Dean Bortz

In Wisconsin, camera use by sturgeon spearers stirs up controversy on Winnebago

Oshkosh, Wis. — Talk about underwater camera use to target sturgeon during times of low water clarity may lead to sportsmen offering resolutions at the April 9 spring hearings to either ban camera use, limit the width of spear heads, or both. Conservation Congress Chairman Larry Bonde, of Kiel, said he has been fielding a ton of calls from sturgeon…

Popular white buck illegally shot

Town of Ithaca, Wis. — Word spread quickly through Sauk County’s Bear Valley on Friday, Nov. 25 that someone had shot a large, well-known white buck. According to sources from the area, a group of hunters spotted the white buck bedded down on their property in tall grass behind some of their buildings. Two or more persons hopped onto ATVs…

Wisconsin moose numbers very low, but remain ‘steady’

Woodruff, Wis. — The July 5 shooting of a cow moose in Vilas County by a Lac du Flambeau tribal member raised the awareness – and some questions –among citizens of the state’s small, but apparently stable, moose population. Certainly the loss of that animal didn’t do anything to bolster state moose numbers, but the spirits of residents in western…