OUTDOORS RADIO for the week 18 APRIL 2015 | SHOW 1016: Federal efforts to hamper gun shops exposed. Nutritional supplements improve food plots for deer. New book series gets kids excited about hunting and fishing. Madison lakes panfish action is improving. Jeff scores walleyes on the Wisconsin and Fox rivers. Dan reports on the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo. - Dan Small
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DNR officials respond to several wildfires in recent days, urge alternatives to burning
MADISON - With fire danger currently elevated in Wisconsin, it's even more important that people consider recycling and composting instead of burning waste and yard debris, which Department of Natural Resource officials caution may cause wildfires and add pollutants to the air.
"Wildfire season is here and it's not a good time to be burning outdoors. Just yesterday, we had a 200 acre wildfire and evacuated 44 homes," says Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist. "Luckily, no one lost their home and no one was injured, but it was a good reminder to consider alternatives to burning, especially right now with the current fire threat."
A 200-plus acre wildland fire west of the village of Necedah in Juneau County required the evacuation of 44 homes on Monday. Though it is legal to burn some yard waste in certain areas, the department cautions that debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires in Wisconsin, causing about 30 percent of the state's wildfires each year.
KEITH BEAM | Inventor of the Double Bull blind talks about his new children’s interactive book series called Drake’s Adventures
MIKE SCHUETZ | Proprietor of Hawkins Guns in Hawkins, Wisconsin warns of a little-known federal program aimed at making life difficult for certain businesses, including gun shops , http://www.smith-wesson.com
JOHN O’BRION | Founder and president of Grandpa Ray Outdoors offers advice for planting food plots that provide year-round nutrition for deer
News #1Entries Sought for Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contests
MADISON -- Wisconsin artists will have until July 24 to submit artwork for the 2016 wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests. Funds derived from the sale of these stamps will contribute to the restoration and management of thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat.
The top three entries for each stamp will be displayed at the Wisconsin State Fair. With contest finalists on display, thousands of visitors will help increase visibility for both the artists and the stamp programs' positive impacts on Wisconsin's wildlife. Visitation during the 11-day state fair is close to one million people, with around 120,000 visitors to the DNR Park annually.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist and wildlife stamp coordinator - (608) 261-8458
News #2Antlerless harvest quota and permit level recommendations will be finalized at April County Deer Advisory Council meetings
MADISON - County Deer Advisory Councils are set to prepare final antlerless quota and permit recommendations during the last round of spring meetings from April 20-23, and a public comment period open through April 15 will provide an opportunity to submit feedback.
April CDAC meetings will provide an additional opportunity to provide feedback as councils finalize their recommendations. A meeting schedule and other information can be found at WDNR web site http://dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC."
In addition to attending council meetings, the public can submit comments directly to their county's CDAC chair or via email to DNRCDACWebMail@wisconsin.gov before the review period ends April 27.
Each council will consider online public input form responses and other public comments, along with assessments from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists, foresters and law enforcement staff as they develop final recommendations.
Following the April meetings, final antlerless quota recommendations will be presented to the department before they are sent to the Natural Resources Board for approval in May. Approved recommendations will be implemented during the 2015 deer hunting seasons.
If you would like to receive email updates and other information regarding deer hunting and season structure in Wisconsin, visit WDNR web site http://dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics." Follow the prompts and select "white-tailed deer" within the "hunting" list.