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3/8/2019
With Spring Turkey season just around the corner, Henry USA sent us a video now posted on our homepage that I know you’ll get a kick out of. The point is though, young hunters and smaller hunters won’t get a kick out of it at all. The wait for a gobbler can be too long to question whether or not you’re packing the right turkey load when he does show up (Dick Ellis Photo) Henry wanted to test the viability of their beautiful ...
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Bear Hunting in Wisconsin

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  • 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 ...
  • 9/30/2015 12:35:00 PM
    When hunting, fishing or traveling to Canada, you need to make some basic preparations. Get a passport if you don’t have one and make sure your passport is current.  There are also  FAST cards, but they have limitations.  Children need appropriate documentation.  Passports are recommended.  I take a permission letter...
  • 9/30/2015 12:30:00 PM
    By DICK HENSKE Canada has always has had an appeal that won’t quit.  The beauty of rugged and unspoiled wilderness humbles you.  The areas are vast and private; a place where you can travel for miles and miles and have your breath taken away by every glimpse you catch. There are hundreds of clear sparkling fresh water lakes and end...
  • 9/29/2015 2:35:00 PM
    P.J. Cashman with a 300-pound plus black bear taken with Northern Wisconsin Outfitters his first day on stand.
  • 9/29/2015 2:25:00 PM
    Tom Wurtz of Janesville took his first bear hunting with Northern Wisconsin Outfitters last week in Bayfield County. “These guys at Northern Wisconsin Outfitters run a fantastic, top-notch camp,” Wurtz said during an interview in the Washburn area based camp.  “They know what they’re doing.  They really had good...
  • 9/27/2015 8:55:00 PM
    Father, son, fill bear tags with Northern Wisconsin Outfitters By Chad Meinburg, Oakfield, WIsconsin This is a story about a dream that came true on 09/19/2015 My father Greg Meinburg, was diagnosed with a life threatening illness a few years ago and has been waiting for a new liver for some time now. It has always been my brother and I quest to...
  • 9/23/2015 3:15:00 PM
    On September 20,  Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed an 8 year old female Bluetick Hound and a 4 year old male Plott Hound.  The attacks occurred in the Town of Barksdale, Bayfield County.  More information and a caution area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution area ma...
  • 9/21/2015 8:55:00 PM
    It has been an extremely busy past couple of weeks here in Central Wisconsin.  With the Bear Season opener and fall fishing in full swing, the action and excitement is beyond belief. Bear season opened with a bang and Jim Parquette tagged out in the first couple of hours on a very nice boar.  A nice clean kill with his bow and arrow ov...