Bloggers on Hunting

Get out and find those Morels

An ongoing discussion, after a number of very warm days in March, has been whether or not morel mushrooms will be plentiful, slim picking, or completely absent. The questions have not been completely answered for Wisconsin except these mushrooms began appearing in late March.  I found some March 29, which were two to three days old.  By April 1, a…

P.A.S.T. trying to breathe life back into traditional archery

The P.A.S.T. is still alive at Pyramid State Park for 33 members of an elite club from Southern Illinois. The Pyramid Archery Society (Traditional) or P.A.S.T is a group of individuals from Washington, Perry, Jefferson, Jackson, and Williamson counties whose goal is to keep traditional archery alive. In 1994, founding members of P.A.S.T. began gathering at Pyramid State Park archery…

Early spring

We’ve become accustomed to expecting many major plant and animal events to be prompted by photoperiod. Plants flower and animals mate based on increasing or decreasing day length, it seems.  But what about March 2012? March was so atypical that events were weeks ahead of a normal schedule and sequence of events.  Will this early spring have any impact on…

New Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation holds first quarterly meeting.

The council's first task will be screening candidates for two vacant commissioner seats on the Pennsylvania Game Commission board. On March 26 the council was expected to interview nine applicants who have applied for the vacant seats in the southeast and northcentral regions. It’s going to be a long process, but one that the council should be able to finish…

Shooting like a "Cowboy"

There probably aren’t many men who didn’t at one time in their youth fantasize about being a cowboy in the Old West, possibly leading a band of regulators to clean up a town full of bandits and marauders. It’s not too late. Across the country some men, and women, are experiencing a fountain of youth of sorts and reliving their…

Six town hall meetings with Deer Czar now fully set

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Dr. James Kroll have finalized the meeting locations for the six April town hall forums that will be offered across the state as a means of giving sportsmen a chance to deliver their thoughts on Wisconsin deer management to Kroll. Kroll had met earlier with a number of Wisconsin conservation groups by invitation only. All…

Fee increase moving

A plan to hike fishing and hunting license fees, which hasn’t been done on a general scale since 2001, won unanimous approval from a key Senate committee on Tuesday. The Environment and Natural Resources Committee approved of the plan, offered by committee chair Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, that, among other things, would increase the annual cost for a resident fishing license…

Special hunt procedure to be reviewed

A rule change to allow bona-fide, non-profit outdoor organizations conduct special hunts for young and handicapped hunters is pending before the Ohio General Assembly's Joint Committee for Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Ken Fitz, acting administrator of law enforcement for the Ohio DNR's wildlife division, said the agency wants to streamline the permitting process for legitimate organizations and weed out the…

Seeing red, and ducking

In a perfect world, our three Labrador retrievers would be on the same schedule, eating, sleeping and heading outside to answer nature's call at the same time. That's not the case, however, and as a result I'm usually never sitting – or sleeping – for more than a couple hours at a time before getting nudged by an anxious Lab trying…

What do moose and eelpout have in common?

A story by long-time Grand Forks Herald outdoors scribe Brad Dokken has appeared in several publications and websites the past few days via the Associated Press wire. Dokken reports a recurring theme about burbot, or eelpout, in this part of the country: They’re struggling. Like the moose – another signature species in Minnesota – eelpout prefer cold Minnesota weather. While…

No contest

I don’t quite understand why we’ve become so competitive. Competition in sports is good, of course, and I enjoy a good baseball or football game as well as the next guy. But today it seems there’s a competition for just about everything. I love to cook, but do I need to watch a television show that pits one chef against…

Antlerless deer allocations may not come up at PGC's March work session

Following up on his commitment to make the workings of the game commissioners more open and transparent, President Game Commissioner Ralph Martone recently announced that the board will hold a public working-group meeting on Monday, March 26. The meeting, which will begin at 8 a.m., will be held in the auditorium of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters and will be…

Turkey season camaraderie

Wisconsin’s spring turkey hunters will face a few changes in how things are to be done when it comes to hunting wild turkeys this year. The six hunting periods are seven days, instead of five, Wednesday through Tuesday. No big deal to most hunters. We’re likely to see little impact on the success rates by hunters, or even total hours…