Dog Training – Develop Important Skills

Simple Drills Develop Important Skills 

By Jeremy Moore

After many years working with numerous dogs, one of my biggest takeaways is that too many times, we as trainers complicate what shouldn’t be complicated.

I’m sure you’re in the mid-winter swing of thing at this point – ice fishing, snowmobiling, maybe some rabbit or predator hunting. Yes, they’re all great ways to spend the winter, but even better when you can enjoy them with your dog, and better yet when you can build in some worthwhile training in the process.  Continue Reading

Early Ice / Walleye Strategies

Early Ice / Walleye Strategies

By: Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz 

It seems that most people’s idea of fishing “early ice” conjures up the image of the lone angler, trudging onto a remote frozen lake or pond to huddle over a couple holes chiseled in the ice as he waits quietly to catch a few fish for the evening meal.  Now while that’s a nice and serene scene, in reality, modern ice anglers are about being efficient on the ice – covering water, finding fish and triggering more bites. Ice fishing today is much more like open water fishing than ever before. Continue Reading

Gear & Tackle to Kick Start the Ice Season

Ice fishing is in full swing here in Wisconsin! I have been able to get out a handful of times, much earlier than the past few years due to cool weather conditions. Each outing has been with my boyfriend, Kurt, and our friends/family. We have had some excellent days with dozens of slab crappie, handful of jumbo perch, and many eater eyes. On the other hand, we have had a few days where the fish were extremely finicky and the success rate was extremely low. Either way, it is always enjoyable to get out on the ice!

On my social media pages, I am often asked what gear I use during the hard water season and what my favorite tackle is. This blog will share some of the gear I use and my current go-to lures.

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Adopt a Wildlife Area

Adopt a Wildlife Area

By: Mike Alaimo 

The days are growing shorter and nature is in high gear preparing for winter.  It is the time of year that gets my blood racing with thoughts of the next hunt.  Hours of preparation, scouting and practice all come together to create the perfect hunt.  As waterfowlers, there is no better experience on earth than seeing cupped wings pouring into the decoys.  The marsh becomes our second home. Continue Reading

Examples of How Technology is Changing Hunting

Examples of How Technology is Changing Hunting

Over the decades, the ancient and controversial sport of hunting has drastically changed, especially in terms of the technology that is used. There are many different gadgets that have come into existence, which improve the success rate of the sport, as well as the safety and overall experience. For example, GPS trackers and units make it easier to make your way around the playing field, while improvements in gun manufacturing increase the accuracy, functionality, and precision of the firearms themselves. You can also use drones and trail cameras to scope out prospective sites and capture video footage and photographs. There are mixed reviews on whether these changes in technology are for the good, but no matter what, technology has influenced hunting and here are 5 examples of how they have changed the sport. Continue Reading

Sixgun Black Bear

Sixgun Black Bear

The blasting bellow of the big .44 surprised me when my right index finger instinctively tightened on the trigger; the bear’s violent reaction and subsequent zero to 30 mph rush, while just a blur, clearly indicated I had connected. Straining to hear the tell-tale moan of a dying bear yielded only the cacophony of a yapping pack of distant coyotes. My black bear quest, which had been eight long years in the making, had boiled down to a few surreal seconds. Continue Reading

Never Forget

Today marks the date that 2,977 victims died from the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Of these 2,977 victims it included 412 emergency workers who responded to the attacks, 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) from the New York City Fire Department, 37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police department, 23 police officers of the New York City Police Department and 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services along with 1 patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol.

Please take a moment remember the brave men and women today. 🇺🇸

Sturgeon Angling Opportunities

Lake Sturgeon Hook and Line Angling Opportunities in Wisconsin

Article authored by multitude of WDNR biologists

By: Ryan Koenigs

            Lake sturgeon are the largest and longest lived fish species in the Great Lakes drainage and were historically abundant throughout their native range of the Great Lakes, Mississippi River and Hudson Bay drainages. However, overharvest, migration barriers, pollution, and habitat destruction have resulted in a significant decline in fish populations throughout their range and extirpation of many populations. Wisconsin is right in the heart of the lake sturgeon’s range and remains home to some of the species most successful management programs (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/sturgeon/lakesturgeonidentification.html). In fact, Wisconsin boasts vibrant recreational hook and line fisheries and a spear fishery for lake sturgeon in many locations, while most populations in other states are protected from harvest to aid recovery programs.     Continue Reading