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Dan & Jeff Header face left SHOW #534 | 2010 AUGUST 21

• Meet Dan this week at the Living Wild Outdoors Festival
• Food plot tips for fall planting.
• Find new hunting spots on state-owned land.
• Lake Michigan salmon and Wisconsin River muskies still going strong.

• Jeff says his food plots are looking good.
• Dan hobnobs with Sig Hansen, of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.
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Do you think the DNR’s Operation Deer Watch will result in a more accurate population estimate for Wisconsin’s deer herd?
YES 100% | NO 0%   |  MAYBE 0%  |  UNDECIDED 0%  |  OTHER 0%

Should cougars remain
protected in Wisconsin?

Background: DNA analysis confirms four cougars in state within last two years

MADISON — A few drops of blood, preserved by an alert warden, proves that while one male cougar was tracking through St. Croix and Dunn counties this past December, another male cougar was moving near the Flambeau River, 125 miles to the north.

This cougar, crossing a road, was spotted by a female bus driver east of Park Falls. Warden Dan Michels responded and followed the animal’s racks into a cedar swamp where he spotted tiny blood drops behind the cougar’s tracks. He collected them in a test tube, froze the contents and submitted them for DNA analysis.

No other sightings of a cougar in that vicinity were reported, and no more evidence was found. Still, the science is irrefutable. The bus driver had seen a wild North American cougar, a male.

To read more…

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head agronomist for Deer Creek Seed in Ashland, Wis., shares
some tips for troubleshooting food plots affected by hot, wet weather.


DNR wildlife supervisor for southeast Wisconsin, discusses
hunting, fishing and other recreational options on state wildlife areas.


of Wisconsin Angling Adventures Guide Service, reports on hot
muskie, walleye and catfish action on the Wisconsin River and its flowages.


owner of Dumper Dan’s Sportfishing Charters of
Sheboygan, Wis
., reports great salmon catches in Lake Michigan off Sheboygan.


This week, Outdoors Radio features the music of Hand-Picked Bluegrass, a string band from Tomahawk, Wisconsin. (Facebook)

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Looking for Fishing Contests? Find them all online.


Aug. 25: Grand Rapids, MI banquet
Aug. 26: Eagle River, WI banquet
Aug. 28: Dubuque, IA banquet
Aug. 28: Flint, MI Tune-Up Shoot
Aug. 28: Gaylord, MI Fun Shoot
Aug. 28: Traverse City, MI – Doubles Shoot


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. 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:

Aug. 27: Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up period ends. 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:

Sept. 11-12: Valders, WI – Earl Bubolz Fall Archery Classic, Viking Bow & Gun Club.
Standard 30-target 3-D course for men, women and juniors. 15-target 3-D course for senior, disabled and senior crossbow shooters. 80-yard novelty shoot. Free camping on
the grounds. Contact: Pat Blashka 920-323-2216.

Sept. 12: Columbus Sportsman Association’s 46th Family Fun Day & Team Shoot, Sept. 12 at Columbus Sportsman Association grounds. Activities include: 100-bird trap shoot for 5-man teams, Annie Oakley, Hunt & Cover, Rabbit and Chicken shoots all day. 3-D archery, .22 pistol and rifle events, air rifle for kids, food, raffles, auctions including a 2-person African hunt. Contact:Larry Haseman, 920-344-0656; Online Info:

Hunting & Fishing Seasons:

Sept. 1: Dove, early Canada goose open
Sept 4: Hook & line sturgeon opens
Sept. 8: Bear opens in all zones, except for hunting with dogs
Sept. 15: Bear with dogs opens.
Sept. 18: Bow deer, turkey & squirrel open statewide, ruffed grouse opens in Zone A, rabbit opens in Northern zone

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Owners of large piers have until April 1, 2011 to register piers

MADISON – The clock is winding down for owners of large piers to register those structures to secure their future under a free, one-time registration process.

A 2008 law set size standards for piers, and created the registration process that grandfathered-in most existing piers larger than the size standards.

Owners of piers larger than the standards have until April 1, 2011, to determine if they
qualify to be grandfathered in, and to complete the registration process.

“The vast majority of pier owners won’t need to register their pier but if they do, that process is free and we’ve tried to make it as straightforward as possible,” says Martye Griffin, DNR waterway policy leader coordinating the pier registration process.

How to measure your pier [Video: Length 3:36 (Silverlight install required)].

A fact sheet, video, and interactive decision tool enable pier owners to quickly learn if their pier meets the size standards and is exempt from permitting or the registration process. If the pier is larger than the size standards, the owners can immediately complete the free, one-time registration process. A very few piers are expected to be too large to qualify to be grandfathered in, and the owners will need to seek an individual permit and review or downsize their pier to meet the size qualifications for grandfathering it in.

“Getting your pier grandfathered in will give you peace of mind and protection from complaints about your pier in the future,” he says.

DNR responds to complaints from neighboring property owners or boaters or anglers that piers are too big and are interfering with navigation or are harming fish habitat. Having the pier registered will make it easier to resolve such situations.

“Registration doesn’t give you a golden ticket, but it does mean that things are more certain than they would be if someone was not registered and they found themselves the target of a complaint about their pier,” he says.

A DNR study showed that the majority existing piers already meet these requirements, so most waterfront owners have piers that can be grandfathered. To be eligible to be grandfathered, the pier must have been placed before 2004 and meet specific size standards. Standards were created because piers that are too big can shade out aquatic plants that are important to fish and can interfere with boaters, swimmers, and others enjoying Wisconsin lakes and rivers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Martye Griffin (608) 266-2997 or dnrpiers@wisconsin.gov

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