The deer archery season is heating up.

Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait in Tomah, said the deer season is going well.

“I’m getting quite a few hides, so that must mean some of the guys are getting them,” he said. “This weekend was pretty busy with that portion.”

While bow deer hunters are doing well, Roscovius said he hasn’t heard much about the hunting seasons for other species.

“I know a few guys are pheasant hunting,” he said. “Typically I don’t see bird hunters after we sell them some ammo.”

The DNR reports fall turkey hunters in Crawford and Vernon counties have been reporting good success and plenty of birds to hunt. Turkey hunters should be aware that the nut and acorn crop in those counties is tremendously larger than that of the past several years, and wild turkeys may be spending more time feeding in oak woodlands and less time in open fields.

The fishing world has slowed down for all species, Roscovius said.

“We don’t have too many guys ... showing up to fish, except two lonely walleye fishermen on the Petenwell − they’re catching a few,” he said. “Fishing is pretty much coming to an end until we get some ice. There are a few (fishermen) going to the Mississippi (River), but locally, most have given it up for the hunting.”

The DNR says walleyes are biting at Lake Wissota near Chippewa Falls. It recommends trying the shallows with a floating stick bait early and late in the day or rig a slip bobber/minnow and fish from one of two accessible fishing piers at Lake Wissota State Park.

Snow has been on the ground a week in northern Wisconsin, with some areas having a dusting and others several inches. The Department of Natural Resources reports some tamaracks are still clinging to their needles, but most other trees, with the exception of oaks, are losing their leaves. In the south only a handful of counties are still reporting peak color, mostly in the southeast.


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