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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
 
Anglers battling shack issues can call DNR

This winter is not going anywhere fast and neither are some ice shanties, regardless of what the Wisconsin laws say.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) understands the ice shanty removal issues anglers in parts of Wisconsin are facing and is ready assist by taking calls from anglers who want their conservation wardens to know their shanty removal status.

Statewide ice shanty removal dates:

—?Inland waters south of Highway 64 by March 3:

—?Lake Michigan, Green Bay and Lake Superior,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:12 PM
 
Fish, game hearings set April 14; statewide trolling back on ballot
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

A proposal to allow trolling statewide and advisory questions on panfish management will be among the questions at the annual Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spring fish and wildlife public hearings and annual Conservation Congress county meetings scheduled for Monday, April 14.

There will be 72 public hearings, one in each Wisconsin county, starting at 7 p.m. where people interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR and the Conservation Congress on proposed hunting and fishing rule changes and advisory questions.

The hearings in this area will be at St. Germain Elementary School for Vilas County,

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:11 PM | Updated ( Friday, March 07, 2014 2:14 PM )
 
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