Bloggers on Hunting

Outlook for Wisconsin Turkeys Seems Good

Everything seems to be pointing to one of the better spring turkey seasons Wisconsin has had in some time. The excitement dates back to last May and June when recruitment conditions, primarily the weather, were near-perfect in many areas of Wisconsin. Brood counts and other numbers associated with young birds continued to confirm things were going the turkey population’s way….

Wolf/Dog Hunting Hearing Postponed

A hearing in Dane County Circuit Court on DNR rules that would allow the hunting of wolves with dogs has been postponed until early January. The hearing had been set for Thursday, Dec. 20. Dane County Judge Peter C. Anderson had been expected to issue an oral ruling that day following final arguments by the state and several state humane…

Pheasant Hunting Progression

So much has changed since my first pheasant hunt, even though is was just back in 2010.  I just finished reading the story I wrote about that hunt to conjure up old feelings for comparison’s sake. My “first hunt” feelings returned almost immediately.  My father and brother took me out for the first time to club near Whitewater. I didn’t…

Adams County the latest in CWD-Postive deer Grant County also added to the list

Despite the efforts of the DNR to stop CWD, two new cases have turned up, most recently a 3-year-old buck in Adams County, shot by a bowhunter on Nov. 7. The deer, which was volunteered for sampling, came in with positive results on Dec. 7. “Being the first CWD positive in the county makes this noteworthy, but not unexpected,” said…

Experiment with new rules

The door to changing deer seasons and rules opened with the "lesser implement" season that allows deer hunters to use archery equipment, crossbows, shotguns, muzzleloaders, rifles and handguns during the nine-day gun deer season, all under the authority of their gun license. The only reason one might find fault with this idea, introduced in 2012, was the complexity of tossing…

NRB: State park hunting Nov. 15 through Dec. 15 and month of April

Natural Resources Board (NRB) members approved significant changes that will limit hunting and trapping in state parks beyond recommendations offered by the DNR. Instead of adopting a DNR plan that would have allowed hunting and trapping – within established seasons – from Oct. 15 through the Thursday before Memorial Day, as proposed by the DNR, NRB members moved Act 168…

Mother Nature blamed for muzzleloader harvest decrease

Hunters found tough weather conditions during this past weekend's muzzeloader-only season, and the harvest totals reflected it. According to DNR, pa total of 3,535 deer were taken over the three-day season, a drastic drop from last year's total of 4,878. The harvest was higher that the 2010 total of 3,276. Cold and rainy conditions met hunters through most of the…

Good news on the chronic wasting disease front – finally

With deer farms quarantined in 16 counties, the chronic wasting disease situation seemed to be getting worse by the day. Now, there is finally some good news. The two free-roaming deer with connections to Ronald Rutter’s New Oxford deer farm — where chronic wasting disease was first discovered in Pennsylvania — have been shot and killed by hunters. Even better…

Deer-less, north and south

I spent the final hours of the Northern Zone firearms deer season watching an NFL football game. And when you consider I'm not really an NFL guy, preferring to OD on college football on Saturdays instead, that pretty much tells you I had surrendered to the whitetails this year. I'm already sitting back and evaluating my 2012 deer season, one…

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs (Sort of)

Besides deer, on my list of favorite species to follow is any apex predator.  In recent years, I’ve become downright obsessed, specifically with cougars and wolves. Several years ago, I said it: there’s no way it could happen overnight, but it is plausible that these two apex predators who once roamed plentiful in Illinois could once again inhabit and become…

Pheasant hunting at Jim Edgar expanded

For the second consecutive season, DNR is expanding quotas for the controlled pheasant hunting program at specific sites. On Thursday, the agency announced that the daily hunter quotas will be bumped at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County beginning Dec. 5 through Jan. 13. Additional pheasants will be released at the site as…