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Names sought for ethics award

Nominations for the 17th annual La Crosse Tribune/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hunter Ethics Award will be accepted through Jan. 15.

Bob Lamb, the retired outdoors editor of the La Crosse Tribune, founded the award with retired DNR conservation warden supervisor Steve Dewald and retired UW-La Crosse instructor Jerry Davis.

Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller joined the award committee last year.

Schaller said the award is about recognizing sportsmen and

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:19 PM
 
Hunting in state parks, walleyes lead resource stories during 2013
Department of Natural Resources fish technicians stocked large fingerling walleyes in lakes across the state through the Walleye Initiative program.                           —Contributed Photo

From the first winter free-fishing weekend to the first year of expanded hunting in state parks to the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, here is a look back at the natural resources issues and highlights of 2013.

 

January

Wisconsin’s first winter Free Fishing Weekend was Jan. 19 and 20. Residents and nonresidents alike could fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free. No licenses or trout stamps were needed.

Hunter-supplied numbers indicated that 366,747 deer were harvested

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:34 AM
 
Number of ice anglers on rise
A growing number of Wisconsin anglers are taking up the sport of ice fishing.                                             —STAFF PHOTO

As ice fishing gets under way in the North Woods,  state fisheries officials say there are a growing number of ice anglers drilling down into this favorite winter sport.

“The colder weather in recent weeks has frozen smaller lakes much earlier than last year, so we’re looking forward to a nice, long season,” said Mike Staggs, Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:33 AM
 
Phelps Lions plan tourney

The Phelps Lions Club will hold its 28th annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament, slated for Saturday, Jan. 25, on Lac Vieux Desert.

The cost of $45 per person includes an evening meal at the Derby Track Loft in Eagle?River. The bar will open at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30. Meal-only tickets will cost $15.

For an entry form, call (715) 545-3327 or (312) 391-4991. Entry forms must be received by Jan. 21. Registrations the day of the tournament will be $50, which includes the meal.

There will be an early bird drawing for all registrations received by Jan. 9. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:32 AM
 
Trout Unlimited to hold meeting

The Northwoods Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet at Trees for Tomorrow Monday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.

The program will feature a presentation by Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Greg Matzke, who will discuss how he manages trout here in the North Woods.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:32 AM
 
Meeting for predator hunt set at Great Escape Jan. 3

The fifth annual predator hunt will be held Jan. 3-12, beginning with a meeting at Great Escape in Phelps Friday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m.

Hunting will begin immediately after the meeting and is slated to end at noon Sunday, Jan. 12. Entry forms are available at Great Escape.

The entry fee is $40 per team, plus three nonperishable items, which must be taken to the meeting.

Entry forms may be mailed to Rick Brown,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:32 AM
 
Fishing tourney set on Nokomis

Amvets Post 724 and the NCO?Club, both of Rhine­lander, will hold their sixth annual ice fishing tournament Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Highway N boat landing on Lake Nokomis. The fundraising event will sup­port troops overseas, wound­ed warriors and veterans.

Prizes will be awarded for the three longest walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bluegill. Fishing hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration on the lake from 7 to 9 a.m.

Registration fees cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 9 years and younger. Registration forms are available online at amvetpost724.com.

There will be a large warming tent, food, beverages, raffles, prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:31 AM
 
Peaceful scene
An angler’s track and a portable ice fishing shack made for a unique scene as the sun set on a North Woods lake one evening last week. The photo was taken by Brad Babich. There are about 12 inches of ice on most lakes.
Monday, December 23, 2013 11:52 AM
 
Officials say cougar killed in Michigan

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement officials have confirmed a cougar was illegally killed last week in the Upper Peninsula’s Schoolcraft County.

Acting on a tip that a cougar had been illegally killed at a hunting camp in the county, DNR conservation officers and Special Investigations Unit detectives were able to successfully recover evidence and identify and apprehend two suspects from Bay County.

Upon completion of the DNR’s investigation,

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:51 AM
 
Walleye stocking records shattered as first year of initiative ends: DNR

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocking records for large fingerling walleye were shattered last week as the last load of walleye produced in 2013 under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative was delivered to Smith Lake in Sawyer County.

The lake was the 100th water body to receive the 6- to 8-inch walleye, often called large fingerlings or extended-growth walleye.

In all, 440,481 large walleye fingerlings were stocked in Wisconsin in September, October and November. That’s more than four times as many larger walleye as is typically produced and stocked in Wisconsin, and it was made possible through a two-year funding initiative

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:50 AM
 
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