Trapping

Trapper tip: How to freeze a bobcat

Let’s say you were one of the lucky recipients of a 2022 bobcat permit. I say lucky. Because I am not – this is my seventh lottery and I have yet to draw a tag. So, like I said, lucky. Oh, well, the head furbearer biologist for the DNR also has never drawn one either. If you received a permit…

Illinois trappers hold annual convention

The Illinois Trappers Association convention was held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Decatur, Ill. There was a full demo schedule each day. Topics included beaver, muskrat, coyote, raccoon, and bobcat trapping with a few other subjects such as the use of baits and lures thrown in as well. Demos, as usual, were well attended….

Getting set for trapping season

(Photo by Kent Weil)Trapping season will be here before you know it. It’s time to go through what needs to be done before you are ready to lay some steel. First off, are you ready to go with all the legal requirements to set traps or hunt furbearers? No? Well, get ‘er done as soon as possible because some things…

Uncertainty tampers Fur Harvesters Auction

The author with a very unhappy bobcat, which was successfully released. (Photo by Deb Weil)For Illinois trappers, the fur harvest season is basically over – all that’s left is marketing. Several international auctions have been held lately selling both ranch and wild fur. None of them have been anything to write home about. The Kopenhagen Fur ranch mink auction in…

What’s ahead for the Wisconsin wolf hunt

(Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials will allow state-licensed hunters to kill wolves this fall despite conservationists’ pleas to end wolf hunting completely, after a spring season that saw hunters blow past their quota by almost 100 animals. Here are the key takeaways from the decision. HOW MANY WOLVES ROAM WISCONSIN? The state DNR’s last population…

Video: Sparks fly in discussion of 2021-22 wolf quota

If you haven’t heard by now about the fireworks that came out of the Aug. 11 Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting during the discussion on the 2021-22 wolf harvest quota … For more, check out the video below, or see Dean Bortz’s column in the Aug. 20 issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News. Categories: Hunting News, Wisconsin Videos Tags: Hunting, Trapping,…

Wisconsin wolf season to run Feb. 22-28

(Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR announced Monday that a wolf harvest season will take place Feb. 22-28. All hunters and trappers interested in obtaining a wolf harvest permit or preference point must apply beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. The application period will close at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. Customers may apply through…