Saturday, March 5, 2011

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MARCH 05, 2011 |  SHOW #610

thisweek•The shocking truth about women and firearms!
•Sky hunters and nature's garbage brigade
•Lake of the Woods ice action still going strong


upclose•Meet Dan at the SEWI Fishing & Hunting Expo
•Jeff scores some crappies through the ice




Should Wisconsin allow all hunters to use crossbows during the archery deer season?
YES 58% | NO 42% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0%
Because of concerns about the continuing effects of lead shot on wild game and non-game birds in Wisconsin:   Do you favor requiring the use of non-toxic shotgun ammunition for all hunting/shooting activities, with the exception of department-approved shooting ranges, on department-managed lands? This proposal would not apply to any form of hunting with rifles or slugs and would not be implemented until 2015 to allow a transition period for retailers and hunters.

BACKGROUND: Use of non-toxic shot on DNR lands

pollpicWisconsin was an early leader in adopting non-toxic shot regulations for waterfowl, and has implemented non-toxic shot regulations for dove hunting on DNR properties. Lead continues to be used, however, for hunting upland game species on DNR properties. Being popular hunting destinations, these areas enjoy heavy use by our sporting public. But a consequence of their popularity is the heavy burden of lead shot being deposited on DNR-managed lands, resulting in continued contamination of these sites and the predictable negative consequences for our waterfowl, gamebirds and other wildlife.

This is question No. 45 on the DNR Spring Hearings Questionnaire, which citizens will be asked to vote on at hearings throughout the state on April 11.

Read more & Questionnaire


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Host of the upcoming season of Winchester World of Whitetail on Versus, shares his thoughts on the best hunting rifles for women, the topic of his seminars at the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, April 1-3 in Madison.



Raptor program manager at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, talks about the role of raptors in the ecosystem, the topic of her daily programs at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 9-13 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.



Executive director of the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau in Baudette, MN, reports that walleye action through the ice will likely last through March.


FISHING CONTESTS: Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests


  • March 1-6: Movie Premiere of "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time. March 1: Baraboo, March 2: Milwaukee, March 3: Appleton, March 4 & 6: Madison. 7 p.m. ONLINE INFO:
  • March 4-6: Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin' Show, Shopko Hall, Green Bay. ONLINE INFO: Contact: Rob Posewitz / 920-434-7469
  • March 4-5: Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference, Ramada Inn Stevens Point. Calling and wetlands management seminars, zone updates. Friday evening party, Sat. breakfast, lunch & conference. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: Jon Bergquist/ 715-268-5584 ROOMS: 800-998-2311
  • March 5: Great Lakes Sport Fishing Club auction. American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklaahoma Ave., Milwaukee. 9 a.m. ONLINE INFO:
  • March 5: Ozaukee/Washington County Pheasants Forever Banquet. Country Inn & Suites, Port Washington. 5 p.m. CONTACT: Paul, 262-675-0858
  • March 5-7: Southeast Wisconsin Fishing & Hunting Expo, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc. Outdoor gear, fishing tackle, boats, motors, archery test/shooting room, youth scavenger hunt archery shoot & trout pond, Lazer Shot shooting system, seminars. Online Info: Contact: 262-965-2088
  • March 9-13: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, State Fair Park. Boats, motors, fishing tackle, outdoor gear, guides & outfitters, resorts & campgrounds, climbing wall, archery range, kids shooting gallery, Family Adventure Pavilion, trout pond, seminars & much more. Online Info: Contact: Great Outdoors, LLC 800-472-2070
  • March 11-13: Central Wisconsin RV & Camping Show, Patriot Center, Wausau. RVs & campers, campgrounds, tents, camping gear, power sports, , trucks & SUVs, tourist attractions, seminars, real estate & more. Online info: CONTACT: CIA Marketing 715-757-2370
  • March 11-13 :  Wisconsin Big Buck Classic Wisconsin Dells Center  ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: Tina Itson / / 608-432-3929
  • March 12: 34th Annual Safari Club International Wisconsin Chapter Free Hunters’ Expo. Wyndham Milwaukee Hotel and Convention Center, 4747 So. Howell Ave. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. seminars & displays, 1:00 live auction. Online Info:
  • March 19: Wisconsin Council of Sportfishing Organizations Spring Meeting,   Gander Mountain in Franklin,   WCSFO membership is not required to attend.  ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: John Durben, / 715-745-2248
  • March 19: Sportsman Expo & Dinner, Calvary Baptist Church, Watertown. 1-7 p.m. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Seminars, vendors, DNR laser gallery, keynote by Ross Crowe. CONTACT: 920-261-7237 ONLINE INFO
  • March 27: Sportsmen's Expo,  Fox River Christian Church Sportsmen's Ministry,   2-7 p.m.   Ironman competition, outdoor products, raffles, barbecue chicken dinner  CONTACT: Jim Caughey
  • March 30: Milwaukee Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet, Wisconsin Club, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $125. ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: Scott Anderson 262-786-1416
  • March 31: Washington County Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow Banquet, Washington County Fairgrounds  5 p.m.   Tickets $75, which includes dinner, membership and newsletter.  ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: John Gonnering / 262-675-2681


  • March 06: Game fish season closes on most inland waters. Early catch-and-release trout season opens
  • March 9: 2011 DNR licenses go on sale at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show
  • March 21: Leftover spring turkey permits go on sale
  • March 26: Steelhead season opens on Brule River
  • April 9-10: Youth Turkey Hunt
  • April 13: First 5-day spring turkey season
  • May 7: General inland fishing season opens



Are you knowledgeable about the outdoors? If so, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources needs your help with an upcoming bear population study.

It’s easy, fun – and purposeful.

Participants will help DNR scientists update the state black bear population estimate. Last completed in 2006 by the DNR with help from the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the study is used to sustainably manage the bear population. 

Here is how to get involved -- and what you’ll be asked to do as part of this important study:

othernews-bear• Contact the DNR biologist in your county. Check the list of bear study wildlife management contacts (pdf) for names.
• Talk about the process with the biologist. You’ll determine how much time you can donate. Any amount is appreciated.
• If you are working on private lands, you’ll need to get the OK from the landowner to place baits on the property.
• Baits will be placed between April 23 and May 15. You’ll receive directions from the DNR biologist about how to handle the baits.
• Leave the baits for two to three weeks. Then, you’ll check the baits and remove them from the woods by May 31.

The baits are loaded with food containing the antibiotic tetracycline. Tetracycline leaves a mark on bone tissue. During the bear hunting season, hunters will be asked to provide a rib sample which will show if the bear ate the tetracycline. DNR scientists will use information on the number of baits eaten by bears, bears harvested and harvested bears marked tetracycline to estimate the population.

The 2006 study showed the bear population was much larger than other studies had suggested. In an effort to keep current on bear population trends, the DNR’s bear management plan calls for repeating this population study every five years. The final results of this upcoming study will be available in 2013.

The DNR sends an early thanks to the Wis. Bear Hunters Association whose members already have volunteered to set and to check baits as part of this spring’s study. They also will build about 4,000 bait boxes and help find baiting material. Their participation was critical to the success of the 2006 research, and the DNR looks forward to working with the group and – and the new volunteers -- again this year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave MacFarland - 715-365-8917


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