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Friday, June 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Friday, June 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tim Eisele

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board seeking more input on wake boat issues

Wake boats, and issues associated with their use, caught the attention of Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) members in May and will be on their agenda in June.
At the May 22 meeting, DNR Acting Secretary Steven Little told the board he would have the DNR provide a wake boat briefing at the June 26 meeting. Little said he wants solutions that are science- and thought-based to help reduce damage to Wisconsin’s lakes and lake users.

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Wisconsin’s Coverts Project workshop opens land management idea exchange

The future of wildlife in Wisconsin will depend in a large part on how landowners manage their property in the future, and that is why the Coverts Project remains an important program.
The Coverts Project is a three-day workshop of indoor sessions and outdoor experiences for landowners who want to enhance woodlands for wildlife. The 30th annual Coverts Project workshop will run Aug. 22-25 at the Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff.

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Trout Unlimited stream work continues in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region

The Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration Effort (TUDARE) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year while continuing its work to improve cold-water resources in western and southwestern Wisconsin.
“We’re trying to turn back the clock, by fixing streams and rivers,” is how Peter Jonas describes this work. Jonas, of Arcadia, is the Driftless Area partnership specialist for Trout Unlimited (TU).
One challenge is contending with historic erosion that has taken place since settlers began farming the region.

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Number of CWD-positive tests in Wisconsin deer continues to grow

During Wisconsin’s 2023 CWD reporting year, April 1, 2023, through March 31, the DNR reports that 17,329 wild deer were tested and 1,586 were found to be CWD positive.
This compares to 2022, when 17,206 deer were sampled and 1,492 tested positive. Erin Larson, DNR deer health specialist, gave the report to the Natural Resources Board, saying that for the first-time wild deer in Polk, Trempealeau, Jackson, and Waushara counties tested positive for CWD.

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Wisconsin DNR balances multiple factors when setting 2024 elk quotas

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) heard confirmation that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will issue harvest tags for four bull elk in the Black River Falls Central Elk Range this fall for the first time.
Each of those tags will go to state-licensed hunters. In addition, the DNR will have a quota of eight bulls in the Clam Lake Northern Elk Range, of which four tags will go to state -licensed hunters and four will go to Chippewa tribal hunters.

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Wisconsin loses conservation leader Dave Ladd

David Ladd, long-time conservationist and past member of the Conservation Congress, passed away April 25 at age 89.
If there was a “who’s who” of Wisconsin conservationists, Ladd would be at the top of the list. His passion for conservation was his shining star, as he served on the Conservation Congress for 40-plus years as a delegate from Iowa County, was a member of the congress leadership team, and chaired the Deer 2000 and Beyond committee in the 1990s as congress members searched for improvements in the deer season and state deer management program.

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Yellow Lake walleyes elusive during governor’s opener in Wisconsin

The 2024 Wisconsin Governor’s Fishing Opener was celebrated May 3 in Siren and May 4 at Yellow Lake in Burnett County, putting the spotlight on Burnett County’s many natural resources. However, one of the state’s most popular game fish, the walleye, failed to make the big stage.
An opening morning steady rainfall kept some fishermen inside, while those who braved the elements found few willing walleyes. According to local DNR Fish Biologist Craig Roberts, the 2,283-acre Yellow Lake is the best walleye lake in Burnett County, and also offers a good muskie fishery.

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New sharptail plan in Wisconsin stresses habitat connections

Wisconsin’s sharp-tailed grouse received a boost when the Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved a new management plan that should help populations of these “dancing” birds.
Sharp-tailed grouse are native to Wisconsin and live in open, barren spaces. Once widespread, their populations are now limited primarily to far northwestern counties.

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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approves purchase of 93 acres for 967K

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved the acquisition of 55 acres in southern Wisconsin and 37.7 acres in the north, all of which will be open for public use.
At its April 10 meeting, the board approved acquiring 55 acres within the Kettle Moraine State Forest–Southern Unit in Waukesha County for the Ice Age Trail. The cost of $645,000 to be paid to the William C. Grotjan Family of Stevens Point will be paid from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. The land will be open for nature-based recreation.

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