Category Archives: Conservation

Keeping the Fishing and Hunting Heritage Alive, Bass Pro Shops and NWTF

Oceola Turkeys Sppoked in Florida, take flight and I was holding my camera as they came across the river at 35-miles per hour!
Oceola Turkeys Sppoked in Florida, take flight and I was holding my camera as they came across the river at 35-miles per hour!

APtravelnews-February 28th, Port St Lucie, FL- Whats this About Bass Pro Shops®?
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 90 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing,camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com), a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 36 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com. ; To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
The NWTF, established in 1973, is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. To learn more, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.

 

Images of the Week!

APtravelnews-February 27th, Port St Lucie, FL–Please enjoy a few of our thousands of our traveler images. As we are always on the Road Again, we do get lucky and experience some fun opportunities!!

Face to face with a great fish!
Face to face with a great fish!
Always traveling. This time, Orange Beach, AL
Always traveling. This time, Orange Beach, AL
The real little rascals know how to take apart a boat. Otters all!!
The real little rascals know how to take apart a boat. Otters all!!
Oceola Turkeys flushed by our boat! Never see another image like that again! They were moving 30-miles an hour.
Oceola Turkeys flushed by our boat! Never see another image like that again! They were moving 30-miles an hour.

My W. Virginia Brown trout 24-inches of pure action in a branch- filled river!My W. Virginia Brown trout 24-inches of pure action in a branch- filled river!

Port of the Islands redfish!
Port of the Islands redfish!

Snook, That Fine, Ferocious Line-sider Fishes Season Will Reopen in Gulf State Waters  

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APtravelnews-FL. –February 23rd,–From FWC–The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home during the open season. When choosing to release a fish, the FWC encourages anglers to handle it carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save the carcasses after the meat is filleted and provide the carcasses to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. These donations allow researchers to better determine the age groups that are being harvested, which makes stock assessments more precise. For a county-by-county list, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” “Saltwater Fish,” “Snook” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

In Atlantic state and federal waters (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River) the season is open through May 31, and one snook may be kept per person, per day. The size limit in Atlantic waters is no less than 28 inches total length and no more than 32 inches total length.

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

Global Warming, the Joke is On Us! I’m Still Going to Drive My Van!

Global warming due to "US" has not melted my Arctic landing pad!
Global warming due to “US” has not melted my Arctic landing pad!

APtravelnews-February 15th, The Arctic–40-below and the copter was still operating, but no, we didn’t shut the motor down. Sure, we may be in a warming cycle, the earth has been in and out of these cycles for untold millions of years. Why would anyone be so foolish as to think people are changing the worlds climate in any truly significant way? As a world traveler, for the past 52-years, I’ve seen and heard many things from many people, including some of the finest true Scientists in the world. But frankly, not a one of these “true” Scientists” that did not have a political agenda, ever espoused that the cause of the “big melt” was due to humanity! Yes, in various locales, and on a micro-climate basis there have been some changes and (very limited areas) but G-D and his, its, hers nature is still calling the shots! The only thing I can say is move over Florida, with this winter and the past couple, lots of folks up North Country way are going to be looking for a home in the sun!