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10/9/2019
Fall brings with it something for everyone in the field from the angler to the hunter.  Just a few recent sessions of shooting the bull tell me that autumn is for the youngest of outdoorsman just learning the games to those of us more seasoned with our eyes focused dead ahead on for example, the whitetail rut. James Wallace captured this great buck on trail camera during summer scouting. James Wallace, my nephew-in-law (is there such a ...
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  • 3/31/2016 9:10:00 AM
    In year two of elk reintroduction efforts in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and a number of other key partners, 39 elk from Kentucky have reached their new home in Wisconsin. In 2016, all elk will be released in Jackson County, while future years will see animals released near Clam Lake. Department sta...
  • 3/31/2016 9:10:00 AM
    Panfish regulations set to change on 93 lakes starting April 1MADISON - In an effort to improve panfish size on 93 Wisconsin lakes with the potential for bigger fish, new regulations take effect on April 1. - Read Full Article Trumpeter swan numbers soar – from zero to 4,700 in a generationMADISON -- The number of trumpeter sw...
  • 3/25/2016 8:45:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for March 24, 2016  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Snow returns to central Wisconsin; Lake Michigan steelhead runs underway; 39 elk arrive from Kentucky With a short...
  • 3/24/2016 1:15:00 PM
    Good news for Wisconsin wildlife - winter severity index data shows a mild Wisconsin winter so far in 2015-16MADISON - With winter coming to a close in Wisconsin, 2015-16 winter severity index data shows it is shaping up to be considered a mild winter, overall. - Read Full Article Public comment period for preliminary antlerless harvest quota...
  • 3/17/2016 2:25:00 PM
    DNR ramping up efforts to address Kewaunee County water quality issuesMADISON - The Department of Natural Resources is ramping up its efforts to work with stakeholder groups to address ongoing water quality issues in Kewaunee County. - Read Full Article With help from Wisconsin’s hunters, sampling results provide current snapshot of CWD...
  • 3/14/2016 7:10:00 PM
    MADISON—County Deer Advisory Councils in all Wisconsin counties will meet beginning March 14 to review deer herd information and  develop preliminary recommendations regarding antlerless harvest quotas, antlerless permit levels and other season options for the 2016 deer hunting season.This year, councils will have the option to offer ant...
  • 3/9/2016 1:25:00 PM
    Celebrating 50 Years of Hunter Education in Wisconsin! Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructor Association (WHEIA) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, present the: 2016 Statewide Hunter Education Training Conference and Instructor Recognition Banquet April 23rd, 2016 Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin   This conference ...
  • 3/9/2016 1:20:00 PM
    Steve Suman  A warm and windy Sunday brightened the spirits of many, but not necessarily snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Ice anglers, too, will have to deal with less than ideal conditions this week as the warm temperatures and rain will continue to affect the ice cover. Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend (technically ...
  • 3/9/2016 1:15:00 PM
    By John Luthens Aldo Leopold was a teacher and a conservationist. His cutting-edge philosophy and essays on wildlife management, developed in large part from his humble farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin, are standard-issue reading and standard-issue quoting for outdoor enthusiasts around the world. Deep thinkers like Leopold tend to plop me into a poo...
  • 2/24/2016 4:35:00 PM
    This year’s Expo will feature over 120 exhibitors! Our partnership with the local chapter of Safari Club International was a big success last year, and we will continue working together in a joint effort to bring the very best outfitters to Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Canada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, the best from the Midwes...
  • 2/19/2016 10:00:00 AM
    DNR and key partners lay the groundwork to bolster Jackson County elk herdMADISON -- The second year of Wisconsin's elk reintroduction effort is now complete for the 2016 season, and 40 elk currently await transport to their new home in Jackson County. - Read Full Article DNR Lake Michigan experts to speak at Great Lakes Fishery Commission me...
  • 2/19/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Priority Exhibitor Deadline is March 1st!  To reserve booths at the Protected Rates a 50% deposit must be received by this date.  Priority Exhibitors also have first chance to reserve/retain booth locations.  The application is attached in two different formats.     If you were able to attend the ATA or...
  • 2/19/2016 9:25:00 AM
    Eighty eight year old, Sonny Backhaus from Palmyra, WI prepares for the 2015 deer hunt in his newly constructed deer stand.  Backhaus has been hunting the North woods of Bayfield County, WI for 53 years. In 1962, he began hunting the Chequamegon National forest using a tent for shelter. Three years later, he and nine hunting buddies bought 40 ...
  • 2/12/2016 4:40:00 PM
      The DNR has implemented a feeding and baiting ban in Vilas, Oneida, and Forest Counties in response to CWD being found in deer that were kept on a game farm. There has been some push back from people who want to see the ban lifted. For those of you who want to see the ban remain, let your feelings be known by linking to the petition below a...
  • 2/11/2016 1:10:00 PM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation successfully collaborated with Merrill Lake Properties LLC and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to permanently protect and open access to 297 acres of riparian habitat in southwest Washington.The property sits at the foot of Mount St. Helens and includes Merrill Lake&rsquo...
  • 2/3/2016 10:30:00 AM
    The Deer Management Assistance Program provides landowners with wildlife habitat management resources for properties of any size.  Three levels of enrollment place a wide range of benefits at your fingertips, ranging from hands-on workshops and informational resources to property-specific management plans.  For Level ...
  • 2/3/2016 10:20:00 AM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—Located in the heart of elk winter range in Montana’s Madison Valley, the Madison-Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is now approximately 10 percent larger thanks to a land transfer from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). “This is a tremendously unique project b...
  • 2/1/2016 10:20:00 AM
    Give deer and other wildlife what they need--improve your habitat with DMAP!  The Deer Management Assistance Program provides landowners with wildlife habitat management resources for properties of any size.  Three levels of enrollment place a wide range of benefits at your fingertips, ranging from hands-on workshops ...
  • 1/29/2016 4:15:00 PM
    The County Deer Advisory Council Governance of Operations was developed to provide guidance to council members, DNR staff and the public to help ensure all those who are interested in playing a role in Wisconsin's deer herd management have an opportunity to be heard.  If you would like to provide feedback, please follow the link abo...
  • 1/15/2016 11:00:00 AM
    Northern pike are waiting as ice fishing season ramps up with Free Fishing Weekend MADISON -- While the ice fishing season is off to a slower than usual start this year, anglers can be sure of one thing: when the ice finally cooperates, the northern pike will be waiting. - Read Full Article  Wisconsin DNR Lake Superior stocking...
  • 1/8/2016 10:25:00 AM
     RHINELANDER, Wis. -- A ban on baiting for hunting and feedingdeer for recreational viewing or other purposes in Oneida, Forest and Vilascounties will take effect Jan. 11, 2016 due to the detection of chronicwasting disease in captive white-tailed deer on private land in OneidaCounty reported in December.Forest and Vilas counties are...
  • 1/6/2016 8:40:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Timely snow allows winter activities to pick up across Wisconsin; candlelight skis kick off this weekend  Wisconsin received some timely snow for the New Year, with a storm dropping from 2 to up to 10...
  • 12/31/2015 11:50:00 AM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation wishes to offer clarity regarding reports about California’s new wolf plan. Various media outlets reported that RMEF was part of a collaborative effort with other organizations, including environmental groups, to develop the plan. Such verbiage is misleading and seems to indicate RMEF&rs...
  • 12/28/2015 1:00:00 PM
    Kevin Kurtz, Horicon Wi. Shot in Dodge county during Gun season 12 points 185 pounds  
  • 12/28/2015 12:55:00 PM
    Killed in Iowa 2nd shotgun season