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'Pre-qualify' for EAB likely on the way

By Dean Bortz Editor Madison -- Bowhunters and Conservation Congress Big Game Committee members have been asking for some way to "pre-qualify" for an earn-a-buck (EAB) sticker for about three years. With any support at 10 October deer hearings, those…

CWD zones to offer either-sex bowhunt

Staff Report Madison -- Archers hunting deer in CWD zones this fall will not be restricted by earn-a-buck requirements early in the 2005 bow season. Earn-a-buck rules have been relaxed this year, and bowhunters in CWD units will be able…

Green Bay yellow perch hearings set for October

Burnett County vet warns of timber wolf problems By Tim Eisele Correspondent Spooner, Wis. -- The Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved public hearings, to be held in October, that could lead to an increase in the sportfish daily bag limit…

DNR: Deer herd is about 1.7 million

Staff Report Madison -- When the 2005 archery deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 17, bowhunters should be perched on the threshold of some pretty good hunting opportunities and a pre-hunt deer herd estimated at 1.7 million, according to Keith…

Duck openers set for Sept. 24, Oct. 1

Exterior goose could go 92 days By Tim EiseleCorrespondent Spooner, Wis. -- It will be 60 days and six ducks for Wisconsin's duck hunters in 2005. The Natural Resources Board, at its Aug. 17 meeting in Spooner, approved a duck…

DU festival, Aug. 26-28, takes hand-on approach

By Dan Hansen Correspondent Oshkosh, Wis. -- Men, women, and kids who enjoy the outdoors aren't spectators - they're participants. They won't settle for just watching, they need to be a part of the action. And participation is what the…

Special Events

Aug. 26-28: Midwest Wild Harvest Festival, Fall Creek, an educational non-profit event celebrating the bounty of wild food and cooking. There will be plant identification hikes, cooking workshops and demonstrations. Lodging in cabins or tents. Cost is $85 per person.…

CRP faces new challenges

By Tim Spielman Associate Editor Washington -- Farm Bill 2007 is a couple years away, but conservation leaders already are promoting the continued need for the famed Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a set-aside program for marginal farmland authorized in federal…

DU editor loses his battle with cancer

Petrie was first WON editor Staff Report Woodruff, Wis. -- Chuck Petrie, a longtime Wisconsin outdoors writer and one of the leading waterfowl writers in the country, died July 22 at the age of 60 of complications from acute leukemia…

Goose hunt opens Labor Day weekend

State's second mourning dove hunt opens Sept. 1 Staff Report Madison -- For the first time since the state has offered an early Canada goose season, state goose hunters will be able to shoot geese during Labor Day weekend. Last…

USFWS backs off Mississippi refuge plan

By Frederic J. Frommer Associated Press Washington (AP) - Federal officials are creating a new plan for protecting the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge after the original proposal prompted a backlash over restrictions on hunting, camping, and other uses.…

State's CWD efforts gain the spotlight

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Madison - Wisconsin's battle with chronic wasting disease was front and center at the second International CWD Symposium that was held in Madison, July 12-14. Reports on Wisconsin's experience, the first time that CWD had been…