Wisconsin DNR News & Outdoor ReportEdited by Paul HoltanWisconsin Department of Natural ResourcesPO Box 7921Madison WI 53707-7921(608) 267-7517Fax: (608) 264-6293E-mail: email@example.com://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/news/October 19, 2004Devices intended to prevent birds from colliding with power lines100 years of professional forestry: stump fields to productive forestsWoodLINKS offers students exposure to forest industry jobsYouth deer hunt Oct. 30 statewideState Natural Resources Board to meet Oct. 27 in CableCondominium project may result in Incidental Take of rare snakeDevices installed to prevent swans and other birds from colliding with power linesMADISON – Following the recent loss of four endangered trumpeter swans that collidedwith power lines in the Cranmoor area near Babcock, state officials are working with powercompany officials and landowners to install reflective devices that have proven effective inwestern states in deterring birds from flying into power lines.Alliant Energy, Rezin Cranberry Corp., and the Department of Natural Resources arecombining resources to install 200 of the devices, which are known as “Firefly Bird Diverters.”The device consists of a heavy-duty plastic card with a special reflective coatings that ishighly visible to birds. The 3 1/2-by-6-inche cards hang from a swivel that is attached by aclamp to a power line or a tower guy wire. The card will rotate in as little as 3 to 5 mile per hourwinds alerting birds of obstructions. The coating glows at night for up to 10 hours.“The loss of birds to power line and guy wire collisions is a serious matter,” said SumnerMatteson, DNR avian ecologist who coordinates Wisconsin’s trumpeter swan recovery program.“Thousands of birds likely die each year in Wisconsin alone from such collisions. The fireflydiverter has proven effective for a number of raptor and songbird species in other states. I thinkthere is every reason to believe it will prove successful here as well.”Alliant Energy will install 200 of the diverters on its power lines where the lines crossover lands owned by Ken Rezin Cranberry Corp. in an area near Wisconsin Rapids. The powercompany purchased the diverters at a cost of $25 each and will provide a crew to make the
installation. PR Techologies, manufacturer of the diverter, is providing the product at a reducedprice as a contribution to this wildlife conservation effort.“Alliant Energy understands the importance of protecting endangered species and iscommitted to partnerships that find solutions to improve habitat and allow this species toflourish,” said Kathleen Lipp chief environmental officer for Alliant Energy.Ken Rezin Cranberry Corp., operated by co-owners Russ and Karen Rifleman, is anenthusiastic supporter of the effort to reintroduce the trumpeter swan in Wisconsin.“We’ve had several nesting pairs of trumpeter swans on the farm over the past sevenyears,” said Karen Rifleman. “It’s been a pleasure to watch them successfully produce familiesand each year we wait for their return in the spring. We’ve lost four trumpeters to the power linesthis year and we see this cooperative effort between DNR and Alliant Energy as a very positivestep toward solving this problem.”The trumpeter swan recovery effort started in 1987. One of our largest waterfowl, thereare now 80 nesting pairs and an estimated 400 to 450 total birds in the state population.Trumpeter swans migrate as family groups to Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri, with someWisconsin birds being recorded as far south and west as Texas and northeast Arizona, and as fareast as the Chesapeake Bay. Many Trumpeters also overwinter near Hudson in westernWisconsin. The birds are classified as a state endangered species in Wisconsin, Minnesota andMichigan.In addition to power lines, major causes of death to adult and young trumpeter swans areshooting and lead poisoning.Although lead shot has been banned from use over wetlands for years, occasionallyswans uproot and ingest pellets that have been buried in mud and muck for years. It takes only asfew as one to two of these heavily rusted lead pellets to sicken and kill a swan according toMatteson.“If this project is successful and we are able to decrease or eliminate collisions in theCranmoor area, we’ll have addressed a major concern,” says Matteson. “Alliant Energy has abiologist that will monitor the project with DNR assistance.“We are grateful to Alliant for financing this effort and to PR Technologies and RezinCranberry Corp for their contribution. This relatively simple technology could save thousands ofother bird lives yearly. Many more species could potentially benefit in addition to trumpeterswans, including our growing flock of wild whooping cranes recently introduced into theNecedah area.FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sumner Matteson (608) 266-1571
100 years of professional forestry: from stump fields to productive forestsBy Paul DeLong, Chief State Forester, Wisconsin DNR Division of ForestryAs we enter the second century of professional forestry in Wisconsin, I find myselfthinking about how things have changed and how they’ve stayed the same through the first 100years of professional forest management in Wisconsin.What is probably the most remarkable change in the past century is the transformation ofWisconsin’s forests from the cutover forests of the early 1900s to the healthy and productiveforests of today. We have over 16 million acres of forestland in Wisconsin, more than at anypoint in time since the first statewide inventory was taken in 1936. The majority of it, over 9million acres, is in private-family ownership.What has stayed the same is probably the most important single concept in modernforestry -- commitment to sustainable forest management. Sustainability is the guiding principleof professional forestry practice. It guided our first professional foresters and it guides ourdecisions today. Sustainable forestry assures that we and future generations will have healthy andprotected forests, diverse forest ecosystems, a steady flow of forest products for our economyand a wide variety of recreational opportunities.Although the guiding principle remains the same, our knowledge of forests and society’sdemand for the range of benefits provided by forests have increased over time. Wisconsin’sforests faced many challenges 100 years ago and that has not changed; what has changed is thecomplexity and range of issues facing our forests and our society.Last month the Department of Natural Resources presented an updated statewide forestplan to the Natural Resources Board. The plan centers on 52 trends and issues Wisconsin’sforests and professional forestry are facing as we enter our second century. These trends andissues were developed with input from landowners, local, state and federal governments,businesses, conservation organizations, and individual citizens.It’s a big plan – nearly 70 pages in hard copy. In keeping with wise resource use we’vechosen to publish it on the Internet on the DNR Web site at . Based oncomments we received from early reviewers, we’ve included a feature allowing the reader to sortthe write-ups on the 52 trends and issues according to their interests. For example, a personinterested in forest recreation could enter “recreation” as a topic of interest, and all trends andissues related to recreation will pop up.
In November, the Governor’s Wisconsin Council on Forestry will host a workingconference in Madison to begin the process of implementing the new plan. Seven workingthemes have been developed to address critical trends and issues facing forestry today. Theseworking themes include biological diversity, urban forestry, private forestry, forest economy,land use, invasive species and recreation.Some 250 representatives of government at all levels, tribes, universities, professionalassociations, businesses, and landowner, conservation and environmental groups, to name a few,will divide their talents across the seven themes and work to identify actions needed to meetthese challenges. More information on the conference can be found on the Internet at.This brings me to my final thought on things that have not changed in forestry in the past100 years. During the past century, the cooperative efforts of government, industry, conservationgroups, academics and individual citizens have brought us from the charred stump fields of theearly1900s to the healthy, productive forest resource we have today. No one organization oragency has the ability to manage Wisconsin’s forests alone. Effective, collaborative partnershipsare critical to ensure that our forests continue to provide the full range of ecological, economicand social benefits for future generations. One hundred years ago, E.M. Griffith, our first stateforester, foresaw a bright future for Wisconsin’s forests. I share his vision and look forward toworking with our partners to embrace the opportunities and challenges of the next century ofWisconsin forestry.FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul DeLong - (608) 264-9224WoodLINKS offers high school students exposure to forest industry jobsMADISON, Wis. – Modeled on a successful program developed in Canada,WoodLINKS-USA, a non-profit educational program promoting careers in wood products andrelated industries, currently has 14 Wisconsin high schools enrolled in this industry-sponsoredcareer training program.“The wood products industry is a major employer in many local and regional economiesand offers a great many opportunities,” says Terry Mace, a forest resource specialist with theWisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “But the range of opportunities and careers may
not be easily visible to many high school students or their schools don’t offer the kinds ofcoursework needed to prepare them for today’s wood industry jobs. WoodLINKS is intended togive high school students exposure to the vast array of forest products industry jobs available,give them the skills necessary to get started in those jobs, and ultimately support local economieswith a supply of skilled workers.”First brought to Wisconsin in 1998, WoodLINKS was developed in part to address ashrinking labor pool foreseen by the wood products industry as older, traditional wood industryworkers retire and plants modernize to meet global competition in the marketplace.Computerization of production woodworking machinery has changed the role of the woodworkerand the education system has found it difficult to keep up with the expensive changes inwoodworking technology.“Key to the success of this effort is forging a link between employers and the educationsystem,” says Mace. “Each participating high school has at least one local industry sponsor thatacts as either a formal or informal advisor depending on the nature of the partnership. Industryprovides input on the skills they’re looking for in entry-level workers and opportunities foroutside the classroom learning and earning through summer employment. For their part,educators adapt and implement the WoodLINKS curriculum in their schools and classes.“In addition to the technical skill needed in a modernizing industry, newer manufacturingmethods also utilize the resource more efficiently making the best possible use of forest as arenewable resource.”“The WoodLINKS curriculum offers both introductory and advanced woodmanufacturing courses for senior high school students,” says Steve Ehle, WoodLINKSWisconsin coordinator. “Students in the WoodLINKS program can take certification tests todemonstrate their skills and knowledge to prospective employers. Certification reduces the riskan employer must accept in hiring a new employee. WoodLINKS produces skilled, trainable newemployees who frequently start at a higher wage compared to other new hires. ”Wisconsin’s 14 participating high schools are producing about 125 certified students peryear, according to Ehle. Currently, 16 states have WoodLINKS programs in at least one highschool. Wisconsin is the leader among WoodLINKS states with two times more participatingschools than the next closest state.“The program emphasizes job training and broad exposure to the forest industry andcareer opportunities in forestry-related jobs,” says Mace. “The feeling is that a lot of kids want tostay in their home towns but don’t think they can find living-wage jobs. This program showsthem there are good jobs at home.”
“Much is being said about jobs going off-shore,” says Ehle. “And we’re seeing that in thedomestic and residential furniture sector of the wood products industry. But Wisconsin’s strengthis in our raw material and secondary wood products production. These are items such aswindows and doors, architectural woodwork, custom cabinets and flooring.“These products are somewhat protected because of the custom nature and special ordermarketing of many of these products. Off-shore factories can’t react quickly enough to fill thesemarkets. Employers are looking for people that can operate the complex computer-controlledequipment that is used to make these products in today's modern factory.”WoodLINKS is moving forward on several fronts. The program seeks to establishnational skills standards for the many wood manufacturing sectors and disciplines, standardswould set the bar for schools and vocational training programs and provide consistency acrossthe industry. Along these lines, more is being done to match skills taught to students withindustry’s needs. Finally, in what could be called a program to train the trainers, WoodLINKS isworking with at least seven colleges and universities to develop on-campus and distance learningmaster’s programs for high school level educators.Educators who are interested in establishing a WoodLINKS program in their schoolshould contact Steve Ehle, WoodLINKS Wisconsin coordinator, at (608) 873-7600.“Wood products manufacturing has roots going back centuries,” says Mace. “Whiletraditional skills are still valuable in many areas, technology and global competition havechallenged manufacturers to modernize and refine their production and product lines to meet thechallenges. WoodLINKS can help students prepare for good paying jobs and provide employerswith a supply of qualified workers ready to be trained in the new technologies.”FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Terry Mace - (608) 231-9333 or Steve Ehle,WoodLINKS Wisconsin coordinator - (608) 873-7600Youth deer hunt Oct. 30 statewide
MADISON -- Youth hunters ages 12 to 15 will be able to hunt for antlerless deerthroughout the state on Oct. 30 in a special one-day hunt established to provide more youth deerhunting opportunity.“The youth hunt was established in 2001 through the Deer 2000 and Beyond project,”said Brad Koele, assistant deer and bear ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources.“The youth hunt gives young hunters an opportunity to gain valuable hunting experience andtime in the field prior to the traditional gun hunting season.”Since the hunt’s implementation, Koele says, participation has steadily increased as moreyouth become aware the hunt.The antlerless gun hunt will be held in all deer management units, except state park andnon-quota units. Any licensed hunter, including youth hunters, can already hunt in a Zone T,Earn-a-Buck, or CWD units on this day, which falls within one of two 4-day antlerless onlyhunts being held in these units Oct. 28-31.“This hunt is to give those young hunters who hunt in a regular or Hunter’s Choice unitan opportunity to gun hunt for antlerless deer at a time of year when the whether is a little nicerand there is less pressure from other gun hunter’s in the woods,” says Kurt Thiede, DNR wildliferules and regulations specialist. “The deer management units that are open for the special onedayyouth hunt are those designated as ‘Regular Deer Season’ units on the 2004 DMU map inthe center of the 2004 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations.”Youth hunters must have successfully completed a hunter education program and havepurchased a 2004 gun deer hunting license to participate in the special hunt. Qualified huntersmay harvest one antlerless deer per hunter’s choice or bonus permit in the unit for which thatpermit was issued.Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older and one adultmay not accompany more than two hunters when participating in this one-day youth hunt. Thisrequirement only applies to deer management units that are not Zone-T, Earn-A-Buck or CWDunits.The regular bow season remains open along with the youth hunt in those units with thespecial youth hunt. All hunter's, with the exception of waterfowl hunters, must wear blazeorange when hunting on Oct. 30; this includes archery deer, gun deer and small game hunters.“In those units holding the special youth hunt archers will be able to hunt and are eligibleto harvest a buck, but they are required to wear blaze orange since a gun hunt is taking place,”Thiede added.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Koele - (608) 261-7589 or Kurt Thiede - (608)267-2452State Natural Resources Board to meet Oct. 27 near CableCABLE, Wis. -- Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board, the policy making body for theDepartment of Natural Resources, will meet at Lakewoods resort near Cable on Wednesday, Oct.27, beginning at 8:30 a.m.A special listening session for the public to comment on natural resource issues isscheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the resort. The two-hour session begins at 4:30 p.m. and willbe held in the main downstairs conference room. Anyone with comments about the state'sfisheries, wildlife, parks, forests, air or water quality can share them with the board.The board’s Wednesday agenda includes requests for: adoption of revisions to chapterNR 6 of the Wisconsin Admin. Code, relating to Snowmobile Sound Rule and Public HearingReport; authorization to hold public hearings on chapter NR 169 regarding Dry CleanerEnvironmental Response Fund Rules and on revisions to chapter NR 25 relating to CommercialFishing in Outlying Waters; approval of the Wisconsin Greater Prairie Chicken ManagementPlan 2004-2014 and the Central Wisconsin Grasslands Conservation Area Feasibility Study; anda project expansion of the White River Fishery Area, Ashland and Bayfield counties.The board will consider the following proposed land acquisitions: Lulu Lake NaturalArea, Walworth County, Dorn Creek Fishery Area, Dane County, Kettle Moraine State Forest -Southern Unit, Walworth County, Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, Crawford County, Ice AgeTrail, Polk County, White River Fishery Area, Ashland County, easement acquisition and partialdonation, Statewide Natural, Brown CountyThe board will review a donation from the Snowbelt Longbeards Chapter of the NationalWild Turkey Federation for $6,530 to help purchase a seeder to be used in Ashland and Bayfieldcounties. They will also hear updates on warden recruiting, “Scoping Documents” for three of
the new land protection projects identified in the Legacy Report Implementation Strategy, andthe Northern Initiatives.Tuesday's special listening session is an adjunct to Wednesday's regular PublicParticipation part of the agenda that allows citizens to comment on policy currently before theboard. A five-minute time limit may be placed on Tuesday's participants depending on thenumber of persons who desire to address the board.Lakewoods Resort is about 10 miles east of Cable on County Highway M in BayfieldCounty.The seven-member Natural Resources Board, appointed by the governor with consent ofthe state senate, provides policy direction for programs administered by the Department.Members serve without pay on a voluntary basis and are chosen from throughout the state.The public is welcome to attend the Wednesday meeting. Consistent with their pastpolicy of making themselves available to state citizens, the board has been holding theirmeetings at various locations throughout the state during the summer months.FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Lemberger (608) 267-7420EDITOR’S NOTE: Wisconsin’s endangered species law (s. 29.604, Wis. Stats.) requires the Departmentof Natural Resources to notify the public when it proposes to authorize the incidental taking of a stateEndangered or Threatened species.Condominium project may result in incidental take of rare snakeMADISON -- A proposed condominium development in the City of New Berlin inWaukesha County could result in the “incidental taking” of a rare gartersnake under anauthorization the state Department of Natural Resources is proposing for the project.Development of the condominium by property owners Bill Honeyager, John Farrell, andKasco of Wisconsin, LLP could result in the incidental taking of the Butler’s gartersnake(Thamnophis butleri), a species listed on the state threatened species list. The approximately 25-acre development will occur on two adjoining properties located south of West Howard Avenue.The proposed development site is located on the Honeyager and Farrell sites andcurrently include a mixture of pasture and wooded uplands and wetlands with pockets of wetmeadow and cattail wetland habitat. A shallow drainage ditch runs along the west property line
of the Farrell parcel and connects to a third property to the west, the Deer Creek Golf Courseowned by Kasco of Wisconsin, LLP., before terminating in Deer Creek.Snake surveys were conducted for the proposed sites and the presence of Butler’sgartersnakes was confirmed. The habitat patch within the sites is considered to be moderateconservation value and the proposed project will likely incur take.Through the Incidental Take Consultation process, a snake conservation plan wascompleted and involves a number of conservation and minimization measures to ensure theprotection of the snake. Impacts will be minimized by using snake exclusion fencing andrestriction on the time of year certain development activities can occur. Sites within the propertyand the adjoining Deer Creek Golf Course will be restored to suitable habitat for the snake andprovide a valuable migration corridor. Finally, permanent protection of suitable habitat willoccur through deed restrictions.Department of Natural Resources staff determined that the proposed projects willminimize the impacts to the snake by adhering to the conservation measures; are not likely tojeopardize the continued existence and recovery of the state population of these snakes or thewhole plant-animal community of which they are a part; and has benefit to the public health,safety or welfare that justifies the actions.Copies of the conservation measures, background information on the Butler’sgartersnake, and the jeopardy assessment are available on the DNR Web site at or upon request from Andy Galvin,Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Endangered Resources, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI53707, (608) 264-8968. Public comments will be taken through November 19th, 2004 andshould be sent to Galvin at the above address.FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Andy Galvin - (608) 264-8968Outdoor Report as of October 19, 2004Rain and very strong winds have brought down a lot of leaves from trees across the statein the last week. Northern Wisconsin is now well past peak for fall colors, through tamaracks,
Wisconsin’s only native conifer that looses it leaves, have started to turn gold. While a lot ofleaves have also been blown off trees in central and southern parts of the state, generally manyareas in those regions are reporting trees at peak or nearly peak, with some excellent viewingexpected this weekend in the southern half of the state.The winds were accompanied by a cold front that significantly boosted fall waterfowlmigrations, with increasing numbers of migratory Canada geese reported throughout the state,and northern ducks such as canvasbacks, ring-necks, pintails, galdwall and widgeon showing upwhile most wood duck and teal have migrated south. Coot numbers continue to increase.Despite sporadic rain in the last week, water levels continue to be very low on most of themajor river systems. The lower Wisconsin River is now very low and by the end of last week theMississippi River was at 7.4 feet near Prairie du Chien.With northern lakes having turned over and very clear, and water temperaturescontinuing to drop, both fall musky and walleye fishing continued to be very good on northernlakes. Larger suckers continue to provide most of the action for musky, and jig and minnowcombinations working for walleye. The hook and line lake sturgeon season ended last week withincreased harvest on the Chippewa River system, including a 70-inch, 73-pound sturgeon thatwas caught out of the North Fork Flambeau River.In the south, panfishing for bluegills and crappies was very good on Dane county andsome southeastern Wisconsin lakes. Musky and northern fishing also remained good in thesoutheast. White bass were being caught on the Rock River at Jefferson. Walleye and saugerhave been hitting on the lower Wisconsin River.Along Lake Michigan, with the cold and windy weather, there was not much activity fortrolling on Lake Michigan; however, some good salmon fishing continued to be reported fromthe northern tributaries, such as the Peshtigo, Oconto, Kewaunee and Ahnapee rivers.Southeastern tributaries continue to run very low but there has been a little action on theMilwaukee, Menomonee, Root and Pike rivers.Pheasant hunters were greeted opening day last Saturday with a cold north wind makingit difficult to hear birds and keeping quarry in heavy cover. Most public hunting grounds are bereceiving limited pheasant stocking this year, and as a result hunters at traditionally stocked areasdid report seeing fewer birds, though some were successful regardless, with hunters reportingthat they were finding some wild birds instead of released ones.White-tail bucks in the south have started their early rut, entering the seeking and chasingphase and testing each other during sparing matches. As the rut progresses, deer activity will
continue to increase as bucks travel more day and night. Now is the time of the year whendrivers need to pay special attention for deer. Deer vehicle collisions will continue to increaseinto November, the month of with the highest number of deer vehicle collisions.Most of the warblers have now left Wisconsin. Staging activity picked up even more thisweek with the wind and cold. Very large flocks of sandhill cranes are staging all across the stateand they will likely begin their migration soon. Large flocks red winged black birds have beencan be seen. And large numbers of raptors such as eagles and hawks are being seen riding thethermals above the Mississippi River bluffs.# # #A three-minute audio version of this report can be heard by calling (608) 266-2277.A new report is put on the line each week.DNR Northern RegionSuperior DNR Service Center areaBrule River State Forest - Many of the leaves have come off of the trees now. There are still some fallcolors left, but it is well past peak. Last Sunday there were wide reports of snow showers. In somelocations the snow remained until afternoon when the temperatures warmed up. Large numbers of juncoshave been spotted in the past week. The Bois Brule River is flowing at 136 cubic feet per second, the 58year average is 159 cfs.Cumberland DNR Service Center areaCrex Meadows Wildlife Area - A front with strong northwest winds came through during the week,bringing an increase in waterfowl numbers. There were 2,000-3,000 ring-necks roosting on the refugesouth of the historical marker and flocks of mallards were using the crop fields along with the geese andsandhill cranes. There were many flocks of small geese (Richardson’s, interiors, and possibly snowgeese) moving through the area. Most of the warblers have left but there are good numbers of sparrows,especially white-throated and tree, in the area. Look carefully and you may find a Harris sparrow. Egretscan be seen along the south end of the refuge. Several thousand sandhill cranes are still at Crex andFish Lake. On Crex, they are roosting in the refuge. Many of these birds are feeding in the refuge farmfields during the day. Several hundred birds were feeding in the east fields during the week. Other,smaller roosts, are scattered around the property. The Fish Lake birds are roosting on the north end ofDueholm Flowage. They can be seen from the observation area on Stolte Road. Currently, many of thesandhills are feeding on the property but as soon as the corn harvest commences, these birds will spendthe daytime hours south of town in the farm fields. Coot numbers continue to increase. There are nowthousands of birds on Phantom Lake and North Fork. There have been several reports of an immaturegolden eagle in the Monson Lake area. Bald eagles often roost on the osprey platform at the south end ofthe refuge and can usually be found on most of the larger flowages. With the increase in coot andwaterfowl numbers, eagles are also more plentiful. The rice bed on the north end of Phantom Lake is agood place to see rails. Sora and Virginia rails can often be seen or heard from the road. Large groups ofblackbirds (mostly red-winged but a few yellow-headed) were also feeding and roosting in the rice.Trumpeter swans are still plentiful. Visitors can find them on all the larger flowages. There were 25-plusbirds on Fuhrman Lake and North Fork and many more on Phantom Lake and along Main Dike Rd.Wolves are active in the vicinity of the Crex refuge, with additional reports of people hearing/seeing themevery week. Apparently they produced three young this year. There is also a pack of wolves in the FishLake Wildlife Area.
Park Falls DNR Service Center areaHigh winds removed most of the remaining leaves in much of the area. Warm weather is forecast for theremainder of the week as outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the many fall activities available in the Northwoods.Water temperatures are cooling and anglers were finding some active musky. Archers are reportingfinding some rubs and scrapes developing in some areas as whitetail bucks begin pre-rut activity. Bucksare being seen sparring with their nicely polished antlers as they establish their dominance hierarchy.Grouse hunters continue to report a high number of woodcock flushes and fair grouse hunting. Trappingseason for mink, and muskrat opens on Oct. 23 in the north zone and for beaver in zones A and B.Trappers will be donning their hip boots and waders and enjoying the wetlands.Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Ironcounties) - Musky continue to be the main highlight for anglers in the Upper Chippewa Basin. Fishinghas been generally good to excellent, with suckers providing most of the action. Artificial baits have beencatching a few musky but most of these fish have been smaller 30 to 37 inch fish. The nicest fish havebeen coming on large suckers -- with some 40-plus-inch musky being caught on 18 inches or bettersuckers. Look for this trend to continue as the fall season progresses, with the trophy potential gettingbetter as the season winds down toward its closing on Nov. 30. Walleye fishing has been fair to good,with some days producing some decent catches of fish and some real tough fishing on other days. Jigand minnow combinations and a minnow on a slip bobber have shown the best success, with cloudy daysoften producing some good action during the daytime hours. The hook and line sturgeon season endedOct. 15 and could be considered a very successful season in the Upper Chippewa Basin. More than 64sturgeon were registered in the basin, which was a good increase over last year’s harvest and well abovethe long term average. One of the larger fish registered was a nice 70-inch, 73-pound sturgeon that wascaught out of the North Fork Flambeau River near the Crowley Dam.Flambeau River State Forest - The forest is now at total leaf-off. The Flambeau River is the lowest it'sbeen so far this year. We're starting to see some migrating cranes, ducks, & geese. ATV trails are openand in good shape. Users are reminded that ATV trails will close on the Flambeau River State Forestafter Nov. 15.Woodruff DNR Service Center areaFall colors are now past peak and last weekend’s winds brought down many of the leaves, so leaves arefalling fast and fall colors are disappearing. Grouse and woodcock hunters are reporting greater visibilityin the woods resulting in more birds in the bag. Even though the ruffed grouse cycle is near or at the lowend of the curve, some hunters are managing to bag some birds. Archery hunters are reporting signs ofthe pre-rut beginning with both scrapes and rubs becoming more prevalent. A reminder to hikers andbikers that, in addition to the regular nine day gun deer season, deer hunters (archery and gun), as wellas small game hunters, will be in abundance in county, state and national forest areas during the specialZone T hunt from Oct. 28-31. The law requires hunters to wear at least 50 percent blaze orange clothingabove the waist. As a safety precaution, all people who plan to be out of doors during these times shouldalso wear either blaze orange or brightly colored clothing so that they can be seen. Area ConservationWardens and guides report that water temperatures continue their seasonal downward drop. Most of thelakes in the area have turned over. Musky and walleye activity is high.Upper Wisconsin Basin fisheries report (Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Langlade, Forest and Florencecounties) - Fall young-of-year gamefish and baseline surveys have ended this week. In general,largemouth and smallmouth bass appeared to have a very successful spawning year as they wereprevalent in nearly all the lakes sampled. Walleye reproduction was sporadic and average length of fishtended to be small -- the cold was a likely factor in this. Musky anglers are continuing to have great luckon area lakes. Many have switched over to live bait (large suckers) on quick strike rigs, or are using slowmoving jerk baits. Walleye fishing also continued to be good and will continue until lakes begin to freeze.Jigs tipped with minnows are working well along deep water breaks and weed lines, and crank baits canbe cast over the tops of dying weed in shallower water.DNR Northeastern RegionPeshtigo DNR Service Center areaMarinette County - Fall colors continue although strong winds have scattered many deciduous treeleaves. A few woodcock still remain in the mixed upland areas at the edge of lowlands. Grouse numbersare not as high as anticipated although a few can still be kicked up out in the field. Turkey hunters are
observing a good number of birds during the fall turkey season. Salmon have reached peak numbers andare on the way down at this point with anglers still very successful below the Hattie St. Dam on theMenominee River.Oconto County - The fall salmon run is moving along with numbers of salmon showing up in thePeshtigo and Oconto rivers below the dams. Spawn sacs are the preferred bait. Strong winds blew mostof the leaves off trees with the exception of mainly oaks. A good acorn crop is noticeable for the wildlife tofeed upon. Bucks are starting their early rut increasing deer movement.Shawano County - Migratory goose populations are stopping over during the migration pattern. Cranesare beginning to group together. Some warmer weather predicted may bring along good weather for birdobservations. Shawano Lake continues to be a good producer for panfish. Anglers are easily filling theirbag limits.Green Bay DNR Service Center areaManitowoc CountyPoint Beach State Forest - All trails are in good shape and although the fall colors are past peak, thereis still some good color left on many trees. Salmon fishing has been slow do to low water conditions in thelake Michigan tributaries. Reminder, there will be an antlerless gun deer season Oct. 28 through 31. Nonhuntersshould be aware that some of the biking and hiking trail areas are open to gun deer hunters. Callthe forest office for more information (920) 794-7480. Campground water and showers will remain openthrough the Oct. 23. weekend. Electric sites are still available for the upcoming Oct. 23 weekend.Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center areaDoor County - Finally a change in the weather from last week’s sunny, cool and breezy days. This weekcold, rainy and blustery can best describe the conditions. Not much to report this week, there were still afew anglers out on Lake Michigan still catching a few small chinook salmon in the 5 to 15 pound class,along with a some rainbows and browns. Fishing in the Sturgeon Bay ship canal and the area nearStrawberry Creek remains good. Up north, anglers fishing in the harbors were catching quite a few kings.Sister Bay and Baileys harbor were worth a try. Smallmouth action this week remained on the slow side.No report of walleyes action this week. A few northern continued to come out of weedy areas in SturgeonBay. Some perch continued to be taken by anglers fishing the weed beds around the Bay View Bridge,and the mooring buoys in Sturgeon Bay. The area around Squaw Island in Little Sturgeon Bay also hasbeen producing some perch.Peninsula State Park - As of Oct. 18, recent gale force winds and rain had taken a toll on fall foliage.However, colors were still spectacular, and will be for at least one more week. All trails were open anddry. This is a great time for migratory bird watching at Peninsula. Bald eagles, sandhill cranes and ospreyare common sights. Flocks of white pelicans and numerous species of waterfowl are regularly seen alongthe park shoreline. Campsites in Tennison Bay campground are open year-round. Weather permitting,showers, flush facilities and the dump station will be open until Nov. 1. All other campgrounds are closedfor the season. Peninsula State Park golf course is still open. Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is now closed totours. Visitors may drive to and view the lighthouse and it's spectacular setting any time thereafter, untilthe snow flies.Whitefish Dunes State Park - It was a spectacular September and people were out in force to enjoy thegreat weather. At Whitefish Dunes State Park attendance for the month was the highest seen for aSeptember since 1996. Early October was just as terrific. Warm, sunny days with the added bonus ofchanging leaves, the apple harvest, and festival weekends here in Door County. Mid-October bringspeak leaf color and cooler temperatures. The Lake Michigan water level is always of interest to visitors.This has been a down and up year. The typical annual pattern for the lake level is a rise from spring tomid-summer, then a slow decline until the next spring. Spring, 2004 brought snow melt and rainthroughout the region. The lake level, which had been relatively low increased twenty inches from mid-February to mid-July. A much more significant increase than the "average" spring. On a couple of ourwindier days this summer waves washed over the plastic grid system placed on the beach to aid visitortravel. The water level has now receded a few inches but overall the lake has made a net gain of 13inches over this same time last year. "Dune Day" a volunteer work day is coming up Saturday, Oct. 30.Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes and the park staff to improve the trails and park facilities. Morningand afternoon shifts, call the park for more details.Strawberry Creek State Spawning Facility - On Thursday, Oct. 14, fisheries crews harvestedapproximately 1,500 fish out of the Strawberry Creek pond. This brings our seasonal harvest up to wellover 9,000 chinook salmon. Crews were unable to clean the pond out on Thursday and hundreds of
salmon were left in the pond. With additional salmon migration anticipated, crews were planning onharvesting chinook on Tuesday Oct. 19, which may be the last day of chinook egg collection for thehatchery this year, although crews will have to continue to process chinook as long as they continue toaccumulate in the Strawberry Creek pond. It appears the peak of the chinook run is past, as the numberof fish accumulating in the pond each night has started to slow down substantially. It is very uncertain asto how many additional harvests if any will occur after Tuesday.Kewaunee County - The weather in Kewaunee County this past week was cloudy and cold with sporadicrain showers on Saturday. There has not been much to report about anglers trolling on Lake Michigan;however, some have had success catching a few salmon and trout while using Dodger/fly combinationsor spoons in green and blue. Anglers have reported the most success fishing within 100-150 feet and 50-90 feet down. Harbor and pier action has slowed down a lot in both Algoma and Kewaunee; however,some fish awe still being caught with spoons, spawn sacs, and marshmallows. It was another excellentweek in both the Kewaunee and the Ahnapee rivers, with many chinook caught and a few coho as well.Spawn sacs, spoons, and flies have worked excellent. Pheasant hunting opened up last Saturday withsome good success out in Scarbro in Kewaunee County. Fall leave conditions are past there peek, butthe leaves are still on the trees and very colorful.Oshkosh DNR Service Center areaGoose and duck hunters are having success in the Oshkosh area. Corn is being harvested from thefields. Migrating Canada geese are showing up in good numbers. Cranes are still in the area but arecongregating and getting ready for their flight south. Pheasant season is under way. Public huntinggrounds will be receiving a limited stocking of pheasants from the Poynette Game Farm. Glacial HabitatRestoration Area parcels are not stocked but hunters may find wild birds in suitable habitat. Prairiegrasses are maturing and the last of the New England aster is blooming. Maples are red and gold, oaksare starting to turn and staghorn sumac is brilliant red in the area. The cooler weather has brought anend to the mosquitoes, it's a perfect time to get out of doors and enjoy the area.DNR Southeast RegionOpening day pheasant hunters were greeted with a cold north wind making hearing difficult and keepingtheir quarry in heavy cover. Most said it was hard to find birds; then difficult to get them to fly. Somereported their dogs catching pheasants that preferred running to flying. Most people hunting standingcorn said they could see running birds ahead of them, but it was almost impossible to get them to fly.Hunter turn out on public hunting grounds was fairly heavy. Watch for even better hunting as standingcorn is harvested. Hunters are reminded to be aware of their target and what lies beyond. So far, it hasbeen a very safe fall hunting season. Fall colors are at their peak; especially in the southern part of theregion. Recent winds have almost completely removed leaves from some trees; while others of the samespecies remain in full color. Although cool, wet conditions have hampered some forms of outdooractivities, the weather should finally bring out fall mushrooms. Now may be the time to search yourfavorite haunts for the delectable fungi. Worried about what is edible and what is not? Check out yourlocal bookstore or the offices of the Northern and Southern Units of the Kettle Moraine State Forests forpurchase of picture guides to our edible fungi. Wildlife managers report excellent hunter cooperation inharvesting antlerless deer from CWD disease eradication and herd reduction zones. Without a doubt,more antlerless deer are being taken because of the earn-a-buck requirements associated with thesehunting zones. Hunters supplying deer heads for CWD analysis are reminded to process each deerharvested separately, and to keep the meat from each deer separate while they await test results. Testresults should be available within four to six weeks of submittal. Waterfowl hunters are reporting someduck migration through the area, with the first canvasbacks of the season showing up. The migrationseems to be just starting and, in general, hunting is fair to good; but should improve as the migrationprogresses. A surprising number of mourning doves have been staging in brushy areas near harvestedgrain fields. The dove season closes on Oct. 30; so some late season hunting opportunities may be inorder.Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan shore anglers have occasionally caught coho, chinooks, andrainbows off the piers. Crank baits, alewives, and spawn sacs have been effective. Fishing pressure hasbeen almost non-existent on the Pigeon River, but the Sheboygan River, despite low water, has produceda few chinooks on natural colored flies. Trollers out of Sheboygan have been staying in or near theharbor. Chinooks and a few coho have been caught on glow-in-the-dark spoons or j-plugs. Bluebirds,
obins, and blackbirds are all still present but staging for their migration south. Tree colors are movingpast peak color.Kohler-Andrae State Park - The strong winds this past weekend blew many of the leaves from the trees.All hiking and nature trails are open and in excellent condition. All family and group campsites are stillopen. The south campground area will close for the season on Nov. 15. The trailer dump station,showers, and flush toilet facilities are closed for the season. They will reopen mid April 2005.Ozaukee County - In the Port Washington harbor and near the power plant chinooks, coho, and brownshave been hit-or-miss. Spawn, alewives, and tube jigs have occasionally been effective. Anglers on thepier have been catching a few coho on alewives. Sauk Creek is barely a trickle, but a few chinooks havebeen caught on spawn near the mouth. Trollers off Port Washington have been catching chinooks andcoho 15 to 30 feet down in water up to 50 feet deep. They have been hitting spoons and j-plugs in avariety of colors.Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee shoreline access points have produced a few chinooks and brownshere and there. The best locations have been McKinley pier and Grant and Bender parks. Spawn sacsand gold or green & silver spoons have caught the most fish. In the Milwaukee River chinooks have beencaught in the Estabrook Park area on black or yellow flies. The Estabrook dam gates were opened onFriday, Oct. 15, allowing for many more miles of fishable river. The Menomonee River has produced afew chinook and rainbows on flies near Miller Park. Milwaukee trollers have been catching mostlychinook, along with a few coho and rainbow and brown trout. The most action has been in 30 to 50 feetof water around the harbor. Crank baits and glow-in-the-dark spoons have been productive. Interest inMilwaukee River fall smallmouth bass fishing has waned as interest in salmon and trout fishing peaked.Racine County - In Racine, shore anglers have been catching some chinooks, browns, and coho.Spoons and spawn fished near the Pershing Park ramp and inside the harbor have been producing mostconsistently. The Root River Steelhead Facility is closed due to the lack of water in the river, and it willnot reopen until flows improve. The river is holding fair numbers of chinooks and coho below the weir inLincoln Park, as well as in Island and Washington Parks. Chartreuse or purple flies and spawn sacs havebeen taking the most fish. Chinooks have also been hitting drifted spawn sacs downstream near theMain Street bridge. Racine trollers have been finding chinooks and coho in and around the harbor andout to 40 feet of water. Spoons and crank baits have been the most productive.Kenosha County - In Kenosha anglers fishing off the south pier have been catching some browns,chinooks, and coho on tube jigs or spawn sacs. Behind the Holiday Inn and near the mouth of the PikeRiver occasional chinooks have been taken on spoons or spawn in the early morning or late eveninghours. The Pike River remains low, but a few chinooks have been taken brightly colored flies or spawnupstream of Highway A. Trollers off Kenosha have been most successful in front of the mouth of the PikeRiver, catching chinooks and coho on spoons and j-plugs in 20 to 40 feet of water.Walworth and inland Racine and Kenosha counties - Anglers braving the cold still report catchingbluegills and crappies in 15-17 feet of water at Delavan Lake. Water temperatures are generally in the50s. Bass and bluegills were spread out in 2 to 20 feet of water. Musky were being caught on suckersand large stick baits along weedlines on Silver and Delavan lakes. Northern pike were biting on shinersand minnow imitation lures in 5 to 15 feet of water on Wind, Elizabeth, Delavan, and Beulah lakes.Walleyes were hitting trolled plugs in 6 to 18 feet or water on Geneva Lake.Washington, eastern Fond du Lac and inland Sheboygan counties - Recent DNR fish surveys ofsome area lakes indicate that some good angling opportunities for anglers this coming winter. Panfishpopulations in particular looked good in Crystal Lake (Sheboygan County), Long Lake (Fond du LacCounty), Pike and Friess lakes (Washington County). The walleye population also looked good in PikeLake; although it appears natural reproduction of walleye in the lake in 2004 was a complete bust. Ingeneral, crews saw very nice largemouth bass populations in most of the lakes studied. Long Lake (Fonddu Lac County) looked especially good for bass. Northern pike were generally small; but numerous inmost of the lakes. Crews electro-fished three legal-size muskies on Random Lake along with some verynice sized walleyes. The fish population of Little Cedar Lake did not seem as good as we have observedit in the past; water was cloudy and the fish population might need some improvement. DNR crews willbe conducting a survey of Big Cedar Lake in Washington County on Monday, Oct. 18. Call fisheriesmanagement at our Plymouth Office for more details (920) 892-8756.Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit - All trails are open and in good condition. Work is beingdone to repair a bridge along the bike trail. The bridge will remain open for use during the repairs.Panfishing has been fair on Pike Lake this past week. Some reports of crappie and bluegill action. Theforest is at about 100 percent color. Great fall colors can be seen from the observation deck on PowderHill. Leaves will be dropping quickly from this point on.
DNR South Central RegionDodgeville DNR Service Center areaIowa County - The bucks are starting to enter the seeking and chasing phase of the rut in Iowa County.Hunters are reporting success with rattling and grunting. Some archers are reporting that they are seeingfour to five bucks from their bow stand in the mornings in the first few hours of their hunt. Waterfowlershave reported pretty good jump shooting opportunities in the smaller creeks due to the woodies beingpushed out of the harder hunted Bakken’s pond area. The high winds have blown leaves off the treesimproving visibility in the woods.Green County - The pheasant hunting season opened this past weekend and with it brought hundreds ofhunters to the Green County Area. And with the wild pheasant population being up in Green County,most hunters were able to harvest a bird. Several hunters stated, their lack of bagging a bird was not dueto the lack of pheasants, but the poor shooting of the hunters. Duck season reopened, and with therecent migrants, hunters had many opportunities to harvest duck, with several bag limits being takenalong the Sugar River and on private pond. The rut seems to be in full swing, bring out more then normalbow hunters, who are having luck filling their antlerless tags, allowing them to gain buck tags. Fishingalong the Sugar River this past month has been really good, with walleye and northern being caught inthe deeper holes and bass still biting on artificial. The number one question to the Green County wardenthis week was, “can we use our buck tags (orange-CWD tags) during the upcoming 4 day (Oct 28 –31)Season in Green County (CWD Zone), or is it only a doe season”? The answer is Yes. The 4-Day huntin CWD Zones is an “earn a buck season”, and those hunters who have buck tags (orange in color) canfill/use them during the 4-Day Gun Deer Season. Also once you harvest and tag an antlerless deerduring the 4-Day hunt, you can then harvest a buck, tagging it with either your gun carcass tag or a yellowCWD tags, but remember both the antlerless deer and buck need to be kept together until they areregistered. A reminder to all hunter’s: Blaze Orange is required of all hunters during any gun deer season,so all persons hunting in the CWD HRZ starting Oct. 28 –31 are required to wear blaze orange, no matterwhat they are hunting, with the exception of waterfowl hunters. This includes, bow, coon and turkeyhunters. And those hunting in a CWD Eradication zone will be required to wear blaze orange from Oct.28 to Jan. 3.Horicon DNR Service Center areaColumbia County - Many migratory birds have been observed migrating to and through ColumbiaCounty. Large flocks of geese and non-resident mallards have been observed. Many of the Wood duckand Teal have already migrated through but there are still some around. Walleye and sauger have beenhitting on the Wisconsin River. Whitetail have started to enter early rut and hunters experienced successon last weekend's opener.Fitchburg DNR Service Center areaDane County - Fishing in the county has still been pretty good. Many anglers were still getting some nicepanfish. Lake Monona anglers fishing from boats have been reporting pretty good success catching nicesize bluegills, perch and crappies. Anglers fishing off of the Monona Terrace have been having somesuccess catching some nice bluegills and crappies throughout the day and evening hours. Anglers reportthat the panfishing on Lakes Waubesa and Kegonsa has also been pretty good but Mendota has beenpretty slow. Bass fishing has been a little inconsistent according to most anglers. There were reports ofsome nice bass on lakes Mendota, Monona and Upper Mud Lakes on warmer days. All four of the biggerlakes have also been producing some nice walleyes as of late. Finally, late season northern pike andmusky anglers have reported pretty good success on lakes Monona and Waubesa with a few big pikebeing caught on Mendota as well. One fisherman even reported catching a 46-inch musky, which hereleased, off of his pier on Lake Monona. Water temperatures are continuing to drop and are in the low50s. Boaters are reminded to use caution while boating. Make sure all passengers have the appropriatepersonal floatation devices in an area where they are easily accessible. It does not take very long inthese water temperatures to start suffering from hypothermia. Squirrel hunters have been having reallygood success and are pleased with the nice weather they have had. Waterfowl hunters in the southernarea reported having some pretty good success on mallards, teal and wood ducks. Hunters stated thatmost of the ducks they harvested were local ducks but they were starting to see a few migrating pintails,galdwall and widgeon. Hunters reported that duck and goose hunting was pretty good this weekend afterthe season reopened. Hunters reported that the ducks had settled down and were flying pretty good dueto the favorable duck hunting weather. Finally the geese seem to be showing up more and more each
day, which means the majority of the migration is not to far around the corner. The pheasant season alsoopened this past weekend and several hunters were out and about. Most hunters hunting public landwere a little discouraged that more pheasants had not been stocked but a lot of hunters were successfulregardless. Several hunters reported shooting wild birds instead of released ones. Fall turkey huntershave had success turkey hunting as well. Archery deer hunters still continue to have success as isevident by several deer being harvested this weekend.Jefferson County - Anglers in Jefferson were catching white bass on white twister tails below the damand down to the Hwy. 26 bridge. Most of the white bass were in the 10 to 12-inch range. A few crappiewere also being caught on minnows but not very many overall. Largemouth bass were biting on RedCedar Lake on crank baits. A lot of vegetation is making it tough to row out onto the lake though. Walleyeangling success on the lower Rock River by Blackhawk Island has slowed considerably from severalweeks ago. A few legal sized fish are being caught on minnows by drifting but success is slow. Duckhunters are having fair success finding some birds. Most of the birds seen over the second opener wereteal and mallards. A few pintails were observed around Prince’s Point. Goose hunters hunting theharvested fields were having pretty good success as more geese have moved into the area. The RockRiver in Watertown now has hundreds of geese resting on the waters.DNR West Central RegionBaldwin DNR Service Center areaWillow River State Park - Good fall color remains as of early this week. Robins, cedar waxwings, andturkey vultures were observed from the office area. Robins may stay through the winter. The others weremigrating through. The white-tailed bucks have shed their velvet. One has been seen in the open on anovercast day. The bucks will get bolder in coming days and should be easy to see from the road. Coyotehowling is heard regularly after dark, especially by the campers. The campground playground is ready foruse. It is located behind the shower building. Young hikers walking through the campground areencouraged to give the new equipment a try. Camping reservations for 2004 end Oct. 31. From Nov. 1 tothe end of April, all sites are available as first come first served. All running water is shut off and flushtoilets – showers are closed. The dump station is open to unload only. The Halloween Bash is at theNature Center Saturday, Oct. 30 6 to 8 p.m. Among the activities are: Night Nature Hike, Face Painting,Native American Dancers and Story Telling. Regular vehicle admission rates apply plus $1 admission perperson at the Nature Center. Call the Nature Center for details at (715) 386-9340.La Crosse DNR Service Center areaWaterfowl Hunting was relatively poor on Lake Onalaska despite "good" waterfowl hunting conditions,including cool temperatures 20-plus mph winds with sleet and rain. Wood ducks and teal were becomingmore scarce in the area. Pintails, widgeon, mallards were present in decent numbers with a largernumbers of gadwalls in the area. Canvasbacks were beginning to congregate in larger rafts within theClosed Area on Lake Onalaska. Smaller rafts of lesser scaup and ring-necks were also observed in theClosed Area. Large flocks of Canada geese were present on Lake Onalaska, however the geese stayedwithin the Closed Area and goose hunting was relatively poor. Wild eyed whitetail bucks were observedchasing does throughout La Crosse County. Car killed bucks have become more common on area roadsand highways. Many area corn fields had recently been picked with large numbers of whitetailscongregating in the newly picked fields during the evening. Woodcock have been slowly but steadilyfiltering into the area. Bottomlands along the Kickapoo River are prime areas to hunt for these eradicflyingmigratory birds. Woodcock may also be found in upland shrubby habitats with a herbaceousground cover, especially where soil moisture is adequate to support earthworms, a woodcock's primaryfood source. Deer rutting activity continues to increase as bucks test each other during sparing matches.As the rut progresses, deer activity will continue to increase as bucks will travel more day and night. Nowis the time of the year when you need to pay special attention while driving. Deer vehicle collisions willcontinue to increase as we get closer to November, the month of with the highest number of deer vehiclecollisions.Crawford County - The Wisconsin River continues to be very low and is continuing to drop very slowly.The Kickapoo River is also well below its banks; however, its flow is very clear. The Mississippi River hasbeen slowly receding again this week. By the end of the week the river stage was at 7.4 feet. Mostsloughs and backwaters are beginning to be difficult to access. Very small motor boats or boats withspecialized motors can still access these areas. Boat traffic has been light on the Mississippi River.Weekend boat traffic consists mainly of duck hunters and anglers. Anglers were met with mild days early
in the week but by the weekend the weather turned cold, windy and rainy. Fishing pressure in boats onthe Mississippi River was slower this week. Walleye and sauger action started to pick up a little bit. Somewalleye and sauger were taken below the Lynxville dam but the best action has been at wing dams, andalong the edges of the main and east channels. Bluegill and other panfish action was slower this week.Cold Spring north of Lynxville was spotty with reports of some very good days interspersed by slow times.Some really nice bluegills were still being taken but fewer of them seem to be available. A few nicecrappie have been caught in the backwaters of the Mississippi River this week but generally it was slow.Northern pike action was slow again this week however a few nice fish have been taken while trollingcrank baits. Catfish have been biting on a variety of baits. Many of the catfish being caught have beenaround 14 to 16 inches long. Sheephead are still pretty actively biting. Largemouth and smallmouth bassaction was spotty. Some very nice fish were taken on spinner baits, crank baits, or even live bait. Therehas been some pretty good bass action in the backwaters around Garnet Lake and up the Ambro Slough.The Wisconsin River has had some good smallmouth bass action again this week. Anglers have beenusing a variety of baits to catch fish. Walleye action has been slower, but some nice fish have beencaught using nightcrawlers or minnows. Catfish have been fairly active this week. Duck hunters were metwith receding water levels and blustery conditions by the end of the week. Most report duck numberswere down a bit. Most duck hunters in the Wisconsin River bottoms report some wood duck, teal, and afew mallards were taken. The Wisconsin River bottoms are very dry. The Mississippi River duck huntersreport wood ducks, mallards and a few widgeon and pintails were the main stay this week. Most arehoping for the cold weather to continue so the northern birds work their way down. Canada goosehunting has been spotty. Hunters found a few geese in the backwaters of the Mississippi River and inthe Wisconsin River bottoms. Some hunters found geese working picked crop fields. Hunters wererequired to possess an Exterior Canada Goose season permit and report any/all kills by telephone. All theyoung wild turkey, pheasants, and grouse are now strong flyers. Turkeys are feeding heavily in pickedsoybean and cornfields and feasting on grasshoppers and other insects. Whitetail deer fawns are alsogrowing fast. Most fawns have lost their white spots. Bachelor groups of adult bucks have pretty muchbroken up as the rut is just about here. Some hunters have been finding rubs and a few scrapes.A fairnumber of archery deer hunters ventured into the woods this week. Deer sightings increased this weekbecause most of the soybeans and some of the corn has been harvested. Also many leaves have fallen.Hunters are targeting areas where oaks have dropped acorns or field edges. Most hunters report gooddeer sign in their hunting areas. Some have found good deer movement on trails in the woods leadingfrom food to cover. By the end of this week the temperatures dropped considerably. Squirrel huntersreported good success. Hunters targeting areas like large oak stands or field edges with corn. Mosthunters’ report squirrel numbers are very good. Most hunters have taken home at least a couple squirrelsper outing. Fall turkey hunters report fair action. Some nice birds have been taken this week. Raccoonhunters and trappers report very good action. The raccoon population is very strong in the county.Outdoor users found that many flying insects disappeared with the cold weather. The Asian beetles andbox elder bugs were slowed by the cold weather. White Pelicans can be see scattered around in Pool 9near Lynxville and Ferryville. Large flocks or cormorants can be seen hanging around with the pelicans.Staging activity has picked up even more this week. Many species of birds, especially red winged blackbirds, can be seen flocking together. Many species of songbirds are actively feeding in preparation forfall. A variety of raptors can be seen along the Mississippi River. Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, and afew hawk species have been observed riding the thermals over the river. Many plant species have diedoff. The cool weather grasses, wild parsley, golendrod, and numerous other small plants have turnedcompletely brown or are starting to die off. Fall colors are at peak viewing conditions. Many shades ofyellow, orange, brown, and red can be seen along the state and county roads. Many Maples are showingbrilliant reds and yellows and sumac is brilliant burnt red. Hickory tree leaves are turning yellow. A fewtrees like Elm, Box Elder, Poplar and Black Walnut have already lost most of their leaves. Most of theoak trees are still pretty green yet, which adds an interesting contrast to the other colors. The standingcornfields have turned golden yellow, which really makes a contrast in relation to the green hay fields.Black River Falls DNR Service Center areaPerrot State Park - Colors were about 50 percent this past weekend. The rain and wind earlier this weektook some of the leaves in the park; however, the bluffs still have color.Merrick State Park - The trees in the park have dropped some of their leaves with the wind and rain thispast week. The bluffs were about 50 percent in color last weekend.Great River State Trail - The trees are about 50 percent color last weekend.Buffalo River State Trail - The color was about peak this past weekend.
Eau Claire DNR Service Center areaFall colors make drives through Western Wisconsin worthwhile and the upcoming weekend should be agreat weekend to be out. Flocks of geese are forming up for migration southward and are frequentlyvisible. Small game seasons are upon us and weather is great for squirrel, rabbit or grouse hunting.Small game hunting not only allows for a great time afield but can offer opportunities to scout out areasfor deer hunting later.Lake Wissota State Park - The fall colors are great with yellows, reds and orange everywhere. Colorsare at 80 to 100 percent. The trees are beginning to lose leaves. Lots of leaves will be lost with the rainand winds this week. Visitors can still enjoy the colors in the tress but on the ground also. Great time tohike and kick up some leaves. All hiking trails are open. The trails are regularly maintained and should bein great shape. Hiking to be among the fall colors and kick up some leaves has been a popular activityrecently. Deer can be seen on the trails, feeding along roadsides, in the prairie and in forests. Recently,some nice white-tailed bucks were spotted from the road. The best time to spot bucks is at night. Thecampground remains open. The shower building in the left loop (sites 42-81) are closed for the season.Depending on the weather, the shower/flush toilet building in the right loop (sites 1-41) should be openthrough Oct. 22. Campsites are not on the reservation system October through April. All campsites areavailable on a first come first serve basis. Our non-electric campsites do not fill during fall months.Fishing has been slow. Swimming buoys have been removed from the swimming beach area.Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center areaBuckhorn State Park - Park visitors have been enjoying the hiking trails, canoeing and camping. Treesare starting to loose their leaves. The park and wildlife area A are open for early and late bow seasonand is in zone T this year. Wildlife area A is also open for small game, waterfowl, and trapping. Wildlifearea B is open to everything in the hunting regulations (also area 15 for fall turkey). The office willregister deer during the bow season during open office hours. Pick up hunting maps and rules at the parkoffice. The new photo contest has started. Categories include wildlife, plants, people using the park, andopen/landscapes.Roche-A-Cri State Park - The fall colors at Roche-A-Cri are now at peak, the view of the autumn colorsfrom the mound observation platform makes for a great photo opportunity. Our mound stairway,woodland, and prairie trails are in very good hiking condition for season hikes through the woods. Barredowls calls can be heard in the late summer evenings. A large flock of turkey vultures rides the fall aircurrents around the mound and are quite a sight to see!UPCOMING EVENTS AT STATE PARKS, FORESTS, AND TRAILSWATCHABLE WILDLIFE OPPORTUNITIES AND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMSCheck with the park or forest of your choice for additional activities and special events not listed. Most events are free of charge;park admission sticker required unless otherwise noted. Events and times subject to change.Saturday, October 23, 2004• Kettle Moraine State Forest--Northern Unit, Campbellsport, (920) 533-8322 - Family Program:Head South! For many birds it is time to head south. Discover how birds know when to leave andwhere to go. This program is best for families with children between the ages of 5 and 12 years. IceAge Visitor Center. 9:30-11 a.m.• Lake Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton, (608) 873-9695 - Candlelight Hike. The White Oak NatureTrail will be lit with hundreds of glowing luminaries! Bonfire follows with refreshments sold by the LakeKegonsa State Park Friends' Group. Sorry, no pets allowed on the nature trail. White Oak NatureTrail. 6-9 p.m.• Mirror Lake State Park, Baraboo, (608) 254-2333 - Halloween Candlelight Mystery Hike. Hike thegentle 1-mile torch lit trail and try to solve the Mirror Lake Mystery. Campfire with snacks andbeverages provide for a nominal fee by the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park. Sponsored by Friendsof Mirror Lake State Park and Mirror Lake State Park Staff. 6:30 - 8 p.m.• Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau, (715) 842-2522 - Chair Lift Rides. Granite Peak Ski Area offersscenic fall chair lift rides on the Comet Express lift. Get on the Comet Express from either the bottomor top of the hill. If entering at the bottom the cost is $8/person, people entering from the top may get
a $2-off coupon with the purchase of either an annual or daily park sticker. Coupons are are only validwhen entering from the top. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.• Wyalusing State Park, Bagley, (608) 996-2261 - Astronomy Program and Viewing. View starclusters, learn more about constellations, and maybe enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Lawrence L.Huser Center, 1/4 mile past the park office on the right side of the road. 7 p.m.Tuesday, October 26, 2004• Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, (414) 527-0232 - Preschool Storytime: High FlyingHawks. Discover what hawks eat and how they find their food. This program is for preschoolers, ages3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult, not for day care centers or organizations. 9:30-10:30OUTDOORS CALENDARThrough December 31 - Illegal during this time to shine for wild animals between the hours of 10 p.m.and 7 a.m.October 25 - Collins zone Canada goose period 3 opens runs through Nov. 19.October 28-31 - Early antlerless-only gun deer hunt in Zone T deer management units only. All hunters(except waterfowl) required to wear blaze orange in Zone T deer management units during thisperiod. Archery season will remain open, but is restricted to the harvest of antlerless deer.October 29• Horicon zone Canada goose hunting period 2 closes.October 30• Fox season opens in the southern zone, through Feb. 15.• Coyote trapping season opens in southern zone through Feb. 15.• Mink season opens in central (through Dec. 31) and Winnebago (through March 15) zones.• Muskrat season opens in south zone (through Feb. 28) and Winnebago zone (through March 15).October 31 - Lake trout season closes on waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan and their tributaries.November 1• Deadline to purchase Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing licenses.• Fisher trapping season opens in various zones, through Dec. 31.• Wild ginseng season closes.• Horicon zone Canada goose hunting period 4 opens and runs through Dec. 15.• Hook-and-line lake sturgeon season closes on Michigan boundary waters.November 5• Pintail season closes in south zone.November 6• Beaver trapping season in the southern zone (C) opens through April 30.November 7• Fall turkey hunting season closes.• Sharp-tailed grouse season closes.November 8 - Woodcock season closes.November 14 - Canvasback duck season closes in the north and south zone.November 15• Jackrabbit season closes.• Trout and salmon fishing closes on downstream section of Lake Superior tributaries that remainedopen after Sept. 30. (see current trout fishing regulations for stream sections).November 18• Early archery deer season closes statewide. Reopens Dec. 2 through Jan. 3.• Fall crow season closes.November 19• It is illegal to hunt with a firearm the day before the gun deer season opens, except for waterfowlhunting or hunting on licensed game farms or shooting preserves.• Horicon zone Canada goose hunting period 3 closes.• Collins zone Canada goose hunting period 3 closes.November 20-28 - Regular gun deer season open.
November 23 - Duck season closes in the north zone.November 28 - Regular gun deer season closes.November 30• Muskellunge season closes.• Turtle season closes.DNR Meetings and Hearings CalendarPursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations, including the provision of informational material in analternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Please call the contact person listed forthe meeting or hearing with specific information on your request at least 10 days before the date of the scheduled hearing.MEETINGSOctober 20 - The DNR Silviculture Team will meet at 10 a.m. at the Spring Green Library; 6279 CountyHighway C, Spring Green, regarding various chapters of an Aesthetics handbook; silviculture trials, teamreports, unmarked thinning; old-growth; logging limitations and other issues and concerns For moreinformation, contact Brooke Ludwig at (715) 839-3766October 20 - A DNR Advisory Workgroup for Landfill Stability will meet at 1 p.m. in the Bluff Room at theDNR South Central Region Headquarters, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg. The group will discussways to reduce the risks posed by landfills due to decomposition of organic wastes. For informationcontact Brad Wolbert at (608) 275-7769.October 22 - Disabled Advisory Council (DAC) Meeting. The DAC will be meeting on, at the University ofWisconsin Steven Point Campus at the University Center Building in room 111, Stevens Point. Thephone number is 715-346-4421. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and will end at 3p.m. This is theDAC's quarterly meeting and there are no controversial agenda items. For more information, contact JulieAmakobe at (608) 267-7601October 22 - The Alternative Funding Committee of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will meet atthe Comfort Suites Foxfire, 205 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca at 7 p.m. regarding matters concerning naturalresources issues or resolutions referred from the Spring Hearings or pertinent season results or possibleregulation changes. For information contact AnnMarie Kutzke at (608) 266-2952.October 22 - The Outdoor Heritage Committee of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will meet atthe Comfort Suites Foxfire, 205 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca at 7 p.m. regarding matters concerning naturalresources issues or youth expo or outdoor heritage initiative or resolutions referred from the SpringHearings or pertinent season results or possible regulation changes. For information contact AnnMarieKutzke at (608) 266-2952.October 22 - The Warm Water Committee of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will meet at theComfort Suites Foxfire, 205 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca at 7 p.m. regarding matters concerning naturalresources issues or resolutions referred from the Spring Hearings or pertinent season results or possibleregulation changes. For information contact AnnMarie Kutzke at (608) 266-2952.October 26 - NR 115 Advisory Committee meeting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University Center, Alumni room,#210, Stevens Point. The Advisory Committee will convene with welcome and introductions. Theremainder of the meeting will be devoted to reviewing the third draft of changes to Chapter NR 115, Wis.Admin. Code. Discussion will focus on recommendations and comments provided by advisory committeemembers in August and resulting changes in draft code. Advisory committee members will be asked toprovide comments on the content of the draft code for further refinement. For further information, contactCarmen Wagner at (608) 266-0061.
October 26 - The DNR Waste Management Program will hold a public meeting at 9:30 a.m. in Room 041of the GEF 3 Office Building, 125 S. Webster St., Madison. The main focus of the meeting will bediscussion of proposed revisions to the NR 500 Code Series (Solid Waste Management) and draftguidance. Both the proposed code revisions and draft guidance are aimed primarily at streamlining andclarifying existing code. At 11 a.m. there will be an annual review of the Waste Management ProgramRevenue Account as required by s. NR 520.04(1)(d)5., Wis. Adm. Code. For more information contactJack Connelly at (608) 267-7574.October 26-27 - State Natural Resources Board will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at approximately 11:30a.m. for lunch at the Lakewoods Resort, 21540 County Road M, Cable, and will depart from LakewoodsResort at 12:30 p.m. for a tour of Forest Service Dam, Chippewa River boat landing, and Day Lakerecreation area. At approximately 4 p.m. the board will arrive at Lakewoods Resort for refreshments. TheBoard will conduct a citizen listening session from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lakewoods Resort open to allmembers of the public. The Board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the LakewoodsResort (NOTE: ALL OCTOBER AGENDA BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE FULL BOARD)regarding matters concerning natural resource issues or Department of Natural Resources programresponsibilities or operations specified in the Wisconsin Statutes. People who wish to appear to speak tothe board during the citizen participation period must register to appear by calling (608) 267-7420 by 4p.m. the Friday prior to board meetings. For information, contact Amy Lemberger at (608) 267-7420.November 1 & 2 - The DNR Public Land Management Specialist Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Nov.1 in room 104, and 8 a.m. on Nov. 2, in room 16 of the Chippewa County Courthouse, 711 N. Bridge St.,Chippewa Falls regarding current management practices field tour (day 1) and current policy andmanagement issues (day 2). For more information, contact Jeff Barkley – Division of Forestry at (608)264-9217.November 3 - The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Rm. 266 of the stateDepartment of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Building, 2811 Agriculture Dr. inMadison regarding upcoming Wisconsin urban forestry issues & events. For more information, contactNathan Eisner at (608) 264-8852.November 3 - The DNR Wolf Science Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the largeconference room of the DNR West Central Regional Headquarters, 1300 W Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire.Major agenda items will be discussion of administrative rules for wolf depredation payments, review ofwolf plan, and any issues from the Wolf Stakeholder Meeting on Oct. 16. For information contact AdrianP. Wydeven (715) 762-4684 ext. 107.HEARINGSOctober 26, 28 - The Department of Natural Resources will hold public hearings on revision to NR 400,406, 407 and 410, Wis Adm. Code, relating to providing the interface of the state air permitting programswith federal changes to the air permitting program. The State Implementation Plan developed unders.285.11(6) Stats., will also be revised. On December 31, 2002, the U.S. environmental ProtectionAgency published regulations that significantly changed the way new and modified sources of air pollutionare permitted. Changes necessary to implement the federal program cannot be fully utilized unlessadditional changes are made to the state construction and operation permitting regulations. Theproposed rule revisions have been designed to take full advantage of the flexibility made available underthe proposed changes that adopt the federal air permitting revisions without compromising on Departmentor public opportunity for review. The proposed rule revisions are intended to provide flexibility tostationary sources utilizing the permit applicability exclusions provided within the federal rule changes.Currently, all emission limitations and specific conditions that are contained within a construction permitare considered federally enforceable because there is no mechanism within the construction permitprogram to identify "state-only" requirements whose underlying authority does not rest withinrequirements as "state-only" conditions in construction permits where the underlying rule has not beensubmitted to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for inclusion in the State Implementation Plan andthus not intended to be federally enforceable, or is not required by federal law. For more information,contact Bob Eckdale at (608) 266-2856. The hearings will be held on:
• October 26, at 1 p.m. in room 124A & B, state Office Building, 1681 Second Ave., South, WisconsinRapids• October 28 - at 1 p.m. in Room 511, Natural Resources building, 101 S. Webster St., MadisonOctober 27 - A public hearing on proposed revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan for airpollution control relating to the Serigraph Company, Inc. West Bend. The Department under s.285.13,Wis. Stats., a public hearing will be held on the preliminary decision in order to comply with the UnitedState Environmental Protection Agency requirement that the state conduct a public hearing for anyrevision to the State Implementation Plans (40 CFR Part 51.102) and to provide an opportunity forinterested persons to comment on the proposed revision to the State Implementation Plan. The hearingwill be held at 1 p.m. in Washington County Courthouse, room 1026, 432 East Washington, West. Bend.For further information, contact Mark Stohl at (262) 884-2340.October 28 - The Department of Natural Resources will hold the final public hearing on revisions to chs.NR 406 and 410, Wis. Adm. Code, relating to asbestos permit exemption fees and inspection fees and aprogram for recovering the exact costs of laboratory fees for sample analysis for the asbestos program.Section NR 410.05 explains the scenarios in which a fee is charged with the Notification of Intent toDemolish and Renovate required in ch. NR 447. The current language establishes three fees based onthe amount of friable asbestos containing material that will be involved in the scope of the project. Thisorder modifies ch. NR 410 by increasing the inspection fee amounts that can be collected, as well asadding a new level in which inspection fees can be charged. This order also revises language in chs. NR406 and 410 that is inconsistent with ch. NR 447. Finally, the proposed rule creates the ability to chargethe costs of laboratory analysis for samples taken at nonresidential demolition and renovation projects.For more information, contact Nathan Luedke at (608) 266-8892. The hearings will be held in Room774B GEF 2, 101 S. Webster St., Madison, 11:30 a.m.October 28, November 3 & 4 - The Department of Natural Resources will hold public hearings onrevisions to NR. 400, 406, 407 and 410, Wis. Adm. Code, relating to implementing general andregistration air permit programs required by 2003 Wisconsin Act 118. The State Implementation Plandeveloped under s. 285.11(6) Stats, will also be revised. The proposed rule revision establishes criteriaand procedures for the issuance of general and registration air permits. These rules are intended toprovide industry and the Department with streamlined approach to permitting low emitting sources orcategories of similar sources. Source that are eligible for and which choose to take advantage of ageneral or registration permit would complete a simplified permit application form. General andregistration permits would already have been completed by the Department for the targeted sources orsource categories using permit language that is standard for the sources to be covered by the permit.This process will provide greater certainty, flexibility and timeliness to the permitting process. For moreinformation, contact Jeff Hanson at (608) 266-6876. The hearings will be held on:• October 28 - At 3 p.m. in Room 511, Natural Resources building at 101 S. Webster St., Madison• November 3 - at 1 p.m. in room 141, DNR SE Region Headquarters, 2300 N. Dr. Martin Luther KingJr. Drive, Milwaukee• November 4 - At 1 p.m. in the Schmeekle room, UW - Stevens Point, 2419 North Point Drive,Stevens PointNovember 1, 3, 4, 9, 10 - The Department of Natural Resources will hold public hearings on revisions toch. NR 326, Wis. Adm. Code, relating to regulation of piers, wharves, boat shelters, boat hoists, boat liftsand swimming rafts in navigable waterways. The proposed rule will implement 2003 Wisconsin Act 118 byestablishing construction, design and placement standards for projects to be eligible for statutoryexemptions, establishing general permits and establishing standards for projects that may be authorizedunder an individual permit. The proposed rule defines and describes design standards to qualify forexemptions for piers, wharves, seasonal boat shelters, boat hoists, boat lifts and swimming rafts. The ruleestablishes general permits for preexisting piers and permanent boat shelters which meet certain conditions,and establishes standards for specific individual permits for piers. Department staff will work withstakeholders prior to public hearing to develop more specific standards for marinas, and identify any othergeneral or individual permits that may be appropriate. The Department will hold an open house from 4 to 6p.m. prior to the hearings in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Merrill, Hayward and Waukesha and from 10 a.m. tonoon in Madison. Department staff will be available to answer questions regarding the proposed rules.For more information, contact Robert Lund at (608) 266-2220. The hearings will be held on:• November 1
• Video conference participation will be available :at 6 p.m. between Manufacturing Ed. Center,Chippewa Valley Techn College Gateway Campus 2320 Alpine Road Eau ClaireMAC137, Instructional Services Bldg., UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay• November 3 - at 6 p.m. in Banquet room, comfort Inn and Conference Center, 1738 Comfort Drive,Tomahawk• November 4 - County Board Room, Sawyer Co. Courthouse, 10610 Main St., Hayward at 6 p.m.• November 9, Room 151, State Office Building, 141 NW Barstow St., Waukesha at 6 p.m.• November 10, Room 027, GEF #2, 101 South Webster St., Madison at noon.November 5 - a Class 1 contested case in the matter of the application of George M. Reynolds for anAfter-the Fact Water Quality Certification to place fill in .19 acres of wetland on property located in theTown of Liberty Grove, Door County. The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. in room A150 at the DoorCounty Courthouse, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay. The hearing in this matter has been bifurcated.The hearing will be limited to the issue of whether a practicable alternative exists for Mr. Reynolds' projectthat would avoid or minimize adverse impacts on wetlands. A decision on this issue will then be issued.For more information, contact the Division of Hearings and Appeals at (608) 26-7709.