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Kevin Naze column: Take a kid fishing on Father's Day

Jun. 6, 2014
 

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For the 29th year, Little Lake in Sturgeon Bay will be the site of a “Take A Kid Fishing Day” event on Father’s Day.

The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event costs $2 and includes hot dogs, chips and soda for all and trophies for the biggest fish, as well as a prize for everyone who enters.

You don’t have to wait until next weekend, though, to take a child fishing. No licenses or stamps are needed today or tomorrow, Wisconsin’s annual Free Fishing Weekend. Kids 15 and younger can fish for free year-round, but it’s those 16 and older who get a break this weekend.

There’s also free entry to state parks, free access to state trails and no-charge ATV and UTV riding on public trails that are open to such use.

If you want to see some happy kids and hear some fish stories, stop by the Angler and Young Angler (AYA) Tournament weigh-in at The Lodge at Leathem Smith this afternoon.

The tourney has been run in Green Bay three times, but this is its first run in Sturgeon Bay. Teams consist of one adult and one or two anglers under 17 years old.

It’s part of an international tournament series with 12 events in the United States and 12 in Canada. The first-place team receives a Lund Boat, Mercury Motor and trailer, and a paid trip to the championship in Canada. All others receive second place trophies and a large prize package.

The tourney series was established in 1988 with a main objective to introduce and educate young anglers to competitive sport fishing in a fun environment surrounded by family and friends.

If you can’t make the weigh-in but want to check out the results, visit http://ayagreenbay.wordpress.com.

Meanwhile, there’s still an opportunity to fish with retired NFL players — many from the Green Bay Packers — in an NFL Alumni event July 16. There are big boat (Lake Michigan) and small boat (Green Bay) fishing options. Learn more by calling Casey Rabach at (920) 328-8789.

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Crossbows for all

This is the first year that anyone who purchases a crossbow license can legally hunt deer during the same time as the archery deer season.

The crossbow license will come with one “bow” buck tag valid in any unit statewide and one Farmland Zone antlerless tag valid in any Farmland Zone unit in 2014.

If a hunter wishes to hunt with both a bow and a crossbow, they must purchase both an archer and a crossbow license. The first license will be sold at the regular price and the second will be just $3. There will still only be one buck and one farmland antlerless tag between the two licenses combined.

The only exception to the need to purchase a separate crossbow license is for Conservation Patrons. That privilege is now included with the “CP” license.

Crossbows that are not cocked do not need to be cased during transportation, whether it is in or on a vehicle, ATV, UTV, snowmobile or other motorized vehicle. A cocked crossbow can be placed in or on any of these vehicles and transported only if it is first unloaded (arrow/bolt removed) and the cocked crossbow is encased in a carrying case.

Land management

Financial resources are available to help forest landowners manage their woodlands for its resources, wildlife and habitat. Learn more about it Tuesday, June 17 at noon during a live online chat with DNR experts — or read the archived back-and-forth at a later time. Click on the “Cover it Live Chat” box on the side of the DNR’s Facebook page, or go to dnr.wi.gov (keywords, “Ask the Experts”).

Big game records

The Boone and Crockett Club has released a paperback version of its latest big-game records book. “Back from the Hunt” contains the same detailed tabular listings of the nearly 5,000 trophies accepted into Boone and Crockett records during 2010-12. Also featured again are stories and essays written by the hunters themselves, hundreds of photos and a full-color section with best-of-the-best field photography.

The stories detail special adventures in the field. Go with Troy Sheldon as he takes the new World’s Record Rocky Mountain goat, Robert T. Christian on a hunt that produces the largest black bear ever taken by a hunter, A.J. Downs as he takes the fifth largest non-typical whitetail ever entered from Texas, and many others.

Boone and Crockett began publishing records books in 1932. Biologists use trophy data as a gauge of outstanding habitat, strong recruitment of game animals into older age classes, sustainable harvest objectives and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting. Hunters use trophy data to research destinations for their next big-game hunting adventure.

The book costs $29.95 and is available by calling (888) 840-4868.

— Kevin Naze is a freelance outdoors writer. Email him at wildtimes@wizunwired.net.

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