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Wednesday, July 24th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Wednesday, July 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Beckie Gaskill

Wisconsin DNR’s ‘no guns for fishing’ rule challenged in court

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) has challenged a DNR administrative rule that states no person may, “Possess or control any firearm, gun or similar device at any time while on the waters, banks or shores that might be used for the purpose of fishing.”
Skylar Croy, a WILL lawyer, says that rule – Wisconsin Administrative Code NR 20.05(2) – violates the Second Amendment.  The rule goes back to 1966, according to Croy, when a regulation went into effect that banned the shooting of muskies. That regulation, however, did not address something such as carrying a pistol for self defense.
Harvesting fish with a firearm is still illegal in Wisconsin, which is not the crux of the issue, according to Croy. 

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Hunter Nation visits Medford, Wis., for listening session related to predator management

Hunter Nation and state legislators carried a “stand up and be counted” type of message regarding Wisconsin predator management to Medford, Wis., recently, following a similar meeting in Park Falls earlier.
Hunter Nation’s Medford listening session again touched on predator numbers, and more specifically about wolf issues rural people deal with every day. As with similar meetings, it was well attended by legislators and citizens.

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Discussion regarding wolf damage payments, social carrying capacity dominate meeting in Marshfield, Wis.

Questions regarding the wolf damage payment fund, social carrying capacity and a population goal carried the evening during a DNR open house meeting on the topic in Marshfield, Wis.
The DNR also set up an open house meeting in Ashland, with both meetings following the Sept. 27 Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting where NRB members sounded mostly supportive of the DNR’s draft plan in their comments. The open house format does not allow for wide-open discussion in which those attending might ask questions of panel members. In an open house setting, attendees meet one-on-one with DNR personnel to ask their questions.

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Another big season expected for Wisconsin bear hunters in a state that keeps producing

If Wisconsin isn’t the top bear-hunting destination in the country, the state sits awfully close to the summit with roughly 4,100 bears registered each of the last 10 years (4,171 average).
According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wisconsin ranks consistently among the top bear-producing states. Not only do Wisconsin hunters harvest a good number of bears, but some of those bruins rank right at the top the Boone and Crockett (B&C) record books.

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Third Wisconsin wolf session brings several sides together

As the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to work on revising the state’s draft wolf plan, the topic is no less heated for those who deal with wolves on a daily basis. The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, the Wisconsin Association of Sporting Dogs, and Wisconsin Wolf Facts recently partnered to hold a third listening session, this one in Clintonville, allowing residents to speak about their personal experiences with wolves.

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Drop in Wisconsin’s grouse drumming survey no surprise

Based on spring ruffed grouse drumming counts, Wisconsin’s popular game bird population likely stands three years past the peak of the 10-year cycle.
Preliminary drumming counts are down 11% overall across the state’s grouse regions, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Biologist Alaina Gerrits, of the Woodruff office.

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Make the most of your early goose, teal, dove seasons this fall

Mourning dove seasons and early teal and goose seasons offer some of the first fall hunting opportunities across many of the Great Lakes states. Not all states offer all three seasons, but most states do list one or more on their fall calendars.
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Ohio offer seasons for all three, while Michigan hunters enjoy an early teal and early goose season. Mourning doves have yet to be recognized as a game bird in Michigan. Pennsylvania and New York were still setting season dates as of this writing.

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Former DNR biologist explains air rifle deer hunting concept to Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

Keith Warnke, a former DNR biologist, represented the Air Gun Sporting Association at the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF) annual meeting on large-bore air rifles and their potential use in deer hunting.
Warnke went to a meeting after retiring from the DNR and happened to meet up with an acquaintance who runs the Air Gun Sporting Association. That group is looking to get a law passed to allow the use of large-bore air rifles in deer hunting in Wisconsin. Warnke was asked to help with this statute change. Wisconsin allows the use of air guns for hunting for small game.

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More criticism heaped on Wisconsin’s draft wolf plan

Three state conservation groups welcomed another full house to its second state wolf plan listening session, this one in Prentice on April 22, with recorded comments again headed to DNR headquarters.
The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF), Wisconsin Association of Sporting Dogs, and Wisconsin Wolf Facts are now planning a third northern Wisconsin listening session, with date and location yet to be set.

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