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Sandhill crane hunt supported in 52 counties

Online voting ties at county level, eeks out win on popular vote total By Greg Seubert Contributing Writer Citizens in 52 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties support a state sandhill crane hunt, based on votes tallied during the annual spring fish and wildlife hearings April 10. The overall vote wasn’t as lopsided, however. According to figures from the state Department of…

Trump’s gift to National Park Service mocked

The Associated Press Washington, D.C. —  President Donald J. Trump donated his first quarter salary – $78,333 – to the National Parks Service (NPS). White House press secretary Sean Spicer handed an oversided check for $78,333.32 to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during a recent briefing. The billionaire businessman turned president had promised to forgo his presidential salary. By law he…

‘Permitless’ carry on horizon?

By Dan Hansen Contributing Writer Madison — Momentum is building in states across the country to allow law-abiding adults to carry a concealed handgun, among other tools for personal protection, without having to pay a fee or obtain a license. Currently 14 states – from Vermont to Alaska – allow “permitless” carry, and nearly 20 other states, including Wisconsin, are…

Pa. limits semi-automatic rifle use: Not for big game

Harrisburg, Pa. — Hunters heading afield in Pennsylvania during the 2017-18 seasons will be able to carry semi-automatic rifles for hunting small game and furbearers, but not for big game, Pennsylvania’s Board of Game Commissioners has ruled. The commissioners in January preliminarily approved a proposal that would have allowed semiautomatic rifles to be used in any season where manually operated…

Targeted shooting finds a CWD-positive white-tailed deer

Harrisburg — Now what? After 18 months of talking about it, the Pennsylvania Game Commission – working together with other state and federal agencies – did some “targeted shooting” of deer within Disease Management Area 2 in southcentral Pennsylvania. Thirty deer were killed over two nights. According to Wayne Laroche, director of the commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management, the animals…

Tough weather hinders 2017 moose survey

By Richard P. Smith Contributing Writer Marquette, Mich. — Hunters and members of the Natural Resources Commission will have to wait until at least June to find out if the moose population on the Upper Peninsula mainland increased enough since the last survey in 2015 for the DNR to recommend a hunt in the future. Based on recommendations from the…

Locals save young moose that fell through ice

By Javier Serna Assistant Editor Grand Marais, Minn. — A young moose was crossing Hungry Jack Lake near the Gunflint Trail when it fell through the ice Monday morning, precipitating a local effort to save the animal from a watery death. While many others were involved in supporting the rescue, it was three men, including two from the volunteer fire…

Trophy bass: Kentucky wants you!

Frankfort, Ky. — When Murray resident Austin Gruner caught an 8-pound 2-ounce largemouth bass bulging with developing eggs from Kentucky Lake on Feb. 10, he didn’t keep it. Instead, Gruner took his trophy to Fisherman’s Headquarters in Benton, where employees held it for pick up by a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hatchery truck. “Austin’s fish is the…

Remington responds to CBS story on safety of popular Model 700 rifle

Company says broadcast omitted key information By Dan Hansen Contributing Writer Madison, N.C. — Since its 1962 introduction, along with the popular 7mm Remington Magnum cartridge, more than 7.5 million Model 700 (and the scaled-down action Model 7) rifles have been sold. The rifles have been offered in several configurations, and chambered for virtually every modern centerfire cartridge. Over the…

Ice-related incidents continue

By Javier Serna Assistant Editor Detroit Lakes, Minn. — Despite a fairly bad season of ice-making, with thaws and refreezes among other setbacks to good ice-making, there have been few ice-fishing-related fatalities this season. But, a few did have fatal ice-fishing trips, though it could have been worse, particularly in this part of the state, where an airboat owned by…

USFWS pondering tribal night netting, snaring of ducks

Bands also seek longer swan season and use of electronic calls By Victor Skinner Contributing Writer Bloomington, Minn. — The Mississippi Flyway Council is objecting to a plan to further liberalize tribal waterfowl hunting regulations on public lands in three states – Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. The council, comprised of wildlife managers in 14 states and three Canadian provinces, works…

Guilty plea in illegal ivory sales case in NYC

New York — A corporation that owns a Manhattan art and antique store has entered a guilty plea to illegally selling elephant ivory, DEC officials announced last month. The case marks New York’s first Class D felony conviction since new ivory legislation was instituted in 2014. The corporation that owns Landmark Gallery – 128 West 58th St. LLC., co-owned by…