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5/25/2017
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Waterfowl Hunting Wisconsin

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  • 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 ...
  • 5/12/2017 10:50:00 AM
    Joanne Carpentier Kasner sends us this video of one gobbler apparently trying to snuff out the competition via suffocation. This Tom-Tom dance was recorded near Waukesha. Click here for video.
  • 5/5/2017 10:40:00 AM
    Inland fishing season opens May 6MADISON -- Fisheries biologists from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say anglers can expect to find some trophy potential fish as well as abundant numbers of popular game species this spring when the general inland fishing season gets underway statewide on Saturday, May 6. - Read...
  • 5/5/2017 10:25:00 AM
    When my chocolate lab Hershey was about to deliver her first litter, I was living on a five acre mini-farm near Lake Lorraine about halfway between Delavan and Whitewater. The first pup was born about 1:00am and I attempted to stay up most of the night with her as she averaged about one pup an hour.  Some female dogs can be the wonderful mothe...
  • 4/30/2017 8:30:00 PM
    Upland sandpipers have returned to southern Wisconsin grasslands after spending the winter nearly 5,000 miles south in Argentina! Photo credit: Ryan Brady Statewide birding report In southern Wisconsin, Baltimore orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks have arrived in numbers, along with a few orchard orioles and ruby-throated hummingbirds. Me...
  • 4/25/2017 2:25:00 PM
    As a very young child, my memories are poor at best, but I knew that it had been over fifty years, since I witnessed one of our dogs giving birth to puppies. With that thought in the back of my mind, I always wanted to supervise the entire birthing process with one of my own dogs and the follow up caring of the puppies.  Once I became single a...
  • 4/21/2017 10:10:00 AM
    You can now find the 2017 Migratory Bird Regulations as well as the 2016 Canada Goose Harvest Report on the WDNR's waterfowl webpage.  If you have any thoughts or questions please don't hesitate to contact the Migratory Bird Ecologist Taylor Finger, taylor.finger@wisconsin.gov / (608) 266-8841
  • 4/17/2017 12:20:00 PM
    He was my high school history teacher for three years and my assistant basketball and track coach. During those years, he took a personal interest in me, realizing that I had potential as an athlete. During and after college, I hunted pheasants a few times with my neighbors, the Swan family and he had joined that hunting party. When the Swan family...
  • 4/17/2017 12:05:00 PM
    MADISON - Migratory game bird hunters in Wisconsin will have seasons for duck, geese, dove, woodcock and other migratory game birds that are nearly identical to the structure seen in 2016 under a rule approved by the state Natural Resources Board at its April 12, 2017 meeting in Madison.Seasons for duck, geese, dove, woodcock and other migratory ...
  • 4/5/2017 6:00:00 PM
    As a Franklin Physical Education teacher for 32 years, I taught a lot of archery classes. Teaching 175 students a day, I was constantly dealing with a few students who had the potential to be unsafe. One day around 1990, during the same time as an archery class, the high school marching band was practicing on the football field. Our archery range w...
  • 3/28/2017 10:10:00 AM
    I have mentioned that I have been on hunting trips ranging from great to poor. The reader should be able to establish where this hunt fits into that great/poor spectrum. My son Nate and I wanted to extend our 2013 waterfowl hunting season so we researched spring, Snow Geese, guided hunts near the Yankton, South Dakota area. I had heard from several...
  • 3/22/2017 3:40:00 PM
    In 1980, Iowa was king of the pheasant hunting world harvesting nearly 1.4 million pheasants.   After researching 1980, I was wondering when pheasants were at their peak.  I found that 1945 South Dakota had the highest harvest year on record with 7.5 million pheasants in the bag. This happened, after the conclusion of World War II wi...
  • 3/13/2017 2:20:00 PM
    This column will be a little different than most as it is my satire on: “I haven’t shot ducks that well!”   There, I’ve said it.  I admit it: “And geese are bigger and probably slower than ducks and I’ve missed more than my share of those too.” Pheasant, now there’s a bird, I can shoot at ...
  • 3/7/2017 4:25:00 PM
    In the next few weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will finalize the annual federal waterfowl structure under which states within the Mississippi Flyway may establish waterfowl hunting seasons. These federal season proposals will be the subject of a series of public meetings throughout Wisconsin in mid-March. The 2017 migratory bird se...
  • 2/28/2017 10:05:00 PM
    Last week, I was driving east at a good pace on Walworth County’s Highway J, when suddenly a large hen turkey came out of nowhere and landed in front of my Ford 150.  I had oncoming traffic on my left and I didn’t want to risk driving right into the ditch with many mature trees growing nearby, so hitting the turkey was my only alte...
  • 2/23/2017 7:50:00 PM
    135,307 permits issued for 2017 spring turkey hunt - remaining permits available beginning March 20 The 2017 spring turkey permit drawing has ended and 135,307 successful applicants will receive spring wild turkey permits. A total of 240,768 permits have been made available for the spring 2017 turkey season - remaining permits w...
  • 2/17/2017 10:15:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Warm weather returns putting winter back on its heals; ice anglers urged to remove shacks from lakes  Warm weather has swung back around, putting winter back on its heels and bringing changes to the o...
  • 2/17/2017 10:05:00 AM
    In the field, there were  two times that by definition, I might not have been lost, but I sure didn’t know where I was. Please remember these occurred during the days before my flip phone could aid me with directions. In 2007, for the first time, my chocolate lab Hershey and I were hunting in the 1,160 acre Allenton Marsh Wildlife Area....
  • 2/17/2017 9:35:00 AM
    HORICON, Wis. -- Head to Horicon Marsh Saturday, March 4 for a Nest BoxSeminar and learn more about how to attract birds to your yard with nestboxes.[Wodd duck]Wood duck "jump day" is quite the event - head to Horicon March 4 and learnall you need to know about nest boxes.Photo Credit: Jeff BahlsActivities will be held at the Horicon Mars...
  • 2/13/2017 9:40:00 PM
    Previously, I have written about some fond memories that I have regarding my father introducing me to hunting. He always tried to make my hunting experiences into positive adventures as I recall him constantly positioning me for the best shot. He was proud but silent, when I did harvest a squirrel or a pheasant. However, our relationship was not a...
  • 1/27/2017 10:15:00 AM
    For most of my life, I have been fortunate that I have lived with dogs. Some of my earliest memories consist of me playing with Bassett Hound puppies in our kennel.  I remember cuddling with our old Bassett, Daisy Lazy Mae, and then attempting to pull her in my wagon.  When she was not in the kennel, I was instructed to always keep an eye...
  • 1/16/2017 1:35:00 PM
    During the summer of 2016, I reunited with seven of my college fraternity brothers that I haven’t seen or talked to since 1973. None of them were hunters and I tried to explain to them my love of the outdoors, our five Labradors and specifically game bird hunting.  It was difficult for these golfing suburban Chicago men to relate to my p...
  • 1/12/2017 1:15:00 PM
  • 1/8/2017 3:10:00 PM
    Some hunting trips are planned in great depth and some are off the cuff. Our worst hunting trip of our lives was a deeply researched and well planned 2014, spring, South Dakota, Snow Goose hunt. So one never knows how a hunt will turn out…it is called hunting! The year was 1965, when my dad enjoyed hanging around with his cronies at the Hal...