Saturday, September 18, 2010

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• Explore Wisconsin's deer hunting history and culture.
• Fall fishing rocks on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.
• New state-record black bear?

• Dan reports from Ashland and Madeline Island in Lake Superior.
• Jeff tweaks his arrows for bowhunting.

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marketing coordinator for the Oshkosh Public Museum, previews the upcoming Wisconsin Deer Hunting Exhibit that features the history and culture of deer hunting and Wayne Schumacher's state-record non-typical whitetail.


proprietor of River Rock Inn and Bait Shop in Ashland, reports on the hot fishing on Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay.


proprietor of Dumper Dan Sportfishing Charters of Sheboygan, reports on Lake Michigan fishing action for king salmon.

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Looking for Fishing Contests? Find them all online.


Sept. 18: Hayward, WI hunt, shoot & banquet
Sept. 23: Ironwood, MI banquet
Sept. 24: Ash River, MN banquet
Sept. 28: Milwaukee, WI banquet
Sept. 30: Brainerd, MN banquet
Oct. 07: Park Falls, WI banquet
Oct. 07: Crystal Falls, MN banquet
Oct. 08:Petoskey, MI banquet
Oct. 19: Marshfield, WI banquet
Oct. 20: Alpena, MI steak fry
Oct. 21: Ely, MN banquet


Sept. 18: Ozaukee Fish & Game, Saukville. Sporting Clays fundraiser for Grafton Boy Scout Troop 842. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 50 targets for $25 in advance, $30 at the door, includes lunch. Contact: Rick Bergman, 414-962-9000. Online Info:

WISCONSIN Hunting & Fishing Seasons:

Sept. 18: Bow deer, turkey & squirrel open statewide, ruffed grouse opens in Zone A, rabbit opens in Northern zone
Sept. 18-19: Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Sept. 25: Wisconsin Northern Zone duck season opens.
Oct. 2: Wisconsin Southern Zone duck season opens.

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New DNR black bear and bobcat reporting site

MADISON – Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts can help monitor and document the expanding distribution of black bears and bobcats in Wisconsin through a new on-line reporting form that allows the public to submit black bear and bobcat observations.

The Department of Natural Resources wildlife surveys section has developed a new bear and bobcat reporting application .

Black bears and bobcats are commonly found in the northern third of Wisconsin and much of the population for both species still resides in the northern counties. However, recent range expansion by both species has lead to more frequent sighting in southern counties.

Wildlife officials are looking for reports of black bear sightings within areas that are outside of their normal range, particularly areas designated as “occasional” and “rare” on the distribution map. Bobcat sightings are to be reported statewide.

“Direct observations from the field can provide important information for black bear and bobcat managers in tracking their movements,” said Jes Rees DNR wildlife survey technician. “Bears tend to be more visible as they distribute into new areas but bobcats are solitary secretive animals, and tracking their distribution is often difficult.”

Since March 2010, DNR biologists have documented reports of bear sightings within areas designated as “occasional” and “rare” on the distribution map. The list of sightings is an informal collection of reports received from e-mails, telephone calls, and reports taken from the media. Reports from areas of the state where bears are “common” or “abundant” were not collected.

Citizen monitoring has proven to be a valuable tool in resource management and an opportunity for interested citizens to contribute to our knowledge of wildlife and habitat trends,” said Brian Dhuey, DNR wildlife surveys coordinator.

In addition to this new bear and bobcat monitoring effort the department has recently initiated citizen monitoring opportunities intended to collect more information on trends in deer reproductive success by reporting does and fawns seen together during the late summer and early fall, and 2010 will be the second season for the Hunter Wildlife Observation Survey which asks deer hunters to report on nine different wildlife species observed during the deer hunting seasons.

The department's Bureau of Endangered Resources has a Rare Mammal Observation form to report sightings of wolf, moose, cougar, lynx, wolverine, marten, or Franklin's ground squirrel.

CONTACT: Jes Rees (608) 221-6360 or Brian Dhuey (608) 221-6342

FWS Looks to Delist Wolves… Again

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced a comment period for possible removal of the Western Great Lakes wolves from the Endangered Species List.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation (USSAF), several other conservation organizations and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources (DNRs) filed petitions with FWS asking the Director to remove the wolves from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection due to their recovery in the region. The Service did not respond to those petitions.

As a result, the USSAF and five other groups filed an official letter (a notice of intent to sue) two weeks ago committing to bring legal action against FWS within 60 days unless the agency issued a finding.

“We are very pleased that the FWS is moving forward with the petition to delist the wolves in the Western Great Lakes region,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSAF president and CEO. “The USSAF and many others have worked for years on this and firmly stand by the idea that states, not the federal government, should be managing their wildlife populations once those populations have recovered.”

The September 14 announcement officially opened up a 90-day comment period that will end on midnight of November 15.

Two previous efforts by the FWS to delist the Western Great Lakes gray wolves were reversed as a result of lawsuits filed by anti-hunting groups and some procedural mistakes made by the FWS in the waning days of the Bush Administration.

Take Action! Sportsmen throughout the Midwest, especially those in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin should offer your comments to the FWS. Click here and then click on the Submit Comment link to voice your opinion.

Sportsmen can also mail comments to:

Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R3-ES-2010-0062
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
4401 N. Fairfax Dr, Suite 222
Arlington, VA 22203

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