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GORDON, Wis. — There are close to 60 sets of deer antlers in the Finstad family deer camp south of town, more than one for every year there’s been a camp on the shores of Harriet Lake. A few sets are loose on the coffee table. Most are screwed to plaques. A dozen are full head or shoulder mounts. There isn’t much open wall space remaining, what with a couple bear heads and stuffed bass to boot. But, somehow, they will make room for more antlers, you can be sure of that.
It won't be the good old days of northwestern Wisconsin deer hunting, like way back in the early 2000s when hunters harvested more than 15,000 deer in Douglas County in one year alone, an all-time record that may never be broken. But overall, the 2018 Wisconsin firearms deer season that begins Saturday, Nov. 17, should be pretty good, even better than 2017, which ended up the 16th-highest buck harvest in Douglas County in 58 years of modern records.
CHIPPEWA NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. — Jens Heig first checked the tail and rump feathers of the smallish grouse, then checked the edges of the wing feathers. It was a juvenile bird, he concluded, a female. Then he dug into the crop, just to see what the bird had been feeding on (wild strawberry leaves) before digging into his backpack for a field test kit that looks a bit like something from CSI Northwoods.
Projects to bolster conservation efforts for Minnesota loons will get a huge boost under a settlement agreement announced Oct. 9 stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement, published in the Federal Register, sets aside $16 million from BP, the oil rig's owner, for fish and wildlife rehabilitation for species impacted by the explosion, fire and spill that killed 11 people, injured 17 others and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on Wednesday voted to chop a month off the state's grouse hunting season because of concerns over a declining population and the potential impact of West Nile virus on the bird. The board, meeting in Hayward, chose a compromise position — approving an emergency order to close the season Dec. 31. Current law would close the season Jan. 31. DNR staff had suggested closing the season Nov. 30. Gov. Scott Walker indicated he will sign the emergency order. Grouse season opened Sept. 15 in the northern areas of the state.
Wolf supporters moved Wednesday, Sept. 20, to force the federal government to develop a broader recovery plan for wolves across more of the U.S. even as the Trump administration and other groups are trying to remove federal protections for the big predators. The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for violating the Endangered Species Act by never developing a comprehensive recovery plan for gray wolves nationwide. The notice is a legal heads-up that a lawsuit is coming in 60 days.
Wolf supporters moved Wednesday, Sept. 19, to force the federal government to develop a broader recovery plan for wolves across more of the U.S., even as the Trump administration and other groups are trying to remove federal protections for the big predators. The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for violating the Endangered Species Act by never developing a comprehensive recovery plan for gray wolves nationwide. The notice is a legal heads-up that a lawsuit is coming in 60 days.
DULUTH, Minn.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Steel Corp. on Wednesday announced a $75 million cleanup and restoration project at the company's former Duluth steel mill along the St. Louis River. The project will deal with nearly 700,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment, some of it on land but most of it in the Spirit Lake area of the St. Louis River estuary off Duluth's Morgan Park neighborhood.
Bear didn't quite live up to his name, with a sunny disposition and fast-moving tail that seemed to wag the 45-pound dog. And when it was his turn in the field, the 14-month-old nailed it. He quartered in ever-increasing semi-circles until he found good scent, then flushed a planted chukar partridge, retrieving it to his owner's hand after it was shot before heading off to find and flush another without missing a beat. And all while obeying all of his handler's commands.
WASCOTT, Wis. — Dave Sanda threw his state-issued pickup into park and jumped out, striding quickly down to the water's edge at the small boat landing on Leader Lake. "How's it going out there?'' Sanda yelled to four anglers casting from a boat on a mirror-calm morning. I hadn't even seen the boat from the truck. But Sanda saw the situation as another chance to make contact with the public, another chance to educate a boatload of outdoorspeople, none of whom were wearing life jackets.