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Trapping In Wisconsin

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  • 8/28/2013 4:50:00 PM
    MADISON - The 2013 fall hunting seasons are just around the corner and Department of Natural Resources officials are releasing the annual “Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast” to help prepare hunters or trappers for their pursuits of upland and migratory birds, small game, deer, bear and furbearers. The forecast provides details and rem...
  • 8/20/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Wildlife Services has confirmed the 16th bear hound killed by wolves during this year's bear training season.  The latest depredations occurred on public lands in Ashland, Douglas, Bayfield and Lincoln counties.  Caution area maps and more information is available on the gray wolf webpage or by searching keyword "wolf management" on the D...
  • 8/19/2013 11:20:00 AM
    On August 14, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a hound engaged in bear training activities.  A caution area map and more information is available on the gray wolf website or by going to the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov) and typing "wolf management" in the search box.
  • 8/13/2013 4:55:00 PM
    Check out the changes that have been made to the August edition of the Wildlife Management Report! New segments in the Featured Region section will allow you to learn more about specific properties within the region, and you can get to know more about Wildlife Management’s staff in the new Five Questions segment.  Among other topics, yo...
  • 8/13/2013 3:45:00 PM
    On August 10, wolves depredated a hound involved in bear training activities in Sawyer County.  A map of the caution area and other information is available on the gray wolf webpage or by going to the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and typing keyword "wolf management".
  • 8/13/2013 1:25:00 PM
    Ninth bear hound killed in Florence County Hunters are reminded to exercise caution during this year's bear training and hunting season after a ninth bear training hound was killed by wolves in Florence County.  Wildlife Services confirmed the depredation on August 12.  Two other hounds were killed in Lincoln County on August 10.  F...
  • 8/8/2013 10:10:00 AM
    A four-mile caution area has been created around the August 5 depredation site of a bear hound. On August 7, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated the hound that was involved in bear training activities.  A map and other details are found on the DNR's dog depredation webpage or go to dnr.wi.gov and search "wolf management".
  • 8/6/2013 11:35:00 AM
    On August 3, wolves depredated a bear training hound in Rusk County. The caution area created is a four-mile buffer around the depredation site. Hunters are reminded to use caution while training and hunting with bear dogs. A map and other guidance is available on the gray wolf webpage or by visiting dnr.wi.gov and searching keyword "wolf managemen...
  • 7/25/2013 9:30:00 AM
    Interested wolf hunters and trappers are reminded that Aug. 1 is the deadline to apply for a 2013 wolf season permit. The permit application fee is $10 and applications can be purchased from authorized license agents, over the Internet through the Department of Natural Resources Online Licensing Center or toll free by phone at 1-877-945-4236. The...
  • 7/23/2013 2:45:00 PM
    Two hounds killed by wolves On July 21, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated two hounds that were participating in the bear/hound training season.  The depredation occurred on county lands in the Town of Knight.  Both dogs were engaged in the same pursuit but are owned by different owners.  The dogs were less than 150 ...
  • 6/26/2013 4:30:00 PM
    MADISON - The Natural Resources Board today approved the 2013 Wisconsin wolf season quota of 275 as proposed by the Department of Natural Resources Wolf Advisory Committee. The quota was set with the intention of continuing to reduce the state’s wolf population toward management goals. “Wolves and wolf hunting seasons evoke a spectrum ...
  • 5/9/2013 9:50:00 AM
    May 7, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Waupaca, Marquette, Waushara, Shawano and Outagamie counties Warden Ted Dremel of Waupaca assisted with the Learn to Turkey Hunt event held annually in Waupaca. Twenty-two new hunters and mentors managed to harvest 11 turkeys despite cold temperatures and deep snow. He also participated in a Trapper Educ...
  • 4/19/2013 3:15:00 PM
    BY BILL THORNLEY What is the sound of “soft?” To me it is the sound of snow falling through the pines and hardwoods, gently tinkling as it hits the ground and covers the landscape in white. The tinkling is the only sound you can hear if the wind is down. And if you watch, little by little the snow covers everything, every downed log,...
  • 4/10/2013 10:30:00 AM
    MADISON -- David MacFarland, who has worked as the wolf, bear and furbearer research scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources since 2010, has been named to the position of carnivore staff specialist for DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management. David McFarlandWDNR Photo “David was a valuable member of the wolf season framework...
  • 4/5/2013 3:05:00 PM
    March 29, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement The Frequently Asked Questions features recent warden-related questions taken 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: Is it legal to carry a photo copy or an electronic copy...
  • 3/25/2013 10:20:00 AM
    March 24, 2013 By: Department of Natural Resources Frequently Asked Questions - March 24, 2013 Welcome to another special edition of a popular Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. You may recall the recent installments of FAQs - the Special Edition during the recent sturgeon spearing and gun-deer seasons. Warden Wire again is p...
  • 3/1/2013 10:00:00 AM
    The 2012 Wisconsin Wolf Report is now available by visiting here
  • 2/28/2013 10:05:00 AM
    MADISON -- The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has appointed five members to the new Sporting Heritage Council, the first of its kind to advise Gov. Scott Walker, the Natural Resources Board and state legislature on fishing, hunting and trapping issues. The council, established by 2011 Wis. Act 168, will largely focus on recruitment, retention a...
  • 2/25/2013 11:25:00 AM
    The recently completed NAFA auction in Toronto Feb 21-23 saw some dramatic price increases in wild fur pelts. This reflects a combination of reduced animal populations due to the summer drought, cold winter weather and promotion of fur garments in China. Some articles like raccoon, muskrat and red foxes almost doubled in price. Even less desirable ...
  • 2/20/2013 9:35:00 AM
    OP-ED by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp I am taking this opportunity to set the record straight on our plans for the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center. Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of confusion about our intentions for the MacKenzie center in the days since we made our historic and exciting announcement about our plans for the futu...
  • 2/14/2013 1:55:00 PM
    February 13, 2013 Contacts:    Rob Bohmann, 262-235-5825 or Kari Lee-Zimmermann, 608-266-0580 Poynette, WI. – The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) is pleased to learn that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is exploring the creation of an outdoor skills recruitment and retention center which will focus o...
  • 2/14/2013 9:25:00 AM
    February 12, 2013 – Today the Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition (HRC) applauded portions of a Dane County Judge’s ruling on the use of dogs to hunt wolves. Last month, Judge Anderson issued an encouraging oral ruling and has since released his written ruling. In the ruling, Judge Anderson vacated the temporary injunction blocking th...
  • 2/13/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Feb. 12, 2013 MADISON -- Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp issued the following statement on Tuesday’s filing of a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups, to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region: When federall...
  • 2/13/2013 4:55:00 PM
    EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated with 2013 grant recipients. MADISON – Seven Wisconsin municipalities have been awarded an Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control grant to aid them in development and implementation of long-term management solutions for dealing with problems caused by white-tailed deer or Canada geese...
  • 2/6/2013 10:10:00 AM
    MADISON – Hunting continues to account for the largest number of adult white-tailed deer mortalities in Wisconsin, while predation accounts for the highest death of fawns, according to recent results from an ongoing deer mortality study. “Hunter harvest continues to be the greatest cause of death of both adult and yearling bucks,&rdquo...