Wisconsin Hunting News

Wisconsin Spring Turkey Season Opens April 11

The April 11 opening of the 2012 spring wild turkey hunting season is just around the corner, and state wildlife officials say hunters can look forward to a good spring hunt. They also are encouraging experienced hunters to consider taking a youth out during the April 7 and 8 statewide spring turkey youth hunt.

Family Sweeps Both Adult and Youth Wisconsin 2011 Hunter Ethics Award Honors

Brothers David Sander, of Woodville, and James Sander, of Baldwin, are co-winners of the 2011 Hunter Ethics Award, while David's son, Colton, is the recipient of 2011 Youth Hunter Ethics Award.

The trio was nominated by Dan McGuire, principal at Tomahawk Elementary School in Tomahawk, and 15-year-old son, Jacob, for their efforts to help Jacob recover a deer he had shot that ran onto the Sanders’ private hunting property.

Program to Increase Wisconsin Lands for Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Enrolls 30,000 Acres

Voluntary Public Access program expands into 12 new counties

Since becoming available in August 2011, Wisconsin landowners have enrolled more than 30,000 acres in a program intended to increase the amount of land available for public hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife observation. Now the state is expanding the program into 12 additional Wisconsin counties.

Learn to Hunt Turkey Student Enjoys Rewards of the Hunt

You, too, could enjoy turkey marsala after the hunt

You don’t have to be a master chef to take Learn to Hunt turkey, but it definitely added to the experience in the case of one novice hunter.

“I shot a tom turkey at 7 a.m. on Sunday. It worked great. I made turkey marsala last night and it was delicious. Amazing,” the new hunter told Keith Warnke, coordinator of the Learn to Hunt program.

Wisconsin Leftover Spring Turkey Permits Available Beginning Week of March 19

Remaining permits for the 2012 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday, March 19. Designated zones will be sold each day, starting at 10 a.m. and continue through midnight or until all permits for that zone and/or time period are sold out. The following zones have leftover permits, and the scheduled sales dates are as follows:

Wisconsin Bears with Cubs On Public Property Need Understanding and Space, Not Food

With longer days and warming temperatures, bears are moving around their winter dens and in some cases are easily visible. Sows, in particular, will stay close to their dens to care for cubs.

Wildlife biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources are asking people to give these bears a lot of space. Curiosity is natural, and seeing bears is exciting, but when people gather at these sites, the sows feel threatened, according to John Dunn, a DNR wildlife biologist.

Wisconsin Hunters Register 5,433 Birds in 2011 Fall Wild Turkey Hunt

Wisconsin wild turkey hunters registered a combined 5,433 birds during the regular fall 2011 wild turkey season and the extended season in Turkey Management Zones 1-5.

The 5,433 registered birds compute to a success rate of 10 percent, a slight decrease from the 12 percent success rate for hunters during the 2010 fall season.

Wisconsin Leads Nation in Trophy Whitetail Bucks

The number of trophy bucks taken in Wisconsin has risen by 857 percent in 30 years, with a record-breaking 383 entries during the five years ending in 2010, according to historical records kept by the venerable Boone and Crockett Club.

137,000 Permits Issued Through Drawing for Wisconsin's Spring 2012 Turkey Season

Season to run April 11 through May 22

Turkey permits issued by the Department of Natural Resources through the spring turkey preference drawing numbered 137,598 for Wisconsin’s 2012 spring wild turkey season. The department printed and mailed postcard notifications to successful applicants, which should be arriving within the next few weeks.

More Than 9.000 Bear Permits Available for Wisconsin's 2012 Season

A little more than 9,000 bear harvest permits will be available for the 2012 black bear season, about the same number of permits as last year.