Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Paul A. Smith

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin, United States

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Recent articles by Paul:

Hunters register 188,712 deer in Wisconsin's nine-day gun season, 16% more than in 2019

The Wisconsin DNR reported that hunters registered 188,712 deer during the 2020 nine-day gun hunting season. → Read More

Shooting incidents rise during 2020 Wisconsin gun deer season

One fatality was among eight shooting incidents reported in Wisconsin through the first seven days of the season, twice as many as in 2019. → Read More

Hunters in Jackson County illegally killed two elk during the Wisconsin gun deer season

The hunters, who reported the violations, reportedly mistook the elk for white-tailed deer, which are about half the size. → Read More

The Wisconsin deer kill is up slightly over the opening weekend of the 2020 gun season

Hunters registered 95,257 white-tailed deer over the opening weekend of the nine-day gun season, a 2% increase over the same time last year. → Read More

Kettle Moraine Springs hatchery renovation slated for 2021 start-up

A $26.6 million renovation of the Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery is slated to be complete in 2021, according to the Department of Natural Resources. → Read More

Do-it-yourself deer processing is gaining popularity for all sorts of reasons

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and partners sponsored a class to help hunters and others learn how to process their own venison. → Read More

Virtual or in-person, sight-in assistance is available to deer hunters

A range of firearm sight-in help is available to deer hunters, including videos and podcasts and in-person clinics. → Read More

Wisconsin hunters exceeded bear harvest quotas in all zones

The higher than anticipated kill was likely due to a combination of factors, including favorable weather and potentially increased hunter effort. → Read More

Feds remove gray wolf from Endangered Species List, returning management to Wisconsin and other states

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service move returns authority to state agencies and allows for lethal controls, including hunting and trapping of wolves. → Read More

Smith: A bull elk showed up on a trail cam near Holy Hill – maybe the first one there in 150 years

The bull is the first documented dispersal of a wild elk to southeast Wisconsin since the species was reintroduced to the state in 1995. → Read More

Four silver carp tagged and released on Mississippi River near La Crosse

Four silver carp were captured, fitted with acoustic tags and released in the Mississippi River near La Crosse. Fisheries officials with multiple agencies will monitor the movements of the tagged carp. Information gathered will help direct future netting and removal efforts. → Read More

Due to coronavirus, the DNR will offer an online-only hunter ed option for youth

Students younger than 18 had been required to attend an in-person field test, but a temporary rule change was made due to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Wisconsinites Kernen, Mladenik named to fishing Hall of Fame

Former DNR fisheries chief Lee Kernen and long-time fishing guide Mike Mladenik of Crivitz have been named to the 2021 class of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. → Read More

Congress passes second big conservation bill of 2020

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed America's Conservation Enhancement Act, the second big conservation bill of 2020. → Read More

Blue pike a repeat treat

An angler has four times caught-and-released a blue-colored northern pike on the Root River in Racine County. Fisheries experts say such coloring is extremely rare in the species. → Read More

Smith: Whooping crane fledging at Horicon a hopeful milestone

A whooping crane chick hatched and fledged this year from a nest at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, the first time the species has been observed to successfully raise a young bird to that stage at the expansive wetland. → Read More

CWD testing is again offered statewide for Wisconsin deer hunters

The DNR is once again offering a variety of ways for hunters to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease. → Read More

DNR advises against eating livers from deer harvested near PFAS-contaminated Marinette site

Testing found elevated chemical levels in tissue of white-tailed deer taken near the Johnson Controls/Tyco facility in Marinette. → Read More

Smith: Isotope analysis of feathers offers new insight into waterfowl movements and reveals some surprises

Studies suggest analyzing hydrogen isotopes in feathers of harvested waterfowl could be more useful to wildlife managers than the traditional banding. → Read More

Kenosha project aims to improve fish rearing pond and Pike River

A partnership of the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) and the Kenosha Sportfishing and Conservation Association (KSFCA) plans to improve the salmon rearing pond and riparian buffer near the mouth of the Pike River in Kenosha. → Read More