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Trapping In Wisconsin

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  • 1/24/2013 9:10:00 AM
    By Dick Ellis A large male cougar estimated to weigh up to 170 pounds  was photographed in Sawyer County Saturday, January 19th after its track was discovered and the  Tom was eventually treed by an experienced Wisconsin bear and bobcat hunter with his black and tan hounds. “I just came in and took the photos after they did all th...
  • 1/22/2013 3:55:00 PM
    In The Fur Shed Once you have success in catching a few fur-bearing critters, then the real work begins: the fur handling (skinning, fleshing and drying). We American trappers like to catch things, but do not necessarily enjoy cleaning them. This is entirely different from our Canadian counterparts who are taught how to properly handle furs even...
  • 1/17/2013 2:20:00 PM
    January 16, 2013 By: Bureau of Law EnforcementHere are answers to some recent most frequently asked law enforcement 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 hunt coyote with full metal jac...
  • 1/15/2013 4:40:00 PM
    BABCOCK, Wis. – The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center will sponsor two upcoming workshops for people interested in Wisconsin wildlife: a porcupine ecology clinic on Saturday, Feb. 2 and a timber wolf tracking and ecology clinic Feb. 9-10. Porcupine ecology on snowshoes During the porcupine ecology clinic skills center staff will discuss the re...
  • 1/7/2013 2:45:00 PM
    We are pleased that Judge Anderson removed the injunction that banned the use of dogs for hunting wolves. However, we are disappointed with Judge Anderson’s decision to prohibit training of dogs to hunt wolves. We will continue to seek input from the public and from stakeholders – including tribes – as we continue to develop perm...
  • 1/4/2013 10:40:00 AM
    Hound killed in Jackson County Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a hound that was chasing coyotes on county forest lands in Komensky Township.  It appears that 2-3 wolves attacked the hound. Killed was a 5 1/2 year old Plott hound.  Two other dogs were uninjured.   For more information and to view a caution area m...
  • 1/3/2013 2:55:00 PM
    Rabbit & Coyote Hunts At the Marshall Lions Ice Fisheree Festival Five Person Coyote Hunt - January 18-19, 2013 One Two Person Rabbit Hunt - January 18-19, 2013 Details & Team Application at www.sightfirst.com Downloadble Entry Form PDF
  • 12/28/2012 1:00:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Wolf Harvest season ended at 5 pm on December 23, 2012. A total of 117 wolves were harvested.  Final breakdown by zone is below. Permit applications for next season will be available in early March. Zone Quota Harvest Status 1 32 32 CLOSED 2 20 19 CLOSED 3 18 19 CLOSED 4 5 5 CLOSED 5...
  • 12/21/2012 12:10:00 PM
    Happy Holidays everyone! As of today, Friday, December 21, 2012, 112 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin.  Breakdown by zone is below. Zone 6 closed December 14, Zone 5 closed December 12, Zone 1 closed December 2 and Zones 2 and 4 closed November 16. Zones 3 remains open to harvest.  Wolf harvest bulletins will be sent every Friday.&...
  • 12/19/2012 11:35:00 AM
    If you are a hunter, a trapper or an outdoor enthusiast of any kind, you need to know hunting and trapping will be allowed in most Wisconsin State Parks during certain periods next year. However, there are some smaller and urban parks that will remain closed to hunting and trapping. The Natural Resources Board met yesterday and made these decisions...
  • 12/19/2012 8:50:00 AM
    TRYING TO CATCH WILEY-E-COYOTE: NOV 10-16 THIS IS NOT THE SAME COYOTE OF OLD Of all the animal species that I trap, coyotes give me the most grief. Unlike animals like raccoons and muskrats which are creatures of habit, and can be caught the very next night, coyotes are quite unpredictable. I would put them on par with a trophy whitetail or bla...
  • 12/18/2012 4:20:00 PM
    As of today, Friday, December 14, 2012, 108 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin.  Breakdown by zone is below. Zone 6 will be closing today, December 14, at 5 pm, Zone 5 closed December 12, Zone 1 closed December 2 and Zones 2 and 4 closed November 16. Zone 3 remains open to harvest.  Wolf harvest bulletins will be sent every Friday. &...
  • 12/11/2012 2:55:00 PM
    MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 5 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Wolf Harvest Zone 5 is the fourth zone to be closed this season. The harvest of wolves currently remains open in two other zones. The department will continue to closely monitor t...
  • 12/11/2012 1:00:00 PM
    CATCHING A FEW BEAVERS: NOV 3rd - 9thBEAVER FUR AND WISCONSIN'S HERITAGE This week found me taking care of some beaver trapping opportunities. While the summer drought and hot temperatures greatly reduced the muskrat population, the beaver numbers actually increased. Beavers are a relative newcomer to present day Southern Wisconsin. ...
  • 12/11/2012 11:10:00 AM
    MADISON – The opening date for hunting and trapping would be moved back in certain parks with a high volume of late fall visitors and horseback riders, and areas around high winter use trail systems in some parks would be included in closed areas, under revisions the Department of Natural Resources State Parks Program is proposing to its orig...
  • 12/11/2012 10:40:00 AM
    As of today, Friday, December 7, 2012, 104 wolves have been harvested in Wisconsin.  Breakdown by zone is below. Zone 1 closed on Sunday, December 2 and Zones 2 and 4 closed November 16. Zones 3, 5 and 6 remain open to harvest.  Wolf harvest bulletins will be sent every Friday.  For daily updates of the harvest, please visit our webs...
  • 12/6/2012 9:25:00 AM
    Do you trap from canoe? Know someone who will be trapping from a canoe this season? Interested in starting to trap using a canoe? Fresh Air Educators, who hosts Wisconsin ATV, snowmobile, boater and hunter education online courses, has recently unveiled a FREE Paddle Safety Course. It only takes about an hour to complete, and you don’t have ...
  • 12/4/2012 11:05:00 AM
    OPENING WEEK FOR MUSKRAT TRAPPING IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN: OCT 27TH - NOV 2ND MORE MUSKRAT TRAPPERS THAN MUSKRATS My start as a muskrat trapper came in a more round about way from that of most outdoorsmen. As a youth I saw a flyer offering a $5.00 bounty for "chicken hawks" at the county building. This was a lot of money to a rural kid during the...
  • 12/4/2012 10:20:00 AM
    Contact(s): Bill Cosh, (608) 267-2773 Tom Hauge, (608) 266-2193 MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 1 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective 5 pm, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. Wolf Harvest Zone 1 is the third zone to be closed this season. The harvest of wolves currently remains open in zones 3,...
  • 11/29/2012 9:45:00 AM
    Editor Note:  Look for “On the Trapline with Arnie Groehler” each week under the OWO Trapping section beginning today. EARLY RACCOON SEASON: OCT 20-26th PRE-SEASON PREPARATION There was a time when I really looked forward to the opening day of trapping season. It was greatly anticipated just like the opening day of duck or dee...
  • 11/26/2012 10:45:00 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 ...
  • 11/15/2012 5:25:00 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...
  • 11/12/2012 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" ...
  • 10/31/2012 10:30:00 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 9:30:00 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...