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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Dave Zeug

Wisconsin’s Washburn, Sawyer County Deer Advisory Councils lower antlerless quotas

In a move similar to surrounding counties, County Deer Advisory Council members in Wisconsin’s Washburn and Sawyer counties recommended a reduction in the number of antlerless deer permits for the 2024 fall hunts.
Last year’s Washburn County antlerless authorizations were 3,100 on public land and 6,000 on private land. This year the recommendation is for 1,000 permits on public land and 5,000 on private land, which reflects what CDAC members heard from the public.

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Green Bay produces giant 56-inch muskie for Wisconsin angler fishing for walleyes

A Northwoods angler headed to Peshtigo for Green Bay’s spring-run walleyes instead latched onto a fish he didn’t expect to catch – a 56-inch muskie that bottomed out a fellow angler’s 60-pound scale.
When Ashland, Wis., resident and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mark Mackey’s brother called inviting him to come over to the Peshtigo River for some walleye fishing, he didn’t hesitate.
“Bob (Mackey) said, ‘Now’s the time, brother.’ He’s been telling me about the 30-plus inch walleyes he’s been catching for a few years now and sent a few pictures my way too, so it didn’t take much to convince me to make the trip,” Mark Mackey said.

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Dave Zeug: A delayed opener on Wisconsin’s Brule River was good for this winter-weary angler

For a Brule River trout fisherman in Wisconsin, the traditional first day of spring has been on the last Saturday in March for decades.
It doesn’t matter if there is still 3 feet of snow on the storied river’s banks or 3 feet of melted snow putting the river into flood stage, steelhead addicts will be there on opening day. This includes yours truly, at least it did until this year’s opener fell over a family-oriented Easter weekend. And that’s OK. At this stage of the game, I have had plenty of Brule River openers under my belt.

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Joe Weiss, longtime Wisconsin Conservation Congress delegate, voted out in Washburn County

Washburn County’s Conservation Congress Chairman, Joe Weiss, has been part of the April spring hearings and delegate elections for decades. This year’s meeting will undoubtedly be the one he’ll remembers most. After being a Washburn County delegate for 30-years, Weiss was voted out of his seat.
Weiss also serves as the congress vice-chair.

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Wisconsin bill that ends antlerless deer harvest for four years in Northern Forest Zone now on Gov. Evers’ desk

The legislative bill that would end any antlerless deer harvest in Wisconsin’s Northern Forest Zone for four years has been passed by both chambers of the state legislature and reached Gov. Tony Evers’ desk on Tuesday, March 26.
Sportsmen throughout the north are waiting to see if the Evers signs the bill, vetos the bill or takes no action on the proposed legislation. If Evers decides to take no action, which can happen if the governor decides to remain neutral on this issue, the bill still becomes law.

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Dave Zeug: Wolves are controversial in Spain, too

The news article’s first paragraph was blunt.
“The ban on wolf hunting is ratcheting up tensions, pitting farmers in the rural north who fear for their livelihood against the urban populations who live in the south and applaud the move.” A livestock owner and hunter was also quoted, “Wolves and livestock can’t be together. They’re going to have to turn this story around, otherwise many of us farmers are going to disappear.”

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Sharptail grouse society leaves Wisconsin Wildlife Federation over dog training legislation

A bill moving through the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate has created turmoil between conservation groups that usually partner toward common goals.
Assembly Bill 512 and the Senate companion bill – SB 545 – would repeal a DNR administrative code that generally prohibits a person from hunting or pursuing any free-roaming wild animal with the aid of a dog from May 1 to June 30 in parts of the north.

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Even with today’s technology, having map and compass skills an important trait

The digital world has brought our species a long list of tools that can enhance outdoor experiences. A good example is the ubiquitous smartphone that even “mature” outdoor enthusiasts including myself always carry into the woods and onto the rivers and lakes they frequent.
A smartphone can be a security lifeline in an emergency, and can help us identify everything from unusual plants to edible mushrooms, and even the rocks below and the stars above us.

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Wisconsin bill would protect hunters’ loss of collected preference points

For Wisconsin outdoor enthusiasts who’ve waited years for enough preference points to draw one of the highly coveted tags for species like bobcat or bear, only to have life events get in the way of drawing the tag, Rep. Angie Sapik (R-Lake Nebagamon) has proposed a solution in the form of a new bill called the Preference Point Protection Act.

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