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VOL: FEBRUARY 04, 2012     ISSUE: SHOW #705
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• Jimmy Houston goes ice fishing in Wisconsin
• Expert tips for self-defense

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• Jeff prepares for the Ice Fishing World Championship in Kazakhstan
• Dan gets ready for the Outdoor Wisconsin Banquet Feb. 22

 

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Do you trust the DNR to manage wolves now that they have been delisted?
YES 50.0% | NO 36.4% | MAYBE 4.5% | UNDECIDED 9.1% | COMMENTS [7]

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Do you favor legalizing statewide motor trolling?

No Closed Seasons, Statewide Trolling Top DNR Fishery Questions

pollpicThe legalization of statewide motor trolling is among the 23 questions the Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management will ask attendees at the annual spring fish and game hearings on Monday, April 9.

All questions at this year’s hearings will be advisory only. Act 21, passed late last year, restricts administrative rule changes to odd-numbered years, so if attendees favor statewide motor trolling, a new rule would not be proposed until 2013 and would not go into effect until 2014.

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JIMMY HOUSTON

Bass fishing legend, Jimmy Houston, enjoys his first day of ice fishing

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GLENN HELGELAND

Director of the Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo gives us a preview of this year’s expo

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MICHAEL BENDER

Proprietor of Personal Protection Academy discusses the lawful use of force in self-defense situations

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KYLE BURDEN

Manager of Kirkwood Resort and Marina in West Yellowstone, MT, reports on ice fishing opportunities in West Yellowstone and this weekend’s NAIFC tournament on Hebgen Lake

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madoutrptsGENE DELLINGER | Proprietor of D&S Bait reports ice on all the lakes of the Madison chain and anglers are catching perch on Lakes Mendota, Monona and Waubesa and some nice walleyes on Mendota bellinger
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Study reveals benefits of native plants on water quality, wildlife and property values

Lakeshore restoration projects focus on natural “makeover”

newspic1VILAS COUNTY – A sign along Moon Lake’s scenic shoreline in Vilas County asks campers to take time to appreciate the flourishing native plants, revived fish populations and nesting birds – all compliments of a natural “extreme makeover” completed by public and private partners dedicated to improving water quality and wildlife habitat.

The Wisconsin Lakeshore Restoration Project is a collaborative research study testing how shoreline restorations at developed sites improve water quality and revive native plants and wildlife.

“We are measuring whether these restorations will result in less pollution run-off to lakes and improve fish and wildlife habitat,” says Michael Meyer, project lead and research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Integrated Science Services.

The multi-site project began in 2007 with more than $500,000 in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, state protection grants and local lake organizations.

“Our primary objective is to measure how ell our efforts improve fish and wildlife habitat and to help fish and wildlife populations,” says Meyer. “If restoration goals are met, this will result in cleaner water, a healthier lake and likely improved property values.”

Six projects have already been completed, including the 2009 project at Moon Lake. The study focused on the Moon Beach Camp property, used by about 2,000 visitors annually. Researchers found willing partners with 27 lakefront property owners and groups involved including the United Church Camps Incorporated, which owns the Moon Beach Camp property in St. Germain Township.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Michael Meyer, DNR research scientist, Ashland – (715) 365-8858 eMail

More than 9.000 bear permits available for the 2012 season

MADISON – A little more than 9,000 bear harvest permits will be available for the 2012 black bear season, about the same number of permits as last year.

The Natural Resources Board approved offering 9,015 harvest permits at their Jan. 25 meeting; a number nearly identical to the 2011 permit offering of 9,005, according to Kevin Wallenfang, Department of Natural Resources big game ecologist.

newpic2A bear population study completed in 2008 estimated a Wisconsin bear population of at least 22,000. State biologists set the recommended 2012 harvest goal at 4,600 bears.

“I think the state’s bear hunters will be pretty happy with the prospects for 2012 and the generous number of permits to be issued,” says Wallenfang. “Hunter application numbers increased yet again this year as interest in bear hunting continues to grow.”

The annual drawing for black bear harvest permits is expected to take place soon and successful permit applicants should receive notification by mail in late February.

Approximately 27,000 hunters have applied for the 9,015 permits available for the 2012 season. An additional 77,598 applied for a preference point only.

“We would like to accommodate as many hunters as we can while keeping this a quality, memorable hunting experience,” said Wallenfang, “But this is something we must approach responsibly and not over-hunt until we have another year of research under our belts. We need to verify earlier findings and evaluate bear population goals. Until then, we will take a cautious approach issuing permits at a level we feel will maintain the population at current levels.”

A repeat of the 2008 mark-recapture population study began in spring 2011. Bears were “marked” when baits with tetracycline were placed in prime bear range. Tetracycline is a harmless antibiotic that deposits a marker in bones when consumed. To fulfill the “recapture” part of the study, successful bear hunters must submit one pre-molar tooth and a two-inch piece of rib from the bear they harvest. The samples are analyzed for the presence of tetracycline. The success of the population study relies on the bear tooth and rib samples submitted by hunters.

Wisconsin’s preliminary 2011 black bear harvest total stands at 4,246. This number is expected to change only slightly in coming weeks as harvest data are fully entered and verified. Black bear harvests averaged roughly 3,000 from 1998 through 2008 when quotas were based on a lower estimated bear population. In 2009, harvest increased to more than 4,000 bears when permit levels increased 57 percent. Permit levels in 2010 increased an additional 22 percent, while permits levels in 2011 remained about the same as in 2010.

Applicants currently need to have collected between four and nine preference points in order to successfully draw a bear harvest permit. Hunters can check their preference point status in one of three ways: by visiting the Online Licensing Center, by calling Customer Service & Licensing toll-free at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463), or by contacting a local DNR Service Center.

The permit breakdown by zone for 2012 is as follows: Zone A – 3,425 permits; Zone B – 1,335 permits: Zone C – 2,970 permits; and Zone D – 1,285 permits. The 2012 bear hunting season runs Sept. 5 through Oct. 9.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Kevin Wallenfang – (608) 261-7589


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