REMAIN HIGH
DNR REPORT --Indiana is about halfway
through its various waterfowl sea-sons, and IDNR
WaterfowlBiologist Adam Phelps says heexpects this years overall
water-fowl harvest numbers to be upover last year -- provided
Phelps said the low duck har-vest numbers last year were
mostlikely due to statewide bitter coldand frozen conditions during
theheart of the South Zone's season.
Duck breeding populationsthis spring were about the sameas last
year, with better water con-ditions on the prairies, so
repro-duction should have been good,he said.
Phelps said that dry weatherso far this season has concentrat-ed
birds in the places where therestill is water, so hunters who
canfind marsh areas that have watershould do well -- depending
onthe weather, of course.
The key to the number ofwaterfowl available, as in anyother
year, is the weather, specif-ically cold fronts from the northor
northwest. Those of us in themid-latitude states are
completelydependent on weather to pushbirds to us and not by us, he
killing 35,898 deer on the open-ing weekend of firearms season
in2009, an increase of more than4,700 over the first two days ofthe
2008 firearms season, when aweather system went through onopening
day bringing rain, sleet,and freezing rain to much of thestate.
Aside from good weather onopening weekend, weather condi-tions
were generally favorablethroughout much of this yearsfirearms
season -- a factor expect-ed to boost overall deer harvestnumbers
even further.Preliminary reports from huntersand check stations
indicate goodhunter success during firearmsseason throughout most
areas ofthe state.
Harvest composition onopening weekend is typically anapproximate
60:40 split favoringantlered deer, but more antlerlessdeer are
typically harvested thanantlered deer by the end of thefirearms
season. It is too early totell if this seasons antlered deerharvest
is up or down.
DNR REPORT --Indiana DNR stocked approx-
imately 11,000 coho salmon intothe St. Joseph River nearVeterans
Memorial Park in SouthBend in late November.
The coho salmon were thefirst produced and stocked intothe St.
Joseph River by Indianasince the trout and salmon stock-ing program
began on the river in1984.
The fish were part of a smallsurplus that was recognized
afterthe completion of stocking intoTrail Creek and the Little
CalumetRiver, where 242,000 cohosalmon were stocked from Bodineand
Mixsawbah State FishHatchery.
The fish put into the St. Joewere approximately 6 inches
inlength and will migrate to LakeMichigan after a short time in
Brian Breidert, IndianasLake Michigan biologist said heis
pleased to add this species tothe St. Joe program. I feel wewill
see benefits to the riveranglers beginning a couple ofyears down
the road, but we willalso see some benefit to our LakeMichigan
anglers as early as thespring of 2012, since cohosalmon congregate
each spring insouthern Lake Michigan.
Breidert said the Lake
Michigan stocking team had beenlooking at adding coho to the
St.Joe program since early spring.Plans are underway to add
thisspecies to our suite of stockingsinto the future, he said. We
havereceived support from local sportfishing groups such as
theMichiana Steelheaders, HoosierCoho Club as well as theNorthwest
Indiana Steelheadersjust to name a few. There has beena decline in
the past few years ofour steelhead returns and the man-agement team
has been lookingat reasons behind the declines butalso looking
toward anotherspecies to supplement our steel-head program while
still main-taining our important Skamaniabrood stock program on the
St.Joseph River, Breidert stated.
Ducks Unlimiteds NorthernIndiana Regional Director, DaveNeal,
retrieves two healthy mal-lards during a recent hunt atKankakee
State Fish and WildlifeArea near North Judson. For moreinformation
on DU projects inIndiana, as well as upcoming DUevents throughout
the state, visitwww.ducks.org/indiana. JoshLantz photo.
Coho salmon like this one return totheir stocking locations
during thefall after 2-3 years spent in LakeMichigan. ION
Megan Smith Photo
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Its nice to have friends topick us up and keep us on track.
Chris Jennings is an Indianaboy from Terre Haute who nowlives in
Memphis doing commu-nications work for DucksUnlimited. Chris knows
my lovefor waterfowl hunting. He alsoknows the sad truth that I
hadntbeen duck hunting since 2008.
Chris set-up a couple ofhunts with Indiana DU staffers,Dave Neal
and Jim Blitz, recentlyand insisted that I come along.
Im so glad I did.We enjoyed a couple of great
mornings. The first was an open-water diver shoot on
LakeMaxinkuckee. The second was a
reserved hunt in the corn atKankakee FWA. We shot a lot ofbirds
on these two near-perfectoutings, and I quickly remem-bered
everything I was missing --the camaraderie with kindred spir-its in
the pre-dawn darkness; thesunrise; the joy of an awesomedog.
I cant thank Chris, Dave andJim enough. I cooked my birdson
Thanksgiving and ate themwith my family as appetizers.They were
The whole experienceinspired me to call my old water-fowling
partner, Jay, two dayslater. We see each other regularly,but it had
been over two yearssince we had hunted together.
Jay and I hit the 4:30 AMdraw at Kankakee on a particular-ly
cold and windy morning -- thekind of weather that brings downthe
ducks and brings out the duck
hunters. We drew number 66 of 66hunting parties.
Lacking a blind at Kankakee,our backup plan involved puttingout
a mega-spread of 200-somedecoys on an area lake to temptthe vast
numbers of birds Jay andI were sure would be migratingthat morning.
We set the decoysout an hour after legal shootinglight. It was
eighteen degrees.My waders leaked.
We sat until noon that dayand didnt see any migratingducks. We
saw a few local birds,but didnt decoy a single duck orgoose. The
boat broke downwhile we were picking up ourspread. The experience
was cer-tainly very different than the twohunts Id experienced
earlier thatweek -- yet much was exactly thesame.
Honestly, I cant say which Ienjoyed more.
A Tale of Two Duck Hunts
This months answers FromPuzzle on Page 8
Give the gift of hunting, trapping and fishingA new way of
giving is available for lovers of the outdoors,
with the option of purchasing gift certificates for Indiana
hunting,trapping or fishing licenses.
You can purchase or redeem a gift certificate online
atwww.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5330.htm, and at DNR properties thatsell
hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. The gift certificatesdo
Ducks Unl imitedReleases iPhone App
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speciesof waterfowl in NorthAmerica. The app alsoallows DU members
tobrowse a state-by-state list-ing of all DU events acrossthe
country and provides alink for event details andcontact
The DU iPhone app canbe purchased through iTunesfor $1.99.
Proceeds from appsales will help fund DUsmission.
For more informationgo to www.ducks.org/iphoneapp.
DU Communications Specialist,Chris Jennings, with a tasty pair
ofmallards. Josh Lantz photo.
The Gift of Fishing
We challenged IONreaders last month to tell usthe story of how
theyreceived the gift of fishing.We received several greatstories.
Our winner wasAngie Stanley fromChandler, IN. Read herstory on page
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Ducks Unlimited presents Gov. Daniels with conservation
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holders update their current mailingaddress in the DNRs online
If you possess a lifetime license of any type (basic fishing,
basic hunting, trapping, comprehensivefishing, comprehensive
hunting or comprehensive hunting and fishing) we need your current
address. TheDNR uses the lifetime license address database to
communicate with license holders and select participantsfor
wildlife surveys. These surveys help establish hunting seasons and
bag limits, and help to monitor andproperly manage the wildlife of
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LINTON --Ducks Unlimited presented Indiana Gov.
Mitch Daniels with a Conservation LeadershipAward recognizing
the governors efforts to makeIndiana a leader in public land
conservation. Theaward presentation took place at Goose Pond
Fishand Wildlife Area during a celebration attended
byconservationists to acknowledge the acquisitionand ongoing
restoration of the more than 8,000-acre property.
Long after no one can remember who wasgovernor or what else got
done in our era, GoosePond and our other major projects will be
there forthe protection of Indianas natural beauty and theenjoyment
of the Hoosiers who follow us,Daniels said. Of all the changes weve
made andprojects weve made happen, none will ever mattermore to
Goose Pond FWA had been drained and ditchedfor agricultural use
during the beginning of the lastcentury. Recent efforts have
focused on restoringthe once thriving wetland to high quality
habitat.The area has become a destination for birders whoenjoy
viewing an especially diverse list ofspecies.
The nice thing about working at Goose Pondis that were
continuing to add productive acres forwildlife and people to enjoy,
Mike Sertle, DucksUnlimited regional biologist, noted. Weve
beenworking here for years, slowly restoring the areato a real
Indiana DU State Chair Curt Lee gave remarksrecognizing the
value of partners in effectivelydelivering valuable habitat. He
also discussed theIndiana PRIDE program (Putting Resources
IntoDucks Everywhere) and the potential for local pro-tection and
The reason we can dedicate properties likeGoose Pond is the
commitment of so many part-ners to the task, Lee said. Without the
combinedresources of all of our partners and DU supporters,we
wouldnt be able to enhance this productivearea. We benefit from the
support of the governor,too. Theyre all pieces in the conservation
DU partnered with the Indiana Department ofNatural Resources,
the North American WetlandsConservation Council and 11 other
conservationpartners to acquire and restore the property. TheGoose
Pond FWA was acquired through a NorthAmerican Wetlands Conservation
Act grant, andrestored through both the Wetlands ReserveProgram and
additional smaller NAWCA grants.With more than 6,000 acres of
emergent, scrub-shrub and forested wetlands and 2,000 acres
ofrestored native prairie and hardwood forests,Goose Pond FWA is
one of the premier conserva-
Pepsi on verge of giving $250,000 to HSUS?
The countrys largest anti-hunting group, the Humane Society
ofthe United States (HSUS), appears to be on the verge of getting
a$250,000 grant from Pepsi Cola. The U.S. Sportsmens Alliance(USSA)
and others are working to inform Pepsi about HSUS true, ani-mal
Pepsi will award $250,000 to the top two vote getters in an
onlinegrant program it developed to provide funding to a variety of
projects.Currently, HSUS is leading.
The program, called the Pepsi Refresh Program, was started
inJanuary of 2010. According the rules, it is: an online grant
programwhich makes available millions of dollars to be granted to
projectswhich are intended to improve communities through an
online, demo-cratic voting process
Up to 1,000 ideas can be submitted each month by
individuals,companies and non-profit organizations. Thirty-two of
those ideas willbe approved for funding based upon the number of
votes received fromregistered online users. Of those thirty-two;
two will receive$250,000 and ten each will receive grants of $5
thousand, $25 thou-sand, or $50 thousand.
The Pepsi Refresh Program rules indicate that no proposal
seekingfunding can involve lobbying for the changing of
laws.Consequently, the HSUS proposal that leads in the current
round of vot-ing claims its goal is to rescue animals who are
suffering from extremeneglect.
However, as the USSA has argued many times, this simply frees
upexisting resources for HSUS to continue engaging in public policy
bat-tles. That means battles against sportsmen.
The USSA has drafted a letter to Pepsi describing HSUS history
ofstanding against outdoor traditions and conservation
funding.Another group, the Animal Agriculture Alliance, which
represents manyfarmers, has also sent a letter to Pepsi. Their
letter describes theattacks HSUS has leveled against them.
We are very concerned that Pepsi, like many other companies,
hasbeen misled about the real mission of HSUS, said Doug
Jeanneret,USSA vice president of marketing. They believe the money
will be tohelp animals when, in reality, the grant will merely free
up HSUS todeploy their already vast resources to attack hunting,
farming and mostanimal use. It is important that Pepsi hears from
sportsmen and otherresponsible citizens about this group
Sportsmen nationwide should do two things in response to this
sit-uation: 1) register at the Pepsi Refresh Program website,
www.refre-sheverything.com and vote for a more worthy proposal and;
2) contactPepsi through their consumer phone number, 1-800-433-2652
or gotoQuestion or comment about the Pepsi Refresh Project from
thedropdown menu at the Contact Us page on pepsi.com. Please
askPepsi Co. not to support the HSUS. Explain that HSUS is the
numberone anti-hunting organization in the United States and has
opposedsportsmen on many issues for years. Tell them that if HSUS
is success-ful with its agenda, hunting would be a thing of the
past. Additionally,billions of dollars in wildlife conservation
would be placed at risk dueto the loss of the funding provided
through the taxes paid by sportsmenon their gear.
Pass this message along to a friend and make sure they take
action.Also, ask any friends to join the battle today by signing up
for theUSSAs NO COST Sentry Program! Just
visitwww.ussportsmen.org/beasentry , register and they will begin
receiv-ing alerts just like this one.
tion success stories in Indiana.Among conservation efforts under
leadership: The state launched a major conservation initia-tive
to acquire 43,000 acres of river corridoralong 94 miles of the
Wabash River and SugarCreek in west central Indiana and another
26,000acres along the Muscatatuck River in southernIndiana. Ducks
Unlimited is a partner in the proj-ect. Protected more than 34,000
acres of sensitivehabitat through the Indiana Heritage Trust
pro-gram Developed and opened the Wabashiki Fish andWildlife Area
near Terre Haute Initiated a proposed land exchange betweenCamp
Atterbury in Johnson County and land inPutnam County near the
PutnamvilleCorrectional Facility that will result in an addi-tional
800 acres of recreational land for publicuse Began cleanup of the
Grand Calumet RiversWest Branch in northwest Indiana
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization
dedicated to conservingNorth America's continually disappearing
water-fowl habitats. Established in 1937, DucksUnlimited has
conserved more than 12 millionacres thanks to contributions from
more than amillion supporters across the continent. Guidedby
science and dedicated to program efficiency,DU works toward the
vision of wetlands suffi-cient to fill the skies with waterfowl
today,tomorrow, and forever.
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Indiana officials decided tonot stock walleyes in the St.Joseph
River this year, but notall is lost.
The Michiana WalleyeAssociation and the Indiana DNRhave planted
walleyes the pastfew years in the river betweenElkhart and
Biologist Neil Ledet saysresults of his spring and fall sur-veys
indicate high survival ofwalleyes stocked last year and hedoesn't
want to overload the riverwith too many additional mouthsto
Compared to previous years,Ledet's 2010 spring assessmentshowed
nearly triple the numberof walleyes that survived the win-ter from
last fall's stocking.
If we get too many in there,we may put the steelhead
andsmallmouth at risk, so we decidedto back off this year,
Nearly 15,000 6- to 8-inchwalleyes were stocked by theDNR and
MWA in October, 2010.The fish were purchased from
Gollon Fish Farm, Dodgeville,Wisc. The first winter is criti-cal
to the little fish, Ledet said.The fact that so many survivedbodes
well for the fishery.
Although the fish are plantedupstream, walleyes are notoriousfor
filtering over the dams andinto other sections of the river.That's
why so many fish arecaught below the Twin Branchdam and how the
walleye popula-tion has spread throughout theriver.
The concern this year, saysLedet, is that the young walleyeswill
compete for food with theyoung smallmouth and steelhead.He doesn't
believe skipping ayear will impact severely giventhe strong
survival of last year'splant.
A key reason those fish didso done well compared to earlieryears
is because the DNR andMWA purchased and stocked larg-er fish.
Walleyes that the DNRpreviously acquired fromMichigan were
considerablysmaller and survival was muchlower, therefore they had
to bestocked in higher numbers. WhenMichigan could no longer
supplyIndiana with fish, other sourceswere sought.
Ledet said other concernsentered into his decision. WhenI&M
announced it would dropwater levels to conduct repairs atthe Twin
Branch dam, he felt it
Saint Joseph River Walleye Stocking on Hold
was prudent to not put the stockedfish at risk. The work was
sched-uled to be done around the timethe walleyes would have to
We had to make a decisionwhen the fish were to be orderedin the
summer, so I decided we'dbest err on the side of caution,he
The good news is thereshould be another good stockingnext year.
Money the DNRreceives annually from I&M hasbeen bankrolled and
earmarkedfor a fall of 2011 plant. Thatwould include last year's
money,next year's money and whateverthe MWA can provide through
Oh yes, we will definitelybe kicking off fund-raisers formore
fish starting Jan. 1, saidBarry Ukele, MWA member andone of its
founders. We have anongoing project of collectingaluminum cans (for
recycle) fromour members and we'll be puttingcoin buckets out on
the countersof area retailers.
The club also will be solicit-ing donations from
individuals,clubs and businesses.
Ledet said last year's fish arenow averaging between 12 and
13inches and will likely be of legalsize (14 inches) by next
It appears as though theyaren't growing as fast as they didin
the early stocking years, but
Lead sinkers safe. . .The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
it is denying a petition that called for the ban of lead tackle
The EPA was petitioned in early August by a handful of
envi-ronmental groups to ban lead nationally, which threatened the
useof the majority of jigs and sinkers used by anglers.
In denying the petition, the EPA stated that petitioners didnot
demonstrate that the requested rule was necessary to protectagainst
an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environ-ment as
required by the Toxic Substance Control Act.
Credit the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) fororganizing
anglers who wrote more than 43,000 letters to the EPAurging it deny
they seem to be doing fine, heexplained.
Ledet said his shocking stud-ies also turned up some
older,larger walleyes but not as manyas appeared a few years ago
whenstocking numbers were higher.
Given all the problemswe've encountered getting fish,the river
walleye fishery is stilldoing well, he added.
Ukele agrees. He said walleye
fishing on the river was betterthan expected last year
despitethe stocking cutbacks of a fewyears ago.
I think it's going toimprove now that we're putting inbigger
fish and the survival rateis better, he said. Our clubcaught a lot
of small fish thisyear which indicates the future isbright. And
there were some bigones caught, too.
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Brent Wheat of Lebanon took this tall 8-pointer during the
firearms sea-son in Boone County. Photo provided.
Although it was three in theafternoon when I stepped out ofthe
warm Suburban, the cloudysky and cold air reminded me itwas late
December as I headed tomy stand. The stand was in a largeoak along
a deer trail that most ofthe bucks in the areas used as arub route.
I had noticed severalscrapes along the trail during theNovember
rut. Now, with the sec-ond breeding phase over, thescrapes were
only a vague depres-sion in the snow. I was sure thedeer would
still be using the trailhowever, because it led to theonly field in
three miles that stillhad standing corn, purposely leftto feed the
Before I got to my stand Iknew I was too late. The big
eightpoint buck was there. Althoughhe was only an eight pointer
heoutweighed the aging ten pointbuck I saw standing near him by50
pounds. The eight point buckwould score about 150, the tenpoint
would be just under 170.
Realizing there was no way I
could get near the field withoutalerting the deer I decided to
sitand watch. Within minutes therewere seventeen does and fawns
inthe corn, but neither of the buckspaid attention to any of them.
Iassumed they were all bredbecause I had seen both buckschasing
does in November. As Iglassed the field I noticed aneleven point
non-typical I hadnever seen before, although oneof my hunters had
taken a shotand missed the buck while it waschasing a doe in late
Temperature & WindIn the Midwest, when the
temperature, dewpoint or wind-chill drop below 20 degrees,
deermovement is often restricted toheavy cover, downwind sides
ofhills, low lying, or other protect-ed areas where deer can
escapewind-chills. My research indi-cates that wind-chill is the
deter-mining factor in deer movement.Although I often saw deer
duringthe day when temperatures wereabove 20 degrees I rarely saw
deerin the open when wind speedsreduced 20 degree temperatures
towind-chills below 20 degrees. Itdoesn't take much of a wind to
cre-ate a low wind-chill. A five mileper hour wind at 20 degrees
pro-duces a 16 degree wind-chill. Aten mile an hour wind at
20degrees produces a 4 degree wind-chill.
High wind-speeds alsodecrease deer movement. Strong
Late Season Deer Tactics
winds make it difficult for deer tohear properly, and if the
deer arein wooded areas the wind blowsscent around, bouncing it
offtrees, making it difficult to deter-mine the source of the
scent. Inmost areas wind-speeds between10 and 20 miles per hour
makedeer nervous and cause them tostay in protected areas, or
seekareas where there is less wind.Deer in the plains states,
wherewind speeds often average 15miles per hour are more tolerantof
high winds than woodland deer.
Food When food sources are
scarce, especially after agricultur-al crops have been
harvested,grazing plants have been depletedand mast and berries are
gone,deer are forced to rely primarilyon browse. If other preferred
foodsources are available deer will usethem until they are
depleted, thensearch for another source. Limitedfood sources in
late fall/earlywinter often concentrate the deer -- including older
trophy classbucks -- on the food sources.
Post Rut BucksAlthough early winter creates
harsh conditions in Indiana withlow temperatures, rain and
snow,it is one of the few times duringthe year when bucks carrying
tro-phy racks may be seen together.Because the rut is over the
bucksare no longer antagonistic towardeach other, and they often
to reform the bachelor groupsthey were in before the rut.
Theyare also in search of high qualityfoods in order to gain back
theweight they lost during the rut.This combination of factors
pro-vides late season hunters theopportunity to see several
including some that are trophyclass, together on a regular
The Right Area The key to hunting late sea-
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are hot at the hole-in-wall out ofPastrick Marina, off the reef
atthe Port of Indiana and at CalPark near the state line.
Theseperch are going for large fat-heads and baby roaches.Walleye
are coming on strong atWolf Lake. Use a size 8 or 10Rapala Husky
Jerk. Crappieseem to be hitting everywhere.Salt Creek and the
Little Cal areproducing steelhead on spawn,shrimp and spinners.
North Central IndianaDave Garber at Ye Old Tackle
Box in North Webster reportshot crappie action in the area.Musky
are starting to providesome good action on Webster,The big and
little Tippy and theBarbie Chain. Wawasee is agood bet for perch
and crappie.Dave says the action should onlyget better as the water
Smokeys Wawasee Landingin Syracuse may not be open butthey have
bait outside 24/7available on the honor system.
Northwest IndianaPenny Boisvert wants to
remind everybody thatGreenwood Bait Shop will beclosed until
March 1st .
Jessica Waller from A & LTackle in North Judson tells
methere is a good crappie bite onMaxinkuckee. Jessica saystheyre
using a night crawlers ona jig for the best walleye action.
Lake Guide Services inBrookville tells me the fish-ing is pretty
much the sameas last month -- good. Thecrappies are hitting on
jigsand minnows. Thewalleyes like blade baits andspoons. The
striped bass aretaking shiners or chub min-nows and they are
takingsome catfish on blade baitsas well. The large and small-mouth
are still biting well.Sounds like Brookville isthe lake to be on
West Central IndianaTerry Rains at Twin
Lakes Fish & Game sayscrappie are hitting minnowsand the
small and large-mouth bass are taking crankbaits. Your best bet is
to fishbelow the Norway Dam andin Lake Shafer near the bigmonon
Southwest IndianaDedra Hawkins from the
Fishin Shedd in Bloomingtonsays to fish around the underwa-ter
structures if you want crappieor bluegill. Crappies always gofor
minnows, but they also seemto go for chartreuse jigs.Bluegill still
like those red wig-glers and bee moths. Trytrolling a night crawler
to hookyourself a wiper. The walleyesand wipers are moving into
theshallows, so thats where you
need to fish.Well, here we are at the end
of another year. I hope it wasgood for you and yours. This
isprobably a good time to dig outall your ice fishing gear and
getready, as it wont be long beforewe have ice. I hope you
haveenjoyed my columns this pastyear and remember what Ol JBalways
says at this time, Have aMerry Christmas and a HappyNew Year.
Horse Shoe Bend near LaCrosseis still providing some
Saint Joseph RiverDick Parker from Parkers
Central Bait & Tackle says fish-ing has been quite slow on
theriver. You might get a littlewalleye action, but it is kind
ofhit or miss. Dick says thingswill probably stay slow until weget
Central IndianaEd McCalla at the Bait Barn
in Indianapolis tells me thebluegill and catafish are provid-ing
most of the action in thearea. You can still get crappiesusing a
To take the catfish, usenight crawlers or shad guts. Ifyou want
the bluegills, usebemoths or red wigglers. The hotspotss are by the
dam on Geist,upper Fall Creek and on theWhite River behind the
East Central IndianaEd Gipson at Peacepipe Bait
& Tackle at Andrews tells me thecrappie and catfish are
hittingjust about everywhere. Fisharound stumps and brush with
aminnow or jig for the crappies.The water level is pretty low
andthe only usable boat ramp is theDora ramp.
South East IndianaTag Nobbe at Brookville
I hope you enjoyed yourThanksgiving. Wasnt that napgreat after
eating that turkey din-ner with all the trimmings?
I have to admit in Novembermy thoughts stray from fishingand I
head to the woods to getsome venison for the freezer. Idropped a
ten pointer earlier thisseason and my grandson, Jacob,shot a doe.
As I write this, theseason is nearing an end and I amhopeful my
grandson and I willget a couple more and fill thefreezer to the
We are getting into the timeof year when fishing requiressome
fortitude, as the weather inDecember is a whole lot differentthan
the weather in July. I knowmany of you are looking forwardto some
ice fishing. Well, thetime for that is just around thecorner. In
the meantime, get outthere in the open water and hookwhat you can.
This reportshould help you with the whats,wheres, whens and
Lake MichiganGlen Tagewski at Mik-Lurch
Tackle in Hammond says perch
December can be a great muskiemonth. Bud Cameron of FortWayne
caught this nice tigermuskie last month, although hesnot saying
where. Were thinkinga certain small lake in NobleCounty? Photo
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How do you make consistent-ly accurate shots with your bow?By
being consistent. Whichmeans having the same anchorpoint, release
and follow throughevery time. However, sometimeseven the world's
best shootersbecome inconsistent, and two ofthe main reasons are
torque andimperfect anchor.
Torque in archery means ten-sion imparted by the bow hand onthe
handle of the bow, whichbasically twists the weapon.Holding a bow
too tightly cancreate torque. The looser the grip,the less
possibility for unwantedtorque.
When it comes to anchorpoint, it's absolutely critical thatthe
release hand and bowstringcome back to the same exact posi-tion
every time. If it's even a frac-tion of an inch off, it can
effectthe placement of your arrow.Something as simple as
wearinggloves vs. not wearing them canchange your anchor point.
These inconsistencies mightnot seem very noticeable in
shotsranging from 10-20 yards. The
misses might only be a coupleinches off the mark. Still a
deaddeer you'll say. But when youhave the same torque or
anchorinconsistency at 30-40 yards, themisses grow exponentially
andcan result in non-lethal shots onanimals. Stretch outthose shots
to 50-60yards and shootinginconsistency canmean missing yourtarget
by feet ratherthan inches. And thisis with a bow that'sperfectly
tuned andsighted in!
Never before hasthere been a way toregister whetheryou're
exertingunwanted torque orpracticing inconsis-tent anchoring.
Nowthere is, and it's builtright into a bowsight.The sight is
called theI.Q., and it has whatthe inventors callRetina LockA l i g
n m e n tTechnology. It helpsput you in perfectshooting alignmenton
every shot, which will dramat-ically improve your proficiencyand
increase your effective shoot-ing range with a bow & arrow!
Retina Lock is a small roundlens mounted above the sightpins. It
glows green when youlook at it at full draw. Within thatgreen lens
is a floating black
dot. After you get your bow set upperfectly for your size,
anchorpoint, shooting style, etc., thatblack dot should appear in
thedead center of the green lens.Torque your bow even the
slight-est bit; or deviate from your
anchor position in any way; andthe dot will stray away from
cen-ter (or disappear completely).This means stop! Don't
releasethat arrow! Relax your bow handto eliminate any torque
achieveyour perfect anchor and whenthat black dot is centered in
thegreen Retina Lock, then put
your pin on the target and release!
If you do this with an I.Q. sightand make a smooth release,
yourshots will be perfect - whetherthey're from 10 yards or
100.Does it take practice? Naturally it
does. Being proficientwith a bow and arrowrequires dedication
topractice. Now, with anI.Q. sight, you areassured that
you'repracticing in theRIGHT way! Duringyour time at the
range,taking a quick look atthe Retina Lock quick-ly becomes
automatic.You won't even thinkabout it. In a veryshort amount of
time,you'll learn how youwere imparting torqueon your bow and
willtrain yourself to stop.
To easily under-stand the effects ofthis torque, do thisAt full
draw, purposelytorque your bow whilekeeping your pin ontarget. Pay
attentionto your arrow. You'll
see how it tweaks one way oranother. This proves there ismore to
accurate shooting than aproperly placed pin! Torque is theenemy.
And, something as simpleas reducing your grip pressure caneliminate
bow hand torque.
Most of us practice on arange or in the backyard under
Eliminate Torque and Become a Better Archer
perfect conditions, lightlydressed. Yet we hunt in coldweather
wearing bulky clothesand gloves and shoot from awk-ward positions
after sitting forhours and with adrenaline pulsingthrough our
veins. This can affectour torque and anchor point,which both affect
accuracy as I'vealready said. I.Q.'s Retina Lockprovides instant
feedback thatalerts you to imperfect alignmentunder all shooting
conditions.Just center the dot before theshot!
Since using my new I.Q.sight, my shooting form hasimproved
dramatically. I'm moreconsistent than I've ever been andam more
confident on longershots. This season, that means Ican take more
shot opportunitiesthan I felt comfortable with in thepast. If you
want to improve yourshooting and get more chances atanimals from
greater distances,then eliminate hand torque onyour bow and train
yourself tocome to the same anchor point onevery shot. The new I.Q.
sightwill help you do it!
Babe Winkelman is a nationally-known outdoorsman who hastaught
people to fish and hunt fornearly 30 years. Watch his award-winning
Good Fishing andOutdoor Secrets televisionshows on Versus, Fox
Sports Netand many local networks. Visitwww.winkelman.com for
airtimes where you live.
Duane Hensley took this great 11-pointer with his bow atWinamac
FWA on November 9. Photo provided.
December, 2010 Edition INDIANA OUTDOOR NEWS 2010 Page 1 1
Angie Stanley shows a nice bass caught from her Little Green
Boat. Angie was selected by Indiana Outdoor Newseditors as the
winner of our Gift of Fishing story competition, as introduced in
our November issue. We thinkAngie looks great in her designer
shades, but a serious angler needs serious fishing glasses. Angie
will receive abrand new pair of Costas courtesy of Costa Del Mar
sunglasses for sharing her great story with our readers. Didyou
miss out on sharing your story? No worries. Go to
www.costadelmar.com and submit your story on theirScrapbook
The authors husband, Chad Stanleywith a nice bass.
THE GIFT OF FISHING
Four years ago I got a crazyidea to move out to the country.My
husband, as always, wentalong with my newest venture, sowe moved
one mile away from afish and wildlife reserve. Soonafter, I decided
we needed a fewhorses. Again, my husband wentalong and saddled up.
We needed abigger barn; my husband built usone. I wanted an Alpaca;
he wentwith me to pick up the strangebeast. I bought an old john
boatto go explore the lakes; my hus-band made it sea worthy.
The lakes around us are beau-tiful, wildlife abundant, and
mylovely herons are always stand-ing majestically in the
shallows.When I saw fishermen I wouldalways think, I just dont get
it,that looks horribly boring and awaste of time.
I was five years old the firsttime I went fishing. My dadtook me
along and he sure didcatch a big one! She weighedforty pounds, had
little piggytails and was hooked in the eye-lid. Needless to say, I
believe thatwas the last time my dad ever tookme fishing.
Even though I didnt like tofish, I couldnt wait to get that
lit-tle boat in the water and goexplore. My husband threw in
acouple old fishing poles and asmall tackle box just in case
wemight like to cast a few lines onour adventure. After several
timesout on the lakes, I still hadntcaught one single fish. See?
Awaste of time, indeed.
So there began another goal,to catch a fish. My husband knewthe
basics of fishing. He taughtme how to tie on the hook andhow to
cast, but still there were
no fish hopping into our littlegreen boat. I talked to some-one
who gave me a few tips onlures and so we went again withour special
lures, fancier tacklebox and new obsession. Afterabout three casts
it happened; Igot that tug, that feeling, thatadrenaline rush as it
splashed andfought, and in amazement I reeledin a six pound bass!
It was myfirst fish ever and wow, was Iexcited.
Suddenly, I got it. I under-stood why those fishermen wereout
there; why when everyoneelse was sitting on the couchwatching
television, they were atthe waters edge. They werepatiently sitting
there waiting forthat tug, that heart racing antici-pation, that
prize on the otherend of their line.
Now, after I have cooked din-ner I have a dilemma. Shall Iwash
dishes or go fishing?Fishing wins every time.
My husband and I have spentcountless hours on the watersince
that first fish. We havefished until 2 in the morning, in100 degree
weather, in the rain, inthe mud, and most definitely onevery full
moon since late spring.I have braved bats, seaweed,wind, and
mosquitoes for our newsport. We have upgraded ourpoles, our reels,
our tackle, andeven our boat. After we catch afish, it gets a quick
measure,weighed, a photo, then releasedback into the water.
Fishing has brought a newset of goals for me. I want to bemore
diverse in the type of fish Icatch. So far, Ive caughtbluegill,
catfish, and my favorite,the large mouth bass. I would love
to hook into a muskie. Ive beentrying to catch a crappie this
fallto no avail. I think a picture of mewith a 50 pound blue cat
would bepretty nice, and those carp hidingin the Ohio River seem to
be call-ing my name too. Im sure myhusband will help me
achievethose goals and much more.
I would have to say fishingmay be one of the best gifts
myhusband has ever given me. Ittakes a special man to take hiswife
fishing. He has unbelievablepatience with me. He has helped
untangle my line, bait my hook,and even given up his side of
thebank when the fish were bitingbetter over there. He never
gotangry when Id rock the boat toomuch, lost his fish due to my
hor-rible netting skills, or even whenI had to cut the line on his
brandnew lure. When I look over at himstaring into the water
quietlywaiting for that next tug, I know Iam the luckiest woman in
My husband took me fish-ing.
Story ByAngie Stanley
Fishing Wins Every Time
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When you hit fifty you real-ize that life is catching up
withyou. You begin to wonder if youcan still make it anymore.
Howmany more days will you be ableto get up at 3 AM? How manymore
mornings will you spend inanticipation, waiting for thesound of a
tom turkey echoingdown the canyon, or the bugle ofa bull elk on the
next mountain.How many more evenings willyou wait for a bear or a
whitetailbuck to appear out of the woods?How many more mornings
willthere be spent listening to the
sounds of the forest awakeningaround you; the small stirrings
asthe woods come to life; the tap-ping of a downy woodpecker inthe
oak, looking for it's firstmeal of the day; the questioningcall of
a chickadee; the scoldingof a blue or Steller's jay; the callof a
cardinal and a squirrelrustling leaves or throwing pinecones down
from the top a sprucetree.
You begin to wonder howlong the hearing will hold out.How long
will the eyes that haveserved you so well still be able topick out
the flick of a deer's ear inthe dim light of a fall morning?How
long will you still be able tosee an elk at the forest edge a
mileaway, or a pronghorn, scarcelyvisible on the prairie?
Then one day somethingwonderful happens. You have anew set of
eyes and ears, a newappreciation of everythingaround you. You have
a new hunt-ing partner.
He doesn't have the experi-ence you have, or the memoriesyou
have, but he stirs the oldmemories in you, a hunting part-ner like
so many hunters beforeyou have had. Not a friend or adog but
something much morewonderful, a son or daughter.
When my son Dallas turnedfive he went on his first goosehunt.
The geese didn't fly that daybut he had fun playing in the
"tun-nel" between the cornrows. Justlike I did when I was his age.
me a cornfield is a place to huntpheasants. Or to hunt geese
afterit has been picked. To him it is afort where uncertain heroes
We set out a hundred decoysin family groups and faced theminto
the wind. He asked about theworn Remington 1148 I wasusing and
wondered when he couldhave his own goose call. I gavehim one of my
old calls. The skywas clear, the wind didn't blowand we didn't even
see a goose.Still he had fun in his fort. I washoping to shoot a
goose so hecould experience the thrill of thehunt, so he would
understand oneof the reasons we were there.
The next hunt was for ducks.Before the hunt he helped mecheck
the decoys for broken cordsand lost weights, and we patcheda few
holes He made me promiseto wake him up early for huntingthe next
morning. He helped pullthe canoe through the jungle ofcattails on
the way to the slough.He dug excitedly into the decoybag as I threw
the blocks into thewater and he laughed when theyoung lab jumped
overboard andgot tangled in the decoys.
He was proud of his new cam-ouflage outfit, an old
Hodgemanraincoat with sleeves rolled upand pockets that reached to
hisknees. He felt pretty importantwhen told he was in charge of
thedog so it wouldn't jump back inthe water and mess up the
decoys.Again nothing flew and nothing
The Rites oBy T.R. Michels
December, 2010 Edition INDIANA OUTDOOR NEWS 2010 Page 1 3
was shot. He got a little moreimpatient this time, asking
theage-old question, "Is it time to gohome yet?" and "When are
yougoing to shoot something?" Thatwas the extent of his hunting
The next year I took him withme on the first day of day of
thegoose season. I had sixteenhunters going out with threeguides.
He played with theLabradors, set out the decoys(reminding me to
face them intothe wind) and he made some newfriends. By this time
he hadlearned to use his goose call andhe helped bring in the first
flockof geese to the decoys. As thegeese swung low there was
apounding of guns and he watchedin amazement as they fell.
"Dad,they dropped right out of thesky!" he said.
I watched as he tried to drag aten pound goose into the
alfalfaso he could get his picture takenwith the hunters. He had
finallyseen something get shot and wehad some meat to take home.
Nowhe understood what we weredoing, why we hunted. I felt
hisexcitement and it made me happy,even made me feel young
I began to remember myhunting experiences. The firstduck I
remember being shot land-ed in the canoe I still use manyyears
later. When my dad fired,the hen mallard crumpled andplummeted from
the sky, almosttaking my head off as it landed six
inches behind me. Even at fiveyou're not likely to forget
I remember the excitement ofopening the box of Herter'sdecoys
Dad got for Christmas. Ihelped tie the cords to the decoysand the
strap weights to thecords. I remember sitting onDad's shoulders as
he sloshedthrough the cattails and "loon-stuff" with a gunny sack
full ofdecoys in one hand and the auto-matic in the other.
The next year he went scout-ing with me for the archery
deerseason. There were still too manyleaves on the trees, and the
windwas blowing too hard, but I hadpromised, so we went anyhow.
Wedidn't see any deer and because wewere scouting nothing was
shot.He did learn how to walk quietlythrough the woods and
whisperwhen he wanted to say some-thing. he learned to recognize
thetracks of deer, fox, rabbit and rac-coon. I pointed out deer
drop-pings and he saw his first rub andscrape. I showed him how the
deerwalked inside the first row of cornor skirted the edge of the
meadow,just inside the trees. I showed hima trail crossing and
where the deerstand was, and I explained whythe stand was in that
Later that year he sat on astand with me as a big eight
pointbuck followed the does into thecornfield, and he watched
inamazement as I blew a fawn dis-
tress call and a doe left her fawnsto come to our stand to
investi-gate. He was there when I broughtthe first deer home that
year. Heheld the legs while I skinned theanimal, explaining how to
holdthe knife and pull the skin awayfrom the carcass as I went.
Ishowed him where the differentglands where and told him howthey
were used by the deer. Thenhe watched as we pan fried theback
straps in butter. Later thatnight he enjoyed his first taste
I realized that I was teachinghim and he was learning, but
notjust to hunt. He was learning tounderstand the ways of
nature,learning how animals survive,where they eat, sleep and
drink.he learned that we don't hunt dur-ing the summer so that the
younganimals have a chance to matureand why we don't over harvest
sothat we leave animals for thefuture. He was learning to
respectnature and the animals, and thelaws that govern them, both
natu-ral and manmade.
He also learned to enjoyhunting for the same reason I did.He
made new friends and enjoyedtheir company and their experi-ences.
He learned to enjoy thesport of hunting because itbrought him
closer to nature andthe Great Creator. And he learnedto enjoy
sharing his huntingexperiences with his new friends.
He learned that hunting isnot about shooting something, it
is about love of nature, sharingand tradition -- a tradition
thathas been passed on from father toson from the beginning of
time;the rites of passage.
I'd like to thank my fatherand my son for sharing nature,and
their hunting experienceswith me. I hope it's something wenever
lose. Thanks Dad, thanksSon.
This article is an excerpt from thebook Musings and Memories;
AHunter's Thoughts by T. R .Michels. For a catalog of booksand
other hunting products con-tact: T.R. Michels, TrinityMountain
Outdoors, E-mail:[email protected], WebSite:
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One of the biggest wildlifecrimes is poaching. Mostpoaching is
not done by someonetrying to feed a hungry family.Many poachers are
out for mone-tary gain. Unbelievably, there isa market for trophy
proportionantlers for people that want toclaim that they harvested
a tro-phy deer. Some poachers arehunters that get caught up
inantler envy and feel they mustharvest a bigger rack to provetheir
hunting ability. A fewpoachers are in it for the thrill.The
excitement of clandestineurban and rural hunting smacks ofspecial
ops missions. It is like avideo game to them, only thereare real
ramifications for theiractions.
In 2008 the deer herds aroundLittle York, Indiana were
beingdecimated by poachers.Countless deer carcasses werebeing
found, most of which weremissing their antlers with themeat left to
rot. Sometimes thedeer were shot in urban areas.Some of the
poachers were sobold as to kill the deer while feed-ing in
residents yards at night.It was amazing some of theplaces these
kids were going,Gary told me. They were doingit late at night when
most folkswere in bed. In many cases theshot was never heard above
thesummer sounds of air condition-ers running or TVs playing,
cou-pled with having all the windowsclosed. Even if a shot was
heard,there rarely was a second shot,
and the event was soon forgotten.The Indiana Conservation
Officers working the case finallygot a break when a concerned
cit-izen called in on the poachinghotline 1-800-TIPIDNR. Usingthe
information from the tip,ICOs Gary Pennington and JimHash set up
surveillance on thehome of one of the major sus-pects. Their fear
was the sus-pects would dispose of the evi-dence. Staying into the
morninghours with no action, they finallylocated and questioned
several ofthe individuals believed to beinvolved. As they
interviewedthe suspects, one started confess-ing and the scope of
the deerslaughter became staggering.
The poachers were a party ofa dozen juveniles and youngadults
ranging in age from 13 to1 9 . A couple of them weregoing out on a
nightly basispoaching deer, Gary said. Theone boy had supposedly
killedover fifty deer himself that onesummer.
Peer pressure was one of themain motivators to recruit
newpoachersto the ring. The two orthree main instigators would
talktheir friends, both boys and girls,into spotlighting deer with
them.Traveling about Scott,Washington, and HarrisonCounties at
night, the juvenileswould shoot the deer using a rela-tively quiet
.17 WMR caliberrifle. Honestly, some of thekids had done enough
poachingthat they were very good shots.
If the poachers felt safe andthe deer dropped quickly, theywould
cut off the rack as a trophy,and then leave the area quickly.If the
deer ran off to die or theyfelt in danger of being discov-ered, the
juveniles would leaveand look for easier prey. Wefound numerous
dead bucks thatthey couldnt find, Gary told me.They were afraid of
someonecalling in on them and gettingcaught.
The fear of getting caughtjust added to the excitement of
thepoaching. The biggest reasonfor doing it was the adrenalinerush,
Along with confessing, oneof the poachers led the ICOs tothe
areas where much of theirpoaching had been done. As aresult, they
found many more deercarcasses, but not all of them.We knew there
were other deerthat were killed that we couldntlocate, Gary said.
We pho-tographed the carcasses we couldfind and cut off the racks
The total number of deerkilled was shocking. We recov-ered a
total of thirteen deer racksfrom one of the main instigatorsof the
poaching party, Gary said.After getting a confession fromone boy,
we seized a mounted deerrack from his bedroom wall that
The Little York PoachersALANGARBERS
he had poached the year before.Since most of the poachers
were juveniles and they cooperat-ed with the investigation,
onlyone spent a day in jail. The restreceived probation and
smallfines. In most cases like this,any firearms used would be
con-fiscated, but like everythingabout this case, there was
anothertwist. Yes, we did seize the .17cal. rifle but it was given
back tothe subject by court order!
Amazingly, while devastat-ing our wild resources, some ofthe
teenagers had higher aspira-
tions. The funny thing about itwas that two of them wanted
tohave careers as IndianaConservation Officers, Garylaughed. One
even asked if thiswas going to affect his chances atbecoming
Who knows? Crazier thingshave happened.
Indiana Conservation Officers,both active and retired,
areencouraged to contact the authorat [email protected] with
theirown true stories from behind thebadge.
December, 2010 Edition INDIANA OUTDOOR NEWS 2010 Page 1 5
OUTDOOR DESTINATIONS Father and Son Help Others Enjoy the
Outdoors at Bremen Hunt Club By Lance Davidson
Backwoods Preserve Co-Owner Lee Fritz (L) and son, Cody, with
Codys bigtom from this past spring. Lee and his father, Charlie
(not pictured) start-ed Backwoods Preserve in 1999 to offer quality
pheasant hunting inNorthern Indiana in a preserve setting. Photo
Another enjoyable hunt at Backwoods Preserve. Photo
Lee Fritz started huntingwhen he was eight-years-old. Iwould
follow my dad into thewoods and, as commanded, Iwould not make a
sound, recallsLee, who has since hunted biggame all over the North
AmericanContinent and even worked forseven years as a Colorado
huntingguide. My dad taught me theskills I needed to become a
greathunter, he says.
Charlie Fritz, Lees father,has hunted for over 50 years,
andtreasures the fond memories ofcountless hunts from Alaska
toVermont -- many of which werespent with Lee.
In 1999, the father and sonFritz duo started BackwoodsPreserve
near Bremen in order tooffer a quality pheasant huntinglocation and
experience inNorthern Indiana.
With approximately 400acres, 300 of which consist ofnatural
grasslands and woods,Backwoods Preserve offers uplandhunting
enthusiasts enjoyable yetchallenging wingshooting forfast-flying
pheasants andchukars. Guided and non-guided
hunts are available, depending onones preference. Bring your
owndog, or treat yourself to a huntbehind one of the
preservesexpertly-trained pointers or flush-ing dogs.
One of the best things about apreserve hunt at Backwoods isthat
it extends hunting, shootingand dog training opportunitiesbeyond
the specific season datesspecified by the State of Indianafor
hunting wild birds or even put-and-take hunts on state proper-ties.
This years Indiana pheas-ant hunting season is November 5through
December 19, saysFritz. But the preserve huntingseason runs from
September 1through April 30, which givesfolks a full 8 months to
come outand enjoy a hunt, he continues.
The benefits and opportuni-ties associated with a preservehunt
are many. Early in the sea-son, it is a great way to hone
yourshooting skills for all of yourupcoming fall hunting seasons.It
is also a great way to get yourdog into peak hunting
condition.Later in the season -- say Januarythrough March -- a
becomes one of the best ways toshake off cabin fever. Therearent
many real sporting oppor-tunities during these months,says Fritz.
Getting outside andshooting some birds for the freez-er can be
Whatever time of year youchoose, upland hunting preservesare
great places to introduce kidsor new hunters or shooters to areal
hunting experience in a safeand controlled environment.Backwoods
Preserve is no differ-ent. As a matter of fact, Lee andCharlie have
held several organ-ized youth hunts through theyears. Be sure to
check their web-site or give them a call to find outwhen the next
one will take place,
Another benefit of preservehunts concerns the number andtype of
birds you can take homefor the freezer. Bag limits dontapply to
upland hunting pre-serves, and you pay for your huntby the bird.
Backwoods Preserveoffers many different combina-tion hunts for
pheasant andchukar. You can choose a singlespecies or go after them
all. For anominal fee of only $2 per bird,the Backwoods staff will
evenclean and bag your birds at the endof the day.
Backwoods Preserve canaccommodate hunting parties ofas few as
two and as many as tenhunters. Looking for a truly chal-lenging and
unique hunt for a larg-er group of up to 20? Ask aboutBackwoods
European-style towershoots. These challenging shootswill test the
ability of even themost skilled shooters.
Just as Charlie Fritz madetime to take Lee hunting, Lee is
now experiencing the joys of tak-ing his own kids afield.
DaughterCassidy, age 6, is still a bityoung, but Lees son Cody,
9,took his first turkey this spring.Lee is also taking Cody deer
hunt-ing this fall. My kids may ormay not choose to make
huntingtheir careers, but I hope to givethem all the same
my dad gave me, says Fritz. Unlike some upland hunt
clubs that require membership,Backwoods Preserve is open tothe
public. Hunting takes placethrough the end of April. Formore
information, go towww.backwoodspreserve . com.Call 574-298-3831 to
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( L to R ) Adam Wasson and Aaron Ault pose with the deer
featured in this months Field and Stream Magazine.Ault collected
the Ghost buck last year on Halloween day. Photo Provided.
Halloween 2009 was a dayAaron Ault will never forget. Hegot a
treat lasting much longerthan any bag full of candy.
It was on that day he arrowed abruiser whitetail buck sporting
afield-dressed weight of 251pounds. That's not mentioningthe
mammoth body carried a racksprouting 10-massive pointsscoring 176
inches of antler.This isn't just large, it's recordbook big.
Growing up in Galvestonnorthwest of Kokomo, Ault hashunted since
he was able to. Athree season sportsman, heprefers the challenge of
deerhunting with his bow. It's moreup close and personal and
theweather can be downright beauti-ful, he stated. I love being
inthe woods during the earlyarchery season.
The fact he took his biggestbuck ever on Halloween caughtthe
attention of Field and StreamMagazine. The national, month-ly
publication is considered theHoly Grail for outdoorsmen, theSports
Illustrated for hunters.
An employee of GeneralMotors in Kokomo, Ault huntswith his
brother Greg and theirgood friend Adam Wasson. Theyare great guys
and I am fortunateto have them as hunting part-ners, he said
The three of us had watchedthat particular deer for
severalyears, Ault explained. We sawhim on several occasions and
hadhim on our trail cameras. Thenlast year, for some unknown
rea-son, the big buck just disap-peared. We thought for sure
he'deither been hit by a car or taken
by another hunter, Ault said.Fortunately, after the earlyarchery
season opened, one ofAult's hunting partners saw thebig deer. We
nicknamed him theGhost Ault added, because ofthe way he could just
On October 31, Ault finallyhad the chance he'd been waitingfor.
Arriving at his treestand wellbefore the first hints of daylight,he
spent the morning watchingseveral other deer, but not the onehe
hoped to see. It was a littleafter 10 and I was just about readyto
get down for a while, he stat-ed.
Then, right at the moment hecontemplated lowering his
equip-ment, Ault looked up in time tosee the big 10-pointer step
out ofa neighboring woods. The hugebuck began trotting across
apicked corn field heading hisdirection. He was coming indownwind
and I thought for surehe'd wind me and spook, Aultexplained. I was
wearing Scent-Lok clothing but, as you know,it's not foolproof, he
added.There is no doubt it knew I wasthere but didn't want to take
thechance of exposing itself com-pletely again by going backacross
that open field.
When the deer cautiouslyclosed the distance to 26 yards,Ault
drew his Mathews bow. Asthe buck turned sideways hedumped the
string sending theThunderhead broadhead on itsway. Even though the
buck quick-ly faded into the thick under-growth, he knew his arrow
had hitthe mark.
After 30 minutes Ault, withthe help of Wasson, began track-
ing the deer. They followed it to asmall creek where previous
rainshad turned it into a raging tor-rent. When we saw it made it
tothe water I was worried we'd loseit, he said. After
considerablesearching they eventually trackeddown the huge deer. It
had float-ed downstream and we found itwashed up against a log
jam,Ault said thankfully. Adam and Ihad to wade in and get it and
itwas all we could do to get it to thebank.
Once the deer was taken to alocal check-in station word
BIG BUCK PROFILE Ghost Buck -- One for the Record By John
quickly spread and the internet litup like the Las Vegas strip
withaccounts of the trophy buck. Thisinitially led to Ault being
con-tacted by the hunting editor ofField and Stream.
They wanted to use aHalloween theme so they askedme to find an
old cemetery wherepictures could be taken, heexplained. They sent a
photog-rapher from California and anoth-er one from Chicago.
After taking the photogra-phers to the cemetery they toldAult he
could leave for several
hours while they set up theirequipment. When I came back
Icouldn't believe it, Ault said inamazement. It looked like
theywere shooting a movie, headded. They had tons of
cameras,lights, reflectors and thingshanging 20-feet in the
So how's your deer huntingseason going this year afterdoing what
many hunters onlydream of? I had to ask. Not sogood, Ault added
with a drylaugh. I've been hunting fivetimes and all I've seen is
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Cade and his dad & great uncle bagged 6 nice pheas-ant, on
Nov. 6 on a Benton County youth hunt.
Photo submitted by Bill Gilbert of Peru.
Most of us never forget our first deer. Were betting13-year-old
Shawntel Selby of Connersville wont
forget hers either. Her first deer was a Fayette Countywhitetail
with a 24 spread and 18 points.
Congratulations, Shawntel. Way to go, girl!
ION reader John Roach of Saint Louis travelsto Indiana to hunt
deer each year. John tookthis nice Marshall County 10-pointer
this years firearms season.
Study the rack on this super buck taken byKarlin Salyer of
Culver and be prepared for some
serious buck envy. Like kickers and stickers?Hes got them --
along with triple brow tines.
Great buck, Karlin! Is that an ION business cardyou are
Steven Voyak of Wheatfield had a great time on hisvery first
pheasant hunt with his dad.
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Dylan Bockerich of Plymouth took his very firstdeer during this
years Youth Season. Dylan took
this nice doe with his muzzleloader.
This deer was 65-yards away and was headingstraight for his
rattling when Ryan Groceman ofChesterton decided to snap a picture.
The deerstopped, turned, and ran, says Ryan. I guess hewas camera
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There's something satisfyingabout setting a well-planed net-work
of tip-ups across the icyexpanse of a frozen lake.Strategically
placed fish-traps,each rigged with a robust, friskylive baitfish,
lure and snare fresh-water predators like nothing elseunder ice.
Get a bunch of dudestogether, throw a pile of Pro-Thermals in the
5-gallon pail, andsaturate the ice with baited flags,as luscious to
pike and walleyesas low-hanging fruit. Best to baitin the big 'uns
on spacious openflats or along lengthy sections ofa drop-off-places
where fish wan-der far and wide in search of food.With six or more
buds along, eachempowered to run 2 or more linesapiece, you can put
livebait infront of a lot of toothy grins.That's trapline fishing
on ice, andit's deadly effective.
On a long point or drop-off, awise strategy places one group
ofanglers at each end of thetrapline, with additional fisher-men
spaced evenly between. Ifyou're going in cold-turkey,searching a
big area for the firsttime, perhaps you set one tip-upevery 30 to
40 paces, a pickuptruck or snowmobile parked everyso often to serve
as a mobile base-camp. Better yet, set out a largepop-up style
portable shelter,such as Frabill's cavernous ver-sion of a
basecamp, which theycall the Headquarters.
Setting out on foot, groupsof trapline anglers work best
inpairs. First run through, one dudedrills, while the other
followswith a sonar, dipping the trans-ducer in each new hole.
keeps driller guy on target withdepth, as he also checks for
fishwith a portable unit, such as aShowDown Ice Troller. When
hesees something that looks like agood fish, sonar guy might
alsotrace an F or BF (big fish) inthe snow, which assures
thatthey'll X-mark-the-spot with atip-up next run through.
At the end of an ice-trollingrun, each fisherman grabs a
buck-et. If one of your buddies happensto be the original
Ice-Troller, aceMinnesota fishing guide, TonyRoach, you're in for a
good day.From first ice in December, allthrough a lengthy
Northcountrywinter, Roach uses hisStrikeMasters to chew more
icethan a snow-cone factory. Whenwe're tip-up fishing for pike
orwalleyes, says Roach, we use asystematic approach. First,you've
absolutely got to have theright gear, and you've got to havea plan.
For my guides and I, noth-ing works better than the
There's really nothing elseout there that better serves ourneeds
as tip-up specialists thanthe equipment made by Frabill.We can take
one of their 1409 size6-gallon buckets and fill it with atleast six
round Pro-Thermal tip-ups. The other bucket, another1409 Aqua-Life
Bait Station getsused to house our tip-up 'soldiers'-wild live
suckers, golden shinersor chubs. We want bait that reallykicks; the
critters that swim inhuge arcs below the ice, pullingin predators
like lab working afield for pheasants. The BaitStation keeps
It's insulated and aerated. Waterwon't freeze, and the
micro-bub-bler infuses the water with ener-gizing oxygen-like
Beyond robust bait, whichdrives his tip-up system, Roachhas also
discovered a number ofslick new items that simplify yetboost the
presentation. We'veplayed with loads of differenttypes of wire
leader materials overthe years, he continues.Stranded wire, heavy
fluorocar-bon, single-strand- you name it,I've used it. None of
these materi-als did everything I wanted it todo. After a fish or
two, most ofthem kink. And kinked wire isuseless in my book. Throw
itaway and start from scratch. But Ihate tying new leaders,
especiallyif I'm in a pinch on the ice.Crimping, twisting, dealing
withtiny wire sleeves. Not going tohappen with cold fingers.
Last year, Roach and crewdiscovered a new product
calledKnot2Kinky-an amazing leadermaterial that is kink-proof,
aswell as tieable and knotable. Thereal kicker is, the material
actual-ly stretches, proving a valuableshock-absorber for powerful
fish,such as pike and muskies. A spe-cial super-heat process
hasendowed the material with a 10-percent stretch
coefficient-some-thing you have to experience tofully appreciate.
Knot2Kinkystretches, stops, then recoverswith zero kinks or coils
and noloss in tensile strength. It isundoubtedly the most
advanced,fishing-friendly wire materialever developed. This stuff
tip-up angler's dream. Using aclinch knot or perfection loop,
Ican tie up a new leader in under aminute. Thing is, though,
it'salmost impossible to get the stuffto kink, so we'll often run
thesame leader on a tip-up for days,or weeks on end.
For most medium to heavypike applications, Roach relieson
25-pound test Knot2Kinky,which is surprisingly thin
andpliable-perfect for allowing anactive baitfish to swim
andmaneuver without effort. It's thesame rationale behind his use
of aslick new neutrally buoyant main-line to leader connector,
theInvisaSwivel. Made of a materialcalled Fluoro-Clear, these
swivelsare the ultimate in subtle bait rig-ging. They, too, are
fact, InvisaSwivels pivot 180-degrees in any direction andalways
spin as freely as a standardball-bearing swivel. It's just onemore
recent terminal tackle inno-vation that has elevated tip-upfishing
to the next level.
To the end of his traplinerigs, Roach runs either a #1 widegap
or Kahle hook such as anEagle Claw Lazer Sharp 141, or aMustad
Power Pike Hook, whichis an English style double hook-also known as
a quick-strike righook-that couples well with largedeadbaits.
In either case, it's always arace on ice to reach the flag
first.Most of the time, especially withlarger pike, it just isn't
necessaryto let fish run long. Quick hook-sets usually tag more
pike, andcertainly harm far fewer of them.In the meantime, it's a
game ofwaiting. Lean on a tailgate, crashin a lawn chair. Pour a
cup of cof-fee. Talk a little smack. The win-ner's always the first
dude to theflag. Unless you're playing tack-le tip-ups, in which
case, you'vejust got to be the best at sackingthe QB.
By Ted Pilgrimwith Tony Roach
Photos courtesy of Frabill
Tip-Up the Odds with Advanced New Tackle
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son trophy bucks is to be in anarea where trophy bucks
abound.The hunt I described earlier in thisarticle took place in a
lightlyhunted region of southernMinnesota, where hunting is
byprimitive methods only. Becauseof the hunting restrictions andthe
cold weather, hunting pres-sure is always minimal, and thereare
several bucks scoring between140 and 170 in the area, makingit easy
for a persistent hunter tosee trophy bucks.
When you are hunting lateseason deer you need to knowwhere the
food sources are, andknow the trails the deer use duringdaylight as
they move to and fromthe fields. The easiest way to findthe food
sources is to regularlyscout the area by driving the farmcountry
roads to locate fields thathaven't been harvested yet, andby
locating small pockets of foodand trails while scouting on
Once you've located the foodsources, determine where thebucks
are traveling by lookingfor rub routes and scrapes thatmay still be
visible. If neitherrubs nor scrapes can be foundlook for evidence
of bucks alongdoe trails, because the bucks maybe traveling with
the does at thistime. After you locate the trailschoose a hunting
site well awayfrom the food source where youhave adequate cover for
a treestand, portable blind, or whereyou can stand and wait for
Right Place, Right Ti m eWhen you are hunting in the
afternoon or evening, the fartherfrom the food source you
are,without getting too close to bed-ding areas, the better
yourchances of seeing deer during theday. Even though the deer
mayarrive at the food source wellbefore dark, they are most
alertnear the food sources, where youmay be detected. And,
becausebucks generally travel later thandoes, you will have a
betterchance of seeing them in protect-ed areas, well away from the
foodsources, in the early afternoon.
When you are hunting in themorning try to position
yourselfbetween night resting areas/earlymorning food sources, and
day-time bedding areas. Your huntingsites should be located
alongtrails leading to buck beddingareas so you have an
opportunityas the bucks return to their beds.
I often see deer bed and feedin overgrown fields of brush
andsaplings on the downwind side ofhills in the morning. They
oftenstay in these areas until daylight,then, as the sun rises,
move toareas of deeper cover. When thishappens you can setup
downwindor crosswind of the trails the deeruse as they leave. You
can alsosetup near known buck beddingareas, provided you get
therebefore the buck returns.
The time to hunt late seasonbucks is when the conditions
areright. When foods are scarce, or apreferred food is available;
andwhen there is cloud cover and thewind-chills drop, expect to
seedeer earlier in the evening andlater in the morning than
normal.After a winter storm lets up, orafter it has been cold and
windy,or there has been heavy precipita-tion for more than a day
and a halfcausing the deer to miss two ormore feeding periods, and
thenthe wind dies down, or the wind-chill factor rises, you can
expectdeer to begin feeding; and to con-tinue feeding for the next
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able propane cylinders (or theycan be adapted for use with
20pound, refillable tanks.) We hada Roadtrip Grill, designed by
PaulJr. of American Chopper TV fame,an insta-start two burner
stove, adeep fryer and what Coleman callsthe All in One Cooking
Systemwhich features a stove top, grilltop, griddle, stock pot and
slowcooker. Coleman coolers, cups,dishes, flatware, skillets and
potscompleted our kitchen.
I was very impressed withThe All in One package as themost
unique appliance. With allthe available options, a nearly
Late Season Tact i c sWith the rut over and most of
the does bred, bucks are not aswilling to respond to calling,
rat-tling, scents and decoys as theywere during the rut. But, as
longas a buck carries antlers it'stestosterone level is still
elevat-ed, and it may respond to estrusscents and doe calls, which
can beeffective when used along rubroutes and scrape lines; and
neardaytime staging areas, foodsources and buck core areas.Because
bucks are not travelingas much, or as willing to respondat this
time, the key to attractingbucks is to be in or near areasbucks use
during the day.
Estrus scents can be placedso they spread out downwind ofyour
hunting position to attract
the buck as it approaches a foodsource. Estrus can also be used
ona scent line by leaving drops ofscent on the ground along a
linethat crosses a deer trail and leadsto your location. Although
scien-tific research suggests there is nodoe estrus call the
"social grunt,"which is used by does when theyare trying to locate
each otherwill get a buck's attention at thistime. When a buck
responds toscents or calls it may not bebecause of rutting urge, it
maysimply be because of curiosity.
Because deer, includingbucks, are looking for food atthis time
of the year the combina-tion of tarsal scent and deer urineon the
ground leading to a foodscent can be very effective. Thetarsal and
urine are non-threaten-
ing and may arouse the buck'scuriosity, the food attractant
thenbrings it within range. Thesescents may also attract does,which
may be followed by bucks.When using scents choose thosethat are
particular to your area.Corn, apple and acorn scentswork well in
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unlimited menu could be plannedand prepared on this single
The most fun product was thedeep fryer which has now replacedthe
electric model in my homekitchenand will go with me onfuture
hunting and camping trips.
The outcome of the competi-tion was close! Im not going tobe so
crass as to insinuate anyjudging bias, but the scorers wereall
Wisconsin residents and Daviswas wearing a Packer apron. (Iwore a
Bears sweatshirt.) Couldthat account for my second placefinish by a
mere half point?
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Ill readily admit Ivebecome a foody. It used to bejust Rachel
Ray and her 30-minute meals, but now Id almostas soon watch the
next episode ofChopped or Iron Chef America assettle in for Monday
Perhaps its because though Icant go out and play
footballanymore, I can go to the kitchenand play chef. In fact, a
fewweeks ago I played chef and actu-ally competed in
head-to-headcompetition with anotherwannabe cooking wizard.
A few years ago at the annualconference of the Association
ofGreat Lakes Outdoor Writers(AGLOW), the ColemanCompany began
sponsoring anamateur outdoor cook-off basedloosely on the Iron Chef
televi-sion show. It has become anopportunity for a pair of the
mostculinary minded members ofAGLOW to show off their abili-ties.
It is a chance for other mem-
Coleman Cooking Challenge
bers to observe, photograph andtaste the concoctions these
out-door chefs are able to prepare,then write stories for their
ownreaders, back home with recipeshunters, fishermen and camperscan
use to deviate from the usualcamp stew and weiners. It is agreat
opportunity for Coleman,one of the leading maker of out-door
kitchen products, to showoff their top sellers and spot lightnew
On the shores ofChequamegon Bay in Ashland,Wisconsin, the teams
were set.Jeff Cheesehead Davis,Whitetails Unlimited editor
(andPacker-backer) from Green Bay,Wisconsin and myself -- a
devoutChicago Bears fan, dubbed IronMike -- squared off to
preparedinners featuring cocktails, appe-tizers, entrees and
deserts for thejudges: Ashlands mayor and localmedia members.
Instead of a single secretingredient as is featured in the
TVversion of Iron Chef, the AGLOW/ Coleman Cooking Challenge
has a theme. This years :Wisconsin Cuisine, which tome includes
cheese, beer,bratwurst, fish and cherries.
Servings from my outdoorkitchen included a beer-based,Bloody
Mary I called a WisconsinSunrise. I served a fresh
moz-zarella/tomato salad with beer-based dressing; deep fried
salmonballs; a beer, brats and mushroomcasserole; German Spaghetti
andgrilled angel food cake for desert.Cheesehead Davis served a
bacon-infused Bloody Mary, a cheesecurd soup, bison burgers, a
strudeland other dishes.
The Last ThoughtMIKESCHOONVELD
I left the competition withtwo different and distinct
impres-sions. First, a renewed admirationfor the TV chefs who are
able toturn out a variety of dishes in anincredibly short time
frame. Itseemed I was into the challengeonly a few minutes when
Ichecked my watch and saw I hadless than 20 minutes left. I
wentfrom cool and confident to panicmode.
Secondly, I learned todaysColeman outdoor cooking prod-ucts are
a far cry from the white-gas stoves used in the past. Allof our
appliances ran on dispos-
(Left) The author goes into panicmode with only 20 minutes to
go.(Right) Jeff "Cheesehead" Davisplayed the game well, scoring
afew Packer points with the allWisconsin judges.
Iron Mikes German Spaghetti
4 bratwurst sausages 1 large can (or 1 pint ofhome-canned)
tomatoes 1 envelope of FrenchsSpaghetti Sauce mix 1 medium onion,
coarselychopped 2 cloves of garlic, mashedand minced 4 cups of
shredded fresh cab-bage
Grill bratwurst until about2/3rds cooked through.Remove from
grill and sliceeach sausage into 4 or 5chunks. Add tomatoes
andspaghetti sauce mix to a saucepan, then add bratwurstchunks.
Bring to a simmer andallow to cook for 15 minutes.While the sauce
is cooking,add a bit of olive oil to a 10-inch skillet, saute
onionsuntil just translucent, then addgarlic and shredded
cabbage.Cook cabbage, stirring fre-quently until its mostlycooked,
but still slightlycrisp. The cabbage is thepasta or spaghetti.
Plate thecabbage first, then cover withbratwurst/spaghetti
Continued on Pg. 21
Outdoor Cookoff on the Shores of Chequamegon Bay Lives up to its
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