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SHOW #514 | 2010 APR 03 Dan & Jeff Header face left
• Walleye action heating up on the Wisconsin River!
• Get ready for tick season!
• Tips for trophy whitetails
• Dealing with wildlife crop damage

• Meet Dan at the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo
• Jeff catches a laker in Sheboygan Harbor

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Will climate change have a negative impact on fish and wildlife habitat?
YES 69% | NO 19% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 13% | OTHER 0%
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Instant Survey: Should Wisconsin allow the use of telescopic sights during the 10-day muzzleloader-only deer season that follows the traditional nine-day firearm season?

This is question No. 8 on the 2010 Spring Fish & Wildlife Rules Hearings Questionnaire. Interested persons will have an opportunity to vote on this and other issues on April 12 at hearings across Wisconsin Read more ...

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When you leave a COMMENT you are entered into the drawing for a ... ZipVac portable vacuum sealer starter kit, complete with a rechargeable pump, a hand-operated pump and reusable, resealable storage bags.

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of Rivers Edge Resort in Wisconsin Dells, reports on the walleye spawning run on the Wisconsin River.


describes the dangers of tick-borne diseases and tells how to avoid them.


shares some tips for hunting trophy whitetails and previews his seminar at the upcoming Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo.


wildlife damage specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, explains proposed changes to Wisconsin's Wildlife Damage Abatement Claims Program.

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Looking for Fishing Contests? Find them all online.

April 6: Angler Education Workshop, Havenwoods Environmental Center, Milwaukee, 5-8:30 p.m. Purpose of the workshop is to train teachers and volunteers to lead kids fishing clinics or start a fishing club. Online Info: Contact: Theresa Stabo 608-266-2272

April 6: Ozaukee Chapter of Great Lakes Sport Fishermen meeting, Railroad Station Hall, Saukville, 7 p.m. Bryant Van Aernum will speak on trout and salmon fishing. Contact: 262-644-8481

Apr. 6 & 10: Youth Turkey Hunt, Milford Hills Hunt Club, Johnson Creek. Online info: Contact: Scott Kirchoff, 414-750-5181,

Apr. 9-11: Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison. Online info: Contact: Glenn Helgeland, 262-242-3990,

April 10: Robert J. Lytle Chapter Ruffed Grouse Society, Gun Dog Fun Trial, Farmland Pheasant Hunters, Imlay City, MI Online Info: Contact: Brad Johnson, 989-430-0138,

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,, 262-691-0100 x 22

April 12: Oak Creek Flyway Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet, 5:00 p.m. Muskego Lakes Country Club. Online Info:

April 14: Walleyes Unlimited U.S.S meeting, Root River Lanes, Franklin, 7 p.m. Mel Christensen will speak on using sonar and GPS to improve fishing success. $5 fee for non-members. Online Info:


April 10: Imlay City Michigan Gun Dog Fun Trial
April 12: David Uihlein Chapter banquet, Milwaukee Athletic Club
April 15: Grand Rapids Minnesota Chapter banquet
April 16: Lansing, Michigan banquet
April 17: Imlay City, Michigan Habitat Day
April 22: Virginia, Minnesota banquet

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New two-year utility terrain vehicle program to launch
All counties statewide eligible to participate

MADISON – Under a revised pilot program, utility terrain vehicles, also known as lightweight utility vehicles or side by sides, may again be allowed on certain county all-terrain vehicle trails and routes statewide.

A previous pilot program expired in September 2009. The new program has been revamped and expanded, and is significantly different than the previous program.

Gary Eddy, Department of Natural Resources ATV administrator said the Legislature enacted another two-year pilot program, and the Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) Pilot Program was recently signed into law by Gov. Jim Doyle and is in effect until June 30, 2012.

“This law just passed, so we need to give counties time to digest the new law and determine whether they are interested in participating or not,” he said.

Interested counties must pass a resolution indicating they want to participate in the pilot program and file it with the DNR and any law enforcement agency within their jurisdiction. Towns within those counties may pass a resolution to opt out of the program if the town doesn't wish to participate.

Notable changes from the previous pilot program include:

* Different vehicle specifications, including requirements for factory equipped seatbelts and a roll bar, type device.
* ATV trails on state and national forest lands may not be participating.
* UTVs participating in the program will require Public Use - ATV registration, including for non-residents.
* All ATV laws will apply, except that operators age 16 and born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 must complete a DNR ATV Safety Education Course. Operators under age 16 are not allowed to operate a UTV.
* Driver's licenses are not required.

“It's important for people to know that they have to wait until counties opt into the program. Anyone operating their UTV on trails or roads not officially opened will be ticketed. Just because their UTV is registered, doesn't mean they can go,” Eddy said “Once the pilot program ends, the DNR will again review the data gathered during the program, consult with the counties and then forward the results to the legislature. This is a responsible approach towards a possible permanent, statewide registration program for these vehicles.”

Gary Eddy, All-Terrain Vehicle Administrator, (608) 267-7455 or
Diane Conklin, Trail Grant Manager, (715) 822-8583


The following photos are of bear damage to corn fields in Barron County last fall.

Some people have asked to see these, FYI for the rest of you. They were taken on 10/14/09. This photo (#54) is what a field should look like or a reference photo. This field is 38 acres.

The following 3 photos are from a Barron County farm where we trapped 21 bears (starting August 17), they shot one during the learn to hunt program, they shot 5 on a bear damage shooting permit, and at least 3 more during the regular bear harvest season. These photos are only a sample. I have 31 photos for this farmer.

This is fairly heavy, concentrated damage. The small rectangular field is 5.2 acres. (#33)

These are two different views of the same fields showing heavy damage but more scattered throughout the field. The square field in the lower left of photo #22 is 16.4 acres. The square field in the middle of photo #23 is 13.6 acres. (#22 and #23)

Photo credits to Chad Alberg from USDA-Wildlife Service

We have a winner in the Red Green Look-Alike Contest!

With a total of 107 votes, Joe Baumann of Caledonia, Wisconsin won the Red Green Look-Alike Contest held last month at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, topping a slate of 15 contestants. Contestants' photos were taken at the Sports Show and posted in the Family Adventure Pavilion, where show attendees were able to cast a ballot for their favorite. The photos were then posted online at, where voting continued through March 31. A total of 498 votes were cast.

First-place winner Baumann will receive two tickets to Red Green's Live Wit and Wisdom Tour May 8 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Baumann and the other top-10 contestants will receive a personalized autographed photo of Red Green.

Winner Baumann was wearing a Stormy Kromer hat in his winning photo. Maybe Red Green should get a new haberdasher!

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