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Hunters kill 257 wolves

While Wisconsin wolf hunters reached the state goal of killing more than 250 wolves during the recent Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season, wolf hunters in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan fell short of their goal by 20 animals.

In Wisconsin, the 2013 season ended with a statewide kill of 257, six more than the 251-wolf quota the DNR set with input from University of Wisconsin biologists. The 2012 hunt ended with a kill of 117, one more than the quota.

The higher number in 2013 upset many animal protection groups and some scientists,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:36 PM
 
Trapping event planned Feb. 1

The ninth annual trapping workshop will be held at the Hermansville, Mich. Community Center Saturday, Feb. 1.

Youths will get instruction on how to successfully harvest furbearers, instruction on properly handling furs for market, and free magazines and trapping supplies to get them started, according to spokesperson Mike Lewis.

Food will be available for purchase. For more information, call Lewis at (906) 774-3592 or visit uptrappers.com.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:36 PM )
 
Free ice fishing event planned

Oneida County 4-H will take advantage of Wisconsin’s free fishing weekend  by hosting an ice fishing event for grades three through 12 Saturday, Jan. 18, at the boat landing off Lake Julia in Crescent.

From 1 to 3 p.m., certified 4-H leaders will provide youths with hands-on experience with tip-ups and jig poles, and help them develop the skills needed for ice fishing.

Equipment and bait will be available for those who need it. This event is free of charge and open to youths, whether or not they are enrolled in the 4-H program.

To register, call Anna at (715) 365-2750 by Jan. 15.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
Eagle viewing promoted this winter

Wisconsin’s growing bald eagle population — a record number of breeding pairs and occupied nests were recorded in 2013 — and a hard, early freeze are combining to create fantastic viewing opportunities this winter for the nation’s symbol in many parts of Wisconsin, state eagle experts say.

“Eagle watchers will find plenty of opportunities at the growing number of organized eagle watching events this winter along the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Fox rivers, as well as at open water areas along other state lakes and rivers,” says Carly Lapin, conservation biologist with the Department of Natural Resources

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
DNR taking input on walleye stocking

Proposed guidelines for how the state will decide which water bodies get stocked with walleye in 2014 and 2015 under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are now available online and are the subject of a public comment period until Jan. 31.

“Wisconsin means good walleye fishing and it’s only going to get better with the walleye initiative,” said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We look forward to public feedback on this important part of helping direct where those fish go.”

The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative is a two-year funding package to help produce and stock more of the larger walleye that can survive better in waters where natural reproduction isn’t getting the job done.

Last year, the first increased funding available

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 PM
 
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