The North Monroe Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will present “An Evening with ‘Cuz,’” an all-you-can-eat catfish meal with Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland.
The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at the East Amory Community Center in Amory.
Strickland is an outdoor writer and senior vice president of Mossy Oak. He will be talking about turkey hunting with the crowd.
Only 100 tickets – at $20 apiece – will be sold at Outdoors Advantage amp& Package Depot, 505 S. Main St., Amory.
For information, call (662) 640-9646.
Arkansas lawmaker seeks amendment to protect hunting
n LITTLE ROCK – State Sen. Steve Faris is trying again for an amendment creating a constitutional right for Arkansans to hunt and fish.
Faris, D-Malvern, filed a proposed constitutional amendment to do that two years ago, but lawmakers didn’t put it on the ballot.
The proposed constitutional amendment filed Monday says Arkansans “have a right to hunt, fish, trap and harvest game, subject only to reasonable regulations prescribed by the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission.”
The measure was assigned to the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which Faris serves as chairman.
Kentucky hunters will be able to shoot bears this year
n FRANKFORT, Ky. – Lawmakers have given their blessing to open a hunting season on Kentucky’s bear population.
The hunting season was approved by the legislature’s Administrative Regulation Review Committee. With the panel’s approval, Kentucky becomes one of 28 states where bear hunting is allowed. The season is set for next December.
Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett said the season will be limited to two days and will not negatively affect the bear population, which has been estimated to be between 130 and 350.
The Humane Society of the United States argued that the bear population is too small to sustain hunting.
Bears thrived in Kentucky more than a century ago, but over-hunting and habitat loss led to their disappearance. During the past 20 years, they have been venturing back into Kentucky from neighboring states.
Justice Department reconsiders bull trout stance after report
n HELENA, Mont. – The federal government is reconsidering its response to a lawsuit by Montana environmental activists who sought certain kinds of habitat protection for bull trout.
The fish is a threatened species that needs clean and cold water, qualities that may be impaired by work such as logging and mining.
In documents filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., the U.S. Justice Department says its reconsideration stems from a new report by the Interior Department’s Inspector General.
The inspector said that Julie MacDonald, a former deputy assistant secretary at Interior, put political pressure above sound science, and may have influenced a decision about habitat protection for bull trout.
Wisconsin man sets fly rod musky record at 51+ inches
n HAYWARD, Wis. – A Hayward man has set a new musky world record in fly fishing.
Wisconsin wildlife officials say the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum has notified Brad Bohen the 51.25-inch musky he caught in October was a record for a released fish on a 36-pound tippet.
Bohen is a guide and caretaker at the Winneboujou Club on the Brule River.
Daily Journal, The Associated Press