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  1. Learn To Hunt wild turkey programs are underway in Door and Kewaunee counties, and this weekend is also the annual Wisconsin youth turkey hunt for those ages 10 to 15 with permits. The first of six periods in the regular spring season begins Wednesday. Chloe Volkman and Bennett Reese participated in a LTH sponsored by the DNR and the Door County Fish, Farm & Game Club. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Deer forum on the agenda at Sturgeon Bay High School

    Monday night's annual DNR spring fish and game hearings and county Conservation Congress meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Sturgeon Bay High School Commons.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  2. Five minutes after this bluebird nest box was put in place, a potential tenant stopped by to check it out in Kewaunee County Wednesday. Kevin Naze/Special to Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Whether joining the crowds of anglers on the Fox River below the De Pere Dam or cautiously walking out on the softening ice near shore off southern Door County, the best walleye fishing of the season is here.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  3. Kevin Naze column: Trout are biting in the lake, tributaries

    It's been a long wait, but it's finally open water trout time throughout the county.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  4. Kevin Naze column: Time to keep off the melting ice

    While a few anglers will push the limits of softening ice, it's time for more conservative fishermen to start readying gear for open water.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  5. Kevin Naze column: Spring hearings include county deer forum

    Kewaunee County's annual spring fish and game hearing and Conservation Congress meeting will have a new twist this year — an added deer herd status meeting.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  6. Anglers were able to fish open water last week on the Fox River in De Pere. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    It's been a long wait, but the 10-day forecast is finally showing signs of a consistent warm up — at least away from the ice of Green Bay and the chilly waters of Lake Michigan.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  7. A long, difficult winter for wildlife is over, but they're not completely out of the woods until things begin to green up. Hungry deer and wild turkeys can be seen foraging at all hours of the day in fields, forests and even backyards in some areas. Wildlife biologists expect below-normal fawn recruitment and antler development from the stressful winter. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: How many deer are 'enough' in Door County?

    Deer hunters and others with an interest in whitetails can take part in the first county-specific survey on deer management here.

    • Mar. 29, 2014
  8. Kevin Naze column: Even in a slower year, Kewaunee County still No. 1

    Forty-six years ago, when salmon from the West Coast were introduced to the Ahnapee River at Algoma, nobody knew they'd revolutionize the sport fishery.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  9. With the regular upland game bird hunting seasons closed, dog owners like Ted Coon of Appleton often head to game farms and hunt clubs for late-season recreational opportunities. Coon's wirehaired pointing griffon, Buck, enjoyed a winter outing at Rush Lake Hunt Club near Ripon. Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Boaters finally are getting into the Fox River at Green Bay and De Pere for a shot at one of the Midwest's most-coveted walleye fisheries, but not all launches were ice-free Friday.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  10. Kevin Naze column: Fish spawning could be delayed this spring

    For the second straight year it looks like spring fish species will be spawning later than usual.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  11. Kevin Naze column: Cold stretch to extend ice fishing season

    If the weather forecasters are right, today is the start of a five-day stretch in which the temperature won't climb above freezing.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  12. What could be the last seriously cold weekend of a long, brutal winter is here, with spring and warmer air set to arrive Thursday. With fat reserves depleted, it's a crucial time for deer, wild turkeys and many other wildlife species. When some die — like this road-killed deer last weekend along Door County S south of Sturgeon Bay — predators and scavengers take advantage. A bald eagle roosted above this whitetail, dropping down for a bite whenever the traffic allowed. Photos by Kevin Naze

    Kevin Naze column: 'Killer' winter finally on way out

    What could be the deadliest winter for wildlife in decades is finally nearing the end, with spring set to arrive Thursday.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  13. While the winter has been a harsh one for many wildlife species, predators like this Kewaunee County coyote — photographed Thursday near Casco — have been feasting on animals weakened or killed by the combination of brutal cold and deep snow. Kevin Naze/Press-Gazette Media correspondent

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Today's the last day to fish yellow perch before the two-month spring spawning closure kicks in on Green Bay and its tributaries.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  14. Kevin Naze column: Lake Michigan's record-breaking ice cover

    It's still winter in Wisconsin, and that means we'll be teased with gorgeous thaws followed by chilling drops in temperature and gusty winds that test even the best windproof outerwear.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  15. Kevin Naze column: Last two weekends to target yellow perch

    Ice anglers hoping to score some of the finest fillets on the planet have just two more weekends before the two-month yellow perch closure begins.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  16. While winter severity records may be broken across northern Wisconsin this year, whitetails and wild turkeys are struggling in much of farm country, too. This doe — standing close to a lawn ornament 'buck' that was nearly buried in a snow drift — was trying to reach ice-cold apples frozen on branches of a Kewaunee County tree Thursday afternoon. Kevin Naze/Press-Gazette Media correspondent

    Kevin Naze shares his great outdoors almanac

    'Fish of the Great Lakes,' a 26.5-inch by 38.5-inch color poster from UW-Sea Grant, features 35 popular species and numerous updates from the original version created in 2000.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  17. Kevin Naze column: $5 licenses for new or lapsed anglers, hunters

    New fishing and hunting licenses or 2014-15 are now on sale, and the Department of Natural Resources is offering a one-time deal of $5 licenses for first-time or decade-lapsed hunters and anglers.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  18. Ethan Woodgate's 10-1/2-pound walleye was the largest registered in February at Howie's Tackle in Sturgeon Bay. Special to Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Walleye limits change Monday This is the last weekend of the season to try to hook three walleyes of any size and keep them on the Fox River at Green Bay and De Pere.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  19. Ethan Woodgate's 101/2-pound walleye was the heaviest in a tournament headquartered at Little Sturgeon last weekend. It was also the monthly leader at Howie's Tackle, where there photo was taken. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: No end in sight to this year's ice fishing

    The 10-day forecast shows a possible thaw near the tail end, but we've been teased before.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  20. Kevin Naze column: Deer hunt rules for '14 available on DNR site

    A first peek at Wisconsin's deer management regulations for 2014 is available online.

    • Feb. 27, 2014
  21. Alan Schmidt weighed this 2.2-pound jumbo at Howie's Tackle in Sturgeon Bay last weekend, the biggest perch of the ice fishing season thus far. Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Anglers who didn't have their shacks blocked up or weren't able to move them during the three-day thaw likely will find them frozen in this weekend.

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  22. Alan Schmidt weighed this 2.2-pound jumbo 'yellow-belly' at Howie's Tackle in Sturgeon Bay last weekend, the biggest perch of the season so far. Submitted

    Kevin Naze column: New hunter, mentor grants coming in '14

    A new grant program aimed at increasing hunter recruitment and retention is in the works, and groups with creative plans to attract and train hunters and mentors can begin applying for a share of the money in early March.

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  23. Kevin Naze column: Brutal winter season for deer, wild turkeys

    With snow still piling up and subzero cold expected again next week, this winter may end up the most severe in at least 35 years.

    • Feb. 20, 2014
  24. Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Hit the rivers for mixed bags

    • Feb. 14, 2014
  25. Ethan Petersilka landed this trophy 5.13-pound whitefish recently while jigging on the frozen waters of Green Bay off Door County. Submitted

    Kevin Naze column: Anglers to get bigger role in fish stocking

    Anglers and others interested in area fisheries have four weeks to comment on a proposed permit that would make it easier for nonprofit groups to raise and stock fish in the Great Lakes.

    • Feb. 14, 2014
  26. Kevin Naze column: Ice fishing tournaments are underway

    A pair of ice fishing tournaments are underway in Door County, and another starts in two weeks.

    • Feb. 7, 2014
  27. Kevin Naze column: Winter not ready to give up its grip

    Snow and ice lovers are getting the winter they've waited for, and there's no thaw in sight.

    • Feb. 6, 2014
  28. Glenn Longley of Sturgeon Bay caught this 15-inch, 1.78-pound yellow perch in the Little Sturgeon area recently. Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Anglers who don't have snowmobiles or UTV track systems have to walk out or risk getting stuck in deep snow and slush on much of Green Bay.

    • Jan. 23, 2014
  29. Glenn Longley of Sturgeon Bay caught a 15-inch, 1.78-pound yellow perch last weekend in the Little Sturgeon area. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Board to vote on new deer hunt rules

    Wisconsin's state Natural Resources Board will be asked Wednesday to approve a laundry list of proposals set to change the way the state manages deer.

    • Jan. 17, 2014
  30. Kevin Naze column: Big changes coming to deer management

    It's been just over two years since the Department of Administration, under Gov. Scott Walker's directive, hired Texas high-fence deer businessman James Kroll as Wisconsin's deer trustee.

    • Jan. 16, 2014
  31. Kevin Naze shares his weekly great outdoors almanac

    Whitefish remain the most sought-after species on Green Bay, but some anglers are finding success fishing yellow perch and walleyes off both lower bay shores and around Door County bays, reefs and islands.

    • Jan. 15, 2014
  32. Cathy Bosman got a second chance at a southern Door County buck she missed Dec. 26, making good on the last day of the archery deer season Jan. 5. Bosman said she was on stand more than 30 times from September to early January before it all came together. 'When it came to the last day of the season and he showed up, I was ready,' Bosman said. 'Wow, I love being a bow hunter.' Special the the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Whitefish providing hottest bay bite

    Door County's ice fishery is as diverse as the anglers testing its frozen waters each winter, but there's a commercial catch to this sport fishing story — whitefish.

    • Jan. 10, 2014
  33. Kevin Naze column: Five-day thaw just what wildlife needs

    A five-day thaw starting Friday is just what the doctor ordered for wildlife blitzed by six weeks of snow and cold.

    • Jan. 9, 2014
  34. Jon Freis of Maribel, some friends and Freis' dogs Keena and Lucky had an exciting wild turkey hunt Dec. 28 in Manitowoc County. Not only did they fill their turkey tags, they also were treated to the sighting of a 10-point buck. Freis heads up the American Wild Turkey Hunting Dog Association, Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Anglers have been able to move a mile or two off shore in many locations, increasing success for whitefish that are more easily spooked in shallower water.

    • Jan. 8, 2014
  35. Kevin Naze column: A cold, final shot at deer this weekend

    It's been a tough past month to be afield as a Door County bow deer hunter.

    • Jan. 3, 2014
  36. Kevin Naze column: Last shot at whitetails this weekend

    Bow deer hunters with open tags have until 20 minutes after sunset Sunday to try their luck.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  37. Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Weekend warm-up will be short-lived

    • Jan. 3, 2014
  38. Kevin Naze column: Wildlife feeding an enjoyable winter pastime

    If this winter ends as cold and snowy as it began, thousands of white-tailed deer across Wisconsin will not make it to see spring.

    • Dec. 28, 2013
  39. Kevin Naze column: Wolf hunt, trap season is over

    Northwoods hunters and landowners have long held that the state's annual midwinter wolf 'count' is at best a shot in the dark and at worst a fraction of the number of wolves roaming Wisconsin.

    • Dec. 27, 2013
  40. Kevin Naze column: New public lands atlas available

    Millions of acres of Wisconsin land open to public recreation is shown in a new 460-plus-page atlas available in print for a price or free as a download off the DNR website.

    • Dec. 20, 2013
  41. Kevin Naze column: Net pen bill signed into law by Gov. Walker

    Kewaunee County anglers Tom Kleiman, Charlie Peterson, Brian Risinger and Brett Cook were among those present at the State Capitol in Madison last week when Gov.

    • Dec. 19, 2013
  42. Keith Pamperin of Challenge The Outdoors, left, and SteveNooyen hold a chinook salmon caught off Algoma this past summer. Nooyen donated $30,000 to CTO, a group dedicated to serving the recreational needs and desires of the physically challenged sportsperson. Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    An extended period of cold weather and a return to northerly winds are working in favor of Green Bay ice anglers itching to venture farther off shore.

    • Dec. 18, 2013
  43. Kevin Naze column: New law opens more spots for deer hunters

    Whitetails will have fewer no-hunt refuges inside city, village and town limits after Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 8 Thursday.

    • Dec. 14, 2013
  44. Kevin Naze column: Kewaunee and Door County to get most chinook stocked

    Department of Natural Resources crews will be stocking more chinook salmon in Kewaunee and Door County waters than anywhere else in the state again next year.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  45. Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Most rivers and some marinas, harbors, bays and nearshore areas on parts of Green Bay are offering walk-on ice fishing action, but it's still too early for much offshore exploration.

    • Dec. 11, 2013
  46. Dave Williams of Grafton shot this 13-point, 180-pound buck in Door County opening weekend of the gun deer hunt. The deer's rack sported a 23/4-inch inside spread. It was the only adult buck taken during the gun season on a property where quality deer management is practiced. Six adult does were trimmed from the herd to give the local habitat a break. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: December antlerless deer hunt will go on

    What could be the last four-day, antlerless-only gun-deer hunt will go on as planned Dec. 12-15 in much of Wisconsin.

    • Dec. 7, 2013
  47. Tom Mathu of Luxemburg shot this 16-point buck Nov. 26 in western Kewaunee County. It green-scored 1801/8 inches as a non-typical. Special to Kewaunee County Star-News

    Kevin Naze column: Deer tales still racking up

    Thanks to a strong antlerless harvest and more bucks than usual tagged as the season wore on, Kewaunee County hunters bucked the odds by being one of the few counties to register more whitetails this year than last.

    • Dec. 5, 2013
  48. Tom Mathu of Luxemburg, right, shot this 16-point nontypical buck in Kewaunee County last week. He's shown with his father, Tim. The 188-pound buck was green-scored at 1801/8 inches of antler. Submitted

    Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Ice anglers eager to get after some fresh fillets need to pick their spots carefully, with a lot of thin areas and plenty of open water.

    • Dec. 4, 2013
  49. An opening in a thick patch of trees reveals a hunter near sunset opening day of the nine-day deer hunting season Nov. 23 along Country Lane in Sister Bay . Tina M. Gohr/Door County Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Frustrated hunters want answers on deer herd

    For every hunter who zip-ties a deer tag around the antler of a buck or through the ear of a doe, there are about five others who won't get that chance.

    • Nov. 29, 2013
  50. Kevin Naze shares his weekly outdoors almanac

    Have a favorite original Great Lakes photo or poem? You can enter your best work for a chance to have it published in a DNR Great Lakes calendar. Visit for the details.

    • Nov. 27, 2013

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