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  • 8/3/2016 4:25:00 PM
    August 2, 2016 Join us! DNR Park a great place for fun and education at this year's State FairMADISON - Join the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair! The department will be offering activities and exhibits around the theme of "Join Us" in caring for Wisconsin's valuable natural resources. - Read Full Art...
  • 8/1/2016 4:40:00 PM
    Jerry Seinfeld always stated that his TV show (1989-1998) was: “The show about nothing!” …….without his success and really without much success at all, or possibly no success, I kind of see myself as the Jerry Seinfeld of outdoor writers.  Basically, regarding my past experiences revolving around hunting, I write abou...
  • 7/21/2016 11:30:00 AM
    DNR offers additional guidance in wake of northern floodingASHLAND, Wis. - With flood waters receding throughout northern Wisconsin areas affected by last week's heavy rains, many property owners are working through the clean-up process to check wells, remove storm related debris and identify repairs that may require permits. - Read Full Artic...
  • 7/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
    The year was 1958 and for the second year in a row, the Milwaukee Braves were in the World Series. The year before, the Braves were world champions, and at age six, I just started following our baseball team. That October of 1958, my parents took me out of school for a week in Canada. It kind of was a family vacation as we went as a family and a d...
  • 7/10/2016 1:35:00 PM
    I have always had a respect for and a fear of fire.  I have stared into a blazing fire and I have caught myself nearing a hypnotic state.  At our onetime property up in Phelps, I did enjoy a good marshmallow roasting, stone rimmed campfire and creating s’mores on the beach. Also, my wife and I really do savor a glowing fire in our f...
  • 6/29/2016 8:30:00 AM
    I believe the year to be 1988, I was reading about the relatively new (1982) organization of Pheasants Forever (PF) and I became interested in starting a Wisconsin chapter. Prior to that time, I understand there was only one other chapter in our state. For me, the entire process was extremely simple. I contacted PF and I talked to a gentleman by th...
  • 6/24/2016 11:20:00 AM
    If you are near my age of 65, you should remember one of the hit TV shows from 1957-1963. The TV show was, “Have Gun-Will Travel.”  As I was looking back at that western, I started thinking that the name of that show could also pertain to all the hunters I hunt with and their guns.  I see each gun being an extension of that ...
  • 6/15/2016 12:05:00 PM
    June 14, 2016 Cedarburg student wins 2017 state park sticker design contestMADISON - A design of two people canoeing on a lake with the sun setting in the background won the 2017 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker design contest for Emily Olson, a senior at Cedarburg High School. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annu...
  • 6/15/2016 12:00:00 PM
    In my grade school library, I can remember more than one teacher scolding me for always reading the current issues of Outdoor Life and Field and Stream rather than a book. I read about trips to the pheasant fields of South Dakota, the flooded timbers of Arkansas, and the open sea and the ducks on the east coast. Those trips that I read and day dr...
  • 6/6/2016 2:05:00 PM
    My wife Chris overheard a phone conversation my son Nate and I were having, as we made plans for an upcoming duck hunt. I was using phrases like……need to glass, deke placement, and ducks cupping.   These are all normal duck hunting terms.   When I got off the phone, she asked: “I know you were talking about h...
  • 6/6/2016 1:35:00 PM
    MADISON - Preliminary totals show turkey hunters registered 45,496 birds during the 2016 spring turkey hunting season in Wisconsin, an 11 percent increase from the spring 2015 season."It was a very successful spring season for turkey hunters, with many positive reports coming in from throughout Wisconsin," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resou...
  • 6/1/2016 10:15:00 AM
    Growing up in my neighborhood, all of us played sports. All summer long, my best friend John, would come over every morning and wake me up.  After watching a rerun episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” we would head out to my gravel driveway and beat each other up in a game of one-on-one basketball. It got particularly ugly when it ...
  • 5/26/2016 1:55:00 PM
    When I was a child, I wished I was born in the days of Davy Crockett. I believed life would have been grand, if I could have shared adventures with the 1950’s, Walt Disney’s TV character. Like almost every kid in America, I wanted so badly to wear one of those coonskin caps. My mother wouldn’t allow it, because I would, “Cat...
  • 5/18/2016 1:00:00 PM
    Welcome to Warden Wire's periodic feature, FAQs: Special Edition. These special edition FAQs are dedicated to carcass tags and were taken by the DNR Call Center, the Department of Natural Resources' conservation wardens and the Bureau of Wildlife Management. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and ...
  • 5/18/2016 12:50:00 PM
    As a young hunter, I had a love affair with squirrels.  I did hunt pheasants and some waterfowl, but primarily, I was a squirrel hunter.  I became so consumed with this type of hunting because there were abundant squirrels in a nearby woodland. There I could pursue them with my bow or pellet gun without the supervision of a parent.  ...
  • 5/14/2016 10:05:00 AM
    It has been another great week in Central Wisconsin for outdoor activities.  The crappie bite is still going strong and we are also seeing some nice walleyes being caught.  Northern pike have been aggressively chasing baits and the bass bite has picked up.  Turkey hunters are finishing up their season, and if you haven’t though...
  • 5/13/2016 10:20:00 AM
    Come TALK TURKEYS with the best! Come learn about TURKEYS, Avian decoys and Zink calls from The Elite Avian/Zink team members-  Josh Grossenbacher - 2015 World Turkey Calling Champion and Brett Berry, known for hunting with his famous Wild Turkey Hunting Dogs. Come hear how it's done. Shawn Dickey-NWTF, Regional Oh...
  • 5/11/2016 12:15:00 PM
    As a young boy, Horicon Marsh was this magical place far, far away. It was so far, that my dad had to sleep over night the entire weekend.   I had never seen it, and I only heard my dad relay his adventures of his hunts. When he drove into the driveway on Sunday night, I would run out to the car to see what waterfowl he had shot. That was...
  • 5/6/2016 9:55:00 AM
    May 3, 2016 DNR spring fisheries surveys signal great opportunities on waters statewideMADISON, Wis. - Warming temperatures throughout Wisconsin this week should make for a great bite when the general inland fishing season gets underway on Saturday, May 7. - Read Full Article Head to the MacKenzie Center May 18-19 for the third annual M...
  • 5/4/2016 2:35:00 PM
    Gary Greene and son Nate after a Wisconsin duck hunt. As an adult hunter, I have taken trips to six different states to hunt pheasants or waterfowl.  As I think back, it is possible that the trips I made as a boy were just as exciting and successful as my trips that cost me significant amounts of money and hundreds of driving hours. My fir...
  • 4/29/2016 4:15:00 PM
  • 4/29/2016 1:35:00 PM
    Well Mother Nature sure played a nasty trick on us this past week with plummeting temperatures, high winds and rain.  What does this mean for outdoor activities?  Water Temperatures have dropped drastically and have gone from near 60 down to the mid to upper 40’s and that’s a real shock to any fishery.  In addition to the...
  • 4/27/2016 12:00:00 PM
    Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA)  Purple Heart recipients to enjoy central Wisconsin turkey hunt Wausau, Wisconsin, May 13 - 15, 2016: Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA) is holding yet another great hunting and fishing event near the city of Wausau, Wisconsin, for Purple Heart recipients. Hosted by Mr. Todd Bohm and fam...
  • 4/27/2016 11:55:00 AM
    First gobbler of the season, a nice 22 ½-pounder with 10 ½-inch beard. Neal Herrman Early Season: March madness! As the calendar turns to a new year the thoughts of turkey hunting become even more pressing and the wait is close to being over. The pacing of the floor in March seeing turkeys killed in the southern states was more t...
  • 4/26/2016 7:00:00 PM
    It has been another great week in Central Wisconsin for outdoor sports.  Fishing has been very good for several species and the turkey hunters have been shooting some really nice Toms.  The water temperatures this past week have moved into the upper 50’s to lower 60 degree range. The walleye spawn is over and the crappies and bass h...