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Sportsmen Since 1967

June 6, 2024

Northern Wisconsin’s deer herd: Deer in Iron, Ashland counties living on the edge

Ashland and Iron counties in extreme northern Wisconsin have historically had some of the lowest deer populations in the entire state. Both counties feature lots of big timber, and heavy snow in what is known as the “snow belt” can be a limiting factor for the herd.
In a region where deer seem to struggle to live, Kevin Schmidt admits to being frustrated as he tries to find deer in Ashland County for his granddaughters to have a successful hunt. Bruce Bacon, a retired DNR wildlife biologist who hunts in Iron County, says the biggest problem for deer in northern Wisconsin “is the recruitment of fawns.

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Reports from Northern Wisconsin counties show disparity between deer harvested from private land versus public is growing

Northern Wisconsin was once considered a deer mecca. Lots of deer, big bucks, and plenty of public land to roam attracted hunters for many years. In recent seasons, however, public land hunters have been seeing and killing fewer deer in northern counties, and the statistics from each county’s citizen deer advisory council (CDAC) bear this out.

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Black bass making headlines in New York with official opener nearing

Fishing seasons have gradually been opening across New York throughout the spring months and the June 15 black bass opener may be the biggest of them all. And this year, in familiar fashion, it opens on a Saturday.
New York’s bass opener was traditionally the third Saturday in June for decades. But regulation changes in 2022 set June 15 as the hard opener, which is now the standard. For most of the state, a catch-and-release season still exists from Dec. 1 through June 14. Black bass have been making headlines this year, especially prior to the season.

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Ask a Fisheries Biologist: Mapping fish species movement

Wisconsin is home to more than 160 fish species. Of those, anglers routinely target only one or two dozen of them, leaving a whole lot of rare species that anglers do not often see. 
DNR biologists document where these rare species occur throughout Wisconsin and have “distribution maps” that show the waters where we have observed each species. Wisconsin fish surveys have gone on for more than 100 years, and as a result, we have a good idea where different species occur and the maps do not change much. 

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Supreme Court rules unanimously that NRA can sue former N.Y. official

A unanimous Supreme Court on May 30 cleared the way for a National Rifle Association lawsuit against a former New York state official over claims she pressured companies to blacklist it following the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Giving the NRA a new chance to prove its case, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that “the critical takeaway is that the First Amendment prohibits government officials from wielding their power selectively to punish or suppress speech.”

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