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Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Dean Bortz

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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Air guns now legal for use in Wisconsin

While some hunting and fishing related legislative bills were still hanging fire as of press time for this issue, March 28, Gov. Tony Evers had gone ahead and signed a number of bills into law the week before, including Assembly Bill 633 and Senate Bill 586 that now makes it legal to use air guns in any season that is open to hunting an animal with a firearm.

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Wisconsin State Roundup: Tips on where to see great egrets closer to home

It’s always nice to hear from readers. Recently, reader Jim March contacted our columnist Christine Thomas to share his positive comments on her visit to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
I should note here that Thomas receives a ton of good cheer from readers on her work in Wisconsin Outdoor News. I can tell readers I enjoy working with Thomas just as much as they enjoy reading her work. March shared some tips on where readers who can’t get to Florida might see great egrets closer to home.

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State Roundup: Should Wisconsin have a hunting season for sandhill cranes?

I wish I could ask Herb Behnke how he would handle the set-to over whether Wisconsin should have a sandhill crane hunting season.
Many readers may remember Behnke as a longtime Natural Resources Board member who offered loads of common sense on resource issues while also being able to build bridges – for the most part – between opposing sides of an issue.

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Trout, sturgeon, trolling rule questions on tap April 8 in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin DNR will offer seven fishing regulation advisory questions to the public during the annual spring hearings coming up Monday, April 8, in each county. There two questions related to trout, one on lake sturgeon, one on shovelnose sturgeon, one on trolling, and one on Winnebago system white bass.

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International Crane Foundation: Only 17.4% of Wisconsin citizens support crane hunt

Results of a sandhill crane season survey may well start a tug-of-war over whether the migratory bird should be hunted in Wisconsin, with the International Crane Foundation (ICF) saying no, but the Conservation Congress and Wisconsin Waterfowl Association saying so.
The sandhill crane hunting season discussion has been going on since at least 2012, the first year that the Conservation Congress asked citizens if they supported a sandhill crane season. The idea was supported in 65 of 72 counties, according to Rob Bohmann, congress chair.

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