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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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Wisconsin Deer Hunting

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  • 11/14/2013 10:50:00 AM
    We have sold 1841 resident and 11 nonresident wolf licenses.   Zones 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6  are closed.  Only zone 3 remains open. We have harvested 204 wolves as follows: Zone Count Quota 1 77 76 2 29 28 3 22 71 4 12 12 ...
  • 11/14/2013 10:45:00 AM
    As you make preparations for your upcoming deer hunt we ask that you consider donating a deer to Wisconsin's Deer Donation program in 2013.  Since 2000, hunters have provided over 83,000 deer and ultimately 3.7 million pounds of venison to food pantries across the state.  Program organizers and volunteers have made arrangements with mo...
  • 11/10/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin enters the 2013 gun-deer season with a reputation as a state dedicated to safe hunting for everyone. Years of hunter safety courses successfully completed by more than one million people since 1967, under the tutelage of expert volunteer instructors, is a big reason why hunting is safe and getting safer. But it wasn’t always like t...
  • 11/10/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin is one of the best places in North America to hunt deer. Typically in the top three states for total harvest, in 2012 Wisconsin was ranked first among the states and Canadian provinces for producing trophy bucks by the venerable Boone and Crocket Club. Each hunter’s experience is different, though, and harvest success during 2012 va...
  • 11/10/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin has a long and storied tradition of regulated gun deer hunting stretching all the way back to 1851. There have been many changes over the years but few as dramatic as those experienced by hunters during the 1990s and early 21st century. 1834 – Lafayette County, first reported crop damage by deer. 1851 – First close...
  • 11/10/2013 5:35:00 PM
    MADISON – New for the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer hunting season, rifles will be allowed statewide, unless a local municipality has enacted a more restrictive ordinance, the state Department of Natural Resources reports. Also, for the first time, most state park properties will be open to gun deer hunting; however, those park properties that wer...
  • 11/7/2013 3:40:00 PM
    Fencerows By John Luthens  I’ll walk on tiptoe; arm my eye with caution.My heart with courage, and my hand with weapon.Like him who ventures on a lion’s den.  -Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)  I had the vision while I was passed out in a van.  It was Halloween and it was a revelation in the true spirit of on...
  • 11/7/2013 2:40:00 PM
    Kick off your deer season by watching Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2013! The  hour-long special is designed to help you prepare for the upcoming firearm season! Starting Nov. 7 on public television, you can watch host Dan Small's interviews with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp and other DNR staff to discuss research on Wisconsin’s deer herd,...
  • 11/7/2013 2:25:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 4 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m. At that time, the zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-2014 wolf harvest season. With this closure, a total of four wolf harvest zones have closed this season. Wo...
  • 11/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    As we near the fall hunting season, many hunters have bucks on their mind and the Department of Natural Resources does too.  In addition to white-tailed bucks, DNR is also focusing on the Milwaukee Bucks as DNR Nights are underway.  Anyone holding any Wisconsin hunting or fishing license is eligible for discounted tickets on select home ...
  • 11/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    November 5, 2013 Commit to recycle more with 10 tips for America Recycles DayMADISON – Recycling has long been a daily habit and a state law for Wisconsinites, and for good reason – recycling works! Every can, bottle and newspaper we recycle saves resources and energy, reduces the amount of waste in landfills, supplies raw materials to...
  • 11/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Applications for Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) grants are being accepted through December 2, 2013.  Grant applications will be rated and ranked in December and successful applicants will receive a grant award in January 2014.   This grant program provides financial assistance to urban areas for t...
  • 10/31/2013 12:30:00 PM
    Here is a mid-day update.  We have sold 1807 resident and 11 nonresident wolf licenses.   Zone 2 is closed.  Zones 1 and 5 will close at 7 pm tonight. We have harvested 178 wolves as follows: Zone Count Quota 1 76 76 2 29 28 3 10 71 ...
  • 10/31/2013 12:30:00 PM
    Check out the deer and Bob Cat at John Kaisers hunting camp. I hope you like the cat photo taken at our place about 1.5 miles south of Kaiser’s Kamp.  I also have a photo of the cat in the same exact spot, going the same way three days earlier at 2:51 a.m.  Note that this cat photo was taken at 2:50 a.m. Cats are probabl...
  • 10/31/2013 12:00:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE -- Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2013 is the 22nd annual hour-long special designed to help hunters prepare for the upcoming firearms deer season. Host Dan Small will interview Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and other DNR staff to discuss research on Wisconsin’s deer herd, efforts to recruit new hunters, the impact of d...
  • 10/31/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Please note: You received notice earlier this afternoon that Zone 1 would close to wolf hunting and trapping tomorrow. After the closing of Zone 1, harvest rates in Zone 5 initiated an additional closure. Please note that both Zone 1 and Zone 5 will be closed to hunting and trapping of gray wolves, effective 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Wi...
  • 10/31/2013 11:45:00 AM
    Attending the annual Safari Club International Hunters' Convention February 5-8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada not only allows hunters to enjoy the largest hunters' convention, with 2,500 exhibitors from all over the world, it also raises funds that support local conservation efforts. Some of the funds raised during the annual SCI Convention...
  • 10/24/2013 2:50:00 PM
    MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 2 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. The zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-2014 wolf harvest season. Wolf Harvest Zone 2 is the first zone to be closed this season. The harvest ...
  • 10/24/2013 2:35:00 PM
    We have sold 1686 resident and 10 nonresident wolf licenses.  85 wolves have been reported harvested.    HARVEST DATE TIME COUNTY ZONE GENDER METHOD COLLAR NO 1 10/15/2013 9:00 FLORENCE               &...
  • 10/17/2013 12:00:00 PM
    HORICON, Wis. – Join Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator, Keith Warnke, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center to learn more about the connections between natural resources conservation, sustainability and hunting. The title of Warnke’s presentation is “Hunting for Sustainability” and the ...
  • 10/17/2013 11:35:00 AM
    In the interests of ensuring the public is fully informed, I feel compelled to let your readers know important aspects that were omitted from the recent article on wolf management by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism published on October 13 in the Wisconsin State Journal. If wildlife management was simply about doing res...
  • 10/11/2013 4:30:00 PM
    In advance of public hearings later this month on proposed rules for implementation of the Deer Trustee Report recommendations, the Department of Natural Resources is hosting a live online chat to answer questions and collect feedback from the public. The chat will be held Monday, Oct. 14, starting at 12 p.m. To participa...
  • 10/10/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Madison – The Executive Committee of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress recently endorsed the recommendation of the Congress Deer and Elk committee to use county boundaries for deer management in the future. The decision stems from the work of the Deer Trustee Report Action Team in a recently-released Implementation Proposal for Deer Tr...
  • 10/3/2013 8:35:00 AM
    By John Luthens’ “High-tech Tracking” “Dave, you’ve got a remote-controlled buck!”  Those were my first words after I saw the trail camera picture. “Otherwise, it’s a space alien deer.”  That was my next wise observation. Maybe I’d been spending too much time watching bad sci...
  • 9/26/2013 1:15:00 PM
    LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST NEW LOCATIONSeptember 30th 7am at Sparta Family Restaraunt Chance to meet with your representatives.  Find out what is happening in Washington and Madison.  Get your questions answered.  Cost is $5.00 and we ask that you reserve in advance if possible.  Walk in's however are welcome.  ...