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DSORe eNews Vol.10 Issue 1014

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Vol. 10 Issue S1014 04 APRIL 2015
OUTDOORS RADIO for the week  04 APRIL 2015 | SHOW 1014  - Asian carp pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes. Plan now for food plots that will attract and hold deer. Stalking the wild morel. Ice-out means panfish time on Madison lakes. Jeff slams walleyes on the Wisconsin River. Dan Small Outdoor organic coffees now served and sold at The Range of Richfield. - Dan Small

Deer and Turkey Expo  April 10-12

ThisWeek's Contest Line: 2 Great Contests !!This Week's Giveaway: Four tickets to the Field & Stream/Outdoor Life Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, April 10-12 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. To enter, call 414-297-7554 or email Leave your name and phone number and mention the Deer & Turkey Expo giveaway.

New Spring Giveaway: Niagara Falls Fishing Adventure.
Guided fishing for two on the famed Lower Niagara River with Jiggin’ Jake’s Charters of Youngstown, NY | Two-nights stay at Barton Hill Hotel & Spa in Lewiston | Passes to see all the Niagara Falls attractions | Shimano rod & reel package | To enter the drawing - visit or call 877-FALLS-US and ask for a free fish map. That’s all there is to it!


Wildlife experts say bill could be lethal for deer

On March 31, Dana Ferguson of the Associated Press, wrote:
“Republican lawmakers say they hope to put an end date on deer-feeding bans that have kept some Wisconsin residents from the pastime, but a wildlife expert warns the practice could harm the animals.”

Wisconsin law currently prohibits the baiting and feeding of deer in 35 counties: those where CWD-infected deer have been found and adjacent counties.

Ferguson reported that the author of the bill, Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, proposed the legislation because some residents in his district enjoy feeding and watching deer, which they can no longer do because of the discovery of a single CWD-infected deer in Washburn County in 2012. That discovery led to a ban on all baiting and feeding of deer in Washburn, Barron, Polk and Burnett counties.



DSORe eNews  s1014 Special Guests

MARC GADEN | Communications director and legislative liaison for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission urges continued efforts be made to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes -

JOHN O’BRION | Founder of Grandpa Ray Outdoors offers advice for preparing for and planting food plots that will attract and provide good nutrition for deer -

TOM NAUMAN | Mushroom expert tells how, when and where to find morel mushrooms and offers tips for storing and cooking them, topics he will discuss in his seminar at the Field & Stream Outdoor Life Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo, April 10-12 in Madison -

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GENE DELLINGER | Proprietor of D&S Bait, Tackle & Archery reports fair panfish and catfish action as ice goes out on Madison-area lakes -
NEW#1 Turkey production and expected season NEWS #1  A strong year of turkey production in 2014 means hunters should look forward to another good spring hunt; join DNR experts for a spring turkey hunt chat April 7 at noon

MADISON - April marks the beginning of another spring turkey hunt, and a strong year of turkey production in 2014 means hunters should look forward to a good season.

"We had a nice year of production in 2014," said Scott Walter, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist. "Though some parts of the state saw large rainfall events in June, July and August were excellent for brood rearing and survival, and our statewide surveys reported a 22 percent increase in the number of broods seen per observer hour, as well as an increase in brood size."

Turkey populations rise or fall from one year to the next, largely in response to weather conditions during critical nesting and brood-rearing periods. According to Walter, we are likely still seeing the benefits of an outstanding year of production in 2012.

Despite severe weather conditions during the winter of 2013-14 and a late spring, many reports noted turkey broods with small chicks late in the brood observation period - an indication of successful late nesting or re-nesting activity.

Hunters harvested 41,815 turkeys during the 2014 spring season - this was a 10 percent increase from the 37,804 birds harvested in 2013. Spring hunter success rates in the past few years have ranged from 17 to 22 percent. 

The 2015 spring turkey season will consist of six seven-day time periods. Each time period will begin on a Wednesday and run through the following Tuesday. In total, 237,768 permits were made available for this spring's hunt, essentially the same number made available for the 2014 spring season. More than 134,000 permits were issued in the drawing for the spring 2015 season - this left just under 104,000 available for over-the-counter purchase. Leftover permits went on sale on a zone-per-day basis March 23, and will be available for purchase until they are sold out or the season ends. The 2015 season closes May 26. 

Join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts for a spring turkey hunt online chat April 7 at noon. Visit the DNR web site at and search keyword chat to submit questions and view responses from DNR experts. Here, you can also view past chats and sign up to receive email notifications.


Scott Walter, DNR upland wildlife ecologist - (608) 267-7861;
Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist - (608) 261-8458;
Keith Warnke, hunter recruitment coordinator - (608) 576-5243;
Jon King, hunter education administrator - (608) 575-2294

NEWS #2  Bear and human interactions on rise; have plan to deal with encounters in WisconsinNEWS #2   Quick tips can help homeowners avoid potential bear conflicts

MADISON - Spring is right around the corner and many bears have begun to emerge from their dens. Homeowners are encouraged to take precautions to avoid potential conflicts with hungry bears.

"More than 800 bear-related complaints are reported each year," said Brad Koele, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife damage specialist. "Many of these conflicts occur as a result of some type of attractant, especially bird feeders, garbage cans, grills, uncontained compost or pet food left outside and accessible."

Black bears normally avoid contact with people, but when food sources are available bears can quickly learn to associate humans with food.

According to Koele, it is especially important to remove these attractants during the spring, as bears are emerging from dens and looking to restore depleted energy reserves when natural foods are limited.

It is illegal to intentionally feed bears in Wisconsin, but it is also important for homeowners to make sure they do not unintentionally feed bears via an accessible food source near their home. 

If a bear finds food such as bird feed or garbage near your home it will likely return and visits may stop when food is no longer available. Bears will periodically check sites where food was once available, so it may take several days to weeks before a bear will quit visiting a site once the food source has been removed.

Homeowners can follow these steps to avoid attracting bears:

  • don't knowingly feed a bear; 
  • completely remove bird feeders, even during daytime hours - bears are active during the day and may cause problems even if the feeders are out only during that time; 
  • clean areas where bird feeders were located so that accumulated deposits of spilled seed are removed;
  • reduce garbage odors by rinsing food cans before putting them in covered recycling containers or garbage cans; 
  • keep meat scraps in the freezer until garbage day, and if possible, keep garbage cans in a closed building until the morning of pick-up; 
  • be sure to lock commercial dumpsters;
  • keep pet food inside or inaccessible to bears even during daytime hours; and 
  • keep barbeque grills and picnic tables clean. 

For more information regarding bears and safety, visit the DNR web site at and search keywords bear.


Brad Koele, DNR wildlife biologist - (715) 356-5211;
Dan Hirchert, DNR wildlife biologist - (608) 267-7974

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