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11/7/2017
If the deer season is the flagship of all hunting sports in Wisconsin, eagerly anticipated annually by 600,000 hunters, and it is, then the precious days of the October/November rut are without doubt the gem within the gem.  These too fleeting days of whitetail mating activity when even the biggest bucks become vulnerable to archers and gun hunters  mean no doubt that more tags are filled and stories of missed bucks told than at any oth...
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Waterfowl Hunting Wisconsin

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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, but...
  • 11/6/2017 10:50:00 AM
    Published November 2, 2017 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). For current statewide information on statewide fall color, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exi...
  • 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 minutes pri...
  • 10/24/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Heading into late October, the forecast calls for more seasonal temperatures. However, on Friday, they are calling for a high only reaching the upper 30’s with snow showers. The weekend will be partly sunny, with daytime temps in the low 40’s. According to the Wisconsin DNR, “The recent warmth seems so to have slowed deer ac...
  • 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 8:00:00 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...
  • 9/25/2017 11:10:00 AM
    DNR begins to implement immediately MADISON-The 2017-2019 biennial budget recently signed by Gov. Scott Walker includes changes in deer and turkey tagging that are going into effect immediately. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently implementing changes involving the use of deer and turkey carcass tags and hopes to clarify an...
  • 9/25/2017 11:10:00 AM
    Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.   Pheasants Forever Inc., 1783 Buerkle Circle, St. Paul, MN 55110
  • 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 7:10:00 AM
    NEW Zink Calls Green Head Rocker double-reed duck call brings mallards down slow an’ easy Port Clinton, OH (September 12, 2017) – The double-reed duck call has been a hunter-favorite for well over a half a century. Why? Because double-reeds are generally easier to use than single reeds, typically requiring less inflection and to...
  • 9/8/2017 11:00:00 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 9:15:00 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...
  • 8/18/2017 8:30:00 AM
    September 16-17, 2017 Welcome to Tom's Guns 2017 Waterfowl Hunt   TO SIGN UP--Contact Julie at tomsguns@gmail.com or call 608-655-3772 Learn to Hunt Hunters LTH waterfowl is open only to ages 10-15 , These hunters have not previously participated in a Learn to Hunt event for waterfowl. No hunter education certification is ...
  • 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...
  • 8/1/2017 10:05:00 AM
    HORICON, Wis. - Families and individuals who are searching outdoor summeractivities should look no further!  Head to Horicon Marsh this summer for anoutdoor skills day, archery and geocaching!  And, don't forget to check outthe Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center's new Explorium.Thursday, July 27, 10-11 a.m. - Stories at ...
  • 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
    Wisconsin’s spring 2017 waterfowl population surveys indicate increased numbers of breeding waterfowl pairs and relatively good wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across the state. The Wisconsin breeding duck population estimate of 479,099 represents an increase of twenty-three percent compare...
  • 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...