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posted: 12/5/2012 8:31 PM

Outdoors notes with Mike Jackson

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For the moment, there doesn't appear to be a law enforcement code of silence in Kentucky.

Nevertheless, a former Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation officer has been fined $10,000 after he admitted he violated the state ethics code. Dennis Sharon was accused of using his position to benefit his private business in which authorities said he made at least $40,000 over two years selling paddlefish roe commercially as caviar.

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Sharon, who is appealing his termination, also faces criminal charges, according to a report. The fine was the highest ever levied for a state ethics violation.

An oddity revealed:

I can usually rely upon a spate of strange and interesting stories out of the South, and this one fits right in.

KFOR television news in Oklahoma reported that when Jeremie Hill of Kingfisher, Okla., shot a nice 10-point whitetail and hauled it to Rodney Mueggenborg's farm to begin the butchering process, the two longtime hunters were surprised by what they didn't find.

"Well I turned it around, I thought, 'Holy blank, blank, blank this is a doe!' I freaked out," Meuggenborg said.

Such is life and hunting. You'll find photos and a video as at kfor.com.

Fishing update:

Could we be off to the races on safe ice again this winter season? We may be getting colder next week, but ice anglers are holding their breath and ice augers waiting for the other boot to drop.

In the meantime, Lake Catherine crappie fishermen may have found honey holes in deep water. Nice crappies are being taken as well as some decent muskies. The Spring Lake Channel, right where it enters Petite Lake continues to hold walleye and crappie.

It appears some of the longer and heavier Lake Michigan perch are very close to shore at Gary, Ind., while Chicago area fishermen are having to contend with smaller fish at local harbors.

•Contact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

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