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thiswk225xMARCH 26, 2011 |  SHOW #613

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•Drummers coming soon to a woods near you!
•Kids & Puppies Sunday at the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo
•Lake of the Woods ice action is still hot!

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•Jeff is still ice fishing!
•Meet Dan & the Queen Honey Bee at the Deer & Turkey Expo!

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RESULTS FOR POLL s612
Do you favor extending the archery deer hunting season to include the nine days that are concurrent with the traditional November firearm season?
YES 57% | NO 43% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0% IMPRESSIONS: 198 | RESPONSES: 7 | COMMENTS: 0

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INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON – POLL s613Would you support a rule change that would extend the Northern Wisconsin game fish season (north of Highway 10) to the second Sunday in March of each year? 

BACKGROUND: Northern Wisconsin Game Fish Season Extension

Question #82 in this year’s Spring Fish & Game Rules Hearings will appear as follows:

pollpicThe first Sunday in March is currently the end of the game fish season statewide for all regular inland waters. There is no general differentiation between Northern and Southern Management Zones for the close of the game fish season. Extending the northern Wisconsin (north of Highway 10) game fish season would increase angling opportunity with no biological drawbacks to the fishery. It may also have a positive impact on tourism and would not require any license changes.

Jeremy Zahnow proposed this question. He is circulating a flier urging people to vote yes. Here are excerpts from his flier:

This resolution has gone through the first four preliminary stages with overwhelming support. Please help spread the word in your community and vote yes.

Advantages of extending the Wisconsin Northern Zone Game Fish Season:

• Benefit to Anglers: Increases angler opportunity allowing fishing for an additional 7 days for popular game fish including walleye, northern, bass

• Benefit to Communities: An increase in inter/intrastate tourism promoting a significant economic benefit to the region and local business. This extension would help fill the tourism void in northern Wisconsin for the month of March. Anglers from Wisconsin’s Southern Zone and neighboring states would have the opportunity to fish game fish for an additional week in Wisconsin’s North Woods. Minnesota’s game fish season currently closes at the end of February each year.

• Support: More consistent rule structure throughout the state with average ice-out dates. According to scientific data collected from Wisconsin’s State Climatology Office and the National Snow & Ice Data Center, the average ice-out for Southern Wisconsin is April 21, Central Wisconsin is April 6, and Northern Wisconsin is April 21. Anglers in Southern Wisconsin have 14 days from the close of the season to ice-out, while anglers in Northern Wisconsin have as many as 45 days until ice-out.

Summary: It’s obvious there is a large difference (30 days) in the ice-out dates between Northern and Southern Wisconsin. So why should Wisconsin’s game fish season end on the same day for the entire state? We have a chance to make a positive impact for not just fellow anglers but for all local businesses and economies in Wisconsin’s northern half.

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MIKE ZAGATA

president of the Ruffed Grouse Society, recaps the first 50 years of RGS and shares his vision for 2011.

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JEFF FULLER

owner of Soggy Acres Retrievers in Delavan, Wisconsin, talks about his seminar at the upcoming Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo and his new TV show on the Sportsman Channel, Sporting Dog Adventures.,

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JENNA WALTON

executive director of the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau in Baudette, Minnesota, gives us a fishing report for late-ice walleyes and the coming open-water spring sturgeon season

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eventscalFISHING CONTESTS: Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests
RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY BANQUETS & EVENTS: Online Info: 

OTHER EVENTS

  • March 20, 22 & 27: Fly tying class, Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg. Cost $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Bring tools and thread. Instructor will supply the rest. Pre-registration is required. Contact: 800-287-8098
  • March 26: Wild Game Feast, Kenosha Bible Church. Door prizes, silent auction. Contact: 262-652-4507 ONLINE INFO
  • March 27: Sportsmen’s Expo,  Fox River Christian Church Sportsmen’s Ministry,   2-7 p.m.   Ironman competition, outdoor products, raffles, barbecue chicken dinner  CONTACT: Jim Caughey sportsmen@foxriverchristian.org
  • Public meetings to review current trout regulations:
    • March 28: Delavan Town Hall, 56221 Town Hall Rd., Delavan, 6-8:30 p.m. CONTACT: Doug Welch 262-884-2364
    • March 29: DNR Service Center, 1155 Pilgrim Rd., Plymouth, 6-8:30 p.m. CONTACT: John Nelson 920-425-1263
  • March 28: Wisconsin Fishing Club meeting, Yester Years Pub & Grill, 9427 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. 7 p.m. DNR biologist Bob Wakeman will talk on invasive species. CONTACT; Linda Schulz 414-453-9913, lindaeschulz@wi.rr.com
  • March 30: Milwaukee Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet, Wisconsin Club, 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $125. ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: Scott Anderson 262-786-1416
  • March 31: Washington County Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow Banquet, Washington County Fairgrounds  5 p.m.   Tickets $75, which includes dinner, membership and newsletter.  ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: eMail John Gonnering / 262-675-2681
  • March 31: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center tour of wetlands in Ozaukee County to look for ducks and other waterfowl that migrate before most people see them. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Led by Jean Strelka. Fee: $60 for non-members. Transportation provided. CONTACT: 414-352-2880 ONLINE INFO:
  • April 1-2: Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison. Exhibits, vendors, seminars, much more. CONTACT: Target Communications 262-241-3990 ONLINE INFO:
  • April 1-2: Wild Game Dinner, Spring Lake Church, 2240 Klondike Rd., Green Bay. Seminars, raffles, “Trophies of Grace” display. Daytime events open to all. Dinner and featured speaker Brent Henderson open to men only. Tickets: $15, table of 8: $100. CONTACT: Lee Dudek 920-655-1284, leedhfth@new.rr.com ONLINE INFO
  • April 9: “Talkin’ Turkey with Dan Small,” Plymouth Alliance Church, 1203 Fairview Drive, Plymouth, WI. Doors open 9 a.m. Event is free, but registration is required. CONTACT: John Kohls 920-912-2113 or John Felten 920-526-3484 ONLINE INFO:
  • Apr. 15-17: Prairie Chicken Festival, Buena Vista Festival Grounds, Wisconsin Rapids. ONLINE INFO CONTACT: Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, 715-343-6215
  • Apr. 16: 27th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinics, Milwaukee, Racine, Washington & Waukesha County parks. Clinics begin hourly from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free instruction, equipment loan for kids 15 and under. CONTACT: Matt Coffaro, 414-263-8614 or 414-263-8494.
  • April 28: World Premiere of “Saving the Ghost Birds,” a documentary on the restoration of cranes to Wisconsin. 6 p.m. Stefanie H. Weil Center for the Performing Arts, Sheboygan. General Admission: $10. Silver & Gold Event Packages include reception and/or dinner with Gov. Walker, former Gov. Thompson and other dignitaries. CONTACT: 920-208-3243 ONLINE INFO:

WISCONSIN HUNTING & FISHING SEASONS

  • March 26: Steelhead season opens on Brule River
  • March 31: 2010-2011 hunting and fishing licenses expire
  • April 9-10: Youth Turkey Hunt statewide
  • April 13: First five-day spring turkey season opens
  • April 30: Yellow perch season closes on Lake Michigan
  • May 7: General inland fishing season opens
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Workshops will train people to conduct angler education courses

othernews1MADISON – Adults who love to fish or care about Wisconsin lakes and streams can help pass on a favorite Wisconsin tradition to a new generation by attending angler education training workshops set for the Madison area, Dodgeville, the Wisconsin Dells, and Waukesha in April and May.

The Department of Natural Resources Angler Education Program introduces children to basic fishing skills and connects them to Wisconsin’s lakes and streams. Adults who attend the workshop receive free materials that they can use to teach their own angler education courses and help guide adventures in local water resource investigations.

Fishing equipment and other materials are available for loan to instructors for their programs, according to Theresa Stabo, DNR aquatic resources education director. More workshops are listed as they are scheduled, so check back frequently to theangler education workshop schedule web page or sign up for Angler Education updates to receive e-mail alerts when new sessions have been added.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC CLINICS CONTACT: Kim Anderson, 608-261-6431


No traces of Asian carp found in Milwaukee waterways

othernews2MILWAUKEE — No traces of Asian carp DNA have been found in water samples collected from major Milwaukee waterways, according to the University of Notre Dame researchers who did the sampling.

The researchers notified the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of the results in a letter last week. The DNR provided boats and boat operators to help collect the water samples from the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic rivers and nearby creeks and ponds in November 2010.

“The great news is that all samples were negative for the presence of Asian carp DNA,” says Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wakeman says the results are also an important contribution to the baseline information we’re gathering on aquatic invasive species within the state.”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Wakeman – 262-574-2149

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