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4 wolf season meetings set

The DNR has scheduled four public meetings to review the state’s wolf season proposal, and those meetings will take place between June 6 and June 15 in Spooner, Black River Falls, Fond du Lac, and Rhinelander. The DNR will collect public comment on a wolf season “scoping statement” that was approved by the Natural Resources Board (NRB) at its May 23…

Freshwater to salt water

Many of my favorite fishing trips are local in nature – when I fish with my dad on Lauderdale Lakes in southeastern Wisconsin. Recently I experienced a whole new type of fishing.  My fishing buddy (Dad) just moved to Florida and I was dying to fish his newfound waters.  My family took a trip to southwestern Florida to fish the…

Prohibiting Baiting and Feeding

Whether we know it or not, if we hunt deer in one of the 32 counties where baiting and feeding is prohibited , we are (or should be) part of a research project to study this issue and practice. This is particularly true in northwest Wisconsin. Recently four counties — Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn — were added to the…

Turkey hunting season structure

Wisconsin Outdoor News reader Wes Kraemer, of Spring Green, e-mailed in with a good suggestion. Wes has been following the efforts of Scott Walter, the DNR's turkey ecologist, to update the state's turkey management plan. The DNR is trying to get as much input as possible on some questions related to turkeys and the state's turkey hunting format. Wes included…

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…