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This fawn, seen in Montello in Marquette County, retains clearly visible spots into February.Wisconsin DNR photograph

This fawn, seen in Montello in Marquette County, retains clearly visible spots into February.

Wisconsin DNR photograph

Fishing season for game species closes Sunday, March 3, on most Wisconsin waters. Check the current fishing regulations for waters that remain open to fishing. 


Snowmobile fatalities

DNR Safety Warden/Snowmobile Safety Administrator Gary Eddy reported a 13-year-old boy died Feb. 22, after the snowmobile he was driving collided with a truck on a southern Door County road. Eddy said the victim was riding with a brother, who was behind on a separate snowmobile. 

The accident occurred as the victim attempted to cross the road. An investigation continues.

A 26-year-old Indiana man was killed in a snowmobile accident the afternoon of Feb. 24.

Eddy said the man was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve while driving his snowmobile on a road open to snowmobile traffic in the town of Barnes in Bayfield County.

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors. An investigation continues.

Wisconsin’s snowmobile fatality total for this season stands at 16 as of Feb. 25. There were 10 snowmobile fatalities for all of the 2011-12 season. Wisconsin’s record for snowmobile fatalities was 39 during the winter of 1999-2000.

For information on snowmobile safety, go to dnr.wi.gov/topic/snowmobile/.

Sturgeon spearing season 

Sturgeon spearing season concluded Feb. 24 on Lake Winnebago with 567 total sturgeon taken – 306 on Winnebago itself and 261 from upriver lakes.

The 16-day season can end early if spearers reach quotas, which did happen on the upriver lakes, but not Winnebago. 

Thirty-nine of this year’s sturgeon tipped the scale at over 100 pounds.

Sturgeon spearers cut large holes in the ice and use decoys to attract fish close enough to be speared. The total area of a sturgeon spearing hole can be as large as 48 square feet. 

Lake sturgeon can live many years. An 87-1⁄2-inch, 240-pound female sturgeon was captured and released by DNR crews April 12, 2012, during spawning assessments and was estimated at 125 years old, putting its birthday in the 19th century.

Female sturgeon first spawn when they are 21-34 years old. On average, eggs comprise 20 to 40 percent of their body weight.


‘Cookbook for guys’

“Flannel John” and author Tim Murphy offer over 110 recipes they say guys will use to cook.

The “cookbook for guys” is titled “Flannel John’s Woods & Water Cookbook: Critters, Fritters, Chili & Beer.” 

Recipes include dishes such as Rack of Raccoon and Rattlesnake Chili, but there are traditional dishes too, including burgers, stews, chilies, chicken, beer (as an ingredient) and treats for the hunting dogs.

This book is a second volume; the first was titled “Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook.”

Flannel John is described as equal parts Babe Winkelman, Red Green, Ted Nugent and a crusty mountain man. Born in northern Wisconsin and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, for 50 years he has hunted and fished in 40 states plus Canada and Mexico.

Both of the Flannel John books are available through Amazon.com and at flanneljohn.com.


Fawn still has spots

Most fawns are born close to Memorial Day in Wisconsin, but a few are born a bit later in the year. Many of these later fawns were born to the previous year’s doe fawns and might be behind their peers in development.

Nonetheless, it is still quite rare to see a fawn showing spots in February – but people from the city of Montello in Marquette County have been seeing just that. DNR staff recently witnessed the immature fawn firsthand and were able to photograph it.


Share your pictures and stories

Got the one that didn’t get away? Something interesting happen out on the trail or in the woods or even your 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.

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