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October 2016

First deer

Times two.

Steve Pierce

I never thought I'd say that my favorite year hunting was one when I didn't shoot a trophy buck. But any parent will understand.

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Also in this issue…

An ear-tagged coyote lying in the snow © Marcus SmithUrban coyotes
What Wisconsin cities are doing to help citizens understand and coexist with them.

Male bobolink sitting on tree branch © Rich PhalinThe state of North America's birds (in Wisconsin)
2016 report is a picture of accomplishments and work ahead.

Sandhill cranes on ground in marsh and coming in for a landing © Don BlegenA graceful touchdown
The cranes of Crex Meadows.

A small, simple gray bench sitting in a garden © Natasha KassulkeWinter building
Enjoy getting "Leopold benched."

A hunter in camo posing behind a big buck he arrowed © Courtesy of Matthew PetersonIt's worth the punishment
When the pursuit of a big buck leads to a clearer vision rather than venison.

Man helping a young girl shoot an arrow at a target © Chico LaBarberaHunting and conservation go hand in hand
So says DNR's director of wildlife management.

A mature bald eagle sitting on a clump of vegetation on the Mississippi River © Ruth NissenAn aerie of eagles
Each fall for the last decade hundreds of bald eagles have flocked to Lake Onalaska to feast on waterfowl killed by invasive exotic species.

A man on a fat-tire bike riding along the shore of Lake Superior © Courtesy of Randy LarsonOne man's Wisconsin odyssey
This cyclist prefers fat tires and back roads.