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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018

BOATING

Marinas, boat and fishing clubs, waterfront businesses, organizations or other groups that serve boaters can help save kids lives this summer by becoming a BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner site. 
 

SCDNR, along with partners SCE&G and Dreher Shoals Sail & Power Squadron, will host a ribbon cutting for a new Life Jacket Loaner Station at Lake Murray's Larry Koon Landing at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 4.  

CLINICS

This free all-day event will be at Glenn Otto Community Park in Troutdale

CONSERVATION

Underwater grasses respond quickly to improvements in water quality conditions, making them a critical indicator of restoration progress. 

  Volunteers will clean trash and debris from the island while monitoring and removing invasive plant species to maintain the native grandeur of this waterway gem.   

The Coast Guard is advising mariners Wednesday to caution on the water as multiple groups of right whales have been observed in the area of Boston Light to Marshfield. 
 

FISHERIES

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed tighter fishing regulations for Red Rocks Lake National Wildlife Refuge. 

Oregon and Washington fishery managers have announced the 2018 summer and fall fisheries for the Columbia River. 
 

HIGH SCHOOL FISHING

Crestliner has introduced "Angling Aces," a program aimed at nurturing high school and college-aged anglers' passion for fishing and guiding them toward higher education and careers related to the sport. 

INDUSTRY

GoFish Cam is a wireless underwater camera that sits on your fishing line and works with a mobile app to give a view of fish approaching the bait. 

Popticals, maker of compact performance eyewear, announced today that they’ve selected The Media Group, a communications firm based out of Chicago, Illinois to handle public relations efforts for its innovative line of sunglasses for the fishing market. 

Casting demonstrations by experts, seminars and fly tiers are important reasons to attend the Fly Fishing Show, but after all is said and done, the number one reason continues to be the availability to see, touch and test new products, according to a survey of 2018 show attendees.

NEW PRODUCTS

Lure Lock introduces Retro Fitting Kits and Lure Pads for anglers looking to update their existing tackle boxes and enhance their organization. 
 

RADIO

This week we go on a backcountry fishing expedition with Illamas, among other interesting outdoors pursuits. 

SHOWS

Learn all the expertise necessary for successful coastal fishing at these seminars by top pros during the show.

NBC Sports Group will present coverage
of the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – the largest in-water
boat show in the world – this December on NBCSN. 

STATES

Vega State Park, one of Western Colorado's prime boating and recreation areas, will open its Island Boat Ramp to the public on May 1.

Spring can offer some of the best fishing of the year across Oregon, with almost unlimited possibilities. 

After listening to public comments on and discussing the current and future management of sharks in Florida at the April meeting in Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to continue to stay engaged on all shark-related issues and to pursue development of draft regulations for shore-based shark fishing. 
 

In many Nebraska waters, the same bays and coves that harbored crappies soon after ice-out will continue to hold fish right through the spawn period. 

Two boat access area ramps will be closed for one day each next week to allow for the installation of seasonal docks. 
 

Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the need to purchase a fishing or park entry permit for the day. 

The Commission is extending the season to allow anglers opportunity to harvest additional pounds of striped bass allocated to the Roanoke River. 

By Joel Webster, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Using the industry-leading mapping software, TRCP and onX team up to make the case for a broader approach to public lands access acquisition

For Western hunters and anglers who depend on public lands, software from onX combined with a smartphone or a handheld GPS unit has changed the game. Showing a user’s real-time location in relation to tangled property boundaries, this technology allows sportsmen and women to hunt unmarked and isolated tracts of public land along rivers and roads without the risk of trespassing on private land.

Recognizing how transformative their mapping software has been, we’ve partnered with onX to illustrate a major challenge for public land hunters and anglers across the West, and how this technology might be used to change the game for public land policy as well. Here’s how.

In this image, a landlocked tract of BLM and state-owned lands in eastern Montana sits only a few hundred yards from the nearest publicly accessible road.

 

Still Locked Out of Our Public Lands

In many Western states, millions of acres of public lands remain “landlocked”—meaning they are rendered completely inaccessible by surrounding private lands. Historically, establishing legal access to these often small and remote parcels through easements, right-of-ways, or land acquisitions would not have been particularly useful, given the difficulties involved in identifying them and discerning their boundaries.

The modern GPS-equipped sportsman, however, can confidently make good use of small tracts of public land that might sit only a few hundred yards from a public road, if provided with a means of legal access across private tracts.

Officials in Washington, D.C., currently have at their disposal a powerful tool to do just that. Enacted in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is the primary source of federal revenue for acquiring new public lands and a critical program for expanding hunting and fishing access to Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land and water resources. It is incredibly popular among hunters and anglers, and it enjoys bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

While in the past, LWCF acquisition funds have generally been used to consolidate blocks of checker-boarded public lands, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service have utilized LWCF funds in recent years to work also toward establishing legal recreational access to currently landlocked parcels of public land. The current state of technology means that we now have more sophisticated means for doing so with tremendous opportunities for the average sportsman.

What’s more, the current administration has committed to improving sportsmen’s access. In September 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke directed the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to produce plans for expanding hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands. The agencies were also specifically charged with identifying lands where access is currently limited or impossible via public roads or trails.

This is great news for public land hunters and anglers. But DOI’s focus on access is at odds with the precarious position of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Despite its many existing and potential benefits, the program will expire on September 30, unless reauthorized by Congress. We believe that the new opportunities to expand technologically assisted access to our public lands should inspire Congress and the administration to move LWCF reauthorization across the finish line as soon as possible.

Breaking Through

The TRCP and onX are convinced that securing public access to inaccessible public lands should be a priority among policymakers. That’s why we have partnered up to educate legislators and agency personnel on exactly how mobile technologies are changing the way people access our public lands.

As part of this effort, onX founder and CEO Eric Siegfried traveled to Washington, D.C., where he joined TRCP staff in meetings with officials at the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Management and Budget.

Together, we impressed upon the agencies and decision makers how modern GPS technologies that enable the public to pinpoint the exact location of property boundaries have created new opportunities for both sportsmen as well as policymakers looking to expand public access. Using onX software to show how public land is locked up back home, we also explained the importance of LWCF to the ability of the federal government to continue opening inaccessible lands to the public.

We now require your help to convince the administration and your congressional delegation of the need to reauthorize LWCF as soon as possible. Without this critical program, most public land access and acquisition projects would not occur—and time is running out. 

TAKE ACTION HERE:

Learn more about TRCP here

FISHING CALENDAR
May 11-12
Stuart Sailfish Club Kingfish, Dolphin and Wahoo Tournament

Hutchinson Island Resort/Marina, Stuart, Florida;  www.StuartSailfishClub.com.

May 28
Memorial Day--No Wires

June 4-10
Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Biloxi, MS. Billfish (weight and release divisions), tuna, wahoo, dolphin and swordfish. More than $1.5MM in prizes; mgcbc.com

 
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