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Land trust plans snowshoe outing

The Northwoods Land Trust will be hosting a free guided snowshoe hike and bonfire this Saturday, March 22, at 5 p.m. at the Dugan Squash Lake Nature Preserve west of Rhinelander.

“The public is invited to help celebrate the beginning of spring at this beautiful property,” said Conservation Specialist Trisha Moore.

The event will include snowshoeing across a small bay on Squash Lake to the esker peninsula, where participants will enjoy a bonfire with food and drinks provided.

Moore said that interested participants should meet at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:45 PM
 
No lead lures allowed in 3 Vilas lakes

Beginning April 1, the use of tackle containing lead will no longer be allowed on three research lakes in the Northern Highland-American Le­gion State Forest in Vilas County.

The three lakes — Escanaba, Pallette and Nebish — will restrict the use of lead-containing jig heads, split-shot and weights less than one ounce, or any lead-containing items smaller than one inch in any dimension.

A limited supply of non-lead alternatives will be available free of charge at the Escanaba Lake Research Station, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The purpose of this new regulation is to protect loons and other water

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:44 PM
 
Spring turkey permit levels reduced; hunters concerned over winter losses

Remaining?over-the-counter permits in turkey management zones 6 and 7 will not be issued and over-the-counter permits in zones 4 and 5 will be reduced by 25% in response to hunter feedback requesting a conservative approach to the number of permits issued for this spring’s hunt due to concerns that increased winter mortality has depressed turkey numbers.

Although Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists recognize that spring harvests do not play a significant role in wild turkey population dynamics, it is clear that prolonged periods of cold and deep snow have impacted turkeys throughout the northern part of the state.

“The concerns we are hearing from turkey hunters are justified,”

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:44 PM
 
Remaining turkey tags to go on sale

Remaining permits for the 2014 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday, March 17.

Designated zones will be sold each day starting at 10 a.m. Sales will continue through midnight or until all permits for that zone or time period are sold out.

The spring 2014 turkey hunting season runs from April 16 through May 27, with the youth hunt being held April 12-13. The season is divided into six time periods, each running from Wednesday through the following Tuesday.

In total, 237,765 permits were available

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:15 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:30 PM )
 
Inside the den
Tim Ginnett, professor of wildlife ecology at UW-Stevens Point, places a radio collar on a sow black bear as part of the Wisconsin black bear research project that took place at Treehaven March 5. The sow had four cubs.                          —Contributed Photo

Bear study provides hands-on learning

TOMAHAWK — State researchers were happy to find a healthy female black bear resting in her den, but the discovery of four cubs, rather than two or three, was a pleasant surprise.

Tim Ginnett, professor of wildlife ecology at UW-Stevens Point, along with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists, local educators and others, gathered information March 5 about a female bear and her cubs residing in a den.

The den was located at Treehaven, a natural resources education,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:14 PM
 
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