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Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings April 11 in all counties of state

Held in conjunction with Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings

EDITORS' NOTE: The Annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings are open to all Wisconsin citizens. They are a trademark of Wisconsin's ethic of citizen involvement in natural resources management decisions. Please consider running a notice and area locations of these hearings in your community events section as well as in your outdoors sports and recreation sections.

MADISON - Citizens across Wisconsin have an opportunity to share their opinions on proposed changes, present new ideas in the management of Wisconsin's fish and wildlife resources and elect Conservation Congress delegates at the 2011 Department of Natural Resources Annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Rule Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual county meetings.

The hearings and meetings will be held starting at 7 p.m. April 11 at locations in every Wisconsin county (pdf). Department of Natural Resources staff representing fisheries, wildlife and law enforcement will be available before the start to answer questions related to the spring hearing questionnaire.

The dual annual hearing and meeting is a keystone in Wisconsin's history of providing opportunity for citizens to share their opinions on proposed changes or new ideas in the management of Wisconsin's fish and wildlife resources.

"The Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings are a uniquely Wisconsin tradition," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "Government works better with broad citizen input. I hope many Wisconsinites will dedicate their Monday evening to attending and providing input on a range of fish, wildlife and environmental proposals that help shape and define Wisconsin."

This year the questionnaire contains 85 questions. Thirty-eight of these questions are rule change proposals from the department, and the remainder of the questions are advisory questions proposed by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress or the Natural Resources Board.

During the DNR hearing portion, citizens will be allowed to vote on changes to fish and wildlife rules proposed by the DNR and the Natural Resources Board.

All votes recorded are advisory only and are presented to the Natural Resources Board at their May meeting in a summary of public opinion.

Wildlife

Adjustments to waterfowl hunting zones have generated much discussion in recent seasons but federal rules only allow states to change zones every five years. The department is now asking for indications of preference on potential zone changes designed to provide additional late season duck hunting days in areas of later freeze-up while minimizing the loss of mid-fall hunting opportunities elsewhere

Proposals related to turkey hunting would extend each spring turkey hunting period by two days creating 7-day periods and renew the fall turkey hunting season extension in Turkey Management Zones 1 - 5. Deer hunters will be interested in a proposal to eliminate the archery deer hunting season closure during the traditional November firearm deer hunt and in an advisory question asks if citizens favor lowering the age at which anyone can use a crossbow from 65 to 55.

Still other rules proposals would repeal blaze orange requirements in any future elk season unless a firearm deer season is open and would add September hunting days to any future elk season. Five elk harvest tags will be issued to state license hunters when the population reaches 200. In response to the reappearance of cougars in Wisconsin, another question asks if landowners should be allowed to shoot cougars caught in the act of attacking a domestic animal.

Fisheries

Proposals aimed at increasing the number of bigger walleyes in southern Wisconsin waters and the number of bigger musky statewide are among the top fisheries questions at the Spring Hearings.

The current walleye bag and size limits on many southern Wisconsin waters would change under a proposal aimed at providing anglers more walleye and bigger walleye, simplifying regulations, and boosting naturally reproducing populations of this popular game fish.

Southern Wisconsin fish managers are seeking public opinion on their proposal to change the current default walleye bag and size regulations. The change would address heavy fishing pressure that removes many female walleyes from the population before they have been able to spawn for the first time. DNR fisheries surveys over the past 20 years have shown significantly better walleye populations on lakes with more restrictive length and bag limits, fish managers say.

"Our goal is to make walleye fishing better," says Ben Heussner, the Waukesha-based DNR fisheries biologist leading the issue. "Lakes that already have the 18-inch minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of three have shown increases in yield, size structure, abundance and natural reproduction. We feel this regulation will more adequately protect walleyes from overharvest."

Minimum size limits for musky statewide would increase from 34 to 40 inches on 600 musky waters under a proposal developed by DNR's musky committee with input from musky clubs and other anglers.

"Our goal is to provide bigger muskies and we'll do that by better matching the biological potential of the fish and lakes to the regulation," says Tim Simonson, musky committee co-chair. Simonson says DNR data suggests that growth potential for muskies exceeds 40 inches on nearly all Wisconsin musky lakes, but that 60 percent of the fish harvested are less than 40 inches. The result is there are fewer bigger fish left in the population to reach their full growth potential, or contribute to reproductive success much beyond their first few years of adulthood.

Audio slide shows and brochure providing more information on these proposals can be found online on fisheries spring hearings questions page of the DNR website.

Natural Resources Board advisories

The Natural Resources Board has placed two advisory questions of its own on the ballot asking citizens if they favor requiring the use of non-toxic shotgun ammunition for all hunting/shooting activities on department managed lands (with the exception of department shooting ranges) and if Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding ten days before and during the traditional 9-day firearm deer season.

Wisconsin Conservation Congress

During the Wisconsin Conservation Congress portion of the meeting, citizens will have the opportunity to nominate and elect local delegates to represent their local interests on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. They will also be able to express their support or non-support for ideas that could change fish and wildlife management policy.

"Citizens have the opportunity to weigh in on natural resources issues that may affect them. The congress asks these questions to gauge the public's support, or lack there of on any given issue," said Ed Harvey, chair of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. "It is a true grassroots process that empowers the citizens of this state to shape natural resources policy."

Citizens may also initiate changes to fish and wildlife policy by introducing ideas as resolutions at their local meetings. The congress is a legislatively created advisory body to the Department of Natural Resources and state Natural Resources Board.

While written comments are not accepted on WCC advisory questions, citizens may submit written comment on the DNR proposed rules. Written comments on the proposed hunting and trapping regulations should be submitted via U.S. mail to Scott Loomans, DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. Written comments on the proposed fishing regulations may be submitted via U.S. mail to Kate Strom-Hiorns, DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. Written comments must be postmarked no later than April 11, 2011.

The spring hearings questionnaire listing and discussing items scheduled for consideration during both the DNR and WCC portions of the evening is available on the Spring Rules Hearings pages of the DNR Web site or by contacting any DNR Service Center or by calling Kari Lee-Zimmermann (608) 266-0580.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kari Lee-Zimmermann (608) 266-0580

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Volunteers sought to help protect spawning sturgeon from poachers

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Each Spring, volunteers are needed to guard lake sturgeon from the Lake Winnebago system as they migrate to spawning sites on the Wolf River to protect the fish from poaching. The Sturgeon Guard program is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Sturgeon for Tomorrow, a local sturgeon conservation organization.

Guards are scheduled in pairs, in 12-hour shifts, with shift changes at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. While it is impossible to predict the exact dates that spawning will occur each year, guards are routinely scheduled somewhere within a window from April 15 through May 5, but exact dates and locations are not predictable, so some shifts have to be cancelled. Spawning generally occurs for a five to seven day period.

Prior to assignment, guards check in at "Sturgeon Camp" just north of Shiocton, where they receive a meal, a sack lunch, two-way radios to stay in contact with conservation wardens, and a Sturgeon Guard identification hat.

Volunteers can sign up through the DNR website (type "Sturgeon Guard" into the search box). There is a form that can be filled out and emailed to DNRSturgeonGuard@wisconsin.gov. Or they can send an e-mail to this address and express their interest, including a phone number and a time range for a call back. Or you can call 920-303-5444 and leave the call back information. Call will be returned to try and schedule a time that works out for volunteers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sturgeon Guard - 920-303-5444

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Sturgeon Guards: Protectors of Wisconsin's oldest and largest fish

At some point in mid April, giant lake sturgeon from the Winnebago lakes begin their spawning run up the Wolf River, just as they have each spring for the past 10,000 years.

With shark-like caudal fins slicing ominously through the river's dark surface, groups of males wait for a "ripe" female to approach the shallows along a rocky bank.

What follows is one of the great spectacles of the natural world. The female sturgeon, which can be a jaw-dropping 5 to 7 feet in length - is surrounded by the males. On rocks so shallow their bodies often protrude from the water, the males thrash against the female as if wracked by spasms, water exploding in every direction, as they help knock loose the female's sticky eggs and release clouds of milky white sperm, or milt, to fertilize them.

Many species of sturgeon are on the brink of extinction, and populations of lake sturgeon - whose fossil record dates back 100 million years - have been extirpated from most of their historic range, victims of dams, pollution, habitat degradation and overharvest.

State fisheries biologist have closely managed Winnebago's lake sturgeon population, and it has become the largest and healthiest in the world, and one of the few viable, self-reproducing populations anywhere. It is a global treasure and its value is beyond calculation.

For decades these ancient fish have been guarded during their spawning run, day and night, by volunteers. These are the members of Wisconsin's Sturgeon Guard, and if you like the idea of pairing up with a companion and putting in a 12-hour shift on the banks of a beautiful river, after a long winter of being cooped up, volunteers are needed for this elite squad.

"They get to see something that no one else in the world has," said warden supervisor Carl Mesman, Department of Natural Resources sturgeon camp coordinator. "Through that experience, we have this awareness of how delicate and precious this resource is."

During the spawning run, these primitive fish are extremely vulnerable, so focused on their genetic imperative they abandon wariness and ignore the towering shapes of human beings above them. They can be easily netted or speared. Decades ago this would not have been uncommon, and the females, with their heavy loads of caviar, were prime targets.

Because female sturgeon do not reach maturity until they are 24 to 26 years old, and then undergo the grueling spawning run just once every four to six years, a sharp decline in the percentage of mature females would devastate the population.

Before the mid 1980s, DNR employees were used to guard the sturgeon, but there weren't enough employees to cover all the spawning areas along the Wolf and its tributaries, the Embarrass and the Little Wolf. Then, through the efforts of the conservation organization Sturgeon for Tomorrow and a dedicated team of wardens, the Sturgeon Guard was created.

As ideas go, this one was inspired.

"When people are aware of something, when they connect with something like this, they realize how important it is to protect," Mesman said. "It gave ownership of the sturgeon to the public. It is one of those great success stories."

These days, said Shiocton Police Chief Eugene "Butch" Bunnell, poaching has virtually been eliminated during the spawning run. He no longer hears of sturgeon for sale, and he has many ears on the ground.

"They've always got someone out there," Bunnell said of the guards. "It kind of puts people on notice, in case they might be thinking about it."

Guards report to Sturgeon Camp, once a caretaker's house on a game farm near Shiocton that is now public land. Guards get two home-cooked meals, breakfast and dinner, and they build their own pack lunches from a buffet spread. Each guard receives an identifying hat, in a different color each year, emblazoned with "Sturgeon Guard," which they keep.

"If it wasn't for Sturgeon for Tomorrow, none of this would happen," Mesman said. "They fund Sturgeon Camp."

Spawning generally takes place during a five to nine day period and more guards are needed when the "fish are on the rocks," Those who can be flexible, day or night, have the best chance of observing spawning sturgeon.

Mesman has a harder time filling weekday shifts and even a harder time filling night shifts, but speaking from experience, night shift can be exciting, and the chances of solitude are greater.

Sturgeon Guards should bring warm clothes and a powerful flashlight and pair up with a friend or family member who is good company. Volunteers can play cards or games. The important thing is that they are there and visible. Poachers only operate where they cannot be seen.

Guards are given a two-way radio and are assigned to a "roving warden." Other wardens, the "river wardens," are ranging up and down the streams, checking locations and monitoring fish activity. If a pair of guards ends up at a quiet spot, their roving warden will try to move them to an active location.

One thing is certain. The wardens, and Sturgeon for Tomorrow, take excellent care of their sturgeon guards.

"To me there are two purposes for the guards," Mesman said. "One is to guard fish. The other is I want them to see fish."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ed Culhane - (715) 839-3715

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Partnership to uncover secrets of Winnebago system walleyes

Anglers asked to watch for and release sonic tagged walleyes on the system

OSHKOSH - State fish biologists are teaming up with local fishing clubs and other organizations to help learn more about walleye in the Winnebago System that they hope will make fishing for anglers' No. 1 target even better on the state's largest inland lake and its connected waters.

Department of Natural Resources fish biologists are implanting 100 walleyes with sonic tags that will enable them to study walleye movement patterns in the Winnebago system. Local fishing clubs and other organizations have raised the entire $32,000 needed to purchase the sonic tags.

"This is an exciting project and a great partnership," according to Kendall Kamke, a DNR senior fisheries biologist stationed in Oshkosh. "For it be successful, we need anglers fishing the Winnebago system to be on the lookout for fish that have been surgically implanted with the sonic tags, and to release those fish unharmed if they should catch one."

The sonic tagged fish will have two or three blue monofilament sutures on their stomach and a 3-inch long piece of yellow nylon inserted closer to their tail in addition to a numbered yellow tag, which have been used on the system for many years.

"For years, anglers have asked us questions about the timing and movement patterns of walleye in the system and we've just been able to speculate," Kamke says. "These sonic tags should give us some great information to answer those movement questions."

A 2006 economic impact study found that walleye were the favorite target by an overwhelming majority of anglers who fish the Winnebago system and say they target a specific species. The study, conducted by UW-Extension, UW-Green Bay and the DNR, also found that angling on the system generates a total impact of $234 million on the local economy and supports 4,200 jobs.

Walleye work to begin this week

Sonic telemetry tag
Sonic telemetry tag to be surgically implanted into Winnebago walleye.
WDNR Photo

sutures
Stomach of a walleye with sonic tag implanted showing blue monofilament sutures.
WDNR Photo

Streamer tag
Top of walleye with sonic tag implanted showing type and location of second yellow nylon streamer tag.
WDNR Photo

Starting this week, DNR fisheries crews from the Oshkosh office will implant the sonic tags into 100 walleye of various sizes. Fish will be tagged on the Fox River at Eureka and in the New London, Shiocton and County Road CCC areas on the Wolf River to characterize movement of walleyes collected from various locations, Kamke says.

In addition, spawning fish captured in Lake Winnebago will be implanted with sonic tags to see if they stay in the lake or eventually migrate upstream. The walleye receiving the sonic tags will range from 16 to 26 inches this spring.

The tags are similar to those used on sturgeon and catfish in the system and the existing network of 27 sonic receivers will be used to record the movement of the implanted walleye. Data are downloaded from the receivers in June and September, Kamke says.

The tags cost $320 each and have a battery life of about 900 days. Monies for the $32,600 project were entirely donated by sports clubs and organizations from around the Winnebago area, Kamke says. The sonic tags will enable DNR to track a fish's movement on their downstream migration this year and for two more years of both up and downstream spring runs, IF that fish doesn't die or get harvested.

"That's where cooperation from anglers is vital to keeping as many of these implanted fish swimming for as long as possible," he says. "My hope is that anglers will value this information, and the cost of the donated tags, enough to release the walleye with sutures on their bellies."

Posters showing anglers what to look for will be placed at many popular landings.

If anglers do end up harvesting one of the sonic tagged fish, Kamke is asking the angler to call him at (920) 424-7880 and make arrangements to return the small black cylindrical tag to the DNR so that the tag can be implanted in another walleye.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kendall K. Kamke, (920) 424-7880

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Woodstoves and outdoor wood boilers cause wildfires—and, you get the bill!

MADISON - Wisconsin's peak wildfire season typically occurs just after the snow melts in conjunction with cool, dry and windy weather conditions, and state forestry officials caution that woodstoves, wood-fired outdoor boilers and debris fires cause numerous, and costly, wildfires every year about this time.

"When cleaning out a woodstove or fireplace, it's important to empty ashes in a metal container with a tight fitting lid," says Catherine Koele, wildfire prevention specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. "Let the embers cool by drowning and stirring the ashes with plenty of water and a shovel. Since embers can remain hot for days, avoid disposing ashes in the outdoors unless the ground is completely snow-covered or on bare ground such as a plowed field or tilled garden. Be sure to check for hot glowing embers as you dispose of them."

Outdoor wood boilers are another source of wildfires caused by the sparks from chimney stacks. Wood boilers often throw sparks from the chimney stacks during fueling.

"In dry and windy conditions, these embers and sparks cause nearly 100 wildfires every year and those numbers are increasing as more and more people purchase these units," Koele says.

To help prevent wildfires, people using these units should remove all flammable vegetation surrounding them down to mineral soil. Install a chimney stack screen can help prevent sparks and embers from escaping, and chimney stack height should be sufficient for sparks and embers to cool before landing. People should check with fireplace dealers for stack height recommendations.

"The cost of putting a wildfire out, as a result of improper ash disposal or sparks from chimney stacks, will be billed to the responsible party," Koele says.

This also includes any situation where the responsible party burned debris in a burn barrel, on the ground in a pile, a field, or a warming or cooking fire. If deliberately burned material escapes and starts a wildfire, the responsible party could be cited and liable for all suppression costs.

Not only are can ashes, embers and sparks from outdoor wood boilers and woodstoves cause wildfires, but there are many adverse health effects associated with their smoke. These health effects may include: asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Clean burning woodstoves and boilers that show little or no smoke from the stack can reduce these risks.

Burning permit requirements and the most current fire danger, are avaiable on the DNR website. For more information on the negative health effects associated with woodstoves and outdoor wood boilers visit the outdoor wood boilers page of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website (exit DNR).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Koele, Wildfire Prevention Specialist: (608) 266-2359 or (608) 219-9075, Gary Bibow, Forestry Law Enforcement Specialist: (608) 339-3066 or (920) 295-2302, or Joseph Hoch, Air Management Specialist: (608) 267-7543

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Learn to Hunt Bear application process to open

'Opportunity of a lifetime,' DNR coordinator says

MADISON - People who are new to hunting or who are looking for an experience involving the state's second largest mammal, can apply to participate in a Learn to Hunt Bear outing featuring classroom and field instruction capped with a real hunt with skilled mentors.

"The Learn to Hunt Bear program represents an opportunity of a lifetime for a novice hunter," said Keith Warnke, hunting and shooting sport coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. "Working in partnership with many dedicated bear hunters and local conservation organizations, wardens and wildlife managers, successful Learn to Hunt Bear events have been held across northern Wisconsin during the last several years."

The application period to be a novice hunter participant opens April 1. A novice hunter is anyone age 10 and older who has not participated in a Learn to Hunt Bear event or has not previously purchased a Class A or Class B bear license. Applicants who meet the qualifications will be entered into a June 10 random drawing to select who participates in these limited events.

Warnke says Learn to Hunt Bear documents and applications will be available on the DNR website (search Learn to Hunt) and in agency service centers by Friday, April 1.

In 2005, the DNR began the Learn to Hunt Bear program as another outreach program for novice hunters of all ages. Other Wisconsin wildlife featured in the Learn to Hunt program includes turkey, deer, pheasant, upland game and waterfowl.

Warnke says the program has guidelines that must be followed to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all. "It is well worth the time to study and to know these guidelines. These were created to enhance the safety and enjoyment of the experience."

CONTACTS: Keith Warnke, Hunting and Shooting Sport Coordinator, 608-576-5243 or Joanne M. Haas, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 608-267-0798

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April 1-2 National Archery in the Schools Tournament

MADISON - A record 722 archers from 37 schools are registered to compete in the 2011 National Archery in the Schools (exit DNR) (NASP) state tournament April 1-2 at East Jr. High School, Wisconsin Rapids. This surpasses the 2010 tournament which saw 635 archers from 18 schools participate. The tournament is open to spectators.

"The National Archery in the Schools program continues to grow in Wisconsin," said Dan Schroeder, a natural resources educator with the state Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin state coordinator for NASP. "We more than doubled the number of participating schools over last year and many more schools are working to find funding to start programs."

"Target archery is a great way to get kids who don't play soccer, basketball or football into an organized sport that teaches discipline, responsibility and focus," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "It's not about hunting but if hunting is part of family traditions, it can be a first step toward becoming the conservation stewards of tomorrow."

Students compete by grade level and every student uses identical equipment. Students shoot bows with their fingers - no trigger releases are allowed - and without any kind of sighting device or marks. This year's registrants include 305 girls and 417 boys. Winning archers are eligible to compete at regional and national competitions.

The NASP program is usually offered through school phys-ed departments and coach training is available. There is plenty of opportunity for parent involvement as coaches, organizers, fund raisers and chaperones. For more information about NASP contact Dan Schroeder (608) 235-4619. For information about the tournament, contact tournament organizer, Renee Powell (608) 343-6171

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Schroeder, NASP coordinator (608) 235-4619 daniel.schroeder@wisconsin.gov or Renee Powell, tournament organizer (608) 343 - 6171 wistatenasp@gmail.com

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New videos show Lake Michigan habitat projects to benefit fishing, other recreation

MADISON - Two new videos highlight two restoration projects along the Lake Michigan shoreline that will improve fishing, hunting and other recreation in northeastern Wisconsin.

The two are among 51 projects in Wisconsin that received funding in 2010 through federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants.

Through these funds, Brown and Oconto counties, the Department of Natural Resources and the Green Bay Area Great Lakes Sports Fishermen will continue work in 2011 to improve northern pike spawning habitat by restoring wetlands and protecting stream banks, ultimately improving the popular pike fishery, according to Steve Galarneau, director of the DNR Office of the Great Lakes.

Also along the Lake Michigan shore, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds will support efforts to remove non-native Phragmites, a fast-growing invasive grass, from more than 3,600 acres in northeastern Wisconsin.

DNR, along with Brown, Oconto Marinette, Sheboygan, Door and Manitowoc counties will work together this summer to remove the invasive plant, which will allow native wetland plants to become re-established, improving habitat and recreational opportunities along the lakeshore.

"It's exciting to see the ongoing work and new projects made possible by these federal funds. The GLRI is very important for the protection and restoration of our priceless Great Lakes water resources," says Galarneau.

Wisconsin agencies and organizations received nearly $30 million in GLRI funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 to address a variety of issues including habitat restoration, contaminated sediment, invasive species, near-shore and nonpoint source pollution, environmental monitoring and citizen education. EPA recently announced that $40 million in GLRI funds will be awarded in 2011 for additional Great Lakes projects.

"Continued GLRI funding is critical for Lake Michigan and Lake Superior," says Galarneau. "These lakes are important to our environment, our health and our economy. We have to protect the more pristine Lake Superior and work to restore Lake Michigan."

The videos and a full listing of the projects receiving Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding can be found on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Galarneau (608) 266-1956

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Wisconsin Natural Resources welcomes spring with a new issue

MADISON - Signs of spring: a robin, a crocus, a thunderstorm. Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine ushers in the season with its April/May issue.

The cover? Girls who go gaga for snakes and more. The story, Explore with the experts, encourages readers to get out and about and take in the natural wonders that Wisconsin offers. The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, brings people closer to nature through great field trips that take them on land and into the water. From kayaking trips, to urban biking adventures, to banding Wisconsin's smallest owl, the NRF provides family friendly and some more physically challenging trips to keep your calendar full.

A feature story, A trout treasury, welcomes anglers to the good old days of trout fishing. Thanks to a combination of trout habitat improvements and catch and release, trout populations are thriving. Improvements are being seen not only in the total number of trout but trout in all size ranges.

Savor the Hunt and Share the Experience promotes the mentored hunting program as readers follow one mentor's experience leading a spring turkey hunt. It's a tribute to those who make the time to introduce others to new outdoors experiences.

Changing of the Guard recaps the legacy of a sturdy old work horse - the research vessel Barney Devine - and welcomes in a new research vessel set for service on Lake Michigan this year - the Coregonus. Watch for launch details to be released soon. One chapter of Lake Michigan history has come to an end, but a new era comes with improvements for fisheries staff safety and advancement in limnological sampling equipment.

Karner blue preservation linked to restoration encourages volunteers to bring back barrens and grasslands that provide critical habitat to the Karner blue butterfly. Volunteers in the network are finding that they gain a personal attachment to the unique natural areas that they improve with their own hands.

As a bonus, the issue contains the annual spring Fishing Forecast, a comprehensive look at what to expect in statewide fishing this year. It hints at hotspots for angler action and includes some fishery project updates.

And spring finds Creature Comforts getting back outside to plan for pet-friendly lawns and gardens. Traveler takes on down to earth fun with various spring rituals including Earth Day clean-up projects and sheep shearing.

Consider the magazine as a thoughtful gift (Mother's Day will be here before you know it!) that you can share throughout the year. Six colorful issues are delivered to reader's doors all year for less than $1.50 a copy. Year-round the magazine shares ways and place to enjoy the Wisconsin outdoors for only $8.97. Subscribe toll-free at 1-800-678-9472, online at www.wnrmag.com or by mail. Subscription blanks and single issues are also available from our circulation office at PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Natasha Kassulke, editorial, at (608) 261-8446 or Karen Ecklund, circulation editor, at (608) 267-7410.

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