Bloggers on Hunting

Really, it’s amazing CWD hasn’t been discovered here

I could sense the despair in Dr. Walt Cottrell's voice. As the wildlife veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Cottrell has seen virtually every malady that can strike any species in the state. He's seen it all… almost. The Game Commission has launched a media campaign, if you will, to raise awareness of the risk of chronic wasting disease and…

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…

Take the family to the woods – and thin out the squirrel population at the same time

A few weeks ago, squirrel season opened in Illinois. As a bowhunter in the Prairie State, these cute, bushy-tailed, little critters morph into my arch-nemeses come Oct. 1. They have an annoying way of tampering with even the most in tune sense of audio as they manipulate the forest floor into continuously sounding like a sauntering whitetail approaching a shooting…

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…

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…

Don't blame the skunks

I was mowing my yard a few weeks ago and noticed a large patch of dug up turf. Grass roots were scattered everywhere. My first inclination was to get the varmint having the nerve to come into my yard and destroy my lawn. It annoyed me and I planned on getting even. My idea was to set a live trap…

Did Oct. 1 opener seal youth hunt fate?

By now everyone is pretty much aware that the state's proposed youth hunt over the Columbus Day weekend isn't going to happen, its fate sealed when a crossbow extension – extension, not expansion – bill was approved and carried a clause that limited firearms use during the regular archery season. It's pretty obvious that was a clear effort to ax…

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…