Robert Metropulous, of Arbor Vitae, won first place in this year’s wild turkey stamp category, Mark Kanitz, of Markesan, took first place in the pheasant design category, and Brian Kuether, of Greenfield, won the waterfowl design category.
The season would be separate from the fall hunt and open to all gun deer hunters.
Perhaps sportsmen and legislators should consider the ruffed grouse as the state game bird instead.
Remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning March 15.
Nearly 900 bears taken — 34 percent above the preceding five-year average of 668 bears, 19 percent above 2015.