Michigan Hunters, Anglers Set 2021 Conservation Goals

Dec 28, 2020

Hunters and anglers in Michigan and other states say they're ready to work with the new administration and new Congress on key conservation issues.

Wisconsin DNR

More Wisconsin hunters took to the field this fall, and they brought home more deer during the just-completed gun season.

The state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that deer licenses of all kinds were up 3.5% from the same time last year.

Female hunters remaining the fastest-growing demographic — up 12% from last year.

The state said hunters registered 188,712 deer during the nine-day gun deer hunt.

The Raptor Education Group, Inc. in Antigo treats and cares for more than 600 raptors and birds every year.

That’s a lot of mouths to feed.

REGI Founder and Executive Director Marge Gibson says an eagle can eat up to three pounds of food at a time.

“Right now, we have 34 eagles here on site getting ready for release. They’re in the flight building and various stages of rehabilitation, but they all have to eat every day so we do go through an awful lot of food,” said Gibson.

REGI is asking hunters to donate hearts from deer they harvest.

Raptor Education Group, Inc.

Treating eagles and other birds with lead poisoning is an all too common occurrence at the Raptor Education Group, Inc. in Antigo.

Wisconsin DNR

More people are hunting deer this season.


Wildlife officials in many states are issuing lots more hunting and fishing licenses this year — apparently because of the coronavirus.

Americans who are weary of being cooped up at home and wearing masks elsewhere are taking refuge in outdoors sports that offer safety and solitude.

In Michigan, the number of people getting hunting licenses for the first time in at least five years has jumped 80 percent.

Katie Thoresen/WXPR

Every time the phone rings at Mel’s Trading Post in Rhinelander owner Mitch Mode knows it’s more than likely a hunter.

“80 percent of my phone calls are guys looking for ammo,” said Mode.

His shelves are usually stocked full of ammo this time of year, especially with the start of gun deer season just three days away.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office again has hunter safety and recreation courses scheduled, after what became a statewide fight over whether classes could take place during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Photo via Marv Kaukl


Many Wisconsin hunters are aware of the pheasant propagation program conducted at the state game farm in Poynette, which annually hatches thousands of pheasants for hunting opportunities across the southern half of the state.  Few however, are aware of the fur propagation program. But as writer Bob Willging recalls in today’s History Afield, fur was once a thriving part of game farm operations.

The old boys of the state game farm were all gone by the time I interviewed Marv “Koke” Kaukl at his home in Poynette in the spring of 2000.

U.S. Forest Service

  When I lived in Colorado, I tried to get out hunting whenever I could. I usually went small game hunting, 

  seeking jackrabbits, rocky mountain cottontails, coyotes or grouse. I would try to use a combination of maps and atlases to find land open to public hunting. I would take my old AMC Gremlin as far down the trail as I could, and then I would start walking.

Bear hunting isn’t for everyone.  But its increasing popularity means that for those who do it, the wait times are getting longer and longer...up to nine years in some regions of Wisconsin.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz weighs his options heading into his first bear hunting season.  

Hunters and trappers spend a great deal of time alone in the woods, and outdoor activities in remote areas have their share of inherent dangers.  

Those dangers were even more apparent in the 1930s, a time of limited communication, large tracts of remote country, few heavily traveled roads, and the occasional gangster, moonshiner or poacher.

In today’s History Afield, Bob Willging tells the story of one man’s mysterious death in the woods in 1931.

Second Wolf Season Draws Near

Oct 7, 2013
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The state’s wolf hunting season begins next week.  People hoping to harvest a wolf have already applied for and received their permit.

About 2500 permits were awarded in mid-August based on a lottery system.  DNR Carnivore Specialist  David MacFarland says the number of applications dropped from 20,000 last year, to less than 17,000 this year.