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4/21/2017
Josh Hoier, 8 of New London poses for Wolf River expert John Faucher with his catch of beautiful walleyes. I took my own blog advice Tuesday.  The wolf River and friend John Faucher called me north from southeast Wisconsin to New London to check out the walleye run for myself.  Faucher is owner of Johnny’s Little Shop of Bait. He keeps close tabs on the river runs of walleyes and white bass; the comings and goings so to speak o...
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  • 4/25/2017 3:00:00 PM
  • 4/25/2017 2:50:00 PM
    By John Luthens   A curious brown creeper interrupts a day of steelhead fishing. A pileated woodpecker in Devil’s Lake State Park. (Photo courtesy of Denice Luthens) Bohemian waxwing, shot while grocery shopping. I shot my first bird in March. A late-season ice storm squalled across Lake Michigan and rattled the trees ...
  • 4/25/2017 2:45:00 PM
    NEWTOWN, Conn. - It started as all such events of this type do, with a group of strangers feeling each other out and wondering if what they brought to the table will make the grade. In the end, the "campers" of NSSF 2017 Spring Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp departed not only as close friends, but also with each knowing their firearms handling skills...
  • 4/25/2017 2:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Though not unusual for spring in the North Woods, the weather made quite a swing over the weekend, going from 70 degrees Saturday to the lower 30s Sunday morning. The temperature drop also brought along snow flurries, with some people saying they saw the largest snowflakes of their lives, though there was no accumulation. The forecast ...
  • 4/25/2017 2:30:00 PM
    STURTEVANT, Wis., April 21, 2017 – BRP, a world leader in powersports, announced today its corporate initiatives to celebrate Earth Day. The Evinrude brand will take part in Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup held on Saturday April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Joining over 4,000 volunteers picking up trash along th...
  • 4/25/2017 2:25:00 PM
    Want to WOW someone for Father’s Day?Give a Henry Golden Boy or Golden Boy Silver rifle with a personali...
  • 4/21/2017 10:10:00 AM
    MADISON – Members of the public are invited to attend several Finale Events leading up to the selection of the next Alice in Dairyland Saturday, May 13 in the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay. Tickets are on sale for several events culminating in the selection of the 70th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s agricultural amb...
  • 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
  • 4/21/2017 10:05:00 AM
    The 15th Annual Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival kicks-off Friday, April 21st with Taster's Eve continued by Saturday's festival and the brand new Sundayevent: Bacon Bloody Brunch with both Saturday and Sunday activities taking place at the Southside Oktoberfest Grounds (1 Oktoberfest Stras...
  • 4/21/2017 10:05:00 AM
    Spring 2017 pilot program will be expanded for fall turkey hunting season New for the spring 2017 turkey season, hunters now have the option of donating their harvested turkey to needy families through the new Turkey Donation Program. Donated turkeys will be processed free of charge and meat will be provided to local food pantries. For the spring...
  • 4/21/2017 10:05:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4224 MADISON, Wis. - Five individuals and organizations dedicated to protecting, preserving and increasing the number of trees lining city streets, filling community parks and beautifying neighborhoods throughout the state earned recognition from the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council at the recent 201...
  • 4/21/2017 10:05:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   The lake sturgeon spawning run on the Winnebago System continues to move fast. In fact, we had two crews today tagging fish below the Shawano Paper Mill Dam today.  Typically we aren’t seeing spawning fish until later in the spawning run, but this is the 2nd year in a row that fis...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Urban Forestry News through the Wisconsin DNR Forestry News. Urban Forestry News is a monthly newsletter that shares information related to urban forestry in Wisconsin.   New staff members Recently the Urban Forestry Program has filled three positions: West Central Urban Forestry Coordinator, Urban Forestry Grant Specialist, Urban...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Provide public access to the outdoors and earn extra income through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive ProgramMADISON - The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program is the perfect way to earn extra income and provide opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors. - Read Full Article Anglers, boaters key to...
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Updates about the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings. The Spring Hearings webpage has recently been updated with the results of the citizen resolutions presented at the April 11th Spring Hearing, which are now available.
  • 4/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ashland County Smelt Report, April 18 Area Smelters in Ashland report, Smelting has been great the past two nights. Predictions are: Smelting may be near peak right now or the next few nights but it is a Mother Nature call so it is uncertain how long they will run. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce does have a Smelt hotline to call at 800-284-9484 o...
  • 4/21/2017 9:55:00 AM
    April 17, 2017 Steve Suman   According to the forecasts for this week, we start with cool temperatures and cloudy skies, receive some rain mid-week, and finish with warmer temperatures and clear skies. So say the weather folks.   “Now that the ice is gone and spring getting nicer every week, activity on the lakes is increasing,...
  • 4/21/2017 9:55:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The 2017 sturgeon spawning run is underway and we had two crews out tagging fish today. One crew handled 138 fish at Bamboo Bend in Shiocton and the other crew handled 140 fish at the Sturgeon Trail on County X in New London.  Fish were spawning heavily at both sites today, but I suspect that f...
  • 4/21/2017 9:55:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   We had two crews tagging sturgeon on the Wolf River yesterday. One crew was working downstream in the New London and Shiocton area.  That crew handled 50 fish at the Sturgeon Trail in New London, 20 fish at Pfeifer Park on the Embarrass River in New London, 20 fish at Bamboo Bend, 1 fis...
  • 4/17/2017 12:35:00 PM
    Fellow Sturgeon Enthusiasts: It's that time of the year again (mid-April) and some people are starting to question when the sturgeon will start spawning on the Wolf River and other tributaries to the Winnebago System.  Well, fish have been spawning since Tuesday on the upper Fox River from Eureka to Princeton.  The sturgeon run on the up...
  • 4/17/2017 12:30:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state)   Turkeys strutting timely for weekend youth hunt and first period spring hunt; CDAC meetings next week  Wisconsin experienced another roller coaster ride for the second week in April with t...
  • 4/17/2017 12:30:00 PM
    The walleye bite is central Wisconsin is very good right now with not only numbers but some very nice fish as well.  Water flows on the river systems are above average which increases the walleyes migration.  The water temperatures are in the low to mid 40 degree range which is about perfect for walleyes to spawn. We have been targetin...
  • 4/17/2017 12:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman  The Hayward area experienced a good weekend of spring weather, but Monday brought a dose of reality with a 30-degree drop in temperature and a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain. However, there is no accumulation on the ground (so far!) Temperatures warm throughout the week, although we might still see some precipitation in the ...
  • 4/17/2017 12:25:00 PM
    MADISON, WI - From April 14 to May 1, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and The Aldo Leopold Foundation will host hands-on planned burn (prescribed fire) training.   The Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WI-TREX) engages men and women from across the ...