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Upland Game Hunting Wisconsin

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  • 5/18/2012 10:50:00 AM
    What does a bear hunting guide do in May, before the big baiting push starts for the 25 hunters or so who will invade his Washburn camp in Bayfield County in September?  He grabs his wife and goes turkey hunting of course.  And if you’re On Wisconsin Outdoors bear expert Mike Foss and better half Lori, you head out of the northern f...
  • 5/9/2012 4:45:00 PM
    This year, spring in most of Wisconsin has been a “roller coast” ride with record warm temperatures in March and then a cooling and more normal month of April. The record weather in March got fish spawning much earlier than normal, birds migrating north weeks a head of schedule, flowers and trees budding and emerging weeks early, and we...
  • 5/2/2012 4:50:00 PM
    Thank you again for another hunting year to remember!! The 2012 Spring Turkey Youth and Learn To Hunt at Tom's Guns consisted of 63 super hunters, 65 awesome mentors and many wonderful landowners. We are proud to announce 30 birds were reported harvested in this years weekend hunt. Tom and I are again very lucky to be able to share another weeke...
  • 5/1/2012 4:35:00 PM
    By Bill Thornley It started out as a scouting trip for the upcoming Wisconsin spring turkey season. I wanted to get out into the woods and see if I could hear some gobblers, maybe find out where they might be come opening day, and if they were out there at all. Turns out they were. As I drove down the trail in the pre-dawn darkness, I was surpris...
  • 5/1/2012 9:25:00 AM
    Jeff Spott from the town of Lisbon began his afternoon vigil waiting for a gobbler on April 26 in Waukesha County after placing a hen decoy about 25 yards in front of his stand on a fence line.  30 minutes later a hen appeared over the ridge, followed not far behind by Thomas. “They crossed in front of me about 45 yards out, headed away...
  • 4/30/2012 10:05:00 AM
    An interview with DNR Upland Wildlife Ecologist Scott Walter on the Wild Turkey Management Plan hearings that are currently taking place around the state. http://dnr.wi.gov/news/interview/ MADISON – State wildlife officials say that the time has come to revise the Wisconsin Wild Turkey Management Plan and they are urging hunters to consider...
  • 4/27/2012 11:45:00 AM
    John Ellis of Muskego took this lonely Tom on Friday, April 20 in Grant County in southwest Wisconsin that came to a mouth call and one decoy 45 minutes after sunrise.
  • 4/27/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Steve Ellis of Wausau waited out two thunderstorms on the field last week before bringing this nice bird, (not to be mistaken for a naughty bird) in to a slate call in the Mead Wildlife Area.
  • 4/27/2012 10:00:00 AM
    Ben Bain with a couple of nice crappies For you river rats out there the walleye bite is still going strong.  We are seeing a lot of nice fish in that 15 to 19 inch range with a few nice slot fish up to 28 inches being caught. Most of the fish that we been catching have been in shallow water with rocks in anywhere from 3 to ...
  • 4/26/2012 3:05:00 PM
    451 McCormick Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108(412) 262-4044www.ruffedgrousesociety.org April 23, 2012For Immediate Release Area conservation group to host fundraiser dinner in SuperiorProceeds used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat The Duluth-Superior Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 32nd Annual Sportsmen’s ...
  • 4/19/2012 9:40:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis Two hours into a “last chance” spring turkey hunt, the gobbler answered the hen call from a deep wooded hollow in the rolling farm country of Grant County. Maybe, with a lot of patience and a little luck this Tom, already a survivor of the first five of Wisconsin’s six split seasons would now be without the companio...
  • 4/17/2012 12:35:00 PM
    451 McCormick Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108(412) 262-4044www.ruffedgrousesociety.org April 9, 2012For Immediate Release RGS to host Youth Education Day in Marshfield The West Central Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, will host its annual Youth Education Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Bergdahl Property, 11192 Bluff Drive, Marshfield, ...
  • 4/17/2012 11:35:00 AM
    451 McCormick Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108(412) 262-4044www.ruffedgrousesociety.org April 6, 2012For Immediate Release Area conservation group to host fundraiser dinner in MilwaukeeProceeds used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat The David V. Uihlein Memorial Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 31st Annual Spring S...
  • 4/5/2012 11:00:00 AM
    Planting season has arrived! High quality grain food plots next to cover allow pheasants to establish safe winter feeding patterns - minimizing movement and reducing predation. Next winter’s food plot starts this spring, so choose from Pheasants Forever’s Signature Series Food and Cover Mixes, enjoy free shipping and make sure your bi...
  • 3/29/2012 2:20:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Mentoring Miles; opening the doors to hunting and fishing and pushing him through in the beautiful farm country of Grant County was meant primarily to benefit the 12 year from Fennimore. Rewards though, when two days in April had been filed to the memory banks, belonged as much to the two mentors given the opportunity to show Miles O...
  • 3/20/2012 1:00:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis   “That’s a gobble,” my brother John Ellis whispered from his position tucked in against a brush-shrouded fenceline splitting the crops and woodlots of Grant County bluff country. “For sure he answered you.”The gobbler’s response to my calling was distant, so ‘far and out’ in fact...
  • 3/12/2012 2:25:00 PM
    The time to act is now! With spring nesting season right around the corner, there is a renewed urgency for pheasants to be able to find adequate upland habitat. Did you know quality nesting cover is the single largest limiting factor to growing pheasant populations? That’s why your timely support is so important right now.    D...
  • 2/24/2012 9:30:00 AM
    By Dick EllisWith first light of a new morning touching the eastern ridges of Grant County in the mid-1990, I remember the predominant emotion that fell over me as I let the diaphragm call fall over the valley to any Gobblers on the roost.  Sheer, total embarrassment.  This was my first turkey hunt.  I was solo.  But was another...
  • 2/21/2012 10:30:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Upland Game Ecologist Scott Walter from Madison on February , 2010-2011 harvest estimates for cottontail rabbits are taken from a relatively small survey of 10,000 Wisconsin hunters.  From the survey, DNR estimates that 31,502 hunters, or 13 percent of the total number of hu...
  • 2/21/2012 10:10:00 AM
    By Dick ELlis Time was slipping fast on the Wisconsin spring turkey season.  Any gobblers rising to the roost at day’s end on this Friday near Barron in northwest Wisconsin would have already survived five, 5-day seasons….25 days…plus the first three sunsets of this final 2011 challenge.  “Would have”, tho...
  • 2/20/2012 1:50:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Only the ages know how many times Merv Hottenstein has walked this wooded valley outside of Platteville with his beagles, waiting for new scent to inspire new song. No song to end this day, though, except the gentle babbling of spring water against stone. And with no rabbit in the gamebag, maybe a muted rendition of the canine blues....
  • 1/10/2012 4:00:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis The urgent call of the rat terrier somewhere in the distance pulled Terry Mihlbauer up the sloping oak forest and over a barb-wire fence to the lone hickory standing guard over a patented LaValle landscape. Down the fence line, the open hillside melted away into a valley checker boarded with the browns and greens of harvested farm fi...
  • 1/8/2012 6:40:00 PM
    by Dick Ellis Time was slipping fast on the Wisconsin spring turkey season.  Any gobblers rising to the roost at day’s end on this Friday near Barron in northwest Wisconsin would have already survived five, 5-day seasons….25 days…plus the first three sunsets of this final 2011 challenge.  “Would have”, tho...
  • 12/31/1899 11:45:00 PM
    January hearings provide opportunity to give feedback on final Deer Trustee Report rule packageMADISON – Nine public hearings throughout Wisconsin will provide an additional opportunity for public comment before the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requests adoption of the Deer Trustee Report permanent rule package in February. ...
  • 12/31/1899 11:40:00 PM
    The Perfect Gift for Hunters - Now 30% Off Sometimes shopping for hunting buddies is more of a chore than we'd like. Considering the money we spend on our gear, the ability to actually find our game is, well… priceless. Use code "thanks30" atwww.onxmaps.com t...