The Tri County Chapter of Delta Waterfowl has rescheduled its annual banquet for Feb. 28, after inclement weather forced postponement on the original date. The event will be held at the Lions Community Park Building in Arcadia. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. The meal will be provided by Dell’s Restaurant in Fostoria, and there will be live and silent auctions along with raffles. Tickets are $50, $70 for couples, and $20 for youth. For reservations and information contact Dottie Colbert at 419-435-2732.
Jann's Netcraft, the national tackle supplier located at 3350 Briarfield Blvd. in Maumee, will host its 3rd Annual Walleye Rig & Jig Day on Saturday, Feb. 7. Walleye pro John Gillman will be on hand to share fishing tips, and manufacturer reps from Rapala, Gamakatsu, and Sunline will be at the retail facility to answer questions and preview their products. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the manufacturer reps will be available until 2 p.m. Call Netcraft at (419) 868-8288 for more information, and check the sports section of the Friday, Feb. 6 paper for the in-store specials.
The Tri County Chapter of Delta Waterfowl will hold its annual banquet on Feb. 14 at the Lions Community Park Building in Arcadia. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. The meal will be provided by Dell’s Restaurant in Fostoria, and there will be live and silent auctions along with raffles. Tickets are $50, $70 for couples, and $20 for youth. For reservations and information contact Dottie Colbert at 419-435-2732 before Feb. 8.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, kids from grades 3-6 are invited to take part in a bird count at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the refuge, located at 14000 West State Route 2, north of Oak Harbor. Children must be accompanied by an adult family member, and small groups led by bird guides will follow planned routes as they seek to count every bird they see or hear. Binoculars are available and a pizza lunch will be provided. Dress for the weather -- warm boots, hats and gloves – and pre-registration at 419-898-0014 is encouraged.
According to the Associated Press, a federal judge has overturned the Obama administration's decision that removed Michigan's gray wolf population, which numbers about 700 animals in the Upper Peninsula, from the endangered species list. The order affects wolves in the western Great Lakes region, which includes Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had removed federal protections from the wolves in those states in 2012 and turned over the management of wolves to the states. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell said in his Dec. 19 ruling that removing these wolves from the endangered list was "arbitrary and capricious" and in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. While their endangered status was no longer in place, Michigan's wolves have been the subject of a very active debate and the focus of several ballot issues and petition drives. Michigan held a very limited wolf hunting season last year, in which just 23 wolves were harvested.
According to research cited on the National Hunting and Fishing Day website, there are 72 percent more women currently hunting with firearms than there were just five years ago, and teenage girls are the fastest growing segment in the sport shooting market.
Ohio and Michigan both have wildly popular programs that initiate women into a variety of outdoors pursuits, and many females use these “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshops to learn archery or how to handle a firearm. Both states have witnessed increases in hunting license sales to females, consistent with the national pattern.
Magee Marsh along Lake Erie east of Toledo has been named the top bird-watching destination in the country as the result of a poll conducted by USA Today. In the newspaper's "10Best contest", Magee Marsh topped the competition from a list of all the heavyweights among birdwatching hot spots. Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) conducted a social media campaign to get out the vote for Magee.