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Wisconsin Deer Hunting

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  • 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...
  • 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...