Saturday, April 2, 2011

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APRIL 02, 2011 |  SHOW #614

thisweek•A new direction for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
•Proper handling and cooking ensure tasty venison meals



closeup•Jeff won't give up his ice fishing yet!
•Meet Dan at the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo in Madison



Would you support a rule change that would extend the Northern Wisconsin game fish season (north of Highway 10) to the second Sunday in March of each year?
YES 75% | NO 25% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0%



Would you support legislation to ban deer baiting and feeding statewide 10 days before and during the nine-day gun deer season?

BACKGROUND: Restrict deer baiting and feeding ten days before and during the traditional 9-day firearm season

Natural Resources Board Advisory Question #46 in this year's Spring Fish & Game Rules Hearings reads as follows: We have heard hunters talk at many meetings and hearings in recent years and they say that feeding and baiting deer affects deer distribution and natural daytime movement. When deer need to move less to find food, and are concentrated in areas where access and/or hunting are restricted, the quality of the hunt is reduced. For the department, this makes managing the herd difficult and it contributes to the debate about the accuracy of deer numbers.


In 2006 and 2008, Conservation Congress spring meeting attendees voted in favor of banning baiting for deer hunting by 56% and 54%. Another question in 2006, which proposed banning both baiting and feeding just 10 days prior to and during the traditional 9-day firearm season, had a greater level of support with 62% voting in favor. These votes have not led to any changes. The Natural Resource Board feels banning baiting and feeding in counties where it is currently allowed will encourage deer movement during shooting hours and result in a more even distribution of deer available to hunters on both public and private lands.

Baiting and feeding would still be allowed at other times of the year. This compromise would still allow those who believe they need to hunt with bait to do so during most of the archery and some firearm seasons. This compromise is not ideal for reducing disease transmission risks associated with baiting and feeding, however, it would result in less deer feed being placed on the landscape at a time of year when much food is currently place.

The DNR is not able to modify baiting and feeding regulations by administrative rule. Changes to baiting and feeding regulations must be made in state statute by the legislature.


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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary, shares her vision for a more open and responsive DNR and answers some hard questions about deer management and other natural resources issues.



Pennsylvania-based co-author of the Quality Venison Cookbook, offers some great meal ideas for hunters who have venison left in the freezer.



FISHING CONTESTS: Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests


  • April 1-2: Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison. Exhibits, vendors, seminars, much more. CONTACT: Target Communications 262-241-3990 ONLINE INFO:
  • April 1-2: Wild Game Dinner, Spring Lake Church, 2240 Klondike Rd., Green Bay. Seminars, raffles, "Trophies of Grace" display. Daytime events open to all. Dinner and featured speaker Brent Henderson open to men only. Tickets: $15, table of 8: $100. CONTACT: Lee Dudek 920-655-1284, ONLINE INFO
  • April 3: SE WI Conference Scholastic Clay Target Program fundraiser, Parkway Chateau, Kenosha (The Brat Stop, HWY 50 and I-94). Doors open at 3:30, buffet dinner 5:00, live auction to follow. Proceeds benefit Burlington, Lake Geneva Badger, Milwaukee Marquette, Racine Lutheran, Union Grove, Waterford, Westosha Cental and Wilmot high schools. CONTACT: Ed Koenig 262-903-7801
  • April 4: Film: "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time," Cedarburg Performing Arts Center. Free admission, donations welcome to benefit Parkview Let's GO! (Get Outdoors) Club. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., film at 6:30 p.m. CONTACT: Meg Doyle, ONLINE INFO:
  • April 5: Great Lakes Sportfishermen Ozaukee Chapter meeting, Railroad Station Hall, Saukville. 7 p.m. Free and open to public. Speaker: Jay Weber on "Catching Summertime Kings from Small Boats." CONTACT: 262-644-8481
  • April 9: "Talkin' Turkey with Dan Small," Plymouth Alliance Church, 1203 Fairview Drive, Plymouth, WI. Doors open 9 a.m. Event is free, but registration is required. CONTACT: John Kohls 920-912-2113 or John Felten 920-526-3484 ONLINE INFO:
  • April 9: The Flyfishers Spring Opener, 9617 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fly tiers Paul Maurer and Dave Pinczkowski. Live music: Keith Scott blues musician. Rod maker reps, plus reps from TU, Badger Fly Fishers, WI Smallmouth Alliance. Raffles, food, casting instruction, more. CONTACT: The Fly Fishers 414-259-8100 ONLINE INFO
  • April 13: Walleyes Unlimited USA meeting, Root River Lanes, 7220 W. Rawson Ave., Franklin. 7 p.m. Guest fee $5. Speaker: Dan Nowak: "Night Fishing Secrets on Delavan Lake." ONLINE INFO
  • Apr. 15-17: Prairie Chicken Festival, Buena Vista Festival Grounds, Wisconsin Rapids. ONLINE INFO CONTACT: Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, 715-343-6215
  • Apr. 16: 27th Annual Kids' Fishing Clinics, Milwaukee, Racine, Washington & Waukesha County parks. Clinics begin hourly from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free instruction, equipment loan for kids 15 and under. CONTACT: Matt Coffaro, 414-263-8614 or 414-263-8494.
  • April 18: David Uihlein Memorial Chapter Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet, Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 Broadway. Doors open at 5 p.m. CONTACT: Jim Hayett 262-691-0100. ONLINE INFO:
  • April 28: World Premiere of "Saving the Ghost Birds," a documentary on the restoration of cranes to Wisconsin. 6 p.m. Stefanie H. Weil Center for the Performing Arts, Sheboygan. General Admission: $10. Silver & Gold Event Packages include reception and/or dinner with Gov. Walker, former Gov. Thompson and other dignitaries. CONTACT: 920-208-3243 ONLINE INFO:


  • April 9-10: Youth Turkey Hunt statewide
  • April 13: First five-day spring turkey season opens
  • April 20: Second five-day spring turkey season opens.
  • April 27: Third five-day spring turkey season opens.
  • April 30: Yellow perch season closes on Lake Michigan
  • May 4: Fourth five-day spring turkey season opens.
  • May: 7: General inland fishing season opens.
  • May 7: General inland fishing season opens



Volunteers sought to help protect spawning sturgeon from poachers

news1News Item Copy: OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Each Spring, volunteers are needed to guard lake sturgeon from the Lake Winnebago system as they migrate to spawning sites on the Wolf River to protect the fish from poaching. The Sturgeon Guard program is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Sturgeon for Tomorrow, a local sturgeon conservation organization.

Guards are scheduled in pairs, in 12-hour shifts, with shift changes at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. While it is impossible to predict the exact dates that spawning will occur each year, guards are routinely scheduled somewhere within a window from April 15 through May 5, but exact dates and locations are not predictable, so some shifts have to be cancelled. Spawning generally occurs for a five to seven day period.

Prior to assignment, guards check in at “Sturgeon Camp” just north of Shiocton, where they receive a meal, a sack lunch, two-way radios to stay in contact with conservation wardens, and a Sturgeon Guard identification hat.


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Cast your vote on the meaning of the Second Amendment

news2News Item Copy: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said he does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms. Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today. It will only take a few seconds of your time. Then pass the link on to all the pro gun folks you know. We hope these results will be published later this month. This upcoming year will become critical for gun owners with the Supreme Court's accepting the District of Columbia case against the right for individuals to bear arms.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. VOTE on this one.
  2. Send the link to other folks and have THEM vote - then we will see if the results get published.
  3. The Question is: "Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to bear arms?"
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  5. PLEASE vote... YES!
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