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Josh Hoier, 8 of New London poses for Wolf River expert John Faucher with his catch of beautiful walleyes. I took my own blog advice Tuesday.  The wolf River and friend John Faucher called me north from southeast Wisconsin to New London to check out the walleye run for myself.  Faucher is owner of Johnny’s Little Shop of Bait. He keeps close tabs on the river runs of walleyes and white bass; the comings and goings so to speak o...
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Bear Hunting in Wisconsin

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  • 2/28/2017 10:10:00 PM
    February 28, 2017 DNR staff and landowners work together through the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study MADISON - While inconsistent weather has provided challenges, a Department of Natural Resources Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predator Study is underway with help from a number of partners and landowner...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    Give deer and other wildlife what they need--habitat.  Healthy habitat is the key to healthy wildlife populations, and Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program provides habitat management resources for properties of any size. With three levels of enrollment and benefits such as online resources, cooperator workshops, consultation ...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves injured a Plott hound on 01/17/17 in the Town of Washburn, Clark 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 management") to help reduce conflicts.
  • 12/6/2016 4:35:00 PM
    Deadline to apply for black bear and spring wild turkey permits is Dec. 10MADISON -Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until Dec. 10 to submit an application for 2017 hunting season permits. - Read Full Article Upcoming four-day antlerless and holiday hunts give hunters an additional opportunity to enjoy the outdoorsMADISON...
  • 10/17/2016 6:20:00 PM
    MADISON – Preliminary registration numbers indicate a strong 2016 bear hunt, with 4,643 bears registered.“This was another successful season for Wisconsin Bear hunters.  The preliminary harvest of 4,643 is very close to the 2016 quota of 4,750,” said David MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist. “Wisconsin continues...
  • 10/6/2016 8:30:00 AM
    Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated the following hunting dogs over the weekend: * A Plott hound killed on 10/1/16 in the Town of Winter, Sawyer County * A Plott hound killed in a separate incident on 10/1/16 in the Town of Winter, Sawyer County * A Redbone hound killed on 10/1/16 in the Town of Knight, Iron County ...
  • 9/30/2016 8:20:00 AM
    The camp cooking of Shaune Himmler Augsburger and Alan Augsburger alone is enough to bring a hunter to Northern Wisconsin Outfitters. We’re still waiting for the final tally from Northern Wisconsin Outfitters following the first weeks of the bear hunt, with several hunters still looking to fill their tags.  I know that many tags were ...
  • 9/30/2016 7:50:00 AM
    This week has brought much cooler temperatures to the central Wisconsin area.  With that the water temperatures have dropped to the lower 60’s and the leaves have finally started to turn to their fall colors.  Fishing this past week has been exceptional with anglers having good luck with all species.  Bear season is still under...
  • 9/22/2016 11:30:00 AM
    Reader Note: More stories, guide input, and photos will be posted next week under “Bear Hunting” Mike Hart made a perfect shot on his first bear after 10 hours on stand. What can be better than a life-long friend and first time bear hunter who has been writing an ongoing diary for On Wisconsin Outdoors scoring with a bow in the Lake...
  • 9/21/2016 8:30:00 AM
    Over the weekend, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated or injured the following hunting dogs: * A Redbone hound killed on 9/16/16 in Hunter Township, Sawyer County * A Bluetick hound and a Plott/Walker hound killed in the same incident on 9/17/16 in Washburn Township, Bayfield County * A Bluetick hound killed on 9/17/16 in Blaine T...
  • 9/21/2016 8:20:00 AM
    Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Black & Tan hound on 9/15/16 in the Town of Washburn, 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 management") to help r...
  • 9/21/2016 8:20:00 AM
    Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Walker hound and a Bluetick hound on 9/14/16 in the same incident.  The attack occurred in Shanagolden Township, Ashland 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 (d...
  • 9/1/2016 8:50:00 AM
    Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Black and Tan hound on 8/29/16 in the Town of Washburn, 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 management") to help reduce conflict...
  • 9/1/2016 8:40:00 AM
    Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated two bear hounds on 8/27/16 in Bayfield County.  A Black and Tan hound was killed in the Town of Bayfield, and a Bluetick Hound was killed in the Town of Washburn.  More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminde...
  • 8/11/2016 4:20:00 PM
    Hey guys it has been another fantastic week here in central Wisconsin. The fishing has been outstanding and the bear baiting is going very well.  Water temperatures have gone up a bit and are now back in the upper 70”s but cooler weather is forecasted for this upcoming weekend and that should send it back down. The walleye fishing has...
  • 6/24/2016 11:30:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for June 23, 2016  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) High water levels continue to provide excellent paddling in the north; heat slows inland fishing some but Lake ...
  • 6/15/2016 11:40:00 AM
    About that long wait; Wisconsin bear hunters can hunt bear in Canada every year and enjoy some great fishing too while waiting for their Wisconsin tags.  Through some outfitters, like Sturgeon Lake Lodge in Ontario, which is often visited by OWO writer Dick Henske, (in fact right now he’s fishing Canada) moose tags ...
  • 5/18/2016 1:05:00 PM
    MADISON – Those interested in learning more about bears in Wisconsin are reminded to join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts for an online chat Thursday, May 19 at noon.DNR staff will be on hand to answer questions ranging from homeowner tips to avoid bear conflicts to habitat and behavior. Visit dnr.wi.gov<http://...
  • 5/6/2016 10:25:00 AM
    Join DNR staff for an online bear chat Thursday, May 19 at noon. Species experts will be on hand to answer questions ranging from homeowner tips to avoid bear conflicts to habitat and behavior. Visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "chat" to submit questions and view responses from DNR experts. Here, yo...
  • 5/6/2016 9:55:00 AM
    May 3, 2016 DNR spring fisheries surveys signal great opportunities on waters statewideMADISON, Wis. - Warming temperatures throughout Wisconsin this week should make for a great bite when the general inland fishing season gets underway on Saturday, May 7. - Read Full Article Head to the MacKenzie Center May 18-19 for the third annual M...
  • 4/29/2016 4:10:00 PM
  • 3/9/2016 1:25:00 PM
    March 8, 2016 Novice hunters! Apply today to Learn To Hunt Bear this summerMADISON - People who want to experience a real Wisconsin black bear hunt with skilled mentors have until May 27 to apply to participate in a Learn to Hunt Bear program featuring classroom and field instruction and capped with a genuine hunt. -Read Full Article Wi...
  • 1/29/2016 4:20:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3839  MADISON - The state Natural Resources Board approved a record number of bear harvest permits at its meeting Wednesday in Madison. The 11,520 permits are intended reach a bear harvest quota of 4,750 and to stabilize the bear population in three bear management units of the state and d...
  • 12/10/2015 10:35:00 AM
    2015 aerial surveys show Wisconsin’s eagle population soars to new record RHINELANDER - Wisconsin's eagle population continues to soar, with statewide aerial surveys in 2015 documenting a record number since the surveys started 43 years ago, according to the Wisconsin Bald Eagle and Osprey Nest Surveys 2015 report [PDF] released earlier ...