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Outdoor Thursday, March 28, 2013 Ask Game and Fish Q. Can I fish with six poles if a water still has ice? A. Wyoming has 23 waters upon which up to six poles or tip-ups may be used when fishing through the ice. These wa- ters are listed on page 7 of the fishing regulations booklet (visit wgfd.wyo.gov and select =Fishing  then =Fishing Regula- tions). Six poles may be used on these waters only during the ice-covered period and only when fishing through the ice. If you are fishing in open water, the standard two-pole regula- tion applies. Rare Element Resources Erbium is a rare earth element that has varied applications in modern technology and in other items we use every day. Used for medical and dental surgery, erbium lasers reduce the risk of burning and scarring of human tissue. Erbium is also used to amplify internet and telephone signals in tele(ommunications systems. Photographic filters contain erbium, and erbium oxide is also ' used to color glass, including for use in sunglasses. If you have any questions about rare earths or our Bear Lodge Project, don't hesitate to call Linda Tokarczyk at 307-283-3500 or Mike Finn at 307-281-0517. And always feel free to stop by our offices at: 2209 E. Cleveland Ave. in Sundance 504 Pine St., #7, in Upton Project updates and current information also available at www.bearlodgeproject.com Country Cottage and Subway will be closing at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29 t" and will be closed Saturday and Sunday. We are refinishing our floors this weekend. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 1 t. The Sundance Times Page 14 It's not too early to encounter a grizzly Recent reports of bear tracks observed in the snow in the Jackson and Cody ar- eas indicate that bears are emerging from their dens. According to large carnivore conflict co- ordinator Brian DeBolt, it is not unusual for some bears to emerge at this time of the year. =Typically, male bears emerge from their dens in mid-March and early April, while females and young-of-the- year cubs emerge in late April and early May," said DeBolt. Antler hunters should be particularly cautious as they search the foothills be- cause bears wander over big game winter ranges in early spring in search of win- ter-killed deer and elk. Bears frequenting lower elevations also increase the likeli- hood of people encountering bears on their rural properties. =Grizzly bears occur throughout north- west Wyoming and, in recent years, have been expanding their distribution," De- Bolt said. =Outdoor enthusiasts and ru- rai landowners are reminded that griz- zly bears may be present outside of their known distribution." DeBolt said that now is the time to take the necessary precautions to avoid con- flicts with bears. =The majority of the peo- ple in the rural areas of northwest Wyo- ming do a good job of keeping foods away from bears and although it seems early, it's never too early to start practicing the proper storage of bear attractants," De- Bolt said. DeBolt said that in Wyoming there were approximately 213 human-grizzly bear conflicts reported last year in the Jack- son, Pinedale, Lander, and Cody areas. In most conflicts bears did not interact with people, rather they obtained human foods, livestock or pet foods, garbage, or birdseed from developed areas. According to DeBolt many conflicts were related to improperly stored food and gar- bage. If you live in black bear or grizzly bear country, DeBolt recommends keep- ing garbage, livestock feed, and birdseed properly stored and unavailable to bears. Barbeque grills should be kept clean and stored in a garage or shed when possi- ble. Those who recreate in bear country this time of year also need to be aware of the potential for conflicts. Where shed-antler hunting is open, the competitive nature of antler hunting has resulted in some antler hunters beginning their searches in early March. Because bears concentrate on big game winter ranges in early spring, Game and Fish urges antler hunters to be espe- ciaily vigilant in grizzly country. When hiking, be cautious and alert. Hike in a group and make noise as you travel so bears can hear you. Learn to recognize areas of heavy bear use by knowing how to identify tracks, scats, and diggings. If you smell a carcass, avoid it. Flocks of magpies, ravens, or jays often indicate a nearby carcass. Remember, when bears scavenge large animals they often cover what they can't eat with brush or dirt anck may stay nearby for several days to de- fend it from other bears. Commercially available bear spray is ef- fective for stopping aggressive bears. Use bear spray only as a deterrent and as a last resort to avoiding a physical encoun- ter. Carry bear spray in a readily acces- sible manner. Time to register boats Even though some Wyoming waters are still ice-covered, the Wyoming Game and Fish De- partment advises boaters that now is a good time to register boats for the upcoming year. The following are the most often asked boat registration questions. Where can I renew my wa- tercraft registration if there has been a change in the own- ership? You can renew your registration online, at Game and Fish regional offices, or at Game and Fish headquarters in Cheyenne. Moving? Let us know your new address he week BEFORE you move s Where can I register my new boat? You must register your new boat at any Game and Fish regional office or the Cheyenne headquarters. What do I do if I lost mg registration renewal card? Simply go to or call any Game and Fish office or visit wgfd. wyo.gov to renew your water- craft. Because registrations are computerized, employees at any Game and Fish office may provide you with renewal information. Can I keep roll boat num- ber ill sell my boat? No, the boat number stays with your old boat. If you get a new boat, you will be issued a new num- ber. Do I need to register my ca- noe or rubber raft? Yes, if it has a motor. Any boat with a motor (electric or internal com- bustion) must be registered. No registration is required of craft without motors. How long does it take for a renewal or new regLbr=- t/on through the mail? Gen- erally, you should receive your new registration within a week after Game and Fish receives your application or renewal. La_dssa Voss, who oversees boat registration for Game and Fish, said boaters can ,,renew their,: registration, on-  :in at wgfd,Wyo.,g'. r;  r- gional Game and Fish offices throughout the state. =If you renew your watercraft registra- tion online, you can print out proof of registration and proof of AIS (Aquatic Invasive Spe- cies) decal purchase and use your watercraft immediately," Voss said. =The Cheyenne headquarters will mail your watercraft and/or AIS decal to you the following day." Beginning this year, Voss said, boaters can purchase a combination sticker that rep- resents their boat registra- tion and AIS decal if they are purchased at the same time. =Combination stickers are $25 for one year or $70 for three years," Voss said. Boat registration is in full swing. Game and Fish pro- istrations annually ..... The Sundance Tim An e-subscription to the Tivaes is just $30/year! email 307o283o3411 or news@sundancetimesocom for details. WANT BOTH? 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