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4/5/2022
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Outdoor Report: Black Bear Study, Sturgeon Season Updates + Wolf Updates

Know where any black ben den locations are? We're asking the public to help us with a new research study and report any known locations. 

Conducted by the department’s Office of Applied Science, the study will analyze reported dens and generate estimates of reproductive rates of black bears within each bear management zone. These estimates will improve the accuracy of the population models for those zones.

Public reporting of bear dens will increase the study’s success and the accuracy of the black bear population model, as black bear dens are difficult to locate. The public is encouraged to report as much information about the den’s location and recent use as possible without approaching or disturbing the dens. Den locations from prior years can be useful since black bears will occasionally re-use dens.  

The DNR’s Office of Applied Sciences will begin research at the end of February and continue until collaring goals are met. Research staff will collar female black bears and collect data at each den, such as the sex, weight and body measurements of the sow and cubs.

The DNR’s researchers appreciate the help of local and federal biologists, tribal partners and the general public in locating black bear dens.


2022 Sturgeon Spearing Season Update

Effective 1 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2022 the sturgeon spearing season on the Upriver Lakes is closed. 

Spearers with an unfilled tag for the Upriver Lakes may no longer harvest a sturgeon this season.

Spearers with tags for Lake Winnebago may continue to harvest sturgeon on Lake Winnebago until any of the age or sex specific harvest caps are reached or until any of the Lake Winnebago System age or sex specific harvest cap totals are reached.

Daily Updates

Keep up with the daily harvest updates on our website or register to receive them by email.

No Ice Is Safe Ice

Spearers are reminded that no ice is ever 100% safe and are urged to check with local fishing clubs and conservation groups near the area they plan to spear for local ice condition information. These groups regularly monitor conditions and maintain access points and ice roads. The DNR does not monitor ice conditions. Find safety tips on the ice safety webpage.

Additional season forecasts, a look at the 2022 water clarity report, and daily season harvest updates will be available throughout the season on the Winnebago system sturgeon spearing webpage. Spearers can also subscribe to receive helpful daily sturgeon harvest updates via email.

Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR


Wolf Season Update

The Wisconsin DNR will refund the $10 application fee to customers who applied for a wolf harvest permit or preference point for the Fall 2021 wolf harvest season. The department will restore all customers' wolf preference point records to their Fall 2021 pre-application status.

Following a federal court ruling on Feb. 10, wolves in the lower 48 states were returned to the Federal Endangered Species List. (The ruling excludes wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains region.) Under Wisconsin law, if the wolf is listed on the federal endangered list, the state is not authorized to implement a wolf harvest season.

The $10 refund check will be sent via U.S. mail to the address on file in Go Wild.

If needed, applicants may update their address in Go Wild before Feb. 24, 2022. Otherwise, no other action is required at this time.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

More details are available on the DNR's website.