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DECEMBER 18, 2010 |  SHOW #551
kelmthswk• Can a Southern boy survive a Minnesota ice-fishing adventure?
• Jiffy Pro IV Ice Drill takes ice-fishing world by storm.
• “Hardwater” Jeff Kelm competes in the NAIFC Championship in Rhinelander this weekend!

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karstaedt• K.A.M.O. Kids kill four deer at MacKenzie Center youth deer hunt.
• Brad Karstaedt bags a deer while hunting with Dan, but Dan strikes out again!

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Were you happy with this year’s Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season?
YES 50% | NO 50% | MAYBE 7% | UNDECIDED 0% |
OTHER 0%  | IMPRESSIONS: 175 | RESPONSES: 10 |
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Does Wisconsin have too many fishing tournaments?

BACKGROUND: 80,000 competed in Wisconsin fishing tournaments in 2010

MADISON — Eighty-thousand anglers competed in 595 fishing tournaments in Wisconsin in 2010 and reeled in $3.9 million in prize money, according to statistics from the state’s fishing tournament permit system.

pollpicLarger fishing tournaments have had to get permits since the mid-1990s, but a 2004 law directed the Department of Natural Resources to update rules as tournaments increased. DNR worked with an advisory group to revise the rules to establish limits on the size and number of tournaments on some lakes and rivers to minimize concerns such as crowding, the spread of invasive species, and indirect fish mortality.

In 2010, there were 637 applications for tournaments; all but one were approved, although some applications were withdrawn or the forms incomplete, and some events were cancelled. “Based on what we’ve seen so far, there doesn’t seem to be any major issues with the capacity limits — tournament organizers are getting the lakes and dates they wanted,” says Jonathan Hansen, one of the fisheries biologists who works on tournament permitting issues.

Read more here.

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RHETT AKINS

country songwriter/recording artist, talks about his new CD, The Bone Collector Brotherhood Album.

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CAPT. PAT KALMERTON

of Wolfpack Adventures, reports on ice-angler responses to the new Jiffy Pro IV propane-powered ice drill at sports show in St. Paul, MN and Syracuse, NY.

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FISHING CONTESTS  Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests
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OTHER EVENTS

  • Dec. 18-19: NAIFC Championship in Rhinelander on Lakes Thompson & George. 70 teams vie for a share of $20,000 purse! 8 a.m.-2 p.m. both days. Weigh-in at 2:00 p.m. both days at the Northwoods Banquet Center. Live music Sat. night starting at 6 p.m.
  • Through Dec. 31: Outdoor Life 25. Vote for your favorite of 25 top conservation leaders, including Outdoors Radio sponsor and guest Ben Hobbins, inventor of IronClads Soft Baits.
  • Jan. 6: The Squirmin Worm Farm Bait & Tackle in Plymouth, Wisconsin. “Hardwater” Jeff Kelm will present a seminar on tip-downs for crappies at 6:00 p.m. Check out tip-downs and other gear, including the new Jiffy Pro IV propane-powered ice drill. Free seminar, but please register to reserve a seat. Limited to 30 attendees.
  • Deer hunters: if you don’t have plans for your deer hides, why not donate them to a worthy cause? The folks at Milwaukee Elks Lodge No. 46 are accepting deer hides to be tanned and made into gloves and other products for the disabled. The Elks Lodge is located at 5555 W Good Hope Road in Milwaukee. You can drop off hides in the basket in the front hallway. Ring the buzzer for 24-hour access. For more information, call 414-353-2900, extension 4

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Forge has a new bow just in time for Christmas! The Equalizer 2 for women and young archers, designed to fit most people from age 9 to adult. Draw weight from 20-60 pounds. Length 17-27 inches. No extra modules, cams or limbs needed to change draw length or weight. The Equalizer II weighs only 3 lbs. 3 oz. and is capable of arrow speeds of over 280 fps. Limited lifetime warranty. Available now in RH or LH models and specially priced for Christmas at $349 at Forge Pro Shop’s new location, 166th and Cleveland in New Berlin. 414-732-7400. Visit Forge’s new range and shop!

WISCONSIN HUNTING & FISHING SEASONS

  • Dec. 24-Jan. 9: Holiday gun deer season in CWD zone
  • Dec. 31: Pheasant season ends
  • Dec. 31: Fall turkey season ends
  • Jan. 9: Late bow deer season ends in most units
  • Jan. 31: Late bow deer season ends in Metro units
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US Fish and Wildlife Service moving toward delisting of wolves in 2011

Status of wolves in the Western Great Lakes Under the Endangered Species Act Based on the success of the Endangered Species Act in helping the gray wolf population in the Western Great Lakes region recover to healthy levels, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is continuing to move forward toward removing the species from the list of threatened and endangered species.

wolfpicIn April, 2009, the Service first issued a rule to remove gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes from the list of threatened and endangered species. The decision to delist, however, was litigated in District Court. The Court found procedural flaws in the delisting process and overturned the decision, directing the Service to address the Court’s concerns.

Based on the court’s decision – and because wolves continue to exceed recovery goals and are no longer threatened with extinction – the Service is correcting the issues that the court raised and moving forward again with the delisting process.

The Service is working to publish a new delisting proposal by April 2011. The proposed rule will provide the biological basis for delisting, addressing the current status of wolves in the region and evaluating any continued threats to the species. Following publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register, stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide information to the Service during a public comment period. After review of comments and other available scientific information, the Service plans to publish a final rule by the end of 2011.

Background information on the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes

The Endangered Species Act provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife and plants. This landmark conservation law has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species across the nation and promoted the recovery of many others. The recovery of the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes area is a success story and the Service is confident that the states and tribes are able to manage the wolves once they are no longer listed.

Gray wolves are currently protected under the Endangered Species Act as endangered in the lower 48 states, except in Minnesota where they are designated as threatened. Wolf populations in the core recovery states of the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment – Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin – have exceeded recovery numbers for several years. Wolf numbers total more than 4,000 animals in the three core recovery states. Minnesota’s population is estimated at 2,922 wolves; there are an estimated 557 wolves in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and another 690 in Wisconsin.

As part of implementing the Eastern Timber Wolf Recovery Plan, State management plans were put in place to ensure long-term viability of wolves. In addition, the Service and the states will implement an approved post-delisting monitoring plan to track the status of gray wolves in the western Great Lakes once ESA protections are removed.

For more information on wolves in the Midwest Region.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen.

Wisconsin DNR ready to implement wolf management plan

MADISON –DNR Secretary Matt Frank made the following statement on the announcement by the Department of the Interior – US Fish and Wildlife Service that the service is moving ahead with efforts to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list in the Great Lakes states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

“We are pleased the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is moving forward to delist the grey wolf. Scientific evidence supports delisting. Transferring management of the wolf to Wisconsin is timely and will lead to improved management through effective action on problem wolves. We have worked closely with the Department of the Interior on wolf delisting over the past two years and applaud Interior’s proposed action to delist the gray wolf.

“The DNR has a federally approved wolf management plan ready to be implemented when delisting occurs. With the growth of the wolf population in Wisconsin, problems with wolves killing valuable livestock and hunting dogs have grown to intolerable levels, Frank said.

“We are ready to carry out our federally approved state wolf management plan to both protect the long-term viability of the wolf and provide relief for farmers and pet owners,” said Frank.

In April, Wisconsin filed a petition with Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar seeking delisting of the wolf in Wisconsin so the state could take over management of this large predator.

The wolf was considered extirpated from Wisconsin by 1960 due to bounties that lasted until 1957. Wisconsin’s current wolf population descends from Minnesota as wolves, seeking new territories, moved into unoccupied habitat in Wisconsin. The wolf population recovered on its own due to protection, habitat management and education. As a result of the federal endangered status, the current population estimate of wolves in Wisconsin is nearly twice the level prescribed by the Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan.

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