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September 1, 2013

Fall brings the good and bad in fishing

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Starting at level one, the questions are primarily identification of fish and fishing tackle. As the players increase in their knowledge about Fishing, they grow into the higher level questions. This game can be found at Gander Mountain and Cabelas. This would be a great Christmas gift.

Results from the annual Illinois Archery Deer Hunter Survey, which tracks observations of wildlife by volunteers while hunting deer from Oct. 1-Nov. 15, showed indices similar to the previous year for all species.

In 2012, a total of 896 bow hunters participated in the survey and logged more than 55,000 hours afield. Tracking long-term changes in relative abundance of wildlife is the main value of the survey. Numbers of bobcat, coyote, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and squirrels observed per 1,000 hours increased since the survey began in 1992.

The most striking change is a 10-fold increase in the number of bobcats observed by hunters between 1992 and 2013. Declines in observations of red and gray fox are probably related to changes in habitat and greater abundance of coyotes. The 2012 Archery Deer Hunter Survey is available on the IDNR website at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/adhs2013report.pdf.

Sam Van Camp writes about the outdoors on Fridays and Sundays. Call him at 662-6559. Fax: 446-6648. E-mail: pamnsam@nwcable.net

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