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  • 11/22/2017 11:10:00 AM
    This is my 50th memory written for the On Wisconsin Outdoors website. Some might call this a milestone, others might say, “Who cares!” I’m an old hunter and not very current with all of today’s on line terms. With that perspective, I’m not sure if my memories are blogs, columns, articles or just plain old memories...
  • 10/24/2017 9:05:00 AM
    The 2017 Wisconsin duck season opened on Saturday, September 30th and it didn’t take long for me to find poachers violating hunting laws.  On Sunday, October 1st the legal starting time for shooting in Walworth County was 6:23am. From our home, at 6:03am, we heard a volley of six shots over a local water hole, a full twenty m...
  • 10/20/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt today.  The Marshall area, known for its pheasant habitat and hunter and dog-friendly lodging, hosted Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and hundreds of guests. 153 hunters harvested 28 roosters during the morning hun...
  • 10/13/2017 2:20:00 PM
    I would like to believe that most of us as hunters follow the hunting guidelines set forth by our state’s DNR.  I also choose to think that when in the field, we try to honor the rights of other hunters while being as safe as possible. First hand, during my 54 years of hunting, I have found some instances when hunters have gone rogue an...
  • 10/6/2017 7:55:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished - October 3, 2017 by the Central Office 2017 Wisconsin ring-necked pheasant season opens Oct. 14 Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Releases Third-Season Findings Record number of piping plovers nest in Wisconsin A reminder to Hunters regarding changes to the tagging of deer and turkey How hunters can help reduce sprea...
  • 10/1/2017 1:15:00 PM
    The warm weather of the past week may have slowed the early fast pace of fall colors coming on, but much of the state is at 25 to 50 percent fall color on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR) and some far northern areas are close to peak. Tamarack needles are turning yellow and soon to fall off. It is the onl...
  • 9/20/2017 8:25:00 AM
    I have previously written that traditionally the early Canada Goose season has not been highly successful for my son Nate and I. We find it difficult to find the birds and if I do scout and find feeding birds, I can’t secure permission to hunt on those private lands. The owners are either anti-hunters or have given hunting rights to others. ...
  • 9/20/2017 7:35:00 AM
    MADISON - Fall hunting seasons are underway and as you gather your gear and plan your trip into the field or woods, be sure to add a read of the 2017 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast [PDF] to your list of things to do.  The Fall 2017 Hunting and Trapping Forecast is now available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "forecast."Photo Credit...
  • 9/8/2017 10:55:00 AM
    Leaves started dramatically turning colors in the Northwoods this week. There is still mostly green in the woods, but the change has begun with red colors becoming noticeable in tree canopies and sumac bushes. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has begun its Fall Color Report (exit DNR).  Water levels are normal to a little higher ...
  • 8/27/2017 9:10:00 PM
    by SportDOG Staff Training your own gun dog can be one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of any pet owner’s life. The sense of pride and elation that one feels after their dog has learned a new command is only rivaled by the feelings of doubt and frustration after a training session doesn’t go as planned. Just like it...
  • 8/27/2017 9:10:00 PM
    This summer, I had a few sparing thoughts of the upcoming hunting season as my son Nate and I worked on a new blind concept in my garage and I bought a couple of 360 degree turning, comfort chairs for the skiff, but it wasn’t until the farmer across the street cut and baled his wheat field that my thoughts of flying birds magnified. Sandhi...
  • 8/27/2017 9:05:00 PM
    2017 Fall Turkey Hunting leftover permits go on sale August 26 Contact(s): Mark Rappe, DNR permit sales coordinator, 608-261-6441; Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861; Jaqi Christopher, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458 MADISON - Hunters who were successful in the fall turkey permit drawing will begi...
  • 8/27/2017 9:05:00 PM
    August has almost past, the crisp air and refreshing fragrance of the beloved fall is on our minds. Growing conditions could not have been better this year and if you have been in any of the hunting fields you know we have some truly unbelievable cover out there. The tremendously wet spring was a blessing and a curse. Not only did it make field w...
  • 8/27/2017 9:05:00 PM
    Antigo, WI - Mepps® continues to ask hunters to save their squirrel tails. The tails are used for their hand-tied, dressed hooks of their world-famous, fish-catching lures. They've been recycling squirrel tails for over half-a-century. “Squirrels are good eating and we can reuse their tails for making the world's #1 lure,” exp...
  • 8/18/2017 8:25:00 AM
    Sept. 1 marks opener for mourning dove, early teal and early goose hunting seasons Contact(s): Trenton Rohrer, DNR assistant migratory game bird ecologist, 608-261-6458 MADISON - Migratory game bird hunters are reminded that Friday, Sept. 1 marks the opener for Wisconsin's mourning dove, early teal and early goose hunting seasons. Wisconsin...
  • 7/31/2017 1:35:00 PM
    As a pheasant hunting guide with hunting clients, occasionally, I would discuss the history of pheasants in America and specifically Wisconsin. Most hunters didn’t know that the pheasant is a non-native bird but in 1882, it was successfully introduced in Oregon from Asia. In Wisconsin, the bird was first introduced in 1916 by Gustav Pabst in ...
  • 7/19/2017 5:05:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4281 MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation today officially joined financial forces to secure hunting and fishing participation by funding a new position to introduce novices and reactivate inactive veteran hunters and anglers in Wisconsin. A si...
  • 7/18/2017 10:05:00 PM
    My father took me squirrel hunting a few times, but until we could drive ourselves, my mother was the taker of squirrel hunters. During September of 1966, hunting buddy Mike Swan, my mom and I got up extra early to greet the opening minutes of the squirrel hunting season. The night before, I had played a junior varsity football game, and at 2:00pm...
  • 6/30/2017 12:40:00 PM
    June 27, 2017 DNR to hire 20 full-time conservation wardens; new & experienced urged to applyMADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement has announced it will hire 20 full-time conservation wardens to fill vacancies statewide in a process officials say will recognize experience in compensation pac...
  • 6/30/2017 12:30:00 PM
    Gary Greene’s Memories from an Old Hunter……..#43 I’ve made some mistakes in my lifetime, but hopefully, I have learned and not repeated the errors of my past. Back in 2002, my youngest son Nate, and I were pheasant hunting alongside one of Wisconsin’s designated scenic roads. We were west of the small town of Roche...
  • 6/13/2017 8:55:00 AM
    As a parent, certain accomplishments by your children stand out more than others.  At least for me, getting to participate with my sons, during a few of those accomplishments, made it much more rewarding. My oldest son Ty is a special education teacher in Whitefish Bay, which alone is something I am extremely proud of. It takes a very caring ...
  • 5/31/2017 10:20:00 PM
    My wife Chris is an extremely intelligent woman. She is a Veterinarian, with specific certifications as an animal Acupuncturist and Chiropractor, with additional master degrees in human Acupuncture and  Herbalogy.  She also is the CEO of Herbsmith where her company makes herbs for animals. As you can read above, she has more degrees than...
  • 5/31/2017 10:15:00 PM
    Special Edition DNR Weekly News[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Due to the Monday, May 29 Memorial Day Holiday we were unable to include all news releases in the May 30, DNR Weekly News.] - Read Full Article Natural Resources Board approves 2017 deer harvest quotas and season structureMADISON - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved deer hunting s...
  • 5/17/2017 10:10:00 AM
    In 2011, my chocolate lab Hershey was about to have her second litter. I had been retired for several years and I had no time commitments, except two weeks out of the year, I drove to Milwaukee to teach eight hour day, college classes. Of course, the first day of class, Hershey was primed to give birth. For supervision, I had my two neighbor girls ...