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Sunday, May 19th, 2024

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Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Dean Bortz

Dean Bortz: When it comes to the chore list, it’s never ‘just’ for me

So here it was, opening weekend of Wisconsin’s 2024 fishing season and even though plenty of work had been accomplished leading up to Saturday, May 4, the chore list still looked fairly foreboding.
Typically, I’m not one to feel too guilty about leaving some work unfinished if there is some fishing or hunting to be done, but with turkey tags being held in abeyance for fourth and fifth seasons, not to mention this issue to get to the printing press – and my better half looking over my shoulder at the chore list – the prudent move became very apparent.

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Wisconsin’s Vilas, Oneida county offer doe tags; Iron, Ashland buck only

Members of two Citizen Deer Advisory Councils in neighboring counties went in different directions on antlerless deer quota suggestions from the deer hunters who provided input to the councils.
Vilas County CDAC members ignored overwhelming requests from deer hunters to reduce the counties antlerless quota and tag numbers and raised both numbers for the 2024 seasons. A week later, Oneida County CDAC members heeded the public input and lowered their 2024 recommendations from last year’s levels.

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Wisconsin State Roundup: A look at turkey harvest, and ways to contact your senators about wolf delisting bill

A quick look at the turkey kill so far shows that as of May 7, hunters had registered 32,417 birds. Zone 1 registrations topped the list with 9,111 birds, with Zone 3 hunters next at 8,350.
Hunters registered 43,439 turkeys during the 2023 spring season, a 9% increase from 2022 and 6% above the 10-year average. I’m hoping to add to that total with two Zone 1 tags for the fourth season and one Zone 4 tag for the fifth season.

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U.S. House votes to remove wolves from endangered list in 48 states

The U.S. House voted Tuesday to end federal protection for gray wolves, approving a bill that would remove them from the endangered species list across the lower 48 states.
A handful of Democrats joined with Republicans in passing the bill. The measure now goes to the Senate, but it appears doomed after the White House issued a statement Monday warning that the Biden administration opposes it. Congress shouldn’t play a role in determining whether a species has recovered, the statement said.

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State Roundup: Great news for Wisconsin’s lake sturgeon

Great news on the sturgeon front early last week when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced more than two months ahead of the June 30 deadline that the agency will not be listing the nation’s lake sturgeon – or even distinct populations within a state or states – as federally endangered.
This should have been an easy call considering all the work and progress states have been making on the lake sturgeon front over the years as they’ve worked across borders to bolster sturgeon populations.

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Dean Bortz: Wisconsin’s Bayfield County deer issues same as other northern counties

Attending the Bayfield County Deer Advisory Committee meeting in Washburn, Wis., on the night of April 23 made me wonder why we have not yet gone back to using the former “numbered units” that were employed prior to the arrival of Dr. James Kroll from Texas and his Deer Trustee Report.
We’re 10 years into that experiment now and I think it’s safe to say that some parts of his plan are not working. We can keep the CDAC and DMAP (Deer Management Assistance Program), but – at least in northern Wisconsin – we have to get off these county units.

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Wisconsin State Roundup: Your chance to talk deer with county advisory committees

Anyone wanting to talk deer will have plenty of opportunity April 22 through May 2 as County Deer Advisory Committees (CDAC) meet throughout Wisconsin during that window.
CDACs make recommendations to the DNR and Natural Resources Board (NRB) annually on deer management moves in each county, including antlerless harvest quota levels.

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Walleyes in Green Bay ‘tribs’ getting clobbered by poachers this spring

The Wisconsin DNR and Conservation Congress may soon hear calls from fishermen to either close Green Bay tributaries to fishing during the spawning run, or allow only catch-and-release fishing during that time. That’s because law-abiding anglers are sick and tired of watching a growing number of river raiders breaking bag limit, snagging, and night fishing laws with impunity as they run to their vehicles with arms full of big walleyes. Only to come back for more.

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Wisconsin Outdoor News’ Person of the Year: At 103, Rueben Kolpack still marking milestones in the outdoors

At the age of 103 Rueben Kolpack has marked many a milestone. Too many to list here, for sure, but let’s give it a try anyway.
World War II soldier. Recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the Purple Heart, African/European Medal, Victory Medal, and a Belgian medal on the recommendation of the French government.
Married 77 years to his wife, Lucille, who passed away in March at age 97, just five days short of her 98th birthday. Father to six children. Successful farmer. Oldest licensed Wisconsin deer hunter at age 102. Named Wisconsin Outdoor News Person of the Year for 2024.

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