Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tim Eisele

Wisconsin DNR reviews wildlife damage, overall nuisance conflict rules

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved a scope statement that is expected to bring about changes in the wildlife damage and abatement program for landowners incurring damages caused by wildlife.
At the board’s Oct. 25 meeting, Scott Karel, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife policy specialist, told the board the DNR met with representatives of the Farm Bureau, Conservation Congress, and USDA-Wildlife Services for a review of the rules related to wildlife damage and nuisance conflict management.

Commercial lake trout report on Lake Michigan scrutinized

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) heard a report on Lake Michigan lake trout at its Oct. 25 meeting, indicating the population is increasing in some parts of the lake, though it’s still too early to know if a commercial lake trout fishery can be opened.
Lake trout in Lake Michigan declined severely during the 1950s, primarily due to the introduction of sea lamprey through the Saint Lawrence Seaway and over-fishing.

Wisconsin’s white oaks may get some help

If there is one tree landowners want to plant to benefit insects, birds, and other wildlife, it is oak.
Author Douglas Talmany, University of Delaware professor, in his book, The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees, makes the point that oaks are the most valuable trees for passing on nutrients to insects and wildlife. Wisconsin is fortunate to have a variety of oaks, especially in southern and western counties.

Wisconsin’s Coon Creek soil conservation project turns 90

Wisconsin is known as the home of the conservation movement, and it started in 1933 with the nation’s first soil conservation project.
That effort to reduce soil erosion and help landowners manage the land sustainably was celebrated at the 90th anniversary of the Coon Creek Demonstration Project Sept. 9 in Coon Valley. The Coon Creek Watershed Council brought together local citizens and conservationists to acknowledge the combined work of landowners and governmental agencies that established conservation practices to heal the soil, while realizing landowners face even larger challenges today.

Four new Wisconsin Natural Resource Board members help pass DNR wolf plan

A Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) with four new members approved the DNR’s 2023 wolf management plan after hearing comments from 46 citizens and receiving written comments from hundreds of others.
Controversy over the plan was evident by the dozens of people who spoke for and against the plan. Corky Meyer, of Kewaskum, during the public testimony period summarized it this way: “The plan is like a gem – it has many facets and everyone has their own point of view.”

Adam Payne to leave Wisconsin DNR secretary post Nov. 1

In an unexpected announcement Tuesday, Oct. 24, Adam Payne, who was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers on Dec. 27, 2022, to become secretary designee of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced his resignation from that post as of Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The 56-year-old Payne informed Evers on Oct. 20 that he was resigning effective Nov. 1. He said that it was a “bittersweet” moment as after three decades of work in public service, 24 of those years in Sheboygan County, he needed to spend more time with his family.

Chair of Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Board: “This is the strongest that I’ve ever seen this fishery”

The Lake Superior fishery received some glowing words at the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board’s (NRB) Sept. 27 meeting.
Craig Hoopman, chair of the Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Board, told NRB members that fishing in Lake Superior has been very good for ciscoes, lake trout, and whitefish.
“I’ve been doing this since I was 8 years old, and I’m proud to report that this is the strongest that I’ve ever seen this fishery,” he said. Hoopman said that early in the spring, when they winch up trap nets, thousands of baby ciscoes come streaming out through the nets and take off.

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board panel seems to support wolf plan

Recent revisions to the DNR’s updated wolf plan drew plenty of comments and questions from five Natural Resources Board (NRB) members at their Sept. 27 meeting, with all five sounding supportive of the plan.
Comments showed they feel the new plan is critical to managing wolves, will encourage wolf delisting, and help citizens deal with problems wolves cause. Randy Johnson, DNR large carnivore specialist, gave board members a brief report on the plan that will come to the board for approval Oct. 25 in Madison.

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