DSORe eNewsletter S730

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VOL: JULY 28, 2012   ISSUE: SHOW #730

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DSO Radio S730: Camel Racing• Dan rides Alfred the camel in the first annual Richland County Camel Race

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Do you plan to apply for a Wisconsin wolf hunting/trapping permit?

YES 33.3% | NO 58.3% | MAYBE 8.3% | UNDECIDED 0% | COMMENTS [1]

How many people do you think will apply for a wolf harvest permit?
DSORe POLL: Wolf Season - how many will apply?
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photo courtesy WDNR ©2012 Michele Woodford

Application period for wolf hunting permit opens August 1, closes August 31

MADISON – Hunters and trappers interested in participating in Wisconsin’s inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season must apply for a permit between August 1 and August 31, 2012. The permit application fee is $10 and applications can be purchased from authorized license agents, over the Internet through the Department of Natural Resources “Online Licensing Center” or by phone at 1-877-945-4236 toll free.

The wolf hunting and trapping season runs October 15 to February 28, 2013.

For the 2012-13 seasons all wolf permits will be awarded by random choice in a drawing that will be held shortly after the close of the permit application window. Successful applicants will be notified by letter. Applicants who are not successful in the drawing will be awarded a preference point toward future drawings.

Starting with the 2013-14 season one half of available permits will be issued randomly among all permit applications and the second half will be issued through a cumulative preference point drawing.



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Master shotgun instructor describes the Churchill instinctive method of shotgun shooting, featured in his new instructional DVD Focus, Movement, Faith: Instinctive Shotgunning for Sporting Clays

DSOR S730: Don Currie


Teenage hunter shares the story of his first successful turkey hunt, judged a winner in the HuntingBeast.com turkey story competition

DSOR S730: Luke Trudell


Proprietor of Dumper Dan’s Sportfishing Charters reports good fishing continues for big Lake Michigan trout and salmon off Sheboygan, Wisconsin

DSOR S730: Capt. Dan Welsch

DUFFY KOPF | Berkley pro-staffer Duffy Kopf reports good bass action on the Madison chain and warns anglers not to fish for pike and muskies because of the heat

DSOR S730: Duffy Kopf, Madison Report


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Public informational hearings near on proposed waterfowl seasons

DSO Radio: Watefowl season meetings
Wildlife officials expect a 60-day duck season and 92-day goose season
photo courtesy Dan Small Outdoors ©2012

While waterfowl hunters won’t know the official season dates and bag limits until after federal wildlife officials set the annual framework and the season is approved by the State Natural Resources Board, state wildlife officials expect another 60-day season for ducks and possibly an additional seven days for Canada geese.

“We won’t have a final waterfowl season proposal for the fall 2012 seasons until Monday, July 30,” said Kent Van Horn, Wisconsin state waterfowl biologist who just returned from the Mississippi Flyway Council meetings. “However, much of the news this year is good. Although we saw average wetland conditions across most of North America at the time of breeding, waterfowl numbers remain high from last year. Late summer and early fall rains will be particularly important to providing fall waterfowl habitat this year.”

State waterfowl hunting seasons are structured within the bounds of an annual framework decided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With the overall picture on the 2012 waterfowl breeding populations being good, hunters can expect average to liberal season frameworks in 2012.

Season to be set by Natural Resources Board, August 8

Later this week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service be releasing the final frameworks within which the state agencies can set the fall 2012 waterfowl hunting seasons. However, based on available survey results and analysis, state wildlife officials expect the following season parameters:

  • 60-day overall duck hunting season with a total duck bag limit of six ducks
  • 60-day, two bird bag on pintails
  • 60-day, one bird bag on canvasback
  • 60-day, four bird bag on scaup
  • Early September Canada goose season from September 1-15
  • Two Canada goose hunting season periods in the Horicon zone – Period 1 – Sept. 16-Oct. 28, Period 2 – Oct. 29- Dec. 16
  • An extra seven days of Exterior zone Canada goose hunting, for a total of 92 days.

The Natural Resources Board will set the 2012 season structure at its Aug. 8 meeting in Germantown. At that time, Wisconsin waterfowl hunters will know the final hunting season structure for 2012:

“We expect to post the season proposals on the waterfowl page of the DNR website early next week,” said Van Horn.

Waterfowl hunters are reminded of upcoming public meetings and hearings on the 2012 duck and Canada goose hunting seasons. The latest information on the status of waterfowl and waterfowl management decisions in Wisconsin will be presented. Anyone interested in ducks and geese is encouraged to attend these meetings.

Citizens can attend one of several hearings or submit comments to:

James Christopoulos, assistant migratory game bird ecologist
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
(608) 261-6458
through midnight Aug. 2, 2012

Post-Flyway meetings will be held July 28 at the Holiday Inn Wausau-Rothschild 1000 Imperial Ave. with a Conservation Congress meeting at 9 a.m. and a Public Meeting at 1p.m.

The public informational hearings will all be at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • July 30, La Crosse – DNR State Office Building, Rooms B-19 and B-20, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road.
  • July 31, Spooner – Spooner High School, choir room, 801 County Road A.
  • August 1, Appleton –Agricultural Services Center, main conference room, 3369 West Brewster St.
  • August 2, Pewaukee –Wildwood Lodge (formerly Comfort Suites Lake Country), N14 W24121 Tower Place.

Read more here:


  • Kent Van Horn, (608) 266-8841

Public meetings to discuss Lake Michigan trout and salmon stocking reductions

DSO Radio S730: Reveal of fishing survey
Public meetings to discuss the results from online surveys about what scientists say are necessary to balance game fish with the available food source.
photo courtesy Dan Small Outdoors ©2012

MILWAUKEE – Another round of public meetings is set for August 7 in Green Bay and for August 9 in Milwaukee to discuss the results from online surveys conducted in April on potential stocking reductions in Lake Michigan that scientists say are necessary to balance game fish with the available food source. In addition, tentative information concerning the details of the reductions will also be discussed.

The meetings will both begin at 6:30 p.m. and be held:

  • August 7, Green Bay – DNR Northeast Region Headquarters , 2984 Shawano Ave.
  • August 9, Milwaukee –WATER Institute, 600 E. Greenfield Ave.

“We want to go over the results from an online survey that anglers were asked to complete gauging their preferred option for salmon and trout reductions and discuss tentative details of how each state will implement those reductions slated to start in 2013.” says Brad Eggold, the Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Fisheries Supervisor.

“Despite an exceptional coho harvest and good size-at-age among chinook salmon in 2011, lake-wide forage assessments and computer modeling conducted by Michigan State University researchers suggest that the number of trout and salmon being stocked in Lake Michigan exceeds what can be supported by the available prey fish in the future,” says Bill Horns, the Department of Natural Resources Great Lakes fisheries specialist.

“The computer modeling as well as forage and game fish survey data suggests that we risk a future collapse in both alewives and game fish if stocking levels stay the same,” he says. “Concern about the stability of the Lake Michigan alewife population has increased in recent years as we have watched the dramatic declines in Chinook salmon harvest in Lake Huron after alewife populations there crashed.”

Biologists in the four states bordering Lake Michigan have reviewed model results and consulted with interested anglers regarding future stocking policies. The Wisconsin meetings, as did the initial Benton Harbor, Michigan meeting, examined five options pulled together in workshops over the last year by the states’ fisheries biologists and representatives of fishing and other interested groups.

The options include sticking with current stocking levels or implementing one of four reduced stocking patterns for chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, brown trout, and lake trout. According to the models, the probability of reducing alewife abundance to an unacceptable level can be reduced seven-fold, from 23 to 3 percent by implementing one of the stocking options.


  • Brad Eggold (414) 382-7921

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