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4/17/2013 10:26:00 AM
Outdoor Briefs
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Bobcat forum

Senator Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) announced a bobcat forum with DNR furbearer specialist John Olson.

On Thursday, April 18, Olson will be discussing bobcat numbers and management practices in the state. The forum will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Crandon High School auditorium, 9750 U.S. Highway 8, Crandon.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend to share their questions, concerns, or experiences with Wisconsin’s bobcat management practices.


New carnivore specialist

David MacFarland, who has worked as the wolf, bear and furbearer research scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources since 2010, has been named to the position of carnivore staff specialist for DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management.

“David was a valuable member of the wolf season framework team that developed rules and harvest quotas for Wisconsin’s first wolf season in 2012,” Bill Vander Zouwen, DNR wildlife ecology section chief, said. “David has also worked closely with many citizens to conduct carnivore research, most notably in the completion of two black bear population estimates.”

MacFarland holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Messiah College, a master’s degree in conservation biology and sustainable development and a doctorate in wildlife ecology, both from UW-Madison.

In his new position, MacFarland will be responsible for the wolf management, bear management and cougar response programs for our bureau.

“Management of Wisconsin’s large carnivores is arguably more interesting now than ever,” MacFarland said. “Wolves are fully state managed for the first time in decades, bear populations have grown and cougars are returning after a long hiatus. The decisions made over the next few years will lay the foundation for several decades of carnivore management.

“I am looking forward to working with the citizens of the state as we decide together how to manage these species now and into the future.”

MacFarland began his position April 7 and is stationed out of the DNR office in Rhinelander.


From the DNR’s Warden Wire

Warden Jim Jung of Rhinelander reported that a fall 2012 investigation of possession of three illegal deer, illegal wild turkeys, trapping violations, felon in possession of a firearm and child neglect was settled in Oneida County Court. The defendant pled guilty to possession of an illegal deer with a $2,100 fine and revocation of DNR privileges along with one count of carrying a concealed firearm.

Warden Tim Ebert of Woodruff responded to a request from Woodruff Police to assist with locating two people on snowshoes who sent a text message to one of their parents requesting help. Warden Ebert and a Woodruff police officer located the people and it was found that the text message the parent received had been sent several days prior while they were having computer problems.

Warden Kelly Crotty of Florence investigated a Michigan resident for guiding a bear hunter without a guide license. (Non-residents are not eligible for a guide license.) Enforcement action was taken.

Warden Tim Ebert worked with wardens Rich Thole, Mike Sealander and forest ranger Mark Kubisiak to set up and host a turkey Learn to Hunt event. Snow and rain hampered success with one turkey being harvested out of the 8 participants. Wildlife biologist Michele Woodford provided turkey information at the field day. The event was sponsored by the Boulder Junction Shooting Range, J.L. Brost Builders, and Dave Stenz Construction. The sponsors provided funding, food, equipment, and mentorship to make the event possible.

Warden Tim Price of Eagle River attended the Vilas County Forestry Committee meeting where Price introduced the Kid’s Don't Float program to the committee staff. The committee expressed their interest in partnering in the program. Price attended the Vilas County snowmobile safety committee meeting.


Fishing opener just over two weeks out

Wisconsin’s general hook and line fishing season opens Saturday, May 4.

This is the general inland waters game fish opener for trout, walleye, northern pike, and bass. The bass season is catch and release only through June 14 in the northern bass management zone.

Muskellunge season in waters south of State Highway 10 opens May 4; anglers north of Highway 10 have to wait until May 25 to pursue muskies.

Check the current Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations pamphlet for exceptions regarding specific game species and waters.


Sharp-tailed grouse program

On Monday, May 6, North Lakeland Discovery Center Bird Club will host a program on “The Status and Management of Sharp-tailed Grouse on the Chequamegon National Forest.”

Dan Eklund, Chequamegon National Forest Biologist, will present the program at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

The presentation will start at 7 p.m. at the center’s Bobcat Lodge. For more information, contact Jim at 239-776-5279.


Outdoor Calendar

Tuesday, April 23

Early Bird Hike: 6:30-8:30 a.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Bring your binoculars and a good pair of hiking shoes. Hike designed for hikers of all levels. Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.

Northwoods Bat Monitor Training: 5-7 p.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center. Bats in Wisconsin are under threat of white nose syndrome. Learn how to be part of our Acoustic Bat Monitoring team and conduct surveys on your lake or property. Advance registration required. Free program. Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.


Wednesday, April 24

Spring turkey: Spring turkey hunting period C opens. The period runs through April 30.


Sunday, April 28

Season closure: Early catch-and-release only trout season closes at midnight. Season is artificial bait only.


Tuesday, April 30

Season closures: Otter trapping season closes in the North zone. The yellow perch season closes on Lake Michigan and tributaries. The perch season reopens June 16.


Wednesday, May 1

Science on Tap: 6:30 p.m., Minocqua Brewing Company, 238 Lakeshore Drive, Minocqua. Presenting “The Call of the Loon: Protecting Northwoods Loons for Future Generations.” DNR wildlife toxicologist and ecologist Michael Meyer will talk about the recovery of the common loon in the Northwoods. Information: 715- 356-9494 or media@limnology.wisc.edu.


Saturday, May 4

Fishing opener: General hook and line fishing season opens for trout, walleye, northern pike and bass (bass are catch and release only in the northern zone through June 14). Muskellunge season opens in waters south of State Highway 10.


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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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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