RGS set on wildlife diversity
MIKE McKEE - outdoors
It's good for the
grouse and hundreds of other forest dwelling
Habitat diversity, that
is. And it is the prime focus of the Ruffed
Grouse Society, which will host a Sportsman's
Banquet on Feb. 11 at the Michigan City Holiday
“This will be the sixth
year for the Hoosier chapter banquet,” chairman
Tony Hofstetter said.
“Proceeds are primarily
used to develop habitat, which is the only way
to maintain a viable grouse population now and
in the future.”
Hofstetter mentioned a
court decision to allow timber harvest in the
Hoosier National Forest, as well as the
Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvainia
(after a 20-year legal squabble), was supported
Of course, just about
everyone loves big trees, but the only thing
better than a big forest is a big, healthy,
sustainable forest. And properly managed clear
cuts are good for the long-term health of trees.
The clear cuts also
provide critical grouse habitat as well as
living space for all types of other wildlife
from ever-increasing wild turkey to rare eastern
RGS literature and its
Internet site has a bunch of information and
links that can assist landowners in improving
the variety of wildlife in their woodlots.
Tickets for the
banquet, which starts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11, are
$50 ($75 with spouse) and includes dinner,
annual RGS membership and magazine subscription
along with access to the evening's silent and
live auctions and raffles of firearms, art work
and outdoor gear.
“Also, Deer Creek (an
exlusive shooting facility at nearby Three Oaks,
Mich.) will again offer discounts on pheasants,
trap and skeet during the day of the banquet,”
Hofstetter said. “Last year, we probably had 35
guys up there before the banquet and they all
had a great time.”
For more information,
call Hofstetter at 872-8556.
€ Fishing report.
For January, its good.
The stretch of “March” weather we've been in for
the past month has allowed plenty of anglers to
get out, and although catches have been spotty,
you can't complain for the time of the year.
The pier has produced
steelhead, brown trout, whitefish and the
occasional coho when the weather has allowed
with fish grabbing everything from shrimp and
nightcrawlers dunked under a bobber to spawn or
waxworms plunked on bottom.
Spoons have taken some
Steelhead, browns and
walleye have been caught in the harbor and lower
stretches of Trail Creek with the trout taking
bait and the rare 'eye grabbing crankbaits after
The middle stretches of
Trail have produced decentsteelhead catches
within a few days of rain and/or snow melt
€ The Indiana Hunter
Education Course will be held from 8 a.m. to 6
p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Izaak Walton League
chapter, 0682 N. 850 West, Michigan City.
To register for the
class, call 1-800-810-1450, ask for Ed Bohle,
and leave message with number of students
€ The Michigan City
Fish & Game Club is hosting one of their famous
all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraisers from 7
a.m. until noon on Sunday (Jan. 29).
Homemade biscuits and
gravy, sausage, bacon, eggs, pancakes, potatoes
and beverages are available at $6 for adults and
reduced prices for children.
For more information,