In the field notes: Here’s a roundup of state-related hunting and fishing news.
New App Pinpoints Activity
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a new app for reporting fish and wildlife activity. Residents are invited to contribute to Eyes in the Field, which replaces the 15 separate observation forms used in the past. Observations from residents help the DNR learn more about fish and wildlife in the state.
“Observation is a key part of managing Michigan’s diverse natural resources, and we rely on the public as additional eyes in the field to help in our monitoring efforts,” said Tom Weston, the DNR’s chief technology officer. “This new application is a one-stop shop where citizen scientists can report what they observe while spending time outdoors.”
New State Records, Category
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has approved three new saltwater state records this year: 33-pound, 8-ounce almaco jack caught by Thomas Millren; 6-pound, 3-ounce vermilion snapper by Dawn M. Delisle; 26-pound horse-eye jack by Sharon Kartrude Pryel (pictured).
The FWC also announced a category addition to its state-record species list. As of June 30, kingfish (aka whiting) are now eligible for state-record submission.
To see current records, go to CatchaFloridaMemory.com, then click on “Programs,” “Florida Saltwater Fishing Records,” then “2016-2017.”
‘Kidnapped’ Deer Fawn Reported
The Arizona Game and Fish Department took possession of a newly born deer fawn it says was “kidnapped” from the wild near Salome. The agency said it learned of an unknown man who had allegedly taken the fawn — believed to be only three days old — and then stopped at a bar to show off. Officers were notified a short time later.
The fawn will eventually be transferred to Keepers of the Wild Nature Park near Kingman, the agency said. Also, the department is asking the public to help name the fawn by visiting the AZGFD Facebook page by leaving a comment or on Instagram.
“This truly is an unfortunate situation for this deer fawn. Instead of living a life in the wild, it must now remain in captivity due to the irresponsible actions of one person,” said Mike Demlong, AZGFD Wildlife Education program manager. “The fawn is healthy, but requires feeding every three to four hours, which is time consuming and costly in the long run. The Department will keep the fawn for a few days to ensure it is healthy and feeding well, then it will be transferred to wildlife sanctuary in Arizona.”
Fish Kill Blamed on Hog Manure
Iowa authorities say they have traced the source of a fish kill reported last weekend to an unused hog building near Maynard. The Iowa DNR said in a new release that a contractor had demolished the building Friday, Aug. 4, allowing manure to flow into a tributary of the Little Volga River in Fayette County.
The next day minnows, suckers, dace, darter and some gamefish were found dead in the river.
“Despite the building being empty for four years, ammonia levels were high enough in the remaining liquids to kill fish,” said Tom McCarthy of the Manchester DNR field office.