Combating CWD

Mike Foy is a retired wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin DNR.  He made the news when he presented a plan to combat Chronic Wasting Disease at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Milwaukee.  His proposal is to pay hunters AND the landowners for each deer that tests positive for CWD. It may strike many hunters as absurd at first, but it may be our best shot to put this knock this disease out before it becomes unmanageable.

For more information on this disease you can do no better than listening to the Meateater Podcast and Wired To Hunt episodes on the matter.

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Jim Posewitz

This week Noah speaks with Jim Posewitz.  Jim has written a number of books that lay out the history of the hunting conservation movement in this country.  Every hunter needs to read these and to share them with all of their friends.  They might send a copy to their legislators as well.

Subjects discussed: The status of Wisconsin’s wildlife in the 1940’s and early 50’s; the Packers; That “damned cowboy” becoming president; TR and Gifford Pinchot thumbing their noses at congress and then hitting the road to save us all; Germany, Kyrgyzstan, and Iraq as examples of what we might have become; the beautiful story of the passage of the Pittman Robertson Act; the Sirens calling to Ulysses; and what we risk by not knowing what those who came before us did to make sure that we could enjoy the hunting and fishing.

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Scott Zimmerman

Trappers are at the forefront when it comes to the threats posed by antihunters today, whether they be through legislative efforts or propaganda campaigns. It is important that all hunter’s and anglers understand the practice of trapping so that we can fight the misinformation and stand ready to defend ethical trappers everywhere.

This week’s guest, Scott Zimmerman is the President of the Wisconsin Trappers’ Association.  Subjects discussed include a brief overview of trapping, how to get into trapping, current legislation that affects trappers, trapping and social media.



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Wisconsin Elk with DNR Biologist Scott Roepke

Scott Roepke of the Wisconsin DNR talks about the Elk Recovery program.  Subjects discussed: Where the Elk went? Why Kentucky? Elk v. Cars, Citizen involvement, the possibility of a hunt, why Scott won’t hunt them here, how wolves are affecting the reintroduction efforts, CWD and the killing of a cow elk by the DNR for the protection of the herd.

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George Meyer


This week Noah talks with former DNR Secretary George Meyer.  Subjects discussed: The pitfalls of a governor appointed secretary, politics and the DNR, the wetlands bill, wardens not being above the 4th amendment, posers in the legislature, and working for our children and grandchildren.

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