Tim Eisele

Wisconsin’s 60-day duck season will open Sept. 29 in north, south zones; long-standing Horicon Marsh goose zone eliminated

Hunters will see several changes in the state’s 2018 Canada goose season. (Photo by Tim Eisele)Wisconsin waterfowl hunters will see some major changes in the 2018 seasons. The Natural Resources Board approved the seasons that include: A uniform statewide opening of the duck hunting season on Saturday, Sept. 29. Elimination of the Horicon goose zone. A Canada goose season in…

Wisconsin DNR’s ability to manage natural resources in poorer hands now with Thiede’s departure to EPA

Kurt Thiede resigned to work for Cathy Stepp as her chief of staff at the EPA in Chicago. (Photo by Tim Eisele)Here we go again. When politicians play games with the DNR, we end up with agency leaders who do not have the mix of leadership skills, natural resource backgrounds, or natural resource management experience that Wisconsin sportsmen have seen…

Liberal rules cutting into Wisconsin mallard, woodie numbers?

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. — Although waterfowl populations have been high in recent years, there is concern from some hunters that mallards and wood duck numbers have slid downhill. Now, whether those lower numbers stem only from liberal hunting regulations, other factors, or a little of everything, remains open for debate, according to some corners. Jon Bergquist, retired DNR waterfowl ecologist,…

Wisconsin DNR schedules four meetings beginning March 12 to discuss 2018 waterfowl season framework with 60-day season

A subject of some concern for some hunters is the early teal season.Waterfowl hunters have the opportunity to provide their input on the 2018 duck and goose seasons at four public hearings around the state. Taylor Finger, DNR waterfowl ecologist, will be presenting information on the 2017 waterfowl hunting season, results from the 2017 survey of 2,700 Wisconsin waterfowl hunters,…

Natural Resources Board adds three news questions to spring hearing questionnaire mix

Terry Hilgenberg, board member from Shawano, was re-elected chair of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board for 2018. (Photo by Tim Eisele)Besides re-electing the three officers of the Natural Resources Board (Terry Hilgenberg as chairman, Fred Prehn as vice-chairman, and Julie Anderson as secretary), the board added three new questions to the 2018 spring hearing questionnaire. Each year board members may…

UW-Madison Winter Enrichment series, founded by Aldo Leopold students, in its 50th year

To help prevent ticks from getting on your skin, tuck pant legs into socks and spray pants with Permethrine. (Photo by Tim Eisele)Winter may be time for some to “hibernate,” but in Madison, it is a time for learning. And quality of life is all about life-long learning. The UW-Madison Arboretum began its 50th annual Winter Enrichment series in January. The event began in…

In Wisconsin, preliminary statewide gun deer kill down .5% from 2016

Madison — The 2017 gun deer season preliminary figures show the harvest increased in the Northern Forest Zone, but decreased in the rest of the state. “We saw a significant increase over last year in the Northern Forest Region, showing that we have a deer herd that is generally increasing,” Eric Lobner, DNR director of wildlife management, told the Natural…

In Wisconsin, Apostle Island blackpowder deer season may return

Madison — The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage on Dec. 6 took the first step toward reinstating a regular muzzleloader deer season on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Committee members heard from eight citizens at a public hearing that day supporting Assembly Bill 626, which would allow the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish a fall…

Updated bobcat population model allows for more tags in Wisconsin

Minocqua, Wis. — Bobcats are doing quite well in the Badger State and increased carcass tags for this season stand as proof. Shawn Rossler, furbearer specialist with the Wisconsin DNR, and Nathan Roberts, DNR furbearer research scientist, told the Natural Resources Board that bobcats are a success story in Wisconsin. “The state of bobcats in our state is excellent,” Roberts…