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The DNR to release more pheasants for upcoming hunting season

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Wisconsin pheasant hunters will have more targets this fall. The state DNR says it will release 75,000 birds about a week before the pheasant season opens on October 19th. That’s almost a-third more than last year’s release of 54,000.

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The pheasants will be spread across 92 public properties statewide, including 22 new sites in eastern, southern, and northwest parts of the state. More stocking information is available on the DNR’s Web site, accessible at wisconsin.gov. Also, the DNR gave about 36,000 pheasant chicks to 34 conservation clubs this year. They’ll be raised and eventually released on both public-and-private lands.   

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Things are looking up at the Big Eau Pleine Flowage in central Wisconsin. Lower water levels and a lack of oxygen killed thousands of fish this spring, and back in 2009. Now, the Wisconsin River flowage between Marshfield and Mosinee has 165,000 new walleye fingerlings – part of a large statewide walleye expansion in the new state budget. The state’s four public fish hatcheries have just released two-point-three million tiny walleye, as part of the new Wisconsin Walleye Initiative. That’s about 560,000 more than originally expected. DNR fisheries’ director Mike Staggs said over 400,000 large fingerlings will be stocked this year – and considering their longer survival rate, it will translate into a lot more fish for anglers to catch. On the Eau Pleine, the new walleye were 1-to-3 inches long when they entered. Officials say they should make up for at least some of the losses in this winter’s fish kill.   

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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