Contact(s): Paul Samerdyke, wildlife biologist (920) 450-8646, Jeff Pritzl, wildlife biologist (920) 366-3450, Kendall Kamke, fish biologist (920) 424-7880
APPLETON - People looking for the best hunting and fishing spot in the country should look to the Appleton area as the place to be, according to a newly-released article in Outdoor Life.
The publication lists Appleton as the number one spot in its list of "35 Best Hunting and Fishing Towns in the U.S.," citing the state's top ranking for its trophy whitetail deer population. It also acknowledges that in the past three seasons, three different bucks killed within 50 miles of downtown Appleton have either broken or threatened to break state records.
"Although the article focuses on trophy-sized deer, the counties west of Appleton also produce some of highest total deer harvest densities per square mile in the country," said Paul Samerdyke, wildlife biologist, "Receiving this recognition is not only good for this area, but for the entire state as it raises national awareness to the bounty of natural resources we have in our own backyard."
The article goes beyond hunting to also note the area's successful fishery, pointing to some of the best walleye, smallmouth bass and muskie fishing in the country.
"It's just a joy to work down in this area of the state because the fishing clubs really get involved and help DNR staff with not only labor, money, management and advocacy, but everything," explained Fish Biologist Kendall Kamke.
The full article can be found here.