Dog depredations by wolves
On Jan. 1, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a hound that was running coyotes in southern Clark County. The eight-year-old running Walker cross was killed in Levis Township. The caution area is a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.
On Jan. 18, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a three-year-old female beagle that was hunting snowshoe hares. The attack occurred southwest of Park Falls in Price County. The caution area is a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.
Caution areas are created to warn hunters and dog owners about wolf attacks that occur in hunting situations. Caution areas do not represent actual wolf territories.
Anyone suspecting a wolf attack in northern Wisconsin should call USDA-WS immediately at 800-228-1368 (in state) or 715-369-5221.
DNR hires bear, wolf and furbearer researcher
A new furbearer research scientist has joined the DNR to provide information for the management of wolves, bears, bobcats, otters and other furbearers across Wisconsin. Nathan Roberts will be located in the DNR Bureau of Science Services but will work closely with the wildlife management and natural heritage inventory bureaus to implement research projects and oversee ongoing monitoring programs.
“The goal of this position is to work with DNR managers and a variety of stakeholders to take an in-depth look at new methods and tools we can use to estimate the distribution and abundance of animal populations such as wolves, Karl Martin, Wildlife and Forestry Research Section chief, said.
A five-year wolf project aims to improve the accuracy of population estimates and identify alternative methods to track population changes over time. Other projects focus on tracking bear and bobcat range expansion which will provide further input on annual hunting quotas and harvest zones.
Roberts’ previous research experiences include working with furbearers and carnivores at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and most recently with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska.
As of Feb. 6, all baiting and feeding of deer must stop in both Waupaca and Shawano counties, due to the discovery of a CWD-positive whitetail deer in November within a 10-mile radius of those counties.
Michigan increases fines for poaching antlered deer
New state laws designed to deter poaching of antlered bucks, especially those with trophy-sized racks, are now in effect the Michigan DNR announced Feb. 10.
The new laws make several changes to the fines and restitution payments for poaching deer, including a progressive penalty system:
• For any deer with or without antlers, the base restitution will be $1,000;
• For any antlered deer, there will be an additional restitution of $1,000 plus;
• For antlered deer with 8 to 10 points, an additional $500 will be assessed for each point; and
• For antlered deer with 11 or more points, an additional $750 will be assessed for each point.
A “point” is defined in the bill as being at least 1 inch long as measured from its tip to the nearest edge of the antler beam.
As an example, illegally killing a 10-point buck in Michigan will now result in a $7,000 restitution plus fines and court costs.
2014 Antler Contest
The Wisconsin Sport Show announces the 2014 Antler Contest sponsored by Scheels. This contest is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded by random drawing of all entries.
Whitetail trophies will be measured by certified measurers with each entrant receiving a written certification for their records. In addition to whitetail antlers, moose, bear, and elk can be measured at the event and also receive written certification reports.
Official measurers with the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club will be on site all weekend and will provide certification and entry information for trophies qualifying for the state record books.
Entry fee is $20 and includes measurement, written certification, and one adult admission to the show. Multiple entries per person are allowed. Trophies may be dropped off on Friday, March 14, from 4-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., or Sunday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-noon.
Entries must be picked up on Sunday, March 16, from 3-5 p.m. Prizes awarded on event main stage at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, March 16, by random drawing. Over $1,000 in prizes to be given away including Scheels gift cards and a resort vacation valued at $500.
Event hours are 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Advanced admission tickets are $6, or $8 at the door for ages 11 and older; 10 and younger are free. Tickets are available on-line at www.wisportshow.com, Eau Claire Scheels store, or any Gordy’s County Market location.
For more information, visit www.wisportshow.com.
Bird City Wisconsin Summit
The 2014 annual meeting of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative will be held March 21-22 in Oshkosh as a “best practices” conference for those involved in the state’s 76 Bird City Wisconsin communities and others interested in the initiative.
Built around the Bird City program goal of “Making Our Communities Healthier for Birds ... and People,” the two-day conference will be held Friday and Saturday March 21-22 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh.
Special state government room rates ($70 a night) are available for those attending, and the two-day registration fee is only $35, which includes Friday and Saturday continental breakfast and Friday lunch.
Conference details and registration forms are available at http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/.
Hotel reservations need to be made by Feb. 26 at http://www.oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com/ or by phone at 920-230-1900 or toll-free at 855-230-1900.
Minnesota’s moose population trend shows no significant change
Results of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual aerial moose survey place the 2014 statewide moose population estimate at 4,350. The 2013 estimate was 2,760 but due to variability in the estimates, this year’s estimate does not represent a statistically significant change.
“The higher estimate this winter likely is related to ideal survey conditions rather than any actual increase in the population,” Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota DNR, said. “This year’s heavy snows across northeastern Minnesota made it comparatively easy to spot dark-bodied moose against an unbroken background of white.”
Cornicelli said this year’s estimate is very close to the 2012 estimate of 4,230, which suggests that last year’s estimate may have under-counted the population.
“All wildlife population surveys have inherent degrees of uncertainty,” he said. “Long-term trend and population estimates are more informative and significant than annual estimates.”
That long-term trend shows Minnesota’s moose population is continuing a significant downward trend. Even with this year’s higher population estimate, the number of moose is about half of 2006’s estimate of 8,840.
No final decision about moose hunting will be made until after the DNR consults with the affected Chippewa bands in the 1854 Treaty ceded territory of northeastern Minnesota. The DNR suspended the season in 2013 because of last year’s low population estimate.
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Saturday, Feb. 22
Carrol Lake Ice Fishing Contest: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Headquartered at the Carrol Lake boat landing, Woodruff. Formerly Brandy Lake Tournament. Sponsored by Custom Caretaking and Landscaping to benefit Angel on My Shoulder. Information: 715-356-6961.
Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Donner’s Bay Resort, 2974N Hiawatha Road, Butternut. Ice Fishing on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Information: 715-476-2555.
Stormy Kromer Frozen Tozen Winter Fest: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Ice fishing 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Boulder Lake, Airport Road, Boulder Junction; proceeds benefit the Boulder Junction Boat Landing Improvement Fund. Sledding and bon fire, turkey bowling, shuffleboard, snowshoe races and other winter activities at Boulder Junction Winter Park, Old Highway K; proceeds to benefit Boulder Junction Community Food Pantry. Wear your Stormy Kromer hat for a free bowl of chili. Awards ceremony and raffle drawing 5:30 p.m. at Gooch’s A-1 Bar & Grill. Information: 715-385-2400 or www.boulderjct.org.
The Mercer Lions Ice Fishing Jamboree: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Carow Park Pavilion, County Highway J, Mercer. Food, refreshments, games, raffles. Your raffle ticket is your entry for the fishing tournament. Cash prizes for three places. Information: Max Ackerman, event chairman, at 715 476-0166 or email@example.com.
Owl Prowl and Night Hike: 6-8 p.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Explore the unique adaptations that make owls some of the most stealthy and successful nocturnal hunters in the Northwoods. Put your own senses to the test venturing into the night in search of these magnificent birds. Dress in layers for indoor/outdoor settings. Ages 10-plus welcome; youth must be accompanied by an adult. Cost $12 ($9 members). Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.
Sunday, Feb. 23
Eighth Annual Kids Fishing Jamboree: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.. West Shore Public Boat Landing on Lac Vieux Desert, West Shore Landing Road, Land O’ Lakes. Great fishing for all children 18 and under. Food and refreshments available. Prizes for all. Bait provided. No entry fee. No dogs please. Information: 715-545-3434.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Sno-Eagle’s Guided Snowmobile Rides: 9-11:30 a.m., 116 S. Railroad Street, Eagle River. Starting from the old train depot in Eagle River, explore area snowmobile trails (conditions permitting). Information: 715-479-5599.
Thursday, Feb. 27
All Things Upcycling – Rags to Bags: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Manitowish Waters Koller Library. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. Instructor Sherlene Schmidt from Glad Rag Rugs will lead this workshop where you will learn how to use scraps of fabric to create a tote bag. Bring scraps of fabric, ribbons, and old t-shirts. Ages 10-plus welcome; youth must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is encouraged. Cost $7 ($5 members). Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.
Friday, Feb. 28
• Cottontail rabbit season closes in northern and southern zones.
• Mink trapping season closes in the northern, southern and Mississippi zones.
Saturday, March 1
WinMan Trails Inspiration Snowshoe: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., WinMan Trails, County Highway J and County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Get outdoors while sharing inspirational quotes and sayings from some of the great conservationists of our time. Cost: $5/members; $7/non-members. Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.
Saturday and Sunday. March 1-2
Klondike Days: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, Headquartered at the Northland Pines High School, 1800 Pleasure Island Road, Eagle River. This event features many activities including presentation of Native American culture, chainsaw carving competitions, dog weight pulls, one and two-horse log pulls, lumberjack competition, River Country Red’s Rendezvous and a huge winter craft show. Information: 715-617-0272.
Wednesday, March 5
Brown Bag Lunch – Ravens and Crows: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Boulder Junction Public Library, 5386 Park Street, Boulder Junction. 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. Learn about the legends, habits and adaptations and sensibilities of ravens and crows. Information: 715-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.
Science On Tap: 6:30 p.m., Minocqua Brewing Company, 238 Lakeshore Drive, Minocqua. Join Anna Pidgeon, a professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to learn more about birds and how interactions with humans affect them. Information: www.scienceontapminocqua.org or 715-356-2600.
Saturday, March 8
Porcupines and Porcupets Hike: 1-3:30 p.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Join in a snowshoe adventure through beautiful forests while looking for signs of porcupine. Ages eight-plus welcome; youth must be accompanied by an adult. Start in the classroom with a short program so dress in layers for indoor/outdoor activities. Cost: $8/members; $10/non-members. Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.
Sunday, March 9
Lions Club Kids’ Fisheree: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Club 45, 4800 Old 45 Road, Conover. Ice fishing on Denton Lake. This is a kids’ ice fishing event with all holes drilled and equipment furnished. Proceeds benefit Lions club programs. Information: 715-479-6673.
Wednesday, March 12
Winter Bird Photography: 9-11:30 a.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Join assistant director and nature photographer Azael Meza as he shares his expertise on recommended gear, types and placement of bird feeders. Participants will go on a guided snowshoe hike for seasonal photo opportunities; includes swans, chickadees, woodpeckers, and nuthatches. Pre-registration required by March 10. Cost: $12/members; $15/non-members. Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.
If you’d like to include an upcoming outdoor event in our Outdoor Calendar: Email your information to: firstname.lastname@example.org, stop by The Lakeland Times office, or mail your information to The Lakeland Times, ATTN: Outdoors, P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548.