Pheasant Fest Rocks! Caleb’s blog

Folks: I am at Pheasant Fest in Madison, where the crowds have been unbelievable. You’d never know we were in a recession to see the people here spending money! I’ll try to post again after the Expo, but I need to get some sleep so I can function tomorrow.

A young hunter who listens to my radio show, Caleb Pearce, has a blog: Check it out. Here’s a note I sent to him in response to a message he sent me.


I have read your blog posts with great interest. I think it is wonderful that you want to help wildlife conservation. DU is a good organization, but there are others that could use your help also. For instance, here in WI Lake Delton drained last summer when the floods took out Highway A. You should take a look at Lake Delton Fisheries Restoration Project. A friend and I helped get this project started. Now people are contributing funds to help create fish habitat and stock fish in the lake.
I read your comments and your readers’ comments about deer and wolves. You are right to say that there are several reasons why deer numbers have declined in WI. There have been too many deer in many areas of the state for years. The DNR encouraged hunters to kill more deer to help bring the herd down to levels that will not damage the remaining habitat. Now that we have fewer deer in parts of the state, some hunters are looking for someone to blame. They are forgetting that when there are too many deer, the ecosystem is out of balance. WI cannot support an ever-increasing deer herd indefinitely.
As for wolves, you are right to say that they returned to WI on their own. The DNR did not reintroduce wolves anywhere in the state. All the wolves we have here came here on their own from MN or MI or they are the offspring of wolves already in WI. We have around 550 wolves in the state now. Biologists tell us a wolf might eat 10-20 deer per year. Lets assume they eat 20 deer per year. Do the math – that means that wolves might kill around 11,000 deer per year in WI. If that is the case, then wolves are not eating all the deer.
Keep up your wildlife observations and keep hunting and fishing. The more time you spend outdoors paying attention to what you see around you, the more you will learn and the more you will be able to share with your readers.
BTW, I am going to post this response on my blog and encourage people to visit your blog. You also might be interested in joining the rabbit hunters group on
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One thought on “Pheasant Fest Rocks! Caleb’s blog

  1. larry janssen

    Hello Dan,

    Sorry this is not a comment on this blog but I could not figure out how else to contact you on this. Below is an E-mail/phone message I had sent Karl Scheidegger, I also sent E-maild to Dennis Schenborn and Mike Staggs of the Wisconsin DNR on 11/14/07. I received no reply and have no idea if they had followed through on this. When I read your story in Wisconsin Sportsman about VHS it reminded me about the TV show Nature Shock and E-mails that I sent. I still have not heard anything back on this.

    Hello Karl,

    I left you am message yesterday about a program I had seen on the Animal Planet channel. The show was Saving the Species. On the show they had done a study into why the alligators were dieing off in Florida. They knew that the alligators had something wrong with their immune systems but could not figure out what was causing it. After 6 years of pumping the stomaches of the alligators they found that they were eating a lot of gizzard shad. The gizzard shad were found to contain an enzyme that caused the body of what ever had eaten them to lose or not absorb vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 was crucial to the immune system and the lack of it in their systems allow viruses and other infection to attack the body of what had eaten the shad. Thru the study they had also learned it affected fish and birds as well. There was one demonstration with large mouth bass fingerlings that were dieing and when they had added vitamin B1 to the water the fish were revived in less than 30 seconds. They compared how game fish could not survive as well in the poor water quality caused by algae blooms and the gizzard shad’s ability to survive in the bad water. During that segment you would have thought they were talking about Lake Winnebago. They talked about the smell from the algae die off just like it smells here. My concern is that this is what is happening in the Lake Winnebago chain. My co-workers who spear sturgeon said that there are dead shad always on the bottom of the lake and that all of the sturgeon they have speared that last 8 years have been full of the shad. Please contact the Florida DNR to learn more about this before it’s to late for the Lake Winnebago system.

    Larry Janssen
    43 Adams Way
    Little Chute WI 54140
    920-766-9455 ext 262

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