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  • 3/2/2022 9:30:00 AM
    By Rob Morse. Feb 22, 2022 The world is fascinatingly complex yet important truths are often simple. We shouldn't take that too far since most simple answers are also wrong or incomplete. That tension helps make life so interesting as we try to understand the world around us. For example, we saw violent crime increase in the last few years. Shou...
  • 3/2/2022 9:30:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host three public hearings to present information on the proposed 2022 migratory game bird season and gather public input on the structure of the season. The public hearings will be held via Zoom starting at 7 p.m. on March 8-10. “The 2022 waterfowl seasons w...
  • 3/2/2022 9:30:00 AM
    Today was the final day of the 2022 sturgeon spearing season. The last day’s harvest on Lake Winnebago was similar to day 15 as 83 fish (11 juvenile females, 38 adult females, 34 males) were harvested.  In total, 1,518 fish were harvested on the Winnebago System, consisting of 203 juvenile females, 627 adult females, and 688 males. Of t...
  • 3/2/2022 9:25:00 AM
      We are proud to announce a new Guns For Great Causes fundraising campaign to benefit the family of 4-year-old Milah Schevenius. Milah is currently battling bilateral Wilms' tumor, a form of kidney can...
  • 3/2/2022 9:25:00 AM
    By NSSF. Feb 28, 2022 Despite the sensational headlines about cases of "undetectable" firearms, all firearms are heavily regulated under current federal law, regardless of how they are manufactured. The 1968 'Gun Control' Act, the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act and other federal laws all govern firearms produced by a 3D printing process or any ...
  • 3/2/2022 9:25:00 AM
    By Jacob Sullum. Feb 23, 2022 If you want to reduce 'gun violence', New York City Mayor Eric Adams thinks, you need to go after guns. His plan relies heavily on disrupting gun trafficking, seizing guns, and arresting people for illegal gun possession. This strategy is unlikely to work. Worse, the focus on gun possession arrests, if it...
  • 3/2/2022 9:25:00 AM
    By Tanya Metaksa. Feb 23, 2022 What's New—  Alabama: HB272, a constitutional carry bill, awaiting House floor action;Arizona: Three bills passed their respective houses: SB1177, HB2414, and HB2316; AB2473, prohibiting the state from doing business with banks that discriminate against legal firearms' businesses passed t...
  • 3/2/2022 9:20:00 AM
      Henry Repeating Arms Celebrates 25 Years of Gun Making, Giving, and Gratitude Henry made its first shipments in March of 1997. Twenty-five years later, it’s one of the count...
  • 2/28/2022 8:35:00 AM
    February 14, 2022 Steve Suman   Once again, the forecast indicates the only thing stable about the weather is its instability! During the next week (according to the current forecast), lows will range from -13 to 22 degrees, highs from 11 to 34 degrees, and winds from 5-15 mph, with gusts to 30 mph. Snow chances appear Tuesday, Wednesday, a...
  • 2/28/2022 8:35:00 AM
    February 21, 2022 Steve Suman   Those who perhaps had concerns about sufficient snow for this week’s American Birkebeiner events can rest easy ‑ there is no snow shortage in the Hayward area! Reports on accumulation are still out, but snow fell most of Monday and the forecast say it will continue through Tuesday night. This ...
  • 2/28/2022 8:30:00 AM
    Day eight was the halfway mark of sturgeon spearing season. Today, spearers saw increased activity as a total of 90 fish were harvested on Lake Winnebago.  The 90 fish harvested consist of 10 juvenile females, 37 adult females and 43 males.  As of today, 469 adult females have been harvested of the allotted 875 for the entire Winnebago ...
  • 2/28/2022 8:30:00 AM
    Know where any black ben den locations are? We're asking the public to help us with a new research study and report any known locations.  Conducted by the department’s Office of Applied Science, the study will analyze reported dens and generate estimates of reproductive rates of black bears within each bear management zone. Th...
  • 2/28/2022 8:30:00 AM
      Originally established to celebrate George Washington's birthday, Presidents' Day is now a celebration of all U.S. presidents, past and present. From George Washington to ...
  • 2/28/2022 8:30:00 AM
      Henry Repeating Arms Donates 55 Rifles for 4-Year-Old Girl’s Kidney Cancer Treatments RICE LAKE, WI, Feb. 24, 2022 – Leading lever a...
  • 2/28/2022 8:25:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced Margaret Stadig and Angelo Cozzola are the new Lake Winnebago System fisheries biologists. Both Stadig and Cozzola started their new roles on Monday, Feb. 14. “These are two very important positions that are critical to fish management for the entire Wi...
  • 2/28/2022 8:25:00 AM
    Comment Period Closing Soon The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that input closes this Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 for the first draft of the state's greater prairie-chicken management plan. The plan outlines four possible paths forward for greater prairie-chicken management in Wisconsin through 2032. Each o...
  • 2/28/2022 8:25:00 AM
    Day 6 was another slow day for the sturgeon spearing season, but it was quite a day for big fish. The total harvest for Lake Winnebago was 47 fish, 27 of which were adult females, bringing the harvest total for Lake Winnebago to 673 fish (100 juvenile females, 312 adult females and 261 males). The Stockbridge registration station continues to see...
  • 2/28/2022 8:25:00 AM
    NEWS RELEASE: Three Snowmobile Related Fatalities Over Weekend 02/14/2022   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 14, 2022Contact: DNR Office of CommunicationsDNRPress@wisconsin.gov Three Snowmobile Related Fatalities Over Weekend Think Smart B...
  • 2/28/2022 8:25:00 AM
    Day 9 of the sturgeon spearing season was a slow harvest day with only 46 fish harvested. This is most likely due to the high wind gusts around Lake Winnebago. Of the 46 fish harvested, 6 were juvenile females, 23 adult females and 17 were males.This brings the total on Lake Winnebago to 874 fish. Spearers have harvested a total of 1,223 fish on th...
  • 2/28/2022 8:20:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it will refund the $10 application fee to customers who applied for a wolf harvest permit or preference point for the Fall 2021 wolf harvest season. The department will restore all customer's wolf preference point records to their Fall 2021 pre-application sta...
  • 2/28/2022 8:20:00 AM
    Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and thousands of birding enthusiasts. Explore the links below for information on birds, bird identification, birding locations and how to get involved in conservation efforts. Sign up to receive the latest birding reports and other bird news here. Birding Report Find Birds Report A Bird B...
  • 2/28/2022 8:20:00 AM
        Wisconsin Trail Report 2022 As spring approaches, so do the ever-changing conditions of the shoulder season. The Wisconsin Trail Report will serve as an important resource helping prepare trail users for their hiking or biking adventures. Now is the tim...
  • 2/14/2022 5:15:00 PM
    On the second day of the 2022 spearing season, there were 285 fish speared. Although conditions were better today, the decrease in harvest is likely due to fewer spearers taking to the ice.  This season, the Wisconsin DNR sold 12,693 sturgeon spearing licenses – 480 for the Upriver Lakes and t...
  • 2/14/2022 5:15:00 PM
    Think Smart Before You Start: Make Safety A Part Of Your Ride   MADISON, Wis. – Following a deadly weekend of snowmobiling, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges the public to be safe while out on the trails. Since the start of the new year, there have been 10 snowmobile fatalities with one additiona...
  • 2/14/2022 5:10:00 PM
    Fall Sport Show August 26-28 Eau Claire Wisconsin