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  • January 6, 2012

    KS May Nix Hunting and Fishing License Exemption for Seniors

    By Chad Love

    In an age of reduced funding sources, declining hunter participation, and increases in the average age of hunters, can cash-strapped state wildlife agencies afford to continue offering exemptions to hunting and fishing licenses? That's the issue facing Kansas as its wildlife department prepares to ask the state legislature to eliminate the state's senior citizen exemption for hunting and fishing licenses.

    From this story in the Wichita Eagle:
    Kansas senior citizens could be required to buy hunting and fishing licenses after this year. For decades, residents 65 and over have been exempt from the annual permits that currently sell for about $18 each. Chris Tymeson of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission said Thursday that the agency will ask the Legislature to remove the exemption.

  • January 3, 2012

    Tis The Season for Sporting Expo's

    By Kirk Deeter

    When I can't actually be out on the river fishing, the next best thing is to be with thousands of like-minded outdoorsy people talking about fishing. And that's exactly what I'll be up to in the next few days, when the International Sportsmen's Exposition rolls into Denver January 5-8 at the Colorado Convention Center.

    I'll actually be hosting the Fly Fishing Theater, introducing the likes of Pat Dorsey, Kelly Galloup, Landon Mayer, and April Vokey. I'm going to be giving a couple talks myself, focused on "Stillwater Fishing for Trophy Trout" at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

  • December 6, 2011

    Disabled Missouri Angler Loses Livelihood When Burglar Steals Fishing Tackle

    --Chad Love

    No-good heartless bastards recently stole a disabled, wheelchair-bound St. Louis, Missouri angler's entire inventory of fishing tackle from his van.

    From this story on

    "...Someone apparently targeted Willie Vickers because he was an amputee who didn`t always have the stamina to bring his gear in from his van in the 4500 block of Ashland in North St. Louis, after hours of fishing. The water at Fairgrounds Park in North St. Louis and all that swims beneath the surface have been calling to Vickers since boyhood. 'I remember my first fish,' he said, recalling how a kind neighbor couple took him fishing for the first time more than 40 years ago. He was the only one of them to catch a fish that day.

  • October 5, 2011

    It's Time for The Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave

    By Chad Love

    A while back FlyTalk blogger Kirk Deeter wrote a blog post about the Federation of Fly Fishers and its use of the somewhat archaic and parochial term "conclave" to describe its annual gatherings. For some, the term conjures up images of reclusive, self-flagellating religious orders perched high on mountaintop monasteries.

    But if you live in the eight-state region of the Federation of Fly Fishers Southern Council, better get those Friar Tuck robes dry-cleaned, grab your Latin copy of "The Compleat Angler" and start practicing those Gregorian chants, because it's time for a conclave!

  • September 30, 2011

    A River Runs Through It: Who Taught Brad Pitt How To Fly Cast?

    By Chad Love

    To most fishers of flies, it's simply called "The Movie." And whether that's a compliment or pejorative depends, of course, on the effect you think it had on the scene. We're talking, of course, about the movie adaptation of Norman Maclean's novella "A River Runs Through It." But do you know who taught Brad Pitt how to cast when he was trying out for the role? Hint: it wasn't a flycasting coach.

    From this story on US magazine:

    There's plenty of fish in the sea, but Melissa Etheridge was the one who taught Brad Pitt how to catch 'em! In an interview with Access Hollywood Live, the 50-year-old singer said that she helped teach the 47-year-old Oscar-nominee the art of fly-fishing back in the early '90s. "I love to fish. I grew up in the Midwest and loved to fish, totally a huge fly-fishing [fan]," Etheridge told Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2011

    Book Review: 50 More Places to Fly Fish Before You Die

    By Kirk Deeter

    At this time of year, I start hearing about all the new fly fishing products planned for next year... new rods, reels, waders, and all of that.

    You know what product category I am most impressed with, in terms of what I have seen so far? Books. I have a tall stack of fly fishing books on my desk now... and most of them are great. Great writing. Great production. It's as if the publishing world decided, "Gee, people actually do read beyond the computer screen," and are back in the business of making good fishing books.

    I'll be sharing more reviews on these books in the coming weeks, but I'll start at the top of the stack (it's on top for a reason): Chris Santella's "Fifty More Places to Fly Fish Before You Die." Now, I'm admittedly biased, because I was included in this book, recommending place number one, the Karluk River on Kodiak Island in Alaska. And a guy named Tim Romano is also in here, having recommended fishing the Hill Country in Texas.

  • August 3, 2011

    Study: Hunting, Fishing in Rockies Proven to be Recession Proof

    By Chad Love

    In the current political climate it's fashionable (on both sides of the aisle) to cut programs and legislation that "doesn't pay its way." Not surprisingly, conservation and environmental programs and legislation are currently under attack because we "can't afford it any more." But what if, as many of us have been arguing for years, not only can good conservation and environmental programs pay their way, they also pump money into the economy even in the depths of a recession?
    That's the gist of a recent economic study from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department that revealed hunting and fishing activity along the front range of the Rocky Mountains is a remarkably recession-proof activity and an important regional economic engine. And that's a very good reason, argues one sportsmans's group, to encourage further environmental legislation to protect the area.

    From this story in the Great Falls Tribune:
    The Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front said that based on economic indicators from recent Fish, Wildlife & Parks studies of hunting's impact, the Front needs further legislative protection. Five Montana sportsmen said in a teleconference call Tuesday that the hunting industry is a rare economic bright spot in the current recession, and called the Front a poster child of this sustainable economic engine. "The remarkable thing we are seeing here is stability," said Randy Newberg, an accountant and host of the hunting television series "On Your Own Adventures." "The numbers along the Front show public land hunting has not been as susceptible to the broader economic challenges facing other industries during the recent recession," he said.

  • August 1, 2011

    Evironmental Groups: Some PA Forest Land Leases for Gas Drilling May Be Illegal

    By Chad Love

    The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is leasing more state forest land for gas drilling to make up for budget cuts, but environmental groups say some of those leases may be illegal.

    From this story in the Pocono Record:
    Despite a $27.2 million, or 33 percent, cut in state funding this year, DCNR's overall budget increased from $282 million to $284 million. The increase was made possible by $65 million from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund, which is up from $35 million last year. The fund was created in 1955 to maintain revenue from DCNR's leases with natural gas drilling companies for portions of the state's 2.1 million acres of forests. Thanks to a surge in revenue from the leases, the state has cut funding to DCNR, which has been trimming its budget. Among the cost-saving efforts are shortening camping and swimming seasons, closing some restrooms and improving maintenance. However, department spokesman Terry Brady said there will be "no state park closures." But, some natural gas drilling leases may violate a federal law requiring that land purchased with federal funds must be available for public use, according to the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club. Since natural gas drilling requires closing at least a portion of the land to build gas wells, the public does not have full access, the club argues.

  • July 5, 2011

    Minnesota Government Shutdown Leaves Anglers Without Fishing Licenses

    By Chad Love

    --Chad Love

    If you're about to embark on that epic "Minnesota Fishing Safari" you've been dreaming of for years, you better hope you got your fishing license early. Otherwise, you may be facing an ethical conundrum: should you fish illegally if there's no one there to check your license?
    From this story on
    If you call a Minnesota DNR phone line these days, you're likely to be directed to an automated voicemail message telling you to call back once the government reaches a compromise. Many Fourth of July anglers were surprised to get that message over the big holiday weekend. Those who didn't get the chance to purchase a fishing license before the government shut down are now facing a decision. Should they fish illegally or forgo fishing to enjoy other recreational activities?

  • June 21, 2011

    News, Photos and Vids From The Fishing World

    By The Editors