Week of February 12, 2007

 

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National

Let’s Manage Wolves Like We Manage Lions and Elk

By Walker S. “Buddy” Smith, Jr.

If there’s anything that can grab the attention of an elk hunter faster than the bugle of a big bull, it’s the howl of a wolf. Want to stir up a roomful of elk hunters? Don’t bother yelling Fire! Just say wolf. Everyone has an opinion, most of them passionately held.

 

That passion will always exist among hunters, but I’m hoping over the next few years it might ease down to a gentle roar. The 1995 reintroduction of gray wolves into Idaho, Montana and Wyoming has been highly successful from the viewpoint of most biologists. Whether you think that was the worst or best idea anybody ever had, wolves look to be a permanent part of the landscape in the northern Rockies.

 

Wolf populations in all three states are well above the minimum thresholds for recovery set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They no longer need the help of the Endangered Species Act. On January 29, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed delisting wolves in Montana and Idaho and handing control of them over to the game and fish department in those states.

 

That’s great news. I hope Wyoming and the FWS can hammer out their differences so wolves can be returned to state control there as well. Each of us—the public—now has 60 days to submit written comments on this delisting proposal.

 

Since the day wolves were reintroduced, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has strongly encouraged the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove wolves from the endangered species list as soon as possible and transfer management responsibility to the states. The Elk Foundation applauds both the Fish and Wildlife Service and the individual states for all the hard work they’ve put in over the last 12 years to reach this point.

 

A couple of years ago, Carter Niemeyer, Idaho wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told the Elk Foundation’s magazine, Bugle, “The quicker we can start thinking about wolves as just another game animal, the better off all involved will be.“ Amen.

 

It is time to set politics and posturing aside and define reasonable plans for wolf management. I’ve hunted elk in Montana every fall since 1971. It’s one of the driving passions of my life and I’m pretty good at it. In my experience, the

deadliest, most efficient elk hunter is not the wolf. And much as I hate to say it, it’s not me, either. If you’re betting on who’s going to bring home the elk steaks, put your money on a mountain lion.

 

That’s why I think it’s worth looking at how Montana manages its lions. In 1978, the state changed the status of mountain lions from a year-round bountied animal to a licensed big game species, with specific seasons and quotas. Since then, annual harvest has gone from 50 per year to 450 per year. The range occupied by lions doubled. Yet during that same time, elk and deer populations flourished all across that expanded range. Hunting opportunity for elk, deer and lions is excellent. That’s because the state teamed up with hunters as hands-on managers. This is where we need to get to with wolves.

 

Give the states the ability to set seasons and region-by-region quotas for wolves in the same way they do for lions and black bears—and for elk and deer—and we can have healthy populations of both prey and predators. Combined, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are now home to about 350,000 elk and 1,240 wolves. Elk hunting success, in terms of both total harvest and mature bulls, is strong across all three states. That doesn’t mean that in areas where wolves are active there aren’t fewer elk—or that the hunting hasn’t gotten a lot tougher. It means we should be managing wolves in those places.

 

Wolves can and will impact game populations. But as someone who loves to hunt in wild country, I’m convinced that the greatest threat to both our elk populations and the future of hunting is  . . . us. There are now 300 million people in the United States and a little over 1 million elk. The way we’re filling up elk country with houses and roads and strip malls makes me heartsick. That’s why I’m so proud that in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho alone, the Elk Foundation has permanently protected more than 220,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat and greatly enhanced another 1.2 million acres.

 

If you care about the future of elk and elk country, I urge you to do two things. Speak up for state control of wolf management during the next 60 days. And step up and support the conservation groups that are working to ensure that future generations have places to hike, hunt and enjoy.  Walker Smith is Chairman of the Board, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation


Recreational boating generates upwards of $25 billion

TAMPA, FL— A university study showed that recreational boating has a $25.6 billion economic impact on this country.

 

Ed Mahoney of Michigan State University's Recreational Marine Research Center presented the study at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference.  The survey, conducted at the end of 2005, polled 12,000 people and included power- and sailboats of all lengths.

 

The money is spent is as follows:

● $3.1 billion on storage

● $1.8 billion on insurance

● $4.1 billion on repairs

 

To verify the survey’s accuracy, Mahoney compared his numbers with industry leaders in individual segments to make sure the figures matched.  The study also looked at how much was spent on day and overnight trips.   On average boaters spent $103 a day for day trips and $588 for overnight trips. That comes out to about $21 billion spent on trips by all boaters each year. Of that, $4.3 billion is spent on trips from boats stored in marinas, Mahoney said.


Hunters Set New Record

A survey commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and conducted by an independent firm, found that 50 million Americans said they’ve hunted in the past two years.  • A new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services shows that hunters spent more than $723 million on

licenses, tags and stamps in 2005.

 

• 14.5 million Americans purchased a license in 2005.

• Data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services on hunting license buyers shows that 25 states performed better than the national average.


Retail value of a hunter

During his or her lifetime, an average American hunter spends $17,726.59 on hunting equipment. When licenses and lodging, food and fuel, magazines and meat processing, plus other expenses are included, the average lifetime total spent on hunting jumps to $96,017.92. These figures were calculated as part of 2006 NSSF-commissioned research. The study looked at hunters' total expenditures from age 16 to 

75. During that period, an average hunter in the U.S. annually spends: $70 on rifles, $53 on shotguns, $9 on muzzleloaders, $21 on handguns, $49 on ammunition, $12 on decoys, and $49 on dogs and supplies.

 

Source: The National Shooting Sports Foundation

www.nssf.org/news/PR_idx.cfm?PRloc=common/PR/&PR=091306.cfm


Youth Hunting Barriers Poised to Fall in Five States

Young hunters in five states may soon find it easier to enjoy the hunting tradition thanks to campaigns from Families Afield, an initiative that seeks to remove age and other barriers preventing people from hunting.

 

California, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin each have legislation being prepared and introduced to eliminate or reduce unnecessary age restrictions and allow young people and novices to experience

hunting with a mentor before completing hunter education courses.

 

The Families Afield initiative is a partnership of the NWTF, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance.  Since the Families Afield program began, twelve states have changed laws and regulations to create additional hunting opportunities for youth and novice hunters.


 

Regional

A mariner’s view of the Great Lakes

Lake Superior in November

These photos are of a 720 ft long bulk carrier the Selkirk Settler, on Lakes Superior in typical November weather.

 

Our mariner friends told us these were only 10 metre "blue water" waves.

       

  


Beyond the Great Lakes

Bass Pro Shops to open in Olathe, Kansas, Feb 22

Star-Studded Celebrity Cast joins BPS for Grand Opening

Olathe, Kansas—The new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is opening February 22nd. The Olathe store is located at I-35 at Renner and 119th.  It anchors the 140-acre, $268 million project being developed by the RTR LLC.  The Grand Opening is set for Thursday, February 22nd at 8 AM but a special “Evening for Conservation” to help benefit area conservation groups will be held on Wednesday night, February 21st beginning at 6 PM.  This exciting, celebrity-packed event is free and open to the public.

 

The Grand Opening Celebration begins Thursday, February 22nd at 8:00 AM and will include special exhibits, more celebrity guests, store wide savings and fantastic giveaways.  You can also visit with today’s experts on fishing, hunting, dog training and more.  See huge displays from the industry’s top manufacturers and talk with factory reps for answers to your product questions.

An all-star cast that reads like a who’s who in the world of sports, entertainment and the great outdoors joins together to help Bass Pro Shops celebrate a spectacular Evening for Conservation, Wednesday, February 21st.  On hand will be NASCAR® driver Martin Truex, Jr., former Royals Hall of Famer Short Stop Freddie Patek, and several Kansas City Chiefs players including Guard Will Shields, Wide Receiver Eddie Kennison, Tackle Jordan Black, and Defensive End Jimmy Wilkerson. 

 

Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolfe and three members of the Chiefs’ cheerleaders will also make a special appearance.  Other celebrity guests include America’s favorite fisherman and TV host Jimmy Houston, “Mr. Crappie” Wally Marshall, Bass Pro Shops National Pro Team members Stacey King, Mike Webb and Gary Parsons, and 2000 Bassmaster Classic champion Woo Daves.  Miss Kansas USA 2007 Cara Gorges and Miss Kansas Teen USA 2007 Jaymie Stokes will also appear.


General

Words to ponder

Ever wonder how can meteorologists and other scientists

predict global warming 100 years from now when they can’t predict the weather 3 days from now?


 

Lake Erie

Mayflies and Phosphorus Loading in Lake Erie

New Research from Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory

Research conducted at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie by Dr. Doug Kane, of Ashland University, and Justin Chaffin, a senior at Bowling Green State University, sheds light on a possible new source of internal phosphorus loading – mayfly nymphs.  

 

According to Kane’s and Chaffin’s research, mayfly nymphs, the immature stage of adult mayflies, can increase the

amount of phosphorus in the water column to 26 times the average amount. The nymphs burrow into the sediment at the bottom of Lake Erie, causing the release of phosphorus, which stimulates algae growth and is an important factor in determining water quality.

 

This research, conducted during the summer of 2006, is published in the latest issue of Ohio Sea Grant’s quarterly newsletter, Twine Line.     http://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/publications/twineline


 

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan Fishery workshop March 3rd

Michigan Sea Grant is holding its annual fishery workshop March 3rd in Spring Lake, MI.  The workshop will be held at the Barber School Community Bldg, 102 W. Exchange, Spring Lake, MI 49456.

 

Sea Grant agent Chuck Pistis tells us the topics to be discussed include:

+Arrival of Red Shrimp in Lake Michigan

+Brown Trout and Coho salmon Mgmt

+Avian Botulism in the Great Lakes

+VHS implications for fisheries

+Changing Lake Michigan forage base

 

A registration of $14 is due by February 27.  Make checks payable to: Ottawa County MSU Extension, and mail to:

 

Ottawa County MSU Extension

Fishery Workshop

333 Clinton St

Grand Haven, MI  49417


Indiana

Portage, IN Bass Pro Shop Opens Feb 16

Portage, IN--Bass Pro Shops  will celebrate its 39th store’s Grand Opening beginning Friday, February 16th and continuing through Monday, February 19th.  The new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, located at the intersection of I-94 and State Route 249, is the anchor for the 400-acre Ameriplex at the Port development and includes an over 9,000 square foot Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant.

 

The Grand Opening celebration will be preceded by a special Evening for Conservation Thursday, February 15th.  This event is free and open to the public.  Area conservation groups partnering with Bass Pro Shops will set up display booths to educate customers on their efforts and projects with a portion of the night’s sales benefiting the National Fish Initiative’s “More Fish” campaign.  

 

Grand Opening festivities include special exhibits, celebrity guests, store wide savings and fantastic giveaways.  You can visit with today’s experts on fishing, hunting, camping, boating and more.  See huge displays from the industry’s top

manufacturers and talk with factory representatives to get the

latest information on new products.

 

The store will open Friday at 8 AM but regular store hours after that are Monday through Saturday 9 AM-10 PM and Sunday 10 AM-7 PM.  The first 500 customers Friday, February 16th, through Monday, February 19th will receive a special gift like commemorative mugs, key chains, lures and #1 mini racers.  Visitors may also register to win a Bass Pro Shops #1 Go-Cart, a Motorguide  Trolling Motor, or an Arctic Cat 400 4x4.

 

Friday, February 16th, you can get angling tips and techniques from some of the nation’s top pros and experts like Bass Pro Shops National Fishing Team member Keith Kavajecz or host of Waters & Woods John Gillespie.  Visit with Primos field staffer Mike Reynolds Saturday and Sunday, February 17th  and 18th and get ready for the spring hunting season.  

 

Special displays through Sunday, February 18th include the Bass Pro Shops Martin Truex, Jr.’s #1 NASCAR Nextel Cup car and the Bass Pro Shops #20 Sprint car.


Michigan

New Lodge Opens at Twin Lakes State Park

State recreation officials today announced that a newly renovated modern lodge is now available at Twin Lakes State Park in the Upper Peninsula.

Named the “Twin Lakes Lodge,” the facility sleeps up to 8 people, offering three bedrooms, one and one-half modern bathrooms, a full kitchen and a family room with an electric fireplace. A picnic table and grill are provided, and the lodge has a garage for storing your vehicle or trailered equipment.

 

Twin Lakes State Park is located on Highway M-26, about 26 miles south of Houghton/Hancock, in Houghton County. The lodge is located on Poyhonen Road within the park.

 

“The lodge is located within 100 yards of the Bill Nicholls Multi-Use Trail.  That’s a great advantage for people who come up here to snowmobile or use their off- road vehicles,” said Richard Pirhonen, Lead Ranger at Twin Lakes State Park. “It’s a great base camp if you like to snowmobile, hunt, fish, swim,

golf, cross country ski, hike or just relax in a wooded setting.”

 

Amenities include a refrigerator, electric stove, microwave, coffee maker, slow cooker and toaster. Linens are supplied along with all dishware, utensils, pots and pans and bake ware. Cleaning service is not provided, and guests are expected to clean the lodge prior to their departure.

 

Reservations are now being accepted.  Weekend and holiday reservations are $170 per night. Sunday through Thursday reservations cost $135 per night. To make a reservation for the Twin Lakes Lodge, call 906-482-0278 or 906-288-3321.

 

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the entrance. Cost is $24 for resident annual and $6 for resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8.


Gray Wolf in the Western Great Lakes Region

Removed from Federal Endangered Species List

As a result of the move by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to officially remove the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes region from the federal list of threatened and endangered species, the Michigan DNR now has the primary authority for managing wolves in the State.

 

Wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and portions of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio were removed from the federal endangered species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, signifying the biological recovery of the gray wolf in this region, such that the species is not likely to become endangered with extinction in the foreseeable future.

 

The federal delisting decision will take effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register.  Although the species will no longer be federally protected, wolves remain protected under Michigan law and a person may not kill a wolf except under state permit or in immediate defense of human life.  Following the federal delisting decision, the DNR will now have more flexibility in how it can manage problems caused by wolves. 

 

The DNR is currently revising its gray wolf management plan.  The plan revision will allow the DNR to continue to conserve and manage wolves based on the best available scientific information. 

The revision will address results from extensive public-attitude surveys and it will incorporate guidance offered by the Michigan Wolf Management Roundtable, a 20-member committee convened by the DNR to represent the diverse array of wolf-related interests held by Michigan society.  The plan will also reflect the regulation changes following the federal delisting decision.  Release of a draft revised plan for public comment is intended for spring 2007. Additional information on wolves is posted on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

 

When the gray wolf was listed as endangered in 1974, the entire range of the species in the contiguous U.S. was limited to northeastern Minnesota. The major threat was persecution by humans resulting from negative perceptions of wolves. With legal protection under the Endangered Species Act, coupled with a favorable shift in public attitudes toward the species, wolves were able to expand into much of their former Great Lakes range. Re-establishment of a resident population in Michigan was documented in 1989 when three animals established a territory in the western Upper Peninsula.

 

Since that time, the wolf population has grown rapidly. During the winter of 2005-2006, at least 434 wolves occurred in the state. Survey efforts to determine present population size are currently underway.

 

 


MSU to develop Shooting Sports Center

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State University (MSU) has embarked on a major fund-raising effort to build a state-of-the-art shooting sports, education and training center on its East Lansing campus.

 

Bill Taylor, chairperson of the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, says the multipurpose facility will support NCAA shooting programs and team sports, the National Archery in the Schools Program, hunter safety and 4-H youth programs. It will also house club shooting sports -- including small-bore, air rifle and archery -- and academic programs related to shooting sports, law enforcement, and related curricula.

 

“We are on a fast track to identify funds to see this project through fruition and are seeking donations from industry, clubs and individuals,” Taylor said. “We anticipate a completion of funding commitments very soon, with facility completion scheduled for fall 2007.”

 

The facility will help develop shooting sports teams that will compete for national championships. It will also provide

numerous opportunities related to shooting sports education and enjoyment for the public.   The initiative is in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

 

Program Goals Include:

1) Provide a public venue to promote and advance the safe use of firearms

2) Construct a state-of-the-art indoor range for public and university use

3) Establish an NCAA competitive air rifle and smallbore rifle team

4) Integrate and expand academics, shooting sports, and firearm safety

5) Increase shooting opportunities for National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) student athletes

6) Enhance relationship with shooting sports stakeholders and constituents

7) Fully endow 3.6 NCAA athletic rifle scholarships and the operating budget for the rifle team

 

www.fw.msu.edu/shootingsports/


Ohio

Spring trout release for more fishing opportunities

COLUMBUS, OH - Public fishing opportunities will be enhanced this spring when more than 80,000 rainbow trout, measuring 10 to 13-inches long, are released into 45 Ohio lakes and ponds from mid-March through mid-May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.  Anglers are reminded that the daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout per angler.

 

Some of the trout locations will feature special, youth-only angler events the day of the scheduled release.

Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish the state’s public waters. The 2007-2008 fishing license can be purchased now and is required on March 1. An annual resident fishing license costs $19 and is valid through February 29, 2008. A one-day fishing license is available and

may be purchased for $11 by residents or non-residents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit toward purchase of an annual fishing license.

 

Resident anglers born on or before December 31, 1937 may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. Persons age 66 and older who were born on or after January 1, 1938, and have resided in Ohio for the past six months, are eligible to purchase the reduced cost Resident Senior License for $10. 

 

Additional information about spring trout releases is available by calling an ODNR Division of Wildlife district office in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay, and Xenia, or by calling toll-free 1-800-WILDLIFE.


Pennsylvania

Commission Releases 2006 bear harvest

HARRISBURG - According to official 2006 bear harvest figures released by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters took a total of 3,122 bears. That included 79 bears during the first ever archery bear season, Nov. 15-16; 2,569 bears during the statewide 3-day season, Nov. 20-22; and 476 bears during the extended season, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, that was open in select areas of the state. 

 

This harvest ranks second only to the 2005 harvest, which set a record of 4,164 bears harvested.  Other recent harvests

were: 3,075 in 2000; 3,063 in 2001; 2,686 in 2002; 3,000 in 2003; and 2,972 in 2004.

 

Mark Ternent, Game Commission bear biologist, noted that bears were taken in 52 counties. The largest bear taken was a 693-pound (estimated live weight) male taken in West Branch Township, Potter County, by John Eppinette of Adamstown on Nov. 20. In all, 11 bears taken by hunters weighed 600 pounds or more. In addition, female hunters took 55 bears and junior licensed hunters took 93 bears during all three seasons.


Wisconsin

Conservation Congress annual county meetings April 16

Questionnaire now available on DNR Web site

MADISON – Wisconsin residents will be able to nominate and elect new local representatives to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and express support or non-support for a range of advisory questions on conservation and natural resources management issues at the congress’ spring meetings held in every county on April 16 starting at 7 p.m.

 

Held jointly with the Department of Natural Resources Spring Wildlife and Fisheries Rule Hearings, the meetings traditionally are held on the second Monday in April. However, due to unforeseen legislative changes, this year the Spring Hearings and county meetings will be held on the third Monday in April. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is a statutorily established advisory group to the state Natural Resources Board (NRB).

 

At the meetings, citizens will have the opportunity to comment and vote support or non-support for congress proposals that someday could become the rules that regulate fishing, hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation activities in Wisconsin. They may also submit resolutions addressing conservation needs or concerns they observe.

 

“All citizens are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings and participate in the process,” said Kurt Thiede, DNR liaison to the Conservation Congress. “Questions posed by the congress are advisory only, but if supported, they could advance to become rule proposals at next year’s spring hearings.”

 

Results of the votes will be presented to the Natural Resources Board in May. If there is significant support for a proposal, the advisory question could become a DNR rules change proposal in following years.

 

This year the Conservation Congress will seek public input on 16 advisory questions on a range of topics.

 

Some of which include:

+Authority to enforce captive cervid (deer and elk) fencing requirements;

+Special license consideration for active duty military

personnel;

+Use of sharpshooters in Chronic Wasting Disease areas;

+Canada goose and duck hunting season and regulation changes;

+Licensing requirements for professional outfitters;

+Musky size limits on the Wisconsin River; and

+Catfish and northern pike regulations on the Winnebago system.

 

"Conservation Congress advisory questions originate from citizens with good ideas." said Ed Harvey, Chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. "If resolutions presented at the county level meetings are supported, the resolution is advanced to one of the congress' study committees and the congress executive council for consideration.

 

"Each year, there are approximately 80 resolutions submitted locally, not all pass, but the ones that do begin their journey to become a rule, policy or legislative change in the subsequent years," Harvey said. "It is a true grassroots process that empowers the citizens of this state to shape natural resources policy."

 

Anyone submitting resolutions must submit two copies of their resolution typed or neatly printed on 8 1/2 by 11 white paper.

 

In addition to the voting, the county meeting is also reserved for the election of delegates to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. To vote for Congress delegates, people must be 18 years old and provide identification along with proof of residency in the county.

 

"Any citizen of the county, who is a Wisconsin resident and is at least 18 years of age may be nominated to the congress for a two or three year term," says AnnMarie Kutzke, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Coordinator. "Nominees must be willing to volunteer their time and represent their local citizens on natural resource issues.”

 

A list of seats that will be up for election in 2007 is available on the Conservation Congress pages of the DNR Web site. In addition, the DNR Spring Fisheries & Wildlife Rules Hearing and Conservation Congress County Meeting Questionnaire can be downloaded from the same website.


Spring wildlife and fish rules hearings April 16

MADISON – In addition to getting taxes filed, Wisconsin residents will have another stop to make on the way home from the post office on April 16: the 2007 Spring Wildlife and Fisheries Rule Hearings, which are held annually in every county of the state.

 

At the hearings, people’s comments on proposed rules that regulate fishing, hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation activities in Wisconsin are recorded. Those results, along with written comments on proposed rules, are presented to the state Natural Resources Board for their consideration in acting on the proposed rules. Votes are non-binding and are presented to the Natural Resources Board as advisory only.

Traditionally, DNR fisheries and wildlife spring rules hearings were held on the second Monday in April. However, due to unforeseen legislative changes, this year the spring hearings will be held on the third Monday in April.

 

The public can access the Spring Wildlife and Fisheries Rules Hearings hearing agenda and rule proposals from the Department of Natural Resources Internet site [dnr.wi.gov]. The Web site also list hearing locations for every county of the state. All hearings begin at 7 p.m.

 

The hearings are combined with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings during which, residents can introduce resolutions that if found popular, could appear on future spring rules hearing agendas.


State Natural Resources Board elects officers

MADISON – The state Natural Resources Board has elected Dr. Christine Thomas as chair for 2007. Also elected were Jonathan Ela as vice chair and John Welter as secretary. The board conducted elections at its Jan. 24 meeting in Madison.

 

Thomas is Dean of the College of Natural Resources and professor of resource management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the largest undergraduate program of its kind in the United States. In addition to her role as a university educator, Thomas developed a program that teaches women outdoor skills, “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman.” Thomas has received numerous awards for her educational and conservation pursuits, including Educator of the Year by Safari Club International and Woman of the Year by the American Sportfishing Association. Thomas was appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle to serve on the Board through May 1, 2009.

 

Jonathan Ela, Board Vice-Chair, is a conservationist, retired from multiple regional and national positions with the Sierra

Club. He also served on the staff of then U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, helping to establish the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and protecting the St. Croix River under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. He was appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle.

 

John “Duke” Welter, Board Secretary, is an attorney in Eau Claire Wisconsin. Welter has served as chapter president, state council chair, and national trustee of Trout Unlimited; and as a member of the Eau Claire County delegation to the Conservation Congress. Welter has been actively involved in state conservation issues including groundwater protection. He was twice appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle and will serve on the Board through May 1, 2011.

 

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources. Current members of the Board are Christine Thomas, Plover; Jonathan Ela, Madison; John Welter, Eau Claire; Gerald O’Brien, Stevens Point; Howard Poulson, Palmyra; Dave Clausen, Amery; and Jane Wiley, Wausau.


Free turkey hunter education clinics offered statewide

Clinics begin in February and run through early April

MADISON -- Free Turkey Hunter Education Clinics are being offered again this year around the state. These free clinics are presented by volunteer instructors, and are sponsored by the Wisconsin DNR and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

 

Clinics are designed to help hunters brush-up on skills and learn new techniques to help hunt the elusive wild turkey. Clinics typically last two-and-half to three hours and are 

designed to cover turkey biology and behavior, hunting methods, regulations, safety precautions, hunter/landowner ethics, scoring trophy birds, and a few ideas on preparing turkeys at home.

 

These clinics will be held February through early April. Information on where and when clinics are being held is available on the DNR Web site and at DNR Service Centers or by calling (608) 261-8458. For the latest additions or changes in the schedule please refer to the DNR Web site


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