Thursday, September 28th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Larry Polenske

20-year-old Wisconsin taxidermist racks up top honors at national convention

Hannah Stolz, 20, of the town of Wayne, Wis., in Washington County was judged to have the best mount at the National Taxidermists Association Convention held July 20-23 in Sioux falls, S.D.
The convention had 103 competitors from 25 states who entered a total of 245 mounts in the competition. Those numbers were better than the 2022 convention that had 85 competitors and 189 mounts. Stolz’s mount of a grey crowned crane, a species native to Africa, received awards for Breakthrough Best of Show, Best Bird in the Masters and North American Champion.
Stolz has practiced taxidermy for seven years. She is basically self-taught.

More water, cattail ‘burn’ on deck ahead of duck season at Theresa Marsh in Wisconsin

Theresa Marsh will look a little different to waterfowl hunters this fall. The water level will be higher than the last four years and, if things go as planned, cattails in two areas will be burned before the regular duck season opens.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Biologist Steffen Peterson is the property manager for Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area that covers 5,990 acres in northwest Washington and southeast Dodge counties. He said water levels were drawn down the last four years in April to encourage the growth of vegetation favorable for waterfowl.

Doves, teal, goose openers on Sept. 1 in Wisconsin: What can hunters expect this year?

It’s time to get the shotguns oiled, decoys dusted off and shell vests filled. Three of Wisconsin’s earliest fall hunting seasons open Sept. 1 for early goose, early teal, and mourning doves.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Migratory Game Bird Ecologist Taylor Finger said Wisconsin had excellent nesting conditions going into spring, but the brood rearing period for ducks and geese was unusually dry.
“I do believe that it may have had an impact on species like teal, mallards and wood ducks,” Finger said.

Public participation needed to help track Wisconsin game birds via new phone app

The Wisconsin DNR is asking for more citizens’ eyes on the roads in August to help with game bird brood surveys.
DNR Assistant Turkey and Pheasant Ecologist Alissa Kakatsch said monitoring game bird reproduction success is an important part of the DNR’s game bird management program. Last year, the DNR launched a free phone app, Survey123, that allows the public to record and submit observations of broods of turkeys, ruffed grouse, pheasants, and gray partridge during the month of August.

Two premier waterfowl hunting destinations in Wisconsin have new managers

Two premier Wisconsin waterfowl hunting destinations have new property managers.

Last fall, DNR Wildlife Biologist Eric Kilburg transferred from the DNR’s Pike Lake office, where he was the wildlife biologist for Washington and Ozaukee counties the past four years, to the Horicon office to be the biologist for Dodge County. In that position, Kilburg also serves as the property manager for the state-controlled portion of Horicon Marsh.

Wisconsin hunter bags 8-bearded Buffalo County gobbler

Thanks to advice from his 8-year-old son, Keith Braunreiter, of the town of Gale in Trempealeau County, shot an eight-bearded gobbler – the bird of a lifetime – April 26 in Buffalo County.
Braunreiter, 52, has been hunting turkeys for 34 years. He figures he has shot more than 100 turkeys in that time, and only one had a double beard. For the last 20 years, he has started his turkey season on a farm in Buffalo County – an hour drive from his home.

Wisconsin student tags 5-bearded bird just in the nick of time with graduation day looming

Jack Diederich shot a five-bearded turkey of a lifetime May 12, but he almost missed that opportunity when he considered shooting a jake the day before to supply the main course for his girlfriend’s cookout.
Diederich, of Belleville, had a tag for hunting the fourth season that started Wednesday, May 10. The night before he scouted a woodlot on private land near Belleville in Green County hoping to roost a gobbler for the next morning.

Campbellsport’s Rick Heisler is Wisconsin’s hunter education instructor of year

Rick Heisler, of Campbellsport, was recognized twice this year for his longtime work as a hunter safety instructor.
In March, the DNR notified Heisler he was the recipient of the 2022 Wisconsin DNR Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year Award. On April 15, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF) presented Heisler with its WWF Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year Award.

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