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Dan & Jeff Header face left SHOW #532 | 2010 AUGUST 07

•• Great Northwoods Fish Fry Fest next weekend at Lake of the Torches
Resort Casino!
•• Walleye & muskie fishing is great on Lake of the Woods.
•• Salmon have moved offshore on Lake Michigan.
• Living Wild Outdoors Festival coming to Appleton Aug. 20-22.

• • Jeff captures a monster buck on his trail camera.
• • Dan reports on his trip to Louisiana to look at the impact of the Gulf oil
spill on wildlife.
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Do you support the federal lawsuit by Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to force Chicago to close two navigation locks to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes?

YES 86% | NO 14%   |  MAYBE 0%  |  UNDECIDED 0%  |  OTHER 0%


Do you agree with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decision not to restrict waterfowl seasons and harvest this year in response to the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil disaster?

Background: The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced waterfowl season frameworks for all four U.S. Flyways. Those frameworks do not reflect any reduction in season length or bag limits in response to the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

USFWS says it remains very concerned about both the short and long-term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill on migratory birds, their habitats, and the resources on which the birds depend. However, current information suggests that regulatory restrictions on waterfowl hunting are unnecessary.

From a harvest-management perspective, the Service intends to respond to the ongoing  oil spill as it would any other non-hunting factor with the potential for substantial effects on mortality or reproduction – such as hurricanes, disease outbreaks or drought – by monitoring abundance and vital rates of waterfowl and other migratory game birds, and adjusting harvest regulations as needed on the basis of existing harvest strategies.

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executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism in Baudette, Minnesota, reports on summer fishing on Lake of the Woods and this weekend’s Blueberry Festival at Northwest Angle.


marketing director for Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, previews the Great Northwoods Fish Fry Fest, Aug. 13-14.


proprietor of Dumper Dan’s Sportfishing Charters of Sheboygan, reports on the hot Lake Michigan fishing action this summer off Sheboygan.


promoter of the Living Wild Outdoors Festival, shares highlights of the Aug. 20-22 festival and its new location, Players Choice Expo in Appleton

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Looking for Fishing Contests? Find them all online.


Aug. 14: Winchester, WI banquet
Aug. 14: Superior, WI, Fort Douglas Shooting Range. Shoot & Swing event: 50 sporting clays, 18 holes of golf, dinner, prizes. $225 per two-man team. Online Info:
Aug. 17: Minneapolis, MN banquet
Aug. 19: Blackduck, MN banquet
Aug. 19: Madison, WI banquet


Now through Labor Day: Town of Eagle in Waukesha County, WI – Eagle Springs Lake 2nd annual carp attack. $500 reward for catching or shooting one of 6 tagged carp. If you get one, Contact: Tom Day at 262-594-3231. Dispose of untagged carp in the dumpster at the public boat landing.

Aug. 7-8: Northwest Angle, Lake of the Woods, MN. Blueberry Festival. Contact: Lake of the Woods Tourism, 800-382-FISH.; Online Info:

Aug. 13-14: Lake of the Torches Casino, Lac du Flambeau, WI. Fish Fry Fest! Meet Capt. Sig Hansen of The Deadliest Catch TV show, Mad Dog & Merrill, The Bassmeister Kurt Strutz, live music by Hand Picked Bluegrass, Dan Small & Brad Karstaedt, Best Fish Cookoff with $9,000 in prizes. Contact: Chuck Collins, 715-757-2370; Online Info:

Aug. 14: Milwaukee Casting Club Trapshoot to benefit Wisconsin Paralyzed Veterans of America, club grounds in New Berlin.; Online Info:

Aug. 20-21: Fall Fest, Midwestern Shooters Supply, Lomira, Wis. Free admission! Manufacturers’ reps, gun auction, sportsmen’s swap meet, trout pond, fishing contest, sporting clays contest, meet Under Armor’s Whitney Isenhart, live music, good food, specials on outdoor gear. Contact: 920-269-4995; Online Info:

Aug. 20-22: Living Wild Outdoors Festival, Players Choice Expo Hall, Appleton, WI. Seminars by Dan Small – “Fall Turkey Tactics”; Brandon Wikman – “Youth in the Outdoors”; Chris Hermans – The Business of Outdoor TV; Brad Rucks – “Food Plots and Trail Cameras.” 3-D archery course, antler contest, fish pond and more. Contact: 920-731-7529; Online Info:

Aug 24: Deadline for transfer of bear harvest permit to youth. CONTACT: Linda Olver, DNR bear biologist (608) 261-7588 or David Argall DNR
license sales (608) 267-7699; Online Info:

Sept. 1: Deadline to secure sponsor for disabled gun deer hunt. Contact: Linda Olver, (608) 261-7588; Online Info:

Sept. 11: Stone Bank Sportsmen’s Club, Ashippun, NRA Women On Target
instructional shooting clinic for women. Contact:Kim Laughland, 262-820-1827; Online Info:

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Summer’s wet, warm weather fueling invasive plant growth

MADISON – This summer’s early warm and wet weather is accelerating the germination, growth, and flowering of purple loosestrife, increasing the need for property owners and others to take steps now to prevent these young invaders from spreading to new wetlands.

“We need people to control loosestrife plants on their property and report it everywhere
else,” says Brock Woods, who coordinates purple loosestrife control for the Department
of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

“With the wet, warm summer we’re getting more purple loosestrife germination than
in past years and in places where we haven’t seen it before. Additional flooding will
continue to move this stuff around, causing real problems into the future if we can’t get
rid of these first-year plants.”

These new plants can grow to 5 feet, flower, and drop thousands of new seeds in their first year. The seeds, which are very small, disperse easily to new sites, carried by floodwaters, runoff, wind and birds, as well as on hikers’ boots and clothes. They also
remain viable in the soil for years.

Kelly Kearns, DNR invasive plant program manager, says that private property owners, who control 75 percent of wetlands statewide, natural resource biologists and other
partners will want to act quickly to find and control new infestations.

“The clock is ticking…purple loosestrife started blooming up to three weeks early across
the state. It’s easiest to identify them when they’re flowering, and you want to remove
plants before they go to seed.”

People can pull young plants to control them or cut larger plants and treat the stumps with herbicide; both methods should be done before seeds drop, she says. When pulling younger plants, be sure to get the entire root and avoid excessively disturbing the soil.

Carefully dispose of purple loosestrife plants that have been pulled or cut in the garbage,
first placing them in a bag to prevent the seeds from spreading. A new state law allows landfilling purple loosestrife and other restricted and prohibited plants, Kearns says.

Purple loosestrife has been a serious exotic invader of state wetlands for decades and can grow taller than almost all other herbaceous plants, spread prolifically, and quickly dominate large areas. It can displace native wetland plants, degrade wildlife habitat, displace rare plants and animals and choke waterways.

Biological control methods using special beetles that target purple loosestrife have been  successful in more recent years in reducing many existing purple loosestrife plants, but new plants this year could have sidestepped biocontrol in May and June by germinating later, Woods says. Flooding in June and July may also have decimated some control beetle populations, reducing their effectiveness on all loosestrife, both now and in the future.

“Taking a few minutes now to control purple loosestrife on your property will help landowners protect wetlands now and in the future. So will alerting DNR to new purple loosestrife locations elsewhere,” he says.

Be on the lookout, report other invasive wetland plants as well  The warm, wet weather also can provide better germination of other invasive wetland plants as well, Kearns says. Flooding can increase the spread of nonnative phragmites,

Japanese knotweed and many other invasives. Water can quickly carry phragmites seeds to new sites and give them more moist places to germinate, especially away from roadside ditches where the first local plants often appear.

Of particular concern are patches of Japanese knotweed growing along rivers and streams where flooding can quickly spread plants or fragments downstream to form new, nearly impenetrable patches that can line stream banks for hundreds of yards.

“Now’s the time to be looking out for other invasive plants that are just starting to spread or are not yet known in the state,” she says. “Many are starting to flower, making them easier to identify. And it’s very important that these species be reported and contained right away to prevent new weedy species from moving across the state.”

Information and photographs of invasive plants Sightings of infestations of invasive plants can be e-mailed to invasive.species@wisconsin.gov or called in to (608) 267-5066.

Brock Woods (608) 221-6349
Kelly Kearns (608) 267-5066

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