Most anglers were after walleyes anchored up and vertically jigging with a jig and minnow along the south shore of Lake of the Woods.
May 16, 2023
I am writing this from my turkey stand at the little cabin, opening day of Season B in Wisconsin. The toms gobbled early. However, only hens have come into my decoys. There is one milling around them right now. Turkey hunting has me thinking about an invitation I received earlier this year that allowed me to revisit the spot where I harvested my first turkey.
The DNR questions a random sampling of turkey hunters each summer to learn important stuff like how often they hunted that spring, and whether they shot a yearling “jake” or mature “tom.”
Toward the survey’s end, the DNR asks them to rate the quality of their hunt, based on a five-option scale of “very low” to “very high.” Next it asks which factors most influenced their “quality” rating. Those factors could include weather, shot opportunities, turkey sightings, gobbles heard, gobblers shot, time spent with friends and family, and conflicts with other hunters or morel thieves.
What about getting harassed by noisy, foul-mouthed bluejays?
With roots that reach all the way back to the Continental Congress, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is nearly as old as the United States itself. In 1775, the Continental Congress created a Committee on Indian Affairs, headed by Benjamin Franklin. The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8) describes Congress’s powers over Indian affairs: “To regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes.”
A few years ago, my pal and longtime bowhunting partner, Paul Ziegler, and I were bemoaning the heavy rainfall that was pelting the local deer woods on the last day of bow season. It was strange watching rain come down in sheets on New Year’s Eve, and frustrating that it was keeping us out of stands, stymying an opportunity to fill remaining tags.
I was tickled to death to see Mark Noll, an Alma dairy farmer, nominated for our Conservationist of the Year Award. I have watched Noll work within the ranks of the Conservation Congress for more years than I care to admit. Noll has always struck me as someone who wears the levelest of heads in an arena where common sense can fall off the wagon in a hurry. Not to mention that the guy carries around a huge sense of humor.
Noll has worked in a number of roles, but he is well-known for his work in the Conservation Congress Executive Council and Big Game Study Committee going back to the days of Deer 2000 and Beyond. He often racked up 4,000 miles per year on vehicles criss-crossing the state to meetings and conventions.
For all the work he’s done over the years on behalf of Wisconsin’s natural resources, there are sportsmen who not only don’t see eye-to-eye with Noll, but they downright dislike him.