The state’s six Chippewa tribes are again waiting to hear whether a federal judge will allow tribal members to hunt deer at night in the ceded territory.
The issue was first in the courts more than twenty years ago, and in 1991 a judge ruled that the traditional practice of hunting deer by night would be too dangerous for the public in off-reservation lands.
With the fall season officially upon us…many people may be experiencing some bittersweet feelings about the transition towards winter. In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz shares his reflections on the end of a relatively cool season…that he argues shouldn’t be considered a summer at all.
A land swap in the Upper Peninsula that turns Wildcat Falls over to private hands is set to move forward.
In a lawsuit over the issue, a federal judge has ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service, saying the agency did adequately assess the impacts of a trade known as the Delich Land Exchange…that opponents argue isn’t in the public interest.
Christine Handler, Forest Planner for the Ottawa National Forest, says the original trade holds, with Forest Service gaining more than 400 acres.
The Ottawa National Forest has a new forest supervisor.
Linda Jackson has been on the job since late August.
She comes most recently from Arizona, where she worked as a District Ranger on the Prescott National Forest. She has also worked on national forests in Utah and Nevada.
Jackson says management challenges in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are different than on western forests. She says managers have to take into account how natural features and forest compositions interact with multiple uses like timber harvesting and recreation.
The Kentuck Lake Campground and boat landing located in Vilas County near the town of Alvin will be closed beginning Monday, September 22.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says they're closing the road and boat dock to fix some nasty potholes...
".....we anticipate that closure to last about three days so hopefully we're not impacting any weekend visitors just during the week. We're going to be working on the roadway trying to make that a safer travel way for visitors...."
In the years I have worked for the Department of Natural Resources, one of the most common tales I hear repeated involves dropping rattlesnakes from helicopters to control turkey populations. Some of you are convinced this happens; others frankly find the idea absurd. However, I have to field this question, or accusation, a few times every year, so I thought I would explore the topic in further detail.
As deer hunters know well, the archery season opens Saturday in Wisconsin.
It will be a unique deer hunting season with a set of new regulations in place, and buck-only hunts in most northern counties.
Deer hunters may face some adjustments when they head out into the woods this weekend.
As DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz explains, a variety of changes are taking effect thanks to the deer trustee rule package. For one, deer management units now tend to follow county lines, instead of highway or river boundaries like they often did before.