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A new breed of Wisconsin deer hunters focus on sustainability

There was a time not so long ago when a young woman like Kelly Maynard would participate in the annual protest of the deer hunt on Madison's Capitol Square. For a decade or more on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which is the opening of the nine-day gun deer season in Wisconsin, protestors would tie pillows wrapped in blaze orange jackets and pants onto their bumpers and parade around the Square. >More
 Passing the buck: Wisconsin is doing little to stop chronic wasting disease

On the eve of Wisconsin's annual gun deer hunt, so rich in tradition and so important to our self-definition and economy, a disease that threatens that institution quietly spreads like an oil slick. And we are doing nothing about it. Chronic wasting disease was first found in Wisconsin deer just west of Madison a decade ago. Today, according to Department of Natural Resources wildlife experts, the disease infects 20% of adult bucks at its epicenter in Iowa County, and it is moving out from there at the rate of about two miles per year. >More
 Madison alders question parks plan to take over golf pro shops

The Madison parks division is pushing a plan to take over administration of the clubhouses at the city's four public golf courses. But it's not proving to be an easy sell. Three parks representatives presented a briefing on the proposal Tuesday night for members of the Common Council. >More
 Look up to the skies and see: Top birdwatching spots in southern Wisconsin

American birdwatchers are an intrepid lot. Whether on a spring journey to the Platte River for sandhill cranes or an early fall trip to the Atlantic Tidewater to watch shorebirds, they seem forever on the move between breeding and wintering grounds of their favorite species. Thanks to Wisconsin's location on Great Lakes and Mississippi River migration paths, however, Badger State birders can have fun close to home. >More
 UW Lifesaving Station quietly rescues boaters and swimmers

Nestled on the southeast shores of Lake Mendota next to James Madison Park is the UW Lifesaving Station -- a concrete structure resembling a fortress. In many ways, the Lifesaving Station operates as a fire station does, except that its purpose is to provide lake rescue services. Four limited-term employees (LTEs) are on call 10 hours a day, seven days a week, April to October. >More
 Prepping for a mud run

Tip #1: Wear clothes you don't mind getting caked in mud. Tip #2: Dig out an old pair of running shoes. Tip #3: Strap them on tight with a few turns of duct tape. Now you're ready to tackle one of the many mud runs or obstacle races coming to the greater Madison area. >More
 Photos from Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2012 (slideshow)

As it turns out, there's a lot to look at when hundreds of paddlers take to the lakes and streets of downtown Madison on a Saturday morning. Here are some of them. >More
 Oompa Loompas and fishnet stockings: Sights and sounds from the 2012 Isthmus Paddle & Portage race (video)

It was hard to ignore the hundreds of canoe paddlers (and their fans) who took over downtown Madison for Paddle & Portage. We caught up with some of the teams that stood out from the crowd in one of the city's most unique events. >More
 Photos and tweets from Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2012

Hundreds of canoes conquered Lakes Mendota and Monona -- along with a decent chunk of downtown Madison -- Saturday. A lot of landlubbers crossed their paths and shared the experience on social media. >More
 Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2012 results

361 vessels managed to navigate Lakes Mendota and Monona Saturday, not to mention the treacherous mile-long portage across downtown Madison's isthmus in between. Here's how they finished. >More
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