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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

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November 20, 2017

Fish like a girl
The thought of having small children in the woods with weapons strikes fear into the hearts of some. For others, the ability to bring their younger children out in the woods for a chance to harvest an animal of their own is exciting. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 10, 2017


Deer baiting/feeding still banned in northern counties
Hunters and wildlife observers in three northern Wisconsin counties - Forest, Vilas and Oneida - are reminded deer baiting and feeding activities are prohibited, Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officials said.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Hunting through the years
1834: Lafayette County - first reported crop damage by deer.

1851: First closed season for deer, Feb. 1 through June 30; Native Americans permitted to hunt anytime.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Deer baiting/feeding still banned in northern counties
Hunters and wildlife observers in three northern Wisconsin counties - Forest, Vilas and Oneida - are reminded deer baiting and feeding activities are prohibited, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement officials said.
Friday, November 3, 2017

What's new?
Each new deer season lately comes with its own set of changes, it seems, and this year is no different. Gone away are back tags, those leaving the landscape last year. Also gone away are in-person registration stations. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 27, 2017

Youth deer hunt is Oct. 7-8
Youth hunters and those interested in mentoring young hunters are reminded this year's youth deer hunt is October 7 and 8, and please remember to wear blaze orange.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities runs Oct. 7-15
In 2017, 67 landowners in 42 counties have enrolled roughly 80,300 acres of hunting land to provide opportunities for hunters with disabilities to take part in the gun deer hunt.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Antlerless tags go on sale Aug. 14
The hunting season will look a bit differently in Oneida County this year. Antlerless tags will be available for the first time in several years. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 4, 2017

DNR, National Wild Turkey Federation partner to fund Wisconsin position to bolster hunting and fishing
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation officially joined financial forces to secure hunting and fishing participation by funding a new position to introduce novices and reactivate inactive veteran hunters and anglers in Wisconsin.
Friday, August 4, 2017

New-hunter mentor program offered by RGS
The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), a national organization of grouse and woodcock hunters, supports scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species. The local RGS chapter (Chain O' Lakes) is offering a free New-Hunter Mentor Program on Aug. 19 and 20 in Three Lakes.
Friday, August 4, 2017

DNR, Pheasants Forever partner to fund Wisconsin position to bolster hunting, fishing populations
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Pheasants Forever today officially joined financial forces to swell hunting and fishing crowds by funding a new job dedicated to introducing and to reminding both novice and inactive veteran hunters and fishers of the fun to be had in Wisconsin's great outdoors.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Fish like a girl
Earlier this month, the joint finance committee (JFC) effectively got the ball rolling on doing away with carcass tags for turkey, goose and deer. This measure was put through the committee by Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) to be passed as part of the budget under the auspices it is somehow fiscal in nature. This, after legislators agreed to remove matters of policy from the budget, came as a surprise to many sporting groups. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 30, 2017

Natural Resources Board approves CDAC recommendations
Last month, County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) met to put forth recommendations for the 2017 deer hunt. In Oneida County, the recommendation was made to allow some antlerless harvest in the coming gun deer season. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 2, 2017

Local volunteer honored for 50 years of hunter education service
Michael Noonan says teaching hunter education has been an enjoyable and satisfying way to dedicate 50 years to a cause he supports.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Online deer hunter surveys show some similarities, some differences, to previous survey results
Once all of the harvest numbers were in after last fall's 9-day gun deer hunt, the Department of Natural Resources put out the harvest numbers as they received them. Those numbers showed a 30 percent increase in buck harvest in the Northern Forest Zone. Many hunters felt those numbers could not possibly be right. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 19, 2017

Preliminary 2016-17 bobcat harvest information now available
Preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin's 2016-17 bobcat season, the third year of a statewide harvest, show hunters and trappers harvested 338 bobcats.

Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information, and final harvest information should be available by mid-June. These preliminary figures include results from the newly opened southern bobcat harvest zone.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Public opinion helps shape CDAC recommendations in deer herd management
The County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs), for the last three years, have been charged with determining deer herd objectives for their respective counties. Once those objectives have been determined, the CDAC then uses the limited tools currently available to them to attempt to reach those objectives. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 disabled deer hunt sponsor application due June 1
Both landowners and hunters with disabilities are reminded to consider enrollment in the Gun Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities Program, which helps provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy hunting in Wisconsin.
Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Wisconsin waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting seasons finalized
Migratory game bird hunters in Wisconsin will have seasons for duck, geese, dove, woodcock and other migratory game birds that are nearly identical to the structure seen in 2016 under a rule approved by the state Natural Resources Board at its April 12 meeting in Madison.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Fish like a girl
Last weekend, several area youth, and even a few adults, took to the woods for the first time in an attempt to bag a turkey. Having never had the opportunity to hunt turkey before, I decided to attend the classroom portion of the program as an observer, just to check it out. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 14, 2017

Learn to Hunt Turkey program slated for April
Since the Learn to Hunt program rolled out several years ago, many aspiring hunters have enrolled in classes for the species of their choice. There have been Learn to Trap classes as well as Learn to Hunt classes for bear, turkey and deer. These classes are aimed at introducing new hunters, both adults and children over 10. The classes are designed to help new hunters get the basics down and to possibly even harvest their first animal.
Friday, March 24, 2017


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