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JANUARY 29, 2011 |  SHOW #605

  • Eating aliens! (invasive species, that is)
  • Deer hunting advice for beginners.


  • Jeff reports on the NAIFC tournament in Monticello, Minnesota.
  • Dan greets fans this weekend at the Milwaukee Boat Show at State Fair Park.


Do you approve of Wisconsin DNR secretary Cathy Stepp’s picks for division managers?

YES 40% | NO 40% | MAYBE 20% | UNDECIDED 0% |


Do you believe a vocal minority of outspoken DNR critics is threatening the future of hunting and fishing in Wisconsin?



Hunters and Anglers Need to Speak Up


pollpicIn the latest Wisconsin Outdoor News, columnist Jerry Davis writes:Outdoors enthusiasts continue to be highjacked by what many might consider an extremely vocal minority.

If politicians and upper level natural resources employees continue to hear grousing from these vocal anglers, hunters, snowmobilers and others, why wouldn’t they begin to believe these slanted, self-serving views, particularly if that is all they’re hearing?

If no one is championing any of the great things about enjoying the outdoors throughout the Midwest, many of these minority wishes are likely to come to fruition.

Yes, it is not very flashy to stand up and say science is usually the most sound way to guarantee stable, healthy populations of plants, fishes and mammals.

But that approach is long overdue. By remaining silent, we are continuing to promote extreme views of managing some of our most prized ecosystems, organisms and traditions.

Some of these views are cutting deep. On the surface they may even show a glimmer of truth by simplifying problems and solutions. But we’re talking ecology here, not planting radishes in a garden.

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The Locavore Hunter, talks about eating alien fish and game species and previews his new book, The Beginners Guide to Hunting Deer for Food.



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  • 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. CONTACT: 414-353-2900, ext. 4
  • Sundays through Mar. 6: Buck Trail Archers Weekly 3D Diehard Challenge, 32622 Yahnke Rd., Burlington. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments available. Online Info: Contact: 262-763-9656
  • Jan. 21-30: Milwaukee Boat Show, State Fair Park. Sixteen dealers will display hundreds of boats from canoes, runabouts and fishing boats to pontoons and motor yachts. Other features include Swampmaster, alligator wrestler Jeff Quatrocci, antique and classic boats, fishing seminars, boater safety certification class, live music of Michael Drake, fishing seminars and more. Admission $9. Kids under 12 free with paid adult. Online Info:
  • Jan. 29: Annual Coon Feed, 4 p.m., Delafield American Legion, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road, Delafield. $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Contact: 262-646-3930
  • Feb. 4: Waukesha County Conservation Alliance 50th Annual Dinner, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royal Mile Rd., Oconomowoc. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 7:00. Tickets $40 must be ordered by Jan. 19. Contacts: Ken 262-547-2802; Sid 262-542-3684
  • Feb. 5: Free Kids Ice Fishing Clinics, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Humbolt, McCarty, McGovern, Scout Lake and Wilson parks in Milwaukee County; Menomonee Park/Lannon Quarry in Waukesha County. Contact: Matt Coffaro, 414-263-8614 Online Info:
  • Feb. 11-13: Milwaukee Muskie Expo, State Fair Park. Seminars, tackle, boats, guides, resorts, lodges & more. Online Info: Contact: Reuter Show Productions 608-445-4645
  • Feb. 16: Outdoor Wisconsin Banquet, Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee. Dinner, raffles, auctions, meet cast and crew of Outdoor Wisconsin. Doors open 5:30. Online Info: Contact: Kat Reilly 414-297-7875
  • Feb. 18-20: Central Wisconsin Sports Show, Patriot Center, Wausau. Boats, motors, charters, resorts, seminars, outdoor gear, tackle, guns, guides, campgrounds, archery & more. Online Info: Contact: CIA Marketing 715-757-2370
  • Feb. 19: Havenwoods Annual Winter Naturefest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee. Activities for families and youth groups: mammal tracking and winter survival, snowshoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides, winter camping tips, K9 search and rescue demo. Online Info:, Contact: Havenwoods 414-527-0232
  • Feb. 22-24: Milwaukee RV Show, State Fair Park. 100+ exhibitors featuring RVs, campers, fifth wheels, motorhomes and more. Online Info:
  • Feb. 24-25: 4th Annual Battle on Bago Ice Fishing Tournament. $75,000 in cash & prizes. Largest Fish Fry on Ice! Online Info:
  • Feb. 25-27: Madison Fishing Expo, Alliant Energy Center. Largest all-fishing show in the Midwest. Seminars, trout pond, boats, motors, tackle, guides, outfitters, resorts, free youth activities & more. Wounded warriors and kids under 12 get in free. Online Info: Contact: Chuck Rolfsmeyer 608-245-1040.
  • Mar. 5-7: Southeast Wisconsin Fishing & Hunting Expo, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc. Outdoor gear, fishing tackle, boats, motors, archery test/shooting room, youth scavenger hunt archery shoot & trout pond, Lazer Shot shooting system, seminars. Online Info: Contact: 262-965-2088
  • Mar. 9-13: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, State Fair Park. Boats, motors, fishing tackle, outdoor gear, guides & outfitters, resorts & campgrounds, climbing wall, archery range, kids shooting gallery, Family Adventure Pavilion, trout pond, seminars & much more. Online Info: Contact: Great Outdoors, LLC 800-472-2070
  • Mar. 11-13: Central Wisconsin RV & Camping Show, Patriot Center, Wausau. RVs & campers, campgrounds, tents, camping gear, power sports, , trucks & SUVs, tourist attractions, seminars, real estate & more. Online info: Contact: CIA Marketing 715-757-2370
  • Mar. 12: 34th Annual Safari Club International Wisconsin Chapter Free Hunters’ Expo. Wyndham Milwaukee Hotel and Convention Center, 4747 So. Howell Ave. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. seminars & displays, 1:00 live auction. Online Info:


  • Jan. 31: Late bow deer season ends in Metro units
  • Jan. 31: Squirrel season closes. Ruffed grouse season closes in Zone A
  • Feb. 12: Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing season opens
  • Feb. 28: Rabbit season closes
  • Mar 06: Game fish season closes on most inland waters. Early catch-and-release trout season opens

145,500 permits issued for 2011 spring turkey hunt


Season to run April 13 through May 22

othernewsMADISON : More than 145,500 permits were recently issued for the spring 2011 Wisconsin wild turkey season through the spring turkey preference drawing. Postcard notifications to successful applicants will be going out in the mail later in the week.

Hunters who do not receive a postcard by mid-February can check on the status of their permit application online through the Department of Natural Resources Online Licensing Center or by calling the DNR Customer Call Center from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m., seven days a week, at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

In total, 225,729 permits are available for the spring 2011 turkey season, the same number as during the 2010 spring season. Of those, 309 permits were available in State Park and Disabled Only Turkey Hunting Zones.

The spring 2011 turkey hunting season will run from April 13 through May 22. The season is divided into six 5-day time periods, each of which runs from Wednesday through Sunday. A total of 7 zones, 15 state parks, and Fort McCoy will be open for hunting. Hunters are reminded that Fort McCoy runs a separate spring turkey hunting season, different from the State of Wisconsin spring turkey hunt. Hunters that do not receive an approval to hunt turkeys through the state drawing in a Wisconsin turkey hunting zone for the 2011 spring season are eligible to apply for a spring permit at Fort McCoy. Applications can be obtained from Fort McCoy by calling (608) 388-3337 or by visiting their website at (exit DNR).

Read more here:


    • Scott Walter – 608-267-7861
    • Krista McGinley – 608-264-8963
    • Sharon Fandel – 608-261-8458


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