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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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Wisconsin Deer Hunting

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  • 2/14/2013 9:10:00 AM
    February 12, 2013 POYNETTE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has begun to explore the creation of an outdoor skills recruitment and retention center which will focus on promoting the education and training of long term mentors to help reverse the nationwide trend of declining hunters, anglers and trappers. “We beli...
  • 2/13/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Feb. 12, 2013 MADISON -- Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp issued the following statement on Tuesday’s filing of a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups, to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region: When federall...
  • 2/13/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Enroll today so you are ready for opening day of all seasons MADISON – More than 40 percent of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education courses are held in spring, making this an opportune time for you to enroll to complete the class to ensure you can hunt when you want to hunt. “This truly is the best time to ge...
  • 2/13/2013 4:50:00 PM
    EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated with 2013 grant recipients. MADISON – Seven Wisconsin municipalities have been awarded an Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control grant to aid them in development and implementation of long-term management solutions for dealing with problems caused by white-tailed deer or Canada geese...
  • 2/13/2013 4:40:00 PM
    MADISON – Preliminary results of the 2012 Wisconsin deer hunter wildlife survey show hunters reported spending 24,868 hours in the field observing wildlife and on average saw 0.39 deer per hour statewide. The next most frequently observed species was turkey. In its fourth year, the survey asks Wisconsin deer hunters to report on wildlife the...
  • 2/11/2013 12:50:00 PM
    February 8, 2012 – MADISON – Today the Wisconsin’s Hunters Right Coalition (HRC) applauded Governor Walker’s announcement of new deer management initiatives that will be featured in his 2013-14 budget proposal.  The initiatives will be aimed at successful implementation of the 2012 Deer Trustee Report, something HRC m...
  • 2/11/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Today Gov. Walker announced initiatives funded in the state budget to provide the Department of Natural Resources with tools necessary to implement the 2012 Deer Trustee Report. The initiatives include establishing a Deer Management Assistance Program (D-MAP); investing in new technology to better assess land cover; creating a fee system to fund ...
  • 2/11/2013 10:15:00 AM
    “Deer hunting in Wisconsin is part of our DNA. It feeds traditions and fuels a huge economic engine for the state.” That’s what Governor Scott Walker said today as he unveiled budget provisions he says will make sure the 2012 Deer Trustee Report is successfully implemented. You may remember in 2011 Gov. Walker commissioned Dr. J...
  • 2/7/2013 10:15:00 AM
    February 6, 2013 Contact(s): Tim Lizotte, DNR wildlife supervisor, 262-574-2120; Jennifer Pelej, public affairs manager, 608-264-9248. MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have confirmed that a Waukesha County deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. This is the first CWD-positive deer in the county. &...
  • 2/5/2013 4:45:00 PM
    MADISON – Hunting continues to account for the largest number of adult white-tailed deer mortalities in Wisconsin, while predation accounts for the highest death of fawns, according to recent results from an ongoing deer mortality study. “Hunter harvest continues to be the greatest cause of death of both adult and yearling bucks,&rdquo...
  • 2/5/2013 4:25:00 PM
    MADISON – The questionnaire package for the 2013 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website. On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, on...
  • 2/5/2013 11:45:00 AM
    Classic case of poachers stealing from public And thanks to teamwork involving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the long-running case of illegal trafficking of black bears in Wisconsin northwoods is over. Last week, U.S. Attorney James L. ...
  • 2/4/2013 4:45:00 PM
    STEVENS POINT – Anyone interested in learning more about the recent discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer herd in Portage County is invited to attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the George W Mead State Wildlife Area. A panel of experts on wildlife health, wildlife biology and conservation law will give ...
  • 2/1/2013 10:05:00 AM
    Preliminary reports show strong Wisconsin 2012 deer seasons Early reports based upon harvest numbers provided to the Department of Natural Resources from hunters show the state set an all-time record for bucks taken during the archery season -- and held its own for total harvest with other top states. The totals reported by hunters – which ...
  • 2/1/2013 9:40:00 AM
    January 31, 2013 MADISON –With data entry near complete, hunter-supplied numbers indicate that 366,747 deer were harvested in Wisconsin for the 2012 seasons, a five percent increase from 2011, according to Department of Natural Resources officials. This tally will again rank the state in the top five deer hunting states in the country for to...
  • 1/28/2013 2:35:00 PM
    Anyone interested in learning more about the recent discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer herd in Juneau County is invited to attend an informational meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Mauston City Hall. A panel of experts on wildlife health, wildlife biology and conservation law will give a short presentation and will the...
  • 1/24/2013 2:00:00 PM
    January 23, 2013 Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang – 608-261-7589 MADISON – The state Natural Resources Board today approved the Department of Natural Resources’ recommendation to offer just over 8,500 bear harvest permits for the 2013 Wisconsin black bear season. “We will issue 8,560 permits for the upcoming season with a har...
  • 1/24/2013 9:10:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis A large male cougar estimated to weigh up to 170 pounds  was photographed in Sawyer County Saturday, January 19th after its track was discovered and the  Tom was eventually treed by an experienced Wisconsin bear and bobcat hunter with his black and tan hounds. “I just came in and took the photos after they did all th...
  • 1/22/2013 5:20:00 PM
    MARSHALL HUNTERS EDUCATION CLASS Where: Marshall Community Center When: Tuesday  6pm-8pm Thursday  6pm-8pm Saturday  9am-12pm Register in person at Marshall Community Center Saturday February 5, 2013  9am-10am Class meets every Tuesday Thursday and Saturday for three weeks starting February 5th. COST $10.00 Instructor:...
  • 1/15/2013 4:35:00 PM
    BABCOCK, Wis. – The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center will sponsor two upcoming workshops for people interested in Wisconsin wildlife: a porcupine ecology clinic on Saturday, Feb. 2 and a timber wolf tracking and ecology clinic Feb. 9-10. Porcupine ecology on snowshoes During the porcupine ecology clinic skills center staff will discuss the re...
  • 1/15/2013 4:25:00 PM
    MADISON – People with experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife health, and the captive wildlife industry can apply through Jan. 31, 2013, to serve on a newly formed Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council. The council was established to assist the Department of Natural resources with recommendations pertaining to decisions ...
  • 1/15/2013 4:05:00 PM
    MADISON – There were 135,155 successful applicants in the drawing for 2013 Wisconsin spring wild turkey permits through the spring turkey preference drawing. A total of 234,765 permits will be available for the spring 2013 turkey season, and the remaining permits will be available through over-the-counter sales in March. Postcard notificatio...
  • 1/10/2013 2:25:00 PM
    EAU CLAIRE, WI (January 3, 2013): The largest sport show in west-central Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Sport Show, returns to the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15, 16 and 17, 2013. Exhibitors and speakers are now being sought to participate in this event. Participating organizations will feature: hunting, boat...
  • 1/7/2013 2:40:00 PM
    We are pleased that Judge Anderson removed the injunction that banned the use of dogs for hunting wolves. However, we are disappointed with Judge Anderson’s decision to prohibit training of dogs to hunt wolves. We will continue to seek input from the public and from stakeholders – including tribes – as we continue to develop perm...
  • 1/7/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Sunday, January 6th marked the end of the Deer Hunter Wildlife survey.  While the survey period is over, deer hunters will have until the 20th of January to report their wildlife observations.  Observations can be reported by going to the Wisconsin DNR Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey web page.