The AuCoin Report - News Briefs from the Great Outdoors

The AuCoin Report - News Briefs from the Great Outdoors

I just received the September 2011 AuCoin Report, news briefs from the outdoors….



The AuCoin Report  August – September 2011

Wolves delisted. Hunting Set to Begin
A U.S. appeals court ruled that wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana can resume in September. Anti-hunting organizations had appealed the case, arguing that Congress was not authorized to delist wolves without a scientific review. Wyoming will also have a wolf-hunting season in the fall if state and federal officials ratify the agreement to delist wolves. (Reuters, Casper Star Tribune)

Virginia: Developer Sues Wade Anglers
Who owns the river bottom on Virginia’s Jackson River? Allegheny County and Virginia courts will decide who owns the bottom of the Jackson River, anglers or The River’s Edge residential project. The developer of the residential project has sued three anglers – one is a pastor – because they were wade fishing in front of the development. The developer says it has river bottom ownership deeds dating back to the eighteenth century. The recreational anglers say they were following state fishing maps that show, in effect, that the state is owner. (Roanoke Times,

Asian Carp Win One
A federal appeals panel has ruled an invasion of the Great Lakes by voracious Asian carp does not appear imminent. The judges rejected the five-state request to close Chicago-area shipping locks. The U. S. Seventh Circuit judicial panel said closing the locks might not stop the carp invasion but, in any case, suggested it might reconsider the issue if carp prevention measures stall. The requesting states are Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (Chicago Tribune)

Great Lakes Alewives Apparently Healthy
Lake Michigan coho and chinook salmon apparently have lots to eat and the alewife bait fishes they eat are apparently healthy. Tests have shown that the alewives that washed up by the millions on shore this summer did not have the VHS virus. The die-off was then, presumably, natural and the large die-off on the beaches suggests even more baitfish are alive and kicking in the big lake.  (Green Bay Press Gazette)

Anglers asked to Boycott Wal-Mart
The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) has called for anglers to boycott Wal-Mart because the Walton Family Foundation gave $36 million to organizations that want to limit fishing. “The fishing community supports conservation, but we’re not willing to accept preservation, exclusion or privatization,” said RFA’s Jim Donofrio. (Trade Only Today, Indybay)

Sailor Refuses CG Rescue.
High winds flipped Francis Joyon’s $20 million, carbon-fiber boat about 70 miles east of Long Island, NY while he attempted to set a solo sailing record from the U.S. to Europe. When the Coast Guard came to rescue him he refused the offer. Instead he stayed with his boat in the rough water for 36 hours until a towboat came. “I’ve spent so many years with this boat, I didn’t want to leave it,” he said. “If no one’s on it, you don’t know what will happen.” The boat will go to Newport, RI for repairs. (Soundings Trade Only, New York Post)

Bow Hunting City Deer in Georgia
Marietta, an Atlanta suburb, is continuing its successful program that allows bow hunters to hunt deer on public and private property. Hunters must get a permit and, for that, they need to be able to place four out of five arrows in a target at 20 yards. Archery testing will be held on Saturdays in September. The season opens September 24. Hunters are also required to have a $100,000 liability insurance policy and permission from the landowner. (Marietta Times)

More Anglers, Including Hispanics
The number of people going fishing for the first time is going up, but slowly, according to new research by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and The Outdoor Foundation. The report determined that 3.36 million persons fished for the first time in 2010, an increase of two percent since 2008. The study reported 3.4 million Hispanics anglers, a 1.3 million-person increase since 2007. (RBFF research)

Minnesota’s Moose are Dying
Aerial surveys show that Minnesota’s Northern moose are dying and nobody knows the reason. Is it warmer weather? Habitat changes? Disease. Hunting? Maybe wolves are killing them? Surveys indicate the moose population has been dropping since the 1960s and now the decrease appears to be accelerating. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has drafted a plan, which, if approved, will eliminate Minnesota moose hunting in 2013 if surveys continue to show fewer than two bulls for every three cows. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Cougars: Eastward Ho!
It turns out the large cat hit and killed by Connecticut vehicle in June was a wild mountain lion. DNA tests confirm that it had passed through suburban Lake George, New York last winter and it was probably the first wild cougar confirmed in New York State in more than 100 years. Officials say the 140-pound male cougar started out in the Black Hills of South Dakota and, moving east, passed through several upper-tier states on its way to the U.S. East Coast. (Press & Sun Bulletin,

Deep Sea Luxury
A five-story resort is opening in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area. Rooms are a mere $600 per night. It’s not on the beach. Actually, it’s on the water. For six months of the year the resort, called Fisherman’s Paradise, it will be anchored in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore of Tarpon Springs, and cater to offshore sport fishers and divers who want to stay on top of the action. (St. Petersburg Times, Fisherman’s Paradise)

Found: Hemingway’s Sunglasses
Novelist and short story writer Ernest Hemingway died in 1961. Fifty years his name is a brand on a line of sunglasses. Patrick Hemingway, the author’s son, and Ono’s Trading Company announced Ernest Hemingway Polarized Performance Sunglasses at the sport fishing industry’s annual trade show. “In my minds eye I see these sunglasses on characters like Jake Barnes, Santiago and Nick Adams,” said the son of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner. (Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, Onos)

Angler Reels in Artificial Leg
In cartoons, anglers catch rubber boots. In real life, they catch somebody’s prosthetic leg. That’s the catch Beth Krohn reeled in recently on Lake Ida, near Alexandria, Minnesota. At first she thought it was a real leg. When she realized it was an artificial leg she phoned some specialists and it turned out the leg belonged to Pam Riley of Morris, Minnesota who lost it about three years ago while swimming in Lake Ida. The women met and Riley got her leg back. Both will remember the trophy that didn’t get away. (Pierce County Herald via

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