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May 25, 2024

Wisconsin DNR balances multiple factors when setting 2024 elk quotas

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) heard confirmation that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will issue harvest tags for four bull elk in the Black River Falls Central Elk Range this fall for the first time.
Each of those tags will go to state-licensed hunters. In addition, the DNR will have a quota of eight bulls in the Clam Lake Northern Elk Range, of which four tags will go to state -licensed hunters and four will go to Chippewa tribal hunters.

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Illinois hunter had No. 3 B&C rack in basement for decades before realizing the unique buck he had

After a long day of hunting pheasants in LaSalle County, Ill., Sam Aiuppa put the dog away and climbed into a stand along the timber. The hunter from West Chicago replaced birdshot with a slug in his Remington 870 and waited for evening.
It was November 1991, and the peak of the whitetail rut had arrived in Illinois. After 40 minutes or so, a buck sauntered under Aiuppa’s stand. He shot it. This March, three decades after the fateful hunt, the antlers from that buck created a storm at the 2024 Iowa Deer Classic.

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Illinois legislation proposes $1 sale of Shabbona Lake and State Park to Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

A bill that would help the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation expand their newly established reservation by receiving what is now Shabbona Lake and State Park advanced out of a state House committee, despite concerns about the tribe’s long-term plans for the DeKalb County property.
House Bill 4718 would authorize the state to hand over Shabbona to the tribe for $1.  It also allows the tribe and DNR to enter into a land management agreement under which the land would remain open to the public for recreational use for an unspecified period.

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New Sheboygan Marsh dam in Wisconsin offers more tools to control water levels

Ducks Unlimited members, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources personnel, and members of several Sheboygan County conservation clubs were some of the more than 100 folks who gathered on a sunny afternoon May 19 to celebrate the dedication of a new dam on Sheboygan Marsh.
It was the culmination of a project first envisioned almost a decade ago. Sheboygan Marsh covers more than 14,000 acres of wetland, lowland forest, shrub swamp, wet meadows, and prairie. At least 1,700 acres of open-water habitat is formed by a dam on the northeast corner of the marsh on the Sheboygan River.

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Wisconsin State Roundup: Access to DNR wildlife biologists made difficult during reporting on northern deer herd

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers must just about lay an egg any time a license-buying sportsman utters the word deer or wolf out loud. I say that based on the reaction we received from the DNR Office of Communications when we started contacting DNR wildlife biologists to work on a series of articles looking at the deer herd situation in 10 northern tier counties.

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June means exceptional fishing in Michigan; here’s where to target for walleyes, trout

June is the official start of summer and exceptional Michigan fishing. Every conceivable angling opportunity around the state kicks into high gear after May 31.
Walleyes steal the show in many locations; panfish are still in the shallows, and marauding schools of bass are patrolling the weed edges on the lookout for any spinnerbait or rubber worm you want to send their way. Prospects for stream trout are never better. Figure out how much vacation time you have, formulate a plan for what species you want to target, and get on the water in June.

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John Tertuliani: Looking into the incredible history of the venerable bowie knife

History has a way of growing larger than life. The 220-year-old story of Jim Bowie is a mystery to me. Believed to have been born in Logan County, Ky., in 1796, his life ended at the Alamo, fighting for the Texas Revolution.
The discrepancies among the accounts of his life make you wonder about the details of Sept. 19, 1827. One thing is certain, it happened on a Mississippi sandbar rising between Vidalia, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi.

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