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Do you have confidence in the new leadership of the Wisconsin DNR?
BACKGROUND: MADISON – Newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, Cathy Stepp, announced her picks for the number two and three spots in the agency.
Stepp has appointed Waukesha Attorney Matt Moroney as deputy and long-time legislator Rep. Scott Gunderson, R-Waterford, as executive assistant. As deputy, Moroney will oversee day-to-day operations of the agency. Gunderson will take a lead in wildlife- related issues and will build DNR’s relationship with the Legislature.
Stepp expects to lead policy and direction, will concentrate on improving customer relations and in streamlining and simplifying permitting, and develop relations with outside groups, saying she intends to “showcase what we are doing right.”
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RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY BANQUETS & EVENTS Online Info:
- Deer hunters: if you don’t have plans for your deer hides, why not donate them to a worthy cause? The folks at Milwaukee Elks Lodge No. 46 are accepting deer hides to be tanned and made into gloves and other products for the disabled. The Elks Lodge is located at 5555 W Good Hope Road in Milwaukee. You can drop off hides in the basket in the front hallway. Ring the buzzer for 24-hour access. CONTACT: 414-353-2900, ext. 4
- Sundays through Mar. 6: Buck Trail Archers Weekly 3D Diehard Challenge, 32622 Yahnke Rd., Burlington. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments available. Online Info: Contact: 262-763-9656
- Jan. 14: Plymouth Alliance Church Outdoor Family Ministry Banquet, 6 p.m., Amore Banquet Hall, 18 W. Mill St., Plymouth, WI. Door prizes. $15.00 per person. Online Info: Contact: 920-526-3484
- Jan. 21-30: Milwaukee Boat Show, State Fair Park. Sixteen dealers will display hundreds of boats from canoes, runabouts and fishing boats to pontoons and motor yachts. Other features include Swampmaster, alligator wrestler Jeff Quatrocci, antique and classic boats, fishing seminars, boater safety certification class, live music of Michael Drake, fishing seminars and more. Admission $9. Kids under 12 free with paid adult. Online Info:
- Jan. 22-23: Racine Instinctive Bowmen Winter Indoor 3-D Shoot. 14403 50th Rd., Sturtevant, WI. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. All shooting styles welcome. 36 targets. Online Info:
- Jan. 30: Annual Coon Feed, 4 p.m., Delafield American Legion, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road, Delafield. $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Contact: 262-646-3930
- Feb. 4: Waukesha County Conservation Alliance 50th Annual Dinner, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royal Mile Rd., Oconomowoc. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 7:00. Tickets $40 must be ordered by Jan. 19. Contacts: Ken 262-547-2802; Sid 262-542-3684
- Feb. 11-13: Milwaukee Muskie Expo, State Fair Park. Seminars, tackle, boats, guides, resorts, lodges & more. Online Info: Contact: Reuter Show Productions 608-445-4645
- Feb. 16: Outdoor Wisconsin Banquet, Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee. Dinner, raffles, auctions, meet cast and crew of Outdoor Wisconsin. Doors open 5:30. Online Info: Contact: Kat Reilly 414-297-7875
- Feb. 18-20: Central Wisconsin Sports Show, Patriot Center, Wausau. Boats, motors, charters, resorts, seminars, outdoor gear, tackle, guns, guides, campgrounds, archery & more. Online Info: Contact: CIA Marketing 715-757-2370
- Feb. 19: Havenwoods Annual Winter Naturefest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee. Activities for families and youth groups: mammal tracking and winter survival, snowshoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides, winter camping tips, K9 search and rescue demo. Online Info:, Contact: Havenwoods 414-527-0232
- Feb. 25-27: Madison Fishing Expo, Alliant Energy Center. Largest all-fishing show in the Midwest. Seminars, trout pond, boats, motors, tackle, guides, outfitters, resorts, free youth activities & more. Wounded warriors and kids under 12 get in free. Online Info: Contact: Chuck Rolfsmeyer 608-245-1040.
- Mar. 5-7: Southeast Wisconsin Fishing & Hunting Expo, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc. Outdoor gear, fishing tackle, boats, motors, archery test/shooting room, youth scavenger hunt archery shoot & trout pond, Lazer Shot shooting system, seminars. Online Info: Contact: 262-965-2088
- Mar. 9-13: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, State Fair Park. Boats, motors, fishing tackle, outdoor gear, guides & outfitters, resorts & campgrounds, climbing wall, archery range, kids shooting gallery, Family Adventure Pavilion, trout pond, seminars & much more. Online Info: Contact: Great Outdoors, LLC 800-472-2070
- Mar. 11-13: Central Wisconsin RV & Camping Show, Patriot Center, Wausau. RVs & campers, campgrounds, tents, camping gear, power sports, , trucks & SUVs, tourist attractions, seminars, real estate & more. Online info: Contact: CIA Marketing 715-757-2370
WISCONSIN HUNTING & FISHING SEASONS
- Jan. 31: Late bow deer season ends in Metro units
- Jan. 31: Squirrel season closes. Ruffed grouse season closes in Zone A
- Jan. 31: Late archery deer season closes in metro units
- Feb. 12: Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing season opens
- Feb. 28: Rabbit season closes
10 fishing developments tee up great 2011 fishing
MADISON – Wisconsin anglers can look forward to more great fishing opportunities in 2011 as anglers turn the page on a record-setting 2010, state fisheries officials say.
“We realize how critically important fishing is in Wisconsin both as a cultural activity and as a part of our economy,” says Mike Staggs, Department of Natural Resources fisheries director. “We’ve worked hard to improve fishing in Wisconsin. Anglers enjoyed the results of that work in 2010, and should continue to see more of the same in 2011 and beyond.”
10 Signs of Good Fishing in 2011
Nearly half of Wisconsin adults say they fish, and they catch 88 million fish annually, based on DNR’s 2006-7 statewide mail survey of anglers. Fishing generates $2.75 billion in economic impact in the state, supports more than 30,000 jobs, and provides $195 million in tax revenue for state and local governments. DNR’s fisheries program receives no state tax dollars but is wholly supported by fishing license sales and federal grants.
Here are the top 10 events/developments of 2010 that foreshadow even better fishing opportunities in 2011 and beyond.
1. State record lake sturgeon speared.
2. World record brown trout pulled from Lake Michigan near Racine.
3. Trout fishing opportunities grow with addition of 58 new trout waters.
4. Wild Rose Fish Hatchery is renovated, producing more and healthier fish.
5. Recovery of lake trout in Lake Superior.
6. Large-scale Mississippi River habitat projects improve fishing.
7. Trophy musky haul among the top three.
8. Wisconsin maintains a solid walleye fishery that accommodates sport and tribal harvest.
9. Successful containment of VHS fish virus so far and implementation of rules that will help protect gainst the next big (or microscopic) invader.
10. Chinook harvests hit record levels.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Staggs (608) 267-0796