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Column: Kevin Naze

  • Wild Things: Record-Low Turnout at Spring Hearings

    Fewer than 1,500 citizens attended the first in-person Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spring fish and wildlife hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) meetings in five years, an all-time low. More than 90 percent of the 18,802 votes cast last month were done online, and 1,516 came from nonresidents. Nearly 1,100 of those were from […]

  • Wild Things: Door Deer Group Sends a Message; County Advisory Council Asks Legislators for More Tools

    The Door County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) voted to give four antlerless tags with each deer hunting license and to again hold holiday gun deer and extended archery and crossbow hunts this season.  Council Chair Greg Coulthurst said members voted unanimously to send a message to legislators that the group would like to modify registration […]

  • Wild Things: Advocates of Clean Air, Water

    If you have a passion for clean water, sustainable agricultural practices and habitat restoration, Jodi Labs would love to hear from you. A Green Bay lawyer, Labs is the current national president of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), an environmental organization that promotes natural resources protection and outdoor recreation. “I’d love to see […]

  • Wild Things: Birders Flock to Algoma Celebration

    Hundreds of bird enthusiasts are expected to migrate to Algoma High School on April 27 for a World Migratory Bird Day Celebration. There’s no admission charge for the 9 am – 2 pm event, but there will be items available for purchase from vendors. In addition, the Steel Belly BBQ food truck will offer a […]

  • Wild Things: Let the Wild Turkey Tales Begin

    Pursuing wild turkeys in Wisconsin is a spring ritual for thousands of hunters. Colorful toms – the largest of which can weigh 25 pounds or more with sharp, curved spurs and long, brushy beards – are strutting their stuff in hopes of attracting a harem of females so they can pass on their genetics.  If […]

  • Wild Things: April Fish Tales Start to Grow

    An April snowstorm and the heavy rain that preceded it Tuesday was just what the fish doctor ordered for Great Lakes water levels. Lake Michigan and Green Bay tributaries got a boost, as did the wetlands so vital to more than 100 species of birds, amphibians and other creatures large and small. Green Bay has […]

  • Wild Things: Sturgeon Bay Guide Just Misses 300K Payday

    Sturgeon Bay fishing guide and professional angler Adam Rasmussen hooked a $50,000 payday last weekend, landing second place in the Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fishing on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Rasmussen’s three-day total on 15 largemouth bass – five were allowed daily – was 55 pounds, four ounces, nearly five pounds ahead of […]

  • Wild Things: Governor Signs Bill Allowing Airguns

    Governor Tony Evers signed more than a dozen bills into law last week, including one that will allow hunters to use airguns for big game hunting. Senate Bill 586, now known as Wisconsin Act 115, establishes that airguns – firearms that propel projectiles by the expansion of compressed air – can be used during an […]

  • Wild Things: Spring Hearings Back to In-Person

    For the first time in five years, citizens can gather at the county level to vote for representation on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC). The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fish and wildlife hearings and WCC county meetings will be held April 8 in all counties, with an option to provide input on a variety […]

  • Wild Things: New Fishing, Hunting Licenses Ready

    Hunters and anglers can now purchase 2024-25 licenses via the state’s Go Wild site (gowild.wi.gov/), or in-person at one of 16 locations in Door and Kewaunee counties. Door County businesses that offer in-person license buying include the Forestville One Stop Mobil; Brussels General Store; PJ’s of Door County; JP Express near Carlsville; and Howie’s Tackle […]

  • Wild Things: Another Cheater on the Hook?

    Weights being found in fish in tournaments have made the news for years, but it took an X-ray to catch an alleged cheater who weighed a potential state record 4.07-pound white crappie in Kansas.  As it was, the angler might have gotten away with it if he didn’t have the giant in a freezer weeks […]

  • Wild Things: Wisconsin For The Win

    Door County is known across North America for its giant smallmouth bass, and the anglers who know how to catch them. One of those who’s very good at it, guide Adam Rasmussen of Sturgeon Bay, topped a field of 151 pros to win the Mercury B.A.S.S. Nation Qualifier at Lake Eufaula in Alabama earlier this […]

  • Wild Things: Roller-Coaster of Open Water, Ice

    A look at online fishing message forums shows a mixed bag of last-ice catches and early opportunities casting or trolling open water. Trout – mostly browns but an occasional rainbow or laker – are hunting baitfish in the Lake Michigan shallows, while pre-spawn pike, walleyes and perch are cruising the Green Bay shorelines. Stickbaits and […]

  • Early Start to Open Water Fishing

    Look to hook up in Green Bay, Lake Michigan or tributaries If weeks of warnings weren’t enough to deter anglers hungry to hunt offshore whitefish,three separate rescues carried out on lower Green Bay’s east shore Thursday should getthe word out to stay off the ice.Brown County and Coast Guard airboats were used to get nine […]

  • WILD THINGS: Thaw Extends into February

    For the second straight winter, access to deep-water ice fishing on Green Bay doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Even if a predicted cold snap returns mid-month, it’ll almost certainly be too little, too late for anything outside of the more protected areas like bays, harbors and marinas.  Even those spots – think Sawyer […]

  • WILD THINGS: Going, Going, Gone?

    High temperatures well above freezing this week are expected to stick around into early February, potentially spoiling any chance for a deep-water ice fishery this winter. The January thaw – exacerbated by a late freeze-up, strong winds during a below-zero stretch mid-month, and ongoing ice-breaking operations – may be enough to spoil the opportunity to […]

  • WILD THINGS: First Ice Not All Nice

    A predicted thaw next week is not what ice anglers and snow enthusiasts were hoping for. Frigid weather that arrived after last weekend’s blizzard has been good for making ice, but high winds much of the week prevented a total freeze on the vast waters of Green Bay. While a few anglers have been venturing […]

  • WILD THINGS: Long Wait for ‘Safe’ Ice

    Our first below-zero low temperatures of the season are expected Sunday through Tuesday, but ice anglers shouldn’t celebrate just yet. That’s because the brutal cold snap is expected to be accompanied by very strong west winds that’ll prevent good ice formation in the deep water, instead creating large waves and strong currents that will bust […]

  • WILD THINGS: Bring Back Deer Tags?

    Wisconsin deer hunters have seen more regulation changes in the past decade than at any other time period in history. Some of those resulted in a loss of time-honored traditions, not to mention a big drop in income for hundreds of businesses that registered the thousands of deer brought in by hunters each fall. In […]

  • Wild Things: ‘Bow’ Deer Hunt Extended to Jan. 31

    Hunters in all or parts of 31 Wisconsin counties can target whitetails through the end of January, thanks to an extended bow and crossbow hunt.  County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) had the option of whether or not to have the longer season, and could only do so if they had a holiday antlerless gun deer […]