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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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  • 4/22/2015 11:25:00 AM
    The ice went out of Chequamegon Bay on Saturday night, April 11, and the smelt run began the very next night. The smelt ran pretty well all last week, with a few hiccups here and there. Last Wednesday night the run was strong for awhile until the wind changed direction and started coming from the south, which blew the warmer wa...
  • 4/22/2015 11:25:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler We had enough rain to bring streams up to almost normal levels.  Catch and release is still in effect, so return the trout back into the creeks as quick as possible.  Spin casting or fly casting has had good success.  I prefer spinners in the small sizes.  Gold or silver Panther Martins work the best on sm...
  • 4/22/2015 11:25:00 AM
    A week plus of June-like daytime temps took care of all ice (Trout out as of this weekend).  Many smaller lakes had temps shoot up so quickly as to have had the walleyes finish up spawning.  Sunday saw temps back down into April reality, but, with many lakes in the high 40’s already, spawning should continue, just not as quick...
  • 4/22/2015 11:25:00 AM
    Updates about the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings. The Spring Hearings webpage has recently been updated and is now available with a summary of the citizen resolution results. Individual resolutions will be available for your review in the near future as we are able to get them posted.
  • 4/22/2015 11:25:00 AM
    Updates on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress' positions and statements. This webpage has recently been updated with two recent media releases which are now available. 
  • 4/22/2015 11:20:00 AM
    Steve Suman If you enjoyed last week’s weather, you will enjoy next week’s weather and the following week’s weather even more so. This week, probably not so much, as snow continues to show a presence in the forecast. Hang in there – high temperatures return to the upper 50s by the weekend, projected to be in the 50s for the...
  • 4/22/2015 11:15:00 AM
    By John Luthens Trekking to southwestern Arkansas to mine for diamonds was measured in my mind against Klondike gold in northern Alaska. I’m not a prospector and had never been to either place. I only held visions of what it would be like. Thoughts of Alaska were easy. They garnered snow-capped mountains; Rushing streams splitting boulders,...
  • 4/22/2015 11:15:00 AM
    It's no secret...Wisconsin's fishes are cool, but which fish is the coolest?  Introducing Wisconsin's Coolest Fish Contest. We've extended March Madness into May. 64 fish want your consideration. Does a lake sturgeon beat a bowfin, a burbot beat a sauger or a southern redbelly dace beat an Iowa darter? You decide. For contest information,...
  • 4/22/2015 11:15:00 AM
    Henry Repeating Arms Honors Veterans, 1st Responders and an NRA Instructor at The NRA 2015 Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 9, 2015. As a sponsor of the event, Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms, chose to recognize local heroes of the community who’ve proven to go above and beyond the call of duty by inviting them t...
  • 4/21/2015 4:55:00 PM
    Let's talk about bats! Online chat scheduled for Thursday, April 23 at 11:45 a.m. Little brown bats clustered together during hibernation. About the chat DNR experts will be on hand Thursday, April 21 to answer your questions about bats, white-nose syndrome and ways you can help protect Wisconsin's bats.  Join the...
  • 4/20/2015 9:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   As anticipated, today was a big day for our fisheries crew on the Winnebago System.  We had three crews working to tag sturgeon below the Shawano Dam and we were able to handle 700 fish.  This was especially a productive day because we also collected and fertilized eggs for mu...
  • 4/18/2015 3:35:00 PM
  • 4/18/2015 3:20:00 PM
    Prairie du Sac - Beginning in 2005, the Wisconsin DNR began offering Learnto Hunt Bear opportunities.  The Learn to Hunt Bear Program (LTHB) is anopportunity to expose novice hunters to the hunting experience and recruitnew hunters into the sport.  The Conservation Congress is one of thestatewide conservation organizations that are specif...
  • 4/18/2015 3:20:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The sturgeon spawning migration continues to progress on the Winnebago System and there are currently fish spawning at multiple sites throughout the watershed.  Our DNR crew tagged fish at multiple sites today including the Sturgeon Trail in New London, Bamboo Bend in Shiocton, the Shawan...
  • 4/17/2015 12:20:00 PM
    We have had great walleye action this past week in both Central Wisconsin and on Green Bay and its tributaries.  The BIG Lake has been producing numbers of large fish that average 26 to 30 inches long!!!  The river has been producing heavy numbers of fish in the 14 to 18 inch range with a few surpassing the 20 inch mark....
  • 4/17/2015 11:40:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Dry conditions cause extreme fire danger; sturgeon spawning begins  Extremely dry conditions lead to very high fire danger this week, including a rare "red flag warning," where all outdoor burning is ...
  • 4/17/2015 11:30:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: As I indicated this morning the lake sturgeon are now spawning on the Winnebago System.  Our crew was able to capture and tag 52 fish at the Sturgeon Trail on County X in New London this morning, 7 fish at the Manawa Dam on the Little Wolf River and 12 fish at the Clintonville Dam on the ...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    MADISON - County Deer Advisory Councils are set to prepare final antlerlessquota and permit recommendations during the last round of spring meetingsfrom April 20-23, and a public comment period open through April 15 willprovide an opportunity to submitfeedback<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdacsurvey.html>.April CDAC meetings will provide...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    Is burning waste worth the risk of starting a wildfire or compromising your health? MADISON – With fire danger currently elevated in Wisconsin, it’s even more important that people consider recycling and composting instead of burning waste and yard debris, which Department of Natural Resource officials caution may cause wildfires a...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3574 MADISON - Proposals to simplify Wisconsin's inland trout fishing regulations and to improve panfish populations on 100 lakes statewide received overwhelming support by voters at the 2015 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every cou...
  • 4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
    The famed Wisconsin fishing opener is two and half weeks away. Boats and equipment are starting to come out of storage, the walleyes are starting the spring spawn, and preparing your gear early is going to give you a jump on this year’s fishing season. This week’s article is not going to cover how and where to catch fish, but I'm going ...
  • 4/17/2015 11:10:00 AM
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  • 4/14/2015 12:25:00 PM
    Steve Suman The forecast for this week should bring a smile to anyone in Hayward and the North Woods – warm and sunny, highs in the mid 60s, and a few minimal chances for rain showers. This is an excellent week to prepare for the May 2 fishing opener! “Open water spurred some panfish anglers to get on the lakes,” says Pat at&nbs...
  • 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.