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DECEMBER 25, 2010 |  SHOW #552
lead-kidpike• Northern pike spearing going strong on Lake of the Woods.
• Will Jenna Walton take the Polar Plunge at Blizzard Bash?
• The amazing story of Gus the grouse.
• New ice-fishing tackle from HT for 2011.

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upclose-kelm• Hardwater Jeff Kelm takes Big Fish award at the NAIFC Championship in Rhinelander.
• Dan is still bowhunting with no luck! He needs to get a life!

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RESULTS of POLL s551
Does Wisconsin have too many fishing tournaments?
YES 67% | NO 33% | MAYBE 0% |
UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0% | IMPRESSIONS: 208 | RESPONSES: 3 | COMMENTS: 0

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Would you rate 2010 as a good year for hunting and fishing in Wisconsin?

pollpicBACKGROUND: As 2010 comes to a close, we wonder how you would rate the hunting and fishing opportunities you’ve had in Wisconsin this year. The question is a simple one: was this a good year for hunting and fishing or not?

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JENNA WALTON

executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism in Baudette, MN, reports on the hot ice-fishing action on Lake of the Woods and previews Blizzard Bash, coming up January 29 at Wigwam Resort.

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MIKE HELGREN

of Beaver Dam, WI, shares the story of his adventures with “Gus” the ruffed grouse that has become his companion in the woods of Monroe County.

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STEVE WIEDMEYER

HT Enterprises pro-staffer and owner of Extreme Tackle Store.com, gives us some tips for early-season ice fishing and reports on some hot new tackle items for HT.

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FISHING CONTESTS  Find them ALL online @ American Fishing Contests
RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY BANQUETS & EVENTS  Online Info:

OTHER EVENTS

  • 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. 1: Hartford Conservation and Gun Club New Year’s Day trap and 3D archery shoot 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Events include practice trap, a cash shoot, an outdoor archery “snow shoot,” raffles and free chili. The Rose Bowl game will be shown in the clubhouse. The club is located two miles east of Hartford on Highway 60. Contact: 262-673-9919.
  • 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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Wisconsin DNR Debuts New Website

newwidnrWisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank unveiled DNR’s revamped website on Dec. 21, inviting Wisconsinites to take a test drive.

“People rely on DNR’s website for everything from planning family trips to applying for an environmental permit. It’s critical that our huge diversity of users be able to find what they need on our more than 120,000 pages. That’s why I directed staff to reinvent the website to better guide users to the information they need,” said Frank.

The new site features an easy Google search appliance, options to sign up for automatic delivery of information and more photos. Information is organized around four main topics: Outdoors and Nature; Business and Government; Environment and Health; and help for Landowners.

The redesign, completed by DNR staff on regular work time with help from interns, accommodates experienced DNR website visitors by simultaneously offering both the old and new sites while content is migrated. A lighthearted greeting urges users to “don your hardhat and click on…the new site under construction. Kick the tires. Do a test drive. Tell us what you think.” “The web gives us the means to serve our customers 24/7,” Frank says, “and for that reason, we want to offer the best site possible.

Check out the NEW DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane Brookbank – (608) 267-7799

Candlelight skis/hikes a great way to ring in the new year

People looking for a unique way to ring in the new year can participate in the first of more than 30 candlelight skis or hikes that will be held this winter at Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Trails. Blue Mound State Park west of Madison in Iowa County will hold a candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe event on the night of New Years Day, Saturday, January 1, 2011. People may ski, snowshoe or just hike along 1 to 2 mile trails that will be lit with hundreds of candles.

In all, there are 34 candlelight events scheduled at state properties this winter, with events held at different parks most weekends in January and February.

Most events held throughout the winter, include additional activities, including bonfires and hot chocolate and other refreshments for sale. Some events offer grills for cooking food or roasting marshmallows.

Candlelight events are free, but 2011 Wisconsin State Park annual or daily vehicle admission stickers are required. Pets are prohibited on the trails at most candlelight events, except on the Blue Mound snowshoe/hiking trail were leashed pets are allowed.

“Candlelight events grow in popularity each year,” says Dan Schuller, director of the Wisconsin State Parks program. Last year, Kettle Moraine State Forest Ski – Pike Lake Unit held its 21st annual candlelight ski/hike following, with a fresh 10-inch snowfall, clear skies, and temperatures around 20 degrees, attracting almost 1,000 hearty outdoor enthusiasts. Rib Mountain State Park, which does not have cross-country ski trails, held a candlelight snowshoe hike that attracted nearly 700 people.

Many of the parks receive help from volunteers in their friends groups setting out the luminaries, baking treats and helping clean up after the event.

If there is a sudden decline in snow conditions due to changes in the weather, some events will be held as hikes only, and others could be cancelled, so state park officials say it is always best to check the DNR website for updates and contact the park or forest where the event would be held for updates.

For a complete list of candlelight events with times and more details, check the DNR.WI.GOV site.

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