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Michigan increases fines for poaching big bucks

New state laws designed to deter poaching of antlered bucks, especially those with trophy-sized racks, and to reduce recreational trespass are now in effect in Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced last week.

The new Michigan laws make several changes to the fines and restitution payments for poaching deer, including a progressive pen­alty system.

For any deer with or without antlers, the base restitution will be $1,000; for any antlered deer, there will be an additional restitution of $1,000 plus; for antlered deer with eight to 10 points, an additional $500 will be assessed for each point; and for antlered deer with 11 or more points,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:01 PM
Still fishing
The cold temperatures, deep snow and slush on lakes haven’t kept all anglers off the ice, proven by this hearty angler as he pulled a northern through the ice. The game fishing season comes to an end this Sunday, March 2.                               —STAFF PHOTO
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:39 PM
Deadlines near for removing ice shelters

The deadlines for ice anglers to remove ice fishing shelters are approaching, reminds Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials.
For inland Wisconsin waters, ice fishing shelters must be removed by the first Sunday following March 1 for waters south of Highway 64 and by the first Sunday following March 12 for waters north of Highway 64. For 2014,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:39 PM
Outdoor women plan outing at planetarium

The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at the Kovac Planetarium on Highway 8 east of Monico.
This outing is open to spouses and guests, and reservations are required by Wednesday, March 5.
The group is limited to 25 participants and the fee will be $8 per person.
To learn about the planetarium,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:39 PM
Early trout season opens March 1

Wisconsin’s early catch-and-release trout season opens March 1 on streams, but it might take some work to reach during the earliest days of the season, state fish biologists say.
The early catch-and-release trout season opens this Saturday, March 1, at 5 a.m. and runs until midnight Sunday, April 27.
Most trout streams are open to early fishing with the exception of most Lake Superior

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:38 PM