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DECEMBER 11, 2010 |  SHOW #550
thisweek• The wild truth about coyotes!
• Snowmobiling safety tips.
• Winter camping, snowmobiling and ice fishing are hot in Wisconsin’s Adams County

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upclose• Yep, Dan is still trying to shoot his first deer of the year.
• Meet “Hardwater” Jeff Kelm this weekend at the Kenosha Gander Mountain store.

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Now that the state Senate, Assembly and governor’s office will be controlled by the Republican party, do you trust the GOP to make the best decisions on state natural resource issues? (courtesy of Wisconsin Outdoor News)
YES 43% | NO 50% | MAYBE 7% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0%
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Now that the state Senate, Assembly and governor’s office will be controlled by the Republican party, do you trust the GOP to make the best decisions on state natural resource issues? (courtesy of Wisconsin Outdoor News

pollfotoBACKGROUND: Hunters register a preliminary tally of 218,144 deer over nine-day season

MADISON – A survey of Wisconsin deer registration stations conducted by the state Department of Natural Resources has yielded a preliminary tally of 218,144 for the just-ended, nine-day November gun deer hunt, an 11 percent increase over the 2009 nine-day season. The opener was highlighted by good hunting conditions on opening day and no firearm-related fatalities for only the second time on record (see related news release).

Statewide, hunters registered 102,006 bucks (a 17 percent increase over 2009) and 116,138 antlerless deer (a nearly 7 percent increase over 2009). Gun deer license sales totaled 621,094 at the close of the hunt.

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CAROL CARTAINO

author of Myths and Truths About Coyotes, reveals some amazing facts about our least understood and most infamous predator.

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GARY EDDY

Wisconsin DNR Snowmobile and ATV Safety Administrator, shares advice for safe ice fishing and snowmobiling this winter.

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FRED NICKEL

director of Adams County Parks, Recreation and Trails, talks about winter recreation opportunities in Adams County parks.

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  • THIS IS A CORRECTION: Dec. 11-12: Kenosha Gander Mountain Store Meet Outdoors Radio personality and Clam Corp pro-staffer “Hardwater” Jeff Kelm. For more information visit Jeff”s site: Hardwater-Angler
  • Dec. 11: Waukesha Gander Mountain Store. 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Ice-fishing seminars by Jiffy Pro-Staffer Jim O’Brien. For more information visit Jim’s site: Dancing With Walleyes

WISCONSIN Hunting & Fishing Seasons:

  • Dec. 9-12: Wisconsin antlerless deer season
  • Dec. 10: Deadline to apply for Wisconsin spring turkey and bear permits
  • Dec. 11: Canada goose season closes in northern zone
  • Dec. 16: Canada goose season closes in southern zone
  • Dec. 31: Pheasant season ends
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Cold weather kicks off Ice fishing season

MADISON – Cold weekend weather helped firm up ice in many parts of Wisconsin to kick off what is often some of the best fishing of the hard water season, state fish biologists say.

icefishingkids“Early ice fishing can be some of the best fishing for walleye, bigger game fish, for a lot of species,” says Steve Avelallemant, fisheries supervisor for northern Wisconsin. “Especially on those lakes that are shallow and weedy. The fish seem to be accessible and biting more early in the hard water season. Any time before Christmas.”

Fishing pressure nearly triples in December in Wisconsin after lakes freeze over, based on results from a 2006-7 statewide mail survey of anglers. Fully one-third of the state’s 1.4 million licensed anglers reported ice fishing, and they spent about 1,589,000 hours in December alone, up from 624,000 hours in November of that year, according to Brian Weigel, the DNR fisheries researcher who analyzed the survey results.

Across the entire ice fishing season, anglers caught 14 million fish in the survey year and released more than half of them during the survey year.

Avelallemant advises that ice anglers who want to maximize their chances of catching fish go to a lake with a good northern pike population. “Northern pike, when you look at their distribution worldwide, you’ll find them all the way up into the Arctic Circle. They prefer cold water. Pike tend to get cranked up when it gets cold.”

He advises that anglers check in with local bait shops to find out what the walleye are hitting on, and fish that. “A pike will take whatever you throw down,” he says.

For tips on catching pike, panfish and walleyes, plus ice-safety tips.

Snowmobile trail openings decided on a local level

MADISON – With a recent winter storm sweeping through most of Wisconsin last weekend tempting many snowmobilers to hit the trails, state recreational specialists are urging snowmobilers to get their sleds ready, but to put on the brakes until trails are ready and open.

“Ultimately, the decision to open trails is made at the local level,” says Diane Conklin, snowmobile trails grants manager for the state Department of Natural Resources. “While most landowner agreements state that trails can open by Dec. 1, snow, standing crops and weather conditions can dictate the actual opening date, which is announced by county officials.”

Factors that help determine trail openings include snow levels, frozen ground, temperature, and landowner agreements. Trail preparation and grooming, which is conducted by volunteers representing the snowmobile clubs across the state, is another important factor.

“Over anxious snowmobilers sometimes create problems by going out on the trails before they have been officially opened,” says Gary Eddy, DNR snowmobile administrator. “This is highly irresponsible and illegal; it greatly threatens the landowner agreements that the club members have worked so hard to obtain.”

Snowmobile trail information such as conditions and openings can be found through county snowmobile coordinators, park and recreation officials, local snowmobile clubs, local chambers of commerce, and on the Snow Conditions Report on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Web site.

Wisconsin ranks among the top states in providing snowmobile trails. DNR provides $5.8 million in grants annually to maintain more than 18,700 miles of trails in the state, according to Conklin.

“We urge snowmobilers to stay on the trail and ride responsibly,” said Eddy. “Snowmobilers may decide to ride on private property with permission — which is okay, but a high degree of caution is needed as the terrain may be very rough and hazards such as ditches, farm equipment and rocks may be hidden by the snow.”

More information on snowmobiling in Wisconsin can be found on the snowmobile safety education pages of the DNR Web site.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Eddy – (608) 267- 7455 or Diane Conklin – (715) 822-8583

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