Wisconsin DNR Wants To Ban Baiting Deer Statewide
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The Wisconsin DNR already prohibits baiting deer in 26 counties and now they want to do it throughout the entire state. The reason? To stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, they say.

In 2003 lawmakers made provisions for hunters and landowners to use “small” amounts of bait to lure deer. Baiting always draws in the question of ethics but the science of chronic wasting disease is another issue. While the jury is still pretty much out on exactly how the disease is spread, many feel that when large numbers of deer feed in confined places, eating from the same food source, bin or pile, the odds of spreading the disease increase.

Even though it is still not certain, I think putting a ban on baiting for that purpose is a reasonable request until better science can confirm one way or another, when you consider the results of widespread CWD.

Tom Remington

No Fuss Over Wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan?
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Earlier this morning I asked why there was no fuss in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan from animal rights groups over delisting of the wolf. In the areas around Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, it is the complete opposite – whining, crying, lawsuits, et..

I think I have answered my own question. After doing a bit more reading and research, the answer is really quite simple. In Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota, hunting is not included in any part of those state’s wolf management plans.

That is the bottom line really isn’t it?

Tom Remington

Where’s The Beef?
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Somebody tell me, please! The antis are all in a tizzy in the Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington areas because the feds plan to delist the gray wolf. They are threatening lawsuits and the like. Michigan and Wisconsin now and perhaps even Minnesota, have officially declared the wolf there delisted. Where’s the uproar there?

Tom Remington

Dog Gives Life To Save Master
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Dude the dog was only barking at an intruder onto his property, when his master, Jason Schindler went outside to see if Dude had treed a raccoon. Dude jumped between an attacking black bear saving the life of Schindler while sacrificing his own.

Read the story here at the LaCrosse Tribune in Wisconsin.

Tom Remington

One More Season
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As a lot of you may know, as part of U.S. Hunting Today and our hunting network, we have websites dedicated to a majority of all of the states including Canada. One of the things that has help to make us successful is our “Real Stories From Real People” program. We learned early on that hunters look for many things and among them they enjoy reading stories from people just like themselves.

We all can go to a news stand and pick up the latest edition of our favorite hunting magazine but where can you go and read the real life adventures of the average “Joe” on a hunting trip? I’ll be the first to admit that some of the stories leave a bit to be desired, even after we get done “cleaning them up”. I’ve even received some stories that after several attempts still couldn’t figure out the story line. But once in awhile, I get a pleasant surprise.

Needless to say, the stories we get are varied and at times quite “remarkable”. I will point out too that some of our regular contributing writers started out by first sending us their hunting stories. We liked them so much and believed they had something to offer our hunting network, that we now list them as regular contributors.

Today, I received another story for our website at Wisconsin Hunting Today, from Dennis Yatzeck. Dennis is a 72-year old glad to get “One More Season“. Check this out.

Though Thoreau says that hunting is for boys, the boy in me, at seventy-two, seems to be still alive and – arthritically – kicking. There remains the great need to leave the world of money and time – that two handled ripsaw – to abandon expected and, mostly, fulfilled responsibilities. The sum on the tax return lacks flesh and blood though it does, heaven knows, mean flesh and blood. So even this late, in Thanksgiving week I grease old boots, case the now silvery Browning 20, and rise at four to go to the woods.

For me, the enjoyment of Dennis’ story pulled me away for a bit as I could relate to much of what he said. I know when I am reading, if I can formulate a distinctive picture in my brain of the surroundings and the course of events being described, the writer has succeeded in keeping my interest.

If you have time, go check out his story. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Tom Remington

Wisconsin Hunters Can Meet With DNR Officials And……….
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Several meetings are scheduled across the state of Wisconsin to give hunters and any other concerned residents, the opportunity to bitch, moan, gripe, applaud, assault, well, maybe that wouldn’t be a good idea, and give lip service to the powers that be. The object of the meetings is to discuss 2006 deer hunt and deer management unit (DMU) deer harvest results, population estimates, proposed antlerless quotas for the units, and the likelihood of reaching those quotas with the regular nine-day hunting season framework.

For dates, times and locations, click this link for a pdf file(45kb).

Tom Remington

Feds Expected To Announce Wolf De-Listing
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A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicated yesterday that the agency plans to announce on Monday, January 29, 2007 that the gray wolf will be de-listed in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, although Wyoming has not come up with a satisfactory wolf management plan.

Hunting the wolf as a game species will be allowed in Idaho and Montana but not Wyoming until an agreement is reached. The feds also plan to announce plans for de-listing the wolf in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is doubtful that any of these de-listing efforts will go uncontested by wolf advocates and animal rights activists.

CBS News has the whole story.

Tom Remington

Charges Filed In Hmong Hunting Death
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On January 6, 2007, officials located the body of Cha Vang, a member of the Hmong community in Wisconsin. His hunting companions had report Vang missing when he failed to show up at a predetermined 4 p.m. rendezvous on January 5, the day of the hunt. The reports said Vang had been shot and killed.

Later the night of January 6th, police responded to a report of a man entering the Bay Area Medical Center for treatment of a gun shot wound. Police then apprehended and held James D. Nichols of Peshtigo on parole violation. Nichols has now been charged in the death of Cha Vang. Here is the Wisconsin Attorney General’s statement.

“The complaint alleges that Vang encountered Nichols while they were both hunting on January 5, 2007, in the Peshtigo Harbor Wildlife area. Vang’s hunting companions reported that Vang failed to meet them as agreed at 4 p.m., after which they reported him missing. Vang’s body was discovered by law enforcement authorities on the morning of January 6, 2007, lying in a small depression and partially covered with leaves and other debris. A log was lying across his body.

“Shortly before 7 p.m. on January 5, 2007, Nichols arrived at the Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette and reported that he had been shot by an unknown person while hunting in an area 35 miles away from the Peshtigo Harbor Wildlife area. Nichols had a .22 caliber bullet lodged in his right hand and an injury to his left hand. Nichols denied having possessed a firearm while hunting, stating that he had been using a pellet gun which he had brought with him to the hospital.

“The Marinette County Sheriff’s Department was notified and responded to the hospital. Prior to that time, Marinette County law enforcement dispatch had not received any calls from Nichols reporting a shooting or any request for assistance. Nichols provided this same version to a responding sheriff’s deputy and also stated that after being shot he drove home and called his girlfriend, who then drove him to the hospital.

“After the investigating deputy expressed doubt about his statements, Nichols stated he wanted to talk hypothetically and asked about self-defense. Nichols changed his story and acknowledged he was hunting in the Peshtigo Harbor Wildlife Area. Nichols claimed that while he was hunting squirrels he looked up to see Vang and told him to leave the area because he was interfering with Nichols’s hunting, and that Vang said something he couldn’t understand and then shot him in the hand with a .22 caliber rifle. Nichols stated that he laughed after being shot and then ran when he was shot again in his other hand. Nichols stated that he then charged Vang and they fought and Nichols killed him.

“Nichols was later interviewed by another officer and stated that he was hunting with a shotgun. After killing a squirrel, Nichols stated he saw Vang looking at him from 50 feet away and he told Vang to leave. Nichols stated that Vang responded by stating, “I’m going to kill you” and shot him in the right hand. Nichols stated that he ran another 40 feet and fired a “wild” shot back at Vang but didn’t know if he hit him. Vang then allegedly fired a second shot at him and hit him in the left hand. Nichols stated that he then observed Vang doing something with his weapon and he then ran at Vang from 90 feet away, wrestled the gun away and stabbed Vang twice in the neck. Nichols stated that he then covered up Vang’s body and put Vang’s gun under a tree.

“Vang’s hunting companions reported that Vang did not speak English.

“Nichols’s girlfriend initially advised investigators that Nichols had told her he had been shot while hunting and did not know who shot him. She later advised investigators that Nichols claimed he was shot by a person with whom he got into a fight, and that Nichols stabbed and killed that person. Investigators were also informed that after the incident occurred, Nichols and his girlfriend drove to Menominee, Michigan, where Nichols hid a shotgun and ammunition in a storage locker and then took a pellet gun from the locker and placed it in the girlfriend’s car. Prior to arriving at the hospital, Nichols’s girlfriend removed a knife from Nichols’s clothing and put it in the console of her car.

“Law enforcement officers conducted a search of the storage locker and discovered a shotgun hidden behind a piece of furniture, and ammunition. A knife was recovered from the girlfriend’s car.

“An autopsy of Vang revealed that Vang had been shot once with a shotgun, wounding him in his right arm, neck, head and torso. The autopsy also indicated that Vang had been stabbed six times; five to the front of the neck and once to his left cheek. Vang also had a laceration behind his right ear and had a three to four inch long wooden stick protruding from his mouth. The autopsy determined that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds, which severed the jugular vein, and the shotgun wounds. Investigators believe that Vang was shot from a closer distance than claimed by Nichols and that Vang was turning away when shot.

“Wisconsin State Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6 governs the ethical obligations prosecutors have when dealing with pre-trial and trial publicity. Because of this rule, prosecutors cannot discuss details of a case prior to charging. These rules also require that prosecutors ensure that law enforcement agencies also comply with these restrictions. Even after charging, prosecutors and law enforcement cannot discuss matters not described in the public record. Thus, there will be no additional comment on the investigation or charges at this time.”

Tom Remington

A Look At Wisconsin’s Deer Hunting Season
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Tim Eisele, through the Capital Times, gives readers a pretty good look at the past hunting season. This includes problems such as illegal baiting and feeding, shooting wolves and accidents, to a breakdown of how many licenses hunters bought and who bought them, along with other nice little tidbits.

Tom Remington

Wisconsin Hunter Says He Killed A Seven-Legged Buck Deer With Both Sex Organs
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Can you imagine? A guy who bow hunts couldn’t avoid hitting a young buck with his automobile. He subsequently killed the deer only to discover it had a total of seven legs and he believes that many of the legs, even though they were quite small, worked. He also claims the deer was both a male and female.

CBS 4 Boston carries the story but no pictures.

Tom Remington

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