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Wisconsin Sports Shows / 2018 WI Sport Show - Eau Claire
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:08:58 PM »
Join us March 16-18 for the 2018 Wisconsin Sport Show!
Presented by the Eau Claire Leader Telegram
Chippewa Valley Expo Center



5150 Menard Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Event Hours

3 PM to 8 PM Friday
9 AM to 6 PM Saturday
9 AM to 4PM Sunday

Admission
$7 in advance or $9 at the door. Advanced tickets will be available January 15th, 2018 here on the site.

Special Admission Offers
Freedom Friday!
All active and retired military receive their individual admission for just $5! Friday only from 3 PM to 8 PM.
Senior Sunday!
All individuals 62 years of age and older receive their individual admission for just $5! Sunday only from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Proof of age and military status may be requested.


This year's event will feature exhibitors, demonstrations, presentations and special guests.
Sport Show participating organizations will include:

Fishing! Charters, Equipment, Retail, Demonstrations and Presentations
Canadian and North American Lodges
Hunting Displays, Presentations, and Outfitters
Fishing Seminars presented by Scheels
Boats and Pontoons
ATVs, Motorcycles, RVs and other recreational vehicles
Docks and Lifts
Hunting Dog Demonstrations
Many retail opportunities
Live chainsaw carving demonstrations and sales
Conservation and Wildlife Organizations
Free Parking
Fun for the whole family!
http://www.wisportshow.com/



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Post your Whitetail Pictures HERE / Carter John Benson First Deer
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:22:05 AM »
My Grandson 10 year old Carter harvested his first Deer this last weekend, how proud we are of him. It just doesn't seem possible that he is old enough to take a deer this year, but he did it in grand style. He shot a very nice doe on Sat. evening and an 8 point Buck Sun. Great job Carter!










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General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:11:22 PM »
Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County



Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Bluetick hound on 10/01/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Blaine, Burnett County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce conflicts.


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Trail Reports and ATV News / Burnett County Forest & Parks
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:17:09 AM »
Fall riding season begins tomorrow, Sept. 16

From September 16 - November 30 of each year the Burnett County Forest Woods Trails & County Forest Roads are open for ATV/UTV use.  What this means is that you can ride your registered ATV/UTV on any woods trail, snowmobile trail, and ATV trail that is located on County Forest Lands, as long as it is not bermed, gated, or signed as closed and is at least eight feet wide.  (A good rule of thumb is that if you can drive your truck down the trail, then you take your ATV/UTV down it.)  NO off trail use is allowed and operation on private lands is illegal unless you have permission from the private landowner.

It is VERY important to note that all of these trails are currently multi-use trails.  This means that any street legal, licensed vehicle can use these trails during this time, (cars and trucks for example). It's also important to note that these trails are no longer being maintained during this time of year.  For these reasons we call the State-Funded Summer Use ATV Trail System closed, even though you can still ride the majority of these same trails because they are located on County Forest Lands and township roads that currently allow for the use of ATV/UTVs during this time of year. 

Some township ordinances allow for ATV/UTV use of the town roads and others do NOT allow it.  It is the rider’s responsibility to contact the township in which you plan to ride in and get the current rules pertaining to ATVs/UTVs and the town roads.  Please contact the individual townships for their rules and regulations.

All ATVs and UTVs must display either a Wisconsin registration or an ATV trail pass to ride on our trails.  Only machines meeting the state definition of an ATV/UTV are allowed on these trails.  Please refer to the WI DNR website for these definitions.

Caution: Groomers and trail maintenance vehicles may be on the trails at any time.

It is your responsibility to know where you are and whose property you are on.  Please be careful, be respectful to other trail users, and ride safely.

Contact Information
If you need any maps, or if you need any other information, please contact Burnett County Tourism at 1-800-788-3164 or feel free to email them at Bctour@sirentel.net.

To contact Burnett County Forest & Parks, please visit their website at www.burnettcounty.com/trails

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General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Bayfield County
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:12:05 AM »
Hunting Dog Killed in Bayfield County

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Black and Tan Hound on 09/21/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Delta, Bayfield County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce conflicts.

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Price County Tourism Department - Calendar of Events – http://www.pricecountywi.net/calendar.aspx?CID=23


1.   Phillips Farmers Market

September 26, 2017, 3:00 PM?-?5:30 PM @ Corner of Maple St & Avon Ave, 1/2 block off Highway 13, Phillips - across from the Pick ‘n Save store 195 S. Avon Avenue Phillips WI 54555

Items vary from week to week and depend on time of year and may include early bedding plants, rhubarb, herbs, maple syrup, honey, cranberry products, berries, greens & lettuce, vegetables, perennials & potted plants, apples, onions, garlic, peppers, and more. Local vendors interested in participating can come every Saturday or just one for a small fee. Contact the manager to participate.

2.   Park Falls Farmers Market

September 27, 2017, 2:00 PM?-?5:15 PM @ Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 1185 4th Avenue S. Park Falls WI 54552

Items vary each week depending on what fruits and vegetables are in season, plus a variety of other items are available, for instance, eggs, syrup, honey, jams, relishes, meat, and plants. Quest cards/Food Stamps can be used for food purchases at the market for both foods and vegetable plants & seeds and “Market Dollars” are accepted by all vendors. They are available for purchase at the market and are a great idea for gift giving or incentives. WIC coupons and senior market coupons are also accepted by most of our vendors. Eat smart, eat local, be healthy! New vendors at the market are always welcome – contact the Market Manager.

3.   Southern Price County Farmers Market

September 30, 2017, 8:00 AM?-?12:00 PM @ Catawba Farm Supply / C-Store, CatawbaW9149 U.S. Hwy. 8 Catawba WI 54515

Fresh produce when in season, cut flowers, bedding plants, herbs, houseplants, trees & shrubs, pumpkins, melons, rhubarb, berries, apples, sweet corn, and craft items.

4.   58th Annual Christmas Tree Festival

September 30, 2017, 9:00 AM @ Downtown Ogema, 1859 School House Road Ogema WI 54459

Craft show & flea market at the town hall & school 10am-4pm, softball & horseshoe tournaments at Pioneer Park, food booths, parade at 11 a.m., “Run to the Peak” race to Timm’s Hill, kids games & prizes at the school yard 11am-3pm, chicken BBQ at the Ogema School 11:30 a.m., plus other food and refreshments, Ultimate Frisbee, Ogema Public Library open house & book/video sale, Pioneer House Museum open, wreath and Christmas tree contest (ribbons & cash prizes), lasagna dinner at First Lutheran Church 4-6 p.m., evening show/program 7 p.m., and the Ogema Fire Company’s annual Fireman’s Dance at the fire hall 8 p.m. - midnight.

5.   Phillips Farmers Market

September 30, 2017, 9:00 AM?-?12:00 PM @ Corner of Maple St & Avon Ave, 1/2 block off Highway 13, Phillips - across from the Pick ‘n Save store 195 S. Avon Avenue Phillips WI 54555

Items vary from week to week and depend on time of year and may include early bedding plants, rhubarb, herbs, maple syrup, honey, cranberry products, berries, greens & lettuce, vegetables, perennials & potted plants, apples, onions, garlic, peppers, and more. Local vendors interested in participating can come every Saturday or just one for a small fee. Contact the manager to participate.

6.   1st Annual Colors of Fall Festival

September 30, 2017, 10:00 AM?-?6:00 PM @ Flambeau View Greenhouse, 16872 N. River Road Park Falls WI 54552

This event begins with music and sidewalk sales in downtown Park Falls from 10am-noon then enjoy the fall-decorated houses and beautiful fall colors along the river in the Fall 4 Run/Walk (reg. 11am across from 1st National Bank / noon start) which ends at Flambeau View Greenhouse where festival activities (noon-4pm) await you offering craft beer sampling, live music, arts & crafts, pumpkins, scarecrows, fall flowers, kids activities, hay rides, hot cider & donuts. Have family and friends join you at the greenhouse for festival activities after the run/walk. Activities being held downtown include a Chili Challenge (4-6pm free samples) with nine (9) restaurants cooking up their special recipes, music, and a kids' corner with pumpkin decorating and face painting (1-4pm). Plus there will be a raffles for great prizes. The run/walk participants will also be the judges of the best fall-decorated house along the route. Everyone welcome! Fun for the Whole Family!

1.   "Seraph Brass" presented by the Woods & Waters Fine Arts Council

October 3, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Chequamegon High School, 400 N. 9th Street Park Falls WI 54552

A dynamic brass quintet drawing from a roster of America's top female brass players. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics. This performance is part of a Concert Series, and ticket purchase includes membership and admission to eight (8) different concerts.

2.   Park Falls Farmers Market

October 4, 2017, 2:00 PM?-?5:15 PM @ Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 1185 4th Avenue S. Park Falls WI  54552

Items vary each week depending on what fruits and vegetables are in season, plus a variety of other items are available, for instance, eggs, syrup, honey, jams, relishes, meat, and plants. Quest cards/Food Stamps can be used for food purchases at the market for both foods and vegetable plants & seeds and “Market Dollars” are accepted by all vendors. They are available for purchase at the market and are a great idea for gift giving or incentives. WIC coupons and senior market coupons are also accepted by most of our vendors. Eat smart, eat local, be healthy! New vendors at the market are always welcome – contact the Market Manager.

3.   POPS Garage Sale

October 5, 2017, 8:00 AM?-?October 7, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Lions Pavilion, 730 South Street Prentice WI  54556

Large selection and variety of items. The shelves are restocked daily with new items. This fundraiser is sponsored for Power of Positive Students (POPS).

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Hunting Dogs Killed/Injured in Price and Sawyer Counties

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves injured a Plott/Walker Hound in Price County on 09/22/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Worcester.

Wildlife Services also confirmed that wolves killed a Walker Hound in Sawyer County on 09/23/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Round Lake.

More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce conflicts.


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Wisconsin General Events and Activities / 2017 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:16:47 PM »
2017 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA
SEPTEMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 17
EVENT NAVIGATION



« ABATE 3A: 3rd Annual SummerpaloozaTriple C Riders 3rd Annual Frosty Toy Run »
The Tomahawk Fall Ride brings in more than 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and others to the area each September. The event not only brings in entertainment and the newest motorcycles and accessories from Harley-Davidson Motor Company, but it also raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). In fact, the Tomahawk Fall Ride is the largest local fund raiser for MDA in North Central Wisconsin.

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Birding, Bird Watching / Explore Minnesota Birding Update - September 2017
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:03:19 PM »
Explore Minnesota Birding Update - September 2017   
    

Juvenile sharp-shinned hawk flying over Hawk Ridge; photo by Karl Bardon

 

Explore Minnesota Birding Update.  Happy birding!

September Nature Notes

The fall migration is underway. Many birds are heading south to warmer locations, and some are just arriving as they relocate from the north.

Various factors and cues spur migratory movement such as the amount of daylight, the angle of the sun, cooling temperatures and the availability of food.

Several warbler species, flycatchers and nighthawks are in the midst of their migration, and the majority of hummingbirds, orioles and martins have already departed. Raptors are also on the move. And an influx of red crossbills was noted as early as August.

One of the most popular viewing sites for raptors is Hawk Ridge in Duluth where birders can see vast numbers of sharp-shinned hawks, broad-winged hawks, bald eagles and other raptors from early September through mid-November. Peak migration at Hawk Ridge takes place from mid-September to late October. Check out The Birds of Hawk Ridge to see images of the many species that pass through most years. Another excellent site to view the hawk migration is Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings.

Birders will want to check out Explore Minnesota's 6 Hot Spots for Watching the Fall Migration to learn of other key locations for spectacular birding during the autumn season.

Did You Know?

Not all birds migrate during the day. In fact, most migrate at night. Such birds include warblers, sparrows and thrushes. One hazard they face is the abundance of well-lit buildings which can easily disorient these birds, often leading to collisions, injury and even death. Audubon Minnesota is promoting their Lights Out Program to help nighttime migrants avoid colliding with lit buildings. They encourage managers and owners of Twin Cities' buildings to turn off unnecessary lights between midnight and dawn from Aug. 15 and Oct. 31 during this prime migration period. Help spread the word about the Lights Out Program and the opportunity to save money while saving birds! Whenever possible, please congratulate the owners and managers of the buildings identified on the List of Participating Buildings.

Migratory birds need to consume additional calories this time of year to prepare for their long flights. Draw these birds into your yard and view them from the comfort of your home while helping them get the calories they need for their long journeys. Autumn Bird Feeding Tips from The Spruce provides information on how to attract and what to feed our migratory birds.

Upcoming Birding Events

Sept. 15-17, Duluth
Hawk Ridge Weekend Festival
Celebrate the fall bird migration during the annual Hawk Ridge Weekend Festival and enjoy one of North America's best places to experience the fall bird migration through field trips, workshops, presentations and social gatherings. Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. 218-428-6209

Sept. 16, Zimmerman
Guided Bird Tour
Look for raptors, waterfowl, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows and other species on this guided walking and driving tour.  Meet your guide at the Oak Savanna Learning Center on Sherburne County Road 9, approximately 5 miles west of Hwy 169. Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. 763-389-3323

Sept. 16, Maplewood
Bluff Tops, Birding and Bagels Hike
Join other bird enthusiasts and search Fish Creek’s scenic vistas for songbirds and raptors riding air thermals. Learn techniques for identifying birds. Bagels and cream cheese will be provided. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair. Fish Creek Preserve. 651-249-2170

Sept. 22, Hastings
Bird Banding
See songbirds up close and learn about the birds who share our ecosystem. Banding runs continuously for the full 3 ½ hours but visitors may come and go at any time. Carpenter Nature Center. 651-437-4359

Sept. 30, Hastings
Fall Raptor Count & Hawk Watch
Each fall, thousands of raptors and other bird migrants follow the St. Croix/Mississippi River Flyway south to their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and beyond. Join a team of friendly spotters and greeters to count raptors as well as songbirds, gulls and other southbound birds. Please RSVP. Carpenter Nature Center. 651-437-4359

Oct. 7, Houston
Owl Prowl to Call in Wild Owls
Owls live all around us but are very good at evading detection. Learn how to identify owls by size, shape, silhouette and sound. Following an indoor portion of the program, participants will carpool to known owl territories in and around Houston to call for eastern screech-owls, barred owls, and great horned owls. International Owl Center. 507- 896-OWLS (6957)

Recent Bird Sightings

Check the Duluth/North Shore Rare Bird Alert and the Northwestern Minnesota/Detroit Lakes Rare Bird Alert for recent bird sightings. Recent sightings throughout the state can be found on the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union website --- consider joining the Minnesota Birding community on Facebook.

During migration periods, check out Bird Cast Forecasts courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to learn about weekly movement for your area.














    

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General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County
« on: September 09, 2017, 03:00:32 PM »
Hunting Dog Killed in Burnett County

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a Walker Hound on 09/08/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Blaine, Burnett County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.



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General Hunting Dog topics / Hunting Dog Killed in Sawyer County
« on: September 09, 2017, 02:55:49 PM »
Hunting Dog Killed in Sawyer County

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a Walker Hound on 09/07/17.  The attack occurred in the Town of Draper, Sawyer County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.



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Elk / Elk Mating Season
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:45:37 PM »
Elk Mating Season
Cow and calf groups are being approached by bulls for the start of the mating season. Elk calves are weaned though they nurse from time to time if mom allows. Young bulls have rubbed off their velvet and are polishing and the older bulls have begun to rub off velvet. Bulls are starting to bugle. The biggest bull elk in the area is currently with cows. Bears are visiting bear baits placed by hunters for the bear hunting season that began Sept. 6. Connors Lake Campground is closed for the season. Lake of the Pines Campground is open. The weather forecast for the weekend calls for Friday to be sunny with a high of 67 and low of 53, Saturday has a chance of showers with a high of 71 and low of 51, and Sunday, mostly sunny with a high of 75 and a low of 53 and finally Monday, will be mostly sunny with a high of 71 and low of 47. The Singing Forest, 2017 Elk Bugling: Get up early on Sept. 15 and accompany the DNR assistant elk biologist, Josh Spiegel, as he checks for bugling bull elk in the forest. Maybe, we will see or hear one! Learn about WI Elk Management. Join us at 6 a.m. at the FRSF Headquarters. To RSVP and more information call the FRSF office at 715-332-5271 ext. 101 or 111. Be sure to RSVP. - Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate


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Birding, Bird Watching / Wisconsin Statewide Birding Report
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:41:05 PM »
Wisconsin Statewide Birding Report

Ah, September, the month second only to May on most birders' calendars. Peak migration, birds coming, birds going. The month when every day lends promise of new birds, when every oriole you see may be the last, and you marvel at species you haven't seen since spring. This year's first week of September lived up to hype.
After common nighthawks staged what was perhaps their last good flight on September 3, northerly winds ushered in many migrants thereafter. Among them were the first flocks of northern Canada geese heading south in their classic "V" formations overhead. Birders reported some sandhill cranes taking advantage of the same winds to depart the state. Raptor migration is also underway. Early season flights are typically dominated by broad-winged and sharp-shinned hawks, American kestrels, bald eagles, ospreys, and a smattering of others.

On the ground, warbler watching was excellent at many locations statewide this week. Look for peak numbers and diversity in the week ahead. The same can be said for thrushes, especially Swainson's, our most common migrant. Oriole numbers have dropped, while hummingbird numbers are at or just past peak. Red-breasted nuthatches and purple finches are on the move, as are some pine siskins and red crossbills, especially across the north. Notable arrivals from the north include ruby-crowned kinglet, American pipit, Bonaparte's gulls and horned grebe. Also telling of the season are building numbers of palm warblers and sparrows, such as Lincoln's and white-throated. Shorebird migration is largely waning. Diversity remains good but numbers are down overall. Sanderlings, American golden-plovers, Baird's sandpiper, willets, short-billed dowitchers, and lesser yellowlegs were a few of the species found.

Rarities spotted this week include Nelson's sparrow, parasitic jaeger, and possible neotropic cormorant in Ozaukee County, red-necked phalarope in Dodge, possible red knot in Kenosha, and a yellow-crowned night-heron photographed in La Crosse. Help us track the migration and find out what others are seeing at www.ebird.org/wi. Good birding! - Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland



What palm warblers lack in color they make up for with personality. Look for this late-season warbler on the ground or in low shrubs as it persistently bobs its tail and gives chip notes while searching for insect prey.

Photo Credit: Ryan Brady

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Gun Shows / Eau Claire Gun Show @ Menards Expo Center
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:57:55 AM »
October 20, 21 & 22 ~ 2017
Eau Claire Gun Show @ Menards Expo Center
Friday 3-8, Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-3 / Admission $7 ~ Vendor Fee $45/8' Table - (450 Tables)
5150 Old Mill Center, Eau Claire, WI

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Gun Shows / Antigo Ice Arena Gun Show
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:53:16 AM »
October 6, 7 & 8 ~ 2017
Antigo Ice Arena Gun Show
Friday 3-8, Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-3 / Admission $6 ~ Vendor Fee $40/8' Table - (250 Tables)
1633 Neva Rd. - Antigo, WI

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