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It wasn't that the Indians wanted the fishing to themselves. They cared little for it and still don't. Like the Sioux, who greeted Custer at the nearby Little Bighorn 112 years ago this month, they just didn't like having intruders on their land.

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The game is fly fishing, and most who have fished the Bighorn say there is no better place in the continental United States to play it not the Yellowstone, a little west of here; not the Madison, a little farther west, not any of the other wondrous waterways of the West.

"This is incredible," says Gardner Grout, waist deep after arriving this day with a dozen members of the Pasadena Casting Club, serious fishermen all. "This is the greatest fishing I've ever seen."

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For fly fishermen, a trip to the Bighorn is a pilgrimage. They come from coast to coast to wade in its waters, confirming their belief that fly fishing is the only pure fishing. After a day on the river, they wonder where it has been all their lives.

So the river was re opened, amid some hard stares during a two day standoff between unarmed Indians and federal marshals at the Two Leggin's Bridge and a few intimidating shots fired near fishermen from the bluffs along the river.

But the fishermen weren't about to give up. Supreme Court, which in 1981 ruled that the river was open to everybody.

She said, cheerfully: "When we lived in Denver, I thought I'd married a guy who went to work in a three piece suit. Next thing I knew, here we were."

Most anglers and guides use the rocker shaped, double ended McKenzie dories that must be controlled by oars in their drift downstream. In the first 13 miles, which form the heart of the river, motors and live bait are not allowed unless you're an Indian. After those 13 miles, he said, the fishing is still good but "the quality of the experience drops off."

One is the Bighorn Angler, owned by outfitter Mike Brooks and his wife Holly.

And the silty water, Gordon added, not only was "too thick to drink and too thin to plow, if you'll excuse an old line," but also was too warm for trout and fit only for carp and other species regarded by some anglers as trash fish.

FORT SMITH, Mont. The sun surrenders the Big Sky country to dusk, and the river comes alive with blips and plops of brown trout rising for their supper. Mayflies skate downstream on the surface, their wings set upright like tiny little sails.

It didn't take long for the word to reach the fly fishermen working the nearby rivers, but in 1975 a new problem arose: The Crow Indians closed the river.

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As an uneasy peace settled, the river's reputation grew. The Bighorn trout Canada Goose Cheap Hybridge Lite Vest Nz phenomenon was just an accident, an artificial river born of technology and turmoil to became a haven for guys casting bogus bugs.

Paul Gordon, who works in the National Park Service visitor center at Fort Smith, said: "You weren't going to bother fishing the Bighorn before the dam. In the spring it would come through like a freight train, and in the summer it would go dry."

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The river has limited access by road and is best fished by boat. Non Indians are not allowed to venture onto shore above the high water mark, but few Indians are seen along the way.

All that changed when the dam came. The water cleared up, flowed constantly at a controlled level and, drawing off the bottom of the new Bighorn Lake, remained cold well into the blistering summers producing an excellent habitat for trout.

The fact is, it didn't exist as a premier trout fishery until 1965 and only started to thrive in 1981. Before 1965, when the Yellowtail Dam above Fort Smith was completed, the Bighorn was at best an insignificant backwater, winding northeast out of Wyoming and through 45 miles of the Crow Indian reservation.

"All the state wanted was the game management," said Gordon, who sells handmade Indian trinkets for local Crow at the visitor center. "They didn't want to own it. But the Supreme Court said, 'You own the riverbed.' "

The game begins in earnest, man trying to fool fish with imitation insects. Rods bend. Here and there a whoop! is heard as an angler hooks a big one.

Fort Smith is the base of operations. For a couple of years after the Civil War, it existed to offer protection to travelers on the Bozeman Trail. Now it's a loose settlement of wood frame tackle shops and stores with covered porches for lounging.

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As Gibson and I stop to take in the jaw clanging abundance of arboreal beauty, we talk about the attractions of the area: "The really big draw is that there is nothing to do," she says with a grin. "It's wild and it's rugged; you can hike, swim, fish and just have your own spot here." Throughout the summer, Gibson says, the little town transforms again as the handful of other businesses open for the season, and the cabins and campgrounds are full of visiting families. "It still feels pristine and untouched," Gibson adds. "I love Port Renfrew because it's quiet and quaint and gorgeous."

Sleepy after my feast, I curled up by the fire in my wooden cottage and watched entranced as plumes of rain forest mist swirled up from the trees on the far off hills, while the waves lashed the beach beyond my window. That night I was lulled to sleep by the sound of rain beating down on the roof, and I could hear the howl of the wind and the crash of the ocean outside.

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But change is coming to the sleepy town, thanks to developer Ian Laing and family, who last year bought the pub, cabins and commercial land essentially most of the town from the former owner of Harlequin Enterprises (of romance novel fame). They have big plans for the area, including a gift shop, gas station and commercial zone.

There's a certain romance in wondering what lies at the end of the road, and when the road in question is so intriguingly serpentine, sharply twisting and turning its way through the dense forest that runs parallel to the Juan de Fuca Strait off Vancouver Island, there's a thrilling whiff of adventure in the air too. What lies at the end of the West Coast Highway or Highway 14, to give it its rather more prosaic name is Port Renfrew. Or, as I've taken to describing it: Tofino 20 years ago.

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There's that same arresting, wild West Coast scenery: wind blasted Sitka spruce, pristine beaches, softly sloping hills bristling with Douglas fir and hemlock, and those awe inspiringly huge waves breaking on th0e shore. But unlike Tofino farther up the Vancouver Island coast there are no surf shops or art galleries, no youth hostels or ritzy resort hotels, and very little in the way of, well, anything at all, really. Just endless natural beauty and thanks to a recent renovation a rather good pub, and surprisingly stylish seaside cottages.

In the heart of winter, plenty of leafy greenery was still on display; ferns glossy from the rain curled on each side of the trail, and mossy old man's beard hung wispily from the soaring Douglas firs and chunky western red cedars. I was alone among the trees, and for a while, the only sound was the steady thrumming of torrential rain on the forest canopy and the squelch of my boots along the trail, until I started on a downhill section and heard the sea pounding the rocks below.

Still, on a soaking day like this, I contented myself with picking over the rocks for an hour or so, before climbing the stairs back to the trail. Dried off and warmed up later, I tore into crisp, battered, juicy halibut and piled high poutine with a decidedly fancy wine kissed gravy at the Port Renfrew Pub. suppliers such as Unsworth Vineyards in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley.

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However, right now, with no cell signal, and just a two hour drive from Victoria, it's the perfect break for city types seeking a West Coast experience without the crowds. I'd gone looking for storms to watch and trails to hike and found them both in spades. However, I didn't know that it was possible for rain to be this wet sure, I was in a rain forest, but c'mon! I could feel it soaking through my usually impenetrable Canada Goose parka, a steady stream from my waterlogged tuque dripping down my face. No wonder it's nicknamed Port Rainfrew.

As we clamber back down to the road again, the rain finally dries up and I'm rewarded with an extraordinary, vivid rainbow emblazoned across the sky.

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The stormy deluge continued the next day and I ran through a sudden hailstorm to meet Drea Gibson for a guided hike through Avatar Grove to find "Canada's Gnarliest Tree." An ex local, now living in nearby Shirley, "Day Trip Drea" runs guided hikes and camping trips around the area, and she proved a fun fount of knowledge.

Named after James Cameron's epic 2009 movie, Avatar Grove home to some of the most ancient trees on Vancouver Island

Later that day I explore the sandy beach at the Pacheedaht Campground; again I'm the only person there to watch bald eagles wheel overhead as I perch on an orange arbutus log. As magic hour swings around, the light turns the gun metal grey sea into a golden apricot swath of silk shimmering between the mountains and the shoreline. I sigh with contentment and happiness and rainbows found at the end of the road.

There's a fascinating back story to Avatar Grove, which only got its name a few years back after the Ancient Forest Alliance campaigned to have the area saved from logging and it was declared a protected area in 2012. Named after James Cameron's epic 2009 movie, it's home to some of the most ancient trees on Vancouver Island and just a few minutes drive from Port Renfrew. Unlike Cathedral Grove, a protected old forest area on the way to Tofino, Avatar Grove is no simple stroll. Although the AFA has been laying down boardwalk to protect the root systems of the trees, there's still plenty of clambering over logs and navigating slippery slopes before you reach the famous Gnarly Tree. You spend so much time looking where you're going, in fact, that when you finally stop and look up, it's more than a little overwhelming. Thoughts crash through your mind in rapid succession: Oh wow, that's so beautiful. Oh man, that's so big! And, most importantly: How the hell did anyone even think about logging this treasure?

When I arrived on the beach, I shrieked with delight: Sitka spruce hunched low by the water determinedly growing in the gaps between the rocks and oh, what rocks. Frilled like a mille feuille pastry, ridges of shale and quartz jutted through black basalt and smooth sandstone, where centuries of relentless waves had worn deep tidal pools. I'd have loved this as a kid; this wasn't a sandy beach where you'd build castles and lie snoozing in the sun. This was a beach to wear rain boots in all weathers, puddle jumping and exploring the miniature world of the tidal pool aquariums that trapped all kinds of fascinating marine life: urchins, starfish and chiton, until the tide rolled back in again.

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Walleye anglers near Kettle Falls have been finding steady action for "eating size" fish. Bottom bouncers and spinners with nightcrawlers or Slow Death rigs have been effective.

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Sprague Lake largemouth action is not as torrid as it was a few weeks ago, but anglers tossing wacky rigged Senkos are taking some quality fish. A friend caught one this week weighing over 5 pounds.

Spokane resident Mark Mills, who probably fishes for pike on Lake Coeur d'Alene more than anyone, says it is interesting how he waits all winter for the lake to warm up so the fish will bite, but then waits through the late summer months for the water to cool down so the fish will bite. He says when the water temperature gets down to the mid 50s, the action will increase substantially. Mills is still catching pike, but his numbers are down.

Trout and kokaneeThree friends and I got out on Loon Lake on Tuesday night between squalls that kicked up some good sized waves. Once the wind quit, we put four limits in the boat in less than two hours. The fish are just starting to lose some of their sheen.

Spiny rayAnglers are catching some decent sized largemouth and bluegill at Liberty Lake. Liberty also has perch and crappie.

Potholes Reservoir walleye fishing is just picking up again and some big crappie are also beginning to show, along with good sized perch. Go with artificials, as bait fishermen are having a hard time keeping the bullheads off. At Mardon Resort, Rob Harbin says the largemouth fishing in front of the dunes has been outstanding. He had a 20 fish day earlier in the week which included a lot of 3 and 4 pounders.

An early Washington goose season will run Sept. 10 15 in Goose Management Areas 1 and 3. Area 2 will run Sept. 2 11 and Area 4 and 5 will run Sept. 10 and 11. The daily limit in all areas will be five, and 15 in possession.

Tip of the week When trolling for the big Lake Roosevelt kokanee, check your line frequently to make sure you're not dragging along a smaller fish. A lot of next year's kokes are in the lake now, and an undetected fish will cut your chances of getting one of the 4 5 pounders.

The Lake Wenatchee sockeye season will end Sept. 5.

Working the Bar early is still the big fish ticket on Lake Chelan. Troll a T4 Flatfish in at 1.1 mph within 5 feet of the bottom. Several mackinaw over 15 pounds have been landed recently. Info: Darrell and Dad's Family Guide Service, (866) 360 1523. Dave Grove, of Captain Dave's Guide Service, says perseverance will still be rewarded when fishing for the big Lake Roosevelt kokanee. On a trip this week, he said the best depth was 75 feet but the bite was sporadic. He noted that the big fish caught did not show any sign of spawning this year. This could make for some great fall and winter fishing.

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Through Aug. 30, about 105,000 fall chinook had crossed Bonneville Dam, and of those, 3,242 had crossed Lower Granite Dam. The Bonneville count so far is above the five year average. This year steelhead run is expected to be about average at 70,000 hatchery fish lower than the five year average but higher than last year.

Other speciesThe Snake River isn't the only place to catch channel catfish this summer. Much closer to home, Liberty Lake has a good population. While they aren't as large as those in the Snake, the nighttime bite can provide plenty of action. Fernan Lake in Idaho also has channel cats.

Salmon and steelheadHarvest season for steelhead opens Thursday in the Snake, Salmon and Lower Clearwater rivers, and for fall chinook in the Snake, Clearwater, and a short section of the Lower Salmon. The chinook forecast is for 38,200 hatchery and naturally spawned fish to return to Idaho, which should provide excellent late summer and fall fishing.

Black bear become legal targets today in the Blue Mountains of Washington, GMUs 145 154 and 162 186, as do cougar in most hunting units. Bear opened Aug.30 in Idaho, except in Hunt No. 8501, where it opens Sept. 15.

Heads upA friend who wanted to fish Rock Lake last week said "the lip of death" (the sharp drop off at the launch) was in only 18 inches of water. Though he tried five different spots and angles, he said his boat never touched the water.

HuntingThe 2016 Idaho mourning dove, sandhill crane, and early Canada goose seasons opens on Thursday, as do doves, rabbits and grouse in Washington. Idaho grouse opened Aug. 30 with some restrictions in Area 1. Check your regs. The mourning dove season in both states runs through Oct. 30, with a daily bag limit of 15. Dove hunting should be fair and grouse hunting good.

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Catch rates have been low at the Buoy 10 salmon fishery. Because of this, the chinook mark selective regulation will be lifted two days sooner than scheduled. Chinook retention on Sunday and Monday will include any fish hatchery or wild. The Buoy 10 fishery is scheduled to close for chinook retention on Sept. 6, but the area will remain open for hatchery coho. The fishery is scheduled to re open for chinook retention on Oct. 1.

Chinook anglers are finding a few fish in the Hanford Reach area of the Columbia. Successful anglers have been on the water early. Drano Lake has provided good action at times for trollers.

Clearwater River steelhead numbers are lower than average but fly fishermen probing the riffles and heavier currents are finding a few fish. It's still a little early for Grande Ronde steelhead but until it picks up smallmouth bass will scratch your fly fishing itch.

Archery hunts for all Washington deer species open today. A lot of animals were lost to blue tongue disease last year, but many areas still harbor good populations of mature bucks and there appear to be a lot of 2 year olds. Archery elk open Sept. 10.

Conconully Lake and Conconully Reservoir both have excellent kokanee fishing now. The fish in the lake are hitting 13 inches with a few over 14 inches, and the fish in the Reservoir are 11 12 inches. They are suspended at 35 feet over deeper water.

Fly Fishing The Spokane River has been the most consistent producer for fly fishermen and it doesn't matter what time of the day you're on the water. Silver Bow Fly Shop recommends soft hackles behind a streamer, or just a single streamer. Big foam bugs with a bead head or jig nymph under it is a good call through the shallow riffles where many of the trout are holding.

OverheardMontana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fish health specialists say they have seen fewer dead fish and less disease on Yellowstone and tributaries that have been closed because of a die off of trout and whitefish. Scientists have determined the catalyst for this fish kill is proliferative kidney disease, which is caused by a microscopic parasite. They continue to evaluate test results and will keep the public informed as to any decision related to reopening sections of river to recreational uses.

Idaho's sandhill crane season runs through Sept. 15, with seasons extending to Sept. 30 in three hunt areas. The daily limit is two birds for all hunts. The Idaho early Canada goose hunt will run through Sept. 15 in Bear Lake and Caribou counties, and that portion of Bingham County within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage. The daily bag limit is five and the possession limit is 15 during this time period.

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The work will require at least two dogs, sometimes more, to be directed by experienced handlers.

Previous efforts using decoys and even human patrols failed. The canine crew will operate April to June, during the first goose assault, and August to November when the birds return.

The federal government plans to hire trained dogs this spring to protect its central experimental farm from incursions of hungry Canada geese.

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The tender document says the animals must be trained for scaring, not for retrieving, and that no geese may be killed or injured.

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left uncontrolled, geese can damage valuable research crops and hinder important agricultural research work that brings benefits to farmers and the agricultural sector, said spokesman James Watson.

Agriculture Canada recently issued a tender for dawn and dusk pooch patrols, five days a week, across 300 hectares of fields at the Ottawa farm, which is used to develop new crops.

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It the second year that Agriculture Canada has brought in dogs to control goose visitations at the farm, which was established in 1886 on what used to be the outskirts of Ottawa.

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Many hunters these days are bemoaning a downward population trend for deer and pheasants in North Dakota. On the other hand, for 2013 at least, duck and goose populations are in good shape and can provide opportunities that hunters may not want to overlook.

State law doesn't allow nonresidents to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 12 18.

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Extended shooting hours for all geese are permitted from one half hour before sunrise to sunset on Saturdays and Wednesdays through Nov. 27, and on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from Nov. 30 through the end of each season.

The daily limit on whitefronts is two with six in possession, and light goose is 50 daily, with no possession limit.

Opening day for North Dakota residents is Saturday for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Sept. 28. The season for swans opens Sept. 28 for both residents and nonresidents. Here's a rundown of the 2013 season.

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I also should point out that all migratory bird hunters, including waterfowl, must register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting. Hunters purchasing a license from the Game and Fish Department can easily get a HIP number.

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The bag limit for Canada geese during the regular season is eight daily and 24 in possession, except in the Missouri River zone where the limit is five daily and 15 in possession.

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Hunters may take six ducks per day with the following restrictions: five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails and two canvasbacks. The daily limit of five mergansers may include no more than two hooded mergansers. For ducks and mergansers, the possession limit is three times the daily limit.

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"By and large, it's pretty easy to say we have good wetland conditions right now," he said.

There are a couple noteworthy changes in this year's proclamation.

Canada could be the wild card in how the waterfowl season plays out here.

But an abundance of water on the landscape should more than help bridge the gap and make for one of the more memorable seasons in recent history.

Mild weather and harvest conditions could hold birds north of the border until the first storm pushes them south.

"That is kind of what we have this year," Szymanski said. "There are going to be a lot of ducks for people to run into."

Extended shooting hours go from sunrise to sunset to Saturdays and Wednesdays from Saturday through Nov. 26 and then Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday Nov. 27 through the end of the season.

In addition to favorable conditions here, the Canadian prairie pothole provinces of Saskat chewan and Manitoba have been experiencing similar weather conditions as in North Dakota, which has the potential to make for a good season.

That means hunters can take eight ducks per day through Oct. 12, as long as two of them are blue winged teal.

Other daily limits are five mallards, of which two can be hens; three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads and two pintails. The daily limit of five mergansers may include no more than two hooded mergansers. For ducks and mergansers, the possession limit is three times the daily limit.

Wetland conditions aside, other conditions like the weather and the progress of crop harvests also factor into the success hunters may or may not see this season.

Changes in the six duck daily limit include one canvasback (down from two last year), and an additional two blue winged teal during the first 16 days of the season.

For Canada geese, the daily limit is eight (Missouri River Zone is five) and possession limits are three times the daily limit in each zone.

Szymanski said conditions in Canada and through North Dakota have had the potential for one of the best years ever in terms of duck production. and Canada have conditions that result in cranking out huge numbers of ducks at the same time, but this is one of them.

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1.75 million fewer acres of Conservation Reserve Program since 2007, the wet cycle during the past two decades has helped North Dakota build a large reserve of ducks.

Shooting hours for ducks are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.

The May duck survey showed the second highest wetland index on record

In June, the Game and Fish Department reported the annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of 4.9 million birds, up 23 percent from last year and

The possession or use of ammunition other than federally approved nontoxic shot while waterfowl hunting is prohibited, and hunters must register with the Harvest Information Program before hunting waterfowl.

Szymanski said the wet conditions did hamper success somewhat during the early Canada goose season, which just wrapped up.

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The regular waterfowl season opens Saturday for residents and Oct. 4 for nonresidents.

Farmers have made progress in the small grain harvest but some wet spots might remain in fields so hunters should be cautious.

Even with the loss of grasslands converted to crops and

Szymanski said the department is in the process of completing its fall wetland survey, which will give a clearer picture of water conditions during the fall flight.

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Farmers were late getting crops in this spring and late rains in August pushed back harvest of small grains by several weeks across most of the state.

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Alberta couple offering free trip to Hawaii for 'most loving person'

The trip is a five day stay at a five star hotel on the American islands, including the return flight. According to the Facebook page, the Boreks want the trip to go to someone who "lives like Christ."

Cody and Eva Borek received the free trip when they purchased a vehicle from a local dealership in Stettler, Alta. Though the weather is less than balmy in the small town east of Red Deer, the two decided the tropical getaway should be paid forward to someone who warms the hearts of others instead.

"Just somebody who lives a really good life and is good to others, that's the only criteria," he said. "It's going to break my heart to choose just one because I've been getting a lot of people who are really deserving."

The dealership that gave away the trip is lending a hand to help the two pick a worthy nominee from the long list.

The two decided to part ways with the trip of lifetime just days after purchasing their vehicle.

The couple say they will choose their winner on Jan. 25. And though narrowing the list down to one person will be difficult, Borek said the traits he's looking for are simple.

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The two set up of a Facebook page for Albertans to nominate people they think are deserving of a free vacation. After a few days, more than 100 people have had their names put forward.

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She said: "My first reaction was 'what happens if a child gets hold of it?' There's no way I could go off and leave that lying in the grass."

However, a spokesman for the Bank House Hotel and Golf Club, which manages the course, said they had given permission for the birds, designated as "vermin", to be shot in case their poo got on golf balls and that the incident was not "particularly of note".

Mr Garrington estimated he lived between 40 and 50 yards from the lake.

"I have counted seven dead geese. I'm concerned about the dangers to people who live here. If someone had been innocently walking across there or with their dog they could have been hit."

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The geese are totally unaware of where they choose to be their natural feeding ground. The geese just see an open space and use it for their purpose. How dare the management say the birds faeces are "unhygienic" and "grim". Oh how human etiquette should get in the way. If the ball lands in excrement then pick it up and clean it. I'm sure no one will hold it against you for picking up a ball during play then placing back in it's original position!

Neighbour, 59 year old Kevin Garrington, said: "I'm a bit horrified this happened on our doorstep.

"The way to control them is to shoot them. It's the mess from their faeces that is pretty grim. It's unhygienic.

"It's nothing particularly of note for us."

His wife, animal lover Jennifer, was also disgusted.

She said: "I felt sickened. The geese have been there since we have been here in 1980 it's one of their natural feeding grounds."

However, he said it would "massively concern" him if a shotgun had been handed in which was found on the course and he said he had been contacting other managers to see if this was true.

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Lyn Kirby, aged 69, of Chapel Lane, Bransford, which lives yards from the course made the grisly discovery while walking her Yorkshire terrier cross Jack Russell, Bertie.

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She did not phone police but her neighbours have reported the incident.

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HORRIFIED neighbours have spoken of their outrage after geese were shot dead and their bodies left lying in a golf course lake just yards from their homes.

A spokesperson for the RSPB said although the birds were protected it was legal to shoot them during the open season between September 1 and January 31 next year if someone has a gun sports shooting licence.

"That is not something we would take lightly in the slightest," he added.

"We already spend time dodging golf balls when golfers tee off without having to worry about stray bullets," she said.

"There are a number of Canada Geese which are designated as vermin by the people who determine these things. It's not us who determines them as vermin.

Between seven and eight Canada Geese were found dead in the lake at Bransford Golf Course, near Worcester, yesterday morning after neighbours heard shots the previous evening.

The geese are totally unaware of where they choose to be their natural feeding ground. The geese just see an open space and use it for their purpose. How dare the management say the birds faeces are "unhygienic" and "grim". Oh how human etiquette should get in the way. If the ball lands in excrement then pick it up and clean it. I'm sure no one will hold it against you for picking up a ball during play then placing back in it's original position!

Mrs Kirby also claims she found a double barrelled shotgun with a night sight on the course three weeks ago, handing it in at the golf course clubhouse, which the club is now looking into.

"We would literally end up with hundreds of the things here if we didn't control their numbers.

The manager, who declined to be named, said if a golf ball landed in bird faeces it had to be played or cleaned which was "unhygienic" and was "grim" for people playing on the course.

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It's been just a year since US Airways Flight 1549 inadvertently rendezvoused with a flock of Canada geese, sending the Airbus A320 splashing into what everyone now calls the "miracle on the Hudson." (And the geese into the great beyond.)

Wildlife populations growingBut officials also report steady increases in wildlife populations. In a report for 1990 2008, the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Department of Agriculture write:

"She's chased flocks of geese into the water," said Bob Hood, the airport's wildlife manager. "She's really good at her job and she really likes her job.".

Reported incidents include deer and coyotes on runways, but 98 percent involve birds.

Particularly since US Airways Flight 1549's water landing last January focused attention on the problem, pilots and air traffic controllers have been more inclined to report incidents involving birds and other wildlife.

(Personal note: As a student naval aviator on a solo flight in a jet trainer in Mississippi, I narrowly missed a deer that had jumped the fence and wandered onto the runway as I accelerated for takeoff. It came close to being a very bad day for both of us. Years later, when I was Women Canada Goose Expedition Parka Red New Zealand on the Monitor's "Small Plane, Big Planet" aerial adventure, we had to abort the landing of our small Cessna when a herd of zebra ambled across a dirt runway in Namibia.)

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Hero captain Chesley Sullenberger, his flight crew, and some of the passengers got together in New York Friday for a joyous and emotional reunion. Some were more than a little nervous as they rode a ferry out to that spot on the Hudson where their aircraft suddenly became a sinking vessel. At least eight people died, and six more were hurt.

The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend, Ore., hired Filly a border collie whose official title is "wildlife management canine."

New York's Kennedy Airport reports the most number of bird strikes. Sacramento International Airport in California (which is along the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds) also has a high number of reported bird strikes.

If a 12 pound goose strikes an airliner going 150 miles per hour at lift off, the force would be that of a 1,000 pound weight dropped from a height of 10 feet, according to the FAA.

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"Many populations of wildlife species commonly involved in strikes have increased markedly in the last few decades and adapted to living in urban environments, including airports. For example, from 1980 to 2007, the resident (non migratory) Canada goose population in the USA and Canada increased at a mean rate of 7.3 percent per year. Other species showing significant mean annual rates of increase included bald eagles (4.6 percent), wild turkeys (12.1 percent), turkey vultures (2.2 percent), American white pelicans (2.9 percent), double crested cormorants (4.0 percent), and sandhill cranes (5.0 percent). Thirteen of the 14 bird species in North America with mean body masses greater than 8 lbs have shown significant population increases over the past three decades. The white tailed deer population increased from a low of about 350,000 in 1900 to over 30 million in the past decade."

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At the tribal council offices, he was on the phone, checking in with hunters. "Got any birds?" he asked Peter, who goes hunting just about every day except Sunday.

He peeled the paper packaging around a long swab and inserted it into an eider through its cloaca, a combination genital, intestinal and urinary tract. Mann put the swab, now covered in a greenish white goop, into a vial.

As Peter's 4 year old son, Quentin, danced around with a plastic light saber, Mann repeated the procedure for the other birds.

Mann's son, Danny, a lanky 27 year old who used to work as a bilingual parent liaison for the school, took on the job of bird flu testing manager in Kipnuk for the tribal health agency, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. He gets $15 for every bird he samples.

No roads lead here. The closest Wal Mart is nearly 500 miles away. The flatland that spreads out between the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers is so riddled with lakes and creeks that it looks like Swiss cheese from the air. The slate gray Bering Sea is only a few miles away.

Mann threw on a jacket, grabbed a blue Nike duffel bag and headed out. As a light drizzle enveloped the village, he strode across the boardwalks that lie across the marshiest parts of town. The hollow sound of his steps echoed in the still afternoon.

Mann climbed up the steps to Peter's porch and dug into a pile of common eiders, pintail ducks, a shoveler and a Canada goose.

Federal officials have identified 29 bird species that are most likely to carry the deadly virus from Asia, and they have enlisted local hunters to help provide birds for testing.

Alaska villagers living in bird flu flight path

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Except for a few doctors that fly in each year to give villagers checkups, outsiders rarely visited this outpost of scattered gray plywood Canada Goose Citadel Parka Nz Sale homes and prefab structures plopped in the middle of the tundra.

The 800 Yup'ik Eskimos in this wet and lonely village knew the situation was serious when government scientists began swooping in on bush planes.

"If it's going to show up in wild birds, Alaska is the most likely place where it's going to happen," said Brian McCaffery, a federal wildlife biologist who was camped a few miles down the coast from Kipnuk collecting bar tailed godwit droppings for testing.

The coastal location is one reason health officials chose Kipnuk as one of 10 villages for testing. The other main reason is the vigor of its hunters.

Soon, latex gloves appeared on store shelves and Wild West style posters started popping up around town: "Wanted: Birds of the Delta." Researchers camped out in the town's tribal council offices, preparing for trips to nearby Kwigluk Island with vials, swabs, nets and needles.

Mann snapped on a pair of surgical gloves and started filling out a form on the birds.

In the old days, the Yup'ik Eskimos felled the uqsuqaq, metraq and kanguq with bows and throw sticks tipped with sharpened walrus ivory.

Now, the men use 12 gauge shotguns and reach remote hunting spots in motorboats.

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"It's kind of scary, you know," said resident Ronnie Peter, 39. "That's like, our food, you know."

Kipnuk villagers hunt intensely through the summer, stocking up on birds, which they usually roast into a crispy meal or boil into a soup made with onions, rice and macaroni. Peter keeps two freezers stuffed with various birds some plucked, some not.

"Oh Lord, what are we going to eat? Store bought food?" thought Steven Mann, who oversees tribal operations in town, when he first started receiving faxes on bird flu safety in the spring.

Little else has changed until now.

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Mann said he swabbed as many as 300 birds in the first round of sampling in May. In September, he collected about 50 samples. To get more hunters involved, the health agency raffled off a 55 gallon drum of gasoline for each round of testing, which turned out to be one of the highlights of the summer. Villagers got one raffle ticket for each bird they turned in.

They came bearing a warning: The wild birds that the Yup'ik have hunted for millenniums may be carrying the first traces of the deadly bird flu virus from Asia into North America.

"How many?" Danny Mann asked. "Can I come over and check them?"

The residents of Kipnuk, which means "bend in the river" in Yup'ik, are a little bewildered that their speck of a village has been drawn into the battle against the bird flu virus.

Mann headed back to his mother's house, where he crept under the front staircase and lifted the lid of a white canister filled with liquid nitrogen. As cold white vapors curled out, he dropped in his handful of vials, which he would send away for analysis.

The nervousness has waned through the summer, said the 58 year old ex Army sergeant, but still, "We don't joke about what we eat here."

Kipnuk lies at the crossroads of an invisible freeway system linking migratory birds that journey along the East Asia Australia flyway with those from the Pacific Americas flyway.

Tens of millions of birds flock every year to this seemingly endless expanse of soggy land in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge to feast on insects, grasses, worms and mussels before heading back south in the winter to Asia, Australia and other parts of the Americas.

The H5N1 avian influenza emerged in China 10 years ago and has since spread into Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Though the virus mainly infects fowl, since 2003 it has sickened 256 people and killed 151 around the world.