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December 2015

From coal mines to jack pines

The revitalization of Wisconsin's elk reintroduction effort.

Meredith Penthorn

"Here they come!" As the two trucks pulling livestock trailers emerged through the trees over a quarter mile away, the smile on Al Jacobson's face said it all. After almost 20 years of unwavering advocacy for an elk herd in his home county, Jacobson's dream was coming true.

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Also in this issue…

Cliff Germain standing next to natural area sign © DNR FileThe forefather of the State Natural Areas System
Cliff Germain walks the talk of preserving unique and pristine properties.

Black and white photo of several hunters with their harvested deer © Submitted by Henry J. SchultzSixty-plus years of deer hunting
The results are stories and lots of sausage from the best deer hunting land in the world.

Chunks of cooked venison on a plate © PixabayDeer done right
Advice for no-fail burgers, steaks and roasts.

A man holding up two pheasants in his right hand © Gary GreeneA bird in the hand
Pheasants abound on public lands.

Snowy owl © Gregory K. ScottNorthern invasion
A winter wonderland of hawks and owls.

Three goslings sitting in grass © Larry VenusTaking time to look around
A camera triggers an appreciation for Wisconsin wildlife.

Man driving a snowmobile through the snow © DNR fileWhat to know before you go
Snowmobile trail passes, fees, public-use registration and commercial certificate changes are in effect.

A ruffed grouse sitting in the snow under a tree © Gregory K. ScottA great walk in the unspoiled woods
A boy and his best friend ruffle a ruffed grouse on a new snow morning.

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