Wisconsin – Tim Eisele

Increase in license fees?

It’s interesting how cabinet agencies toe the line for the governor who appointed each secretary, even though some agency constituencies may have different ideas. At the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Funding Forum held Nov. 13 in Madison, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp heard from several sporting organizations that they think it is time for the DNR to…

Wisconsin's state turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp winners announced

New stamps for turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters were selected on Aug. 25 and will be issued to hunters during the 2013 hunting seasons. Winning the wild turkey contest, with a painting of an early morning gobbler ready to depart from a tree branch was Craig Fairbert, of Ladysmith.  Fairbert is no stranger to winning wildlife stamp contests as he…

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…

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…

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….

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…