Friday, January 21, 2011

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JANUARY 22, 2011 |  SHOW #604

thisweek• Ice action is hot across Wisconsin
• Lake trout bobbing begins in the Apostle Islands
• NAIFC qualifier this weekend at Pelican Lake in Monticello, Minnesota


upclose2• Hardwater Jeff scores another Big Fish award at the NAIFC tournament in Ludington, Michigan.
• Meet Dan this weekend and next at the Milwaukee Boat Show at State Fair Park.




Do you have confidence in the new leadership of the Wisconsin DNR?

YES 83% | NO 0% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 17% |


Do you approve of Wisconsin DNR secretary Cathy Stepp’s picks for division managers?

pollpicMADISON – Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp announced that six long-time DNR employees are among seven appointments to her senior management team.

“I believe in this agency,” Stepp said. “We have the best and the brightest in state government right here. There is strength in picking leaders from within with knowledge of the agency and established respect by both employees and externals. I am proud of the strong team we’ve assembled,” she said.

Stepp announced that former DNR Deputy Secretary Al Shea, 57, will play a major role in her administration. “Al Shea will be in a newly created position as the fourth member of the Secretary's Office. He will be taking the agency lead on business support, organizational effectiveness and sustainability.” She noted more information on this new role will be forthcoming.

Stepp named the following to head up DNR’s six divisions:

  • Kurt Thiede, 38, Division of Land

  • Tim Lawhern, 56, Division of Enforcement and Science

  • Julie Sauer, 51, Division of Customer and Employee Services (CAES)

  • Bruce Baker, 60, Division of Water

  • Paul DeLong, 47, Division of Forestry

  • Pat Stevens, 49, Division of Air and Waste

The six administrators will be starting their new positions over the next two weeks. Earlier this month, Stepp announced her choice for Deputy Secretary, Waukesha Attorney Matt Moroney, and for Executive Assistant, Scott Gunderson, 16-year 83rd Assembly District Representative. All appointees will receive the same salary as their predecessors.

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proprietor of River Rock Inn and Bait in Ashland, Wisconsin, reports that lake trout bobbing is getting underway in the Apostle Islands.




Jiffy Pro-Staffer and owner of Wolf Pack Adventures in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has an ice-fishing report for most of Wisconsin from Sheboygan to Eagle River.




FISHING CONTESTS  Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests


  • Deer hunters: if you don’t have plans for your deer hides, why not donate them to a worthy cause? The folks at Milwaukee Elks Lodge No. 46 are accepting deer hides to be tanned and made into gloves and other products for the disabled. The Elks Lodge is located at 5555 W Good Hope Road in Milwaukee. You can drop off hides in the basket in the front hallway. Ring the buzzer for 24-hour access. CONTACT: 414-353-2900, ext. 4
  • Sundays through Mar. 6: Buck Trail Archers Weekly 3D Diehard Challenge, 32622 Yahnke Rd., Burlington. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments available. Online Info: Contact: 262-763-9656
  • Jan. 21-30: Milwaukee Boat Show, State Fair Park. Sixteen dealers will display hundreds of boats from canoes, runabouts and fishing boats to pontoons and motor yachts. Other features include Swampmaster, alligator wrestler Jeff Quatrocci, antique and classic boats, fishing seminars, boater safety certification class, live music of Michael Drake, fishing seminars and more. Admission $9. Kids under 12 free with paid adult. Online Info:
  • Jan. 22-23: Racine Instinctive Bowmen Winter Indoor 3-D Shoot. 14403 50th Rd., Sturtevant, WI. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. All shooting styles welcome. 36 targets. Online Info:
  • Jan. 30: Annual Coon Feed, 4 p.m., Delafield American Legion, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road, Delafield. $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Contact: 262-646-3930
  • Feb. 4: Waukesha County Conservation Alliance 50th Annual Dinner, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royal Mile Rd., Oconomowoc. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 7:00. Tickets $40 must be ordered by Jan. 19. Contacts: Ken 262-547-2802; Sid 262-542-3684
  • Feb. 11-13: Milwaukee Muskie Expo, State Fair Park. Seminars, tackle, boats, guides, resorts, lodges & more. Online Info: Contact: Reuter Show Productions 608-445-4645
  • Feb. 16: Outdoor Wisconsin Banquet, Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee. Dinner, raffles, auctions, meet cast and crew of Outdoor Wisconsin. Doors open 5:30. Online Info: Contact: Kat Reilly 414-297-7875
  • Feb. 18-20: Central Wisconsin Sports Show, Patriot Center, Wausau. Boats, motors, charters, resorts, seminars, outdoor gear, tackle, guns, guides, campgrounds, archery & more. Online Info: Contact: CIA Marketing 715-757-2370
  • Feb. 19: Havenwoods Annual Winter Naturefest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee. Activities for families and youth groups: mammal tracking and winter survival, snowshoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides, winter camping tips, K9 search and rescue demo. Online Info:, Contact: Havenwoods 414-527-0232
  • Feb. 22-24: Milwaukee RV Show, State Fair Park. 100+ exhibitors featuring RVs, campers, fifth wheels, motorhomes and more. Online Info:
  • Feb. 24-25: 4th Annual Battle on Bago Ice Fishing Tournament. $75,000 in cash & prizes. Largest Fish Fry on Ice! Online Info:
  • Feb. 25-27: Madison Fishing Expo, Alliant Energy Center. Largest all-fishing show in the Midwest. Seminars, trout pond, boats, motors, tackle, guides, outfitters, resorts, free youth activities & more. Wounded warriors and kids under 12 get in free. Online Info: Contact: Chuck Rolfsmeyer 608-245-1040.
  • Mar. 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
  • Mar. 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
  • Mar. 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
  • Mar. 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:


  • Jan. 31: Late bow deer season ends in Metro units
  • Jan. 31: Squirrel season closes. Ruffed grouse season closes in Zone A
  • Feb. 12: Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing season opens
  • Feb. 28: Rabbit season closes


DNR deer research effort to begin in Shawano and Rusk county areas

MADISON – Citizens within roughly 30 miles of Clintonville in Shawano, Waupaca and Outagamie counties and parts of Menominee County and in the area of Park Falls, Exeland and Winter in Price, Rusk and Sawyer counties soon may witness something never seen before in Wisconsin; a low-flying helicopter ranging through the skies with a live deer slung underneath. The event is the first stage of a multi-year effort by wildlife researchers to follow and document the causes of death in bucks, does and fawns due to predators, hunters, vehicles and natural events.

othernewsFlights are expected to take place beginning Jan. 21 in the Shawano County area and Jan 28 in the Rusk County area. Operations in each area are expected to last 4 to 5 days and will take place on public and privately owned lands in cooperation with landowners who are assisting the researchers.

Researchers will capture 60–90 adult deer each in the Shawano and Rusk County areas with nets from a helicopter, transport each deer to a processing area where scientists, biologists and volunteers will weigh, sex, age, take blood samples, install radio transmitters and ear tags, assess body condition and perform ultrasounds, and release the deer.

Radio transmitters will allow deer to be monitored until the deer dies. Bucks will be monitored mainly for cause of death.

Does will be monitored for cause of death and whether or not they deliver fawns.

Flights will take place during late January/early February in 2011 through 2014. Deer will also be captured with box traps and netted cage traps set out on cooperating landowner properties and monitored by field staff and volunteers.

During mid-May through mid-June of 2011 and 2012, scientists, biologists and volunteers will capture and put radio collars

on 40 fawns each in the Shawano and Rusk County areas and subsequently monitor each fawn for cause of death during their first year until the radio collar falls off as it is designed to do as the animal approaches its first birthday.

“Critical to the success of this effort are landowners in the study areas willing to allow us to capture deer on their properties and volunteers to help us process deer and monitor them through the seasons,” said Chris Jacques, DNR research scientist and lead researcher for this project.

Volunteers may sign up online.

“This is a multi year effort and we will need volunteers throughout the project,” adds Jacques. “This is an opportunity to literally do hands-on research with deer. It’s a real boots on the ground effort. Volunteers are needed to accompany biologists and assist in processing captured deer and in monitoring survival and movements of marked deer. We’re telling folks that we’d like at least a full day of their time each time they participate on deer capture events. You’ll probably come home cold, tired and dirty but you’ll be making a real contribution to our knowledge of white-tails in Wisconsin and helping to support science-based wildlife management.”

Research partners include the

Department of Natural Resources

  • UW-Madison-Department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology

  • UW’s Applied Population Laboratory, UW-Stevens Point

  • Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Whitetails Unlimited


  • Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

  • Safari Club International

  • Menn Law Firm, Ltd.

  • and numerous Wisconsin citizens.

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