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SHOW #508 | 2010 FEB 20
Jim Hudson w/ Lake Trout

• Tips for hunting bluff-country bucks!

• Lake Superior ice fishing still going strong!

• Free admission to Madison Fishing Expo for kids, active military and veterans!

• Dan and Jeff discuss three bills before the Wisconsin State Legislature: DNR Secretary (AB138), Bear Dog Training (AB371) and Spring Turkey Season (SB481).

• Dan debuts brother Mike’s Big! Flies! at the Milwaukee Muskie Expo.

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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?

YES 100% |  NO 0%  |  MAYBE 0%  |  UNDECIDED 0%  |  OTHER %


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Should hunters without a bear kill tag be allowed to train dogs during the bear hunting season?

Background: State Assembly Bill 371 would allow hunters without a bear kill tag to train bear-hunting dogs during the hunting season; would allow a Class B license holder to serve as a “backup shooter;” would eliminate the back-tag requirement for Class B license holders; and would create a free weekend (no license needed) for bear dog training in August. Read Paul Smith’s article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the Feb. 11 public hearing on this bill.


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Scott Bestul w/fine whitetail buck


contributing editor and whitetail columnist for Field & Stream Magazine, shares some tips for hunting bluff-country whitetails.

Visitors to Madison Expo enjoying the wares


talks about events for kids at the Madison Fishing Expo, scheduled for Feb. 26-28 in Madison.

Capt Roger LaPenter on "flats patrol" on Chequamegon Bay, Wisconsin


of Anglers All in Ashland and a Jiffy Pro Staffer, reports on ice-fishing activity on Lake Superior.

Looking for ice fishing contests? Find them all online.

Feb. 23: Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc meeting at the Waukesha Elks Club on Springdale Road in Waukesha, 7:30 p.m.. Don Schwartz will talk on “Underwater Muskies – the View from Below.” Open to the public. Non-members are encouraged to attend. Online Info:

Feb. 21, 23 and 28: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg. Beginner fly-tying classes. Sundays: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Students must bring their own tools and thread – all other materials will be provided. Cost of the series is $45. Pre-registration is required. Online Info: Contact: 800-287-8098

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.

Dan Small will present seminars on decoying, rattling and calling trophy whitetails (Sat. Mar. 13, 1 p.m.) and Spring Turkey Hunting Myths & Methods (Sun., Mar. 14, 1 p.m.). Red Green Look-Alike Contest daily in the Family Adventure Pavilion. 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. 12-14: Icebreaker V, Channel Cats/Fremont Event Center, Fremont, WI. Free sports show and seminars featuring:

Daryl Christensen, Steve Worrall, Axl Ehrke, Tony Puccio, Mike Gofron, Chase Parsons and more. Online info: Contact: Joel Kunz, 920-250-0842

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

Mar. 20: Wild Game Feast, Kenosha Bible Church, 5405 67th St., Kenosha, 2:00-8:00 p.m. Seminars by Dan Small (steelhead fishing & turkey hunting), Jim Tostrud (Lake Geneva, local fishing hotspots), Tracy Breen (big game hunting). Keynote by Tracy Breen: Big Game On a Budget. Dog training, fly-fishing demos, taxidermy display, raffles, silent auction, door prizes. Tickets on sale until Mar. 13: adults – $10, kids 4-11 – $5. Online Info: Contact: Kenosha Bible Church office, 262-652-4507

Mar. 27: 10th Annual Watertown Area Outdoor Expo & Wild Game Feed, Calvary Baptist Church, 792 Milford St., Watertown, WI. 12-7 p.m. Seminars on sausage making, taxidermy, fly tying, turkey & duck calling, trapping, reloading & more. Online Info: Contact: Mary Sielaff, 920-988-4315

New State Record Sturgeon

Wisconsin and Lake Winnebago Sturgeon spearing recordThe 212.2-pound record fish speared on Feb. 13 by Ron Grishaber of Appleton was a record not only for Lake Winnebago, but also a new sturgeon spearing record for Wisconsin. The previous record sturgeon taken by spear in the state was a 195 pound fish taken on May 20, 1979 from Pokegama Lake in Vilas County on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation. DNR fisheries biologist Ron Bruch estimates it is likely around 100 years old which means:

• This fish hatched from an egg laid by its mother approximately in the year 1910 – at that time the lake sturgeon stocks on the Great Lakes were nearly decimated from commercial overharvest, driven to such low levels between 1880 and 1910 that even after 100 years of protection, the stocks in Lake Michigan are just now beginning to show some meager signs of recovery.

• This fish would have become legal size for the Winnebago spear fishery in 1918 – the year the US entered World War I (Sturgeon harvest on  the Lake Winnebago System was closed from 1915 to 1932; the first modern spear fishery on Lake Winnebago opened in the winter of 1931-32 with a 30″ minimum size limit and a 5 fish per spearer season bag limit.  This fish therefore was legal size for all 78 spearing seasons held since 1932.)

• This fish would have likely first spawned approximately in 1936 – the year President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Hoover Dam.

• This fish would have made spawning runs up the Wolf River 19 times in its life (females only spawn once every 4 years after they reach maturity at the average age of 27); would have laid a total 11.4 millions eggs in its lifetime, and produced an estimated 228 one year old lake sturgeon in its lifetime.

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