October 28, 2013
The day started before dawn, two hunters and a dog hunkered down along a steep bank on the flooding, our presence obscured from above by a mix of oaks and maples, multihued leaves still clinging to most of the branches. Decoys floated in the still waters in front of us, a small spread of plastic Wood Ducks to the left, Mallards to the right. As the eastern horizon brightened, Kevin Essenburg sat against the clay bank about 10 yards away to my left, holding a 20 gauge pump at the ready. My Golden Retriever Gabe perched silently atop a metal washtub in the shallow water next my right leg. As...
October 21, 2013
Join us this weekend as we head to the Lewis and Clark valley along the combined border of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. We'll be fishing for steelhead near the entrance of Hells Canyon with Snake Dancer Excursions and staying at the fabulous Hells Canyon Resort near the confluence of the Snake and Grande Ronde Rivers. Michelle Peters with the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau will tell you about a big steelhead derby coming up in November and we'll also drop by Hellsgate State Park south of Lewiston, a park open year round for camping, outdoor recreation and the home of both a Lewis and Clark...
October 10, 2013
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features hunting blogger Trisha Bowen, and fishing pros Steve Mortenson and Duffy Kopf. Dan prepares for the annual Deer Hunt Wisconsin TV Special. Blogger Trisha Bowen shares how she got started hunting and trapping as a youngster and offers advice for introducing kids to the outdoors. Fishing pro Steve Mortenson announces the debut of his new TV series, Anglin’ Adventures, and reports great fall action on Lake Winnebago for bass and white...
July 29, 2013
The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Aug. 2 in Eugene in the West Willamette Room at the Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way in Eugene. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and the agenda is online here. The Commission is expected to...
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June 17, 2013
Adorned with beautiful flowers, the casket sat discreetly at the end of the hallway in Antigo, Wisconsin. The funeral was in an hour. Friends and neighbors arrived to greet Jim Kalkofen and the family. Clarence, Jim’s father, died at the ripe old age of 102....
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May 31, 2013
Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2008-2009 National Rivers and Stream Assessment Survey about the quality of waterways in the U.S. gathered from approximately 2,000 sites across the country. Some of the findings include: Twenty-one percent of the nation’s rivers and streams are...
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May 16, 2013
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Wisconsin state game farm superintendent Bob Nack, Petenwell County Park superintendent Darrin Tolley, outdoor blogger Carrie Zylka and Madison tackle dealer Gene Dellinger. Jeff continues to hammer the carp on the Sheboygan River. Dan scores two Wisconsin turkeys....
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May 14, 2013
On Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., “VPT’s Outdoor Journal” will air the final episode of its new season. November’s annual Frostbite Fleet Salmon Shootout challenges hardy Lake Champlain anglers. Viewers will meet some friends who participate in the derby. A story about electrofishing shows...
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Panther WMA Group Camp Reservations in 2013, for True Outdoors Reunions and Celebrations in West Wirginia
January 31, 2013
It’s not too early to begin making plans and reservations for group camping needs this summer. In the heart of southern West Virginia’s coal country, Panther Wildlife Management Area, operated by the West Virginia State Parks system, affords fine dormitory style accommodations for organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, and church groups. It is also used heavily for family reunions.
This camp, which houses up to 60 people, opened in 1979. It features men’s and women’s dormitories, separate staff quarters, craft rooms, and complete kitchen and dining facilities. The area is located near Iaeger in McDowell County. “It provides well-designed overnight facilities for groups and organizations,” said Donnie O’Brien, area superintendent. “While it is heavily used and popular with many local groups, vacancies are still available for this spring, summer and fall.”
Panther’s group camp is rented by the week during the months of June, July, and August. A two-night minimum is required in spring and fall. Two other areas within the West Virginia state park system also manage group camps: Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne county and Tomlinson Run State Park in Hancock County in the state’s northern panhandle.
About Panther Wildlife Management Area
The area features many recreational amenities such as a swimming pool, a six-site campground complete with electric hookups, hiking opportunities, and picnicking. Four picnic shelters are available to rent.
As a wildlife management area, hunting is permitted in season and picturesque Panther Creek, with its numerous branches, bisects the facility and offers good fishing opportunities including trout, which is stocked during the spring by the Division of Natural Resources.
The area features excellent deer, turkey, squirrel, and grouse hunting. For trout fishing, a West Virginia fishing license is required. To learn more about Panther Wildlife Management Area, visit www.pantherwma.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-938-2252.
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November 29, 2012
A preliminary tally indicates hunters registered 243,739 deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season, up 7.7 percent from 2011. The preliminary tally showed hunters harvested 114, 822 bucks and 128,917 antlerless deer. This compared to 2011 preliminary harvest figures of 102,837 bucks and 123,423 antlerless, for a 12 percent and 4 percent increase respectively.
There are additional opportunities to hunt deer in Wisconsin after the close of the nine-day season. The muzzleloader season is currently open through Dec. 5. The late archery season is also underway and continues until Jan. 6, 2013. There is also a statewide antlerless hunt Dec. 6-9, and a holiday hunt in the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) zones of south central Wisconsin, which starts Dec. 24 and runs until Jan. 6, 2013. As a reminder, all hunters, except waterfowl hunters, are required to wear blaze orange through Dec. 9, and waterfowl hunters are encouraged to wear blaze orange when travelling to and from blinds.
Due to the past week of cold weather, a large number of diving ducks – scaup, bufflehead, golden eye, red head and canvasback have moved into the lower areas of Mississippi River pool 11 and along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Many deer hunters also reported seeing lots of pheasants and turkeys, and with the relatively mild weather, hunting opportunities have been very good for both. The last of the pheasant releases will be taking place on state properties over the next week or two.
Skim ice has formed on many ponds and lakes in the north, with some areas reporting an inch or more of ice, but conservation wardens are reporting that there is no safe ice for ice fishing at this time, and with warm weather in the forecast for the weekend, what ice is there could get thinner or melt completely.
Some anglers continue to fish along Lake Michigan, with some success reported for brown trout and perch at Milwaukee, but action generally slow. Some walleyes were being caught on the Wisconsin River and Lake Wisconsin and a few anglers reported catching sauger near lock and dam 11 on the Mississippi River.
A Thanksgiving snowstorm dumped up to 12 inches of snow in areas of Ashland and Bayfield counties, but it was a light snow that compressed. Snow depths as of Thursday ranged from an inch or two to 6 to 8 inches across the northern portion of the state, with the heaviest amounts along the Lake Superior snowbelt. Snowmobilers are reminded that trails are not open until county snowmobile coordinators open them, and using trails before they are open is trespass and could result in the loss of important trail easements.
There continues to be an influx of winter finches from boreal Canada. Evening grosbeaks and Bohemian waxwings are visiting feeders and fruit trees, all the way south to the Illinois state line. Common redpolls as well as both white-winged and red crossbills also are being seeing statewide. Pine grosbeaks have invaded the Northwoods in large numbers and have trickled as far south as La Crosse and Milwaukee
Read and join the discussion on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report for Nov. 29 at OutdoorHub.com.