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Deer bill, NRB appointees up for Senate hearing May 5

Bass culling, bear bills up for Senate committee vote May 5 Sportsmen who have been following the progress of the bass culling bill, bear hunting bill, deer hunting bill and the appointment of three new Natural Resources Board members might be interested to know that the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment will meet on Thursday, May 5 beginning…

Starting out with a Walk in the Woods

I recall getting a Swiss Army knife when I was 10 years old in my Easter basket. It was the best Easter basket I ever found. Every once in a while, I was allowed to tag along with my dad during pheasant hunts. I will never forget watching our amazing brittany spaniel, Shy, direct us to the pheasants.I remember being…

Hearing on Wisconsin Deer Season Framework is April 27

State deer hunters who have been following along the past two weeks to the talks about the 2011 deer season framework know that legislators have introduced a bill, now numbered Assembly Bill 99, that, if passed, would prevent the DNR from using earn-a-buck in its current form, end the four-day October antlerless season, and prevent the DNR from beginning any…

Honoring, and Preserving, our Natural Resources

Tomorrow’s hunters and anglers will be the beneficiaries of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources annual Scholarship Awards program that was held on April 8. The college gave out 181 scholarships totaling $149,300 to students majoring in natural resources. These students are very sharp and will be the wildlife managers, fisheries biologists, conservation wardens, foresters, and administrators…

A Late Spring Activity Report

Spring isn’t springing very quickly here in the Northwoods. This blog is being written on Thursday, April 21 after three days of cold weather, rain, and snow. Conditions have not changed much between April 9 and today, as far as the loss of snow cover, the progress on ice-out on area lakes, and turkey hunting here in western Vilas and…

Maybe Deer Hunters can Learn from Turkey Hunters

Let's compare and contrast turkey hunters and deer hunters. Why do the attitudes appear to be different, even though most turkey hunters are also deer hunters at another time of the year? There are concerns by some – actually, worries – that turkey hunters might develop the same trophy-only ideas that prevail among many deer hunters. In other words, turkey hunters…

Time to climb into the political fray

I believe the biggest downer from today’s political fights is their impact on our attitudes. It is difficult these days to be positive about things, even outdoors events, decisions and goals.Many of us go outdoors on hikes, hunts and fishing to get away from the fray or the battle royale.It seems even when the fishing boat is rocking gently on…

Eating Well and Resting Assured

Last year I began my adventure of exploring the outdoors and my quest has only just begun. After learning how to shoot all different types firearms and bows, I began to hunt. I am now a fan of bowhunting for white-tailed deer, pheasant hunting, and I recently went snow goose hunting in Missouri. After I added up my receipts from…

Common Sense Prevails on Known CWD Farm

Chronic wasting disease has been virtually off the radar screen in southwest Wisconsin much of the time since first discovered in 2002.  It’s usually only when a hunter gets results of a positive test that there is a little blip on someone’s screen. Last fall news of a positive wild deer in Minnesota reminded us that there is such a…

Beware Political Appointees at DNR

Many people throughout the nation have been watching the events taking place in Madison during the end of February and early March. The reason is that Governor Scott Walker, who was elected with a vote of 1,128,159 for him while 1,005,008 voted for his opponent, introduced a budget repair bill that, in my opinion, will inject more politics into the…

A Broken Gun and a New Discovery

The best Valentine’s Day present I ever received was a brand new semi-automatic 20-gauge shotgun. Yes, I will admit that my husband outdid himself this year. I got it just in time for the snow goose hunt I went on last week in Missouri. After a long day of shooting snow geese, we were ready to call it a day….

A Land of 10,000 Trout Stream Miles, but too few Signs

Wisconsin trout streams, all 10,000 miles of them, are some of the best. These streams are divided into several regulation categories, including the Red or Number 5 category, which includes special regulations regarding size and bag limit.One of the most common special regulations is zero bag limit, with or without special gear restrictions. In the past, Wisconsin DNR posted stream…

Workin’ the Woods, now?

Last year – 2010 – was my first season of bowhunting white-tailed deer, and what an experience it was for me.  Learning how to shoot a bow accurately, putting up a stand, dressing for success and patterning the deer was all a trip. Seeing a deer is the best part of hunting.  I have not had the opportunity to shoot…

Big Gathering of Wisconsin Waterfowlers Coming Up

Some of Wisconsin's most avid duck and goose hunters will migrate to Stevens Point on March 4 and 5, for the 9th annual gathering and something that I think all waterfowl hunters will find beneficial. Although there are several organizations (such as Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and WI DNR) that help to co-sponsor the…

Spring Deserves an Early Look

Spring, according to the calendar, is still a few weeks away.  It begins about 6 p.m. March 20. Not to rush into the next season, but after a trying winter, a few refreshing signs of what‚s to come can be encouraging. Plants and wildlife never check the calendar to see when they should begin returning, blooming, mating, growing and nesting, but…

Pheasant Festivities Warm Dead of Winter

I traveled to Wisconsin Dells on the night of Jan. 22 to attend the Pheasants Forever Wisconsin State Convention/Banquet at the Wilderness Conference Center. I made the trip with Brian Ebben, of Howard. Brian was on his way to the banquet to donate a charter fishing trip to this conservation cause. Brian operates The Predator out of Kewaunee. If you…

Some good news, and some other news

Want some good news? I know I sure could stand a little bit of good news, so let’s assume you’d like the same. and we’ll begin with ice fishing and ice conditions. We’re now seeing some very good ice conditions across most of northern Wisconsin, including the areas of western Oneida and Vilas counties that I see on a daily…

Thoughts on hunting and regulations and complainers

A few deer hunters write, from time to time in letters to the editor, about hanging up their rifles.  Sometimes trout anglers follow the same path with their fly rods and cane poles.Most of these folks don’t sound like old hunters who have simply tired of taking animals. Some sound like martyrs. They claim to be so angry with rules,…

Stewardship land access rule hearing set

The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on the Stewardship Fund land access rule on Wednesday, March 24 at 10 AM in 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol. The rule is referred to, or is named, Clearinghouse Rule 09-077, and is described, for the purposes of this hearing, as “Relating to ensuring that lands…

State Roundup – May 29th, 2009

HEY, GOT KIDS WHO WANT TO FISH? Three Wisconsin boat dealers, along with folks from the Angler and Young Angler Tournaments (AYA), want to get kids away from the TV, video games, or the computer and onto the water this summer. With that goal in mind, the dealers and AYA have organized three one-day tournaments this June – June 14…

State Roundup – April 15, 2009

THE SPOONER COUGAR apparently did not care for its Wisconsin reception. Neither the cat nor any sign of it has been seen since the day it was last seen on March 5. Should the opportunity present itself, wildlife crews would like to get a collar on it. “We would like to learn more about this animal, including localized and long-distance…

Wisconsin Round Up – March 13, 2009

CORRESPONDENT KEVIN NAZE did some checking on that Oconto County turkey case last week, but charges had not been filed as of Feb. 25, according to Oconto County D.A. Jay Conley. He told Naze that he expected criminal charges to be filed this week in the poisoning deaths of about 200 turkeys in north-central Oconto County earlier this winter. “It all came…