Wisconsin – Dean Bortz

Wolf/Dog Hunting Hearing Postponed

A hearing in Dane County Circuit Court on DNR rules that would allow the hunting of wolves with dogs has been postponed until early January. The hearing had been set for Thursday, Dec. 20. Dane County Judge Peter C. Anderson had been expected to issue an oral ruling that day following final arguments by the state and several state humane…

NRB: State park hunting Nov. 15 through Dec. 15 and month of April

Natural Resources Board (NRB) members approved significant changes that will limit hunting and trapping in state parks beyond recommendations offered by the DNR. Instead of adopting a DNR plan that would have allowed hunting and trapping – within established seasons – from Oct. 15 through the Thursday before Memorial Day, as proposed by the DNR, NRB members moved Act 168…

Elk meetings set

The DNR is asking sportsmen for their thoughts on the state’s elk management plan and the possible of expansion of the Clam Lake herd – and the creation of a new elk herd in Jackson County – with transplant animals from Kentucky. The DNR has scheduled five public comment sessions for early October. The meeting dates and locations are: •…

2012 Montana archery elk/mule deer hunting journal notes

OK folks, filing this one from somewhere within striking distance of Bob’s Bar, Motel, Restaurant, Laundromat, Gas Station, Shower Outlet and Wi-Fi Station in Neihart, Montana. I’m here with Bill McCutchin, of Boulder Junction, his son, Rick, of Wrightstown, and his nephew, Derek McCutchin, of Randolf. These are just notes that I’ve typed up at the end of each day of…

Archery in Montana

It's noon on my first day of archery deer and elk hunting in the Little Belt Mountains of Montana. The Little Belts are in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. I'm able to file this blog today thanks to the good graces of Tony and Sherry Juntunen, who own Bob's Bar, Dining and Motel in Neihart, Mont. Don't ask me…

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,"…

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….

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…