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MAZINAIGANPAGE2FALL2013Patiencemaybethekeyto2013ricingseasonHarvestmaybealittlelateMANOOMINMOOSEOnthecoverTraditionalOjibwepointed-toemakizinanbyLacduFlambeauartistBiskakoneJohnson.ApatternforthisstylemakizinappearedintheSpring2008editionofMazinaiganandisavailableinthe2008on-lineedition.SeeGLIFWCswebsiteatwww.glifwc.org.AlimitednumberofpatternsarealsoavailablefromthePublicInformationOfceatlynnglifwc.org.ByLisaDavidGLIFWCManoominBiologistOdanahWis.Manoominike-giizisAugustthericingmoonhasarrived.Atpresstimewestillarentcertainhowthe2013ricingseasonwillplayoutaswepatientlywaitfortheplantstoflowerhopingforaproductiveseasonforall.Sincethebanneryearin2009Wisconsinhasexperiencedaseriesofbelowaveragericingyearswhichrequiredmoreconcertedscoutingeffortstofindpickablebeds.Thatmaybethecasethisyeartoobutthenextfewweekswillbetelling.Wearefindingriceatsomelocationsbutarealsonotingthelackofriceorverysparsebedstoo.Thismaybetheresultofthelongwinterandlateice-outwhichpossiblydelayedseedgermination.Despitethelatespringandaccompanyinghighwateritseemslikethericecropoutthereistryingtocatchupmeaningthedevelopmentseemsalittledelayedfrompreviousyears.Sothemanoomincropmaybelatethisyear.Beawarethatpeoplewhotrytoharvesttooearlyintheseasonbeforetheplantshavefullymaturedwillundoubt-edlydopoorlyandmaypotentiallyreducethericingopportunityforotherslaterintheseason.Ifthehullsarestillemptyinyourfavoritericebeddontassumeitisjustghostricethehullsmayjustneedmoretimetofillin.Patienceiskeythisricingseason.Pickerswillhavetobecertainthericehullsarefullyfilledinbeforeknocking.BesuretocheckGLIFWCswebsitehttpdata.glifwc.orgmanoomin.harvest.infoforupdatesonthestatusofriceinthecededterritory.Thesiteisdesignedtoaidharvestersintheirsearchforpickablemanoominbeds.Youwillfindabriefdescriptionofspecificbedswhetherdenseorsparsegoodorpooraswellaslinkstoaerialphotosofricewatersweflewoverthisyear.Remembercertainwatersinthecededterritoryaredate-regulatedmeaningthatthericechiefsworkingwiththestateDNRwilldeterminetheopeningdateofthatparticularwater.Itisillegaltoharvestriceonadate-regulatedwaterbodybeforeithasbeenpostedasopen.Updatestothewebsitewillbemadethroughouttheseasontoletyouknowtheopeningdatesofthedate-regulatedwatersaswell.Thisyearthemanoominmayfollowthecourseoftheodeiminstrawberryandthemiinanblueberrybyofferingusacropbutalittlelaterthanwevebe-comeaccustomedto.Happyharvesting.Manoomin.PhotobyWesleyBallingerMichiganMinnesotamooseresearchdetailsdownwardtrendLimitedharvestaheadin1854territoryOdanahWis.Asmoosepopulationgrowthinthenortherncededterritorysputtersoroutrightbottomsoutwildlifemanagersaretakingaconservativeapproachtofuturehuntingseasons.WhiletheproposedMichiganmoosehuntremainsonholdfor2013tribalauthoritiesinMinnesotaplantoissuealimitednumberofharvesttagstohelpmeetdietaryneedsofOjibwecommunities.LastJulytheFondduLacBandannouncedabulls-onlytreatyhuntthatcapsharvestatamaximumof25moose.TheseasonrunsSeptember21toDecember31.The1854TreatyAuthorityrepresentingBoisForteandGrandPortagebandsisreviewingcommentssubmittedbycommunitymembersbeforemakingafinaldecisiononissuingmooseharvesttags.Minnesotaofficialssuspendedmooseharvestsbystate-licensedhuntersin2012.AfterlearningthatFondduLacplannedtoissuecededterritorymoosetagsthisfalltheDepartmentofNaturalResourcesraisedobjectionsandcalledontriballeaderstoreversecourse.WintersurveyresultsMoosepopulationsarelargelyclusteredintwolocationswithintheOjibwecededterritory.The1854cededterritoryofnortheastMinnesotacontainsthelarg-estandperhapsmostproblematicherdintheUnitedStates.MoosecorerangeinUpperMichiganoccupiesaregionspreadacrossthewest-centralportionofthepeninsula.ResearchersinbothstatesroutinelyconductsurveysinJanuarywhenadequatesnowcoverismostpromisingakeyfactorforspottingmoosefromtheair.InMichiganmoosegrowthratesslowedtoabouttwo-percentbetween2009-2013.Overthepreviousdecademoosenumbersclickedalongataneight-to-ninepercentincrease.ItsflattenedoutquiteabitsaidDeanBeyerMichiganDepartmentofNaturalResourcesresearchbiologist.Werecommendnoharvestatthistime.The2011surveyresultedinanestimatedcorerangepopulationofaround430moosecomparedtoapproximately450thisyear.Michiganofficialsconductcomprehensivemoosepopulationassessmentseverytwoyears.BeyersaidthatthelackofearlyJanuarysnowcovercompelledstateofficialstoscrambletwoaircraftfromLowerMichigantocompletethesurveywork.Despitemodestsurveyreturnssomeobservershavecalledforformalizingahuntingseasonsooncitingarecord16moosevehiclecollisionsin2012.MichiganStatelegislatorsenactedPublicAct366of2010tomovealongestablishmentofthefirstmooseseasonsincethe1880s.Collisionsoccurforvariousreasons.WeseeanumberoftheminmostyearssaidBeyer.Butversusadetailedstudyitsacrudeindexofpopulationtrend.AcrosswesternGichigamiintonortheastMinnesotainteragencywildlifemanagerscompletedtheirownannualwintersurveyreportingaone-year35ByCharlieOttoRasmussenStaffWriterMoosenumbersarenear-atordeclininginthecededterritory.PhotosubmittedSeeMoosepage21