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Ice-fishing world mourns loss of guide

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The ice fishing world lost one of the best Saturday.

Jim Hudson hit the ice like he does every winter day, in search of that next big fish. Jim had a knack for catching big fish, all the time, and was a popular fishing guide.

Hudson, 34, died Saturday when his snowmobile went through the ice on Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wis.

Hudson, 34, fought with everything he had but passed away later that day after being air-lifted to a hospital in Duluth. He was well known in the sport for not only his abilities as a fishing guide, but also for his willingness to share and teach methods.

Caution's the rule:

I won't go into each area regarding ice fishing conditions because each lake has its own specific problems with thin ice. Be careful.

Wild, wild west:

Now, you may or may not think the recent area coyote issue is an off-the-wall story, with the wild critters supposedly trying to break in to a south suburban house to gobble-up a pet. But hang on -- the world continues to test our ability to understand what I consider "theater of the absurd."

Yahoo News sent me an interesting story from California about the hand-wringing brought on by the killing of two young mountain lions in Half Moon Bay by Fish and Wildlife personnel. It has prompted a state lawmaker to introduce a bill requiring "state officials to use non-lethal methods" when dealing with mountain lions in residential areas.

In addition to "tranquilizing and capturing," other acceptable procedures under the bill are "temporarily possessing, temporarily injuring, marking, attaching to or surgically implanting monitoring or recognition devices, transporting and hazing."

•Contact Mike Jackson at, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at

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