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Dick Ellis Blog:
5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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  • 4/17/2015 11:40:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Dry conditions cause extreme fire danger; sturgeon spawning begins  Extremely dry conditions lead to very high fire danger this week, including a rare "red flag warning," where all outdoor burning is ...
  • 4/17/2015 11:30:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: As I indicated this morning the lake sturgeon are now spawning on the Winnebago System.  Our crew was able to capture and tag 52 fish at the Sturgeon Trail on County X in New London this morning, 7 fish at the Manawa Dam on the Little Wolf River and 12 fish at the Clintonville Dam on the ...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    MADISON - County Deer Advisory Councils are set to prepare final antlerlessquota and permit recommendations during the last round of spring meetingsfrom April 20-23, and a public comment period open through April 15 willprovide an opportunity to submitfeedback<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdacsurvey.html>.April CDAC meetings will provide...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    Is burning waste worth the risk of starting a wildfire or compromising your health? MADISON – With fire danger currently elevated in Wisconsin, it’s even more important that people consider recycling and composting instead of burning waste and yard debris, which Department of Natural Resource officials caution may cause wildfires a...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3574 MADISON - Proposals to simplify Wisconsin's inland trout fishing regulations and to improve panfish populations on 100 lakes statewide received overwhelming support by voters at the 2015 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every cou...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    The famed Wisconsin fishing opener is two and half weeks away. Boats and equipment are starting to come out of storage, the walleyes are starting the spring spawn, and preparing your gear early is going to give you a jump on this year’s fishing season. This week’s article is not going to cover how and where to catch fish, but I'm going ...
  • 4/17/2015 11:10:00 AM
      Great fishing in northern Wisconsin’s beautiful Iron County awaits your family from Island Lake right out the back door, or the Gile or Turtle Flambeau flowages just an easy drive away.  For more information on this spacious cabin rental, see ad below.  
  • 4/14/2015 12:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman The forecast for this week should bring a smile to anyone in Hayward and the North Woods – warm and sunny, highs in the mid 60s, and a few minimal chances for rain showers. This is an excellent week to prepare for the May 2 fishing opener! “Open water spurred some panfish anglers to get on the lakes,” says Pat at&nbs...
  • 4/14/2015 12:20:00 PM
    This Kirtland's warbler, 5-6 days old when shown banded in central Wisconsin in 2014, was recently found in the Bahamas. Plucky Wisconsin bird beats the odds  A Kirtland’s warbler hatched in Wisconsin last summer and weighing less than half an ounce beat the odds to make a 1,500-mile journey to the Bahamas, where it was identifi...
  • 4/14/2015 12:05:00 PM
    Grant Ellis, with largemouth bass taken and released, and Tate Ellis, with crappie taken and eaten along with a bunch of other unfortunates, both great-nephews of the OWO publisher, are being watched closely by the authorities for, as quoted from the complaint, “obvious potential to decimate both species.  
  • 4/14/2015 11:55:00 AM
    By Mike Yurkbassinmajor@yahoo.com Spring came early this year after the last two years of long and lingering winters. Easter was also early this year and the Monday after Easter we were on our way to the Mississippi River. The weathermen on television said to expect rain and as I pulled out of my driveway in Hudson, Wisconsin a light dribble of ra...
  • 4/14/2015 11:55:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides Roger LaPenter and Luke Kavajecz from Anglers All, 715/682-5754 (http://www.anglersallwisconsin.com), report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  Anglers are anxiously awaiting ice-out on the bay and the start of open-water fishing.  In the meantime, some people have been taking ...
  • 4/13/2015 7:05:00 PM
    Nearly all lakes and flowages in northwestern Wisconsin became ice free in the last week and ice-out is progressing fast on waters in northcentral and northeast Wisconsin and all waters should be fully open by the middle of next week. With the open water, DNR fisheries crews have begun their spring surveys of walleye and northern pike populations....
  • 4/13/2015 7:05:00 PM
    BELGIUM, Wis. -- Harrington Beach State Park is seeking volunteers to serve as campground hosts during the months of June and August 2015. Individuals and/or teams (such as husband and wife) at least 18 years old are eligible to apply. Hosts serve for one month and are eligible to receive a campsite at no cost. Hosts are park ambassadors and model...
  • 4/13/2015 7:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Fisheries Enthusiasts:   Our Oshkosh fisheries staff has been fielding quite a few questions about the progress of the walleye spawn and the impacts of lower water on this year’s spawn.  As a result, Adam Nickel (walleye biologists) drafted the following response for distribution   Hello Winnebago Enthusiasts...
  • 4/13/2015 7:00:00 PM
    WOODRUFF, Wis. - The public has an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed amendment to the master plan of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest that will allow exclusive use of an additional 225 acres in the forest to provide accessible trails and hunting opportunities for veterans.Camp American Legion was established in 1925 ...
  • 4/13/2015 7:00:00 PM
    BLUFFVIEW, Wis. -- The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area will open April 11 for the youth turkey hunt, which takes place April 11-12. Regular season spring turkey hunters will be able to hunt on recreation area through all six hunting periods of the statewide spring turkey hunt<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/turkey.html>.A map [PDF]<http://dnr.wi...
  • 4/9/2015 2:15:00 PM
    County Deer Advisory Councils have released their recommendations for 2015 antlerless deer quotas and permit levels, and now is your chance to review these recommendations and provide feedback. Review these recommendations  and provide your feedback athttp://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdacsurvey.html.  The public comment period is open throu...
  • 4/9/2015 2:15:00 PM
    DNR spring wildlife and fisheries rules hearing to be held April 13MADISON - People interested in natural resources management in Wisconsin have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management at the 2015 spring wildlife and fisheri...
  • 4/9/2015 2:15:00 PM
    Madison - Wisconsin residents will be able to nominate and elect local representatives to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) at the DNR Spring Hearings & Conservation Congress' annual county meetings held on Monday, April 13 starting at 7 p.m. Individuals interested in natural resources management will also have the o...
  • 4/9/2015 2:05:00 PM
    MADISON -- The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved an emergency rule that maintains a three walleye daily bag limit on most lakes and rivers in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory.The department developed the rule to manage the walleye fishery after listening to citizens and stakeholders eager for more predictable and uniform angling regulatio...
  • 4/9/2015 2:05:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE -- As hunters prepare for another spring turkey season beginning next week, they should consider hunting private lands leased for public hunting. In its second year, the Turkey Hunting Access Program (THAP) allows public access to private land for the purpose of spring turkey hunting only. There are 1,755 acres enrolled throughout ten cou...
  • 4/9/2015 2:05:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE -- As hunters prepare for another spring turkey season beginning next week, they should consider hunting private lands leased for public hunting. In its second year, the Turkey Hunting Access Program (THAP) allows public access to private land for the purpose of spring turkey hunting only. There are 1,755 acres enrolled throughout ten cou...
  • 4/9/2015 2:05:00 PM
    Great action in the central Wisconsin area for anglers as the y head out to open water for the first few times of the season. The walleye bite (despite low water) has been exceptionally good so far this season with not only numbers of fish but some real lunkers too.  Most of the action has been in the deeper pools on the...
  • 4/9/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Volunteer opportunity Help us survey for rare plants around Wisconsin Snow trillium (Trillium nivale), a threatened species in Wisconsin, is often one of the first plants to bloom each year. Photo by Armund Bartz. Become a volunteer Explore the beautiful natural areas of Wisconsin this spring and summer while helping us conduct surveys for ra...