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New direction needed at DNR Dick Ellis Candidate for governor Tim Michels indicated in October that if elected he would break up the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to serve 1) business and 2 ) the hunting and fishing, or sporting community. “It’s not my opinion that the DNR is broken,” Michels said. “It’s what I hear everywhere I go.” Better days. John and Jim Ellis with a memorable opening mornin...
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  • 10/28/2022 4:15:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the winners of the 2023 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contest. Many talented wildlife artists submitted a total of 34 pieces for judging, which took place on Aug. 27 at the Wisconsin Waterfowl Expo in Oshkosh.  Each...
  • 10/28/2022 4:10:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging experienced hunters to share their skills and knowledge with novice hunters by becoming hunting mentors this fall. Mentored hunting is a one-on-one learning experience that can be a great way to help new hunters navigate hunting scenarios with the gu...
  • 10/4/2022 12:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin's autumn hunting seasons are in full swing – from deer to waterfowl to small mammals and more, there's something for just about every hunter. It's an opportunity to pursue a favorite pastime, spend time with family and friends, and have a chance to put fresh food on the table. Check the DNR’s main hunting webpage for...
  • 9/15/2022 8:35:00 AM
    Steve Suman The forecast predicts beautiful mild and sunny weather for the first half of this week, but possibly switching to rainy from Wednesday night through the weekend. Daytime highs and nighttime lows are in line with the average and starting to reflect that we are almost halfway through September. Many activities are on the horizo...
  • 9/15/2022 8:30:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers with a passion for teaching hunting or shooting and a desire to pass on safe hunting skills, including the safe handling of firearms, to become certified hunter education instructors in Wisconsin. Although Wisconsin’s hunting season has alrea...
  • 9/7/2022 7:45:00 AM
        With all the options available, there's never been a better time to choose to Hunt With A Henry. Even when your options are restricted, like shotgun-only zones, we are proud to offer you a premium solution....
  • 7/28/2022 11:00:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host the first of several educational hunting webinars beginning July 28 for members of the public that are new to hunting or hunting curious.   The webinar series is in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Becoming an Ou...
  • 7/18/2022 2:10:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that we are now accepting artwork entries encourages artists to submit their work for the 2023 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests. The deadline to submit entries is July 15, 2022. The winning designs will appear on the ...
  • 7/14/2022 8:55:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the annual spring surveys of Wisconsin ruffed grouse and pheasant showed below-average counts. By contrast, the results of the spring waterfowl breeding survey indicate good numbers and excellent habitat conditions for migratory birds. DNR wildlife biolo...
  • 5/8/2022 3:35:00 PM
    Dean Pavletich of Mukwonago dropped this 25 pound gobbler on April 23 in Juneau County.”   Large Juneau County Tom falls to Mukwonago hunter Dean Pavletich of Mukwonago took full advantage of his harvest permit April 23 in Juneau County, finding a number of receptive Toms before dropping a 25 pound gobbler coming to his calls. Dean...
  • 5/8/2022 3:30:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds turkey hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to practice firearm safety during the 2022 spring turkey season April 20, 2022 - May 31, 2022. Hunters and public land users may be sharing fields and forests during the season and need to be aware and alert of others ...
  • 4/15/2022 9:45:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds families, mentors and young hunters there’s still time to plan ahead for the 2022 youth turkey hunt happening statewide April 16-17. Each year, the youth turkey hunt gives hunters under the age of 16 the opportunity to gain valuable hunting experience and ...
  • 3/18/2022 9:10:00 AM
    April 9th & 10th, 2022 Tom's Guns  Spring Turkey Learn to Hunt and Youth Hunt The annual Spring Turkey Youth Hunt is designed to give novice hunters the opportunity to hunt wild turkey and gain valuable experience at a time when other hunters are not authorized to hunt. Youth Hunt: ages 10-15      &n...
  • 3/18/2022 8:55:00 AM
    Interested in giving turkey hunting a try this year?  Join us for our next Hunt for Food course starting on March 22. Led by volunteer instructors with help from DNR staff, the multi-session program includes a virtual introductory classroom session followed by in-person, hands-on instructive field days in preparation for a weekend ...
  • 3/18/2022 8:55:00 AM
    Editor's Note: A previous press release provided an incorrect removal date for when all permanent ice shanties must be removed from all state waters. The deadline to remove ice shanties varies by body of water. MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that the remaining 2022 ice shanty rem...
  • 2/28/2022 8:25:00 AM
    Comment Period Closing Soon The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that input closes this Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 for the first draft of the state's greater prairie-chicken management plan. The plan outlines four possible paths forward for greater prairie-chicken management in Wisconsin through 2032. Each o...
  • 2/28/2022 8:25:00 AM
    Comment Period Closing Soon The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that input closes this Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 for the first draft of the state's greater prairie-chicken management plan. The plan outlines four possible paths forward for greater prairie-chicken management in Wisconsin through 2032. Each o...
  • 1/12/2022 11:20:00 AM
    Deadline For Public Comments Is Feb. 18, 2022 MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on the first draft of the state's greater prairie-chicken management plan. The deadline to submit comments is Feb. 18, 2022. The plan outlines four potential paths forward for greater prairie-chick...
  • 12/8/2021 12:55:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that the 2022 spring wild turkey harvest applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2021. Hunters can purchase applications for permit drawings online through Go Wild, the DNR’s license portal, or at an authorized license agen...
  • 11/18/2021 9:05:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. –  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the department will stock pheasant at 25 state properties in central and southern Wisconsin during the week of Dec. 20, 2021, to increase hunting opportunities throughout the holiday season. The pheasant holiday stocking began in 2017 to provide ph...
  • 9/16/2021 7:20:00 AM
    Winning artwork for the 2022 pheasant stamp design category by Mark Kanitz of Markesan.Photo credit: Mark Kanitz MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the winners of the 2022 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Waterfowl and Pheasant stamp design contest. Local...
  • 9/2/2021 9:20:00 AM
    2021 Combined Regulations Pamphlet Now Available MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2021 combined Wisconsin Hunting Regulations pamphlet is now available online and will soon be available at license agents and open service centers around the sta...
  • 7/14/2021 11:55:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the fall 2021 sharp-tailed grouse hunting season remains closed due to the spring surveys results and concerns over future viability of the sharp-tailed grouse population. Permits and applications will not be available or accepted this year. Each ye...
  • 6/17/2021 12:50:00 PM
    Early Results Show 17% Decrease From 2020 NumbersDuring Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced preliminary totals show Wisconsin turkey hunters registered 37,179 birds during the 2021 spring turkey hunting season, a 17% decrease from the 44,982 birds registered in th...