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DICK ELLIS Are state population numbers far understated? Wisconsin hunters took just three days to harvest 216 wolves during the February hunt, reinforcing the belief of thousands of Wisconsin sportsmen that the official stated population of 1195 wolves is significantly below the actual count. The harvest of 216 wolves is 8 percent over the harvest quota of 200 wolves unanimously voted for by the Natural Resources Board on February 15. Headi...
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Bear Hunting in Wisconsin

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  • 2/23/2021 1:20:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today the February wolf harvest season is underway through Feb. 28, 2021 in accordance with a circuit court order.   The DNR received 27,151 wolf harvest applications. There are 2,380 harvest authorizations available for purchase for applicants who are eligible...
  • 2/23/2021 1:10:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday that a wolf harvest season will take place Feb. 22-28, 2021.  All hunters and trappers interested in obtaining a wolf harvest permit or preference point must apply beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. The application period will close at 11:59...
  • 12/8/2020 5:45:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the official wolf season will begin Nov. 6, 2021.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will delist gray wolves from the federal list of endangered species on Jan. 4, 2021, returning management authority to the lower 48 states and tribes. U...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds black bear and wild turkey hunters the 2021 season application deadline is before midnight on Dec. 10, 2020. Hunters can purchase applications for permit drawings at GoWild.wi.gov or through an authorized license agent. Consider inviting others wh...
  • 10/11/2020 9:50:00 AM
    USDA Wildlife Services has confirmed the following conflicts: On September 26, 2020, wolves injured a pet Black Labrador in the Town of Cary, Wood County. The dog was euthanized as a result of the injuries.  On October 3, 2020, wolves injured two trailing hound dogs in the Town of Alvin, Forest County.  A thir...
  • 9/23/2020 11:35:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – Extensive survey efforts conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), tribal biologists and more than 100 trained citizen volunteers indicate an increase in Wisconsin’s wolf population from last year. This increase follows two years of steady abundance estimates and was measured in both the long...
  • 9/23/2020 11:35:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – In cooperation with local businesses, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing during the 2020 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons. The health of the deer herd relies on commitment from hunters. Managing CWD begins with knowing where the ...
  • 9/23/2020 11:25:00 AM
    USDA Wildlife Services has confirmed the following conflicts: September 15, 2020, a wolf posed a threat to an upland bird hunting dog in the Town of Anderson, Burnett County.  At this location a wolf was pursuing a hunting dog when the dog owner intervened and scared away the wolf. September 18, 2020, wolves killed (2) trailing hound dogs ...
  • 8/31/2020 12:25:00 PM
    On August 17, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a pet dog in the Town of Sugar Camp, Oneida County. On August 19, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Laona, Forest County. On August 20, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a tra...
  • 8/23/2020 2:30:00 PM
    Dear Hunters and Wildlife Enthusiasts of Wisconsin, My name is Randy Johnson, and I was recently hired as the state’s large carnivore biologist, responsible for overseeing bear, wolf and cougar programs. I’m originally from a small farming town in southwest Minnesota, and have been an avid outdoor user my entire life, including hunting...
  • 8/23/2020 2:25:00 PM
    On August 12, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Laona, Forest County. On August 15, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Eisenstein, Price County. On August 15, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depred...
  • 8/11/2020 10:30:00 AM
    On August 3, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves a trailing hound dog in the Town of Bergen, Marathon County. More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce con...
  • 8/5/2020 11:30:00 AM
    On August 1, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed one trailing hound dog and injured another trailing hound dog in the Town of Barnes, Bayfield County.  On August 1, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed 3 trailing hound dogs in the Town of Fifield, Price County. More information and caution-area...
  • 7/31/2020 5:05:00 PM
    RICE LAKE, WI – July 30, 2020 Henry Repeating Arms Company announced that it is voluntarily recalling all H015-series Single Shot Rifles and Single Shot Shotguns manufactured prior to July 1, 2020. Henry has recently discovered a potential safety is...
  • 7/29/2020 1:10:00 PM
    On July 25, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Pence, Iron County.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depredation") to help redu...
  • 7/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
    On July 20, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Summit, Douglas County.  This conflict was also classified as a Human Health and Safety conflict. On July 21, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog in the Town of Hughes, Bayfield Coun...
  • 7/18/2020 9:55:00 AM
    On July 5, 2020, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a trailing hound dog and injured two other trailing hounds in the Town of Millston, Jackson County. More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.w...
  • 6/30/2020 1:20:00 PM
    Bear Hunting Application Period For 2021 Season Opens July 1   MADISON, Wis. – The application period for the 2021 bear hunting season will open July 1 after the successful completion of legislative review. The application deadline remains Dec. 10, 2020. Applicants are reminded to be aware of the new bear management zone b...
  • 3/5/2020 12:30:00 PM
    Application deadline remains Dec. 10, 2020       Bear application period delayed Application deadline remains Dec. 10, 2020     The opening of th...
  • 2/12/2020 7:55:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished February 11, 2020     Important Changes To 2021 Bear Season Application Hunters Register 3,792 Birds During 2019 Fall Turkey Hunt Help Improve Habitat For Wildlife DNR Service Center Counters and Call Center Unavailable During Staff Training Catastrophic Aid Request Approved For 15 Communities and Tribe...
  • 11/16/2019 11:45:00 AM
    On 11/10/19, USDA-Wildlife Services has confirmed that wolves depredated a 10-year-old Brittany Spaniel in the Town of Mason, Bayfield County. More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depr...
  • 11/12/2019 5:25:00 PM
    A plan with (two) teeth!         Dear Wisconsin bear enthusiast - We’ve wrapped up the 2019 black bear hunting season, which serves as yet another reminder of how fortunate we are to live in a state with ...
  • 11/12/2019 4:55:00 PM
    Preliminary data shows that hunters harvested 3,648 bears during the 2019 Wisconsin black bear season.Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): Scott Walter, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist, 608-267-7865, Scott.Walter@wisconsin.gov or Matt Gross, DNR Assistant Big Game Ecologist, 608-261-7588, Matthew.Gross@wisconsin.govNovember 4, 2019 at 12:03:35 p...
  • 10/30/2019 5:05:00 PM
    On 10/12/2019, USDA-Wildlife Services verified that wolves harassed two pet dogs in the Town of Minocqua, Oneida County. More information and maps of depredation locations are available on the gray wolf depredation webpage. Livestock producers and hunting dog and pet owners are reminded to contact USDA-Wild...