DSORe eNews Vol. 7 Issue 734

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VOL: 7  ISSUE: 734  AUGUST 25, 2012
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• Volunteers needed to staff pheasant hunt for Wounded Warriors and other disabled shooters
• Ruffed Grouse Society improves habitat for upland wildlife

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More information available on chinook reduction proposal

MILWAUKEE – More information about a proposal from Lake Michigan state and tribal fisheries management agencies to reduce trout and salmon stocking starting in 2013 to better match prey and predator numbers is available online and the public has until Sept. 3, 2012, to comment on the proposed options.

“This has been a lengthy but very worthwhile process involving a lot of stakeholders, and we need to finalize stocking reduction decisions in September so we can put them into action this fall,” said Brad Eggold, southern Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources. Agencies collect salmon eggs starting in late September for fish that will be stocked in spring 2013. “We should collect only the number of eggs we’ll actually need this fall to make the most efficient use of our staff and funding,” Eggold said.

Despite an exceptional coho harvest and good size-at-age among chinook salmon in 2011, lake-wide assessments of food available for trout and salmon and computer modeling conducted by Michigan State University researchers show 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, particularly as natural reproduction in Michigan waters has increased significantly.

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JOHN EICHINGER

President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society reports on the RGS Coverts program and prospects for grouse hunting this fall

ALAN HETH

President of SCI Badgerland Chapter talks about the chapter’s pheasant hunt for disabled hunters, new Wounded Warriors and youths at Smith’s Pheasant Crest Hunting Preserve, November 3-4

MITCH EHLY

Communications and membership director for Milford Hills Hunt Club shares details of the Grand Opening of Milford Hills’ new Trading Post and Shooting Range, set for Sept. 28

CAPT. DAN WELSCH

Proprietor of Dumper Dan’s Sportfishing Charters reports good Lake Michigan trout and salmon action off Sheboygan

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DUFFY KOPF

Berkley pro-staffer, reports good action for panfish, bass and walleyes on the Madison Chain and good walleye action on the Wisconsin River

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Leftover fall 2012 wild turkey permits go on sale August 25

If you haven’t been out lately during the fall turkey season, 2012 is a great time to get back in the game.

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MADISON – Remaining permits for the 2012 fall turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 and can be purchased online, in person, or by telephone.

Postcard notifications are going out this week to all customers, including conservation patrons, who were awarded a permit through the drawing process; 37,721 permits are being issued to hunters who applied by the Aug. 1 application deadline. Hunters interested in determining whether or not they drew a permit sooner can check their permit status by going to dnr.wi.gov and selecting Online License Center under the Quick Tasks header.

“If you haven’t been out lately during the fall turkey season, 2012 is a great time to get back out there and we’ve got good numbers of leftover permits available for zones 1-5,” says Scott Walter, Department of Natural Resources upland ecologist. “We had a wonderful spring for production – warm and dry through the heart of the nesting and brood rearing period — so those hunters who do get a leftover permit and go out will have a good chance to encounter birds.”

Walter says that the fall turkey hunt is a chance to experience a portion of the turkey lifecycle. “There is something pretty mystical about being out in the fall turkey woods,” he says.

More details on how to buy leftover permits

A total of 96,700 permits were available for the fall 2012 turkey season and there were 37,721 permits issued to hunters who applied by the Aug. 1 application deadline, leaving 58,979 permits available after the drawing for over-the-counter sales.

Hunters interested in picking up leftover turkey permits should check the turkey zone map [PDF] to verify where they want to hunt and then check the leftover permit availability page to see if permits are available for the zone in which they wish to hunt.

Leftover turkey permit sales will continue until all permits are sold or the turkey season comes to an end. Hunters are limited to purchasing one leftover permit per day, although there is no limit on the total number of permits that an individual hunter can purchase.

All of the available leftover permits are for turkey management Zones 1-5; there were no leftover permits available for Zones 6 or 7 after the initial drawing.

The fee for leftover turkey permits is $5 for 10- and 11-year-olds, $10 for residents, and $15 for non-residents. All permit buyers also will be required to purchase a fall turkey license and stamp unless they have previously purchased the license and stamp or are a 2012 Conservation Patron License holder. Residents and non-residents will have equal opportunity to purchase over-the-counter permits. Purchasing these permits will not affect preference point status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.

In addition to the Online Licensing Center, remaining fall turkey permits can be purchased through an authorized license agent, at DNR service centers (hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of operation), or by calling toll-free 1-877-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Scott Walter,(608) 267-7861
  • Krista McGinley, 608) 261-8458

Early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons open Sept. 1

The early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons – are soon here and hunters are expected to find good numbers of both birds

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MADISON –The first fall hunting opportunities — the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons – are soon here and hunters are expected to find good numbers of both birds.

The early Canada goose season in Wisconsin runs Sept. 1-15 statewide. The dove season runs Sept. 1 – Nov. 9 statewide.

“The early season provides wonderful recreational opportunities for our goose hunters and directs harvest pressure toward these locally nesting geese,” said Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist. “With the early spring in 2012 we expect hunters will find good numbers of geese.”

During the spring waterfowl survey, Wisconsin’s resident breeding goose population estimate was 145,386, with field reports indicating above average production. The early Canada goose season is allowed by federal rules because of the growth of local giant Canada goose populations, Van Horn says. The harvest of Canada geese in the early season now amounts to one-third of the total annual Canada goose harvest in Wisconsin.

To increase their chance of success, hunters will want to remain mobile and watch movement patterns of the geese, Van Horn says. “Wisconsin’s resident geese often change feeding and movement patterns this time of year,” he says. “Hunters who scout prior to the hunt and stay mobile during the season give themselves the best chance for success.”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Kent Van Horn – (608) 266-8841
  • James Christopoulos – (608) 261-6458

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