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Volunteers are needed for wolf study

People interested in volunteering to locate wolves and other medium to large carnivores this winter can learn how to track during a series of upcoming training sessions.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) started a volunteer carnivore-tracking program in 1995 to help monitor the state’s wolf population, as well as look for signs of other medium- to large-size carnivores.

Last winter, 150 volunteers conducted nearly 8,000 miles of snow track surveys in search of wolves and other carnivores. Data they gathered was compiled with other monitoring data to aid DNR biologists in evaluating wolf populations.

The Wisconsin DNR is again asking

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:43 PM
Rewards, license deals offered for gun deer hunt

Seasoned hunters who share their enthusiasm and expertise about Wisconsin’s gun-deer hunt may be eligible to earn a discounted license for their next seasons while their first-time hunter ap­prentice may be eligible for a $5 license.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunting and shooting sport coordinator Keith Warnke says this is a way to earn some financial rewards while helping a friend or family member learn about Wisconsin’s hunting traditions first-hand.

“Hunters who are able to recruit three new people

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:43 PM
One in three hunters will fall from tree stand

One in every three hunters who hunt from a tree stand will fall at some point in their hunting career and of those, 75% to 80% occurs while ascending or descending the tree.

A recent study by the International Hunter Education Association showed that nationally, 300 to 500 hunters are killed annually in tree stand accidents and another 6,000 will have tree stand-related injuries.

Wisconsin has had three reported fatal tree stand falls already this year, according to Jon King, hunter education administrator for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Tree stand incidents are one of the leading causes

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:42 PM
Data shows more does, bucks being harvested on private land
While some hunters believe more deer hunters head to public land to shoot antlerless deer rather than harvesting them on private land, data from five units in this area shows more does are being harvested on private land.                     —STAFF PHOTO
By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

There is a conception that landowners with antlerless permits fill them on public lands rather than their own private property, thereby presenting an obstacle to re­cruitment and herd growth on public forests.

While some of that belief is discussed around the tables at deer camps across the North Woods, the overall data for three years show more adult does and antlered bucks are harvested

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:21 PM
Zone 4 closed to wolf harvest
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed wolf harvest Zone 4 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. The zone, located in southeastern Oneida County, eastern Lincoln County and much of Langlade County, is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-’14 wolf harvest season. With this closure, a total of four wolf harvest zones — including Zone 2 in Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties — have closed this season.

Wolf hunters and trappers are advised that they can currently continue to pursue wolves in Zone 3 and 6.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:20 PM
Hunter safety program required to obtain license
The Department of Natural Resoures (DNR) held a test-out as part of its hunter safety program at the St. Germain Community Center Oct. 19, 21 and 23. Isaac Olson (left) of Rhinelander got instruction from DNR instructor Dan Church, who gave a lesson on trigger and safety operation.                                —Photo By Wally Geist
By Wally Geist
St. Germain Correspondent

Hunter knowledge of firearms and safe weapons handling cannot be taken for granted. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a program in place to certify that hunters have been trained in gun and field  safety.

The certification is necessary for hunters to obtain ap­propriate hunting licenses.

Persons born on or after January 1, 1973, are re­quired

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:18 PM
Ladies shooting league sets first event Nov. 9

The Eagle River chapter of a national ladies shooting league will have its first event this Saturday, Nov. 9.

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League is a women-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for pistol, rifle and shotgun sports.

The league is designed to take beginners to whatever skill level they wish to achieve,

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:18 PM
Deer Hunt Wisconsin to air on public TV

Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2013 is the 22nd annual hour-long special designed to help hunters prepare for the upcoming firearms deer season set to run from Nov. 23 through Dec. 1.

Host Dan Small will interview Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp and other DNR staff to discuss research on Wisconsin’s deer herd, efforts to recruit new hunters, the impact of deer on forest habitat, new regulations and a forecast for this year’s hunt.

Viewers will learn how they can share photos and video of their

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:18 PM
Wolf hunt now closed in Zone 2
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed Wolf Harvest Zone 2 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m.

Zone 2 in northeast Wisconsin includes all or parts of Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln, Iron, Florence, Forest, Marinette and Oconto counties.

The zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-’14 wolf harvest season.

Wolf Harvest Zone 2 is the first zone to be closed this season.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:21 AM
Holiday hunt in North not in new rules: DNR
By Wally Geist
St. Germain Correspondent

Rumors of a holiday deer hunt in the North Woods and changes in how hunting zones are geographically defined were discussed at a public hearing in Eagle River last week on proposed rule recommendations for deer hunting.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation warden David Walz and wildlife biologist Michele Woodford presented the Deer Trustee Report and what proposed rule changes mean for deer hunters in Wisconsin.

This was the first of 35 hearings throughout the state which were designed to inform the public about proposed rule changes and gather input from those present.

One issue that emerged at the Eagle River meeting was a discussion on a

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:20 AM