Anglers who fish walleyes in Wisconsin -- or others just interested in walleye management there -- can take an online survey to help shape the state’s future walleye stocking strategy.
The state is spending $13 million to upgrade facilities and increase operating funds to significantly boost the number of larger walleyes stocked in Wisconsin.
“The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative has the capacity to increase seven, eight, even 10 times the number of larger walleye for stocking in Wisconsin waters where natural reproduction isn’t getting the job done,” Ron Bruch, a Department of Natural Resources fisheries section chief, said in a news release.
“That increase is significant, and we need to take a look both at our walleye stocking strategy and our walleye management plan in general. We want to hear what the public thinks are the most important considerations for how we manage walleye fisheries in the future and for where we put these fish.”
The survey is found on DNR’s Wisconsin Walleye Initiative Web page, which contains a variety of materials relating to the walleye initiative. It can be reached from DNR’s home page by searching for “walleye” and clicking on the “take the survey” link.
The survey is part of DNR’s ongoing efforts to reach out to walleye enthusiasts, tribes and business interests with a stake in walleye fishing in Wisconsin to help chart the future, Bruch says.
Bruch says that results from the survey will be incorporated into the stocking strategy that state fisheries officials present to the state Natural Resources board in December. That stocking strategy needs to be determined soon for DNR to figure out logistics for where to raise the fish, how many of particular strains, and where to deliver them next year.
I wrote Sunday about the three Pheasants Forever employees who are on a five-day, five-state pheasant hunting trip to highlight the need for wildlife habitat -- and show that public hunting lands offer plenty of hunting opportunities.
They sure did in North Dakota. The Minnesota trio, Anthony Hauck, Andrew Vavra and Rehan Nana, and their three hunting dogs found plenty of birds. You can read their blogs at www.roosterroadtrip.org
Bob St. Pierre and his German shorthair, Izzy, were featured recently on a Wednesday Outdoors story on hunting dogs.
St. Pierre, who writes a blog for the Star Tribune, lives in Hugo, is vice president of marketing for Pheasants Forever and an avid bird hunter. Izzy was just 1 ½ years old, and St. Pierre looked ahead to many years hunting with her.
But Saturday, while ruffed grouse hunting in Wisconsin, Izzy leaped over a log but struck a limb with her chest while going full-bore. She died minutes later of a ruptured carotid artery.
"It was a freak accident,'' St. Pierre wrote in an email to friends. "Needless to say, Meredith (his wife) and I are having a tough time losing our 1 ½ year old tornado of loving energy.''
It's a crushing blow to lose a pet and hunting companion, but especially such a young one with a bright future. Condolences to St. Pierre and his wife.
Meredith St. Pierre wrote a fine piece on the loss of Izzy, which you can read here.
As if that wasn't bad enough, his other dog, Trammell, fell ill after the same hunt, and X-rays revealed two nails, a staple and a large ball of grass in her stomach. Surgery was successful, and Trammel appears on the road to recovery.
St. Pierre can't figure out how the dog ate nails, but suspects someone might have placed nails in bait to target wolves.
The Hautman Brothers Wildlife Art Exhibit at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts has been extended three days, because of high interest.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, now will be open through Oct. 29.
Also, a closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, giving people one more chance to meet the artists. Prints of the brothers' artwork will be available to buy, and Joe, Bob and Jim Hautman will be on hand for signatures.
The Minnetonka Center for the Arts is at 2240 North Shore Drive in Wayzata. For more information, see www.minnetonkaarts.org.
Now is the time to climb into a duck blind, as migrant waterfowl have moved into the state.
The DNR's weekly waterfowl migration report (see link below) says hunter success has remained fair to good across the state, though hunters in the south did especially well last weekend.
The report says that with cooler temperatures and favorable winds, the outlook for this weekend is excellent as good numbers of migrant ducks move in from Canada.
See the full report at: