Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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State Roundup

Dean Bortz

Wisconsin Editor

CORRESPONDENT_KEVIN_NAZE did some checking on that Oconto County
turkey case last week, but charges had not been filed as of Feb.
25, according to Oconto County D.A. Jay Conley. He told Naze that
he expected criminal charges to be filed this week in the poisoning
deaths of about 200 turkeys in north-central Oconto County earlier
this winter.

“It all came in (from the DNR last) week, and we anticipate
filing criminal charges,” Conley told Naze. “We have a solid case;
we have a confession.” He said the complaint may be quite lengthy,
adding that his assistant is working on the case, and no further
information would be released until the charges are filed.

DEER_UNIT_REVIEW_MEETINGS will take place in March (see pages 8
and 9 for more information and meeting dates, locations, and
times). Hunters interested in attending the meetings might want
some background on their units and the over-winter goals. You may
go to DNR site http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/deer/popgoal.htm
to study up before the meetings. Local biologists will be on hand
to provide information, answer questions, and hear from residents
their ideas for consideration in developing season formats, said
Keith Warnke, DNR deer ecologist. Hunters may propose their own
over-winter goals and unit boundaries at these meetings.

THE_NUMBERS_ARE_IN, and we killed a total of 451,885 deer during
the 2008 seasons. That includes 352,601 deer by gun (103,845 bucks,
246,607 does, 2,149 of unknown sex), and 99,284 deer by bow (34,662
bucks, 63,759 does, and 863 of unknown sex). These totals do not
include tribal harvest.

WE ARE KEEPING AN EAR to the ground on the setting of spring
walleye and muskie spearing totals by the state’s six Chippewa
tribes. It’s too early to tell where this is all going to pile up,
but the Lac du Flambeau tribe has allegedly rejected an agreement
with the state to maintain a three-walleye bag limit, and was
supposed to take its quota setting to a referendum vote by all
tribal members last week. One source said the tribal council was to
ask members if they were interested in declaring 100 percent of the
total allowable catch for walleyes this spring. Also, former Lac du
Flambeau tribal chairman Tom Maulson is apparently now representing
Mole Lake on the Voigt Intertribal Task Force, and we’re hearing
that Maulson wants to declare Mole Lake quotas on “traditional” Lac
du Flambeau lakes in western Oneida and Vilas counties. If either
scenario plays out, it could well mean lower walleye bag limits for
hook-and-line anglers. Stay posted.

LAKE_MICHIGAN_WATER levels are up. Heavy snowfall should help
improve water levels, which are on their way back up after a
decade-long decline. As of late February, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers said the lake’s water level was about 10 inches higher
than it was a year ago. Lake Michigan was still 43 inches below the
record monthly high (1987), but 17 inches above the record monthly
low (1965).

ONALASKA ARTIST Arthur Anderson won the 2010 state turkey stamp
contest with a painting of a flying turkey set in a Wisconsin
landscape. Judging took place in Wisconsin Dells during the state
NWTF convention on Jan. 23. This year’s first runner-up was Virgil
Beck, of Stevens Point, and second runner-up was Robert Wilkens, of
Kiel.

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