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Column: Kevin Naze

  • Wild Things: Time to Get Sighted In for Youth Gun Deer Hunt

    If you’ll be mentoring someone during this year’s youth gun deer hunt, now’s the time to dial in for a better shot at success.  Cooler air and the first hints of fall color are getting kids and adults excited for the Oct. 9-10 hunt, which offers those age 15 and younger an opportunity to get […]

  • DNR, NRB Playing Politics with State Fish, Wildlife

    Like it or not, politics is taking center stage on almost every controversial decision being made these days by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Wolves – and Natural Resources Board (NRB) chair Fred Prehn’s refusal to step down until his successor is confirmed by the Senate – are at the heart of the current […]

  • Wild Things: Hunters Set Sights on Abundant Farm-country Whitetails Sept. 18

    Whether you’ve been trying to pattern a trophy buck all summer or simply want a shot at some tender, young venison, your time is drawing near. Wisconsin’s annual archery and crossbow deer season will open a half hour before sunrise on Sept. 18.  In the meantime, check your tree stands, anchor your ground blinds and […]

  • WILD THINGS: Season’s First Hunts Opens Wednesday

    Locally Raised Canada Geese Abundant It’s still summer on the calendar, but many area hunters are gearing up for the first “fall” hunting openers Sept. 1. The early goose season will start with a bang Wednesday, when wildlife officials and plenty of urban property owners hope hunters can help trim a booming population of locally […]

  • WILD THINGS: Bonus Deer, Turkey Tags Available on ‘Go Wild’ Site

    Whether you hunt whitetails and wild turkeys locally, or head to another county to try your luck, now’s the time to pick up the tags you’ll need. It’s true that all hunters get one either-sex fall turkey tag with their license purchase, but leftovers are also available. You can check by zone at dnr.wisconsin.gov/permits/fallturkey.html. Meanwhile, […]

  • The Year of the Giant

    38.58-pounder caught one day prior to salmon tournament opener Just when you think things can’t get any wilder out on Lake Michigan, the Big Pond gives up three world-class trophies in just six days.  Last week we reported on De Pere angler Susann Jacques and her amazing, 35-pound, 10-ounce Chinook, caught July 19 between Algoma […]

  • WILD THINGS: Season’s Heaviest ‘Up North’ Salmon Caught Monday

    For the second straight week, a trophy Chinook salmon with a Luxemburg connection was boated on Lake Michigan. And for the second week in a row, it was hooked between Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. It appears there’s something in the water this year: big fish. Six days after a 32-pound-plus giant was landed on a […]

  • WILD THINGS: A Hot Summer Is a Cool Time to Scout for the Fall Seasons

    If you’re the procrastinating type, you can be late and early at the same time this summer by getting out in the woods. Let me explain. A lot of experts will tell you that any changes you make to your hunting areas should be done as soon as possible after the season ends – as in, […]

  • WILD THINGS: Who’ll Be the Top Banana?

    Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament fever is rising Thousands of anglers from across the country are expected to participate in the 39th annual Kewaunee/Door (K/D) County Salmon Tournament, which will begin its nine-day run July 23. Luxemburg charter captain Pat Veeser watched customers reel in the second-heaviest Chinook he’s had on his boat in more than […]

  • WILD THINGS: Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing off to a Drag-screaming Start

    Six weeks into an explosive start to salmon and steelhead action on Lake Michigan, charter and private-boat anglers alike are hoping the winds of change won’t come anytime soon. Although Wisconsin’s Big Pond trolling fishery has been amazing in 2021, it’s not the same story across the lake. An online check of Great Lakes fishing […]

  • WILD THINGS: Lake Trout Plan a Good Start, but ‘Too Many’ Are Already Out There

    Sport anglers who lost the opportunity to harvest more lake trout this spring can’t get that back, but it should be a “go” from here on out. During its meeting next week, the state Natural Resources Board (NRB) is expected to approve a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommendation to adopt an emergency order returning […]

  • WILD THINGS: Lake Michigan Salmon, Trout Provide ‘Reel’ Thrill

    If you’re into the high-flying acrobatics of Lake Michigan rainbow trout or the sizzling-drag runs of Chinook salmon, now’s the time to book a trip or hook up with friends and family members on a private rig.  The Big Pond is off to one of its fastest starts in years, and anglers are hoping things […]

  • WILD THINGS: National Fishing and Boating Week, 30 by 30 Initiative, and More

    Whether you want to target smallmouth bass, perch, walleye or pike on Green Bay; trout and salmon on Lake Michigan; or panfish, pike and largemouth bass on area inland lakes, now’s the time to try your luck.  Bluegills, smallmouths, pike and rock bass are active in many of the bays, harbors and marinas on Green […]

  • WILD THINGS: Spring Weather Is a Tease, Taste of Summer Eludes

    Air and water temperatures continue to fluctuate widely on the Kewaunee/Door peninsula – something that those of us who’ve seen this spring show before are very familiar with.  A 20- to 30-degree swing in temperatures from one day to the next – or even within the same day, depending on the wind direction and proximity to […]

  • WILD THINGS: Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament Is This Weekend

    More than 130 teams are registered for the 31st annual Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament, set for May 14-15 at Sawyer Park. They’ll leave the park at 6 am each day, with weigh-ins beginning at 3 pm.  The event is part of the North American Bass Challenge, and teams paid a $510 fee to enter. […]

  • WILD THINGS: Bass Fanatic Hooks the Trout of a Lifetime off Door County

    Door County’s spring sport fishery is among the most impressive in North America. Five-pound smallmouth bass, 10-pound walleyes and 20-pound northern pike aren’t out of the question.  But a 32-pound, nine-ounce brown trout that Ben Otto of Pulaski caught while casting for bass April 24 near Sand Bay turned the world-class potential up a notch. […]

  • Wild Things: Natural Resources Board Approves Whitefish Emergency Rule

    A seven-year effort led by Northern Door commercial fisherman Charlie Henriksen is finally coming to fruition on Green Bay. Wisconsin’s seven-citizen Natural Resources Board (NRB) unanimously approved an emergency rule allowing an increased quota for whitefish this season in commercial fishing Zone 1 (Lower Green Bay) during an online meeting April 14.  Henriksen, president of […]

  • WILD THINGS: Not All Classrooms Have Walls

    Trees have always had a special place in my outdoor adventures.  Long before using them as ambush sites in hopes of eventually serving wild game on a dinner plate, trees were for climbing so high that my mother – watching the last of her eight kids throw caution to the wind – might have needed […]

  • Wild Things: State Natural Resources Board Approves Whitefish Emergency Rule

    A seven-year effort led by Northern Door commercial fisherman Charlie Henriksen is finally coming to fruition on Green Bay. Wisconsin’s seven-citizen Natural Resources Board (NRB) unanimously approved an emergency rule allowing an increased quota for whitefish this season in commercial fishing Zone 1 (Lower Green Bay) during an online meeting April 14.  Henriksen, president of […]

  • Wild Things: No Boat Ride for Bass in Sturgeon Bay Tournament

    After a pandemic-driven one-year absence, the Sturgeon Bay Bass Tournament is back with a new, on-the-water weigh-in. Generous donations from John Hynes of West Shore Outfitters and Fisheries Forever of Green Bay, along with several smaller donations, provided money to purchase 105 Brecknell scales – the same type that the Major League Fishing and FLW […]