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RESULTS ► POLL s517 Do you think the DNR's proposed deer season structure will help rebuild the herd in northern Wisconsin? YES 20% | NO 70% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 10% | OTHER 0% IMPRESSIONS: 264 | RESPONSES: 10 | COMMENTS: 0 RESULTS ► POLL s518 Do you agree with the Wisconsin DNR petition to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list? YES 80% | NO 10% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 5% | OTHER 5% IMPRESSIONS: 282 | RESPONSES: 20 | COMMENTS: 0
Background: Lead in the environment is poisonous to wildlife. This proposal is designed to reduce the incidence of lead poisoning in water birds and shorebirds and secondary poisoning of raptors, such as eagles and ospreys, by reducing the amount of lead added to Wisconsin waters due to lost fishing tackle. Studies have shown wildlife is most likely to ingest fishing tackle measuring less than one inch in length and one ounce in weight. Removing lead from fishing tackle of this size would be the most effective way of protecting wildlife.
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lead dorkitecht for HuntGeek.com announces a new iPhone app that helps hunters keep track of shooting hours.
CAPT. ROGER LaPENTER
proprietor of Anglers All in Ashland, Wisconsin, reports on hot smallmouth, walleye and salmon action on Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay. Order a free fishing guide online from VisitAshland.com. Mention Outdoors Radio and you'll be entered in the drawing for a rod & reel and gift package from Ashland.
DAVE BUGGMAN BAYER
shares some tips on how to keep spiders and other pests off your boat with Spider Guard.
Looking for Fishing Contests? Find them all online.
May 7: Warroad, Minnesota banquet May 8: St. Ignace, Minnesota banquet May 8: Muskegon, Michigan Fun Trial May 13: Chicago banquet 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.
May 8: Join Dan and Red Green at Elliot's Ace Hardware, 11003 W. Oklahoma Ave. in Milwaukee, 9 a.m.-noon. Free and open to the public. Online Info:Contact: Elliot's Ace Hardware, 414-545-7759.
May 8: June 19, July 10: Introduction to pistol shooting sports for women, Stone Bank Sportsmen's Club, 9 a.m.-noon. Online Info: Contact: Kim Laughland 262-820-1827
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:
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
All boats now required to operate at slow-no-wake within 100 feet of shoreline
A new boating rule in Wisconsin is designed to make lakes safer while protecting shorelines and improving water quality. The law prohibits boaters from operating their boats at speeds greater than slow-no-wake within 100 feet of lake shorelines.
The law applies to all lakes, including the lake areas of flowages.
“The law will make it safer for people wading, swimming or fishing near shore, and it should help reduce conflicts between near-shore recreationists and boaters,” said Scott Bowe, a Department of Natural Resources conservation warden in Chippewa County.
Moreover, boats operating in shallow waters often churn up sediment and chop up vegetation, decreasing water quality, and potentially spreading invasive aquatic species like Eurasian water-milfoil. Slowing these boats will reduce this problem. In addition, eliminating near shore wakes will reduce shoreline erosion.
This change is in addition to current law which already prohibits boaters on lakes from operating at speeds greater than slow-no-wake within 100 feet of docks, rafts, piers and buoyed restricted areas.
Personal watercraft (PWC) operators must also follow these laws in addition to speed restrictions that apply specifically to PWCs. PWC operators cannot operate at a speed greater than slow-no-wake within 200 feet of the shoreline of any lake. They also are required to cut back to slow-no-wake speed when passing within 100 feet of other boats, including other PWCs. This law applies to both rivers and lakes.
Slow-no-wake is defined as the minimum speed required to maintain steerage. Speed violations are the primary source of boating complaints in the summer. Speed is also a frequent cause of boat crashes, especially at night, Bowe said.
People operating boats at night need to slow down to avoid colliding with people, boats or structures lawfully on the water. Running lights are required from sunset to sunrise.
When on unfamiliar waters, boaters are responsible for knowing all the rules. This means checking at boat ramps for local ordinances that might further regulate boating on that body of water.
The Shakespeare Company has announced a promotional fishing campaign that involves a rebate on the purchase of Shakespeare fishing tackle. Misleading wording on the Shakespeare webpage suggests that the customer who uses the coupon will receive a $10 rebate on a 2010 fishing license. The rebate is in fact on Shakespeare fishing tackle.
The wording in question reads: "Receive $10 back on your 2010 fishing license when you:
Step 1: Buy $30 or more of Shakespeare kits or combos (excludes Ugly Stik kits and combos) Step 2: Buy your 2010 fishing license Step 3: Submit your claim by mail"
According to Dennis Schenborn, chief of planning, budget and outreach for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Fisheries and Habitat, the ad would have been less misleading if it had read: “Show us a valid fishing license and get $10 back from Shakespeare on your purchase of $30 or more of equipment..."
“Shakespeare is trying to help the sales of fishing licenses nationally and this effort is well intended,” said Schenborn. “But the campaign will result in questions from customers, legislators and the media. We're glad that Shakespeare is promoting fishing, but Wisconsin DNR is not involved in their rebate program.”
Schenborn points out that the $10 rebate is from the purchase of Shakespeare equipment, not from a customer's fishing license.
“License money is only used to support fisheries management,” Schenborn said. “We do not share the names or addresses of license buyers with Shakespeare. People who have questions should contact Shakespeare about their rebate program.”