At its May 13th 2004 meeting Beaver Island's Wildlife Club vowed
to do better than last year's picayune yield of walleye fingerlings.
One problem is, the old Joe Nuke windmill no longer
towers above the trees. To power a well pump, the Club will install
~1,000' of underground aluminum line, which will also allow it
to use an aerator. The pond is in good shape, but a volunteer
work crew will patch a few rips in the liner (with clay) and tweak
the flashing surround. It might hang reflectors off the net lines
to discourage foraging birds. No turtles have yet been seen in
the pond, but they're just starting to stir. The plankton seem
adequate. Jeff Powers took an aqua-culture course this winter,
and has an air-content testing meter. Last year the states
fingerling production was down 75%. This year's supply of 25,000
fry was expected soon.
Brian Mastenbrook offered to consult about the deer herd. Some
of the herd-enhancement methods under discussion are: a greater
restriction on minimum antler size; restrictions to one buck;
increasing the number of one-day doe permits from 900 to 1,200;
and discouraging hunters from using permits from their relatives
and friends. A snowmobile tour revealed places at the south end
where deer had been run onto the ice by coyotes and taken down.
Deer were seen standing on snow drifts to browse on cedar trees10
off the ground!
Because the deer rifle season starts on a Monday, the Hunters'
Dinner will be held on the preceding Saturday (11-13) at Nina's,
with the first sitting (whitefish and steak) to begin at 5:30,
with all profits from the food going to the Wildlife Club. The
raffle organizers might offer two guns, so for one ticket, guests
will have two chances to win.
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