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Terry Gfeller of Ely, Minn., reeled in this 32.41-pound chinook salmon Sunday near Washington Island, the early leader in the 31st annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament and the heaviest reported king in Green Bay or Lake Michigan this summer.
Terry Gfeller of Ely, Minn., reeled in this 32.41-pound chinook salmon Sunday near Washington Island, the early leader in the 31st annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament and the heaviest reported king in Green Bay or Lake Michigan this summer. / Submitted/Kap's Marina

Cabela's walleye tour in Door County

A Ranger boat, Evinrude motor and cash — more than $50,000 in total prizes — will be awarded to the top pro angler in the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour event this weekend at Sturgeon Bay.

The two-day Pro-Am event features more than 100 teams competing. Weigh-ins Friday and Saturday begin at 3 p.m. at Leathem Smith Lodge, 1640 Memorial Drive.

The first 100 kids after Saturday afternoon’s weigh-in will get a rod, reel and T-shirt as part of the National Professional Anglers Association’s Future Angler program. Learn more at www.nationalwalleyetour.com.

■ A 32.41-pound chinook was the heaviest through midweek in the 31st annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. Get daily updates through Sunday at www.kdsalmon.com.

■ Jeffrey Stephens reeled in a 31.9-pounder to take the top spot in the 35th annual Two Rivers Kiwanis Fish Derby’s chinook salmon division. Other big fish topping individual categories included a 20.9-pound brown trout, 15.7-pound laker, 13.5-pound rainbow and 10.5-pound coho salmon.

■ The 33rd annual Marinette-Menominee Brown Trout Derby runs Saturday and Sunday. Get more info at M&M bait and tackle shops or by calling (715) 735-5619 or (906) 864-1117.

Last call to try for sturgeon draw

Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2014 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing lottery tag, which is good for the spearing season on Lakes Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan.

Those selected in the lottery will be notified by Oct. 1 that they are authorized to buy a license to participate and must do so by Oct. 31.

Spearers who apply for but are not authorized to purchase an Upriver Lakes license receive a preference point toward the 2015 lottery, and still can purchase a license to participate in the 2014 Lake Winnebago spearing season.

■ The Winnebago system has been a popular choice for perch, bluegill, white bass and walleye anglers, while Shawano Lake is attracting plenty of largemouth bass, panfish, pike, walleye and muskie anglers.

Many less-popular waters are giving up mixed bags of bass, panfish and small pike. Jig and live bait combos fished around weed edges are very effective. Small spinners, Rapalas and crankbaits are also luring strikes.

One week left to try for tags

The application deadline is Aug. 1 for a number of fall hunting and trapping permits, including wild turkey, wolf, Horicon zone Canada goose, bobcat, otter and fisher.

More than 96,000 fall turkey tags are available. After the draw process is complete, leftover tags will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 24, limited to one per day.

This year’s wolf quota is 275, though the number of wolves available to state hunters and trappers may be adjusted dependent on state response to tribal declarations.

One-half of the available wolf permits will be issued randomly among all permit applications and one-half will be issued through a preference point draw.

■ Hunters can find out what’s proposed for this fall’s duck and goose hunting seasons at an Aug. 7 meeting at the Agricultural Services Center, 3369 West Brewster St., Appleton, or by checking online beginning Aug. 5 at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/waterfowl.html.

Habitat loss could hurt duck numbers

This year’s North American total duck population estimate of 45.6 million is the second highest on record and 33 percent above the long-term average.

Mallard numbers were estimated at 10.4 million, similar to last year and 36 percent above the long-term average. Scaup estimates were at 4.2 million, 17 percent below the long-term average. Daily bags could drop to two for this species.

■ Hundreds of volunteers joined DNR wildlife biologists in May and June to search for elk calves. The crews located 23 that were fitted with radio collars and a number of others were seen but not captured.

Biologists were encouraged that for the first time, more females were observed than males. Additionally, no newborn calves have been lost to predation to date.

Packers, DU team up for ducks, pike

A generous donation by the Green Bay Packers earlier this year has allowed Brown County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program and Ducks Unlimited to restore and enhance waterfowl and northern pike habitat at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico.

A formal dedication of the Green Bay Packers Project featuring team President and CEO Mark Murphy and DU CEO Dale Hall will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 22 at the West Shores Interpretive Center at Barkhausen.

■ Wolves killed four dogs in northern Wisconsin recently, including two in Forest and Florence counties. Check to see where the caution areas are at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/wolf/dogdeps.html.

— Kevin Naze, wildtimes@wizunwired.net

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