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May 26, 2024

Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest ready for a busy summer in 2024

State park employees have two of Wisconsin’s busiest state parks, the Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit and Southern Unit, geared up for another busy summer.
Joe Giesfeldt, superintendent of the northern unit, said visitation has not slowed down.
“Based on the traffic counters just at the main recreation areas, we are looking at about 650,000 visitors a year,” Giesfeldt said. “That’s not even close to what actually we see. We don’t track every parking lot. We just track our main ones.”

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Here are some summertime sunfish lakes to consider in Ohio

My fondest bluegill story came from Milton Trautman. I met him at Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie in 1981. A student and teaching assistant at the time, I was told to pick up Dr. Trautman when he arrived at Put-in-Bay, take him where he wanted to go during the week, and get him what he needed for his stay on Gibraltar Island.
A week, what a treasure for anyone who used The Fishes of Ohio as a class textbook. If a bird flew by, a fish came into view, none missed his notice or scientific naming while we were together.

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First taste of duck season in Illinois with blind drawings beginning June 2

Prepared or not, duck hunters in Illinois are getting their first taste of the 2024-25 season.
DNR has scheduled the first round of public waterfowl blind drawings. Blind drawings for the Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area and Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison County will be held June 2.

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Trout, anglers to benefit from project at Brainard’s Bridge Park in Waupaca, Wis.

An erosion control and habitat improvement project in a city park in Waupaca is a win-win for trout and anglers.
Work began in Brainard’s Bridge Park in March and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wrapped the project up in May.
Kyle Kossel, a habitat technician based at the DNR’s Shawano office, oversaw the project. A highlight of the park are bridges that provide access to a pair of islands.

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Commentary: A close look at wolf, bear impacts on buck kill in Wisconsin

In the March 22 issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News, Jim Johannes argued that wolves more likely than bears demonstrate the ability to suppress deer numbers. Johannes uses an apples to orange comparison by looking at buck harvest in Bayfield County to statewide estimates of bears and wolves.
If you instead look at buck harvest across all the northern forest and central forest, the picture changes.

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Redwood River project in southwestern Minnesota saves soil, strengthens flood control

Situated on either side of the Redwood River just 3 miles upstream from Lake Redwood, an earthen dam and a series of seven terraces will strengthen a network of flood- and erosion-control measures intended to combat altered hydrology within the Minnesota River basin.

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Try these three trout gems of Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier during the late spring

Early June is a joyous time on Pennsylvania’s north-central trout waters. Mayflies and caddis galore pretty much guarantee hot trout action from bottom hugging, emerging and floating insects alike.
While the region close to the New York border sees the birth of many a headwaters, drop down 30 or so miles – still in the north-central counties – and flows get wide and sometimes wooly. Many of these are broad, open waters where you can swing a wet fly after a long distance cast, work a nymph upstream along rocky shorelines and float a dry over long-pools and runs.

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