Posted by: Tom Keer
November 20, 2014

Tom Keer

Conservation Programs for Which we Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as I’ve looked at the world around me I realize that I have a tremendous amount for which to be thankful.  One topic that seems to be very full is fisheries and habitat conservation. Let me share with you 3 projects east of the Mississippi that make our days on the water a whole lot more enjoyable.  Happy Trout and Steelhead Huron Pines, a non-profit conservation organization focusing…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

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The Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) is one of the industries best kept secrets. And it shouldn’t be, for every time boaters and anglers purchase gear, buy a fishing license or fuel up their boats they are supporting the program. The program was created by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) half a century ago with a simple mission: to conserve and manage fish and game quantities. Along the way they created…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 11, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Hare Today

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Not only is fall a great time to go fishing, but many people also get decked out in camouflage this time of year to go hunting. Some outdoor adventurers, like contributor Tom Keer, may even work in both activities during a brisk fall day. If you don’t hunt, but think you might finally get to learn to tie your own flies this winter, you might want to shoot the breeze with your hunting neighbor. It…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 10, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Fishing Licenses and Boat Registrations Help With Conservation

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The card or slip of paper in your wallet issued by your state fish and game agency, the paperwork on your boat, the identification numbers on your hull… sure, they are required by law, but what do they mean beyond that? More than you might think. Your fishing license and boat registration not only provide you with the ability to spend quality time on the water with your friends and family, but also help contribute…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 6, 2014

Tom Keer

License Sales: Where Does the Revenue Go?

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Sometimes, I flinch when I buy things. Insurance, that necessary evil, is one that I pay for every month but never seem to use.  Gasoline for my truck; seems like every time I turn around I need to pump some more.  I wonder about some of the expenses, but I never second guess buying my fishing license. Funding for fish stockings in streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes come from license sales.  To a large extent…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 3, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Steel Stockings

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  In general the colder it gets, the grumpier I get. However, there is one bonus of numb fingers: steelhead. Beginning around late September, these powerful fish leave Lake Erie and enter tributaries of Ohio, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania until early spring. Thus, I spend much of that time in neoprene waders. But Pennsylvania hasn’t always had a steelhead fishery. In fact, steelhead aren’t even native to Lake Erie. According to the Pennsylvania Fish…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Get Out There

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Saturday, Sept. 27 has been designated “National Hunting and Fishing Day.” If you are like me, you may be thinking, “Isn’t every day a fishing and hunting day?” However, there are still a few people that have yet to experience the outdoors fully, and this day is a good reminder to get out there. There are numerous events scheduled around this date. New Hampshire held their Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration last week but other…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 10, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Conservation through Participation

Anglers and boaters help protect our aquatic natural places and the wildlife that lives there through fishing licenses, boat registrations, fishing gear and boat fuel sales, and much more. Here’s how it works: For more information about anglers’ and boaters’ role in preserving our nation’s waterways for generations to come, visit our Conservation Section.  

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 22, 2014

Tom Keer

Fishing Regulations: Why they are Important

A bunch of my fishing buddies and I got into a hot debate last week.  It began when one read a report about a game warden who watched a father and a son catch 10 trout.  The regulations call for a 5-trout limit per angler, so the total number of fish was fine.  The length requirements were met, too.  So what’s the problem?  Well, the warden watched the father catch six fish while the son…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 13, 2014

Tom Keer

How to Prevent Soft Plastics from Becoming an Environmental Nuisance

A bit over a year ago, Maine state representative Paul Davis proposed legislation prohibiting the use of all plastic worms for recreational fishing.  The proposal was hit with criticism by groups like B.A.S.S and the American Sportfishing Association until more research was conducted to see if the plastic/rubber worms were truly harming the environment. Biologists completed a study finding that plastic worms were not enough of an issue and that legislation was not needed at…

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