Scientists with the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin will launch an ambitious, multi-year field research effort to better understand the impacts predators have on white-tailed deer in Wisconsin.
A particular concern being raised by hunters is the fact of expanding wolf and bear populations in Wisconsin.
Both are large predators that feed on deer either primarily as in the case of wolves or occasionally as in the case of bears.
Some hunters argue an expanded wolf population, in particular, has resulted in fewer deer in the northern and central forests.
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Mar. 20: Sonar and GPS Training Class, Okauchee Fishing Club, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 1800 S. 92nd St., West Allis, WI. Online info: Contact: Glen Furst, 262-613-9222
Mar. 20: Wild Game Feast, Kenosha Bible Church, 5405 67th St., Kenosha, 2:00-8:00 p.m. Seminars by Dan Small (steelhead fishing & turkey hunting), Jim Tostrud (Lake Geneva, local fishing hotspots), Tracy Breen (big game hunting). Keynote by Tracy Breen: Big Game On a Budget. Dog training, fly-fishing demos, taxidermy display, raffles, silent auction, door prizes. Tickets on sale until Mar. 13: adults - $10, kids 4-11 - $5. Online Info: Contact: Kenosha Bible Church office, 262-652-4507
March 20: Sportsmen's Banquet, Hartland Faith Baptist Church, 780 Tenney Ave., Hartland, 4-6 p.m. Gary Anderson keynote speaker on turkey calling, knife sharpening by the Sharp Brothers. Door prizes include rifles and a Mathews Mission bow. No charge, but pre-registration is requested.Online Info:
Mar. 20: Whitetails Unlimited Banquet, Buck Trail Archers, Burlington. Online info: Contact: Tracy Brewer, 262-889-8283, or WTU Headquarters, 800-274-5471
March 22: Wisconsin Fishing Club meeting, 7:00 p.m., Yester Years Pub & Grill, 9427 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, WI. Capt. Jason Woda of Reel Sensation Charters will speak on jig fishing for Lake Michigan perch, trout & salmon. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Contact:Dan Freiherr414-464-9316
March 23: Public forum on Asian carp and other invasive species, 7:00 p.m., Madison College (formerly Madison Area Technical College), room 142B. Presenters include experts from the U.S. Coast Guard, US Fish & Wildlife Service an d Army Corps of Engineers. No admission charge. Online Info:Contact:Don Sanford608-225-7520
March 26: 20th annual Scimitar Sportsman's Night, 5:00 p.m., Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Dinner, auctions, raffles, 50 guns, Harley Davidson motorcycle, hot tub/sauna package, Hooters girls. Tickets $75. Online Info:Contact:Rich Borysborysmequon@sbcglobal.net, 414-704-7424
Apr. 9-11: Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison. Online info: Contact: Glenn Helgeland, 262-242-3990,firstname.lastname@example.org
April 12: Wisconsin DNR Spring Fish & Game Hearings and Conservation Congress meetings, 7:00 p.m. in all 72 counties. Online Info:
April 12: David Uihlein Chapter Ruffed Grouse Society banquet, 5:00 p.m., Milwaukee Athletic Club. Tickets $75. Auction, raffles, memorial tribute to Dave Uihlein. Online Info: Contact:Jim Hayett, email@example.com, 262-691-0100 x 22
April 12: Oak Creek Flyway Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet, 5:00 p.m. Muskego Lakes Country Club. Online Info:
News Release: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - NR_05 For Immediate Release Rhinelander, WI –March 11, 2010: The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest would like to remind people the annual spring closure that prohibits ATV (including motor bikes), horse, and mountain bike use on Forest trails will be in effect between March 15 through April 30, 2010.
During this same time period, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs ) are prohibited from using all Forest Service jurisdiction roads. Catherine Pinegar, Forest Recreation Planner states, “ATV use during the spring thaw can cause significant damage to roads and soils. Rutting, soil erosion, and other resource damage can occur when ATVs are ridden on ground that is saturated and muddy, resulting in costly repairs.
This spring closure order protects the public's investment in roads and trails, and protects the Forest's soil and water resources.” ATV routes designated by towns under state law are not affected by this closure. Snowmobile trails in Taylor County that also allow ATV use will remain open until the snowmobile trails are closed.
Pinegar encourages ATV, horse, and mountain bike enthusiasts to do their part in helping to protect recreation opportunities by honoring this closure.
Designated ATV, horse, and Mountain Bike trails open for use again on May 1.
Forest Service jurisdiction roads open to ATV's can also be used beginning May 1.
USA Ice Team wins World Ice Fishing Championship
By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel Posted: March 14, 2010
Holding fast to its Day 1 lead, the USA Ice Team surprised a field of experienced international anglers and won the 2010 World Ice Fishing Championship in Rhinelander.
"We thought we'd be happy with something in the middle of the pack," said team captain Mike McNett of Lombard, Ill. "Tell me I'm not imagining it." There it was, the crystal WIFC first place trophy, as brilliant as the ice of Boom Lake under a late winter sun and as solid as the congratulatory hugs of fellow competitors.
Murmurs of "USA, USA" rose from the standing room-only crowd in the Hodag Park weigh-in tent as the result became apparent. The U.S. finished first, with 39 points in the International Angling Confederation scoring system.
Points are determined by weight of fish caught and the order in which anglers finish in the five daily fishing sections. Competition took place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday on Boom Lake, a flowage on the Wisconsin River. Poland finished second (54 points)and Latvia took third (56).
In order, the rest of the finishers were: Russia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Ukraine and Canada. The good news didn't end there for the Americans: Mike Boedeker of Lansing, Mich. took the individual gold medal. He caught 2.630 kilograms of fish and finished first in his Saturday section and third on Sunday; Folke Andersson of Sweden took the silver medal. Results were still being sorted out Sunday afternoon to determine the individual bronze medalist.
The U.S. team had a distinct Midwestern accent, including several Wisconsinites.
In addition to Boedeker, the American anglers were: Doug Bussian, Columbus, Wis.;Tony Boshold, Carol Stream, Ill.; Bill Whiteside, Eau Claire, Wis.; Myron Gilbert, Brooklyn, Mich; and Bob Esbensen, Palatine, IL. The team also included coach Greg Wilcznski of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., team captain Mike McNett of Lombard, IL., International Delegate Joel McDearmon of Tomah, Wis. and directors Chris Ward of Chaska, MN. and Brian Gaber of Rhinelander, Wis.
The home ice advantage clearly helped the U.S. team. The European ice anglers are accustomed to catching more but smaller fish such as roaches and bream. And since ground baiting (the practice of spreading bread crumbs or other food to attract fish) was disallowed by the international judges for the 2010 event, the competitors had to rely only on baited hooks.
In addition,Gaber of Rhinelander, a director of the U.S. squad, had spent hundreds of hours mapping the waters of Boom Lake and scouting in advance of the event. But this was only the second time the U.S. had entered a team in the competition.
Last year, at the WIFC in Poland, the American finished last. In the annals of international upsets on the ice, it's not likely to be mentioned in the same breath as the U.S. hockey team taking gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. But nobody expected this.
"They did what they're good at, catching panfish in highly pressured water under very tough conditions," said WIFC official Lee Young of Green Bay. "Hats off to them."
Competitors weighed mostly bluegill and crappie and some yellow perch. Game fish were disallowed. Rules also prohibited power augers and fish finders, underwater cameras or electronics of any kind.
Most catches were made on tiny ice jigs tipped with wax worms or spikes.
Although most European anglers fished tight to the bottom, Boedeker said he and his U.S. teammates did well by fishing for suspended fish. "I also think its unprecedented in international competition to go from zeros to heroes in just the span of one year," said Young, an angler with over 25 years of international experience. It was enough to make the Godfather cry. "I don't know if I could be any prouder," said a teary-eyed Dave Genz of St. Cloud, Minn., widely known as the Godfather of modern ice fishing and official ambassador at the WIFC.
The fishing conditions were described as "tough," especially Sunday as high pressure and sunny skies moved in. The entire U.S. team, including Doug Bussian of Columbus, Wis. and Bill Whiteside of Eau Claire., turned in impressive performances both days.
Bussian placed third in his section Saturday and second Sunday. Whiteside placed second Sunday in Sector A. The atmosphere in the weigh-in tent remained tense as the first three sections were announced. But when Bussian weighed 1.385 kilograms of fish and placed second, the U.S. team members started to believe a win was possible. And when Boedeker, the anchor, weighed 1.495 kilograms and took third in Sector E, the final result was assured.
The cramped tent became a sea of hugging parkas as USA Ice Team and several other squads, including Poland, erupted in spontaneous emotion. The WIFC awards no monetary prizes, only team trophies and individual medals. That's not to mention honor, respect and a few other things anglers know well. "Bragging rights for the whole year over some of the best anglers on the planet," said Bussian, a tournament-proven angler who nevertheless carried a penny he found on the ice opening day. "That's going to feel good."
Ice Team: (L-R) Brian Gaber, Bill Whiteside, Myron Gilbert, Greg Wilczynski, Mike McNett, Bob Esbensen, Dave Genz, Mike Boedeker, Mike Smith, Doug Bussian, Tony Boshold.
Individual Winners: Tomasz Bogdan Nysztal-Poland (3rd), Folke Andersson-Sweden (2nd), Mike Boedeker-USA (1st)
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