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Wisconsin Wolf Summit II featured USDA wildlife biologist David Ruid
Wolf Summit II - Focus on Wisconsin was held last weekend at the Sugar Camp town hall and an overview of the summit was published in last weekend's Outdoor section. This summit was a follow-up to the summit held in Cumberland last September and showcased new presenters with a wealth of information on Wisconsin's wolf population. Due to the large amount of information presented at the summit, this is the first installment in a four-part series covering the speakers at the event. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes adopts Thunder Lake Wildlife Area
The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes has joined forces with Department of Natural Resources staff to manage Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County through the Adopt a Wildlife Area program.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fish like a girl
The Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings were held Monday, April 10. The hearings are held every April and are a chance for sportsmen and women to weigh in on any number of issues related to management of the state's fish and wildlife. There is an opportunity for any citizen to create a citizen resolution in an attempt to bring about change in the management of a species about which they are passionate, or to bring an issue to light to be voted on by all attendees in the county in which they bring forth the resolution. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Science on Tap: Michael Samuel presents CWD information
Michael Samuel recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, and last month, at Science on Tap, he talked with attendees about chronic wasting disease (CWD). Samuel said he started studying the disease in 2002 when it started to move into Wisconsin from western states. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Northwoods Wildlife Center cautions public regarding canine distemper in raccoons
Now that spring has arrived, The Northwoods Wildlife Center has been receiving many wildlife calls regarding raccoons that appear to be sick and exhibiting odd behavior.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring hearings bring sportsmen and women together
Each year the Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress hold their spring hearings in April. Monday was the night for sportsmen and women to gather in their counties and have their voices heard with regard to conservation efforts and fish and wildlife management actions across the state. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wisconsin Wolf Summit II separates fact from fiction
Wolf Summit II - Focus on Wisconsin was held last weekend at the Sugar Camp Town Hall. The meeting was well attended by various stakeholders from across the state. Attendees came from as far away as Dane County to discuss the wolf in Wisconsin and how it fits into the overall landscape, including acceptable population levels as seen by different groups. Disease and the need for reforming the Endangered Species Act were also presented as well as public opinions on wolves in general. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 15, 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)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Northwoods region meetings signal beginning of larger statewide process
The Department of Natural Resources will hold three public open houses to gather input regarding outdoor recreation opportunities in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, the agency announced in a press release.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Commitment from Wisconsin's hunters leads to increase in CWD samples received in 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sampled more than 6,000 deer for chronic wasting disease statewide in 2016, nearly doubling the number tested in 2015, the agency announced in a press release.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

the lake where you live
We tend to think of lakes and groundwater as separate entities. The truth is they are intimately connected. In fact, lakes, streams, rivers, groundwater - and rainfall - are all part of one interconnected water system. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

DNR spring hearings set for April 10
The Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings will be held Monday, April 10 in every county in the state. In these hearings, stakeholders are asked many different questions that affect fish and wildlife in the state. Each attendee has the opportunity to voice his or her opinion on each issue by voting yes or no on each question on the questionnaire. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The Oneida County meeting will be held at the James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. The Vilas County meeting will be held at the St. Germain Community Center. Locations for meetings in other counties can be found on the DNR website dnr.wi.gov by searching the keywords "spring hearings." The full spring hearings questionnaire can be downloaded or viewed from their website as well. This is the final part in a five-part series regarding on the questions that will be found on the questionnaire that pertain most specifically to people in the Northwoods.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fish like a girl
Currently, in the state of Wisconsin, when CWD is found in either a captive or wild deer, a feeding and baiting ban is enacted in the county where the deer was killed and also in any county within a 10-mile radius of where the disease was found. This feeding and baiting ban is based on research showing creating unnatural concentrations of deer is likely one avenue by which the disease is spread, and it is a permanent ban. These bans, however, have been a point of contention among hunters and others who feed the deer simply for the pleasure of watching them. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Beaver Management Plan topic of public meeting last week
The state's approach to beaver population management has changed since the 1980s. The plan used to focus solely on controlling populations. However, that changed a bit in the 1990s and the state started to look at both the good and bad aspects of having beavers on waterways throughout the state. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Walleye population crash in Lac Vieux Desert prompts spring hearings question
On Monday, every county in the state will hold an annual Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearing in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring meeting. At these hearings, there will be 88 questions asked of stakeholders regarding how Wisconsin's fish and wildlife populations should be managed. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hanson talks native plants with Nicolet Bird Club
At a Nicolet Bird Club meeting in Three Lakes last week, Brent Hanson of Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander discussed various native plants which can be planted to attract birds. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop schedule announced
Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) is a program used by many lake associations to help get the word out about, and stop the spread of, invasive species in our lakes and rivers. It is a statewide program, manned mostly by volunteers. It is likely that most anglers and boaters have encountered a CBCW volunteer at some point while putting a boat in or taking a boat out of an area water body. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 1, 2017

DNR spring hearings to be held April 10
The Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings are coming up April 10. All fish and wildlife stakeholders are encouraged to participate and to attend the meeting in their county. The meetings will take place at 7 p.m. The Oneida County meeting will be held at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fish like a girl
Spring is the time many of us start to put some real thought into our outdoor living spaces. We strive for a certain look and feel to our yards, we think about hosting summer gatherings and we remember how hot the sun made the house last summer as it streamed through the windows. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 1, 2017

The lake where you live
If you look out at your lake now, it's probably white (if covered with snow) or gray (if bare ice). In a month or so, from your windows, it will be blue. But what color is your lake really? Actually, that depends - on from where you look at it, what's happening with the weather, and what's in the water. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 1, 2017


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