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3/5/2020
In the near future after 100,000 copies of our March-April 2020 issue are on the streets throughout Wisconsin I will be adding to this blog, but wanted to post these photos now of 11 bluebirds on a tree in our backyard. The photos are referenced in OWO’s Badger Birds (Tom Carpenter column) in the new issue as being posted in this blog and I don’t want readers traveling to this website and being…bluebird-less. I don’t t...
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  • 2/10/2020 1:00:00 PM
    We are hosting an all-women’s event August 7-9th at Camp Bird in Crivitz, WI for ages 18 and up, where we are offering outdoor activities in a welcome, unpretentious environment. We are partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local chapters of nonprofit organizations, and area businesses to offer you this opportu...
  • 2/10/2020 1:00:00 PM
    WI Sport Show Tickets on sale now Wisconsin Sport Show Tickets on Sale Now!March 20-22, 2020 - Chippewa Valley Expo Center, Eau Claire Discount tickets now on sale for only $7* onlineor pick them up at Eau Claire Festival Food locations andMenards stores in Eau ...
  • 2/10/2020 12:45:00 PM
    Attention Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Day 1 of the 2020 spearing season went about as expected.  Due to variable ice conditions throughout Lake Winnebago, the DNR was anticipating a reduction in spearing effort for the opener. Further, the unfavorable water clarity was expec...
  • 2/10/2020 12:45:00 PM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   Snow, snow, and more snow! Day 2 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season was highlighted by snow storm Eleanor and big fish. The largest fish of the day was 142.3 pounds, 80.0 inches, and registered at Wendt's by William Thern. Andrew Dumask's 139.3 pound, 78.2 in...
  • 2/10/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Sign up now for the Fishing for Dinner class in Onalaska, near La Crosse.   Classroom sessions will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Center in Onalaska.  We'll fish from the Water's Edge Resort in Stoddard. Registration deadline is February 12 and the form is found here. The 5-session class begins on Februa...
  • 2/10/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The 2020 sturgeon spearing season will commence in less than 24 hours and some spearers are likely already on the ice cutting holes and setting up their shanties. I’d like to first wish everyone a safe and enjoyable spearing season! Hopefully these cooler nights will firm up ice ...
  • 2/7/2020 6:55:00 AM
    The past few weeks have been tough going for fishermen in the central and north central Wisconsin area.  We have had very unfavorable ice conditions combined with lots of snow and slush to say the least. This season is starting out much like last season ended with a mess?  But even with the adverse conditions we have been able to get ou...
  • 2/7/2020 6:40:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: The cold temps will hopefully continue and more ice will be made in the next couple of weeks. The Ashland side of the Bay has more than a foot of ice. There are anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your way. ...
  • 2/7/2020 6:35:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished February 4, 2020     Enjoy And Help Care For State Natural Areas This Winter DNR Approves 10-Year Trout Management Plan Invite A Pal For Take A Friend Snowmobiling Week   Index Next   Enjoy And Help Care For State Natural Areas This Winter Decade Of Growth Safeguards More Rare Wild...
  • 2/3/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Lakes    Aerial view of the Lower Menominee River flowing into Green Bay.Photo credit: Brian Holbrook, Bird's Eye Aviation Contact(s): Stephen Galarneau, DNR Office of Great Waters Director, 608-266-1956, Stephen.Galarneau@wisconsin.govFebruary 3, 2020 at 8:26:06 am Editor's Note: Watch how the Wisconsin DNR partnered with loca...
  • 2/3/2020 11:50:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has more than a foot of ice. There are anglers using ATV’s, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catch...
  • 2/3/2020 11:45:00 AM
    Published January 28, 2020     Excitement Builds Ahead Of Sturgeon Spearing Opener Remember Endangered Wildlife at Tax Time and Your Donation is Doubled OutWiGo Snow! At Willow River State Park Feb. 1   Index Next   Excitement Builds Ahead Of Sturgeon Spearing Opener Lake Winnebago System Sturgeon Seas...
  • 2/3/2020 9:55:00 AM
    Wind, cold and snow kept fishing pressure down this past week.  With those who did venture out, fair catches were reported.  Downsizing and finesse fishing were the key for getting fish on the ice.  There is good news though, with temperatures rising to the 30’s and overcast, this coming week should make for improved and comfor...
  • 2/3/2020 9:55:00 AM
    The CWD-Positive Wild Deer Harvested During 2019 Nine-Day Gun Deer Hunting Season    Contact(s): Ellen Barth, Wildlife Area Supervisor920-424-4003, Ellen.Barth@wisconsin.govJeff Pritzl, Wildlife District Supervisor, 920-662-5127, Jeffrey.Pritzl@wisconsin.govJanuary 23, 2020 at 8:09:20 am [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news releas...
  • 1/21/2020 11:40:00 AM
    January 20, 2020 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast indicates somewhat mild temperatures for this time of year, but includes some sun, strong winds, snow, wintry mix, and perhaps even rain on some days. Whatever weather you prefer (almost), you might see it this week!   “Winter weather returned to the Quiet Lakes,&rd...
  • 1/21/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Ice Anglers Urged to Use Caution, Check DNR Website for Possible Event Schedule Changes    People can fish without a license on Jan. 18-19 during Winter Free Fishing Weekend.Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): Theresa Stabo, R3 coordinator, 608-577-6332, Theresa.Stabo@wisconsin.govJanuary 16, 2020 at 2:43:01 pm MADISON, Wis. - The Wi...
  • 1/21/2020 11:30:00 AM
    International Snowmobile Safety Week is January 18-26.Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): Contact(s): Captain April Dombrowski, DNR Recreational Safety Section Chief, 608-852-9456, april.dombrowski@wisconsin.govJanuary 16, 2020 at 3:10:57 pm MADISON, Wis. - Snowmobilers enjoying Wisconsin's trails often hear conservation wardens stress...
  • 1/21/2020 11:25:00 AM
    Free Fishing Weekend is THIS weekend, January 18 - 19, 2020! Head out with friends and family members to learn how to ice fish at one of seven ice fishing clinics organized for people of all ages around the state.  Ice fishing loaner gear is available at 12 state parks. If you have ice fishing s...
  • 1/15/2020 9:00:00 AM
    January 13, 2020 Steve Suman The forecast this week predicts cold and snow, but not much accumulation. Cold temperatures without heavy snow will help firm lake ice, swamps, and marshes for trail grooming. It is a busy weekend ahead! This weekend, Jan. 18-19, is Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend when both residents and non-resident...
  • 1/15/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has up to a foot of ice. There are some anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catches of...
  • 1/8/2020 7:10:00 PM
    We are super excited to announce Jim & Eva Shockey will appear at DF 2020 July 31st to August 2nd.  We're headed to ATA tomorrow and will work on additional guest appearances as well. DF 2020 will also add two new features with "Free Bow Friday" allowing anyone who brings their bow to the event FREE ADMISSION on Friday.  We wil...
  • 1/8/2020 7:05:00 PM
    Fishing Report January 7, 2020 Anglers All reports: We have had reports that the Ashland side of the Bay has 6-9 inches of ice. There are some anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and be cautious and check your way. The ice off of second landing has produced some nice catches of Perch, Wal...
  • 1/8/2020 7:05:00 PM
    Accidents and tragedy put a pall over ice fishing and outdoor activities this past week as reports of two ATV’s and three snowmobiles broke through the ice.  Two of the snowmobilers did not survive which had effects from where it happened (Lake Nokomis in Tomahawk) to up here and to the families and hometowns of those who passed. To cla...
  • 1/8/2020 7:00:00 PM
    January 6, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week indicates a few chances for snow, with some subzero night temperatures good for ice building and trail grooming, and moderate daytime highs. This is about as comfortable as it gets for winter activities, though some people might find it too warm! Get out and enjoy all of the outdoor a...
  • 1/3/2020 10:35:00 AM
    19th Intermediate & Advanced Muskie Fishing School To Be Held Saturday March 14, 2020 at Waunakee HS   Contact: capitalcitymuskiesinc.org, Geoff Crandall crandall@msbnrg.com (608-219-0164 mobile) or Steve Reinstra at mpd339r@charter.net or 608-770-7131.   The Capital City Chapter of Muskies, In...