Tim Eisele

Oak management workshop available for Wisconsin landowners

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Oak trees are valuable, particularly if a landowner is interested in managing land to benefit wildlife, but oaks require active management. To help landowners, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and its partner organization serving private woodland owners, My Wisconsin Woods, are holding the “Oak in the Driftless Workshop” on Saturday, Sept. 29. The workshop will be held…

Counties with highest CWD prevalence should send road-killed deer carcasses to diagnostics lab

With the opening of the bow deer season in September, hunters who want to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) but don’t have a close-by sampling location may consider a mail-in possibility. Besides collection of tissue samples established by the DNR, hunters may also have a deer tested for CWD at the UW-Madison Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Hunters must…

Dane County Conservation League assisting Wisconsin DNR

Plainfield, Wis. — As the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reduced its efforts at working with non-game wildlife, the state is fortunate that conservation groups have taken a broader view of natural resources, including non-game. The Dane County Conservation League (DCCL) has long been interested in preserving native habitat. In the late 1950s under the leadership of the late…

Wisconsin’s 60-day duck season will open Sept. 29 in north, south zones; long-standing Horicon Marsh goose zone eliminated

Hunters will see several changes in the state’s 2018 Canada goose season. (Photo by Tim Eisele)Wisconsin waterfowl hunters will see some major changes in the 2018 seasons. The Natural Resources Board approved the seasons that include: A uniform statewide opening of the duck hunting season on Saturday, Sept. 29. Elimination of the Horicon goose zone. A Canada goose season in…

Wisconsin DNR’s ability to manage natural resources in poorer hands now with Thiede’s departure to EPA

Kurt Thiede resigned to work for Cathy Stepp as her chief of staff at the EPA in Chicago. (Photo by Tim Eisele)Here we go again. When politicians play games with the DNR, we end up with agency leaders who do not have the mix of leadership skills, natural resource backgrounds, or natural resource management experience that Wisconsin sportsmen have seen…

Liberal rules cutting into Wisconsin mallard, woodie numbers?

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. — Although waterfowl populations have been high in recent years, there is concern from some hunters that mallards and wood duck numbers have slid downhill. Now, whether those lower numbers stem only from liberal hunting regulations, other factors, or a little of everything, remains open for debate, according to some corners. Jon Bergquist, retired DNR waterfowl ecologist,…