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Deer hunters in Douglas County will have few chances to shoot antlerless deer this autumn under a preliminary proposal by the county's Deer Hunting Advisory Committee. The committee held a public forum Wednesday night in Superior at which many hunters say they were disappointed with the low number of deer in the county and that they want to have a very conservative season in 2019 to help rebuild the herd.
Wisconsin's most storied fishing river has two new books to tell its story. "Boys of the Brule, Centuries on Comradery on Wisconsin's River of Presidents'' is the latest effort (227 pages, published late 2018) to chronicle what's so special about the Bois Brule River.
The Wisconsin scientist who first discovered mini tsunamis on the Great Lakes now says those "meteotsunamis" are a major cause of rip currents, the underwater backwash of waves known to pull swimmers away from shore.
Despite all the subzero temperatures the Polar Vortex threw at it, Lake Superior never quite froze over entirely this winter and already appears to be losing some ice cover. Satellite photos from the most recent clear day — Tuesday — show vast areas of what appears to be open water just off Minnesota and Ontario's North Shore and many other areas of the lake. And some areas that have ice cover appear to show fissures and cracks as the lake ice diminishes due to warm temperatures, rain and windy conditions.
The U.S Interior Department on Thursday said it will publish its plan to remove federal protections for wolves in the Federal Register on Friday, giving the public until mid-May to comment on the proposal. The plan, first promised last June and announced again last week, would have the most impact on Minnesota, Wisconsin and Mcichgian where established populations of wolves currently exist but where a court order has retained Endangered Species Act Protections for them.
A new 1.3-mile section of the North Country National Scenic Trail will soon link Minnesota and Wisconsin hiking trails for the first time, but volunteers are needed this summer to help make it happen.
The Trump administration on Wednesday, March 6, said it will act to remove federal endangered species protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, once again opening up the debate over how many, if any wolves, should be killed by hunters and trappers.
GRAND PORTAGE — On a day when most schools closed and public health officials warned Minnesotans not to venture outside, eight hardy souls lead teams of sled dogs across the forests of Cook County, braving subzero temperatures and a 40 below windchill. Blake Freking was the fastest among them. Freking, of Finland, won in the final 36-mile leg despite leaving the Mineral Center checkpoint more than 90 minutes behind Ryan Redington of Skagway, Alaska who appeared to have the race won.
With Minnesota wildlife officials scrambling this winter to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease among wild deer in southeastern counties, and 55 Wisconsin counties now identified as CWD sites, the impacts of the disease are hitting closer to the Northland.
Wisconsin's first confirmed cases of West Nile virus in ruffed grouse were reported Tuesday by the state Department of Natural Resources. The DNR said that West Nile was confirmed in three of 16 grouse tested so far. The DNR said the results are still preliminary because another 238 grouse samples remain to be tested. The agency is testing both sickly grouse that were turned in to wildlife officials and grouse blood samples submitted by hunter volunteers in the field.