Kevin Naze outdoors column: Tenor buck is newcounty gun record

Feb. 22, 2013

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Bob Tenor Jr. is the new Door County gun buck non-typical record holder after his monster taken last November officially was scored as a 20-pointer totaling 1873/8 inches of antler.

The previous county gun record, a 16-pointer that scored 1871/8, was taken in 1995 by M. Bertrand. Bumped to third place in gun was James Ash’s 1826/8 14-pointer from 1996.

Nathan Anschutz of Sturgeon Bay owns the overall county record non-typical with a 19-pointer he arrowed last Nov. 2. It netted 2000/8 inches. The second biggest, also with bow, was Bob Meingast’s 1954/8 giant, also at 19 points.

A third 19 tops the non-typical pickup division. Wallace Dufek is the owner of the rack, which scored 1865/8 last year.

Kewaunee County’s top gun non-typicals belong to Mark Bohm, a 25-pointer shot in 2007 west of Casco that scored 2052/8, and a 19-pointer taken by Jerry Theys in 2009. It scored 1894/8.

John Robinson owns the Kewaunee County archery non-typical record with a 183-inch 13-pointer shot west of Algoma in 2004.

Fishing update

It’ll be a busy day at Little Sturgeon today, with a multispecies ice fishing tournament running from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Headquarters are at Wave Point Marina. More info: (920) 621-7439.

Next week is Husby’s annual fishing tournament, Thursday through 2 p.m. Saturday. Get tickets at Husby’s or Greystone Castle, or call James at (920) 737-7838.

Meanwhile, Howie’s Bait and Tackle in Sturgeon Bay is weighing some whoppers for its monthly contest, including walleyes of 11.85 and 10.32 pounds for James Eliason and Connor Wilz, respectively.

Tim Clark had the top two perch at 1.88 and 1.76 pounds and Michael Dauer’s 5.05 pound whitefish caught with Andy Stuth was leading that category.

100 days with DNR

The DNR has posted a limited term employee job notice for a fisheries technician needed from approximately April 1 to July 15 at the Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center.

Pay range per hour is between $10 and $13 depending on experience and training; application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates invited for an interview.

Roughly 50 percent of the work will be in the field with fisheries staff during netting and other research activities. About 40 percent will be lab and office work and 10 percent maintaining equipment and other duties as assigned.

Applicants must be able to accurately identify common Lake Michigan fish species, have knowledge of fisheries survey principles and techniques and have good oral and written communication skills. A degree or working towards a degree in Fisheries or another biological field preferred.

Applicants must be willing to work outdoors in inclement weather aboard work skiffs in near-shore areas and aboard 60-foot research vessel in the open waters of Lake Michigan. Must be willing to work early morning and late evening hours according to an irregular assigned schedule.

The application deadline is March 5. To apply, submit form 9100-162 LTE on the DNR website or stop by the Sturgeon Bay Service Center. Submit to David Boyarski, 110 S. Neenah Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; RE: Job Code 8013.

Record gun sales

A record year for firearm and ammo sales in 2012 and a strong showing for archery purchases will be a boon to Wisconsin and other state fish and game agencies this year.

That’s because excise taxes on guns, ammo, archery equipment and arrow components are collected and appropriated from a federal account, then returned to states based on land area and number of paid license holders.

More than $555 million in gross tax receipts were collected, and just over $500 million could be divided among the states.

Wisconsin’s previous record grants of more than $15 million in 2010 should be shattered, and might surpass $17 million.

Hunters and wildlife watchers both benefit from the federal dollars. Some of the money goes to buying, leasing, maintaining, developing and operating state management areas which can be utilized by all citizens.

Short shots

The two biggest typical “racks” ever shot by archers are on display this weekend at the Wisconsin State Hunting Expo at Shopko Hall, across from Lambeau Field.

In addition to the Dusty Gerrits and Brian Inda bucks, you can get a look at Johnny King’s controversial 2006 gun-killed giant that some still maintain should have been scored as a world record typical even after Boone & Crockett weighed in and upheld the original ruling.

• The cottontail rabbit hunting season closes Thursday, lake trout become fair game Friday and the catch-and-release trout season on many inland waters begins next Saturday.

• New 2013-14 fishing and hunting licenses go on sale beginning March 6, with the 2012-13 licenses expiring March 31.

— Kevin Naze is a freelance outdoors writer. Email him at or call (920) 883-9792.

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