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Do you think the hunting industry puts too much emphasis on trophy bucks and records?

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Transported inflammables – worried or not …???

With the increased transportation of Bakken crude oil via rail across Wisconsin, are you worried about possible oil spills or fires?

Emergency responders train for large oil spill

Poll Pic S937On July 16, WBAY TV in Green Bay reported: Highly combustible crude oil from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota is changing the rail landscape. Estimates from the Congressional Research Service predict 650,000 carloads of crude oil will be transported across the country this year, an increase from 434,000 carloads in 2013 and 9,500 in 2008 when the oil boom began.

LA CROSSE, Wis. – A coalition of federal, state and local emergency responders will conduct three days of training here this week to prepare for a large-scale train incident with crude oil spilling from tank cars into Mississippi river.

Training will begin Thursday at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Onalaska and will expand Friday and Saturday onto the Mississippi River, with equipment being launched at the La Crosse Municipal Boat Harbor.

On-water drills will include the placement of deflection booms designed to divert or contain an oil spill along with mock oiled-wildlife collection and rehabilitation efforts by natural resource managers. Officials are working with print, broadcast and online media to alert the public that this is an exercise and not a real emergency.

“The energy boom has brought a lot of crude oil in regular proximity to high value natural resources and refuge areas,” said exercise director David Morrison of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. “One of our tasks as emergency responders is to prepare for the worst by practicing rapid containment and recovery, wildlife protection and habitat preservation.”

Officials said the primary goal of responders to any train incident involving crude oil would be to protect human safety.

The training is organized by the Upper Mississippi River Hazardous Spills Coordination Group, a coalition of state and federal agencies with emergency response responsibilities, with support from local governments, private-sector partners, and the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association.

The training will focus on four functions – unified command, boom deployment, wildlife protection and rescue, and communications.

Unified command is a formal way of organizing several entities into a single incident command structure. Boom deployment refers to various methods of placing equipment on the water to hold a substance such as oil in place to prevent spreading and facilitate removal.

Wildlife protection includes the use of hazing to prevent birds from entering a dangerous environment and use of various techniques to rescue birds and animals affected by a spill.

Communications involves the rapid dissemination of information to the public in the event of an emergency.

  • Agencies conducting the drill include the
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services
  • Local fire and police departments
  • Wisconsin Emergency Management
  • County emergency managers
  • Minnesota officials
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Others.
  • Representatives from BNSF Railway
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • and several private businesses will take part in the drill as well


  • Ed Culhane, Wisconsin DNR communications – (715) 781-1683
  • Cathy Rofshus, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – (507) 206-2608
  • Tom Kendzierski, Wisconsin DNR spill coordinator – (715) 839-1604
  • Larry Dean, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – (612) 713-5312
  • Sgt. Randy Rank, La Crosse Police Department – (608) 789-7240
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Is the DNR doing enough to monitor and control CWD?

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TROPHY HUNTING – too much emphasis …???

Do you think the hunting industry puts too much emphasis on trophy bucks and records?


Burnett County celebrates ‘Jordan Buck’ centennial

Poll Pic S937In the September 19 edition of Wisconsin Outdoor News, contributing writer Joe Shead wrote:

Danbury, Wis. — It’s the nature of hunters to tell and re-tell the stories of their hunting triumphs, but few of these stories survive more than a generation. But then again, few hunting stories involve deer as large as the buck killed by James Jordan.

Jordan killed his legendary deer on Nov. 20, 1914, in Burnett County near Danbury. Decades after the buck was killed, it was officially scored at 2061⁄8 inches on the Boone and Crockett Club’s scoring scale, and has been surpassed only by Milo Hanson’s buck in Saskatchewan under the club’s “typical” whitetail category. In an era when the hunting market is flooded with gimmicks to help hunters grow and shoot more trophy bucks, hunters believe it’s pretty amazing that this deer has stood the test of time.

A century later, the “Jordan Buck” still ranks as the Wisconsin state record and the largest typical whitetail ever killed in the United States. Burnett County will honor the 100th anniversary of the hunt for its homegrown deer with several events.

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