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August is inaugural National Shooting Sports Month

Contact(s): Keith Warnke, DNR Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator,; 608-576 5243

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MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is joining a national foundation in marking August as National Shooting Sports Month to promote the activity and its dedication to safety and skill-building as fun and appropriate for youth to adult and open to persons with varying physical abilities.

DNR Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator Keith Warnke says the National Shooting Sports Foundation's inaugural month-long celebration is an opportunity to introduce and to promote the state's growing number of private shooting ranges with public access hours, youth trap-shoot activities and firearm safety for hunters of all ages.

Shooting range
Shooting ranges offer people a safe place to improve their shooting skills.
Photo Credit: DNR

"Shooting sports are all about skills - skills that you carry into real life. This is why this sport is challenging and fun, and worthwhile for kids. This goes way beyond just hitting a bulls-eye," Warnke said. "First, you learn to be safe. That carries with it an ability to concentrate, be responsible to how and where you shoot. In order to hit that target at the range, or at a shooting competition, you have to be able to control your breathing, your muscles, concentrate and be confident in your abilities. These are all real-life skills and it doesn't matter how big, tall, fast or strong you are."

Warnke says this is why shooting sports are popular with youth groups. "Some of us may have started out with a Red Ryder BB gun or the like," he said, referring to the popular A Christmas Story holiday movie about a1940s boy's obsession to get a BB gun. "But, nowadays, safety training goes hand in hand with any shooting sport."

Invitation to trapshooting groups, ranges and sport shooters to share

Users of any of Wisconsin's ranges, teachers and members of trapshooting groups and citizens are invited to post to the DNR social media platforms highlights of this sport. Here's how you do it:

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"This sport has a lot to offer in terms of fun for all and a lot you can learn about yourself that you can use in daily life," Warnke said. "And at the top of the list is safety."

Two shooting sports month events already on the docket

To learn more about Wisconsin ranges, search the DNR website for keywords "shooting ranges." 

To learn more about the National Shooting Sports Foundation, visit: (exit DNR)



Wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contest winners announced

Contact(s): Jaqi Christopher, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458

MADISON - Twenty-one talented wildlife artists submitted a total of 34 pieces of artwork for the 2018 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest.

The judging panel of Paul Heinen, Joe Wagner, and Cary Reich from the Nature Conservancy Wisconsin Field Office choose the winners on July 27.

Caleb Metrich was awarded first place in the 2018 Waterfowl Stamp contest and Robert Leum was awarded first place in both the 2018 Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp contests.

2018 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp design contest

Caleb Metrich of Lake Tomahawk, a self-taught artist, submitted the winning design for the 2018 Waterfowl Stamp design contest. Caleb Metrich has painted several winning stamp designs in the past, including the 2012 and 2017 Wild Turkey Stamp, the 2014 Pheasant Stamp and the 2014 Waterfowl Stamp.

First place in the 2018 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp design contest goes to Caleb Metrich of Lake Tomahawk for his painting of a pair of Canada Geese in a marsh setting.
First place in the 2018 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp design contest goes to Caleb Metrich of Lake Tomahawk for his painting of a pair of Canada Geese in a marsh setting.

James Pieper from Iron Ridge was awarded second place for his painting of a pair of mallard ducks. Third place went to Robert Andrea of Spooner for his painting of a hooded merganser swimming.

An honorable mention was given to McKenzie Lazarz for her colored pencil drawing of a pintail duck preening.

Duck and goose hunters are required to purchase the $7 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp in order to hunt waterfowl in the state, and proceeds are used for managing, restoring, and protecting habitat in Wisconsin and Canada for waterfowl and other wetland-associated species.

2018 Pheasant Stamp and Wild Turkey Stamp design contest

Robert Leum of Holmen, an avid hunter, submitted the winning design for both the 2018 Pheasant and Wild Turkey stamp design contests. Robert is a previous stamp design winner. He received first place for his paintings in the 2009 Waterfowl Stamp, the 2002 Pheasant Stamp and the 2001 Wild Turkey Stamp design contests.

First place in the 2018 Pheasant Stamp design contest went to Robert Leum of Holmen for his depiction of a rooster and hen pheasant at an old farmstead.
First place in the 2018 Pheasant Stamp design contest went to Robert Leum of Holmen for his depiction of a rooster and hen pheasant at an old farmstead.

Second place was awarded to Todd Haefner of Janesville for his painting of a rooster pheasant in a farmland setting and third place was given to Robert Andrea of Spooner for his painting of a pair of pheasants on a winter landscape.

A $10 Pheasant Stamp is required to hunt pheasants in the state of Wisconsin, and proceeds bring in several hundred thousand dollars annually for the development, management, conservation and maintenance of wild pheasants and their habitat in Wisconsin and also support stocking efforts on Wisconsin's public hunting grounds.

First place in the 2018 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest was awarded to Robert Leum of Holmen for his painting of a tom in full strut and two hens in a grassy field.
First place in the 2018 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest was awarded to Robert Leum of Holmen for his painting of a tom in full strut and two hens in a grassy field.

Second place was given to Sara Stack of Mellen, for her painting of a pair of turkeys in a grassy field. Third place went to Virgil A. Beck of Stevens Point for his painting of a male turkey in full display in a forested landscape.

All turkey hunters are required to purchase the $5.25 Wild Turkey Stamp to legally hunt turkeys in Wisconsin. Proceeds from stamp sales provide vital support for turkey management and hunting in Wisconsin, and bring in over $775,000 annually for habitat management and restoration projects, education, research, equipment purchases and management of the wild turkey program.

Please note that an electronic "stamp approval" is printed on the licenses of wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters at the time of purchase. Hunters will not receive an actual stamp unless they request it. To obtain a physical copy of a stamp, visit the Wildlife and Fish Collector Stamp webpage, or go to any DNR Service Center.

For more information regarding Wisconsin's wildlife stamps, visit and search keyword "wildlife stamps."



Natural Resources Board to meet August 8-9 in Milwaukee

Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420; Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773

MADISON - A request for adoption of a series of rules related to the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and information items on Great Lakes commercial fishing, Lake Michigan integrated fisheries plan and an update on the progress of the Deer Management Assistance Program are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets August 9 in Milwaukee.

On Tuesday, August 8, the board will tour and/or receive presentations at locations around the Milwaukee area beginning at 10:45 a.m. beginning at the Road Air Monitoring Station, near College Avenue. The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9, in the Hilton Hotel Downtown, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

The WPDES rules package addresses the last 10 of 75 issues the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlined in a July 2011 letter to the department regarding potential inconsistencies between state and federal regulations that govern the WPDES program. The rule changes are intended to ensure state rules are consistent with federal regulations.

The complete August board agenda is available by searching the DNR website, for keyword "NRB" and clicking on the button for "view agendas."

The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to attend the Tuesday tours and/or to testify at the board meeting. The deadline to register to attend the tours, testify, or submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.

Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.



Monarch citizen scientists featured in August issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources

Contact(s): Kathy Kahler, editor, 608-266-2625

Click on image to go to the August edition
Click on image to go to the August edition

MADISON - The monarch butterfly is ready for its close up in the August issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. The issue features a striking cover photo of a monarch tagged for research and a story on "Minding our monarchs," including details on how citizen scientists can help these winged wonders. A second story, "Port Edwards earns monarch crown," shares how one couple's dedication has helped to net Monarch Village USA designation for that central Wisconsin city.

Water-related stories are a big part of the current magazine. "Roadmap to a revitalized Green Lake" looks at ways the treasured spot is being aided through a comprehensive lake management plan, while "To catch a crayfish" tells how biology students at Pittsville High School in Wood County are helping their local Yellow River ecosystem with removal of an invasive species. "Confessions of a 'river keeper'" profiles retired teacher Paul Hayes, who is leading restoration work at Weister Creek in the state's Driftless Area. And "Milwaukee duo plans walk on waters" offers information on Great Lakes outreach efforts--in the form of an upcoming 330-mile hike from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior--by two women who work for Milwaukee County Parks.

Wildlife stories included in the August issue are "Big on bobcats," about a DNR tracking program that has provided data on the state's growing population, and "Triumph for wild turkeys," which revisits successful reintroduction of the birds 30 years ago in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit.

In "Master woods worker," the long career of Peninsula State Park's lumberjack, Lance Olson, is celebrated. And fishing gets its due in the dog days of August with a story about "Angling for summer catfish" and another on "Freshwater monsters," the venerable lake sturgeon.

"Back in the Day" takes readers to July 1947 with an excerpt from that month's "Wisconsin Conservation Bulletin" extolling the American road trip and its appeal in "Wonderful Wisconsin." Modern road trips, the two-wheel type, are highlighted in "Wisconsin Traveler," with a list of 10 biking events scheduled statewide for August and September.

Other regular magazine features include "Keeping it wild: Outdoor food and forays," which explores "Panfish pleasures," "Readers Write" letters and photos; and "Wisconsin naturally," spotlighting Kissick Alkaline Bog Lake State Natural Area, just west of Hayward.

For more on Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, check online at


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Last Revised: Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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