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  • 3/25/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Voluntary Entrance Fee, Limited Restrooms, Property Buildings Closed    The Lake Michigan shoreline at Whitefish Dunes State Park  Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): DNRPress@wisconsin.gov or 608-266-3143March 19, 2020 at 3:25:11 pm MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin State Parks and Trails will remain open to the public. The W...
  • 3/25/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Public Meetings Moved To Call-In Format Starting March 30; Call-In Meetings Open To Public; Online Public Comment Period Remains Unchanged    Spring County Deer Advisory Committee meetings to develop antlerless harvest goals and season framework for 2020 have been moved to conference calls due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo credit: DNR...
  • 3/25/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Has there ever been a better time to look Six Months into the future? Six months from now the Wisconsin Sport Show - Fall Edition (formerly Wisconsin Game Fest), will host its second annual event with an expected attendance of 12,000+ people and 700+ dogs on September 11-13, 2020 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair...
  • 3/25/2020 9:00:00 AM
    State Parks, Trails And Restrooms Remain Open; Property Buildings Closed    Devil's Doorway at Devil's Lake State Park is just one of the many places you can still visit during this public health emergency with appropriate social distancing. Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): DNRPress@wisconsin.govMarch 24, 2020 at 10:44:26 am [EDIT...
  • 3/25/2020 8:55:00 AM
    Accepting Public Input Online    [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This is a joint news release from the Wisconsin DNR and Wisconsin Conservation Congress. This news release has been updated to reflect DHS recommends postponing gatherings of 10 people or more.] Contact(s): Larry Bonde, Wis. Conservation Congress, 608-235-5825Kari Lee-Zimmermann, D...
  • 3/25/2020 8:55:00 AM
    Contact(s): DNRPress@wisconsin.gov or 608-266-3143March 18, 2020 at 6:08:43 pm MADISON, Wis. - In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting scheduled for April 7-8 is canceled. Recent guidelines from the Department of Health Services (DHS) recommend canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 people ...
  • 3/25/2020 8:55:00 AM
    Published March 20, 2020   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Natural bridge at Natural Bridge State Park, Wisconsin's largest natural arch.Photo credit: DNR Wisconsin State Parks and Trails will remain open to the public. In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of N...
  • 3/17/2020 9:40:00 AM
    Contact(s): Travis Motl, Fisheries Biologist, 920-387-7873, Travis.Motl@wisconsin.govMarch 13, 2020 at 3:46:48 pm Fort Atkinson, Wis. - Effective April 1, anglers looking to harvest walleye, sauger and hybrids from Lake Koshkonong and connected waters may only keep three fish in total per day of a minimum of 18 inches in length. The continu...
  • 3/17/2020 9:40:00 AM
    Contact(s): Adam Nickel, 920-424-3059, adam.nickel@wisconsin.govMarch 13, 2020 at 3:47:01 pm OSHKOSH, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is working to inform Winnebago System walleye anglers of walleye bag limit changes as the open water season approaches. Effective April 1, 2020, the daily walleye bag limit will...
  • 3/17/2020 9:40:00 AM
    WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS March 2020 03/02/2020 News & Reviews March 2020 Earth Day issue is on the way! The Spring print edition of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine drops soon, with “Earth Day at 50” coverage leading the way. It celebrates the ...
  • 3/17/2020 9:40:00 AM
    Due to the recent state mandate, that won’t allow for statewide gatherings of more than 250 people because of concerns relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19, the decision was made to cancel the 2020 Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival originally slated for April 18th at Eron’s Event Barn in Stevens Point, WI.  A film, “Dreaming of ...
  • 3/17/2020 9:40:00 AM
    March 16, 2020 Steve Suman   Spring officially starts March 19 this year, the earliest since 1896, but this week does not look all that “springy,” judging from the current forecast. We should see a varied mix of weather, from rain to snow to sunshine (not much of that), as well as temperatures ranging from the mid-40 highs to si...
  • 3/17/2020 9:35:00 AM
    Outdoor ReportPublished March 13, 2020   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Sun peeking through the falls at Willow River State Park during a cold winter day!Photo credit: DNR Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief l...
  • 3/17/2020 9:35:00 AM
    Contact(s): Jordan Weeks, Mississippi River fisheries team supervisor, 608-386-0970, Jordan.Weeks@wisconsin.govMarch 13, 2020 at 3:46:56 pm LA CROSSE, Wis. - New fishing regulations for the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters of the Mississippi River will go into effect on April 1, 2020. The Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Re...
  • 3/13/2020 9:10:00 AM
    Navarro and Buchanan Take Top Honors in Half Fat 21K Hayward, WI (March 7, 2020) – It was a bright bluebird sky and sunshine-filled day at the 2020 Fat Bike Birkie, presented by Freewheel Bike, the world’s largest on-snow fat bike race, held at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead near Cable, Wisconsin.  Nearly 1100 riders comp...
  • 3/13/2020 9:05:00 AM
    Tom's Guns Spring Turkey Youth and Learn to Hunt  April 11-12, 2020 The warm weather is bringing out the Turkey Hunters to sign up.- Get a hold of me this week if you want to sign up to hunt or mentor or,  If your have any questions           Enjoy the wonderful weather,  Julie Tom...
  • 3/13/2020 9:05:00 AM
    March 9, 2020 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   The North Woods enjoyed another mild and sunny weekend, with temperatures even reaching into the 50s! This week looks as if the weather will revert to old habits, however. Temperatures will slowly drop into the 30s for highs and a few single-digit nights for lows. We are moving...
  • 3/13/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Hey Brewers Fans!  We're having our First Pitch Ticket Kickoff Event for the 23rd Annual La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park. Join us at the Moose Lodge Family Center at 1932 Ward Avenue, La Crosse from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Purchase your La Crosse Area Day tickets at a discount at this event only. Adult tickets are $...
  • 3/13/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Bonus turkey harvest authorizations available next week Starting March 16, spring turkey bonus harvest authorizations go on sale for each of the seven spring turkey hunting zones. Take a look at the Department of Natural Resources' turkey zone map and spring turkey bonus harvest authorization availability to see if harvest aut...
  • 3/13/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Public Meetings Set For Delisting Lower Menominee River Area Of Concern DNR Accepting Public Comments For Final Delisting Report March 9-April 24    Contact(s): Stephen Galarneau, DNR Office of Great Waters Director, 608-266-1956, Stephen.Galarneau@wisconsin.govMarch 11, 2020 at 11:09:36 am MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin De...
  • 3/13/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Apply for the 2020 elk hunt!  Visit Go Wild to apply today!   The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will accept applications for the 2020 elk hunt from March 1 - May 31. This fall marks the...
  • 3/13/2020 8:55:00 AM
    Plan a State Natural Area paddle; Visit us at Canoecopia or via our paddle guide  Looking for a new and beautiful place to paddle in Wisconsin?  Visit our booth at Canoecopia, March 13-15 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison to find out about State Natural Areas to explore by canoe or kayak. You'l...
  • 3/13/2020 8:55:00 AM
    Birding and bird conservation Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why as evening grosbeaks and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Ryan Brady. Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy birds. Explore the links below for ...
  • 3/13/2020 8:55:00 AM
    Two Wisconsin conservation wardens responded to a 911 call from an angler about a skunk who had a different take -- make that chapeau -- on comfort food. Read about the souped-up skunk and two wardens who saved it. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=509
  • 3/13/2020 8:55:00 AM
    Interested in learning how to hunt? You're in luck! The 2020 spring turkey season is approaching quickly and Learn to Hunt programs across the state are actively recruiting participants.  Novice youth and adults interested in learning how to hunt can view additional information and upcoming Learn to Hunts by visiting the Learn to Hunt&nb...