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Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoor almanac

Feb. 27, 2013
 

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Green Bay man authors new book

Tight Lines Fly Fishing Company in De Pere has received a shipment of Donald Larmouth’s new hardcover book, “Riffles and Back Eddies — Days and Nights in the North Woods.”

Larmouth, a retired University of Wisconsin-Green Bay professor, drew inspiration for the book from journals he kept from a lifetime of fishing in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

■ Already among the most popular winter and spring fisheries in the state, the Lake Winnebago system will get even more attention starting next week after the fishing season for all larger game fish species closes Sunday on inland waters that don’t remain open all year.

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Also Sunday, ice fishing shelters must be removed from inland waters south of Wisconsin 64. After that date, shelters can be used, but they must be removed from the ice when not in use.

■ The early catch-and-release trout season opens Saturday statewide, with the exception of spring ponds and Great Lakes tributaries. It’s artificial lures only, and the season runs through April 28. Check the trout fishing regulations booklet for details.

■ Sturgeon spearing is over for the year, but the DNR is gearing up for the spring spawning season and is seeking volunteers for the annual Sturgeon Guard. Learn more and register at www.dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/sturgeon/sturgeonguard.html.

Extra turkey tags available March 18

Cottontail rabbit season closes across the state today, leaving only coyote and crow hunts open. There are some opportunities to hunt other species on licensed game farms and preserves, and landowners can shoot certain species year-round on their property. See the hunting regulations for details.

■ Thousands of leftover spring wild turkey hunting licenses will go on sale March 18. Check what’s left by time period and zone at www.dnr.wi.gov/permits/springturkey.html.

Nest box seminar Saturday at Horicon

Members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club and the DNR are hosting a free nest box seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the marsh’s International Education Center north of Horicon on Wisconsin 28. Visit www.horiconmarsh.org or call Jeff at (920) 210-4832 or Liz at (920) 387-7893.

■ Wisconsin birders compiled more than 3,600 lists and tallied 137 species during the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 15-18. History was made with bird watchers from 103 countries participating in the first global count, tallying more than 3,300 species and more than 33 million individual birds.

You can see who sent in checklists by county by visiting http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/top100Location.form. There is a lot more information available at www.birdcount.org.

New 2013-14 licenses go on sale

Anglers, hunters and trappers can begin purchasing their 2013-14 licenses as early as Wednesday. For the second straight year, the DNR is offering $5 licenses for first-time buyers or those who haven’t purchased one for a decade or more.

The current license year runs through March 31, with new licenses needed to fish, hunt or trap in season beginning April 1.

— Kevin Naze, wildtimes@wizunwired.net

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