Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere
Monthly meetings are at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the, Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck. The December meeting will be on the 12th (NOT December 5 as previously scheduled). The video "Healing Waters" will be shown at the December meeting. For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tunaugpomp.org.
Free Fly Tying Classes
The Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding free fly tying classes in the Community Room at the Southbury Stop & Shop, located in the K-Mart Plaza (exit 15 off I-84). Classes will be held from 7 to 9 pm on November 28, December 5 and 19 Classes are free and open to the public. If you don’t have material/equipment the chapter will provide it for you to use during class. Everyone is welcome, young, old, beginner or experienced. For more information contact Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or email@example.com.
‘I’m one lucky outdoorsman. I wonder how many other people who spend time in outdoor theaters realize that?’ Is the conclusion and question I arrived at when writing this column before Thanksgiving Day.
In recent years, I caught pike in Bantam Lake, Atlantic salmon in the Naugatuck River, bass in Congamond Lake, kokanee in West Hill, trout in the Farmington and Housatonic rivers, Mount Tom and Black Rock ponds, shad, snapper blues and stripers in the Connecticut and SSS rivers. I kayaked, canoed and fished Burr Pond and Lake Winnemaug, harvested clams and fished in Charlestown Pond, hiked trails and greenways in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The travel time to most of those venues is less than 2 hours (Travel to Acadia National Park in Maine was about 7 hours). And that’s only a sample of my outdoor activity litany.
I am thankful for my dad spending time with me hunting, fishing, hiking, and harvesting shellfish, nuts and mushrooms. Those joyful times are imbedded in memory.
Millions of people celebrated Thanksgiving in a variety of ways. Most of us ate and drank more than we should have. The majority participated in a prayer of thanks that lasted less than one minute. An extremely small number of people took several minutes to reflect and think about all the things for which they were thankful. If outdoor aficionados took the time to look back, most would conclude there's a lot for which to be grateful -- big time!
Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs that began about 80 years ago are a litany of success stories. Having more species of fish and wildlife in the state can be attributed mostly to fish and wildlife restoration programs. Early in the history of the United States, anglers and hunters initiated small to large-scale conservation programs. Most of the programs have continued in one form of another to the present. Hunters and fisherman have contributed more than 30 billion dollars and billions of hours of volunteer time to protect and enhance our woods and waters. They know that well managed fish and wildlife programs are essential to the sports which they love. Their involvement financially, politically and physically in these programs have made a significant contribution to the quantity and quality of outdoor theaters.
Campers, canoeists, bird watchers, hikers, wildlife photographers, kayakers, mountain bikers, rappelers, spelunkers, hunters, anglers, shooters, picnickers, students and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors and wildlife benefit from wildlife restoration programs. There is one program that has had a significant impact in Connecticut and most other
States. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (TFAWRA) on September 2, 1937, it was the beginning of 75 years of successful wildlife restoration. Many species of wildlife that had critically low populations prior to the start of (TFAWRA) have been restored to healthy numbers as a result of hunters' and shooters' contributions.
Nationwide, the wild turkey population is at least 60 times greater, and white-tailed deer, elk and black bear populations have increased significantly. More than 5 million acres of wildlife habitat has been purchased and hunter education and boating courses that have been implemented have greatly help reduce accidents and fatalities.
In Connecticut, most people are aware of the restoration success of the whitetail deer and wild turkey. It is interesting to note -- at the turn of the century, less than 100 white-tail deer lived in Connecticut, and more than 175 years ago, wild turkeys did not exist in the state. Today, the deer population is about 62,000 and there are more than 16,000 wild turkeys in our state. These are two examples of excellent wildlife restoration, management and harvest programs. Regulated hunting is the most effective and cost-efficient method for managing large deer populations that cause property damage and personal injury (motor vehicle accidents) to the public according to the DEEP Wildlife Division.
The DEEP Fisheries Division has initiated successful fisheries for walleyes, northern pike, broodstock Atlantic salmon, Trophy Trout and Trophy Bass. Some of the best saltwater fishing (striped bass, blue fish, hickory shad and porgy) in New England is only about are hour’s drive for most Connecticut residents.
Hikers and mountain bikers should be thankful for vast number and good quality of trails available in the state. Canoers and kayakers have many miles of flowing and quiet water on which to paddle. Thousands of campers enjoy a variety of camping facilities. The coastal and inland beaches provide people an opportunity to enjoy fishing, swimming, picnicking, walking, crabbing, sunbathing and more.
The bottom line is - Thanksgiving should be celebrated after each outdoor adventure.
TIC Update from Al Concilio
It’s been a very busy start to the new year for the TIC program. We have added three new schools in Waterbury: West Side Middle School, North End Middle School and Wallace Middle School.
On October 10th we installed the classroom hatcheries in all three schools. Hugh McCutchen and Ed Albrecht provided their expertise in helping to complete the installations. The three new teachers are Patty Monks, Rich Atkins and Michele Valenti. The students are all part of the gifted program in each school. On November 20th Dom Falcone, Ed Dearborn and I delivered 200 brown trout eggs to each of six schools which included Memorial School and Westover in Middlebury and Polk School in Watertown. We also provided new ammo carb, sponges, media bags and trout life-cycle pamphlets for the students in all the schools.
A few days before the eggs were delivered, Sue Johnson at the Memorial School had her chiller break down and it stopped working. Sue has been in the program for about six years so she has the oldest chiller, I talked to Glen who contacted some of the board members and we purchased the new Trade Winds chiller which has a five year warranty on it. This morning I got a call from Alice Hallaran from Westover, and she is having some problems with her chiller also. At this time we will not be adding any more schools to our program.
The teachers and students are very excited to be participating in the program, and we will have over 300 kids involved this year. Thanks to all of you who have continued to support our program especially Dom and Ed.
Photo-L-R Ed Dearborn, Michele Valenti and Dom Falcone
Photo-L-R Ed Dearborn, Michele Valenti and Dom Falcone
TU NAUGATUCK-POMPERAUG CHAPTER # 281
36th CHAPTER ANNIVERSARY
The 2012 annual fundraisers for the Chapter were the Banquet, Bucket Raffle and Silent Auction. Note: There was no Main Raffle in 2010, 2011and 2012. Chapter president Glenn LaFreniere thanked the 75 people there for supporting the Chapter. Dominic Falcone and Martin Petersen co-chaired these fundraisers and banquet. Dom and Marty obtained donations for the raffles and door prizes. Their diligent efforts and our generous contributors resulted in a substantial increase in the Chapter’s treasury. Dominic Falcone, Martin Petersen, Ernie Ludwig and Glenn LaFreniere worked on the raffles at the Banquet. The Chapter looks forward to the banquet and fundraisers in 2013 for its 37th anniversary.
TU NAUGATUCK-POMPERAUG CHAPTER # 281
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