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THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood, Ml — lit doors Saturday. Sept. 12. 1998 Page 8 Michigan NRC approves 'four-point' deer rule LANSING — Michigan hunters with firearms, bows or combination licenses may take two bucks this season, but one of those bucks must have four antler points on one side, according to new regulations. The Natural Resources Commission passed the new four-point rule Thursday. Each point must be one inch or longer. The new rule, passed unanimously, was a compromise between Upper Peninsula huntero who wanted the commission to maintain the one-buck per license regulation passed earlier this year and hunters who advocated the two-buck combination license passed by the legislature this summer. Commissioner Nancy Douglas, of Menominee, said a one-buck restriction in the U.P. could re- Silver Street DU chapter sets banquet The Silver Street chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its 12th annual banquet at the Ramada Inn, Hurley, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. ' "The Ducks Unlimited success story," said committee chairman Gloria Siirila, "is really starting to spread. Local Ducks Unlimited's fundraising events held throughout the country last year contributed towards DlTs national fundraising effort of $88.5 million during 1997 alone. But what's even -more important to realize," said Siirila, "is that this national fundraising total must increase if the North. American waterfowl habitat race is to be won.™ suit in a short season for a hunter who bags a buck opening day. "By going to a four-point or better, we provide more opportunities for hunters to experience the fall hunting season without producing a significant reduction in the U.P. buck population," she said, adding that only 1,500 bucks were harvested on the second license all of last year in the U.P., when similar regulations were in effect. The commission vote also makes the combination deer license effective this season. An individual who elects to use a combination license will have the option to take two legal bucks during the archery seasons — which now includes the four- point rule — or two legal bucks during firearm and muzzleloader seasons, or one legal buck dur- ing each season. Archers may elect to use the combination license to harvest antlerless deer. Firearm hunters need a separate antlerless license for the deer management unit he or she is hunting. Some of the units will be closed to antlerless deer hunting with an archery license. "Sportsmen and sportswomen worked hard to get this legislation passed in 1998 and the NRC wanted to follow through and make it available this hunting season," said NRC chairman Keith Charters. "While there has been some confusion about the new license, I think the rules passed today will help answer any questions. It's our intent to refine the rules for this new license beginning in January, when we open discussions with the wildlife division and constituents regarding 1999 rules." The new combination deer license, supported by Michigan's largest hunting and sports clubs, passed the legislature by wide margins and was signed into law in late July. The law allows a hunter to take a total of two deer any time between Oct. 1, 1998, and Jan. 3, 1999, in accordance with the rules and equipment that apply to each season. The NRC is granted sole authority to set rules on the type of deer that can be harvested. Editor's note: The DNR is publishing a special supplement to the 1998-99 hunting and trapping guide. All DNR offices and license vendors will carry it. To climb, or not to climb, that is the deer (hunter's) question Martin CVhAihairae photo Each year, the U.S. loses some 140,000 acres of wetland habitat. Since its inception, Ducks Unlimited has raised over $1 billion and has 'enhanced and restored 7.5 million habitat acres, encompassing over 15,000 wetland projects in an effort to reverse the destructive trend. DlPs projects provide habitat for over 600 wildlife species, including ducks, geese and endangered species like whooping cranes and bald eagles. Contact Mary Kehoe at 932-3014 or Gloria Siirila at 932-5931 for tickets and further details. Bart Domin, left, and Mike Dabb, both of Ironwood, display their catch of salmon during last weekend's Black River Harbor Fishing Derby. Domin, skipper of the "Black Bear," said the area Lake Superior kings hit best in early morning and evening. Don't forget inland lakes! (AP) — Inland lakes provide terrific fall fishing each year, but are often overlooked, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources notes. Once Labor Day is behind, recreational traffic on inland lakes drops and ideal fishing conditions can be found. Panfish fishing was beginning to pick up since the cooler weather moved into the state. Look for big bluegills in relatively shallow water. Try sinking flies tipped with wax worms. Crappie are also eager to bit and anglers are reporting good catches using minnows fished six to twelve feet off weed lines. Good stream fishing for trout continued in many areas. To climb or not to climb, that is the question. My apologies to William Shakespeare for the opening sentence, but I've wanted to adapt something from the celebrated bard and playwright as repayment for the hours I spent preparing for exams in high school and college English courses. The question about climbing is apt because, as any deer hunter knows, deer hunting from an elevated platform is legal in Michigan this year during both the bowhunting and rifle seasons. My belief is that hunting from an elevated stand should reduce accidents where an unseen hunter is wounded or killed by a hunter shooting at a deer. This is the hardest accident to prevent because the shooter isn't aware of anyone within rifle range. Shooting from an elevated platform puts the bullet on the ground within yards, if not feet of the intended target. The one weak spot in hunting from an elevated stand is self-imposed accidents caused by careless climbing or handling of a firearm. Frankly, I haven't quite made up my mind if I will hunt from an elevated position or not. That is because many. older folks,.. like myself, have a problem with climbing. I do know that the biggest buck (at least 14 heavy points) I've ever seen was on a hunt in Missouri and I was on a raised platform. The buck was uphill from me as he crossed from my left to right.. . It was an easy shot. I swung the iron sights of my muzzleloader toward the heart area. A few more feet and the wall hanger was mine. I even picked up some of the trigger slack and suddenly the buck was gone. Because the buck was uphill of me I had to point directly into the sun. The barrel became a spotlight pointing at my eyes and I couldn't see the front sight. I have nightmares about the buck occasionally. Those nightmares may be a deciding factor in my answer to the opening question. Regular readers of this column know that occasionally I pass along Department of Natural Resources safety precautions and regulations which I believe will help hunters, fishermen, bird watchers and the like to enjoy their sport more. The following from the DNR — while basic and what every deer hunter should instinctively know — is sound advice and if followed could save your life or you from crippling injury. Study the DNR advisory. It could save your life. Safety precautions: —Purchase a safe, comfortable stand and harness that's right for you. Safe, reliable equipment reduces your chance of injury. Tree stands bearing the Tree Stand Manufacturers Association (TAM) sticker have passed industry test standards. —Practice setting up your stand and safety equipment at ground-level first. Read and follow the manufacturers instructions. —Use a safety harness with a quick release system that will also hold you upright and not resit breathing should you fall. —Wear the safety harness at all times when climbing, hunting and descending your stand. This is when most accidents occur. —Always use a haul rope to bring gear to and from the ground. —ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR GUN BEFORE HAULING. —Avoid elevated stand hunting when overly tired or on medication, and never hunt under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which is against the law. Regulations: —In taking an animal, a person shall not do any of the following on public-owned lands: —Permanently construct or attach to a tree or other natural features a scaffold, platform ladder, steps or any other device to assist in climbing a tree. Also prohibited is the use of any item that penetrates the cambium (outer layer) of the tree for climbing purposes. —Use or occupy a scaffold, raised platform, ladder or step that has been permanently attached to any tree or natural feature. • —Use or occupy a scaffold, ladder, raised platform, steps or other device to assist in climbing a tree, if the elevated stand is on public land earlier than Sept. 1 of each year or is not removed the day following the last day of the latest open season for deer in that area. Nothing in this section will prohibit a scaffold or platform temporarily attached to a tree by use of a T-bolt, or similar device, supplied by the manufacturer at the time the scaffold or platform was purchased. Lake offers plenty of bluegill A summer to remember may hang around awhile Hello friends: There is a wilderness lake in Bayfield County that I try to call my home once each winter and again in the summer. To get to Wilderness Lake (which is a name I dreamt up) requires a half-mile portage of my canoe and camping gear. Wilderness Lake is located in the Chequamegon National Forest in an area where no motors or wheeled devices of any type nre allowed. I return for the total solitude and the great fishing. Friday, Aug. 28 High 80, low 52 Reality in the form of my canoe and gear having to be hauled to Wilderness Lake took the fun out of the start of my trip, ns well as the pups. My golden retrievers, Star and her daughter, Pearl, were well aware that the two otter sleds I was loading would be theirs to pull. My task would be my 17-foot, 75-pound canoe. On our first portage, I carried packs while the pups pulled their sleds. Star, who is the perfect trooper, kept pace with me and enjoyed the challenge. Pearl acted a bit like a spoiled daughter flitting on her butt and crying away, and our first trip was over. The last was the canoe, the ultimate test of the aging procftHS. By the time I reached the lake, my brain was popping out of my earn and I wna two inches Hhurter than when my trek began, but I made it. ^J^S^tW ©1998 Mark Walters I then loaded my canoe and paddled on this 75-acre lake to my campsite without seeing sign of another person. I built camp, ringed my fishing rods, and realized my work wns over. That was a very nice feeling. I had about two hours of daylight left when I started fishing. Within five seconds after hitting the water, rny bobber disappeared. I caught a very small bluegill, which was followed by about 100 more. This lake in the past has been rny favorite in Wisconsin for jumbo bluegiil; now it is loaded with three to five-inchers, Just before dark, a solid rain chawed me to my tent. It lasted until morning. Saturday, Aug. 29 r r t?h 78, low 49 M_, campsite is on home high ground overlooking the lake. This morninj; I tiat next to the campfire, which }\;>.n yi-t to hx: lit and watched my world for four hours. For me, this is a healthy way to spend time. I was entertained in a very relaxing way. This afternoon, I took the pupa fishing. I drifted the lake and found fish everywhere. Again today, the whoppers were nowhere to be found. I kept five in the eight-inch size for a meal and have high hopes that next year the fishing will return to normal. Tonight, I drifted the lake once again and had excellent fishing on crappie and bass, but no keepers were landed. Highlights of my day were drifting the lake with my feet in the water, a big fish that peeled lota of line off my reel and got away, a dandy siesta and tonight sitting by the carnp- fire until long after midnight roasting a duck I shot last fall and thinking about hunts to come. Sunday, Aug. 30 High 74, low 50 I saw a couple of friends of mine on the lake this morning. Darrel Pendergrass and Dan Bloomquist, both of Washburn, made the trek this morning for a bit of an outing. I tried talking them into toting my canoe out, but had no luck. I broke camp in my usual laid-back manner, paddled to the trail and then made the portage back to the Jeep. Both man and hi.s pup.s held up well. Challenge yourself! Sunset • The calendar alleges summer is just about over, but the weatherman is singing a different tune. Summer's sped by like the Amtrak, offering sunshine and warm weather. It's been spoiling us like the kid in the proverbial candy store. Gogebic Range residents have come to almost disregard rain, as even the blackest skies seem to produce only a sprinkling of precipitation, as was the case again Thursday evening. For a trout fisherman like myself, the summer hasn't been that sunny, however. Every time I cross the Potato River bridge in Gumey on my way to Thursday night hacking at the Mellon Golf Course, the lack of water gets me down. Had I known it would be such n Ralph Ansaml drought-ridden summer, I would have fished in early June for brookies, but that's all water — or no water — under the bridge now. It'll be the first summer in my fog-laden memory that I haven't gone fishing specifically for brook trout, but I believe it's best to let the few trout that have survived this summer remain in the streams to fight another day. I haven't had much luck fishing for walleyes this summer, but lately I've been tangling up with schools of battling smallmouth bass, which I catch and release. The small bass are so hungry that they seem to be attacking just about anything that is thrown in front of them. It doesn't quite equal brook trout fishing, but, then again, no other type of fishing does, either. The best I can hope for is an autumn with a lot of rain that would drive spawning cohos and browns up the Lake Superior tributary streams in good numbers. If that doesn't happen' I'll just have to bide my time until next spring, when those battling steelhead will return. Backyard wildlife causing a commotion Sponsored by: CONSTRUCTION INC. COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL P.O. Box 244, Highway 77 Hurlc-y, Wisconsin 54534 Phono:(715) 561-5153 FENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The buttle of the backyard is headed to court. Should it be u green, well- pruned lawn, or a wildlife habitat, complete with a pile of branches, ankle-high grass and wildflowers? In Genesee County's Fenton Township, neighbors have different views of just what look is acceptable for a backyard. Steve and Diane Thurman have created a backyard featuring piled tree limbs for wildlife to nest in, and brown, ankle-high graxs and beds of natural violets. Some neighbors don't like the yard. Their complaint*) prompted the townHhip to cite the Thurmann on June 20 for blight be- cauwe the limba are considered trash. Blight carries a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. District Court Judge Mark C. McCabe is scheduled to decide at Bonus permits now available Bonus antlerless permits will be offered for sale at selected Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offices beginning Monday and continuing until they're gone, or Dec. 31. The permits cost $12 for residents and $20 for non-residents. They are available Icoally at Mercer, Brule, Woodruff, Park Falls, Hayward, Spooner, Rhinelander, Bayfield, Florence, and Superior DNR offices. an Oct. 6 hearing whether to dismiss the case against Steve and Diane Thurman — as their attorney. © r~l THEO*ICINAL rr\ 3OLUNAR lABLES, SY MRS. RICHAXD ALDEN KNIGHT For we«k o( Sept. 13-20, 1S98 AM PM D»l« D«y Minor Major Minor M»Jor 9/'3 Su — 5:55 12^05 ^2S~ 12:40 6:50 12:65 7:20 9/15 T 1:35 7:40 1:50 8:05 9/18 W 2:20 8:25 2:35 8:55 8/17 3:10 9:15 3;25 9:40 B/18 3:55 10:00 4:10 10:15 9/19 S 4:30 10:40 4:50 11:0o" 9/20 Su 5:15 11:20 5:30 i7:40~ , I—:.