Outdoors: The shows must continue

By Kevin Naze

GREEN BAY – Outdoor enthusiasts can swap stories and check out the latest big game and fish gear and trophies at three trade shows in the area.

There are more than a dozen major shows in the state this winter, including the WBAY RV and Camping Show Jan. 27-30 at the Resch Expo Center.

Get the details by CLICK HERE.

The Green Bay Boat Show is being held at the Resch Feb. 4-6, and later in the month, Feb. 25-27, the Wisconsin State Hunting Expo and the Safari Club Hunter Expo are teaming up to pack the Expo Center.

Get more information at newisci.org/hunters_expo.html and wisconsinstatehuntingexpo.com, respectively.

Sturgeon harpoon

If you bought your permit last fall, no one needs to tell you that “opening day” for one of Wisconsin’s greatest winter traditions is February 12.

This is when the 2022 sturgeon spearfishing season begins on the Winnebago system.

Hundreds of applicants have been raffled off for an upstream lakes tag, while thousands more will be restricted to Winnebago itself.

The season lasts a maximum of 16 days or until one of the harvest caps is reached.

Again this year, check-in stations will operate as a drive-thru only due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for pitchers to submit photos that tell a story.

You can share yours by CLICK HERE.

Photos can be of harpoons with their catch, cut, slum life, scenic views seen during the season, or anything else that captures the tradition of harpooning.

County Deer Plans

While some counties in the area are still wrapping up an extended bow and crossbow hunt (through Jan. 31), early planning is already underway for this fall’s hunts.

The county deer advisory councils (CDAC) are setting dates for the end of March for preliminary recommendations on the structure of the season.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, DNR Deer Program Specialist Jeff Pritzl said meetings will be virtual (Zoom or phone) for the third year in a row.

By mid-March, the Deer Metrics System will be updated with current data for review prior to the first CDAC meeting.

The county’s preliminary recommendations must be made by April 1.

The public can provide comments for a week in mid-April before the final CDAC meetings in late April or early May.

Anyone interested in learning more about county councils can visit dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Hunt/cdac.

Wild turkey remains

If you want a fourth period remaining spring wild turkey bounty license for Zone 2, you’ll have to be trigger-fast — or lucky — to nab one when they go on sale March 22 at 10 a.m.

Only 23 remains are available for period D.

The odds are better of landing a fifth or sixth period tag.

Over 7,700 bonus stamps are available for Period E and over 8,100 for Period F.

The limit is one per customer.

Anything left after that will go on sale March 26 at 10 a.m., with a limit of one per day while supplies last.

The first seven-day hunting period runs from April 20 to 26; the last, from May 25 to 31.

This year’s youth hunt will take place on April 16-17.

Free Bird Webinar

Birding enthusiasts can join experts to delve deeper into bird identification, unravel the mystery of bird songs, and practice bird counting, no matter the flock size or keep the feeder busy with a webinar online free at 1 p.m. on February 16.

The event precedes the 25th Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) from February 18-21, an opportunity to join thousands of people around the world to experience what you can see in 15 minutes out the window.

Data can be entered with your computer or using the Merlin Bird ID or eBird Mobile applications.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Weekly water levels

As of Jan. 21, Lake Michigan was 39 inches above the record monthly low set in 2013 and 28 inches below the monthly high set in 2020.

The lake level has dropped 20 inches in the past 12 months, including 5 inches since Dec. 21.

Overall, water levels are still 10 inches above the 100-year monthly average.

Editor’s note Sports: To read another column In the Outdoors by Kevin Naze, CLICK HERE.

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