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10/9/2019
Fall brings with it something for everyone in the field from the angler to the hunter.  Just a few recent sessions of shooting the bull tell me that autumn is for the youngest of outdoorsman just learning the games to those of us more seasoned with our eyes focused dead ahead on for example, the whitetail rut. James Wallace captured this great buck on trail camera during summer scouting. James Wallace, my nephew-in-law (is there such a ...
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  • 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...
  • 4/9/2015 2:00:00 PM
    MADISON - Three Eagle Scouts received recognition for their efforts to improve recreational safety and wildlife conservation in the completion of their Eagle Scout Service Projects--a necessary requirement in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout-at the state Natural Resources Board meeting today in Madison.Brothers Joseph and Alex Neimon of Troop 49 o...
  • 4/9/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Heron haiku contest inspired by great blue heron nest camera Winner will receive a birding prize pack from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and Eagle Optics The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has launched a great blue heron haiku contest for the poetically inclined viewers of the Friends of Horicon Marsh Gre...
  • 4/9/2015 2:00:00 PM
    As you all have probably heard by now, Canine Influenza (CIV) has been positively diagnosed in dogs from the Chicago Area. There are also cases in Indiana and Iowa.  Good Morning America reported today that there is one positive case in Milwaukee. Since this is a relatively new virus, almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are ...
  • 4/9/2015 1:55:00 PM
    She sat across from me in Mugs wearing a button-down shirt covered in birds and donned a pair of owl earrings. Wendy Schultz embodied a true birding enthusiast.  As we drank our coffee  Wendy enthused over the cool pattern in her mug and gave me a short introduction into birdwatching. Wendy first caught the bug when she was at Marian Co...
  • 4/9/2015 1:55:00 PM
    Birding and Bird Conservation for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. It's WCEP Whooping Crane update time. Please visit our post on the WCEP website for all the latest news about the eastern migratory population: http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/technicaldatabase/projectup...
  • 4/9/2015 1:55:00 PM
    Updated on 4-8-2015: the info brief has been posted for the following item on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board April agenda: 7.A.
  • 4/9/2015 1:40:00 PM
    MADISON-The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites all who enjoy the outdoors to send in their videos for the 2015 invasive species awareness video contest. Show us how you protect the places you play from invasive species by submitting your videos before May 30 to the DNR Facebook page<https://www.facebook.com/WIDNR/app_403...
  • 4/9/2015 1:35:00 PM
    As much as I hate to say it our ice fishing season has come to an end.  We were out this past weekend for one last trip and had a great outing catching jumbo perch.  The bite was fast and furious on large jigging spoons and jigging Raps in 12 to 18 feet of water.  But with deteriorating ice conditions and recent warm weather and rain...