NOAA Fisheries has announced plans to develop a national recreational fishing policy
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Connie Barclay,, 301-427-8029
April 2, 2014

NOAA Fisheries has announced plans to develop a national recreational fishing policy during its second national Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit. The policy will broadly guide future actions and better integrate recreational fishing with NOAA Fisheries’ mission.


More than 100 leaders from the saltwater recreational fishing community met with NOAA Fisheries leadership at the summit, held April 1-2 in Alexandria, Va., to provide an opportunity to assess recent progress, identify future directions and further strengthen the relationship between the two groups. With nearly 11 million saltwater anglers in the United States, recreational and non-commercial fishermen represent one of NOAA’s largest organized constituencies.


“Resolving issues facing our fisheries today requires partnerships between managers, scientists and people who enjoy the resource,” said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. “I commit that NOAA Fisheries will actively engage the recreational fishing community and we will do our part to find cooperative solutions.”


The meeting provided a forum for identifying important issues and collaborative solutions, including discussing the quality of the data used to count and characterize the recreational catch and fishing effort, on-the-water fishing experiences, sharing management priorities, and discussing the importance of healthy habitats.


“This summit is the latest in an ongoing conversation with the saltwater recreational fishing community,” said Russell Dunn, NOAA Fisheries national policy advisor for recreational fisheries, “NOAA is committed to backing up words with actions like these.”


NOAA Fisheries held the first national saltwater recreational fishing summit in 2010 to kick-off the agency’s recreational fishing engagement initiative. The event resulted in development of both national and regional action plans to guide agency activities.


NOAA Fisheries committed to working with the fishing public, and coordinate with its advisory bodies, regional offices and science centers to update the national action plan to reflect ideas exchanged at the summit.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and our other social media channels. Visit our news release archive.

EZ wipers .com review!!
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I was recently asked to review a new set of wipers from Anco via EZ WIPERS .COM!!

EZwipers sells windshield wipers blades directly to the consumer. They carry several brands of Windshield Wiper blades. But for this test the Anco Series 31 were selected for my Silverado 1500 pickup!! Search the site for all the other options to see if they have yours?

Anco Series 31 Wipers are recognized as tough and reliable blades that offer great performance at a fair price. Why spend $80 at the dealer when you can buy them online for under $20? Why spend all that time at the discount store trying to figure out if you have the right wipers using one of those electronic catalogs?

EZwipers send the right wipers to your home fast. No silly guest accounts to set up. Ordering time is usually under 3 minutes.

Get the right wiper the first time every time!!

You will never buy wipers the old fashioned way again.

EZwipers The Fastest Way to Order the Right Wiper

For anyone who has ever changed wipers in the past they know that ANCO is the best fitting and most universally simple to mount. Here is a short tutorial on how to install Anco wipers on my Silverado 1500!!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Deadline Approaching for Maine Moose Lottery
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For Immediate Release: March 27, 2014

Deadline Approaching for Maine Moose Lottery

The deadline to apply for the Maine Moose Lottery is fast approaching, and hunters who want the chance to hunt moose in Maine need to mail or deliver their paper application by April 1, 2014. Online applicants have until 11:59 on May 14, 2014 to apply for the moose lottery.

Online and paper applications are available at Hunters can print and mail their paper application, deliver it to IFW headquarters at 284 State Street in Augusta or can easily apply directly online.

This year, the department intends to issue 4,085 moose permits in 25 different wildlife management districts that encompass over 21,000 square miles.

“Maine’s moose population is healthy and strong,” said Lee Kantar, the department’s moose biologist. The department utilizes several different methods to monitor the moose population, including aerial flights to assess population and the composition of the moose herd. During the moose hunting season, biologists also examine teeth, the number of ticks a moose carries, and in some cases, examine ovaries to determine reproductive rates.

The department also recently began an intensive 5-year radio-collar moose research project that will give department biologists an even greater understanding of the health of the Maine moose population, including such keys as adult and calf survival rates and reproductive rates.

Maine’s moose hunt is segmented into four different seasons, with the first season beginning on September 22, and the final season ending on November 29.

Maine’s moose hunt is extremely popular. Last year, over 55,000 hunters applied for a chance to hunt moose in Maine.

Long-time lottery applicants who continue to apply have a better chance at winning due to changes in the lottery implemented in 2012.

Bonus points are awarded for each consecutive year the applicant has applied for the lottery since 1998 without being selected. Each bonus point gives the applicant an additional chance in the drawing.

Bonus points are now earned at the rate of one per year for years one to five, two per year for years six to 10, three per year for years 11 to 15 and 10 per year for years 16 and beyond.

Since 2011, applicants can skip a year and not lose their bonus points. So if you applied in 2012 but not in 2013, you still have your points if you apply in 2014.

This year’s moose permit lottery winners will be announced on June 14 at the Moose lottery festival at the University of Maine Presque Isle.

The Aging Outdoorsman: Sabi Products to assist living
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The Aging Outdoorsman: Sabi Products to assist living
© 2014 Brent Reece

Below are several products that were sent to me to be tested and evaluated by me. Each one fits a certain niche in the life of an aging outdoorsman. As we get older we often find ourselves taking meds and more vitamins to stay active and healthy. All of these products are worth the price and are way cooler than I can adequately explain here. Individually it made no sense to feature each one individually. But grouped together here they all go together.

Shake: Flip Top pill box that dispenses one pill at a time

A unique design that makes taking pills a lot easier!!!

Crush: Pill Crusher

For those times when pills are just too large and swallowing them an issue.

Chop: Pill Cutter

A simple clean solution to a common problem

Carafe: Water Cup and 2 Compartment Pill Box

Nothing is slicker than this for a traveler.

Tripod: Store and Go Container

A slick way to carry three days worth of meds in a small package!!

Daybox: X-large weekly pill box

The greatest weekly box I have ever saw for home use!

Folio: Weekly stylish Pill box for the Executive Traveller.

The Sleekest and most stylish weekly box I have ever seen. Looks like a wallet!

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All in all the products featured above are some of the best designed and priced of their kind I have seen. I am now using them on a daily basis to handle all my medication needs. Thank you Sabi for the chance to test and feature them here on Northwoods Wanderings.

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Maine Ice Fishing 2014: GET HOOKED!!
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Maine Ice Fishing 2014: GET HOOKED!!

©2014 Brent Reece


What better way to escape the gloom of winter in the North Country than to get out ice fishing?


No matter where you live there are lakes and fishing opportunities waiting for you to explore. It’s also one of the cheapest activities out there. The gear is basic and the access is almost unlimited. YOU NEED THIS!!


                              This is my good friend Brian Farrel and some NICE fish he caught back in January2014.


                                              More from his January 5th 2014 trip to his local hotspot.


I am fortunate that I have so many icefishing friends that share their vast knowledge on so many waters that it can be overwhelming at times. North of Bangor we fish all winter like mad men….., but as Brian shows ice anglers live all over the state and are doing really well this year.


A lot of great lakes are showing themselves to be exceptional this year. Whether you are after the Trout and Salmon, or are chasing down the schools of perch or suspending bass. Everyone is catching great fish this year.


                            Brain Downs caught this really nice pickerel back in February 2014



It makes no difference where you fish and for what the basics are still the same. Here’s a short list of what you will need to get out on the ice in your area:

1.      SHELTER- Ice shack or portable ice tent

2.      TIP-UPS: ice traps as they are often called

3.      BAIT: typically shiners or dace, but in some areas they use mealies(meal worms), worms and  grubs Bring lots of hooks, and back hook your minnows.

4.      JIGGER POLE: all icer’s use a jigger pole in an open hole to keep from getting bored. Bring a good selection of vertical jigging lures or use bait

5.      ICE AUGER: and Gas


7.      Misc.Items: On a day trip you can go light and make sure you have food enough to get you through. But overnight trips require all the usual camping prep of summer excursions. For these trips you have to think about food/warmth/transportation/sleeping requirements and so on


Now this is a short list of normal items. Your list can be as long and as short as you choose. But remember always go out in a group or at least with one other person. Ice can be dangerous and a solo fisherman can get into a bad place very quickly. Most of all anglers do better in groups because with all that bait in the water the fish just seem to find you a whole lot easier. Not to mention what better way to burn off the workweek than to go fishing with your pals on the weekend!!



                                            GO DROP A LINE IN A HOLE!!!!!



Good luck and Great Fishing!!!!



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