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    Lake Ontario Fisheries History Lesson

    "Pacific salmon (mainly Chinook and Coho Salmon) were stocked beginning in 1968 to suppress an overabundant Alewife population, provide a recreational fishery, and restore predator-prey balance to the fish community." Lake Ontario Fish Community Objectives 2013
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    Lake Ontario Fisheries History Lesson

    Tanner in Michigan and his followers were not the first to attempt to establish Pacific Salmon in the Great Lakes, numerous attempts had been made starting in the mid-19th century. They did recognize that they were faced with an out of balance system where biomass was concentrated in one low level species (alewife) and top level predators (Lake Trout) had been nearly eliminated by a combination of overfishing, habitat degradation, and invasive lamprey. They are to be applauded for attempting to introduce a novel top level predator, especially in the face of past failure, to take advantage of the ballooned alewife population. Here in New York, control of alewife was certainly at the forefront of reasons given to justify an action that has had profound environmental impacts (and while all we hear about are the positives, there are quite a few negatives to these introductions pointed out by critics of these introductions , see “Salmonine Introductions to the Laurentian Great Lakes Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences No. 132 An Historical Review and Evaluation of Ecological Effects”).
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    New Bill introduced in ny assembly

    I would say that that depends on the structure of the Tournament. If the organization is a 501c (3) Not for Profit, then there should be a defined salary structure for employees of the corporation, and anything over that should be devoted to the mission of the Not for Profit. That said, aren’t there a ton of Not for Profits out there that pay their director’s nearly obscene wages? Think of Channel 21 NPR in Rochester where the CEIO makes at least 275K per year and they are still out at least twice a year with their hands out for donations, even with taxpayer support. And HMO’s are” Not for Profit”, but execs are making beaucoup dollars. I was never crazy about Schleyer, because he basically walked off with the tournament that had been set up as a Not for Profit with the Rochester Schools and converted it to his own little money making machine. But I think the current LOC is a standard business, so why should they have to give back more than what the pay in taxes? Should Charter captains have to give back part of the daily fee because they are using a public resource for commercial gain? An operation like Barcley’s might be being taxed as waterfront property at a higher rate, but should he also be limited in what he can make? As to specific definition, the bill is worded so if you come up with a new contest outside of what is being done now involving wildlife (already defined in the law for those who can or will read), it is prohibited.
  4. Promotion of the fishery can be something as simple as the signs that went up on the Salmon River a couple of years ago that came down on littering. I could be wrong but my sense last fall when I went up after Columbus Day was that it was a lot cleaner after the salmon brawl in September and early October than it had been in prior years. Making bathrooms available and letting people know where they are could help a LOT with relations with the village people. And focusing more Law Enforcement would certainly go a long way, although most “bad apples” now are not outright snagging , but are more subtly lining and lifting, and LE has been taking a conservative approach to the “Letter of the Law.” Maybe it is time to have a State of the Tributaries Meeting, as the tribs generally get somewhat short shift at the SOL meetings, but certainly I would expect to hear a lot of these comment s on April 11 at 6:30 PM at Pulaski High School.
  5. " We got here three hours before it was legal to be here, and left for lunch at the Altmar, but now that we have finished our 6 beers and an order of fries, we are back and it is our spot because we were here first."
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    New Bill introduced in ny assembly

    http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/lawssrch.cgi?NVLWO: This proposal only applies to wildlife Fish are NOT Wildlife. Fish and Wildlife Law has a section of definitions and the actual law (11-0103 6.a.) reads: “6. a. "Wildlife" means wild game and all other animal life existing in a wild state, except fish, shellfish and crustacea.”
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    State of the Lake Announcement

    I want to point out that what Rick said about lake fishers getting their limit and going in and stopping fishing may be true of charter operators who might be able to get a 6 hour trip done in 3 and pick up another at the docks, but there were a lot of hero shots and double digit C+R tales told on this website starting with BrownTrout fishers last February, and continuing right up until the kings started getting tight lips in August, and then they were offshore steelhead hero shots and big boxes, and there are a lot more boats out there than just the charter operators. Both groups (trib and lake) have their sore arm facebook junkies! Every steelhead that goes back in the river is in better shape for the future than the one that went into the trunk of a jersey wagon. When the thiamenase problem reared up, reports came right in of deads in the river and the estuary, this is not happening with the droppies, and I caught a few last spring and they were in surprisingly good condition and silvering up fast after spawning. And a lot of them get tagged by Brown fishers trolling off the tribs, how do you deal with that extra stress?
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    State of the Lake Announcement

    A lot of people who work in science for government are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, so while they may accrue the hours, it will be as straight time, not time and a half. Hats off to Steve Hurst, though, he was driving back to Albany after the meeting. These guys are hardworking civil servants, and the ambitious plans and “outcomes” presented last night will have them working even harder.
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    State of the Lake Announcement

    Bill Hilts jr will likely write it up for NY Outdoor News, or Davis Figura will have one in the Syracuse paper.
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    New Bill introduced in ny assembly

    C'mon, Jerry you can read! The proposal says Wildlife, and that excludes fish. Even the Vegans exclude insects, every time a plow runs down a furrow in a carrot field, worms and other insects die! Your fly elimination program is likely safe forever. Even the most rabid “you can’t kill anything” nuts take their antibiotics!
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    The wrong way to coyote hunt

    Lots of folks eat at McDonald's, too!
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    The wrong way to coyote hunt

    I AM getting a bit long in the tooth! I hunted in my late teens and early twenties in eastern southern tier, I had access to a lot of private land, a loaner shotgun, and a landlord who had a freezer I could use. When I moved back to Monroe County, I had only the public land (and Stid Hill and High Tor get “slightly” crowded LOL), no firearm, no freezer, and VERY limited financial resources. As I got older and my bank account grew to where I could afford to go, my job responsibilities and family got in the way, and I had also developed a great liking for fall steelhead fishing, which at least used to peak during southern tier deer season. I have since become involved in an organization that leases a large chunk of ground in the Tug Hill (not to mention the huge amount of state and county land that is available for hunting up there), I have more time as I am retired, and fall steelhead fishing has been less than stellar. The main thing slowing me down now is acquiring all the necessary gear, and I made the incorrect assumption that because my wife used to hunt, she would have no problem with me keeping firearms in the house. SO when I find a solution to that obstacle, I’ll get back out up north and maybe even try some of the spots I’ve learned about over the years here in WNY. A shag season might tip the scales in my favor, I hear they are even better than planked merganser or Driving Park Salmon!!!
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    New Bill introduced in ny assembly

    So, the guy with his pants not pulled up has created a negative attitude toward people who don’t like belts (), that is exactly my point. If you hang a bear in your front yard, you will likely create a bad attitude in the minds of at least some people who drive by your house. I recently read something where the writer spoke about the people who hang their deer at deer camp so they can see whose is biggest. Obviously this writer had no idea about the work that goes into hanging the deer, or the need to quickly cool the meat, or the need to get it up off the ground, or even that the weight is less important to most hunters concerned with the “trophy” aspect than the rack size. If we continue to allow this kind of ignorance to exist, we have only ourselves to blame when the ignorant come to take our “rights” (and the Constitution says you can keep and bear arms but says nothing about hunting). The largest majority of the general population is on the fence about hunting, and the hunting safety instructor is making the point that if our actions, such as posting facebook pictures of a dead baboon or that “cute little mountain lion” we just gutted, push some of the fence sitters into the PETA camp, we are doing all sportsmen a disservice. All the guys dragging black salmon with the milt and eggs oozing all over the sidewalks of Pulaski have pretty much turned the town off to all “fishheads”, and most of the locals only see those guys and the litterers, etc, when they see someone with a fishing rod. The fact that you are allowed by Freedom of Speech to employ a lot of four letter words loudly in public does not equate to everyone being required to elevate you to the same level of respect as a preacher or an orator, people may still decide that you are a crass low life who doesn’t pull up his pants. Same thing for the people who want to beat their chests showing off the “dark side” of the hunting experience, the person they turn off today is the person who will be voting to curtail their activities down the road. If Trump had been tweeting a lot of what he’s tweeted since being in the Whitehouse during the campaign, we might be calling Hillary the President, regardless of his “ Freedom of Speech” to say what he wants. And as my father always pointed out when I played the “FofS” card, you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater.
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    The wrong way to coyote hunt

    No, I don't hunt (yet) for anything, just thanks for posting it!
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    The wrong way to coyote hunt

    Thanks, Jerry!
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