Sunday, September 23, 2018

Getting Out

Field Notes 5/18/18

Fly casting clinic scheduled

The Clearwater chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering a free fly casting clinic for any adult who is interested in learning the skill and art of fly fishing. 

The clinic is limited to 10 participants. Clinics are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. this Wednesday. Clinics also will occur at that time and location on May 30, June 4 and June 11 at Owen Park in Eau Claire.

Fly rods will be provided, or participants can bring their own if they wish. For more information, call Greg Lynch at 715-839-0056.

Board to discuss deer hunt rules

MADISON — A request for approval of antlerless deer hunt quotas, antlerless permit levels and a deer hunting season framework for this year are issues scheduled for discussion at Wednesday’s state Natural Resourcse Board meeting in Madison. 

A request for an easement to buy more than 20,000 acres in Sawyer County also is scheduled for discussion at the meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in Room G09 of the state Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

The state Department of Natural Resources is proposing antlerless tags in all but one county as part of deer hunting rules this year. Iron County is the only county where the department recommended a buck-only season.

County Deer Advisory Councils recommended a buck-only season in Ashland and Price counties as well, but DNR staff recommend offering a limited number of private land antlerless tags in those locations. 

Several counties have also advocated for additional late season antlerless hunts and extended archery seasons.

For more information about the meeting, visit the DNR website,, and search using the keyword “NRB,” then click on the “view agendas” button.

Activities free on June 2-3

MADISON — Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish, hike or bike state trails and enjoy free admission to state parks and forests on June 2 and 3 as part of the state’s Free Fun Weekend. 

On those days, no fishing license is needed to fish, including inland trout and Great Lakes trout and salmon fishing, which normally would require a trout stamp in addition to a license. Fishing rules such as limits on the size and species of fish apply as normal.

Likewise, all state trail pass fees on DNR-owned state trails are waived on those dates, as are state park vehicle admission sticker fees.

Free fishing equipment is available for loan at more than 50 state parks, DNR offices and partner organizations. For more information, visit the DNR website,, and search using keywords “free fun.”

From staff reports

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