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Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Larry Polenske

Wisconsin’s Washington County Deer Advisory Committee meeting fails to draw quorum

For the first time since County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) were established, Washington County failed to have a quorum with just two members present, so no vote was taken for 2024 deer season recommendations for the county.
Instead, the recommendations from last year were carried over for this year. Washington and Ozaukee counties held a joint CDAC meeting April 22 at the Mequon Nature Preserve to set antlerless quotas and deer season framework for the 2024 season.

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Wisconsin’s Washington County spring hearing draws small crowd

The four-year lag between in-person spring hearings (the last one was in 2019) took a toll on attendance at the Washington County spring hearing. Only 42 people registered at the meeting in West Bend April 8, compared to 95 in 2019 and 190 in 2018 when a crossbow question drew a larger than normal crowd.
The first issue dealt with at the hearing was a change in the makeup of the county’s Conservation Congress delegates.

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State parks in Wisconsin remain popular, but understaffed

The pandemic surge in popularity of state parks and campgrounds has not waned. Wisconsin DNR State Parks Director Steven Schmelzer said attendance at state parks did not set a record last year, but the number of visits exceeded 2022 and was close to that of record- setting year 2021.
“We are 30% higher than 2019,” Schmelzer said. “Our (park admittance) sticker sales have been very steady and has gone up this past year. As far as revenue from our sticker sales, it’s the most we ever had.”

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432 sturgeon weighed in despite poor ice during Wisconsin spearing season

Sturgeon spearers on the Lake Winnebago system proved to be resilient and resourceful during a season with the worst ice conditions in memory.
Warm weather, rain, and high winds the week before the opener on Saturday, Feb. 10, had some folks predicting the season would be a total loss and nobody would even be able to venture onto the ice, let alone get a good look at a sturgeon. Conditions were certainly unfavorable, but some hardy guys and gals persevered every day of the season that ended Feb. 25.

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Harvest data from Wisconsin’s sturgeon spearing season critical to getting population estimate

If the Center for Biological Diversity is successful in forcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add sturgeon to the Endangered Species List and Wisconsin’s sturgeon are not exempted from the listing, the result could do more than just threaten a longtime spearing culture on the Winnebago system. It could hurt the local economy in the Lake Winnebago area and  anywhere sturgeon fans also fish the fall hook-and-line season.
An ESL listing would ban the harvest of sturgeon and that would disrupt the science used to estimate the sturgeon population in the Lake Winnebago system.

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Albino whitetail killed by car last month in Wisconsin’s Washington County

Chuck Dreher, of West Bend, Wis., accomplished the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack Jan. 25 when he located a white, car-killed doe in a snowbank along Hwy. 28 near the hamlet of St. Michaels in Washington County.
A friend relayed to Dreher a rumor of a white deer that had been hit by a car and the general location of where the deer had been hit. On his lunch hour, Dreher took a ride past the area.

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Wisconsin’s sturgeon spearing opener severely hampered by weather

Unseasonable warm weather, rain, and high winds combined to create the worst ice conditions in memory for the sturgeon spearing season that opened Feb. 10 on Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes Poygan, Winneconne, and Butte des Morts.
DNR Warden Supervisor Christopher Shea said the spearing effort on opening weekend was around 10% to 15% of that in a normal season.

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Retired Wisconsin wardens want hunter education in-person field day, stress its importance

An award-winning hunter safety instructor in Wisconsin is frustrated a bill that requires young persons to attend an in-person field day as a requirement for passing an online hunter education course is stalled in the state Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage.

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Wisconsin’s Waukesha, Washington county buck kills down 6% from ’22, but up from five-year average

Hunters in Wisconsin’s Waukesha and Washington counties fared better then those in many other counties when it came to shooting bucks during the 2023 gun deer season, but the antlerless kill dropped dramatically from 2022 and the five-year average (2018-22).
The buck kill in the two counties dropped around 6% from 2022, but was up compared to the five-year average. The Waukesha County buck kill was up 6.1% over the five-year average; Washington County up 7.5%.

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