Daily Archives: December 19, 2014

Congress aims to protect Great Lakes against invasive carp

By Jenna Iacurci



(Photo: Flickr/US Army Corps of Engineers/Todd Davis)

(Photo: Flickr/US Army Corps of Engineers/Todd Davis)

The problem of Asian carp invading the Great Lakes and outcompeting local fish populations for food has been an ongoing one, so Friday the US Congress called for a temporary solution to strengthen defenses and protect native fish until a more permanent plan can be agreed upon.

The new measure would use additional structures to control upstream movement of fish at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, located on the Des Plaines River in Joliet, Ill., just 40 miles from Chicago.

Supporters of the legislation describe Brandon Road as a “choke point,” meaning the location would block Asian carp as well as other exotic species from reaching Lake Michigan, and potentially spreading to other Great Lakes.

“This is important work that will develop solutions that can be applied elsewhere in the Chicago waterway system – and throughout the Great Lakes and the nation as a whole – to prevent damaging aquatic species from expanding into other water bodies,” Jon Allen, vice chairman of the Great Lakes Commission, which endorsed the bill, said in a statement.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, Asian carp were first introduced into the United States in the 1970s to clean up fresh water, and rapidly reproduced thereafter. The fish, which can grow as much as 100 pounds, are a growing problem, with fisherman catching 20 carp on a normal day, and a whopping 180 fish on a good day. They compete with local fish and mussels for food resources, such as plankton.

Congress and others are increasingly worried for native fish species because once Asian carp – like silver and bighead carp – become rooted in an ecosystem, they are virtually impossible to eradicate. This could devastate the Great Lakes’ $7 billion fishing industry.

To counter the carp, researchers have been testing various strategies to prevent a Great Lakes invasion, including sound barriers, food attractants, sonar fishing tracking and commercial fishing.

These techniques may be considered as Congress aims to land on a permanent solution to the issue at hand, a goal of theirs according to the new bill.


Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas announces 2015 attraction lineup

Brian D. Smith, the founder and CEO of the Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas event, announced the events attraction lineup for the 2015 event. Smith said “I am excited to announce what we believe to be the greatest lineup of attractions and whitetail authority in our 4 year history. We have several unique folks and whitetail displays to help make our attendees experience a great one. Matt Stutzman “The Armless Archer”, “Dr. Deer” James Kroll and World Champion predator caller Torry Cook will all be at the event Saturday and Sunday with Cook being there all three days. We have recently agreed to a 3 year deal to have The Antler Collector, the world’s largest shed antler display, in attendance. Steve Porter’s Traveling Whitetail Display will be there all three days with three live whitetails that have in excess of 800 inches of antler growth. We will also have W.O.W. Worlds of Whitetail on hand all three days displaying some of the world’s largest mounts of famous deer that most avid whitetail enthusiast will recognize. Returning as well is the Hunting Film Tour film that we will offer to the attendees for free this year”.

Smith went on to say “We are almost done selling our booths as 80% of them are gone as of today. We are ahead by 17% versus last year at the same time as far as booth sales are concerned. We sold every booth we had the last two years and it looks like this year is going to be no exception. We have also partnered once again with Boothboss to manage our vendor booth sales. You can visit our website and follow the link to the Boothboss layout https://boothboss.com/floorplan/index.php?showID=478and reserve your spot before they are all gone. We have proudly given away as we have done every year 16 booths to non-profit conservation minded organizations thus far and have two more available on a first come first serve basis”.

The Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas event is an annual three day celebration of the great sport of Kansas deer hunting with industry exhibitors and vendors, hunting seminars, conservation organizations, youth zone, celebrities, a monster buck and shed contest, 3-D bow range and other hunting related activities. The event is presented by Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland and sponsored by Briggs Auto Group, Cabela’s, Mossy Oak Biologic, Mossy Oak Gamekeepers, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, RedNeck Blinds, Sutherlands Lumber, Hunting Sports Plus, WIBW 94.5 FM and 580 AM, The Wolff 106.5 KC, Kansas Bowhunters Association, North American Shed Hunting Club, and Buckmaster’s Whitetail Trophy Records. The event is being held January 23rd, 24th and 25th 2015 again in Topeka, KS at the Kansas ExpoCentre.

For more information on the Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas visit their website at www.monsterbuckclassic.com  or email [email protected] or call Brian Smith at 479-409-6252