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posted: 8/8/2012 8:31 PM

Plenty of interest in Wisconsin's wolf season

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In the first week of sales, the Wisconsin DNR received 4,726 applications for its inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 15 and run until the state-imposed quota of 201 wolves is met.

The application fee is $10. If successfully drawn, the tag costs an additional $100.

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Aggressive otters:

For the second time in less than a month, aggressive otters have attacked a swimmer in Minnesota. This time, Carol Schefers, 38, of St. Michael, was swimming at her family's cabin on tiny Ude Lake near McGregor in Aitkin County when two otters left 18 bite marks on her legs, ankles and arms.

At a nearby hospital, doctors gave her antibiotic, rabies and tetanus shots as a precaution. She is recovering, according to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Here is a link to that story with photos.

Cross purposes:

The second product liability lawsuit against a crossbow manufacturer this year by a plaintiff claiming to have lost part of a thumb due to alleged negligence has been filed -- this time in Texas. William Quinn Meredith filed the lawsuit against Barnett Outdoors and Mark Shuman Inc., dba The Digital Oasis, on Aug. 1 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. A similar case against a different manufacturer and Cabela's Inc. was filed here in Illinois in June.

Fishing report:

Fox Chain: Some of the best bluegill fishing can be had now on Pistakee Lake in 7 feet of water. Muskie action on Lake Catherine is decent at night, while largemouth bass activity picks up just before sunrise on Channel Lake.

Fox River: The smallmouth bite is improving just south of the gaming boat in Elgin.

Lake Michigan: If you're looking for perch action, once again the Lake Forest area can be a decent spot. Minnows and spinners dropped down to 65 feet are doing hte job. Chinook action continues to be good off Northpoint and Waukegan, 80-100 feet down.

•Contact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

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