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Spawn incomplete despite warm temps

Thanks to an unseasonably warm March, many anglers thought that come the season opener this Saturday, that many gamefish would be done spawning and already in early summer patterns.   After interviewing several bait and tackle dealers in metro-Milwaukee, and doing a bit of fishing myself last weekend, that just doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, after an entire…

Students prepare for the future with help from scholarships

Stevens Point—They are bright and talented, good reason that those of us who hunt and fish should take comfort in knowing that future natural resources should be well-managed. They are students majoring in natural resources at the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources.  In March, students who were receiving scholarships attended the annual scholarship awards program at the Sentry Theater…

Get out and find those Morels

An ongoing discussion, after a number of very warm days in March, has been whether or not morel mushrooms will be plentiful, slim picking, or completely absent. The questions have not been completely answered for Wisconsin except these mushrooms began appearing in late March.  I found some March 29, which were two to three days old.  By April 1, a…

Early spring

We’ve become accustomed to expecting many major plant and animal events to be prompted by photoperiod. Plants flower and animals mate based on increasing or decreasing day length, it seems.  But what about March 2012? March was so atypical that events were weeks ahead of a normal schedule and sequence of events.  Will this early spring have any impact on…

Shooting like a "Cowboy"

There probably aren’t many men who didn’t at one time in their youth fantasize about being a cowboy in the Old West, possibly leading a band of regulators to clean up a town full of bandits and marauders. It’s not too late. Across the country some men, and women, are experiencing a fountain of youth of sorts and reliving their…

Six town hall meetings with Deer Czar now fully set

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Dr. James Kroll have finalized the meeting locations for the six April town hall forums that will be offered across the state as a means of giving sportsmen a chance to deliver their thoughts on Wisconsin deer management to Kroll. Kroll had met earlier with a number of Wisconsin conservation groups by invitation only. All…

Turkey season camaraderie

Wisconsin’s spring turkey hunters will face a few changes in how things are to be done when it comes to hunting wild turkeys this year. The six hunting periods are seven days, instead of five, Wednesday through Tuesday. No big deal to most hunters. We’re likely to see little impact on the success rates by hunters, or even total hours…

Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow

Most of the professionals who work in natural resources, and are age 50 or better, began with an interest in natural resources because one of their parents was a hunter. For those with gray hair or a slight balding spot, hunting was something that we enjoyed and really wanted to do and couldn’t wait until we got our first .22…

Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters' Conference

This year’s Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference will take place March 9-10 in a new location – the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Wausau – and all waterfowl hunters are invited to help celebrate the conference’s 10th anniversary. The conference is designed by a committee of independent waterfowl hunters. It is supported by individuals, conservation groups, businesses and government agencies.

New wolf and crossbow bills

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment has scheduled a public hearing on a number of bills, including the crossbow bill and the wolf bill, for Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m. in room 300 Southeast of the State Capitol. Here is a list of bills up for hearing that day: • Assembly Bill 334: Relating to possession of…

Hunting antelope in South Dakota

A reader just e-mailed me to ask for some information on hunting antelope in South Dakota. He also had a secondary question about hunting antelope with traditional archery gear, as in, would it be a hopeless quest? My response isn’t particularly reserved for South Dakota, other than the web site that I gave him, which is http://gfp.sd.gov. Wyoming, Montana and…

“Deer Czar” Public meetings

The dates and times have now been set for the six “deer czar” public meetings. One location has also been determined – the Appleton meeting will take place at the Appleton West High School. We will post the remaining locations as they become available. Monday, April 16 – Appleton West High School, 7pm-10pmTuesday, April 17 – Rhinelander (location TBD), 7pm-10pmWednesday,…

The Ethical Hunter

It is easy to find a newspaper story about hunters doing or acting poorly, doing things that reflect negatively on all of us, or endangering the lives of others. We owe it to the greater community to make everyone aware of some of the positive, ethical acts many hunters do routinely, just as we need to publicize unlawful acts. The…

Forestry hearing

Wisconsin’s private forest owners (who own about two-thirds of the forested land in the state) have a chance Feb. 9 to give their opinions on a bill that will change the Managed Forest Law in Wisconsin.Public testimony on Senate Bill 161 will be heard by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education in Room 411 South, beginning at…

Mother Nature’s Helping Hands

What would life be like now if Duck’s Unlimited was never created with all the group has done for wildlife and the wetlands? Today doesn’t seem so bad when looking back at the drought and terrible financial crisis of 1937. Seventy-five years ago a group of men gathered to discuss their love for waterfowl hunting, and the sight of a…

Hunting documentary wins Sundance Film Festival

When you think of the Sundance Film Festival, you picture a crowd of liberal, Prius-driving artsy folk showing up sipping Starbucks. There are most likely scarves and berets, too. That’s why when I read a headline that a hunting video won the 2012 Shorts Competition at Sundance, I just about tipped over – like some of the wild game did…

Wolf bill update

Here’s a brief update on Assembly Bill 502 – when the bill was first read on Jan. 27, it included language that said that landowners and their family would be able to hunt wolves for free (they would have to have a tag, but would not have to pay for it) during the month of February, if the harvest quota…

Transparency

There’s some truth to the saying, “if something can go wrong, it probably will.”That’s often the case when computers are asked to do our sorting, not because computers make mistakes, but because we have to tell them exactly what we want them to do and sometimes we don’t give them the correct message.There was a glitch during Wisconsin’s spring turkey…

Wolf hunting and trapping

I was in Madison Jan. 25 for the Natural Resources Board and heard, from two different directions, that a legislator, or more likely it will be legislators, is going to introduce a bill Jan. 30 or Jan. 31, or the first few days of February, that would shape the state’s first wolf hunting and trapping season. No word yet on…

Wolf Season

A bill introduced on Friday, Jan. 27 would create a 41/2-month wolf season that would allow the use of all firearms and bows, foot-hold traps and cable restraints, trailing hounds, a $99.25 resident license, free wolf-hunting for landowners in February in open zones, and shooting from non-paved roads with buckshot. The first public hearing is coming up on Wednesday, Feb….