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Wisconsin Deer Hunting

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  • 10/31/2012 9:10:00 AM
    Have an opinion on how to implement the new law opening state parks to hunting and trapping? Want to learn more about it? Attend a listening session and study a map There are five listening sessions to gather feedback slated for late October and early November in Fitchburg, Eau Claire, West Allis, Appleton and Merrill. Plus there are online maps, ...
  • 10/31/2012 8:50:00 AM
    10-28-12  I think this column has been going out weekly for about five months now. Internet technology moves fast, and since the beginning, time has gone by in a blur.  Somewhere in the middle of that blur, Dick Ellis asked me what the title of my column should be. I don’t move with the sudden flash of a digital signal flying over...
  • 10/30/2012 3:25:00 PM
    Contact(s): Dan Schuller (608)266-2185; Peter Biermeier (608)264-6136 MADISON – People planning on attending any of the upcoming five public listening sessions on hunting and trapping in Wisconsin state parks can now review the proposed hunting and trapping maps for each park property online. State Natural Resources Board members will condu...
  • 10/30/2012 2:30:00 PM
    By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement It was either a botched block or burst by a buck bent on battling through. But no matter how much mud the mighty deer kicked up while trying to free its antlers, the net pulled tighter and tighter. And this buck was looking at a long night, snagged head-first in the scoring position in a soccer frame al...
  • 10/26/2012 1:45:00 PM
    Mike Yurk Tales to warm you As I write this article, western Wisconsin, where I live, is having the first blizzard of the season. It is early fall and this snow is completely unexpected, but it does tell us that winter is not far behind. There will be a lot more blizzards and freezing temperatures coming our way that will keep us indoors this wi...
  • 10/26/2012 1:35:00 PM
    The DNR wants to hear from you if you see a feral pig during the upcoming nine-day gun deer season – or if you shoot a feral pig. But, before you shoot it, please make sure it is a feral pig and not someone’s domestic pig running loose. You may be liable for replacement costs if you shoot a domestic pig. Feral pigs have been reported i...
  • 10/26/2012 12:35:00 PM
    The DNR has received a notice of tree stand recalls and with some groups buying their own hang-on tree stands we need to make sure you are aware of these two brands having problems. The WI hunter Education program does not believe it has ever bought these models.Click links below for details: Rivers’ Edge brand manufactured in Cumberland an...
  • 10/26/2012 12:05:00 PM
    By Todd Cook On Monday, October 8 at about 3:00 pm I went out to our hunting land to relocate a couple of ladder stands. After moving the first stand I decided to take down a “hang-on” stand that we weren't using. I climbed the tree using the screw-in steps without issue and proceeded to take the stand down. On the way down I was taki...
  • 10/26/2012 11:55:00 AM
    By Mike Foss Once again the weather was not cooperating with me this week. I was only able to set up one more deer stand and also checked trail cameras.  Less bear activity and more deer movement mostly at night. The Rut is getting closer, and bigger bucks are on the move. This 3-1/2 year old 8-pointer was captured on trail cam...
  • 10/26/2012 11:35:00 AM
    You are subscribed to Wolf Harvest for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. As of 10/26/2012 at 8:30 am, 29 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin.  Wolf harvest bulletins will be sent every Friday.  For daily updates of the harvest, please visit our website: http:...
  • 10/26/2012 10:50:00 AM
    Whether you are a hunter, a wildlife watcher or a hiker, it can be difficult to know if you come upon a wolf or a coyote? They look similar until you know the differences. Check out this new DNR slideshow to see what makes each unique. http://dnr.wi.gov/news/images/slideshows/Wolf_Coyote_Comparison/ Want to know more about the wolf hunt? Visit th...
  • 10/24/2012 10:40:00 AM
    You are subscribed to Wolf Harvest for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. As of October 24, 2012, 22 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin, half by hunters and half by trappers.  There have been 716 resident and 6 nonresident licenses sold to date.  The Wolf Harv...
  • 10/22/2012 2:30:00 PM
    By John Luthens It is now into the second week of the gray wolf hunting season, with DNR reports showing 16 registered wolves in the first week, taken from the six divided zones cut through the landscape of our state. The zones are simply arbitrary lines on a map. They are a mere formality, designed to add a human semblance to the wilderness haun...
  • 10/22/2012 11:00:00 AM
    For Immediate ReleaseOctober 4, 2012 Contact: Maureen Waslicki262.369.4421 (office)    maureen.waslicki@nmss.orgwisms.org (WISCONSIN) – Even among the amazing tales all deer hunters seem to tell, Don Christensen has bragging rights most others don’t: he shot six deer in the past six years – using...
  • 10/22/2012 10:05:00 AM
    Steve Niere of Watertwon sends us a photo of Grandson Jake Fick of Hartland and the 16-point buck taken in Dodge County during the October 6-7 youth hunt. The buck dressed out at 250 pounds and sported an inside spread of 24-1/2 inches. Send your photos and stories to ellis@onwisconsinoutdoors.com  for our online spotlight at www.onwisconsin...
  • 10/18/2012 3:20:00 PM
    October 18, 2012 MADISON – The public will be able to present their views on a proposed plan to implement a new law opening state parks to hunting and trapping at a series of listening sessions. State Natural Resources Board members will conduct the sessions around the state in late October and early November.At the December meeting of the N...
  • 10/18/2012 9:40:00 AM
    Saturday, October 20, 2012 No person would like to get shot during hunting season, but should this keep you out of the woods, grasslands and waterways from September until February? Spend the day with WDNR Conservation Warden David Youngquist and outdoorsman Roger Reynolds learning about what Non-Hunters can do during the hunting seasons to be sa...
  • 10/12/2012 11:45:00 AM
    By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions October 11, 2012 Here are answers to some of the recent most frequently asked law enforcement questions taken this week by the DNR Call Center. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463. Question 1:...
  • 10/11/2012 3:30:00 PM
    By Mike Foss The 2012 bear season is in the books; the last day for bait sitters was September 10. I finally took down the outfitter tents, sealed all bait barrels, secured them outside so no critters could get at them, cleaned the garage, and took inventory of all stands and equipment.  I still have a nuisance bear tag I am working on and wo...
  • 10/11/2012 10:35:00 AM
    By: Bureau of Law Enforcement 2011 Act 252 expands the types of weapons that may be used under the authority of the regular (gun) deer, elk, spring and fall wild turkey, small game, and Class A bear hunting licenses, to include the use of a crossbow, and in the case of the regular (gun) deer license, the authority to use a bow and arrow. It is no ...
  • 10/9/2012 2:15:00 PM
    By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Six of 11 ATV fatalities occurred on private lands; popular farm tool, too Hunters using all-terrain vehicles to get to remote game areas or to carry out their harvests are reminded to think safety when using these motorized workhorses and to make sure they only drive these machines where authorized. ...
  • 10/9/2012 2:05:00 PM
    “Turtle Flambeau Flowage professional guide Jerry ‘Jerkbait’ Hartigan took some time out from fishing to take his twins out on the youth deer hunt and sent us the results.  Caitlin tagged this 172-1/2 pound buck with a 17-inch spread. ‘I’m happy if I see a deer’,” Jerry said.
  • 10/4/2012 8:40:00 AM
    October 3, 2012 MADISON -- Sunday, Sept. 30 marked the end of the Operation Deer Watch survey in Wisconsin, but people still have until Oct. 15 to report their sightings. Department of Natural Resources wildlife researchers conduct they survey each fall, asking the public to report observations of does, fawns and bucks to help in estimating the re...
  • 10/3/2012 11:05:00 AM
    Hunters should remember they may harvest any of the more than 240 white-tailed deer marked with radio collars or any of the 200 or so deer marked with ear tags during the designated archery and gun-deer seasons. In return, researchers ask hunters who harvest these marked deer to provide some information. Not a lot of information -- just a few basic...
  • 10/2/2012 12:50:00 PM
    On Wisconsin Outdoors, In 1982 as a newly hired teacher for Weyerhaeuser Public School District, Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin, I rented a house from the estate of the recently deceased owner, he one Gordon Heuer. Gordon had been Superintendent of Schools there in Weyerhaeuser for many years and he was a beloved leader and prominent figure in that close...