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4/16/2014 4:09:00 PM
Outdoors Briefs

Shooting range offers youth instruction

The Boulder Junction Shooting Range is offering a Youth Shooting Instruction Program scheduled Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. beginning on May 15, and running through June 19.

This program will be limited to 10 young men and women, ages 12-17, who must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Participants will learn gun and shooting safety and practice shooting clay targets.

This program is free, and all targets, shells, guns, and instructors will be available at no cost.

If you are interested, contact Bill Washburn at 715-369-0465 or wwshoot@newnorth.net; or Dick Kruger at 715-356-1393 or dickandjean@wildblue.net.


More than 90,000 pounds of venison donated

Hunters, meat processors and food pantries helped the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and its partners donate more than 90,000 pounds of venison to those in need in 2013.

“We are very proud to be part of this community-based program,” DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said. “Anytime we can have a safe, successful deer hunt and donate valuable food to our pantries it’s a win-win for Wisconsin.”

More than 2,000 deer were donated through the DNR deer donation program and processed packages of ground venison were distributed to food pantries statewide. The number of deer donated decreased by 27 percent compared to 2012, likely a result of fewer deer harvested.

“Regardless of the number of deer donated, the program is always considered a success,” DNR wildlife damage biologist Dan Hirchert said.

“The deer donation program was designed to provide an outlet for surplus deer – whether hunters consume their own deer or donate to those in need, the meat is being put to great use.”

Since the program began in 2000, hunters have donated more than 85,000 deer and more than 3.8 million pounds of venison.

The collected meat is distributed to Wisconsin families in need of food assistance. The program relies on cooperation with counties across the state, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services and community programs like Hunt for the Hungry and Target Hunger. 

These organizations help organize donations, coordinate processing, and distribute venison.

For more information about the DNR’s deer donation program and more on how people can help, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “deer donation.”


Forest Legacy Program opportunities

Landowners who have environmentally valuable forestland and are interested in pursuing opportunities to protect their property through the Forest Legacy Program are invited to submit a grant application before June 16.

The Forest Legacy Program is a federal land acquisition program that grants funds to states to protect environmentally important forest land from conversion to non-forest uses. Wisconsin uses the funds to protect large blocks of forest land through conservation easements that focus on the sustainable use of forest resources.

A focus is to keep forest land producing forest products that are important for Wisconsin’s economy. The program also helps provide more public access to forest lands for hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.

To be eligible, landowners must be in one of the State’s Forest Legacy Areas and be willing to obtain a Forest Stewardship Plan for the property. The property must be 75 percent forested or have additional trees planted to meet this requirement.

Application materials are available by contacting forest easement specialist Amy Singh at 608-266-2388 or online at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestPlanning/legacyAreas.html.


Visit with forestry employees online

The DNR is offering an opportunity for you to pose questions to staff as part of the “Ask the experts” online chat.

On Thursday, April 24, the topic will be “Be Ember Aware” to coincide with the division’s fire prevention media campaign. 

Mark your calendar for June 10 to visit with staff about forestry cost-sharing.

The chat is live from noon to 1 p.m. If you’re not available for the live chat, you can read the transcripts of the questions and answers on the chat page.

To find the live chats, visit dnr.wi.gov and search the keywords “ask the experts.”


Germann Road Fire review complete

After a nine-month review process of the Germann Road fire, a report is now complete and available online. The purpose of the review was to clarify what happened and identify the positives, concerns and lessons learned from this May 14, 2013 event – Wisconsin’s largest forest fire in 33 years.

To view the report, visit:



Third suspect in U.P. cougar poaching case pleads no contest

The third suspect involved in the illegal killing of a cougar in Schoolcraft County in December has pleaded no contest to taking/possession of an endangered species, the Michigan DNR reported Tuesday.

Todd Anthony Richard, 40, of Burt, Mich., appeared in court Monday to enter his plea and was sentenced to $625 in fines and costs, along with 24 hours of community service for his role in the poaching incident.

During sentencing, 93rd District Court Judge Mark Luoma made clear that he did not believe the cougar killing was a case of self-defense. Last month, Troy Anthony Richard and Theodore Robert Richard pleaded guilty to their involvement in the case.

To learn more about cougars in Michigan, which are classified as an endangered species under state law, visit www.michigan.gov/cougars.


Share your wild adventures

Big buck? Big fish? Did something interesting happen out on the lake or in the woods or even your own back yard? Share your pictures and/or story with us. 

For pictures, include your first and last name, town you reside in, size of the catch, location (you can be vague if you want to protect a secret spot) and date to: The Lakeland Times, ATTN: Outdoors, P.O. Box 790, Minocqua 54548 or email us at outdoors@lakelandtimes.com. Include a phone number for questions we may have and an SASE for photos to be returned.

If you’d like to share a story of your adventure, email outdoors@lakelandtimes.com or cturk@lakelandtimes.com and include a phone number with your information.


Outdoors Calendar

Monday, April 21

Nicolet Bird Club monthly meeting: 6:30 p.m., Three Lakes Town Hall, 6965 West School Street, Three Lakes. Free and open to the public. Hear about Warren Yahr’s experiences as smoke chaser and forest ranger in the remote wilderness of Northern Idaho in the 1940s. And learn about “Paddy,” a wild grouse that became an intimate friend. Information: Bill at 715-891-5084.


Tuesday, April 22

Earth Day Bird Hike: 8:30-10 a.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Celebrate Earth Day with a program and birding hike that looks at birding conservation issues and ways we can help. $5/members; $7/non-members. Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.


Wednesday, April 23

Turkey hunt: Spring turkey hunting, period B, opens. The period runs through Tuesday, April 29.


Saturday, April 26

Treehaven Presents River Canoeing: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Treehaven, W2540 Pickerel Creek Road, Tomahawk. Learn basic river maneuvering skills while enjoying a float down a scenic Northwoods river. Equipment provided. $35/person. Register by April 19. Information: www.uwsp.edu/treehaven.

Picture Post Project: 1-4 p.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Join in a new citizen science project. Picture posts are permanent stations to take pictures of a landscape over time in order to monitor environmental change. The pictures provide data that may examine changes in plant phenology, water and snow levels and even measure the growth of a tree. Dress for indoor/outdoor activities. Pre-registration required by April 21. Cost is $20/person (all materials included). Information: 715-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.


Sunday, April 27

Season closure: Early catch-and-release only trout season closes at midnight. Season is not open on all waters and is artificial bait only.


Tuesday, April 29 

Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop: 5-7:30 p.m., Committee Room Two, second floor, Oneida County Courthouse, Rhinelander. Signs will be displayed to guide attendees to the correct room. Email msadauskas@co.oneida.wi.us to reserve a spot.

Acoustic bat monitoring training: 5-7 p.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Learn how to be a part of the monitoring team and conduct surveys on your property. Volunteers of all ages welcome. Free, but pre-registration by April 26 is required. Information: 715-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.


Wednesday, April 30

Turkey hunt: Spring turkey hunting, period C, opens. The period runs through Tuesday, May 6.

Season closure: Otter trapping season closes in the north zone.


Saturday, May 3

Fishing season opener: The general inland fishing opens. The season runs through March 1, 2015.

Women’s learn to shoot: 10 a.m.-noon. The Minocqua Gun Club will sponsor a women’s “learn to shoot” clinic at the Minocqua Gun Club. Cost is $15. Bring your own 12 or 20 gauge shotgun or rent one from the club for $5. To reserve a spot, email the MGC at gunclubminocqua@gmail.com.


Wednesday, May 7

Brown Bag Lunch – hummingbirds: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Minocqua Public Library, 415 Menomonie Street, Minocqua. Join North Lakeland Discovery Center staff for a free lunchtime program (starting at noon). Everyone is invited to bring their sack lunch (light snacks and coffee provided by the library). Part of the Center’s Brown Bag Program, this month learn about the life cycle, biology, migratory feat and amazing adaptations of the hummingbird. Information: 715-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.


Friday, May 9-Saturday, May 10

Tenth annual Birding Festival: North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Birding enthusiasts are invited to join the beautiful Northwoods during the peak of spring migration. Field trips, workshops, live bird banding and more starting Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a welcome reception and bird photography presentation and continues on Saturday with field trips to local birding hot spots, banding demonstrations, keynote presentation, and other presentations. Registration is $50 ($40/members and $20/students and youth under 18). Information: 715-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.


Friday, May 16-Sunday, May 18

Chamber annual walleye tournament: Headquartered at the Presque Isle Community Center, 8306 School Loop Road, Presque Isle. Starts Friday with registration and orientation 10-11 a.m. Fishing on five (5) lakes in Presque Isle Friday noon-8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-noon and 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 7-11 a.m. Cash prizes and fish fry lunch included. $25 individual entry fee. Information: 715-686-2910; 888-835-6508; or www.presqueisle.com.


Saturday, May 17

Canoeing and Birding Paddle: 8-9:30 a.m., Allequash Lake, Allequash Lake Road, Boulder Junction. Join a Discovery Center naturalist-guide for an opportunity to view eagles, catch warbler migration in full swing and more. Pre-registration required. $12/members; $15/non-members (BYO boat and paddle or equipment rental available). Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.

Flatwater canoeing for beginners: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Treehaven, W2540 Pickerel Creek Road, Tomahawk. Learn the basics of canoeing. This program is ideal for families and kids age 10 and older. Equipment and guided instruction is provided. Register by May 9 online at www.uwsp.edu/treehaven or call 715-453-4106.

If you’d like to include an upcoming outdoor event in our Outdoor Calendar: Email your information to: cturk@lakelandtimes.com, stop by The Lakeland Times office, or mail your information to The Lakeland Times, ATTN: Outdoors, P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548.

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