Forward by Jerry Davis

Transparency

There's some truth to the saying, "if something can go wrong, it probably will."That's often the case when computers are asked to do our sorting, not because computers make mistakes, but because we have to tell them exactly what we…

Game trophy photographs

During the past several months we have had numerous chances to look at photographs of game taken by hunters during the gun and archery deer seasons.While I won't say all, but some are not particularly pleasing to look at. Some…

Extended Deer Seasons

When is enough gun deer hunting enough? Should I deer hunt in southern Wisconsin during the Holiday Hunt, which closes Jan. 8? And during the landowner season, which continues through March 31? Or is it best to be a traditionalist…

Create new Hunting Traditions

It seems that almost every club, organization, and even some state groups are scrambling to grow hunter interest and eventually hunter numbers. You name it and it's a method that has been suggested and most have been tried, including reducing…

We have become an impatient species.

A month is a long time to us. A year is forever, it seems. But we need to get over our impatience when viewing environmental changes and results from our manipulations of the ecosystem. I'm talking about the mix of…

Pheasant Hunting

Wisconsin pheasant hunters, for the most part, are finding out just what two to three tough winters can do to wild pheasant populations. While carryover of state-released birds, or birds raised by landowners, have made a difference in some years,…

Grouse Populations

Now that the dogs' noses have found the scent and the hunters' guns have been fired, this is a time to assess Wisconsin's ruffed grouse population as best we can. Hunting conditions have been ideal at times, other times the…

What happened to our gathering spirit

I recently read an unpublished story written by an Alaska man. He and his friend had gone on a moose hunt last autumn, being dropped in the bush by a pilot. They had their camping, hunting and necessary river equipment…

Science vs Rumors

A recent news release from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection brings to the forefront the value of having science involved in rare animal sightings. Hearsay, rumors, hoaxes and flash sightings have made us all leery of claims,…

Just Enjoy the Hunt

The 2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations pamphlet is not so much about what we can or cannot do, or should and should not do, but who is sending the message. Wisconsin has a fine staff of biologists, ecologists and property…

Fall turkey hunting is a season to be celebrated

Turkey hunting used to be easy, or at least we thought so based on the numbers of birds registered and gobbler responses in the fields and forests. Not so much now, at least that's what a vocal few seem to…

Are lichens the silver bullet against CWD?

It was reported several weeks ago that one or more of the organisms in lichens are able to produce a substance that can degrade prion proteins, the molecules responsible for causing fatal brain diseases in cervids. The research should awaken…

Maybe Deer Hunters can Learn from Turkey Hunters

Let's compare and contrast turkey hunters and deer hunters. Why do the attitudes appear to be different, even though most turkey hunters are also deer hunters at another time of the year? There are concerns by some – actually, worries…

Time to climb into the political fray

I believe the biggest downer from today's political fights is their impact on our attitudes. It is difficult these days to be positive about things, even outdoors events, decisions and goals.Many of us go outdoors on hikes, hunts and fishing…

Common Sense Prevails on Known CWD Farm

Chronic wasting disease has been virtually off the radar screen in southwest Wisconsin much of the time since first discovered in 2002.  It's usually only when a hunter gets results of a positive test that there is a little blip…

A Land of 10,000 Trout Stream Miles, but too few Signs

Wisconsin trout streams, all 10,000 miles of them, are some of the best. These streams are divided into several regulation categories, including the Red or Number 5 category, which includes special regulations regarding size and bag limit.One of the most…

Spring Deserves an Early Look

Spring, according to the calendar, is still a few weeks away.  It begins about 6 p.m. March 20. Not to rush into the next season, but after a trying winter, a few refreshing signs of what‚s to come can be…

Thoughts on hunting and regulations and complainers

A few deer hunters write, from time to time in letters to the editor, about hanging up their rifles.  Sometimes trout anglers follow the same path with their fly rods and cane poles.Most of these folks don't sound like old…

About This Blog

Davis

Jerry Davis, of Barneveld, is a biology professor emeritus at UW-La Crosse, and is an Honorary Fellow in the Botany Department at UW-Madison.

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