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Hit The Ice For Free Fishing Weekend

Give fishing a try during Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 15-16 – no fishing license or trout and salmon stamps required. Regulations and bag limits apply.

 

If you're new to ice fishing, check out the "Ice Fishing Essentials" story in the latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine for tips on what you'll need to get started. 

 

Don't let the lack of gear stop you from fishing from the water top. Visit the DNR's Fishing Equipment For Loan webpage to find a tackle loaner site with ice fishing equipment near you. Locations with ice fishing equipment will have an “IF” next to their name. Basic gear is available; however, sites do not lend out ice augers. Hours and available equipment vary, so contact the site in advance and plan ahead to pick up the gear.

 

And, be sure to brush up on ice safety before you go with these ice safety tips.

 

Photo credit: iStock / emholk


Bald Eagle Watching Days Returns To Sauk Prairie
Jan. 15-16

Catch a glimpse of bald eagles and learn more about this majestic bird at the 36th Annual Bald Eagle Watching Days, Jan. 15-16, along the Wisconsin River in the Sauk Prairie area.

 

The event highlights the return of bald eagles in their congregating area along the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway beneath the Prairie du Sac dam. 

 

The weekend will feature a mix of in-person, live-streamed and recorded events, along with eagle viewing at the newly expanded overlook on Water Street in Prairie du Sac. Volunteers will be available at the overlook to answer questions about eagles from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, weather permitting.

 

The 2022 Bald Eagle Watching Days event is co-sponsored by the DNR, Ferry Bluff Eagle Council, Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce and Tripp Heritage Museum in Prairie du Sac.

 

For event information and a full list of activities, visit the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council website

 

Visit the DNR’s Eagles In Wisconsin webpage to learn more about this species' comeback in the state and how to report and help monitor nests.

Photo credit: Reggie Gauger


Don't Miss The Winter Issue

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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.

 

The Winter issue includes stories on how to beat the winter blues, steps to build a bat house, hunting as a family activity, tips for kids to identify wildlife tracks in the snow, winter surfing on Lake Michigan and much more.

 

There's also the latest Field Notes report celebrating successes of the DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Program, as well as the 2022 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar featuring photos from our beautiful state parks.

Subscribe or give a gift today at wnrmag.com or by calling 1-800-678-9472.


Embrace Winter Outdoors

From sledding, cross-country skiing to snow snowshoeing, winter weather brings opportunities for any number of fun outdoor activities.  

Head outdoors to explore a new part of the state by planning a "Winter Day Trip". Or, bundle up and find your adventure in Wisconsin's northern peninsula with these "Three Ways to Explore Door County in Winter."


Plan your winter outdoors with these helpful resources: 

  • Find a Park: Search state parks by available activities including sledding, cross-country skiing and winter camping.
  • Rental equipment: Some Wisconsin state parks offer snowshoes for rent in winter, in partnership with Friends Groups and private concessionaires.
  • Adaptive equipment: Cross-country sit skis are available at select state parks and other properties.
  • Candlelight events: Many state parks and forests plan candlelight hikes and ski events in winter. Search the DNR events calendar for listings and updates.
  • Ski trail conditions: Find the latest information on trail conditions and grooming reports for state parks throughout Wisconsin. 

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"How To Build A Bat House" Supply List Update

The "How To Build A Bat House" article in the Winter issue featured incorrect supply dimensions. The correct supply dimensions for the wood materials are as follows:

  • 1 piece 26”x24”x 0.5” plywood  
  • 1 piece 32”x24”x 0.5” plywood  
  • 1 piece 24”x4”x 0.5” plywood  
  • 2 pieces 26”x1.5”x 0.75” common wood/pine 
  • 1 piece 20”x1.5”x 0.75” common wood/pine  

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and value your continued support. To share additional comments or feedback, please reach out to us at dnrmagazine@wisconsin.gov.

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