The deer population is exploding and the number of hunters keeps going down. Heroic efforts by the DNR and various hunting and fishing groups to recruit non-traditional groups have met with limited success. Read more

Citizen Dave 4 Comments

In an uncertain world it’s nice to know exactly where you’ll be just before sunrise on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Read more

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Todd Hubler

Deer are thriving in Wisconsin more than ever before. And that’s a big problem, causing ecological destruction, property damage and car accidents. Read more

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Environmentalists and animal rights activists are trying to draw attention to coyote-killing contests, including one being held this weekend in Sauk City. Read more

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For almost two decades there has been a cloud over the festivities: chronic wasting disease. And for the last eight years, the government has done nothing to keep it from spreading. Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments

Chronic wasting disease was first discovered in Wisconsin in 2001. Walker’s administration has steadily reduced testing, with disastrous results. Now that it's an election year, he’s proposing measures that should have been in place for years. Read more

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Wis. Dept. of Natural Resources

Since 1985, Wisconsin has paid hunters more than $700,000 for dogs who were killed by wolves during a hunt. No other state does this. Sen. Fred Risser wants to the end the payments, which some call “hunter welfare.” Read more

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Tyler Harris

Hunting is not just killing and it’s not just about the individual hunter. We have obligations to the prey, to fellow hunters and to society in general. And those are lessons that are getting lost in the story of the kindergarten deer hunter. Read more

Citizen Dave 4 Comments

According to Madison Police, 26 guns were stolen from cars this year and 41 guns were swiped last year. The department hopes a social media campaign will get more people to lock their cars. Read more



David Michael Miller

Sitting alone, for hours, in the woods, brings up thoughts about stability and, conversely, upheaval. Liberals might want to spend more time thinking of ways to make other people’s lives more stable and predictable. Read more

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David Michael Miller

For Wisconsin’s 600,000 hunters, hunting deer has become increasingly worrisome because of chronic wasting disease. In May, Canadian researchers released a preliminary study showing that macaques can contract CWD from eating CWD-positive deer. Read more

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

A federal appeals court has given gray wolves in the Great Lakes a reprieve. But the animals could still end up being delisted, either by the Environmental Protection Agency or Congress. Read more

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Todd Hubler

The way Wisconsin residents use the outdoors is changing. More people walk, hike and bird watch than hunt. This means fewer dollars to manage our public lands and wildlife. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Department of Natural Resources staffers are no longer allowed to take positions on proposed legislation. As a result, the state no longer has any agency advocating for Wisconsin’s precious lakes, rivers and forests. Read more

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In the past several years, gray wolves have gone on and off the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. In Wisconsin, being removed automatically means the animals will be hunted. Will they survive? Read more

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Last month, a hunter killed another buck from the revered white deer herd near Leland. Many rural Sauk County residents are upset and trying to raise awareness to protect the animals. Read more


New state regulations have taken the community aspects out of deer hunting. Read more

Citizen Dave

​Wildlife officials often argue that the conservation of predators is best managed with legal hunting. The belief is that culling will reduce poaching. But a new study out from a UW-Madison researcher disproves that notion. Read more



Sean Virtue

​The Dane County District Attorney’s Office must prove a coyote hunter meant to treat an animal cruelly when he shot two pet dogs while hunting on public land. Legal issues aside, the case has raised safety concerns about the night hunting of animals Read more

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Sean Virtue

Coyote hunter Kurt Rausch made his initial appearance in Dane County court on felony charges for the fatal shooting of two dogs in a wildlife area. He is now out on bail. Read more

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