• Kids Fishing Jamboree on Lake Delton June 5! • Great Lakes fishing reports from Ashland and Sheboygan, Wisconsin. • Team Great Outdoors helps kids get started hunting, fishing and shooting.
• Dan hunts turkeys in Wisconsin finally! • Jeff shoots his new Forge Ventilator bow and hunts turkeys in Marquette County.
RESULTS ► POLL s519 A Conservation Congress advisory question from the April 12 spring hearings asked if the state should phase out the use of lead in fishing tackle less than one inch in length and less than one ounce in weight? The question passed by a narrow margin, with 1980 votes for and 1818 votes against. Do you agree? YES 50% | NO 50% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0% IMPRESSIONS: 359 | RESPONSES: 6 | COMMENTS: 0
INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON - POLL s520: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to produce a series of public service announcements to encourage people to leave baby birds and animals alone. Was this partnership a good idea? Background:
Paul Smith, outdoors editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, wrote in his May 13 column:
“The DNR and the HSUS have teamed to produce and buy air time across the state for a pair of 30-second radio spots.
The pieces began airing Monday and are planned to run through June 13. One is titled "Don't Bother Wildlife in the Wild," the other "Wildlife Are Not Pets."
The spots feature a young female voice, which asks the public to respect the wild nature of wildlife. If an animal is truly injured or orphaned, have an adult contact the DNR, she instructs.”
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proprietor of River Rock Inn and Bait Shop in Ashland, Wisconsin, reports on the great fishing action on Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay. Order a free fishing guide online from Visit Ashland Online. Mention Outdoors Radio and you'll be entered in the drawing for a G. Loomis walleye rod & Shimano Symetre reel and gift package from Ashland.
May 14: Muskegon, Michigan banquet May 22: Imlay City, Michigan Youth Fun Shoot May 26: Minneapolis, Minnesota Sporting Clays Shoot May 31: Deadline for 3rd annual RGS Youth Poster & Essay Contest for young writers ages 12-18 and artists ages 5-11. Essay contest first prize: Tri-Star Youth Model Semi Auto 20 gauge, one-year Junior Membership to RGS, and RGS cap. Poster contest first prize: Pair of Steiner 8 X 22 Safari Series binoculars, one-year Junior Membership to RGS, and RGS cap. June 5: Ann Arbor/Detroit, sporting clays shoot and banquet June 13: Madison, Wis., grouse flurry June 18: Gaylord, MI banquet
May 15: June 26, July 17: Introduction to shotgun shooting sports for women, Stone Bank Sportsmen's Club, 9 a.m.-noon. Online Info:Contact: Kim Laughland 262-820-1827.
May 15-16: U.P. Spring Sports Show, Island Resort & Casino, Harris, MI. Exhibits, seminars and activities related to fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation in the U.P and northeast Wisconsin. Online Info:
Now through Labor Day: Town of Eagle in Waukesha County, WI - Eagle Springs Lake 2nd annual carp attack. $500 reward for catching or shooting one of 6 tagged carp. If you get one, Contact: Tom Day at 262-594-3231. Dispose of untagged carp in the dumpster at the public boat landing.
June 5: First Annual Lake Delton Kids Fishing Jamboree, 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Meet at Kaminsky Park on Lake Delton, fishing on Mirror Lake and Wisconsin River. Online Info:Contact: Ben Hobbins, 608-513-3535
June 25-27: Deer Fest, Wisconsin's largest all-deer festival, Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh. Meet Lee & Tiffany Lakosky, The Bone Collectors, the Buck & Duck Commanders, Pat Reeve & Nicole Jones. Seminars, exhibits, demos and more. Online Info:
Changes proposed for the use of antlerless deer permits by archery hunters
MADISON – Archery deer hunters would be restricted to using the antlerless deer carcass tag that is issued with each archery hunting license to only those deer management units with an established antlerless deer harvest quota, under a proposal that is the topic of upcoming public hearings around the state.
“Under current rules, the antlerless tag that comes with every archery deer license can be used in any deer management unit in the state, including regular units where gun harvest of antlerless deer is carefully controlled through a separate permit system,” said Scott Loomans, wildlife rules coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.
Gun deer hunters can shoot an antlerless deer in regular units only if they have purchased a unit-specific antlerless deer carcass tag, if they are available for the unit. Gun hunters may use the antlerless permit that comes with their license only in units that are designated as either herd control or chronic wasting disease management.
Each of the state’s 134 deer management units (DMU) has an established deer population goal. Wildlife biologists set antlerless deer harvest quotas for DMUs that are intended to keep populations at the established goals. In 2010, 18 DMUs will have no antlerless permits available to gun hunters in an effort to increase deer populations in the fastest possible way. Under this proposed rule (PDF file), archery deer hunters also would not be able to kill an antlerless deer in these units.
“The number of antlerless deer killed by archers is relatively low, compared to the gun harvest,” said Keith Warnke, DNR big game ecologist. “However eliminating the archery hunter’s ability to harvest antlerless deer in zero quota units will make regulations more consistent between the firearm and archery seasons and will contribute to herd growth.”
Bow hunting groups and other hunting stakeholders have indicated support for the rule according to DNR wildlife managers. “If this rule is adopted, the earliest it could be in effect would be the 2011 hunting season due the time necessary for the rule making process,” Loomans said. “However, if the rule proposal is generally acceptable to the public the department may ask the Natural Resources Board to adopt a similar emergency rule which could be in effect in time for the 2010 season.”
The public hearings will begin at 7 p.m. at the locations listed below. Following a brief informational presentation, public comments and statements will be accepted.
May 17, Rhinelander - James Williams Middle School, 915 Acacia Lane
May 18, Fitchburg - DNR South Central Region Headquarters, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd.
May 24, Green Bay - DNR Northeast Region Headquarters, 2984 Shawano Ave.