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Friday, July 19th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

April 15, 2024

Iowa hatcheries collect 200 million walleye eggs to boost stocking with ideal netting conditions this year

Each spring, fisheries biologists and hatchery personnel prepare for the Iowa DNR’s annual gill netting and egg collection that results in stocked walleyes in many state waters. Four hatcheries take part in the collection: Lake Rathbun, Storm Lake, Clear Lake and Spirit Lake, with collected eggs transported to either the Lake Rathbun Hatchery or the Spirit Lake Hatchery.

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Wake boats remain a hot topic at Wisconsin’s Dane County public meeting

The Dane County Conservation Congress and DNR public spring fish and wildlife meeting attracted some 87 people, and wake boats were the hot topic of the evening.
Maybe it was after-effects of the solar eclipse earlier that afternoon, but, a bit surprisingly, questions about deer and additional fishing restrictions drew little in the way of comments from attendees.

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Even for ‘old school’ anglers, electric knives provide an enlightening cleaning experience

I learned how to fillet fish when I was in the Boy Scouts, and the Scouts also taught me how to sharpen my fillet knife and keep it sharp.
Since then, I couldn’t count the number of fish I’ve cleaned using a standard fillet knife. I’ve cut up tiny bluegills with them and bluefin tuna that took two men to flop onto the fish-cleaning table. The first time I saw a guy with an electric knife at a fish cleaning station, I thought, “Humf, that guy must have never been a Boy Scout.”

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Emergency rule would open sport fishing on Wisconsin’s Minocqua chain if Lac du Flambeau spears walleyes

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved a scope statement at its April 10 meeting that will allow the DNR to begin drafting rules that would allow anglers to harvest walleyes in the Minocqua Chain of Lakes this summer now that the Lac du Flambeau tribe has declared its intent to spear the chain this spring.

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Smallmouth bass again star in Lake Michigan harbor samples from Illinois

Largemouth and smallmouth bass in the harbors of Lake Michigan have forged a storyline that both anglers and biologists find impossible to resist.
Drama heightened in 2019, when an angler hooked a new Illinois state record smallmouth on the shoreline at Monroe Harbor. That 7-pound, 3-ounce smallie has been forgotten, mostly. But shorefront anglers still very much have bass on their mind, and there is good news to share on that front.

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How to ensure a happy first-time hunter this turkey season

Is there a better gateway to the outdoors than turkey hunting?
Generally the weather is nice, songbirds are migrating through, and the turkeys themselves are known for putting on a visual and audio show that is unrivaled by any other Midwestern game. It’s a truly special experience to turkey hunt, but it’s also, well, hunting.

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Wisconsin State Roundup: Your chance to talk deer with county advisory committees

Anyone wanting to talk deer will have plenty of opportunity April 22 through May 2 as County Deer Advisory Committees (CDAC) meet throughout Wisconsin during that window.
CDACs make recommendations to the DNR and Natural Resources Board (NRB) annually on deer management moves in each county, including antlerless harvest quota levels.

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