Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

March 6, 2008

State’s turkeys feeling crunch of harsh winter

Madison – Scott Hull, DNR upland game ecologist, appreciates and understands concerns for Wisconsin’s wild turkey population. It’s been a record-setting winter in which some regions, particularly in southern Wisconsin, have reported record snowfalls that have made it difficult for wild turkeys to find food and even walk through deep snow. Hull isn’t about to

Waterfowl groups OK with duck stamp hike

Springfield – The cost of a duck stamp could rise from $15 to $25 under the 2009 federal budget proposed in Washington. The increase, which has support from conservation groups such as Delta Waterfowl, and Ducks Unlimited, would be the first hike for the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp since 1991. Both national

Southeastern New York

John Miller at Bob’s Sport and Tackle (914-232-4085) in Katonah reports anglers were connecting on brown trout by the dam at Cross River Reservoir, and those finding open water were picking up crappie on several waters.

Minocqua/Woodruff Area

The weekend warmup was a welcome relief after several sub-zero mornings. Days with warmer temperatures and lower barometer readings helped the fish bite out considerably. Perch fishing has been good to very good, with the “deep bite” being the most consistent (on wigglers). Use No. 2 Swedish Pimples (copper, gold, orange), Forage spoons, or No.

Thousand Island

Black Lake: It’s been fairly quiet of late, perhaps because of the snowstorm at the end of the month. At last report, fishing had been spotty for panfish and walleye, although a few northerns have been taken. For more and updated information, check in at Chapman’s Sports (315-324-5265) in Hammond. St. Lawrence River: At last

DNR prepares to deal with budget deficit

St. Paul – It’s unclear exactly what’s in store as a result of a nearly $1 billion state budget deficit, but few areas are likely to be left untouched, including the DNR. A budget forecast released last week shows a projected $935 million budget shortfall for the current two-year budget period. “You can count on

New walleye regs: right thing to do or bad medicine?

Lately, the fishermen I meet ask the same question, “Why are they fiddling with the walleye limit?” “They” refers to DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten and state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, who separately announced legislative proposals to reduce the state walleye possession limit from six to four. Sen. Chaudhary proposed establishing a minimum length limit for walleyes.

La Crosse Area

With the early trout season under way, Coulee-region anglers are cautioned they may find that their favorite stream has completely changed after the flooding from last August. Not only have many streams been completely scoured by flooding, but some huge deep scour and blow holes have formed, especially below restricted areas like bridges. The depths

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