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John Eiden took advantage of one big opportunity opening morning on Winnebago when he speared this 171 pound, 84-1/2 inch sturgeon while holding vigil with his father, John. Good buddy Scott Heitman and I took our traditional ride north from the Milwaukee suburbs to the ice of Winnebago Saturday to be there with cameras and notebook in hand when the first sturgeon speared on opening day started to hit the registration stations.  When we a...
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  • 6/29/2016 8:00:00 AM
    Follow this link to view the spring issue of the   Wisconsin Wood Marketing Bulletin In addition, please visit the DNR forest business training and events page (available here) for additional information on the upcoming Wisconsin Local-Use Dimension Lumber Grading short course to be held on Monday, August 2...
  • 6/22/2016 2:10:00 PM
    Additional Pavilion Added For 2016 EventAdvanced Ticket Discount PriceFriday Night Happy Hour---Half Price ConcessionsSaturday Night Party Traditional exhibit space for DF 2016 is sold out!  Therefore we have added additional booth space in the new Tru-Fire Pavilion.  2016 DF Attendees will have the opport...
  • 6/20/2016 9:30:00 AM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with conservation-minded landowners and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to permanently protect vital wildlife habitat in southeast Idaho. Thanks to funding provided by BLM’s Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) Recreational Access Fund and RMEF’s Torstenson Family ...
  • 6/20/2016 9:30:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3992 MADISON - A list featuring 128 land parcels under department review in the third year of Department of Natural Resources land sale efforts is now available for review online. Parcels currently under review are located in 37 counties and total approximately 5,300 acres - for more ...
  • 6/20/2016 9:25:00 AM
    MADISON – Wisconsin wolf monitoring data for 2015-16 is now available on the Department of Natural Resources’ wolf management webpage<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/wolf/index.html>.To view this information (found under the "reports" list) and learn more about wolves in Wisconsin, visitdnr.wi.gov<http://dnr.wi.gov/>...
  • 6/10/2016 10:40:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Musky fishing picking up on northern lakes and Green Bay; recent rains have raised water levels on Wisconsin and other rivers  Recent rains have added to high water levels across the state. The W...
  • 6/10/2016 9:45:00 AM
    Students will learn more about furbearer identification and behavior, habitat requirements, trapping history, trapping techniques and placement, fur handling, trapping ethics, and trapping rules and regulations.   Those who did not purchase a trapping license in Wisconsin prior to 1992 are required to pass a trapper education course in o...
  • 6/10/2016 9:35:00 AM
    POYNETTE, Wis. - Archers from all over the country looking to test theirskills will join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff at theMacKenzie Center<http://dnr.wi.gov/education/mackenzie/> June 10-12 for thePope and Young Bowhunters Rendezvous<http://www.pope-young.org/rendezvous/>[EXIT DNR].Attendees will have the ...
  • 6/6/2016 1:55:00 PM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to welcome John Caid, Nancy Hadley, Nancy Holland, Eric Johnson and Bill Pine to its board of directors. “We are grateful for the energy and the willingness to serve that these men and women bring to their volunteer positions,” said David Allen, RMEF president and C...
  • 6/3/2016 1:05:00 PM
    MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will hold an informational meeting open to the public June 16 to share and discuss 2015-16 Wisconsin wolf population data.This meeting will be held at the Quality Inn, 2901 Hummingbird Road, Wausau, and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those unable to attend, s...
  • 5/27/2016 9:30:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3970 MADISON - State wildlife officials remind outdoor enthusiasts the best way to enjoy Wisconsin's whitetail fawns being born now through early July is from afar because their mother is nearby even though you don't see her. Fawns are often left alone by their mothers for long periods of time. ...
  • 5/26/2016 1:55:00 PM
    When I was a child, I wished I was born in the days of Davy Crockett. I believed life would have been grand, if I could have shared adventures with the 1950’s, Walt Disney’s TV character. Like almost every kid in America, I wanted so badly to wear one of those coonskin caps. My mother wouldn’t allow it, because I would, “Cat...
  • 5/26/2016 1:55:00 PM
    MADISON - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved deer hunting season framework and antlerless deer quotas for 2016 at its May 25 meeting in Madison.Final season framework<http://dnr.wi.gov/About/NRB/2016/May/05-16-3B1-1.pdf> reflects recommendations from County Deer Advisory Councils<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html> &ndas...
  • 5/18/2016 1:00:00 PM
    Welcome to Warden Wire's periodic feature, FAQs: Special Edition. These special edition FAQs are dedicated to carcass tags and were taken by the DNR Call Center, the Department of Natural Resources' conservation wardens and the Bureau of Wildlife Management. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and ...
  • 5/18/2016 12:55:00 PM
    By Steve Ellis My wife, Sandy and I went for a long walk at our cabin in Iron County this past weekend. We tried an old road where I used to hunt deer. 15 years ago there were a lot of them here...we would even get some doe permits every year. Then the wolves moved in, and the bears became numerous. Couple that with a few harsh winters, and deer...
  • 5/11/2016 12:20:00 PM
    Interested in becoming an elk monitoring volunteer this summer?  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently recruiting volunteers to conduct trail camera monitoring near Black River Falls and Clam Lake this summer. These cameras were deployed in 2015, and volunteers are needed to help maintain the camera grid. This projec...
  • 4/29/2016 4:10:00 PM
  • 4/29/2016 1:35:00 PM
    Wisconsin landowners are reminded of an excellent opportunity to help other hunters enjoy Wisconsin’s outdoors and sponsor a deer hunt for hunters with disabilities. The deadline for sponsor applications is June 1. Potential sponsors must have at least 60 acres of land available, and are required to allow access for at least three ...
  • 4/27/2016 11:50:00 AM
    Times were good for deer hunters prior to the turn of the century, but a black cloud was on the horizon. Lee Gatzke Disease and politics combine to threaten deer hunting heritage When I began deer hunting, Wisconsin’s archery license cost me one dollar, winterkill took more deer than hunters did, and wolves were considered extinct in thi...
  • 4/26/2016 7:15:00 PM
    Lake Michigan stocking efforts contribute to diverse angling opportunitiesMILWAUKEE - After stocking more than 2.6 million fish into the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan in 2015, the Department of Natural Resources is relying on recent harvest data and survey research to implement its Lake Michigan stocking plans for the coming year. - Read F...
  • 4/13/2016 11:30:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3927  MADISON - More than 4,300 people came out to participate in the 2016 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 11. The public hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indi...
  • 4/13/2016 11:25:00 AM
    The County Deer Advisory Councils need your feedback!  If you haven’t already provided your input on the 2016 CDAC quota, permit level and season structure recommendations, now is your chance to help shape the 2016 deer season in your county. By completing the online public feedback form, your thoughts and comments on the loc...
  • 4/13/2016 11:20:00 AM
    Deer season recommendations to be finalized at April County Deer Advisory Council meetingsMADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils will prepare their final antlerless quota, permit level and season structure recommendations during the last round of spring meetings from April 18-21. - Read Full Article Where’s Walleye? Major tagging...
  • 4/12/2016 10:15:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3926  GRANTSBURG, Wis. - Hunter Safety Education will be hosted at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area April 25-29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and April 30 from 9-11 a.m. at the Grantsburg Rod & un Club. Class is required to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin ...
  • 4/5/2016 1:55:00 PM
    Help shape the 2016 deer season in your county!  The County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) have released their recommendations for 2016 antlerless deer harvest quotas, permit levels and season structure.  Now is your chance to review these recommendations and provide feedback to help your county council finalize them.    Revi...