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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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  • 12/21/2012 9:00:00 AM
    Dick Ellis Integrity is often defined by the actions a man will take when no one is around to watch. Bow hunter Adam Fuss of Winneconne was a solitary man with a decision to make on stand in southwest Columbia County November 13. A massive buck traveled on the edge of giving him a shot or as likely disappearing into the brush fore...
  • 12/20/2012 5:15:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass My wife and I share a closet, she keeps her stuff on the left side and I keep mine on the right. It’s a fairly simple rule. On occasion Queenie will purchase a new shirt or sweater for me and hang it on my side; that’s how I know I have something new to wear. It’s hanging on my side. OK, one day some month...
  • 12/20/2012 5:10:00 PM
    By Darrell Pendergrass The problem with warm weather at any point in the winter is that immediately my thoughts turn to the Brule River and fishing for steelhead trout, which is strictly not a winter sport. Not for me. I guess it’s the smell of spring that comes with the warm temperatures that does it. It’s the feel of April.  It...
  • 12/20/2012 10:50:00 AM
    December 19, 2012 CONTACTS: Kris Johansen, DNR area wildlife supervisor, 715-421-7818Ed Culhane,DNR communications,Eau Claire, 715-781-1683 EAU CLAIRE – The state Department of Natural Resources is enlisting the help of bow hunters and taxidermists in Adams and Juneau counties as wildlife biologists continue to track the presence of chronic...
  • 12/19/2012 11:45:00 AM
    By Denny MurawskaAnd some gifts to avoid They have arrived again, those special edition Christmas catalogs targeted toward outdoor lovers Whether you fish, hunt, camp, or participate in a cluster of activities outside the confines of your home, Santa’s helpers have been hard at work engineering novel ideal gifts for that special someone. Whi...
  • 12/19/2012 11:20:00 AM
    If you are a hunter, a trapper or an outdoor enthusiast of any kind, you need to know hunting and trapping will be allowed in most Wisconsin State Parks during certain periods next year. However, there are some smaller and urban parks that will remain closed to hunting and trapping. The Natural Resources Board met yesterday and made these decisions...
  • 12/19/2012 11:05:00 AM
    By Gary Engberg Gary Engberg Outdoors The nine-day deer gun hunting season is now history. This past season was the 161st official deer hunting season in Wisconsin. This season, 633,460 licenses were sold to gun hunt deer. Deer hunting is still extremely popular despite the aging of a large portion of the hunting public, hunters are losing land t...
  • 12/19/2012 9:05:00 AM
    TRYING TO CATCH WILEY-E-COYOTE: NOV 10-16 THIS IS NOT THE SAME COYOTE OF OLD Of all the animal species that I trap, coyotes give me the most grief. Unlike animals like raccoons and muskrats which are creatures of habit, and can be caught the very next night, coyotes are quite unpredictable. I would put them on par with a trophy whitetail or bla...
  • 12/18/2012 5:15:00 PM
    December 17, 2012 The Department of Natural Resources is pleased with U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s decision that Wisconsin Chippewa tribes overstepped their authority when they issued the authorization for hunting deer at night with lights without state approval. The DNR Secretary, the Department, and the State have maintained that th...
  • 12/18/2012 4:30:00 PM
    Now available: Wisconsin Eye coverage of the December 11 Natural Resources Board meeting regarding the report and preliminary findings from the 2012 firearm deer season and a plan for management of hunting, fishing, and trapping in Wisconsin State Parks in accordance with 2011 Wisconsin Act 168. The video can be viewed on the Wisconsin Eye website...
  • 12/18/2012 4:15:00 PM
    As of today, Friday, December 14, 2012, 108 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin.  Breakdown by zone is below. Zone 6 will be closing today, December 14, at 5 pm, Zone 5 closed December 12, Zone 1 closed December 2 and Zones 2 and 4 closed November 16. Zone 3 remains open to harvest.  Wolf harvest bulletins will be sent every Friday. &...
  • 12/12/2012 10:30:00 AM
    December 11, 2012 By: DNR, Bureau of Law Enforcement Here are the 2012 Gun-Deer Hunt final reports. The first is from Chief Conservation Warden Randy Stark. The second is the overall agency report from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. View full report at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=196.
  • 12/11/2012 2:50:00 PM
    MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 5 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Wolf Harvest Zone 5 is the fourth zone to be closed this season. The harvest of wolves currently remains open in two other zones. The department will continue to closely monitor t...
  • 12/11/2012 2:45:00 PM
    December 10, 2012 By Cathy Stepp, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Legislature approved Wisconsin Act 168 known as the Sporting Heritage Act, with the intent of increasing participation in hunting trapping and outdoor skills in Wisconsin. An amendment to the bill that created the law expanded hu...
  • 12/11/2012 2:25:00 PM
    December 10, 2012 MADISON -- A deer from outside the boundary of the chronic wasting disease management zone in Grant County has tested positive for the disease. The 2.5 year old buck was killed and registered Nov. 18. “It’s disappointing but not unexpected to have a CWD-positive outside the current zone boundary. This is why we have ...
  • 12/11/2012 2:15:00 PM
    BY BILL THORNLEY CODY, Wyoming– There is something a bit unnerving about walking out into the mountains near Yellowstone National Park in the pre-dawn darkness and looking down to see a huge – and very fresh – grizzly bear track in the snow on the same trail you are walking. It also makes a guy a little nervous walking through t...
  • 12/11/2012 1:20:00 PM
    CATCHING A FEW BEAVERS: NOV 3rd - 9thBEAVER FUR AND WISCONSIN'S HERITAGE This week found me taking care of some beaver trapping opportunities. While the summer drought and hot temperatures greatly reduced the muskrat population, the beaver numbers actually increased. Beavers are a relative newcomer to present day Southern Wisconsin. ...
  • 12/11/2012 11:10:00 AM
    MADISON – The opening date for hunting and trapping would be moved back in certain parks with a high volume of late fall visitors and horseback riders, and areas around high winter use trail systems in some parks would be included in closed areas, under revisions the Department of Natural Resources State Parks Program is proposing to its orig...
  • 12/11/2012 10:35:00 AM
    As of today, Friday, December 7, 2012, 104 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin.  Breakdown by zone is below. Zone 1 closed on Sunday, December 2 and Zones 2 and 4 closed November 16. Zones 3, 5 and 6 remain open to harvest.  Wolf harvest bulletins will be sent every Friday.  For daily updates of the harvest, please visit our webs...
  • 12/11/2012 10:25:00 AM
    The nine-day gun deer season and the muzzleloader season have closed for 2012, but opportunities remain to harvest a deer, and fill the freezer for the holidays. The late archery season is underway and continues until Jan. 6, 2013. There is also a statewide antlerless hunt beginning today, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 9, and a holiday hunt in the ...
  • 12/6/2012 9:30:00 AM
    Hunters planning to participate in the statewide antlerless hunt, Dec. 6 through Dec. 9, are reminded that only the harvest of antlerless deer is permitted by both gun and archery hunters statewide. The harvest of antlered deer by archery hunters in deer management units (DMUs) 7, 29B, 34, 35, 36, & 39 is not authorized during the statewide Dec...
  • 12/5/2012 2:55:00 PM
    Although Richland County has been unseasonably warm, deer season was successful for my 13 year old niece, Kaili this year.  She looks forward to opening weekend with her dad and older sister, and I’m proud to say out hunted their crew this season by shooting her first buck. Sherry D. KlattCustomer Relations ManagerRichland Chamber &am...
  • 12/4/2012 2:30:00 PM
    Greg Byers of Waukesha sends us a photo of his first Wisconsin buck taken at Wyslusing State Park in Prairie Du Chien at about 7:00 am opening morning.  Byers is the INET account representative for “On Wisconsin Outdoors” and was instrumental along with INET Graphic Design expert Sam Matter in building our website.  Both deer ...
  • 12/4/2012 1:30:00 PM
    By John Luthens Treaties and court cases have never really been my thing. I grew up in the heart of Wisconsin’s Ceded Territory without even knowing it. So when the recent controversy came to light (darkness, really-being that it involves the Chippewa people’s contention that they should be able to legally hunt deer over bait at night)...
  • 12/4/2012 12:25:00 PM
    A deer from Racine County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first known CWD-positive in the county. The 3 1/2-year-old doe was harvested near Bohners Lake and volunteered to the Department of Natural Resources for sampling by a bow hunter when it was registered on November 12. Tim Lizotte, who heads the DNR's operations related ...