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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, September 27, 2019 7:25 AM
Saturday is the greatest the day of the year as far as I’m concerned. It’s the opening of the wild duck season, and this year, just like in previous years, even though I’ve awaited this day anxiously since it closed last November, I’m unprepared. (subscriber access)
  • Northwoods Wildlife Center accepting deer heart donations
    Hunters who harvest a deer this year can show a little heart and donate their deer heart to the Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC). (subscriber access)
  • DNR evaluates crossbow use in Wisconsin
    At the request of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) in March, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began a comprehensive evaluation of crossbow use in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
  • With duck hunting, everything is about the set-up spot. Birds are not only paranoid but picky and have limitless choices on where to fly and land, and despite the allure of decoys, if ducks aren’t flying in the area they won’t see them.
  • While duck hunting last weekend, I took winter head on — as in rowing straight into a pouring snow through the dark early morning across a lake. (subscriber access)
  • Drop-off sites established across the Northwoods for CWD testing
    For years Northern Wisconsin had luckily, for the most part, been free of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), but it eventually made its way to the Northwoods.  

    Last year it was found in two deer from the wild herd in south central Oneida County near the Lincoln County border in the town of Crescent. (subscriber access)
  • As Wisconsin’s hunters are taking to the water during the 2019 waterfowl hunting season, many will be utilizing Oneida County’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands that offer exceptional and diverse habitats for hunting. However, hunters should be aware that invasive plants and animals, large and small, are a looming threat to our fragile natural resources. 
  • If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the duck season, as it progresses and the temperatures get colder and colder, the amount of boats at the launch in the morning diminish greatly. (subscriber access)
  • Saturday is the greatest the day of the year as far as I’m concerned. It’s the opening of the wild duck season, and this year, just like in previous years, even though I’ve awaited this day anxiously since it closed last November, I’m unprepared. (subscriber access)
  • September stacked full of hunting season openers
    For hunting enthusiasts, September is the most glorious time of the year. Almost every fall species opens up, from small game to the archery deer season. So get your shotgun and bow dusted off because opening days abound. (subscriber access)
  • DNR asking for samples of harvested grouse to test for West Nile virus
    Ruffed grouse season is right around the corner, beginning in zone A on Sept. 14, and like last year, the Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters who harvest a grouse to submit a sample of their bird to be tested for West Nile virus. (subscriber access)
  • The Department of Natural Resources is expanding the Adopt-a-Dumpster and Adopt-a-Kiosk programs to offer more residents, organizations and businesses across the state the chance to support deer hunters having their deer tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) and help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Natural reaction
    The faint band of blue that breaks the darkness of the morning’s black eastern sky, when the planet leans just enough toward the sun to allow a bit of sight, is like a conductor’s baton signaling to all birds to begin to sing. In spring, about the time the sunrise reaches a shade of burning red only replicated in nature on the bright spots on a brown trout, is when turkeys take center stage with their gorgeous, guttural gobble. (subscriber access)
  • Oneida CDAC sets antlerless quota at 1,175
    After gathering public input, from both an online survey and their meeting on April 17, the Oneida County Deer Advisory Council decided to alter their preliminary recommendations to the Natural Resources Board for deer management in the county for the 2019 deer season. (subscriber access)
  • This month Taylor Finger, the Department of Natural Resources migratory game bird ecologist, presented the 2019 migratory bird season framework to the Natural Resources Board (NRB). (subscriber access)
  • Turkey season begins
    For turkey hunters whose minds have been gobbled up with visions of bagging a long beard, the wait is over.  The 2019 spring turkey season was underway Wednesday as Period A opened up on April 17 and will run through April 23. (subscriber access)
  • Vilas County CDAC sets a 200 antlerless deer quota for 2019 deer season
    In March, the Vilas County Deer Advisory Council, which is overseeing a three-year plan to maintain the population of the county’s deer herd, set a preliminary antlerless deer quota of 200 deer to meet its 2019 population goal. To achieve that quota, the council recommended offering 500 antlerless quota tags to be issued this fall; 350 for private land and 150 for public land. (subscriber access)
  • As my nephew, Truman Leisses, and I climbed our way up a massive hill through the early morning darkness last Saturday, the gobbles of turkeys, the colloquial cries of sandhill cranes and the honking of geese blended into perfect prehistoric harmony. (subscriber access)
  • The annual spring fish and wildlife public hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) county meetings were held all across the state Monday night. (subscriber access)
  • Hodag Sports Club holds 42nd annual banquet
    Huge crowds gathered Tuesday night at the Quality Inn in Rhinelander for the 42nd annual Hodag Sports Club banquet. (subscriber access)
  • At last month’s Natural Resources Board, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife damage specialist Brad Koele updated the board on the agriculture damage program. This program compensates farmers for damage to crops in the field as well as after normal agricultural processes. (subscriber access)
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