Whether you’ve been trying to mold a trophy all summer or just want to try a young and tender venison, your time is approaching. Wisconsin’s annual archery and crossbow season will open half an hour before sunrise on September 18.

In the meantime, check your trees, anchor your shades to the ground, and practice placing arrows or bolts into a target so you can be confident when a shooting opportunity presents itself.

Before you leave next weekend, also make sure you have your license on hand and the licenses printed. Timberless permits are county and land specific. You can print them yourself or pay a small fee to get help from a licensing agent.

Permissions for deer and turkey tags are available on the Department of Natural Resources (MNR) Go Wild website or at one of more than 1,000 licensing outlets.

Although Chronic Wasting Disease has not been found in our region, MNR is re-monitoring this fall. Hunters who wish to submit samples can find out how via a link at dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/deer.

Next weekend also marks the opening of the fall wild turkey hunt, several small game seasons and the Youth Waterfowl Weekend.

As for fishing, good fishing for perch and walleye continues on the waters of Green Bay. Walleye action is best in the south, while perch action is particularly good in the Sugar Creek to Sturgeon Bay section.

More rain meant more chinook salmon moved into the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Channel and the Ahnapee River. Some spawning-minded browns should also start showing up in the shallows of bay and lake harbors overnight.

Deer damage forests

Deer damage is one of the main reasons large parts of state parks, Land Trust properties, and Nature Conservancy lands are open for hunting.

Many homeowners are already losing trees to the emerald ash borer, and they are wondering what they can do to promote a resurgence of native trees and shrubs. If you try to grow many native tree species, whether through natural regeneration or through planting, foresters at MNR say you will increase your chances by reducing the number of deer.

The bow and crossbow deer hunting seasons will open on September 18. Unfortunately for most forest owners, however – particularly those who own properties in Kewaunee and southern Door counties – the number of deer is so high that it would take a big change in the habits of hunters to make a impact.

No matter how many free antlerless tags have been provided by MNR in recent years, most hunters have chosen to use one or two at most. At an online meeting of the County’s Deer Advisory Committee earlier this year, MNR’s deer program specialist Jeff Pritzl said the vast majority of hunters would not target more than two deer, which that it happens.

“A big challenge in deer management is getting people to accept the idea that there really are areas that really need more crops if you want not only healthy forests, but a better herd. health, ”Pritzl said.

Instead of waiting for late season hunts when white deer are predominantly nocturnal in their movements in pressurized areas, Pritzl encourages archers and crossbow users in major farm units to target antlerless deer early in the season. the season.

A better balanced male / female ratio can also improve rutting activity during the day in late October and November.

Who owns the wildlife?

The North American model of wildlife conservation considers all American citizens to be part owners of America’s wildlife and natural resources. Collectively, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act of 1934, the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950 laid the groundwork to inspire the model.

Wildlife is considered a public resource, independent of the land or water where wildlife lives. Governments at various levels have a role to play in managing this resource on behalf of all citizens and in ensuring the long-term sustainability of wildlife populations.

Legal mechanisms are in place to prevent over-exploitation. This includes hunting seasons, bag limits and regulations to harvest the surplus. Seasonal decisions should be based on sound science, such as population records and the known resilience of a species through annual recruitment. In some cases, hunters are not even able to keep up with the growth of a species. Examples in our area include deer, Canada geese, and coyotes, among others.

The outside is a big business

The Ministry of Tourism proposed the creation of an Outdoor Recreation Office in its 2019-21 budget proposal, and the idea received bipartisan support. Wisconsin was the 14th state and one of the first in the Midwest to create an office dedicated to the outdoor industry. The office was renewed for two years in the 2021-2023 budget.

The Assembly Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation recently held an information hearing for an update from the Office of Outdoor Recreation.

The new secretary-designate of the Department of Tourism, Ann Sayers, noted that outdoor recreation generates $ 7.8 billion in the state’s gross domestic product and supports 93,000 jobs. Fishing and hunting alone combine for an economic impact of more than $ 3 billion for Wisconsin. Boating, biking, camping, and hiking are among the many other forms of outdoor recreation for which Wisconsin is known.