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Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tom Bahti

A lifelong love of muzzleloaders

I’ve often wondered where my fascination with muzzleloaders began, and why I’ve never moved on from the more traditional style of rifle, with an outside hammer that falls in an arc.
I stumbled on this photograph of me and my brother, Tim, when I was the ripe old age of 5, standing next to my grandfather’s sedan (a Dodge?) in 1954, with a buck stuffed into the trunk. He’d obviously just returned from his Houghton County deer camp east of Twin Lakes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and we were proud as peacocks to pose by the deer.

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Wisconsin deer numbers continue to flourish despite efforts to reduce herds in many areas

It’s not that I’m afraid of deer.
I really enjoy deer. I like watching them, scouting for them, and hunting them with bow and gun. I like getting excited when I see them. I just don’t like getting excited seeing them as they flash across the highway amongst traffic that’s wheeling along at 60 mph or more.
To say deer are common in Wisconsin would be a gross understatement. In many areas of the state they are vastly overabundant, and have been so for some time. In the northeast corner of Wisconsin, where I’ve lived and worked for 50 years, this change has been inexorable.

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Wisconsin’s in-person deer registration: What we learned and what we’re missing

We’re probably past the point where in-person deer registration would return to Wisconsin. People have adapted to and accepted electronic deer registration, and the convenience(s) it can provide.
Hunters must, however, be aware of the trade-offs and loss of ability to collect some important biological metrics regarding deer in Wisconsin.

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