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Bear Hunting in Wisconsin

Green Bay Packer-Bears Cartoon by Carl Ruppert & Dick Ellis

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  • 9/21/2012 11:05:00 AM
    By Mike FossNorthern Wisconsin Outfitters Sorry I have not been keeping up with the weekly update. I have been in the field with our bear hunters and am exhausted and working hard.  The bear season is winding down with most hunters already successful. The task now is to take down some stands down and leave some active stands going.   I...
  • 9/17/2012 12:10:00 PM
    First and foremost it is important for the 1,160 successful wolf license applicants to know that Wisconsin’s first modern day wolf season will continue. The judge’s injunction on the use of dogs still stands. We will continue to work on that issue and try to find a resolution prior to the end of November when the use of dogs for hunti...
  • 9/11/2012 1:20:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis “Photos by Dick Ellis” The weight of the moment and a nasty “bear” fever fell over 12 year old Jarrett Bolssen as the  mammoth boar slipped slowly from the shadows and nearer the bait. Hunter confidence that builds with preparing properly for a hunt can melt away quickly at the moment of truth. A readine...
  • 9/11/2012 10:20:00 AM
    Bill Cosh - DNR Spokesman, 608-267-2773 MADISON – On Friday, August 31 Judge Peter C. Anderson issued a temporary injunction involving the use of dogs for tracking and trailing of wolves AND for the use of dogs for training to track or trail free ranging wolves. As part of his order, Judge Anderson ordered the DNR to make reasonable...
  • 9/11/2012 9:40:00 AM
    Eric Pacey of Wausau, who shared with OWO last week some of the photos captured on trail camera as he baited Iron County in preparation of the bear hunt with his brother, Jason, shares with us now the results of that labor. The Pacey brothers arrived at the family cabin neat Mercer last Sunday night and fished on Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday, th...
  • 9/10/2012 11:25:00 AM
    News Release Published: September 7, 2012 Contact(s): Bill Cosh, DNR Spokesman, 608-267-2773; Tom Hauge, Director DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management - 608-266-2193; Bill VanderZouwen - DNR Wildlife Management, 608-266-8840 or Frank Trcka, DNR Wildlife Managment, 608-267-7472 MADISON -– The 2012 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast [PDF, 7.1 MB...
  • 9/5/2012 11:05:00 AM
    CPSC, RIVERS EDGE® TREESTANDS, INC. ANNOUNCE RECALL TO REPLACE PART OF TREESTANDS THAT PRESENT A SERIOUS SAFETY RISK Click here for Recall Treestand pdf
  • 9/5/2012 10:40:00 AM
    CONTACT:  Bill Cosh, agency spokesperson (608) 267-2773 http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=2494 MADISON – This afternoon Dane County Circuit Judge Peter C. Anderson issued a partial injunction involving the use of dogs for Wisconsin’s wolf season. Judge Anderson’s partial injunction makes it clear that Wiscon...
  • 9/5/2012 10:20:00 AM
    CONTACT:  Bill Cosh, DNR Spokesman - 608-267-2773 http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=2493 Wisconsin Wolf Season Will Proceed MADISON – This afternoon Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson issued a partial injunction involving the use of dogs for Wisconsin’s wolf season. Judge Anderson’s partial injunction...
  • 8/29/2012 2:25:00 PM
    August 29, 2012 Contact: Bill Cosh, agency spokesperson (608) 267-2773 MADISON – Following court proceedings taking place this morning, August 29, 2012, before Judge Peter C. Anderson, officials at the Department of Natural Resources are issuing the following statement. While the court did not act on the request for a temporary injunction ...
  • 8/28/2012 3:10:00 PM
    Hunter Eric Pacey of Wausau drew a kill permit for the September bear season and shares with us some of his photos while baiting public land in Iron County with his brother, Jason Pacey. Jason Pacey finishes preparing another bait station in Iron County.  Jason will handle video-taping the hunt of his brother, Eric Pacey. “So far, I ...
  • 8/28/2012 11:50:00 AM
    By Mike Foss It was very exciting to view the new Cuddeback pictures at different bait stations this week. Some very nice bears are coming in regularly to feed. “Wood Tick a massive bear that took over Snaggle Tooth’s bait station.” “Off limits to harvest tags, sows with cubs still often provide ample entert...
  • 8/21/2012 12:05:00 PM
    By Mike Foss The foliage no longer has its vibrant colors; slowly the bright glossy green is fading away, ferns are shrinking to a crisp brown and the smell of fall is in the air. My anxiety for the season to begin is almost over-“bearing”.  (Sorry). The simple task this past week of switching my Cuddeback trail cameras to differ...
  • 8/21/2012 9:50:00 AM
    Hunters and trappers, now that the 2012 waterfowl seasons have been finalized, you can view all hunting and trapping season dates on the DNR website. You can also download a 2012 Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Seasons factsheet in portable document format [PDF]
  • 8/14/2012 11:00:00 AM
    By Mike Foss Good news.  My brother David is back home recovering from his injuries. He will take months to get back on his feet but he is doing well. Thank you for all the prayers. This little yearling is trying to figure out how to get at the goodies. Bear baits are very active with more and more pronounced trails leading to and from th...
  • 8/8/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Weekly News article published: August 7, 2012 by the Central Office MADISON – As of Tuesday morning, August 7, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has sold 7,286 applications for wolf hunting permits. This included 7,150 that were purchased by Wisconsin residents and 136 purchased by nonresidents. Hunters and trappers interested i...
  • 8/6/2012 10:50:00 AM
    By Mike Foss After a long weekend family reunion, good food and yes the 100 screaming kids, Monday found me full of energy and excitement. Finally, peace and quiet. I was once again all alone; just me and my ATV and the smell of bear bait and fresh baked apple pie. Yes, fresh baked. When I fill my bait buckets up the last bait to go in is pie fill...
  • 8/1/2012 10:15:00 AM
    July 31, 2012 – MADISON – On the eve of the wolf hunting application period start date, the Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition (HRC) today applauded the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) leadership and staff, the Natural Resources Board (NRB), Wolf Management Act authors Representative Scott Suder and Senator Terry Moult...
  • 7/30/2012 5:10:00 PM
  • 7/30/2012 11:20:00 AM
    By Mike Foss Had to laugh while baiting. We have a bait station we call Big Red Hill Bait. You have to travel by ATV to get to it. We round the corner and there she is; 150 yards of steep red clay. We push the button for 4-wheel drive, lean forward, white knuckles all the way up the trail. Any passenger with you has to get off and walk the hill, f...
  • 7/26/2012 4:05:00 PM
    By Dick Ellis Reader note:“You never know what you’ll find in a Mike Foss bear camp.  But at least the opportunity for success is as close as a hunter can come to a guarantee. Hunters over many years have achieved a near 100 percent shot opportunity due to the guide’s hard work in pre-season.  Craig Cichanofsky of Green...
  • 7/25/2012 2:10:00 PM
    2012 Bear Regulations Connect with the Bear Pages on the DNR website at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/bear.html
  • 7/25/2012 2:05:00 PM
    Harvest goal, number of permits issued, bear kill and percent success, by zone for the 2011 black bear season. Zone Harvest Goal Permits Issued Black Bear Kill Permit Success A 2,200 3,465 1,592 46% B 1,075 1,510 969 64% C 860 2,550 715 28% D 1,100 1,480 975 66% Unkown     6   ...
  • 7/25/2012 2:05:00 PM
    By Kevin Wallenfang, Scott Roepke, and Dan Hirchert The 2012 Wisconsin bear hunting season promises to provide excellent hunting opportunities   for those pursuing one of the state’s most prestigious big-game species. Across the north, bears are abundant!  Annually, Wisconsin ranks among the leaders in bear harvest in terms of...
  • 7/25/2012 12:10:00 PM
    DATE:   July 25, 2012 CONTACT:  Scott Loomans - 608-267-2452 http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=2439 MADISON – Hunters and trappers interested in participating in Wisconsin’s inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season must apply for a permit between August 1 and August 31, 2012. The permit application fe...