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Hunting season opens Sunday

Updated: August 30, 2013 12:36AM



At least prospects for doves look promising when hunting opens Sunday.

Prospects for the early Canada goose season are not as promising.

But doves are another matter.

“We have lots of doves,’’ said Ron Lorman, property manager at Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area. “Fields are real good, mowed and ready to go.’’

Because of the wet spring, some sunflowers are not as dry as might be liked, but heat the next few days should help.

“It should be average or better, but it is so hard to tell,’’ said Jim Bergens, property manager at Jasper-Pulaski FWA. “We should harvesting 2,000 to 3,000 birds at least.’’

There’s a couple regulation changes. First, the feds have allowed a possesion limit of 45 doves, three times the daily limit. Second, hunters may only bring in 50 non-toxic shells at public sites.

“Sometimes it looks decent,’’ said Ken Bisacchi, property manager at LaSalle FWA. “Hot weather will really be a factor. There are some doves around, but it doesn’t look like a great year.’’

It will be an opener where hunters need to remember headgear and to hydrate.

“We have quite a few doves,’’ said Mike Schoof, property manager at Willow Slough FWA. “The fields are hit and miss, some were drowned out, some hammered by deer.’’

Most nearby sites have a standby draw at 11 a.m. the first few days for unused reserved sites. The draw for Reynolds Creek Game Bird Habitat Area--one field looks good, one mediocre--will be at Kingsbury.

LaSalle will draw at 4:30 a.m. for 10 goose spots on Sunday, Monday and Sept. 7 and 8. Other days are open. Willow Slough will draw at 4:30 for goose spots. Kingsbury is open on goose spots. There is hardly any geese at any of those sites.

Hunting for Sora rails and common snipe also opens Sunday.

Squirrels: While other area sites reported fewere squirrels harvested so far, Kingsbury had more than 100 squirrels already killed by hunters, Lorman said. The lower harvest at other sites is due to heat, mosquitoes and heavy canopy, not a lack of squirrels.

Hunting classes: Spots remain for the class on Sept. 6 and 7 at One Source OutFitters in Valparaiso. All registration is online. Go to register-ed.com/events/view/35385. ... Slots remain for the class on Sept. 13-14 at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center. Register at register-ed.com/events/view/31888.

Ducks unlimited: The Lowell banquet is at Signature Banquet Hall on Sept. 7. Contact Dave Heath at (219) 405-4330 or Jim Harkin at (219) 730-5332.

Fishing: Another sign came this week that there should be some 30-pound Chinook this fall for shore fishermen. In 45-50 feet outside of the Ditch, “Bluegill Bill’’ Young boated a 27-pound, 14-ounce king.

That’s no bluegill.

Kings will soon be coming to a shore or up the streams near you.

Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert said kings are in 45 feet out of Portage, Burns Ditch and East Chicago. He said glow spoons at daylight have been good.

Mike Starcevich at Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet in Hammond said Bloody Nose was the hot spoon, otherwise meat rigs are a must. He said a few were caught early in the week at the Hole-in-the-Wall.

Starcevich reported perch picking up the last few days outside of East Chicago Marina in 22 feet. Breidert said perch were improving in 29 feet in the usual spots.

Steelhead are in the streams, but warm water has made for lethargic fish.

Rivers are low and wadeable. Topwaters are good. That is also true on local ponds and lakes for largemouth, especially late in the day.



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