Pinehurst 2nd annual ice fishing derby

Second Annual Ice Fishing Derby at Pinehurst Conservation Park

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This is a Catch and Release Panfish Derby.

Tickets are available in advance or the day of the event for $18 per adult and $10 per child (14 and under). There are lots of great prizes to be won.

Come out and enjoy ice-fishing on the Ontario Family Winter Fishing Weekend. During the weekend of February 19-21, 2011 and for those three days only (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday), Canadian residents can enjoy the fun of fishing in Ontario without a licence.

For more information about the ice fishing derby, ice and fishing conditions, please call Pinehurst at 519-442-4721 or e-mail [email protected]

Media in Idaho Avoids Backyard Wolf Kills

Media Avoids Backyard Wolf Kills Jan 30, 2011

Longtime resident Jim Branson was born and raised in the Lowman, Idaho area. Branson a retired engineering manager and trained observer is quite an adventurer and historian, in his blog  in which he offers a visual tour and historic account of the Lowman area.

Branson has watched elk herds decline as wolf numbers have increased. He says valley residents are worried about their safety. “It is about time we stood up, now that wolves are killing elk in our yards, it’s only a matter of time before a child at play runs into a pack of wolves in their own back yard.”

Branson, who has provided photos of elk kills at the homes of two local residences continues, “The local papers like Idaho World in Idaho City, simply refuse to print things like this stating they are a “family paper read by children and could not publish such gruesome detail”. I just don’t know how covering something up like this serves the people.

I held a pretty good relationship with some TV folks and held several meetings with them. They published only the most minor comments on their show.”

“When the wolves are able to kill elk with ease, the pack grows quickly and soon some must go somewhere else. We had one pack in Ten Mile Creek that had 22 members. But adjacent areas are held by neighboring packs, already dug in and willing to fight. So maybe wolves will move to lower elevations and present more enjoyment to the flatlanders by killing their pets and livestock.

The Eagle story offered a glimmer of hope.”

“I have talked with elderly women who are afraid to walk from their house to the garage in the dark because of the wolf presence. The hunting season on wolves last year seemed to reduce the problem for the folks in Lowman. There were some eight packs that could come into the Lowman valley and kill right in the yards of the residents. Generally the wolves take down the elk and start eating it when it is still alive. The sounds are horrible and just imagine if this is your front yard and the grandkids are watching. I don’t believe the residents are going to put up with it in the future whether there is a legal hunt or not.”

“Look how incensed the whole of the USA got with Michael Vick for fighting and killing a few dogs. I love dogs and wolves are essentially dogs. Why would the people who profess to be wolf lovers want to bring on such pain and misery to the wolves by purposefully having them starve and fight with each other? Just because they can’t see the wolves suffering and dying doesn’t mean that isn’t happening quite routinely.”

“Having the elk eaten alive surely can’t bring a lot of entertainment value to most folks. If you were a rancher and you treated your cows that way, somebody would have you locked up. If somebody grows drugs or something else on their property that adversely affects others, there is plenty of governing laws to take action against the property owner.

Something needs done about this ever increasing problem before innocent people become the victims!”

Walleye Academy at the Spring Fishing & Boat Show

The Walleye Academy announced today that they have been commissioned by the Spring Fishing & Boat Show to appear at this year’s show taking place February 18th to the 21st at the International Centre in Mississauga.

Hatch, McAllister and Devine will deliver an intense 45 minute forum each day of the Spring Fishing & Boat Show covering both inland and Great Lakes techniques that will awe even the Avid Angler.

Andrew Pallotta of The Spring Fishing & Boat Show goes on to say “The Spring Fishing & Boat Show has always been about the avid angler, and I believe the Walleye Academy will continue to add to the credibility of the show. This year we have decided to bring the Master Angler Seminars into the main floor. All Master Angler Seminars will be hosted on the SUFIX STAGE which will be up front in Hall 5. I believe the Walleye Academy will continue to deliver the information that will uphold the level of the Master Angler Seminars”.

Spending countless days on the water guiding and teaching clients the fundamentals of walleye fishing; NPAA members Sheldon Hatch and Grant McAllister realized that there is a need for a more informative resource when it comes to catching walleye in Ontario. “Far too often we encounter people that have spent hundreds of hours on the water and $1000’s of dollars on equipment and travel only leave with their live wells empty. The Walleye Academy will attempt to bridge that gap” says Hatch. “Our goal is to educate our students on the fundamentals of walleye fishing which they can employ on any body of water and hopefully result in consistent and quality catches” said McAllister.

Based on theoretical study, the Walleye Academy will take place in a classroom setting over a one day period throughout multiple venues in Ontario. Students will be educated on a variety of topics that range from walleye behaviour and location throughout the seasons, introductory and advanced tactics and techniques, reading and interpreting electronics, boat control and bait selection.

“We are both very excited to be a part of the Academy” says McAllister. “Having the opportunity to impart our knowledge to the general public and witness the results of such, is truly inspirational. That’s why we do it.”

2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year

Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) founder, Joe Hamilton has been named the 2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year.

QDMA is pleased to announce that its founder, Joe Hamilton of South Carolina, has been named the 2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year, an honor bestowed through an open public vote that elected Joe from among four national finalists. The award includes a $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which Joe has chosen to give to the organization he founded in 1988 – QDMA – to ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.

“We have done a commendable job of managing deer and their habitats in QDMA’s relatively brief history,” Joe said. “The $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will enable the QDMA to devote more energy and attention toward educating, nurturing, and guiding future stewards of our precious natural resources.”

Joe Hamilton’s involvement in wildlife management and conservation spans 40 years, beginning in the early 1970s with his research on the ecology of the black bear in southeastern North Carolina while working on his master’s degree in wildlife biology at the University of Georgia. As a young wildlife biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Joe saw how deer populations in the Southeast and other regions were being mis-managed, to the detriment of habitat and the health of deer and many other species. He formed the nonprofit Quality Deer Management Association in 1988 to educate hunters about sound deer and habitat management.

But before QDMA, Joe was known for giving his time and knowledge freely. Deer researcher Dr. Grant Woods recalls how, as a graduate student, he wrote a letter to Joe asking for advice on how to best estimate deer density at a research site. “He responded with a lengthy, hand-written letter that explained how to conduct a spotlight survey for deer, and included data forms,” Grant said. “Joe had no reason to respond except to help a fledgling grad student. That’s Joe – ready to help anyone understand deer and deer hunting better.”

In the words of Peter Stuart, Life Member of the Australian Deer Association and recipient of the QDMA’s 2010 Ambassador Award, “I have encountered numerous wildlife biologists on my visits to the United States and consider Joe Hamilton an exemplary professional with a vast knowledge of animals from salamanders to his specialty, the white-tailed deer. This, combined with his knowledge of wildlife habitats, marks Joe as wildlife biologist of the first order.”

Founding QDMA is only part of Joe’s accomplishments. Through his involvement with other organizations, including extensive work on conservation easements with The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited, Joe has had a lasting impact on wildlife habitat and hunting. Both on the job and off, Joe has put decades into preserving wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage for future generations.

Joe is one of a handful of professionals who have received the Career Achievement Award from The Wildlife Society. His efforts to spread knowledge about deer management have resulted in vast changes in how hunters, non-hunters, biologists and state and federal agencies approach habitat and wildlife management.

In accepting the award at the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, before a crowd of thousands at Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose awards event, Joe held high his 42-year-old copy of “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold. He cited Leopold for fathering the conservation movement that gave rise to the modern hunting industry, and he pointed out that North America’s most popular game animal, the white-tailed deer, is now the pillar that supports that industry. He also recognized his wife Donna, on the front row in the audience as his chief cheerleader, and gave credit for his award to those who voted for him and networked to raise other votes.

“The race for the Conservationist of the Year Award was unusual for me as a former track & field athlete,” he said. “In this race, my nearly 40 years of conservation activities resulted in the nomination which placed me on the starting line – and that was where I had to stop. The race was run and won by my family and obviously thousands of friends and their contacts through an extensive networking campaign.”

Joe also thanked Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for making the Conservationist of the Year award program possible. For more than 15 years, the two partners have been recognizing leaders in the fields of environmental and wildlife habitat conservation and helping fund wildlife conservation efforts throughout North America.

“I went to Las Vegas last week as a wealthy man in family and friendships and returned to South Carolina even wealthier, with a title, and without gambling a penny,” Joe said. “My challenge now is to use this newfound title to further advance conservation.”


Rice Lake Ice Fishing Hut Hop

Ice anglers looking for some fun?

Sunday and Monday, February 20 and 21, 2011

10 am to 3 pm

off Bewdley Waterfront and

Gore’s Landing Government Dock


Bring your family and friends!

Equipment provided! Dress warmly!

Prizes for the kids all day!

Kids and their families will learn ice fishing techniques, etiquette, and safety, and even see fish swimming with the use of cameras lowered through holes drilled through the ice. Fishing equipment will be available for those wanting to try the sport. The ice huts will be manned by ice fishing experts and volunteers including Ben Scholtz of BJ Tackle, Jimmy Dodds of Rice Lake Hut Rentals and John Sedgwick of LetsFish Guiding … and there will be prizes for the kids. Weather and wind permitting, there will be a kite skiing demonstration at Gore’s Landing. There will also be music at Vintage Finds in Bewdley. Hot chocolate or cider will be available at two restaurants in Bewdley (Rhinos and Anchors) and in Gore’s Landing (Pitcher’s Place and The Victoria Inn).

‘Ice fishing is a great Canadian tradition’, says Northumberland County’s information co-ordinator, Teresa Grant, one of the groups – sponsoring the ‘Hut Hop’. This event takes place during the provincial Ontario Family Fishing Weekend when fishing licences are not required.

For more information, email co-ordinator, Donna Cane of The Victoria Inn

at [email protected]

Hot chocolate or cider and music at Anchors and Rhinos in Bewdley

and Pitcher’s Place and The Victoria Inn in Gore’s Landing

Information requests: [email protected]


sponsored by The Breeze 93.3, BJ Tackle, Lets Fish Guiding, Rice Lake Tourist Association, Northumberland Tourism, Hamilton Township, Ferguson’s Live Bait, Rhino’s Restaurant,

Anchors Bar and Grill, Vintage Finds, Pitcher’s Place and The Victoria Inn

Deep Snow Coyotes Hunt Talk 1106

Ripple Outdoor Podcast will now have a separate  hunting podcast show called Hunt Talk  on the Web Talk Radio Network. Matrix Media, a national talk radio syndication firm in Chicago joined with Ripple Outdoor to bring you this 30 minute hunting show across North America.

Today’s episode is about deep snow coyote hunting.


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Ripple Outdoors adds Hunt Talk

Founder and Host Peter Wood has teamed up with Matrix Media and Web Talk Radio Network to bring you Hunt Talk, a 30 minute show about hunting in North America. Ripple Outdoors hunting and fishing podcast will still be available to all those anglers and local issues in Ontario. Thanks for subscribing over the last five years.

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Episode Credits

Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network