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Hunter bags 14-point buck

Zach Porter not only arrowed his first deer Kingsbury Fish Wildlife Arebut turned out be trophy 14-pointer with split brow

Zach Porter not only arrowed his first deer at Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area, but turned out to be a trophy 14-pointer with split brow tines. | For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 26, 2013 6:50AM



A 14-point buck is noteworthy anywhere, but from a public site it is even more special.

Staff at Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area had a nice photo of an unknown hunter who bagged such a buck.

I would love to know the hunter and hear his story. I can be reached at straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

At LaSalle FWA, property manager Ken Bisacchi said 11 deer were bagged by bowhunters through Wednesday. That pace is on par with the good season last year.

The rut (fair warning to drivers in likely areas) will peak over the next couple weeks.

Waterfowl openers: With the recent fronts, it was hoped more fresh waterfowl would arrive. As it was, opening weekend in Indiana’s north zone was primarily for resident wood ducks and some teal.

Bisacchi said 80 percent of their harvest was wood ducks. For opening weekend, hunters took 128 ducks and three geese. But there was a few green-winged teal.

The Baker Unit at LaSalle FWA, scheduled to open Nov. 2, still needs water.

Willow Slough FWA has not had that many parties waterfowl hunting. Waterfowlers bagged 132 ducks opening day and 84 on Sunday. It’s slowed since then. There were green-winged and blue-winged teal and a few divers mixed with the woodies.

Kingsbury FWA had about 80 birds bagged opening weekend.

Fishing: Still some quality Chinook being caught, such as the 17-pound king caught by Robert Buckmaster of Chesterton in Portage from the East Branch of the Little Calumet on an old-school Oslo spinner in orange.

Assistant Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Ben Dickinson said steelhead are showing up in St. Joseph, Salt Creek, Little Cal, and Trail Creek.

“The bite has been picking up as water temps drop,’’ he emailed. “With salmon starting to spawn egg imitations or spawn have been doing best, but some success with spinners and small spoons.’’

Before winds and small-craft warnings (which should finally ease by Saturday), fishermen had started to take some perch. A few perch, even with the weather, have been caught from shore at the Hole-in-the-Wall. Before the blow, Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle reported some perch in the shoals off Inland; and Dickinson said some had been caught in 10-20 feet out of Michigan City.

Hunting notes: Bisacchi noted rabbit hunters have been having a good year at LaSalle FWA, and hunters bagged 21 squirrels on Saturday. ... Dog running for raccoons and opossums ends today. ... Fall firearm turkey season in select counties ends Sunday.

Sandhills and cruising: As of Tuesday, the crane count at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area was up to 7,578 cranes. On Saturday, the Medaryville Lions Club holds its annual Crane Cruise (crane-cruise.com), with bike rides from 12 to 50 miles around the area to view the thousands of sandhills. I highly recommend it, even for casual bike riders.

Show me: A showing of Everglades of the North will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater inside the Indiana Welcome Center, courtesy of South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Wild things: Sightings of a lesser sand plover had birders from several states trekking to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this week.



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