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Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Greg Seubert

Wisconsin’s Wolf River sturgeon spawn draws curious viewers

The Wisconsin DNR’s lead sturgeon biologist, Margaret Stadig, doesn’t mind getting up close and personal with a 100-pound lake sturgeon as she and other DNR sturgeon team members gathered April 15 at Bamboo Bend, a popular Wolf River sturgeon viewing spot on the east side of Shiocton, Wis.
Thousands of sturgeon make their annual spawning trip up the Wolf River from Lake Winnebago. Although most of them return to Winnebago or the upriver lakes after the spawn, others head upriver to the Shawano dam.

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Who needs a boat? Anglers can find plenty of places to fish from shore

Expensive boats and fancy electronics are nice, but they’re not necessary when it comes to dropping a line for fish.
Take Wisconsin, for example. The Badger State is home to more than 15,000 inland lakes and ponds, thousands of miles of trout streams, hundreds of rivers, and shoreline on two Great Lakes.
How about Michigan, which has thousands of miles of Great Lakes frontage on lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie, hundreds of Great Lakes trout tributaries, and plenty of seldom-visited lakes in the Upper Peninsula.
And don’t forget Minnesota.

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Wisconsin DNR working with USFWS on lake sturgeon, with no update yet on possible ESL listing

The Wisconsin DNR has no idea just where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service might land on a decision to place lake sturgeon on the federal Endangered Species List (ESL).
That, in a nutshell, was the message from DNR Fish Biologist Tom Meronek, of Wautoma, during the April 8 Waupaca County spring fish and wildlife hearing at Waupaca High School.

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Wisconsin Waterfowl Association hires pair of wetland ecologists in effort to boost wetlands

A Wisconsin conservation group hopes that a pair of recently hired wetland restoration ecologists will make a positive difference for Wisconsin’s waterfowl hunters.
Anna Rzchowski and Mark Pfost joined the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (WWA) last year as part of an effort to boost wetland areas throughout the state that need significant restoration work. The WWA, based in Wales, is dedicated to preserving Wisconsin’s waterfowl and wetland resources.

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49 fish, wildlife questions up for review April 8 during Wisconsin spring hearings

A new C&R hook-and-line lake sturgeon season on 18 waters, a total ban on wildlife shining starting Sept. 15, a reduced price for a senior patron license, allow railroad crossing for sportsmen, allow trolling with three lines per person on all inland waters, and creating two woodcock zones are just six of 49 advisory questions listed on this year’s spring hearing agenda for sportsmen in all 72 counties on Monday, April 8.

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Looming USFWS sturgeon Endangered Species List decision becoming a hot topic in Wisconsin

The potential of seeing lake sturgeon added to the federal Endangered Species List (ESL), thanks to a lawsuit filed by a protectionist group, has touched a nerve among Wisconsin sturgeon enthusiasts.
Judging from the more than 500 people who filled the Stockbridge High School gym Jan. 22 and the introduction of a bill that could keep Wisconsin sturgeon off the ESL and spearing and hook-and-line seasons in place, these ancient fish have quickly become the state’s latest hot-button conservation issue.

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Is lake sturgeon the next iconic creature headed to the Endangered Species List?

Fans of Wisconsin lake sturgeon fear their pursuits of this unique fish could come to a screeching halt sometime this summer if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) caves to a protectionist group that’s suing to place sturgeon nationwide on the federal Endangered Species List.
The Center for Biological Diversity first petitioned the USFWS in 2018 for a “threatened” listing under the Endangered Species Act for all lake sturgeon in the country, or for separate listings of distinct populations as threatened or endangered.

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Hunting runs deep at Marinette County deer camp in Wisconsin

When Kevin Hamann married his wife, Sheila, in 1988 he had no idea at the time what he was getting into.
The couple met as students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the early 1980s. Sheila was one of Ron and Donna Wilson’s five daughters and the family lived near Middle Inlet, Wis., a few miles north of Crivitz, in Marinette County. Hamann grew up in Marshfield, earned degrees in public administration and eventually served as Oconto County’s administrator for nearly 25 years before retiring in early 2022.

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Tradition of deer hunting runs deep on this Wisconsin family land

Kevin Kiesow remembers making the short drive as a kid with his dad from their Neenah, Wis., home to the family’s hunting land in Waupaca County.
They were back on that 40-acre mixture of woods and swamp a few miles east of Scandinavia Nov. 18 for opening day of Wisconsin’s traditional gun deer hunt. While Kiesow’s father, Keith, and another hunter remained in their stands, Kevin took a lunch break near his truck.

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