Bloggers on Hunting

Quit the grousing

Thinking about a mid-September ruffed grouse hunt is enough to take some of the sting off summer’s hot, humid days. But the news, fully anticipated for the last three years, reported a 25 percent decline in the roadside monitoring survey of drumming male birds. Still, there was some encouragement because biologists suggested that the weather this past spring was good…

Study by SIU research team points to cougar resurgence

They've become the "Bigfoot" of Illinois. Cougars, also known as "mountain lions," have been the mysterious subject of deer hunters' tales for the past five years. But wildlife officials have never confirmed the big cat's existence. Now, a researcher and associate professor from Southern Illinois University is contending that cougars are indeed making a comeback in the Midwest. Clay Nielsen,…

Ten counties dropped from this year's late-winter deer season

DNR announced today (June 14) revisions to the state’s late-winter deer season for 2012-13. "Based on an annual review of antlerless deer harvest and deer management needs in individual counties," the revisions result in the closing of 10 counties that had previously been open for the late-winter seasons: Cass, Christian, Henry, Johnson, Lawrence, Mason, Morgan, Tazewell, Union and Wabash.  There…

My Maiden Food Plot Voyage

Well, I’ve done it! I’ve set out on my maiden food plot voyage. Though my journey is far from complete, shoving off was half the battle. For the most part, I’ve let the boys take care of the plot preparations. But, the longer I hunt, the more committed I am to being as proactive as I can. I want to…

4 wolf season meetings set

The DNR has scheduled four public meetings to review the state’s wolf season proposal, and those meetings will take place between June 6 and June 15 in Spooner, Black River Falls, Fond du Lac, and Rhinelander. The DNR will collect public comment on a wolf season “scoping statement” that was approved by the Natural Resources Board (NRB) at its May 23…

Prohibiting Baiting and Feeding

Whether we know it or not, if we hunt deer in one of the 32 counties where baiting and feeding is prohibited , we are (or should be) part of a research project to study this issue and practice. This is particularly true in northwest Wisconsin. Recently four counties — Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn — were added to the…

Turkey hunting season structure

Wisconsin Outdoor News reader Wes Kraemer, of Spring Green, e-mailed in with a good suggestion. Wes has been following the efforts of Scott Walter, the DNR's turkey ecologist, to update the state's turkey management plan. The DNR is trying to get as much input as possible on some questions related to turkeys and the state's turkey hunting format. Wes included…

Lifetime licenses? Devil is in the detail.

Legislation has been introduced in Lansing to create a package of lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea that would save sportsmen and women a few bucks. But the devil is in the detail. The legislation, HB 5334 sponsored by Rep. Richard LeBlanc (D-Westland), calls for establishing lifetime licenses for fishing (restricted and…