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6/30/2021
WHO SUPPORTS A WOLF GOAL OF 350 OR LESS IN WISCONSIN? Thirty-six Wisconsin County Boards have passed resolutions supporting a wolf goal of 350 (7) or 350 or less (26), 100 or less (1), 80 or less (1), or 50 or less (1).  The votes: Barron, Burnett, Vilas, Taylor, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Shawano, Waushara, Waupaca, Grant all passed unanimously, Adams, 16 for, 2 ag...
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  • 3/22/2021 9:05:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a series of public meetings to gather input for Wisconsin’s proposed 2021 migratory bird hunting season structures. Virtual public meetings on the proposed 2021 season structure will be held March 16-18. The DNR invites the public to attend to learn more about the...
  • 3/22/2021 9:05:00 AM
    The Beale Foundation will be presenting Army soldier and decorated veteran Cody Becker with a custom-made all-terrain power wheelchair. Unlike regular wheelchairs, that are mainly used on flat surfaces, all-terrain wheelchairs give users the freedom and mobility to do the things they love again like hunting and fishing. The presentation of the chai...
  • 3/22/2021 9:05:00 AM
    Wisconsin Seminar Series Presented by U.S. LawShield Attend an educational seminar from our many industry experts to improve your hunt at the Wisconsin Dells Open Season Sportsman’s Expo. At the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Friday, March 26 – Sunday, March 28, 2021.   Our Seminar Speakers will include:   Alan ...
  • 3/10/2021 9:05:00 AM
    Wolves, like all animals, need to be properly managed. The Wisconsin Wolf Advisory Committee recommended a management goal of 350 wolves for our state in 1999, and reaffirmed that number in 2007. That goal was met in 2004. Since then, a series of legal moves has prevented proper management and allowed the wolf population to skyrocket. Today, follow...
  • 3/8/2021 12:55:00 PM
      The safest time to burn debris piles is when the ground is completely snow-covered. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges the public to complete any vegetative debris burning and check any previously burned piles for lingering embers before the snow melts, parti...
  • 3/8/2021 12:50:00 PM
    Nancy Seelow (left) and Anne Hoerning combined their talents to wrestle this 133 pound, 73-inch sturgeon from beneath Winnebago ice on the northwest side of the lake near Payne’s Point. Seelow, who tagged the fish, has been participating in the tradition for 40 years. She said that “the sturgeon came into the hole at 3 feet under the ...
  • 3/8/2021 12:50:00 PM
    Day 14 of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season picked up today around Lake Winnebago as a total of 49 fish were speared. Today’s total harvest consisted of 8 juvenile females, 23 adult females, and 18 males, bringing Lake Winnebago season totals to 231 juvenile females, 619 adult females, and 523 males. Blackwolf Landing was the busiest registr...
  • 3/8/2021 12:50:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin selling 2021 bonus turkey harvest authorizations on Monday, March 15, with a designated sales date for each zone. Previously known as leftover permits, bonus harvest authorizations are available for purchase online through GoWild.Wi.Gov and at all&n...
  • 3/8/2021 12:45:00 PM
    Bat Newsletter: Silver Linings, New Projects And Results Revealing Bats' Voracious, Varied Appetites  In a world seemingly flipped upside down in 2020, the image of two hibernating little brown bats pairing up to make it through a long winter hit home. Every year, but particularly this year, volunteers for the Wisconsin Department of Natural ...
  • 2/23/2021 1:25:00 PM
    John Luthens   The world had frozen into a winter of despair. Piles of snow, bitter cold outside, political chaos and pandemic icing up the media indoors. I was being buried in the motions of daily routine and losing hope in a storm of misery. Then it snowed again. No good left in the universe. I gave up and drifted into the artic wasteland ...
  • 2/23/2021 1:20:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today the February wolf harvest season is underway through Feb. 28, 2021 in accordance with a circuit court order.   The DNR received 27,151 wolf harvest applications. There are 2,380 harvest authorizations available for purchase for applicants who are eligible...
  • 2/23/2021 1:20:00 PM
    Feb. 22 marked day 10 of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season. Today’s harvest of only 24 fish on Lake Winnebago was the lowest of the season and may be an indication of the harvest forecast for this week. Stockbridge Harbor led the way among registration stations, registering 7 fish today and increasing their season total to 266, leading all s...
  • 2/23/2021 1:20:00 PM
    February 22, 2021 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast shows quite a change in temperatures (warmer!), but with some possible “heavy” snow Tuesday and mid-week. While just in time for Birkie events and good for snowmobiling, deep snow could hamper ice fishing access and activities.   “It is good put to...
  • 2/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that ice shanty removal deadlines are approaching. Permanent ice shanties, or those not removed daily, must be removed from all state waters by March 15. Early deadlines such as those for inland and boundary waters are: Wisconsin – Iowa bou...
  • 2/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
    Thursday, Feb. 18 was the sixth day of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season. Today, 115 fish were speared on the Winnebago System, including 101 harvested on Lake Winnebago and 14 harvested on the Upriver Lakes. The Lake Winnebago daily total has slightly increased from day 5, and for the second day in a row, Stockbridge Harbor registered the most fi...
  • 2/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
    Day nine of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season saw a slight decrease in total harvest from yesterday, as 100 fish were speared on Lake Winnebago consisting of 23 juvenile females, 40 adult females and 37 males. Today’s take has increased the total number of sturgeon harvested to 1,202 on Lake Winnebago and 1,566 on the system. Click here ...
  • 2/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
    Day 4 of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season has concluded. Overall, today’s harvest on the Winnebago System was the lowest this season, with 124 fish speared.  Lake Winnebago contributed 97 fish to the total daily harvest, with the Grundman Lane station registering the most fish at 24. Season t...
  • 2/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on the availability of reports and the work schedules of field staff. This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March through ...
  • 2/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
    Day five of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season has concluded. Today’s system-wide harvest totaled 91 fish, with 68 fish speared on Lake Winnebago and 23 fish speared on the Upriver Lakes. Stockbridge Harbor registered the most fish (17) on Lake Winnebago today as the northern registration stations continue to lead the way in the number of fish...
  • 2/23/2021 1:10:00 PM
    Go Owl-Out On Our Quiz! Owls are amazing! More often heard than seen, these nocturnal birds are fascinating predators with amazing "superpowers." Six owl species nest regularly in Wisconsin and are some of the earliest nesting birds in the state. You're likely to hear them calling soon in a park, field or forest near you – if they're not al...
  • 2/23/2021 1:10:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday that a wolf harvest season will take place Feb. 22-28, 2021.  All hunters and trappers interested in obtaining a wolf harvest permit or preference point must apply beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. The application period will close at 11:59...
  • 2/23/2021 1:10:00 PM
    In just over a week, the 47th Slumberland American Birkebeiner (Birkie), Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon events will begin in Cable, WI.  After months of planning, and with the guidance of health and medical professionals, and the Birkie medical director, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has completely retooled Birkie week to ...
  • 2/15/2021 12:40:00 PM
    WINNEBAGO SYSTEM STURGEON SPEARING FISHING WISCONSIN THE 2021 WINNEBAGO SYSTEM STURGEON SPEARING IS NOW OPEN! THE STURGEON SPEARING TRADITION The Winnebago system is home to one of the largest lake sturgeon populations in North America and hosts a unique winter spear fishery. Further, the system i...
  • 2/14/2021 1:50:00 PM
    Join The Great Backyard Bird Count! Plus, Sturgeon Spearing Season, Native Plants And More The Great Backyard Bird Count happens this weekend: Feb. 12-15, 2021.  The annual birding event is a unique way for birders to celebrate their passion globally while providing scientists with a snapshot of late winter bird populations. During the ...
  • 2/14/2021 1:50:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet virtually on Monday for a Special Meeting to discuss the next steps to establish a wolf hunt in Wisconsin in 2021. The virtual meeting will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, originating from the Public Meeting Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webst...