By THE HERALD-WHIG
North Adams to hold DU banquet
The North Adams chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual membership and fund-raising banquet March 20 at the Paloma Community Building. The social hour begins at 5:45 p.m. with dinner to be served at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 for single and $55 for a couple. All tickets include a one-year membership to Ducks Unlimited.
The event will feature raffles, silent and live auctions and other giveaways with several guns and pieces of outdoor artwork available. A Bushmaster AR-15 rifle will be given away as well.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Brennan Reed at (217) 434-8092.
Gun club begins 2013 trapshoots
The Quincy Gun Club kicked off its 2013 season with its first registered trapshoot last Sunday with 23 shooters competing. Charles Main won the 16-yard singles, hitting 97 of 100 birds.
Terry Moore won Class A with a 95, Chad Bern took Class B with a 96 and Larry Heitholt took Class C with an 89.
John McMahon won the handicap with a 93.
Andy Ertel hit 90 birds at 18-21 yards, while Jack Ruths scored a 90 at 22-24 yards. Larry Grimm won the doubles with an 86, while Dave Huber took Class B with a 78 and Bern took Class C with a 66.
The next registered shoot will be April 7. The spring skeet league is in full swing with 16 teams participating, while the spring trap league will begin shooting Tuesday evenings with a record 62 teams having signed up.
The gun club is open to the public Thursdays from noon to late evening and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Deer applications open Tuesday
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will begin accepting online applications for resident firearm and muzzleloader deer hunting permits at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Hunters have until April 30 to apply for the first lottery at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
Resident hunters can apply in both the firearm and muzzleloader-only lotteries.
The 2013 firearm deer seasons are Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8. The muzzleloader-only season is Dec. 13-15.
Hunters plead guilty to poaching
Seven hunters being charged with poaching of Illinois deer have entered guilty pleas in Cook and Kankakee County courts. All hunters were found in violation of the Illinois Wildlife Code during the 2011 deer season.
Those entering guilty pleas in Cook County are:
º Louis C. Bergsma, of Galena, Ill., who faces unlawful falsification of IDNR harvest records, two counts of hunting without permission of landowner, two counts of unlawful possession of illegally taken deer and fines of $4,800.
º Jonathan P. Bergsma, of Ada, Mich., who faces two counts of unlawful possession of illegally taken deer, one count each of unlawfully hunting without a hunting license, unlawfully hunting without a habitat stamp and fines totaling $3,700.
º Daniel E. Bergsma, of Ada, Mich., who faces unlawful falsification of IDNR harvest records, two counts of unlawful possession of illegally taken deer, one count of hunting without permission of landowner and fines totaling $2,500.
º Douglas J. Bergsma, of Rockford, Mich., who faces unlawful falsification of IDNR harvest records, hunting without permission of landowner, unlawful possession of the illegally taken deer and fines totaling $2,300;
º Tom E. Hedke, of Caledonia, Mich., who faces two counts of unlawfully hunting without a valid non-resident hunting license and fines totaling $1,000.
Those entering guilty pleas in Kankakee County are:
º Weldon "Jesse" Bean, of Kankakee, Ill., who faces illegally hunting without permission, illegally taking deer with a rifle-accessory, illegally hunting within 300 yards of a dwelling, illegal possession of deer, failure to immediately tag a deer upon kill, illegal transportation of an uncased bow on an ATV, use of an invalid archery deer permit and fines and penalties totaling $10,000
º Raymond Drazen, of St. Anne, Ill., who faces illegally taking deer with a rifle and illegal possession of deer and fines totaling $250.
"Deer poaching is a serious offense, and I want to thank the investigators, along with the prosecutors in the state's attorney's offices in Cook and Kankakee counties, for seeing these important cases to their conclusions," said IDNR Conservation Police Director Rafael Gutierrez. "Those who hunt illegally and break the law need to be held accountable, and cases like these show we are serious about protecting outdoor recreation opportunities for the men, women and youth who obey the law."
TRIM workshop gets rescheduled
The Missouri Department of Conservation's Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant workshop, which was postponed because of inclement weather, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the MDC office in Hannibal.
There is no cost for the program, but pre-registration is required.
TRIM cost-share grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting and the training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.
To register, or for more information, contact MDC resource forester Kyle Monroe at (573) 248-2530 or Kyle.Monroe@mdc.mo.gov.
TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $10,000 to grant recipients to fund up to 60 percent of money needed for projects. Projects located in communities with The Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 10 percent in matching funds.
TRIM applicants must submit a completed application by June 1 that details project costs and funding sources, maps and drawings of the project site, a three-year maintenance plan for the project and a letter of approval from the governmental body owning the proposed project site.
For more information on TRIM grants, including grant application and workbook, visit mdc.mo.gov.