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Wisconsin Deer Hunting

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  • 11/26/2012 2:05:00 PM
    November 19, 2012 Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR Big Game Ecologist, 608-261-7589Tom Hauge, DNR Wildlife Management Bureau Director, 608-266-2193Jon King, Conservation Warden, 608-575-2294 MADISON – Though hunters define success in different ways, 134,772 deer were successfully harvested and registered in Wisconsin during the opening wee...
  • 11/26/2012 12:30:00 PM
    November 20, 2012 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement The story of the lost hunter in Dodge County Monday night not only has a good ending – it also is an example of how the conservation wardens use teamwork with other agencies to answer a call. The story started last night, November 19. Conservation Warden Paul Nell of Dodge got ...
  • 11/26/2012 11:25:00 AM
    November 21, 2012 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement This is a one-question-only edition of the Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. Started before the November 17 start of the gun-deer hunt, Warden Wire is carrying Frequently Asked Questions dealing specifically with this deer hunt season. Today's installments starts with one questi...
  • 11/26/2012 10:55:00 AM
    NEWS RELEASE - November 21,2012 Contact(s): Laurel Steffes, director, DNR Office of Communications, 608-266-8109 DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp’s statement on confirmation GLIFWC has issued order allowing night hunting of deer in Ceded Territory. “We have been informed the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission plans to allow Chi...
  • 11/26/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Hope everyone had a great holiday yesterday. As of today, Friday, November 23, 2012, 93 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin.  Breakdown by zone is below. Zones 2 and 4 were closed on November 16. All other zones are currently open.  Wolf harvest bulletins will be sent every Friday.  For daily updates of the harvest, please visit ...
  • 11/26/2012 10:15:00 AM
    November 24, 2012 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Welcome to another special edition of a popular Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. During the days before and during the November 17 - 25 gun-deer hunting season in Wisconsin, Warden Wire is publishing Frequently Asked Questions dealing specifically with this deer hunt season. Th...
  • 11/26/2012 10:05:00 AM
    November 25, 2012 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement DNR wardens see case variety on 2012 gun-deer hunt Warden Wire continued its ride-along/tweet-alongs in Southeast and Southcentral regions late this week, where conservation wardens remained busy handling public tips, and greeting and helping hunters as the 2012 Gun-Deer Hunt entered...
  • 11/26/2012 8:45:00 AM
    November 26, 2012 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden entertains & educates through final gun-deer day Warden Wire concluded five days of its tweet-along by riding with Warden Mike Young of Outagamie County on the final day of the 2012 Gun-Deer Hunt, marking it with many stops dedicated to educating hunters about blaze orange...
  • 11/15/2012 5:20:00 PM
    Hunting and Trapping of Wolves Closed in Wolf Zones 2 and 4, Effective Friday, Nov. 16, at the end of hunting and trapping hours Bill Cosh, (608) 267-2773 Tom Hauge, (608) 266-2193 MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has closed Wolf Harvest Zones 2 and 4 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Nov. 16, 2012. The two...
  • 11/15/2012 8:40:00 AM
    November 14, 2012 Bureau of Law Enforcement Welcome to another special edition of a popular Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. During the days before -- and during -- the November 17 - 25 gun-deer hunting season in Wisconsin, Warden Wire will carry Frequently Asked Questions dealing specifically with this deer hunt season. Tod...
  • 11/14/2012 5:20:00 PM
    November 14,2012 MADISON - This year, hunters have the opportunity to enjoy access to nearly 29,000 new acres of private land open to the public within close proximity of the state’s metropolitan areas. A new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources video captures the success of the Voluntary Public Access program in opening up large tracts...
  • 11/14/2012 5:00:00 PM
    A Video Message of Appreciation The anticipation and excitement for 2012’s nine-day deer season is mounting! Like many of you, my gear is packed and I am ready to head out to this year’s hunting spot. Before we all take off for camp, Gov. Walker and I want to share a video message of appreciation with deer hunters, families, and all o...
  • 11/13/2012 4:50:00 PM
    Seasoned deer hunters, new hunters, and those interested in learning more about hunting in Wisconsin, we invite you to take part in online chats, a new wildlife-focused blog, a Facebook contest, and a “tweet-along” with DNR conservation wardens. Our aim is to help you prepare for the hunt, share traditions, ask experts questions and sha...
  • 11/13/2012 4:15:00 PM
    November 13, 2012 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Wisconsin's conservation wardens say hunters preparing for the upcoming 9-day gun-deer season should make note of some new laws designed to make the season more enjoyable while also protecting the deer herd. Here’s what’s new and different in the rule book for 2012 and some clarificatio...
  • 11/13/2012 10:05:00 AM
    I thought I had a pretty good idea of what lay ahead of us but as often happens, most things surpassed even my imagination. We arrived at Hogsback Ranch outside of Gilman Wisconsin Friday evening for a meet and greet of our hosts for the upcoming hunt. I don't know if I've ever felt so at home so quickly in a new place. Within moments of meeting, w...
  • 11/13/2012 9:35:00 AM
    By John Luthens I grew into my early deer hunting experiences in Barron,Wisconsin, living three miles out of town and smack off of state Highway 8 which was and still is a busy northern state thoroughfare.  Fortunately for me, Barron was a small enough where three miles out of town-even on a busy road- put you in the middle of hardwoods, hidd...
  • 11/13/2012 8:55:00 AM
    Although shooting a bow has become physically harder since his multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2004, practice and patience have helped Russell Frye maintain his ability to hunt. “Typically I’m in my deer stand every night during archery season,” Frye told us earlier this year. “My wife gets me out to the stand and I hang ou...
  • 11/12/2012 5:20:00 PM
    As the nine-day gun opener approaches, don’t forget about the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey. This easy-to-do survey has hunters recording their deer and other wildlife observations while deer hunting. This is a great opportunity for hunters to let the WDNR what they are or are not seeing. With hunters continued efforts, the WDNR can better trac...
  • 11/12/2012 12:30:00 PM
    As of today, Saturday, November 10, 2012, 67 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin.  Breakdown by zone is below; currently all zones are open.  Wolf harvest bulletins will be sent every Friday.  For daily updates of the harvest, please visit our website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/wolf.html or dnr.wi.gov  keyword "wolf" ...
  • 11/7/2012 10:35:00 AM
    First-time buyers get a price break on fishing and hunting fun Get a major price break on your hunting, fishing or trapping license if you are a first-time buyer or are buying your first license in 10 or more years. Discounted fees are available for residents and nonresidents alike and are automatically applied when you buy a license. Try it -- yo...
  • 11/7/2012 10:25:00 AM
    By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Attention Deer Hunters: DNR Customer Service is there for you! Last-minute questions from hunters at deer camp and from deer stands day or night is routine. It’s all in a day’s work for the Department of Natural Resources Call Center. The expanded hours Call Center – unique among state natural resou...
  • 11/6/2012 2:45:00 PM
    By Mike Foss The Rut Begins Trail cam activity is picking up.  While venturing down dirt fire roads out in the Chequamegon National Forest the deer trails crossing the roads are more defined with tracks all over.  Strong evidence that the rut and chasing has begun. A nice buck I am hunting shows himself early on a scrape line. The on...
  • 11/1/2012 9:55:00 AM
    By: Department of Natural Resources Warden Wire brings to you this special edition of FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions – dedicated to the Managed Forest Law (MFL) lands and the new online mapping tool unveiled by Gov. Scott Walker on November 6. The governor announced more than one million private acres classified as open for public u...
  • 10/31/2012 11:40:00 AM
    By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement It’s late in the day and a beautiful night is on the way. You’re in your tree stand and you realize you don’t have the hunting regulation pamphlet with you. You don’t know if it is still legal to shoot. Now what do you do? It’s very simple. The answer is in your palm. It's...
  • 10/31/2012 9:25:00 AM
    There is a certain shorter someone in my house who passed trappers certification this summer and now considers himself a bit of a mountain man - never mind that he doesn’t even have the beginnings of a beard. But he is a bona fide trapper now, gosh darn it. Personally, I have not taken trappers certification classes, nor will I ever. I won&r...