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New direction needed at DNR Dick Ellis Candidate for governor Tim Michels indicated in October that if elected he would break up the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to serve 1) business and 2 ) the hunting and fishing, or sporting community. “It’s not my opinion that the DNR is broken,” Michels said. “It’s what I hear everywhere I go.” Better days. John and Jim Ellis with a memorable opening mornin...
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  • 1/31/2023 11:50:00 AM
    Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report January 30, 2023 Steve Suman Somewhat “cooler” weather arrived in the North Woods ‑ officially -23 degrees Sunday night and a high of +1 degree Monday, and Wind Chill advisories are in effect. Temperatures moderate a bit Saturday, making outdoor recreation more feasible, not to mention safer. Be safe,...
  • 1/19/2023 9:50:00 AM
  • 1/18/2023 12:10:00 PM
    The Wisconsin DNR today published the 2023 Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Regulations. The 2023 sturgeon spearing season will open on Saturday, Feb. 11 and will run for 16 days or until any of the pre-determined harvest caps are met. If harvest caps are met early, a closure notice will be posted to the DNR’s Winnebago System Stu...
  • 1/18/2023 12:10:00 PM
    Steve Suman  Mild temperatures early this week will make for ‘comfortable’ winter sports activities, though Monday’s rain will negatively affect ice and trail conditions. Daily high and low temperatures drop about 10 degrees later in the week, with some snow in the forecast. Check conditions, dress accordingly, and use cauti...
  • 1/13/2023 10:30:00 AM
    On this Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Henry Repeating Arms, one of the country’s leading firearms manufacturers and longtime supporter of our men and women in uniform, is announcing recent donations made to the Fraternal Order of Police, the National S...
  • 1/13/2023 10:30:00 AM
    Steve Suman   This week’s forecast offers a mix of precipitation and cloudy skies, with temperatures running slightly warmer than January averages, and Friday showing sunshine. Check the events calendar below and start making plans ‑ no shortage of activities and events around Hayward during the winter months!   “Winter ha...
  • 1/13/2023 10:25:00 AM
    Steve Suman   Happy New Year! (Too late? Heard it too much?) Some milder days in the past week settled some snow and ice cover, which made for somewhat better travel everywhere. This week starts mild as well ‑ though with new snow accumulations up to five inches though Wednesday. Highs remain in the 20s, but nighttime lows return to single d...
  • 1/13/2023 10:25:00 AM
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  • 1/13/2023 10:25:00 AM
    By Amy Swearer. Jan 4, 2023 The right to keep and bear arms has a prestigious and gloried history. Titans of constitutional law such as St. George Tucker and Joseph Story referred to this protection as the "true palladium of liberty"—the bulwark that preserves all other inalienable rights. They, like the Founders, understood that the Second...
  • 1/13/2023 10:25:00 AM
    Early inland streams catch and release season for trout opens on Jan. 7. Dress warm and make sure to have a 2022-2023 general fishing license and inland trout stamp, which are both good until March 31, 2023. All regulations apply.   Do you know the physical differences between Wisconsin’s four species of inland trou...
  • 12/30/2022 9:20:00 AM
    Join us for the 2023 Winter Events January 1st starting at 10am:  Pinewood Shootout Racing Social Event . January 28th Winterfest Snowmobile Radar Racing. Adults & Kids winter fun for the whole family! Great Lakes Dragaway 18411 1st Street, Union Grove, WI 53182 (262) 878-3783
  • 12/30/2022 9:20:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that the goose season is again open in the Southern Goose Zone. This opportunity will remain open until Jan. 3, 2023.  Additionally, this portion of the Canada goose season in the southern zone has an increased daily bag limit of five Canada ge...
  • 12/30/2022 9:20:00 AM
    Steve Suman   Christmas weekend in the North Woods blessed us with clear skies and sunshine ‑ somewhat deceiving when viewed from a warm and protected indoor environment. Temperatures ranged from -9 degrees to 5 degrees, with strong winds blowing snow and hindering travel. This week brings a warming trend, with high temperatures reaching int...
  • 12/30/2022 9:15:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding snowmobilers to operate within their limits and stay sober on the trails this season. In the early months of 2022, there were 14 fatal snowmobile crashes, with 10 involving alcohol. Alcohol affects your risk perception and reaction time. If you ch...
  • 12/30/2022 9:15:00 AM
    By Dave Workman. Dec 16, 2022 Police in Chandler, Arizona are still investigating a fatal defensive shooting at an Amazon parking lot, but published reports are already noting about the unidentified armed citizen that "and authorities said that his actions may have prevented a larger shooting.” KPNX News did not identify the indiv...
  • 12/30/2022 9:15:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds Wisconsinites that 2023 is right around the corner. Those looking for a healthy, refreshing kick-off to the new year can join one of the First Day Hikes happening at Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas this upcoming Jan. 1. First Day Hik...
  • 12/30/2022 9:15:00 AM
    Steve Suman   Winter arrived a week before the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) and official start of winter, and in a surly mood! This area received more than 20 inches of extremely wet, heavy snow in three or more storms that took down power lines, trees, and limbs, and leaving some people still without power. While the snow is mostly great news ...
  • 12/30/2022 9:15:00 AM
    By Larry Keane. Dec 19, 2022 Dozens of mayors from America's biggest cities are demanding the U.S. Senate pass more 'gun control'. "We write to urge the Senate to pass during the lame duck session gun safety legislation that has passed the House…,” the mayors' letter states. An answer to the crime problem plaguing these cities might...
  • 12/30/2022 9:05:00 AM
    From JPFO. Dec 15, 2022 Do you celebrate America's civil holidays? Do you cherish your rights and freedoms as an American? If so, then you will want a special day to remember the foundation for all of them: Bill of Rights Day, December 15. The Bill of Rights is a major part of the "American way of life." America's civic holidays -- the Birthdays ...
  • 12/30/2022 9:05:00 AM
    By Stephen P. Halbrook. Dec 14, 2022 (This is a follow-on piece from yesterday's article.) When proposing the Fourteenth Amendment to Congress in 1866, Senator Jacob Howard referred to "the personal rights guaranteed and secured by the first eight amendments of the Constitution; such as freedom of speech and of the press; … the ri...
  • 12/30/2022 9:05:00 AM
    Wausau, WI and Marinette, WI will be the sites of three 2023 shows gearedto the outdoor lifestyle of Central and Northern Wisconsin families. The Central Wisconsin Sports Show will be held on Feb. 10-12 at theConvention & Expo Center in Rothschild (Wausau) and will include manyfishing and hunting exhibitors as well as boats, pontoons, powerspo...
  • 12/30/2022 9:00:00 AM
      NOTES FROM THE FIELD: August/September 2022 Heroes and guides heading out for a morning of fantastic fishing at the 11th Annual Lake Erie Trophy Walleye Fishing.Photo courtesy of WWIA Guides Jon French and Tim Spence. ...
  • 12/30/2022 9:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman   The forecast (and driving conditions) from now through the end of the week are not for the faint of heart! Okay, maybe it is not “that” bad, but rain, ice, snow (currently predicted for 5-8 inches through Wednesday), and strong winds are not painting a pretty picture. On the other hand, perhaps the prognosticators h...
  • 12/30/2022 8:55:00 AM
    December 2, 2022    Sarah Barry Deputy Secretary Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources 101 S. Webster St. Madison, WI 53707-7921   Dear Deputy Secretary Barry, The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation has reviewed the online public input process for the 2022 Draft Wolf Management Plan and requests the Wisconsin Department of N...
  • 12/9/2022 8:55:00 AM
    By Charles C. W. Cooke. Dec 5, 2022 Congress did some damage to the Second Amendment last June, but anti-Second Amendment legislators did not manage to push through any of the more-draconian agenda items for which President Joe Biden (D) so often calls. Congress did not pass a ban on so-called "assault weapons.” It did not prohibit the sale ...