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SHOW #507 | 2010 FEB 13
Dan @ Madison Fish Expo 2009

• It’s expo time in Mad City!

• Madison Fishing Expo, Feb. 26-28.

• Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, April 9-11.

• Jim O’Brien talks bluegills and northerns.

NAIFC Home site

• Dan and Jeff discuss changes to Wisconsin’s spring turkey season proposed in Senate Bill 481.

• Jeff competes in the NAIFC tournament on Delavan Lake.

Results for POLL s506

Do you think the DNR should manage largemouth and smallmouth bass with separate regulations?

YES 64% |  NO 18%MAYBE 9% UNDECIDED 9%OTHER %

IMPRESSIONS: 402   |   RESPONSES: 11 |   COMMENTS: 1

POLL s507

Should Wisconsin’s spring turkey regulations be changed to allow a hunter to buy one permit and hunt anywhere in the state during a six-week spring season?

BACKGROUND: State Senate Bill 481, introduced by Sen. Jim Holperin, would eliminate the lottery system for allotting permits and the six separate hunting periods. Instead, hunters would purchase a turkey permit and hunt in any part of the state any time during the season. Read on…

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Wisconsin Deer & Turkety Expo

GLENN HELGELAND

director of the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, gives us a preview of his Wisconsin show, coming up April 9-11 in Madison.

Madison Fishing Expo, Madison Wisconsin

CHARLIE GRIMM

shares highlights of the Madison Fishing Expo, scheduled for Feb. 26-28 in Madison.

JIM O’BRIEN

Jiffy Pro Staffer and owner of Dancing with Walleyes Guide Service, reports on ice-fishing activity on Lake Monona and Big Muskego Lake.

Looking for ice fishing contests? Find them all online.

Feb. 11: Southeast Wisconsin Friends of the NRA Banquet, Golden Mast in Okauchee. Dan will emcee. Online Info:

Feb. 12: Outdoor Wisconsin Banquet at The Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. Tickets and Online Info:

Feb. 13: Dick Smith’s Bait 10th Annual Ice Fishing Jamboree on Nagawicka Lake. Adult event is sold out, but there’s still room for more kids. Jiffy pro-staffer Jim O’Brien will be there to drill holes for kids and share ice-fishing tips. Information Online

Feb. 12-14: Wisconsin FORCE/NRA State Convention (FORCE = Firearms Owners, Ranges, Clubs and Educators). Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. Refuse to be a Victim Seminar, NRA Instructor Certification Seminar, workshops on the future of gun ownership, women’s groups, grassroots organizing, youth education and more. Many activities are free. Online Info:

Feb. 12-14: Milwaukee Muskie Expo, State Fair Park. Exhibits, seminars, Brad Karstaedt and Dan will be there. Online Info:

Feb. 13: Wisconsin sturgeon spearing season opens. Meet the authors of People of the Sturgeon, Ron Bruch, Kathy Schmitt-Klein & Fred Binkowski, at 11:00 a.m. at Wendt’s on the Lake in Van Dyne. Have your copy signed, watch the big fish come in, and share your sturgeon memories! Details: 920-688-5231.

Feb. 17: Jim O’Brien will speak on electronics for ice fishing at the Waukesha Gander Mountain store. Starts at 6 p.m. Onine Info:

Feb. 19-20: Jim Hudson’s Ice Roads Ice Fishing Class Online Info:

Feb. 26-28: Milwaukee RV Show, State Fair Park. Online Info:

Feb. 26-28: Madison Fishing Expo, Alliant Energy Center. Brad Karstaedt and Dan will be there. Online Info:

Feb. 27: East Coast Gobblers Chapter NWTF Banquet, Bil-Mar Supper Club, Manitowoc. Details: call Wally at 920-686-1215

Mar. 5: Red Cedar Chapter of Pheasants Forever 20th anniversary banquet, Dunn County Fish and Game. Lots of nice guns and a multitude of other prizes. Banquet and others Online Info: Contact: Jim Lewis 715-688-9101

Mar. 5-7: Southeast Wisconsin Fishing & Hunting Expo, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc. Online Info:

Mar. 10-14: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, State Fair Park. Online Info:

Mar. 12-13 Wisconsin Chapter of Safari Club International Hunter’s Expo. Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel. Free and open to the public. Live auction 1:00 p.m. Sat. Seminars 11: a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat. Online Info: Contact: 262-437-0097

Mar. 14-21: The Wild Institute still has space for a few more women on a trip to Baja California. Activities include sea kayaking, deep-sea fishing, gourmet meals, relaxing on a private white-sand beach, hiking the Sonoran desert, whale watching and more. The trip is led by Chris Heeter, a guest on last week’s show. Online Info: Contact: 763-479-3954

Hunters register 8,265 birds in 2009 fall wild turkey hunt

MADISON – Wisconsin wild turkey hunters registered a total of 8,265 birds during the fall 2009 wild turkey season.

Hunters registered 7,073 birds during the Sept. 12 through Nov. 19 regular season and 1,192 birds during the Nov. 30 through Dec. 31 extended season in turkey zones 1 – 5. In 2008, 10,698 birds were registered in the fall harvest.

“The Fall 2009 turkey hunt did show a decrease in harvest, which was anticipated given poor brood production in 2008,” said Scott Hull, upland game ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources. “The 2008 brood production was influenced by rainy and cold conditions. We saw impacts of this reduced brood production during the 2009 spring season with a higher proportion of adult birds compared to jakes in the harvest, indicating fewer jakes in the population.”

Hunters also purchased fewer permits for the fall 2009 hunt compared to the previous year (68,796 permits issued in fall 2009 compared to 76,448 in 2008). Approximately 26,000 fall permits remained unsold by the close of the fall 2009 season. The total number of permits available for 2008 and 2009 were identical at 95,700.

“The statewide population of turkeys remains very strong,” says Hull. “And with controlled permit levels in place, we were able to offer an extended fall season for zones 1-5. The extension gave many hunters additional hunting opportunities over a longer time period.”

Permit levels are not yet set for the 2010 fall season but Hull feels hunters can expect a similar number of permits to be available. Of the 95,700 permits available for the 2009 fall season, the DNR issued 57,950 permits in the drawing and sold another 11,120 remaining permits over-the-counter after the drawing had been completed. The 8,265 registered birds compute to a success rate of 12.0 percent compared to 14.0 percent in 2008.

A pilot program allowing hunting turkey with dogs in the fall continued for a third year and was available to hunters in a 9-county area in the southwest. Specific harvest statistics are not yet available for those counties but anecdotal reports suggest that the previous two years went well. The program will go statewide next fall, allowing fall turkey hunting with dogs throughout the state.

Spring 2010 turkey season permits on sale beginning March 22

The spring 2010 turkey hunting season will run from April 14-May 23, in six 5-day time periods. In total, 225,729 permits are available for the spring 2010 turkey season. An estimated 76,636 spring turkey permits remaining after the drawing will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 22 by zone, one zone per day, with each zone having a designated sales date.

For updated information on leftover spring permit availability and other information regarding the 2009 spring turkey hunting season, please visit the Wild Turkey page of the DNR Web site.


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