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MacKenzie Center kicks off school year with new programs, partnerships


POYNETTE, Wis. — With 11 new course offerings that build on topics taught in K-12 classrooms, the MacKenzie Center is welcoming 29 new schools and groups eager to participate in its unique environmental and conservation education and outdoor skills programs this year.

From forestry and stream studies to watershed mapping and an exploration of predator-prey relationships, classes at the MacKenzie Center provided hands-on field opportunities to 3,738 students from 90 schools and organizations so far this year. These experiences extended the knowledge and skills developed through regular classroom work. The January through August student numbers are slightly ahead of last year and will continue to grow as more of the new schools begin their involvement with the center.

Year-to-date, students from 16 counties stretching from La Crosse to Milwaukee to Juneau as well as northern Illinois have traveled to take part in MacKenzie programs. Principals and educational leaders from Wisconsin’s sister state of Chiba Prefecture in Japan and students from Jianxi University in China also visited the center, which is just 25 miles north of Madison and easily accessible from Interstate Highway 39/90/94.

“With its historic conservation aura and educational opportunities designed for today’s students, the MacKenzie Center increasingly draws participants from around our state and around the world,” said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. “If you are an educator interested in cutting-edge environmental programs and outdoor skill building for your students, we like to say that all roads lead to MacKenzie.”

JD Smith, MacKenzie Center director, said the center’s curriculum draws on the comprehensive science, wildlife management and environmental protection expertise of DNR staff.

“The department’s capabilities help set our programs apart from other nature centers,” Smith said.”Students gain a unique opportunity to work with members of our education staff and other experts from wildlife, forestry, fisheries and more. Many of our participating schools bring students back for multiple visits, which enables us to work with the teachers and their classes on a more advanced level.”

Schools, community groups, home school families and others with an interest in learning more about MacKenzie Center programs are encouraged to contact the center’s education staff at 608-635-8105 or email. Additional program details may be found online by searching the DNR website, for MacKenzie.

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FEBRUARY 26, 2011 |  SHOW #609

thisweek• Debunking the call-shy gobbler myth
• Does your camo make you look fat?
• Socks for Soldiers campaign at SEWI Fishing & Hunting Expo
• The Tank Show rocks at the Milwaukee Sports Show!


closeup-2• Dan talks about the new Aldo Leopold Movie “Green Fire” and
• The Learn to Hunt Turkeys program
• Jeff catches some nice pike and trout at the Sheboygan Marinacloseup1_kelm



Do you favor requiring the use of nontoxic shotgun ammunition for all hunting/shooting activities, with the exception of DNR-approved shooting ranges, on all state-managed lands?
YES 29% | NO 57% | MAYBE 14% | UNDECIDED 0% |

Should Wisconsin allow all hunters to use crossbows during the archery deer season?


pollpicBACKGROUND: Crossbows for ALL Hunters During Archery Season…?

The Big Game Committee of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress has advanced a resolution that would legalize crossbows for all hunters during Wisconsin’s archery deer seasons. Crossbows are legal for all hunters during the archery season in 17 states. In Wisconsin, only hunters 65 and older and physically disabled hunters may use them.

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host of Eye on the Outdoors on TV and radio, shares some tips for spring turkey hunting and previews his seminar at the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo.


director of the Southeast Wisconsin Fishing & Hunting Expo, reports on highlights of the expo at Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, March 4-6.



of Donnybrook Kennel in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, tells us all about the Tank Show and retriever demos at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 9-13 at State Fair Park.

FISHING CONTESTS: Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests


  • February 25 :  Jim Zumbo Wild Game Cooking Show & Dinner,   Stadium View Bar & Grille, Green Bay  6 p.m. social hour with Jim, 7 p.m. cooking show, 7:30 p.m. family-style venison & walleye dinner   Tickets: $45  ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: 920-884-3159
  • February 24-25: 4th Annual Battle on Bago Ice Fishing Tournament. $75,000 in cash & prizes. Largest Fish Fry on Ice! Online Info:
  • February 25-27: Wisconsin Deer Classic & Hunting Expo, Shopko Hall, Green Bay. ONLINE INFO: Contact: Rob Posewitz sajeevents@new.rr.com / 920-434-7469
  • February 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.
  • March 1-6: Movie Premiere of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time. March 1: Baraboo, March 2: Milwaukee, March 3: Appleton, March 4 & 6: Madison. 7 p.m. ONLINE INFO:
  • March 4-6: Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show, Shopko Hall, Green Bay. ONLINE INFO: Contact: Rob Posewitz sajeevents@new.rr.com / 920-434-7469
  • March 4-5: Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference, Ramada Inn Stevens Point. Calling and wetlands management seminars, zone updates. Friday evening party, Sat. breakfast, lunch & conference. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: Jon Bergquist/ 715-268-5584 ROOMS: 800-998-2311
  • March 5: Great Lakes Sport Fishing Club auction. American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklaahoma Ave., Milwaukee. 9 a.m. ONLINE INFO:
  • March 5: Ozaukee/Washington County Pheasants Forever Banquet. Country Inn & Suites, Port Washington. 5 p.m. CONTACT: Paul, 262-675-0858
  • March 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
  • March 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
  • March 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
  • March 11-13 :  Wisconsin Big Buck Classic Wisconsin Dells Center  ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: Tina Itson / tinai@chulavistaresort.com / 608-432-3929
  • March 12: 34th Annual Safari Club International Wisconsin Chapter Free Hunters’ Expo. Wyndham Milwaukee Hotel and Convention Center, 4747 So. Howell Ave. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. seminars & displays, 1:00 live auction. Online Info:
  • March 19: Wisconsin Council of Sportfishing Organizations Spring Meeting,   Gander Mountain in Franklin,   WCSFO membership is not required to attend.  ONLINE INFO: CONTACT: John Durben, chilihead@frontiernet.net / 715-745-2248
  • 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
  • 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: John Gonnering jgonnering@charter.net / 262-675-2681


  • February 28: Rabbit season closes
  • March 06: Game fish season closes on most inland waters. Early catch-and-release trout season opens
  • March 9: 2011 DNR licenses go on sale at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show
  • March 21: Leftover spring turkey permits go on sale
  • March 26: Steelhead season opens on Brule River
  • April 9-10: Youth Turkey Hunt
  • April 13: First 5-day spring turkey season
  • May 7: General inland fishing season opens



House of Rep. Continuing Resolution Spending Bill Would Discontinue Cooperative Watershed Conservation Efforts Nationwide

tulogoBill attacks Clean Water Act, public land management, watershed restoration and conservation funding.
Arlington, Va.–Trout Unlimited (TU) strongly opposes HR 1, a bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, due to harmful legislative riders that would block the Clean Water Act and other protective rules for streams and enact sudden and steep cuts in conservation programs.

The short-term spending bill, which was passed on Feb. 18, took aim at a suite of natural resource regulations that help protect trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds from mine waste, uncontrolled off-road vehicle use and other impacts. The bill also blocked the processes in place to restore vital watersheds like the Klamath River basin in Oregon and California and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Additionally, it eliminated grant programs for fish and wildlife habitat restoration. Read more here:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Mooney | 571-331-7970 / emooney@tu.org



Milford Hills Conducts 2011 Learn to Turkey Hunt Program

Johnson Creek, WI. — For the 7th year Milford Hills Hunt Club will take part in the Learn to Hunt Turkey program, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin DNR. The Learn to Hunt program at Milford Hills has educated over 150 participants.

milfordhillsThe Learn to Hunt program is an educational opportunity designed to help inexperienced youth hunters have a safe, high quality, and rewarding first-time hunting experience under the guidance of qualified Hunting Mentors and Hunter Education instructors. Participants at Milford Hills will receive classroom and field instruction and a free lunch. All participants will be paired individually with a qualified mentor to provide the highest level of instruction and safety. The hunt is designed to give youth hunters, ages 10 – 15 an opportunity to hunt turkeys and gain valuable experience, taking place one week before the regular hunting season begins. Youth hunters, with or without hunter education certification, are eligible to participate with a mentor.

Students will meet their mentors and receive four hours of class room instruction on Saturday April 2 from 8 a.m.-Noon. The hunt will take place later that week, during the morning hours of Saturday and Sunday, April 9th & 10th. Students will hunt turkeys within a 30 minute radius of Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek WI. After the hunt, a group photo and lunch will be provided at the club house.

Each year about fifty students and mentors take part in the program at Milford Hills. Other clubs and organizations across Wisconsin also participate in the event.

Any youth, age 10-16, who has less than 2 years turkey hunting experience and has not participated in the past may sign up for the Milford Hills Learn to Turkey Hunt.

Milford Hills is looking for mentors to take part in the program. Those with more than 5 years turkey hunting experience are encouraged to volunteer.

If you would like to offer a parcel of land to hunt or time as a mentor, please contact Lloyd at the Milford Hills Hunt Club at 920-699-2249.

For more information or to register for the class, send an e-mail to Scott Kirchoff at s.kirchoff@sbcglobal.net or call 414-750-5181.

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