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38-lb. tiger leaves Lake Tomahawk

By Dean Bortz Editor First-time muskie fisherman lands it on second cast Lake Tomahawk, Wis. — They didn’t believe him at first. Heck, Tom Driscoll couldn’t believe it, either — and he could see the fish. But, once Driscoll convince his wife and father that he had hooked into a big fish, they were quick to lend a hand. What…

FWS receiving mega input on refuge plan

By Greg Koelker Correspondent Stoddard, Wis. — At public hearings up and down the Upper Mississippi Refuge system, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is getting plenty of citizen input — a lot of it negative — on its 600-page, four-alternative plan to manage the refuge for the next 15 years. After an hour-long briefing May 24 in Stoddard…

Sport Shows

Sept. 10-11: Commonwealth Sportsmen’s Club Sportsmans Show, Florence County Fairgrounds. For more info call Sean Franklin, 715-528-5739. Banquet/Fundraiser June 23: Crivitz Lions Club 10th Annual Shooting & Sports Banquet. June 27: St. Croix Scenic Valley Ladies DU Chapter Annual Banquet, 6 p.m., West Wind Supper Club, River Falls. For more info call Shirley Williams, 715-246-0416. Aug. 8: Waupaca Men’s Chapter…

Anglers catching fish all around the Badger State

ALGOMA AREA It was another excellent week for anglers trolling Lake Michigan, and many took in a mixed bag of rainbow trout, lake trout, chinook, and a few cohos. Most were taken in 140 to 300 feet of water and 40 to 100 feet down. It was a great week for rainbows with some double digit catches while fishing the…

Initial steps begin on deer SAK audit

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Madison — The steering committee assembled by the DNR to provide input on the audit of the Sex-Age-Kill (SAK) formula stacked up a large laundry list of issues when it met for the first time June 7. Those issues are being summarized and will be sent back to the committee to discuss again on June 29….

Warmer weather should trigger crappies and ‘gills

BIG SIX ALGOMA AREA Fishing remained rather slow last week with variable weather. Brown and lake trout continue to be taken by anglers trolling in 10-30 feet of water and using crankbaits or spoons. It was a difficult week for anglers fishing from the piers and harbors with few fish being landed. Smallmouth bass and catfish have been the target…

North Lake access receives board OK

By Dan Durbin Correspondent Waukesha, Wis. — On Tuesday, May 24 the Waukesha County Board gave a big boost to the DNR’s North Lake boat launch efforts when it voted 17 to 14 to put $200,000 toward the purchase of the six-acre Kraus site. The $1.1 million deal now goes to Gov. Jim Doyle, who appears to support such purchases…

Persistent rains affect bird production

By Glen Schmitt Staff Writer But relatively dry in the Dakotas Nicollet, Minn. „ ItÍs been a six-week stretch of wet weather across most of Minnesota. Although heavy downpours and flooding havenÍt been a major issue, the persistency of these rains and the cold weather thatÍs accompanied them has caused some concern. DNR wildlife experts say itÍs too early to…

Operation cormorant cull tops 2,500; goal in sight

By Joe Albert Staff Writer Walker, Minn. – Wildlife officials are close to meeting their goal of culling 80 percent of the nesting cormorants from Little Pelican Island on Leech Lake. Federal sharpshooters have killed more than 2,500 birds since early May, and plan to shoot for another week or two. There were more than 4,000 nesting birds on the…

Shallow water is holding the majority of walleyes and bass

BIG SIX LAKE MILLE LACS East – The 16- to 18-foot rock piles are holding fish, most of which are taken with slip bobbers and leeches. The north end sand breaks are producing walleyes as well. Long, live bait rigs and leeches have worked best on the sand. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits or tubes on the shallow rocks throughout…

Early doe season tops deer hunting changes

By Joe Albert Staff Writer St. Paul – Change is coming to a deer hunt near you. Some hunters will hunt under new experimental regulations, some will hunt antlerless deer a few weeks early, and some will hunt deer longer than usual. It’s all part of a plan, beginning with this fall’s deer seasons (archery, Sept. 17; firearms, Nov. 5;…

Banquets/Fundraisers.

June 6: South Metro Friends of NRA will be holding their banquet. Doors open from 5:30-9. Call Scott Maas at 612-940-3446. July 15-17: Sled Dog Expo-seminars, trade show & banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington. The hours are 15th: 7 a.m.-10 p.m., 16th: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., 17th: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call Dave Steele ta 715-536-6133 for…

N.Y.’s CWD battle is just beginning

By Steve Piatt Editor Verona, N.Y. – A widened containment area, emergency regulations and maintaining a lower density of deer are among the chief tools used to control the spread of – or perhaps even eliminate – Chronic Wasting Disease in the wild deer herd of Oneida County. While two positive CWD findings have been recorded in Oneida County, DEC…

Taxidermy-rehab link is likely CWD source

By Steve Piatt Editor Westmoreland, N.Y. – A state Department of Agriculture & Markets officials says it’s likely Chronic Wasting Disease made its way into New York via infected taxidermy materials. Those materials, from the shop of John Palmer of Westmoreland, probably exposed fawns that were being rehabilitated and were housed in the same area where the taxidermy was being…

Education/Seminars

June 11, 18: Hunter Education Class, Islip Outdoor Range, Freeman Avenue; 10:15 – 4 p.m. Must attend both classes; pre-register call 631-224-5479. June 24, 27: Bowhunter Education Class, Archery Form Pro Shop, Route 25, 202 Middle Country Road, Middle Island; 6:30-11 p.m. each night; call Chuck, 631-345-3779 or Bob, 631-924-2204 or Philip Profeta, 631-281-5112. July 22, 29, 30: Bowhunter Education…

‘Right to Hunt’ bill faces long haul

By Paula Piatt Associate Editor Albany – Sure, it’s an uphill battle. But Francine DelMonte’s move to amend the New York State Constitution isn’t just about amending the constitution. “I think the sportsmen are losing clout in Albany and I don’t want to see that happen,” said Francine DelMonte, (D-Lewiston) assemblywoman from the Niagara region and prime sponsor of a…

Turkey harvest down more than 800 birds

By Joe Albert Staff Writer St. Paul – For the first time in 10 years, turkey hunters in the state didn’t set a harvest record during the spring season, which ended May 26. Minnesota hunters killed 7,611 turkeys this spring, though that number will rise a bit because there are paper registrations that haven’t been tallied yet, said Bill Penning,…

Angler’s first salmon nets a $10,000 prize

Rochester, N.Y. – Josh Houghtaling of Windsor, N.Y., was trolling for the first time ever on Lake Ontario on May 12 when a fish of large proportions grabbed hold and headed the opposite way from the boat. By the time the battle was over, Houghtaling was looking at his first salmon ever – a fish his friend, David Hodack of…

Orange Hat Brigade monitors Capitol

By Joe Albert Staff Writer St. Paul – Five days before the Legislative session ended, more than 20 sportsmen and women, each wearing a blaze orange hat, stood atop the steps of the state Capitol. They planned to attend a conference committee hearing regarding Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s proposal to overhaul the state’s Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources. The hearing was…

Banquets/Fundraisers.

June 2: Sandcreek Graybeards NWTF Banquet, Park Ballroom, New Prague. For more info call Blair Scheifler 952-270-0548. July 22: Watonwan Bear Hunters NABF Chapter Banquet, 5:30 p.m., St. James VFW. For more info call Jennie Firchau, 507-375-3510 Special Events Now – July 3: Upstream: Fly Fishing in the American West photographic exhibit, U of M Bell Museum of Natural History….

Snagged Lake Vermilion gill net full of rotten fish

By Tim Spielman Associate Editor Cotton, Minn. – Authorities in northern Minnesota are investigating a 200-foot gill net a Lake Vermilion angler recently hooked. The net, which contained an estimated 75 to 100 fish, had been in the water about three weeks, according to a state conservation officer. CO Marty Stage, of Babbitt, said the net was found in tribally…