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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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Wisconsin Deer Hunting

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  • 11/19/2014 1:05:00 PM
    OWO Bear Expert Mike Foss says this bear was caught sneaking a last meal in before the big snow ‘put him to sleep’ in Bayfield County.
  • 11/19/2014 11:35:00 AM
    We don’t know much about this buck submitted by a reader, but we know it is a Wisconsin buck recently caught on trail-camera. We also know he is between Superior and Racine. Good luck.
  • 11/19/2014 11:35:00 AM
    Hunters beware. Weather in the Lake Superior Country of Northern Bayfield County could have and likely will have a huge impact on deer and a hunters’ success.  The recent snow storm dumped many inches in the Northland.  Snow has settled some but Lake effect snow doesn't seem to want to let up in the higher elevation areas....
  • 11/19/2014 11:25:00 AM
    Remember to stay safe in the woods this year and report what you see! View a quick message from Secretary Stepp and make sure you’re ready for the 9-day deer season! To view a brief message from Secretary Stepp, click here and remember a few simple tips to stay safe out there!  Be sure to tune in to this week’s live cha...
  • 11/19/2014 11:20:00 AM
    Less than a week to go! Learn new rule changes before Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer huntMADISON -- Opening weekend of the gun deer season, a special time of year for hunters throughout Wisconsin, is less than a week away.   -  Read Full Article DNR Ecologist recognized for efforts to protect, preserve wetlandsMADISON &nda...
  • 11/19/2014 11:15:00 AM
    By Tom Nigl Our pilgrimage to the towering hills and rolling valleys of Richland Center, Wisconsin happens without fail. No matter the weather, there’s a special kind of light in the November sky, calling my family to drop what they’re doing and assemble their best blaze orange. They hurry with anticipation from across the state to gre...
  • 11/18/2014 6:10:00 AM
    RonMizia sends us a photo of his bear shot near Hayward.
  • 11/16/2014 6:55:00 PM
    MADISON - Wisconsin is one of the safest places in the world to hunt deer,and this is no accident, said recreational safety officials with the stateDepartment of Natural Resources."Wisconsin has such a passion for deer hunting, and this passion extendsfrom generation to generation," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "Throughhunter education programs ...
  • 11/16/2014 6:50:00 PM
    John Olson shot this 11-point, 200-plus pound buck in Waukesha County with a crossbow on November 3rd
  • 11/16/2014 6:45:00 PM
    A chronology of Wisconsin deer hunting from closed seasons to recordharvestsWisconsin has a long and storied tradition of regulated gun deer huntingstretching all the way back to 1851. There have been many changes over theyears, but few as dramatic as those experienced by hunters during the late1990s and early 21st century.1834 - Lafayette County, ...
  • 11/16/2014 6:30:00 PM
  • 11/16/2014 11:45:00 AM
    Next week the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be holding aseries of online chats specifically focusing on the 2014 gun deer season.This is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions leading intothis gun deer season where there are some significant changes.  We have hadgreat success using these text-based chats over the ...
  • 11/16/2014 11:40:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/deer.html 2014 deer hunting rule changes 2014 license status Comparison of 2013 to 2014 license sales for the season opener up to 11/9/14. 20142013 494,474 497,444 Download detailed 2014 license sales. [PDF] Deer hunting rule changes for 2014 [PDF] Deer hunting rule changes...
  • 11/16/2014 11:35:00 AM
    The department has offered a number of informational chats open to the public, with DNR wildlife, law enforcement, regulations and communications specialists on hand to answer questions. So far, chats focusing on crossbow hunting, antlerless permits, e-registration, and general regulations have drawn more than 1,000 live participants, with nearly 2...
  • 11/16/2014 11:35:00 AM
    An early fall snowstorm dropped a foot or more of snow across northern Wisconsin this week. Snow depths ranged from 1 to 2 inches through central Wisconsin to nearly 2 feet in parts of Iron and Vilas counties. While the snow may have snowmobilers and skiers itching to hit the trails, most snowmobile trails in Wisconsin do not open until early to m...
  • 11/16/2014 11:35:00 AM
    Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) grant applications for the 2015 grant year are due to be received or postmarked on or beforeDecember 1, 2014. Eligibility  Applicant must be a town, city, village, county or tribal government that is on the Urban Wildlife Areas List, attached to this message....
  • 11/16/2014 11:30:00 AM
    BRULE, Wis. - An amendment to the Brule River State Forest master plan would adjust the annual allowable timber harvest limit to account for the acquisition of 6,505 acres to the forest since the master plan was approved in 2002, under a proposal by the Department of Natural Resources that is currently open for public comments. In addition, an upd...
  • 11/16/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Last in this blog, we’ll get to a detailed story of the buck I was able to tag for those of you who care to read a detailed story.  I’m writing a detailed story because tagging a nice one for this hunter feels a bit like the arrival of Haley’s Comet. It has been a long time coming. First, we touch on a few more important m...
  • 11/16/2014 11:30:00 AM
    MADISON - Wisconsin's conservation wardens again remind hunters of a 1980Wisconsin law that recognized the importance of wearing the color synonymouswith safety -- blaze orange.The law states if you opt to wear a hat during your hunting, it must be 50percent blaze orange. Wardens sometimes come upon hunters not wearing theappropriate cap, and in so...
  • 11/16/2014 11:30:00 AM
    DATE:  November 14, 2014CONTACT:  Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-261-0751SUBJECT: DNR will host two deer season tele-press conferences, Nov. 18, 9a.m. and Nov. 22, 2:30 p.m.MADISON - Please join the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for twotele-press conferences, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. and Nov. 22, 2:30 p....
  • 11/13/2014 8:25:00 AM
    Previews & Reviews  November 2014   Something to sing about!   Black Friday – Cyber Monday. Set your cuckoo clock and get an early start on your holiday shopping! All Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine subscriptions and gift subscriptions will be only $1.00...
  • 11/10/2014 9:05:00 PM
    Contacts: DNR Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services, 608-266-2621 MADISON- In its third year, the first-time buyerlicense<http://dnr.wi.gov/permits/firsttimebuyers.html> continues to providean opportunity to explore Wisconsin's outdoors at an affordable price.Successful first-time deer hunters are also reminded to fill out a firs...
  • 11/10/2014 9:05:00 PM
    Steve Suman According to the forecast (or a look out the window), our beautiful fall is coming to an ugly end, with considerable snow accumulation the first part of the week followed by COLD temperatures. Like it or not, ready for it or not, winter season is arriving in grand style. So be it – let the winter fun begin! “Fishing is goo...
  • 11/7/2014 9:10:00 AM
    White-tail deer rutting activity nearing peak in some areas; Northwoods receives 2 to 6 inches of snow Oct. 31 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Temperatures have dropped and that has continued to trigger rutting activity, which is now rea...
  • 11/4/2014 12:10:00 PM
    We need your feedback! The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources would like your ideas about the conservation and management of Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife resources now and into the future. We are currently updating two important conservation plans – theWildlife Action Plan and the Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Manageme...