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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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  • 3/2/2015 8:10:00 PM
    Next Saturday's early trout season opener may be a bit on the chilly side, with statewide temperatures projected to remain below freezing through this week. The good news, state fisheries biologists say, is that many of the state's top trout waters feature strong groundwater flows and stay free of ice. So, the trout will be there waiting if an...
  • 2/28/2015 9:15:00 PM
    STEVENS POINT, WI – The Wetlands Conservation League Inc. of Portage County has announced that Chase Gadbois of Lindstrom, MN, has been selected to receive the 2015 Wetlands Conservation League Inc. Scholarship. Gadbois is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in Wildlife Ecology Research and Management.  He is ...
  • 2/26/2015 8:45:00 PM
    March March 5-6. Visit the DNR exhibit at the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Conference, Wisconsin Dells. Join the field trip to Devil's Lake State Park and stop by to pick up educational publications at our booth. Staff will be presenting sessions on invasives and a new trail-cam program called Snapshot Wisconsin. March 10. ...
  • 2/26/2015 8:40:00 PM
    MADISON - A proposed expansion of a downhill ski area within Rib Mountain State Park will be evaluated under a master plan amendment review process under a proposal approved by the state Natural Resources Board at their February meeting in Madison. The park, located on one of the highest points in the state just west of Wausau in Marathon County, ...
  • 2/26/2015 8:40:00 PM
    MADISON - The Natural Resources Board today approved deer populationobjectives in each county for a three-year period.These objectives are the result of collaboration between the WisconsinDepartment of Natural Resources and newly formed County Deer AdvisoryCouncils<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html>, and will be reviewed on arecurring th...
  • 2/26/2015 8:40:00 PM
    MADISON - The Natural Resources Board today approved a Deer Trustee Reportfinal rule package that will implement a new deer management program andestablish regulations for future deer hunting seasons.Released in 2012, the White-tailed Deer Trustee Report<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifeHabitat/trustee.html> proposed over 60recommendations for...
  • 2/26/2015 8:40:00 PM
    MADISON - The second phase of an easement that permanently secures public recreation on 65,867 forest acres in Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett and Washburn counties was approved by the State Natural Resources Board at their February meeting in Madison. In the second phase, the Department of Natural Resources will acquire an easement from the Lyme St. C...
  • 2/26/2015 8:35:00 PM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to: http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the N...
  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    On February 22nd, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 6 year old Plott coyote hound.  The attack occurred in Sherwood Township, Clark County.  More information and a caution area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf ma...
  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    Please follow this link to the current issue of the Urban Forestry Insider. For ease of reading save pdf. to your desktop.
  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    Are you interested in helping conserve Wisconsin Birds?   Join experts from around the state on March 19-21 at the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center in Chippewa Falls for the 2015 Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative annual meeting. You can learn about all of the unique opportunities to make a direct impact on birds and thei...
  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    Yes, it’s cold, but Wisconsin’s best trout waters remain ice-freeMADISON -- With statewide temperatures projected to remain below freezing through the first week in March, the 2015 Wisconsin early trout season may be on the chilly side.  -  Read Full Article Visit the DNR exhibit at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sp...
  • 2/22/2015 8:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts:     Well the suspense is over and the numbers are in for Day 7’s harvest.  As expected today’s harvest exceeded the 90% trigger for adult females and brought us very close to the season closure of 100% of the adult female harvest cap.  However, we did not reach th...
  • 2/22/2015 8:05:00 PM
    APPLETON – Sturgeon fishermen, having braved some of the most brutal weather conditions in memory, closed out the 2015 spearing season on Lake Winnebago today with a total harvest of 2,158 fish, the sixth highest harvest on record. Conservation wardens with the state Department of Natural Resources said the more than 13,100 licensed fisherme...
  • 2/20/2015 11:05:00 AM
    The 2015 capture phase of Wisconsin's elk reintroduction effort is now complete, with 28 elk awaiting transport to a new home in Jackson County. Captured elk are currently being held in a 4-acre pen in Kentucky, where they will be closely monitored and receive daily care. The elk will undergo a stringent 120-day quarantine and health testing p...
  • 2/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Wow the fishing this past week has been fantastic.  Lots of great opportunities for walleyes, perch, crappies, gills and pike.  Most of the fish have come by targeting big open flats and channel edges for perch and crappies and shallow weeds for gills and pike.  The best advice for finding fish right now is to use your Humminbird e...
  • 2/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Well I figured we would be close to the 90% trigger on Lake Winnebago after today’s harvest as we were only 63 adult females away from that mark. However, today’s harvest of 52 adult females didn’t quite get us to that mark and the season will continue at least through Friday. We did get closer to the 100% season cl...
  • 2/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
    Fishing has continued to stay somewhat slow overall. Fish are being caught, but you're working for each and every one of them. Once we start to get some steady warmer weather, that should start a steady bite again. Things will only go up from here. When it comes to catching crappies and walleyes, one typically targets them in low light periods, or...
  • 2/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Frigid temperatures slow outdoor activities; sturgeon spearing season winding down Wisconsin was experiencing some frigid temperatures this week with reports of near minus 30 degrees in the Northwo...
  • 2/19/2015 5:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Well I figured we would be close to the 90% trigger on Lake Winnebago after today’s harvest as we were only 63 adult females away from that mark.  However, today’s harvest of 52 adult females didn’t quite get us to that mark  and the season will continue at l...
  • 2/19/2015 5:05:00 PM
    Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms, presenting Henry Golden Boy Tribute Rifles to U.S. Veterans, First Responders and NRA Instructors at The NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA. L to R: Ed Kochanski Jr. of Throop, James Shenk of Orrtanna, Steve Macdonald of Mechanic...
  • 2/19/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Upriver lakes season closesToday marked the final day of the 2015 spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes.  The season closed with a harvest of 288 fish (59.5% of license holders), including 9 fish tipping the scales at more than 100 pounds. As I stated yesterday the 5 day season is on par with the average season on the Upriver Lakes since the lott...
  • 2/19/2015 1:55:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2015 sturgeon spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 166 fish (152 from Lake Winnebago and 14 from the Upriver Lakes).  The largest fish harvested today was registered at Critter’s by Thomas Hillman (70.9” and 125.1 pounds) (photo).  A more detailed report of number of fish harvested ...
  • 2/19/2015 1:55:00 PM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to:http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the Namekag...
  • 2/19/2015 1:50:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler To be a good ice fisherman for the backwaters along the Wisconsin River from Spring Green to Boscobel takes a little preparation.  I like to fish the sloughs in the spring and summer, as it gives me a chance to locate the best fishing.  I have found that the fish will be there come winter and through trial and error...