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Column: Kevin Naze

  • Wild Things: Giant Door County Smallmouths Hooked

    Local pros Neu, Doering among tournament winners by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] A pair of Sturgeon Bay anglers cashed in on the county’s world-class smallmouth bass fishery last week. Adam Neu and his fishing partner, Grant Ehlenfeldt of Osceola, weighed 10 bass totaling 52 pounds, 12 ounces to win the 142-team North American Bass Challenge’s (NABC) […]

  • Wild Things: Spring Fishing Heats Up as Air, Water Temperatures Rise

    High winds delay bass tourney opener by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Gusty south winds Monday pushed back the two-day Sturgeon Bay Bass Tournament – the first of two major bass-fishing contests in Door County this week – to a Tuesday start. Tournament director Gary Nault said the event, which featured a $10,000 first-place prize, would be […]

  • Wild Things: Cold, Wet and Windy Spring Extends Some Hot Fishing

    Wild Turkey Hunters Having a Blast by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] A cold, wet and windy spring has been less than idea for hunters pursuing wild turkeys, but most anglers aren’t complaining. That’s because there’s been plenty of water in even the small lakeshore tributaries, extending the steelhead and sucker spawning runs. In addition, cool weather […]

  • WILD THINGS: State’s Elk Herd Growing Slowly

    Apply for a once-in-a-lifetime tag by the end of May If you want an outside shot at a once-in-a-lifetime tag to hunt elk in Wisconsin this fall, apply no later than May 31. Despite abundant predators and occasional run-ins with vehicles, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist Joshua Spiegel said the elk population is […]

  • Wild Things: State’s Elk Herd Growing Slowly

    Apply for a once-in-a-lifetime tag by the end of May by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] If you want an outside shot at a once-in-a-lifetime tag to hunt elk in Wisconsin this fall, apply no later than May 31. Despite abundant predators and occasional run-ins with vehicles, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist Joshua Spiegel said […]

  • Wild Things: Gearing Up for a Gobbling Good Time

    Youth turkey hunt is April 16-17; regular season opens April 20 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] After a two-year absence, Learn to Hunt wild-turkey programs returned this spring. Judging by photos on social media from across the state last weekend, there were many success stories. Next up is the annual youth turkey hunt April 16-17. It’s […]

  • Wild Things: Little Sturgeon’s Squaw Island Looking for New Identity in ’22

    Department of Interior seeking public comment by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Little Sturgeon’s colorful history may see another chapter written soon as a popular island is slated for a new name. Squaw Island, located in the south-central portion of Little Sturgeon Bay, is one of 28 geographic features in Wisconsin identified by a U.S. Department of […]

  • Wild Things: New Fishing Licenses Needed by April 1

    That’s the deadline for the Great Waters Photo Contest, too by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Don’t be a fool by going fishing on April 1 without first purchasing a new-for-’22 license. Although it’s true that Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation wardens can use discretion when deciding to issue a citation or a warning, fishing without […]

  • Wild Things: Anglers Finding a Mix of Ice, Open Water to Try Their Luck

    Turkey leftovers served March 22 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Mid- to late March means transition time for anglers, with both open water and hardwater fishing opportunities. Steelhead and suckers are moving into the Ahnapee River for spring spawning, and brown trout are available in the nearshore shallows of Lake Michigan. Yellow perch fishing in Green […]

  • Wild Things: Mild Winter for Whitetails Will Lead to Bumper Fawn Crop

    by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Heading into March, the Winter Severity Index (WSI) – an algorithm used by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to predict the impact of winter weather on deer survival – was in the mild category in all but Wisconsin’s five northernmost counties. Although the WSI can’t gauge the effects of freezing […]

  • Wild Things: Fishing Licenses Purchased Now Are Good through March 31, 2023

    by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] If you’ve been wanting to join Wisconsin’s fishing family, now is as good of a time as any because 2022-23 fishing licenses went on sale March 1. They’re good for the remainder of this season (through March 31), as well as for the April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 license […]

  • Wild Things: Park Tower, More Wardens Not Eligible for WSFR Funds

    But gun ranges could see expanded grants by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Wisconsin’s record-setting kickback from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program has some strings attached. Thanks to strong purchases of firearms, ammunition, fishing tackle and fuel, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be receiving more than $43.6 […]

  • Wild Things: DNR Nets Record Windfall

    More than $43.6 million coming from feds by KEVIN NAZE [email protected] Record purchases of firearms, ammunition, fuel and fishing equipment have led to a jackpot for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Long underfunded from both sides of the political aisle, the DNR will have few excuses not to ramp up its efforts to […]

  • Wild Things: For Third Straight Year, DNR Meeting Vote Is Online Only

    by Kevin Naze, [email protected] COVID-19 has sacked the annual Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) fish and wildlife hearings and county Conservation Congress (CC) spring meetings for the third straight year.  Normally conducted in person, voting will again be done online. Members of the public will soon be able to submit citizen resolutions to be considered. […]

  • WILD THINGS: DNR Updating Wolf Management Plan

    More than 15,000 people completed a public survey on Wisconsin wolf management in 2021. Randy Johnson, large-carnivore specialist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told state Natural Resources Board members this week that the input – which is summarized and available on the DNR’s wolf-management page – wasn’t intended to represent attitudes of state […]

  • Wild Things: Whitefish, Wolves and Bears on NRB Meeting Agenda

    The state Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting on Jan. 26 in Madison will include discussion of changes to the Green Bay whitefish commercial quota, the proposed number of black bear permits for the fall hunt and an update on gray wolves. It’ll be the first in-person NRB meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Data shows […]

  • WILD THINGS: Early-Season Ice Is No Time to Risk Offshore Exploring

    No ice is safe ice. No matter how many times that Department of Natural Resources mantra is repeated by agency safety specialists and conservation wardens, it still seems to fall on deaf ears. With most of central and northern Green Bay still open water last weekend, a powerful offshore wind blowing out of the south […]

  • WILD THINGS: Ice-Fishing Season Is Underway, but Anglers Can’t Go Everywhere

    With no January thaw in sight, ice anglers are getting a belated Christmas gift: hard-water fishing hot spots that are firming up fast. All the usual early-season access areas are worth a look, including out of Dyckesville, Sugar Creek, Little Sturgeon, Sawyer Harbor, Sturgeon Bay and on protected nearshore areas inside Northern Door bays and […]

  • Wild Things: One cold night not nearly enough for solid start to ice-fishing season

    The first single-digit temperatures of the season Tuesday put a thin skin of ice on some area fishing holes, but it’s nowhere near safe yet. It’s a different story in the far northern reaches of the state, where anglers have been able to walk on protected bays the past two weeks. High temperatures in the […]

  • WILD THINGS: One Cold Night Not Enough to Kick Off Ice Fishing

    The first single-digit temperatures of the season Tuesday put a thin skin of ice on some area fishing holes, but it’s nowhere near safe yet. It’s a different story in the far northern reaches of the state, where anglers have been able to walk on protected bays the past two weeks. High temperatures in the […]