Monday, October 2nd, 2023

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Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Dean Bortz

Wisconsin State Roundup: Senate committee rejects four of five appointees to Natural Resources Board

I finished the Oct. 6, No. 20 Issue of WON on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 28, from elk camp in central Montana. That print issue should hit subscribers’ mailboxes starting Monday or Tuesday, Oct. 2 and Oct. 3.
I was able to stream the Sept. 27 Natural Resources Board meeting that evening by driving into a small town 10 miles off and stealing wi-fi from the one store in town. I wrote the first segment of the Issue No. 20 State Roundup column below based on what I heard from the Sept. 27 NRB meeting. Late morning of Friday, Sept. 29, after a morning hunt, I traveled 40 miles to a larger town and as I picked up cell signal I received texts stating that Sen. Rob Stafsholt and his senate committee members on yesterday afternoon Thursday, Sept. 28, rejected four of the five appointees, leaving only Paul Buhr remaining on the NRB out of that quintet.

NWTF donation expands Wisconsin DNR turkey research

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is working with the Wisconsin DNR on a new research project starting this year by funding an expansion of trail camera use and GPS/VHF transmitters to estimate accurate turkey recruitment for each turkey zone.
The DNR’s Christopher Pollentier is an upland game bird research scientist who works on a variety of surveys on turkey recruitment and population trends. Some of this information comes from the DNR’s Snapshot Wisconsin trail camera program, but the NWTF’s involvement will expand Pollentier’s reach across the state. Pollentier and the NWTF hope this expanded research will bring to light factors in turkey survival, recruitment and population dynamics.

Wisconsin’s 2023 deer season: What can hunters expect when archery starts Sept. 16?

Despite the fact that northern Wisconsin saw snow upon snow upon even more snow this past winter, DNR wildlife biologists believe the state’s wildlife, including deer, saw enough of a reprieve at just the right times to avoid a severe winter ratings in all but a handful of spots.
When it comes to warming up their crystal ball as they look ahead at the 2023 archery, gun and muzzleloader seasons, the only real unknown is how northern Wisconsin’s deer respond to this past winter. All other areas of Wisconsin’s deer range are in good shape, according to Jeff Pritzl, the DNR’s statewide deer ecologist in the Green Bay office. Pritzl said deer numbers look good in most areas as hunters hit the woods Sept. 16 for the 2023 archery deer season opener.

Wisconsin State Roundup: Creator of citizen wolf count page on Facebook hopes photos, videos will help DNR track and count wolves

Bear hunters who haven’t heard about a new Facebook page that tracks wolf presence on bear baits might want to search for Wisconsin Citizen Wolf Count. The page was started by Corky Meyer, of Washington County, past president and longtime member of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.
By the time this issue appears in your mailbox, the page will have been active about two weeks, but it’s already full of photos and videos of wolves visiting bear baits. Meyer is asking hunters to post the township and county of the bait sites with the idea being that he can then do some sorting and comparing of wolves in the photos and maybe offer the DNR an accounting of wolves.

Wisconsin hunters find ways to deal with more wolves on bear bait sites

Anyone who thinks timber wolves only eat sick, lame, and lazy deer, or maybe a dwaddling beaver here and there, may be surprised to learn wolves suffer indignation not one whit from eating stale Wonder Bread, stiff Chip’s Ahoy cookies, moldy Pop Tarts, granola bars, popcorn, dry marshmallows or just about anything a guy might stuff into a bear bait stump.
Bear hunters have known this to be true ever since the state’s wolf population started building in the 1980s. Now that the state’s wolf numbers easily exceed 1,300 animals, bear hunters are feeding as many wolves as they are bears.

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