News Update for July 22nd

MIDWEST Wisconsin: Nugent’s outdoor passion resonates with cheeseheads Uncle Ted is ready to rock the Fond du Lac County Fair this weekend. Nugent, and avid outdoorsman, likes playing in smaller towns and getting back to his roots. “I have more licensed hunters and fishermen in my audiences in Wisconsin than any gathering of human beings anywhere anytime and we have the makings of the ultimate Uncle Ted of All American soul music celebration,” he told the Fond du Lac Reporter. -Wisconsin: Operation Deer Watch kicks off August 1 -Missouri: Dozens busted for illegal hunting in undercover taxidermist sting -Illinois: Couple saved by fishing charter
MIDWEST 2 North Dakota: Elk reduction project could be national model A plan that North Dakota is using to reduce it’s elk population could be taken up on a national scale. The National Park Service is taking applications from volunteers to hunt elk in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Currently there are about 900 elk in the park, but wildlife officials say the herd should be reduced to about 400. -South Dakota: Farmers prodded to open lands -Nebraska: Modale man sentenced for hunting violations
WEST Montana: Wolf license go on sale August 23 186 lucky Montana hunters will get to chase wolves this fall, and the Fish, Wildlife and Parks department is offering licenses on August 23. The archery hunting season will open Sept. 4 and the general hunting season opens Oct. 23. -Colorado: Be bear Aware -Nevada: Special sage-grouse hunt set in September
WEST Idaho: Large early run bodes well for summer steelhead fishing According to Idaho Fish and Game, there was a large early steelhead run this summer. Click the link to stay updated with the fishing regulations for the following months. -Idaho: Angler treated after rabid bat attack -Arizona: Cabela’s sees 1,000 job applications for 40 positions
SOUTH Texas: At Lake Livingston, sleep in to catch bass Lake Livingston has earned a reputation for having a strong afternoon bass bite. Fishing creature baits in shallow shady areas has worked the best, according to guide Simon Cosper. Recent rains have made the lake murky, but its still very fishable. -Georgia: Protecting habitats a top priority for Ducks Unlimited -Florida: Lawmakers block move on oil drilling ban
SOUTH -Tennessee: Convicted poacher doing hard time Kurt Ellis, 31, has been caught poaching deer multiple times, and now he’s paying the price: he’s serving up to two years hard time in jail. In January 2009, Ellis pleaded guilty of 12 different charges, and he was busted for poaching again this spring. -Tennessee: Declining deer population not a bad thing -Kentucky: Ohio Commission considering allowing more mercury in water
EAST New Jersey: State to have first black bear hunt in five years The black bear population in New Jersey has grown so steadily, that bear hunters are going to hit the woods for the first time in five years in the Garden State. The hunt will be held from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11 and up to 10,000 permits will be given out. -Virginia: Good deepwater fishing reported for flounder -Pennsylvania: Game commission investigating illegal bear killings -Connecticut: Rain stirs up good fishing