Pat and Jerry Cornelius (center) accept an award from David Borsecnik and Kathleen Gruentzel at Governor Dodge State Park. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Who says folks from Illinois aren’t friendly, giving and respectful of their neighbor to the immediate north? Pat Cornelius and her husband, Jerry, both 73, have been volunteering at Governor Dodge State Park for several months each summer…
Stocking numbers – between Dec. 19-21 – upped from 1,700 to 2,200 birds on eight public properties, up from five sites last year.
Testing also helps the DNR track the spread of CWD.
DNR game wardens can’t do the work alone; ethical ginseng diggers will have to help out.
The 100 ruffed grouse headed to Missouri this fall should be of little concern to hunters.
The Wisconsin DNR is trying to learn more about wild ginseng by using trail cameras to monitor plants. (Photo by Jerry Davis)I know science and its methodology, called research, are dirty words in some Wisconsin places and to some people. Call it what you want, but it’s a necessary endeavor if there is any chance of saving the state’s herb….
This elderberry is infected by a rust fungus that produced a strange growth or “plant antlers.” Some plants can be recognized by diseases that infect them. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Of the 1,800 plant species in Wisconsin, consider getting to know a half dozen or so this summer and come back to the task next year with a goal of another…
Emily Judd and Wayne Whitemarsh have worked on a method of loaning fishing rods to kids in the Sauk County area. (Photo by Jerry Davis)A brilliant idea surfaced a decade ago in Sauk City and, after a long hiatus, it is finally coming to fruition. McFarlanes’ Retail and Service Center in Sauk City is a local business that seems to…
So far, sentiment for shorter season supported by conjecture, not science.
Deer hunters aren’t the only hunters/gathers who can do some scouting now.
Hunters can participate in ruffed grouse monitoring this summer and fall in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.
Use gatherings like heritage days and county fairs to sell the outdoors.
Has Wisconsin’s change to electronic registration resulted in lower reporting by deer and turkey hunters?
Wisconsin DNR personnel and volunteers now running spring ruffed grouse drumming surveys.
Morel mushrooms begin appearing about when upland sandpipers return from Argentina. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Morel mushrooms appear when the oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear, someone once proclaimed. That was an old adage using phenology to correlate one event with another. Even though this adage is no longer as accurate as it may have been, it points out…
Wisconsin’s sturgeon spearing season framework and local big game/fishing dinners just two ways to show kids what’s happening outdoors and how they can participate.
Using a blind is not a guarantee for bagging a gobbler, but at least hunters get to spend some time in the woods.
Would an ethical hunter shoot this turkey even though the season had opened a few minutes earlier? Is it a gobbler?A four-member committee just finished selecting the winner of the 2017 Wisconsin DNR Ethical Hunter Award. Next month, the presentation will be made at the new Vortex Optics Headquarters in Barneveld, where the company moved recently from Middleton. Vortex Optics…
(Photo by Jerry Davis)There may be more truth in an off-the-cuff comment by a Midwestern turkey hunting guide who said he could help anyone be a better turkey hunter with three simple recommendations. Get a blind. Use a decoy. Set up where turkeys are likely to frequent. For some, even long-time hunters, this spring might be a time to consider…
DNR’s Poynette Game Farm showcasing new hatchery buildings later this month.
Retired UW professor publishes second ruffed grouse hunting book.
Feeding birds, where legal, doesn’t have to cost a lot of money when other alternatives are available.
And this is the 50th year of the modern-day Wisconsin DNR. Has there been any celebration planned?
WNV has been confirmed in a handful of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula ruffed grouse, but not yet in Wisconsin ruffies.
With carcass-tagging no longer a requirement in Wisconsin, many deer hunters wonder about the accuracy of call-in registrations.
Maybe a book, like Marnie Mamminga’s “Return to Wake Robin” or Jerry Apps’ “Never Curse the Rain,” would be enjoyed by a landowner this winter.Now is the time, if it hasn’t already been fulfilled, to remind those landowners on whose land we hunted that we appreciate their kindness. Most don’t expect much, but all expect at least a thank you….