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Building confidence at the range

Spending an afternoon at the range can do much more than improve your shooting skills.  My dad and I recently visited McMiller Shooting Center in Eagle. For me, shooting can relieve tension and takes my mind away from the stresses of everyday life.  The loud blast from a handgun and the smell of a smoking barrel, ahh how relaxing.  What…

Deer hunters in northern Wisconsin will now be able to shoot coyotes during the firearm deer season this fall.

Thanks to persistent efforts of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, in particular Ralph Fritsch, past president and current Wildlife Committee chair, the Natural Resources Board voted unanimously Aug. 8 to open the coyote hunting season during the gun deer season in wolf management zone one. The season had been closed because wolves were added to the Wisconsin and Federal Endangered Species…

60 days and six ducks

Wisconsin’s duck hunters will get a 60 day hunting season this fall, with a six-duck daily bag limit. The daily bag limit is similar to last year, except that the scaup limit has been raised to four birds.  The daily bag limit is six ducks, including: no more than four mallards of which only one can be a hen; three…

Wisconsin Deer Management

Maybe we – outdoors writers and media – should take some of the responsibility for there being so much angst swarming around Wisconsin’s deer hunting and managing issues, especially during the last decade. Seems it’s just too difficult for a writer to be unbiased when it comes to deer hunting (management), just as it probably is for most gun deer…

Youth ATVs – pass them on

One of the meanest pranks I ever pulled on my older brother was telling him that our parents bought him an ATV for his birthday.  If my memory serves, I was 7 years old.  My brother, Dan, was just about to enter his teen years.  I can still picture his excitement. He was jumping up and down and cheering.  After…

Big game hunting – in July?

Sure, it's possible to hunt big game in July, but for us adults, we have to use our imagination a little bit. That's what's happening this week – this adult's imagination has been turning grasshoppers into big game critters for two days so far, largely due to the arrival in the Northwoods of my grandson, Mason, who is now 5…

Concealed carry course offered just for women

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is offering a one-day workshop for women who want to apply for a concealed carry permit. The course will be offered on Saturday, July 28 at the Marathon Trap and Sportsman’s Club in Marathon. "The training will be taught by patient instructors who ascribe to the 'there are no stupid questions' philosophy of teaching,"…

Fishing for Gold

During our traditional Fourth of July camping trip, fishing for panfish with the kids is predictable.  This year was different; we ended up fishing for gold.  My husband, Mike, and our two children traveled to Devils Lake to do some camping, swimming and fishing like many Wisconsinites do that week.  We met up with two other couples and between all…

New 'Friends' group supports federal duck stamp

Ducks have a new friend in town.  It is the Friends of the Duck Stamp. This friends group is an independent, non-profit group devoted to the promotion, preservation, sale and better understanding of the Federal Migratory Bird and Conservation Stamp, better known as the Duck Stamp. Paul Baicich, group president, said that the “friends” is unlike any other refuge friends…

Camping with kids

Most outdoor enthusiasts would expect me touting how awesome it is to be in the wild, with just some synthetic material separating my family from the elements. They’d expect me to type away about the great smell of a forest – that sort of thing. But actually, camping, to me, sucks. Not unlike the ticks that try to claim our…

Legislators nearly kill Apostle Island deer hunt

Legislators would have swamped this year’s Apostle Islands October muzzleloader deer hunt, but for some quick thinking and fast working by DNR wildlife officials and National Park Service (NPS) personnel. The Aposte Islands deer hunt will be in play this year, but hunters are going to have to cross a few extra hurdles for at least this year in order to…

Hound owners may train their dogs on wolves

A lot of things are happening quickly on the wolf season front and there are still a number of items that have to be determined before the season opens Oct. 15 – unless someone sues – but there is one thing we do know for sure at this point – hound hunters may pursue wolves with their dogs right now….

MMMM Smoked Salmon

One of the best things about catching Lake Michigan salmon is getting to eat it later.  I was lucky to bring home 14 pounds of it last week. My favorite cooking techniques for salmon is of course, smoking it.  My husband and I have smoked salmon three times with different brines each instance.  Capt. Bob Bachler shared his favorite brine…

Wolf Harvest Quotas

When the Natural Resources Board meets in Stevens Point on July 17, the DNR will ask the board to approve an in augural wolf harvest quota of 201 animals by making 2,000 permits available. If the state’s six Chippewa tribes decide to have their members take part in this new wolf season, those two numbers will be divided between state…

Catching up after a great trip

So, there I was, eating big and cheap, but tasty, chicken wings with my buddy, Dan Semmerling, at Slo’s Pub on the south shore of Big Arbor Vitae Lake on Wednesday night when I hear someone say, “Hey Bortzy, time to update your blog, maybe?” Heather Holmes and her husband, Dennis, were at the next table. I hadn’t seen Heather and…

Quit the grousing

Thinking about a mid-September ruffed grouse hunt is enough to take some of the sting off summer’s hot, humid days. But the news, fully anticipated for the last three years, reported a 25 percent decline in the roadside monitoring survey of drumming male birds. Still, there was some encouragement because biologists suggested that the weather this past spring was good…

Recall election for Wisconsin governor

I intereviewed Tom Barrett ahead of the Tuesday, June 5 recall election. I also attempted to interview Gov. Scott Walker, but I did not receive any response to my phone calls and e-mails to him.  I have followed the recall process and, as a journalist, I have covered the DNR and natural resource issues in the state for many years….

Wisconsin's upcoming recall election for governor

Quite frankly, I’m sick of politics.  I’m tired of the commercials, too.  But, just because a person is tired of hearing about it, it doesn’t excuse one from paying attention.  If you’re a sportsman or woman in Wisconsin, at least one of the major factors we consider when electing (or recalling) the next governor or official is how they plan…