MARCH 05, 2011 | SHOW #610
•The shocking truth about women and firearms!
•Sky hunters and nature's garbage brigade
•Lake of the Woods ice action still going strong
RESULTS FOR POLL s609
Should Wisconsin allow all hunters to use crossbows during the archery deer season?
YES 58% | NO 42% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0%
IMPRESSIONS: 291 | RESPONSES: 12 | COMMENTS: 0
INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON - POLL s610
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
Wisconsin 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.
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WISCONSIN HUNTING & FISHING SEASONS
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:
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