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FEBRUARY 19, 2011 |  SHOW #608

thisweek• Perch fishing in Estonia with the Latvian Ice Fishing Team
• Performance drinks and supplements for extreme outdoor adventures
• Fun for anglers of all ages at the Madison Fishing Expo


• Jeff fishes Sheboygan Harbor for trout
• Dan is featured in a new video at the Milwaukee Muskie Expoupclose1upclose2



Should Wisconsin residents be allowed to vote on Conservation Congress Spring Hearing questions via the Internet?
YES 100% | NO 0% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% |


Do you favor requiring the use of nontoxic shotgun ammunition for all hunting/shooting activities, with the exception of DNR-approved shooting ranges, on all state-managed lands?

BACKGROUND: Natural Resources Board Eyes State Land Lead Ban

pollpic-bulletsMadison – In the February 11 issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News, Tim Eisele writes: Sportsmen will be asked on April 11 if they support the banning of lead shot and slugs in shotguns for hunting on state land starting in 2015.

That advisory question came from Natural Resources Board member Dave Clausen on January 26, following four hours of presentations on lead fishing tackle and ammunition to the NRB on January 25. Clausen, a hunter, said he's been concerned about the effects of lead in the environment for some time, and he suggested the January 25 seminar on the topic.

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vice president for business and communications for the North American Ice Fishing Circuit and host/producer of Ice Men on Versus talks about the recent Ice Fishing World Championship in Ukraine and his fishing adventures with the Latvian team.




director of athletic performance at the University of New Mexico and founder of Wilderness Athlete, shares advice for staying fit for extreme outdoor adventures.




Madison Fishing Expo board member talks about activities for kids and other features of the Expo, February 25-27 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.




FISHING CONTESTS: Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests


  • February 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
  • February 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
  • February. 22-24: Milwaukee RV Show, State Fair Park. 100+ exhibitors featuring RVs, campers, fifth wheels, motorhomes and more. Online Info:
  • February. 25 :  Jim Zumbo Wild Game Cooking Show & Dinner,   Stadium View Bar & Grille, Green Bay  6 p.m. social hour with Jim, 7 p.m. cooking show, 7:30 p.m. family-style venison & walleye dinner   Tickets: $45  ONLINE INFO:  CONTACT: 920-884-3159
  • February 24-25: 4th Annual Battle on Bago Ice Fishing Tournament. $75,000 in cash & prizes. Largest Fish Fry on Ice! Online Info:
  • February 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.
  • 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 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 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 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 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


  • February 28: Rabbit season closes
  • March 06: Game fish season closes on most inland waters. Early catch-and-release trout season opens
  • 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



Free Turkey Hunter Education Clinic Dates Set

news-turkeyMADISON -- Free Turkey Hunter Education Clinics will again be offered this year around the state. These free clinics are presented by volunteer instructors and are sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Clinics typically last two to three hours and are designed to cover wild turkey biology and behavior, hunting methods, regulations, safety precautions, and landowner / hunter ethics, as well as tips for scoring trophy birds and a few ideas for preparing turkeys at home. The Turkey Hunter Education Clinics are for all ages and experience levels from beginning turkey hunters interested in learning wild turkey hunting techniques to experienced wild turkey hunters looking to brush up on their skills and learn new techniques.

These clinics will be held from late February through late March. Information and a listing of the dates and locations for each clinic are now available on the wild turkey page of the DNR website or may be obtained by calling the DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m., seven days a week, at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463). For the latest additions or changes in the schedule, please refer to the DNR website.


  • Scott Walter - 608-267-7861
  • Krista McGinley - 608-264-8963
  • Sharon Fandel - 608-261-8458

Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings Questionnaire Available Online

MADISON – The questionnaire package for the 2011 Department of Natural Resources Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearing and Annual Conservation Congress County Meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website.

On Monday, April 11, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. where individuals interested in natural resources management will have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed hunting and fishing rule changes and advisory questions. Printed copies of the questionnaire will be available after March 1.

The hearings, held annually, are combined with the county meetings during which residents can vote on and introduce their solutions to natural resources related issues.

The spring hearings cover three major areas: elections for county Conservation Congress delegates; proposed wildlife and fisheries rule changes that have been developed through previous Conservation Congress meetings; and Conservation Congress proposals for future rule development.

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