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Column: Kevin Naze

  • Wild Things: PFAS in Fish? They’re in the Air, Water & Soil

    Outdoor correspondent Kevin Naze believes the Kewaunee and Door County sport and commercial fishery could take a hit if fish eaters don’t read beyond the recent headlines. by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor If you watch the nightly news, listen to a local radio station or read the headlines online or in print, odds […]

  • Wild Things: Two New Faces on Natural Resources Board

    Chair Prehn steps down; Bruins leaves, too by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Two new faces will fill seats on the state’s Natural Resources Board after a pair of former Gov. Scott Walker appointees – chair Fred Prehn and member Bill Bruins – resigned late last month. That ends a more-than-a-decade-long conservative majority on […]

  • Wild Things: Giant Muskie Hooked on Green Bay

    Hedsand caught 55-incher just prior to ice-up by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Door County’s roller coaster of a winter continued this week as Mother Nature teased ice anglers with a few cold nights, followed by another mild spell. The 10-day forecast isn’t much better, with highs often above freezing and lows mainly in […]

  • Wild Things: Same Old Story in a New Year?

    Challenge yourself to be better in 2023 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken, or so it would seem. But while those plans, pledges and promises may not last forever, setting some goals for 2023 is a step in the right direction if we’re aiming to be […]

  • Wild Things: There’s a New Kid in Town

    Stangel takes over at Stephenson Pier by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Some of Travis Stangel’s earliest fishing memories involve playing in the snow on the frozen waters of Green Bay and chasing tip-ups whenever a flag popped.  “My dad had me out there when I was real young – three extra lines, you […]

  • Wild Things: Extended Cold Streak Begins This Weekend

    But it’s still way too early to walk on water in Door County by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Frigid air during the opening weekend of the gun deer hunt last month had anglers thinking this might finally be a year with an early start to the ice-fishing season, but even the most optimistic […]

  • Wild Things: No Buck Hunting During ‘Doe’ Seasons

    Antlerless-only hunts Dec. 8-11 and Dec. 24-Jan. 1 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor If you’re an archery or crossbow deer hunter with sights set on harvesting a buck, you can’t do it over the holiday break. That’s because both Door and Kewaunee counties are included in the Dec. 24-Jan.1 antlerless-only firearm deer season […]

  • Wild Things: Deer Harvest Both Up and Down This Season

    Numbers will only rise with muzzleloader up and antlerless-only season on deck by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Door and Kewaunee County deer hunters combined to register 4,179 whitetails during the nine-day gun season that ended Nov. 27 – up slightly from last year, but about 450 fewer than the five-year average. Combined with […]

  • Wild Things: Christmas in November?

    Deer hunters expect snow for opener  by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor A cold, windy and white opening day of the 2022 gun deer season is expected to greet area hunters Saturday morning. And other than the wind, such conditions are just about ideal for the thousands of blaze-orange-bundled men, women and youths who […]

  • Wild Things: Nine-Day Gun Deer Hunt

    Opener at dawn Nov. 19 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor It’s almost go-time for one of Wisconsin’s famous fall traditions: the nine-day gun deer-hunting season. Although a quarter-million or so hunters are already participating in the archery and crossbow deer hunts, opening day of the 2022 gun deer season Nov. 19 is expected […]

  • Wild Things: Falling in Love with Leaves

    Remnants of autumn are coating the forest floor and lawns  by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor A glorious first day of November can’t camouflage the fact that this weekend marks the midway point of fall. The autumn equinox is already six weeks in the rear-view mirror, and early this Sunday, daylight saving time ends. […]

  • Wild Things: Whitetail Mating Season Means More Run-ins for Hunters, Cars

    The annual deer rut heats up as November approaches by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Whether you want to see deer or not, the next few weeks will offer an explosion of whitetail activity in the fields and forests. Mature bucks in hot pursuit of does or scaring off smaller bucks are two reasons […]

  • Wild Things: Updated Wolf Plan Expected Soon

    The last one was written in 1999 and modified slightly in 2007 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor A potentially contentious final draft of a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wolf-management plan is expected to be released soon. The DNR has worked with more than 20 wolf-stakeholder representatives to formulate the plan, which […]

  • Wild Things: Get the Lead Out

    Fishing-tournament pros disqualified by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Anyone with a finger on the pulse of fishing has likely heard about, seen video of, or read about the professional anglers who were allegedly caught lead-handed with fishing weights stuffed into the bellies of walleyes during a recent high-stakes Lake Erie tournament. Considering that […]

  • Wild Things: ATV, Boating Accidents on the Rise

    2021 has been a deadly year on the land and in the water in Wisconsin by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Eighty-five people died in Wisconsin recreational vehicle accidents last year – more than were accidentally shot and killed while hunting during the past 40 seasons combined.  Last year alone, 34 people died in All-Terrain […]

  • Wild Things: Controversial ‘Pre-Pup’ Wolf Count Coming

    The numbers may be revealed during the Sept. 28 NRB meeting by KEVIN NAZE, Peninsula Pulse contributor, [email protected] Don’t be surprised if wolf-management opponents are howling during the Sept. 28 state Natural Resources Board meeting in Ashland. In an agenda that’s heavy with air-quality, waste-management and water issues, the most press will likely come after […]

  • Wild Things: Wisconsin Weighing Stocking Options

    Michigan proposes 54% increase in Chinooks  by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] A proposed 54% increase in Chinook (king) salmon stocking by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) next spring has Great Lakes anglers talking this week. Although it’s not final, the MDNR’s plan to stock 1 million kings a year follows decades of stocking cuts […]

  • Wild Things: Hunt Is On for Opening-day Spots

    Whitetails top target as seasons begin Sept. 17 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] If you don’t own or lease hunting land, there’s a good chance you’ll be one of many hunters who are competing for a prime spot to take a stand this season.  Even though the percentage of public land on the peninsula is much […]

  • Wild Things: Salmon Schooling for Spawning Run

    Peak still weeks away, but early catches are best by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] It’s hard to believe we’re only a month away from the annual salmon-egg harvest at Strawberry Creek. Four weeks is a long time, but death-run Chinooks are already beginning to stage out in Lake Michigan. A few early runners might even check […]

  • Wild Things: First Hunting Seasons Knocking on the Door

    There’s still time for beginners to get started by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Wisconsin hunters who like their fast food on the wild side can begin the quest for frequent fliers Sept. 1: the opening day of the early goose, teal and mourning dove seasons. Migratory birds attract a small percentage of the state’s 800,000 or […]