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2014 gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities this year – October 4-12

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Disabled deer hunt shows great participation by Wisconsin landowners and will provide a number of opportunities for disabled hunters statewide

 

MADISON – Eligible hunters interested in participating in the 2014 gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities are reminded that this year’s hunt will take place from Oct. 4-12.

“The disabled hunt program highlights some important partnerships and is a great example of the sense of community associated with deer hunting in Wisconsin,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.

As of the June 1 land sponsor application deadline, 86 landowners had enrolled more than 78,000 acres of land across 46 counties for this year’s deer hunt. For a list of sponsors for the 2014 season, please visit WDNR website and search keywords disabled deer hunt.

Hunters should contact sponsors directly and be prepared to provide their name, contact information and DNR customer ID number. To be eligible, hunters must possess a valid Class A, Class B long-term permit that allows shooting from a vehicle or Class C or D disabled hunting permit. As in the past, eligible hunters must also possess a gun deer license.

For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search the WDNR website for keyword deer.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Dan Kaminski, Assistant Big Game Ecologist – (608) 261-7588

 


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• Countering Hollywood’s negative image of hunters and shooters
• Vegan turned hunter tells why he hunts

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• Jeff places high in final NAIFC tourney of the season
• Dan greets friends and fans at the Madison Fishing Expo

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Would you support the concept of separate (DMU specific) antlerless deer permits for private and public lands in any DMU with an antlerless quota?

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Question 47 – in this year’s Spring Fish and Game Hearings Questionnaire reads: Many Wisconsin deer hunters have the perception that because publicly accessible hunting areas in our state often have increased hunting pressure compared to most private lands, deer populations in those areas have been over-harvested in an attempt to manage broader deer populations that have been sheltered on private land. Data collected from hunters’ registration stubs for several years indicate that in many units the percentage of deer harvested on public land in the unit is disproportionately high when compared to the percentage of public land within the unit. This suggest that more of the available antlerless permits within each Deer Management Unit (DMU) are being filled on lands easily accessible by the public and not necessarily to the areas of greatest deer density.

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PATRICK KILPATRICK

Hollywood writer/producer/director/actor and avid hunter tells how to combat Hollywood’s stereotyping of hunters and anglers to help preserve our outdoor heritage, the topic of his seminars at the SCIWI Big Game Hunters Banquet and Expo and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

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Blogger and author of the new book, The Mindful Carnivore, talks about his philosophy of hunting for food and the future of hunting

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Host/producer of Engel’s Outdoor Experience talks about the deer and turkey calling competition and other hunting-related features of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

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GARY SEFTON

Nashville songwriter and turkey hunting expert shares tips on dealing with silent gobblers and other turkey-hunting problems, the topic of his seminar at the Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo

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Hunters Shape Their Future

by Mark LaBarbera

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Bob Holsman, conference coordinator, speaking at The Hunting Future Search Conference, held February 22-24 at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Treehaven Field Station.     photo: Mark LaBarbera

TOMAHAWK, WI. At a recent conference held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Treehaven Field Station near Tomahawk, some 30 hunting leaders from across Wisconsin identified strategies and pledged action aimed at reducing the loss of licensed hunters in the state. The Hunting Future Search Conference, held February 22-24, was organized and funded by the Wisconsin DNR.

“The conference was a huge success with the potential for accomplishing great things in the future,” said Jeff Nass, President of the National Rifle Association’s chartered association in the state. “We look forward to working with this group and representatives from other groups that were unable to attend.”

His group, Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges Clubs and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE), actively participated at the conference with leaders from Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Wisconsin Deerhunters, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Bowhunters Association, Wisconsin Trappers Association and others, including members of local hunting clubs and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

As a Life Member of North American Hunting Club, Safari Club, Mule Deer Foundation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, I’ve heard fellow members share concerns about the next generation losing touch with nature and wondering what can be done to reconnect youngsters and introduce new ones to hunting, conservation and the shooting sports.

Most people agree that there is no silver bullet.

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Hunters register 5,433 birds in 2011 fall wild turkey hunt

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Dan Small with a nice fall tom. Wisconsin hunters registered 5.433 turkeys for the 2011 fall season.  photo courtesy Dan Small ©2012

MADISON – Wisconsin wild turkey hunters registered a combined 5,433 birds during the regular fall 2011 wild turkey season and the extended season in Turkey Management Zones 1-5.

The 5,433 registered birds compute to a success rate of 10 percent, a slight decrease from the 12 percent success rate for hunters during the 2010 fall season.

“The fall turkey season, along with our spring season, continues to provide important recreational opportunities for Wisconsin’s hunters,” says Scott Walter, upland wildlife ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources. “Hunters that pursue turkeys during both the spring and fall seasons are really treated to two very distinctive outdoor experiences, and get to enjoy turkeys during very different phases of their annual cycle.”

Hunting turkeys in the fall is quite different than taking part in the spring hunt, where hunters use the breeding behavior of gobblers to call one into range, he says. Fall hunters learn that the key to success is to pattern turkey flocks, and locating roost sites and feeding locations in order to get close to turkeys.

The decline in harvest between the 2010 and 2011 fall seasons continues a downward trend in fall turkey harvest over the past seven years and likely reflects turkey numbers and hunting trends, Walter says.

“Certainly, the previous three winters have stressed turkeys, and recent wet springs have likely limited production,” he says. “Long-term, turkey populations – and the number of turkeys hunters encounter in the field – will ebb and flow in response to weather conditions that determine production levels.”

The fact that there are so many opportunities available to hunters in the fall also seems to have resulted in fewer hunters pursuing turkeys recently, with the number of fall permits sold declining steeply the past few years. This also has reduced the total number of birds harvested in the fall season, Walter says.

Not including Fort McCoy, the total number of permits available statewide for the fall 2011 season was 95,700, the same as in 2010. A total of 54,949 permits were sold, including 41,332 via the drawing with another 13,617 permits sold over-the-counter after the drawing had been completed.

Turkey permit levels for fall 2012 to be set this summer

Permit levels for the 2012 fall season will be set this summer once harvest data for the spring 2012 season is available and biologists can assess spring production levels, Walter says. Permit applications for the 2012 fall season are due August 1st, 2012

“Statewide, the population of turkeys remains strong,” says Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist. “Long-term, turkey numbers are primarily driven by the quality of habitat available and weather during the critical nesting brood-rearing period.

“We’ve got excellent turkey habitat across the state, this winter’s been mild for turkeys and, given good production this spring, hunters should have an excellent opportunity to see turkeys and perhaps harvest a bird this coming spring and fall.”

The number of permits available to hunters in each of the state’s seven Turkey Management Zones is recommended by members of the Wild Turkey Management Committee, who consider recent trends in harvest, hunter success, and turkey reproduction, as well as hunter densities and field reports of turkey abundance, when deciding on final permit numbers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Scott Walter, (608) 267-7861
  • Krista McGinley, (608) 261-8458

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Now through Labor Day: Town of Eagle in Waukesha County, WI – Eagle Springs Lake 2nd annual carp attack. $500 reward for catching or shooting one of 6 tagged carp. If you get one, Contact: Tom Day at 262-594-3231. Dispose of untagged carp in the dumpster at the public boat landing.

Sept. 1: Deadline to secure sponsor for disabled gun deer hunt. Contact: Linda Olver, (608) 261-7588; Online Info:

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instructional shooting clinic for women. Contact:Kim Laughland, 262-820-1827; Online Info:

Sept. 11-12: Valders, WI – Earl Bubolz Fall Archery Classic, Viking Bow & Gun Club. Standard 30-target 3-D course for men, women and juniors. 15-target 3-D course for senior, disabled and senior crossbow shooters. 80-yard novelty shoot. Free camping on the grounds. Contact: Pat Blashka 920-323-2216.

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State repeals waiting period for deer bow hunters to purchase archery licenses

MADISON – Archery deer hunters no longer have to wait three days after purchasing a license during the open season to begin hunting in Wisconsin. The State Legislature removed the three-day waiting period restriction during the recent legislative session at the request of the Department of Natural Resources.

“The law has outlived its usefulness,” said Tom Van Haren, DNR conservation warden. “The three-day waiting period is an obstacle for young hunters who celebrate their tenth birthday during the archery season and have to wait until then to purchase their license.”

The waiting period was originally enacted to discourage deer hunters from waiting until they killed a deer before purchasing a license and to discourage a person from buying a license for someone who had killed a deer but either did not have a tag, or did not want to use the tag on their deer.

“The waiting period is inconvenient for anyone who didn’t purchase a license prior to the season then realizes they have the coming weekend open with time to go hunting. If they do not think to purchase the license ahead of time they are unable to use the license that weekend. It has especially been a deterrent for non-residents who travel great distances to

Wisconsin on a Thursday or Friday to spend the weekend with family or friends or for the primary purpose to archery hunt for deer.”

Van Haren said that before the law was changed the deer population was low and the number of deer a person could get tags for was limited.

“Basically, each archer was issued just a tag that was good for a buck or an antlerless deer. The fact is, abundant harvest tags are now available in most deer management units making it possible to harvest multiple deer legally,” he added.

The requirement that people wear a back tag while hunting reduces the incidence of hunting without a license. If a conservation warden suspects that something is wrong, the warden can find out instantly through the automated licensing system, when a license was purchased right down to the minute, which is also printed on the license or back tag. In 2009, bow hunters purchased 208,022 licenses in Wisconsin.

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CONTACT: Tom Van Haren, Warden, 608-266-3244


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