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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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  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    On February 22nd, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 6 year old Plott coyote hound.  The attack occurred in Sherwood Township, Clark County.  More information and a caution area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf ma...
  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    Please follow this link to the current issue of the Urban Forestry Insider. For ease of reading save pdf. to your desktop.
  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    Are you interested in helping conserve Wisconsin Birds?   Join experts from around the state on March 19-21 at the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center in Chippewa Falls for the 2015 Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative annual meeting. You can learn about all of the unique opportunities to make a direct impact on birds and thei...
  • 2/25/2015 8:25:00 AM
    Yes, it’s cold, but Wisconsin’s best trout waters remain ice-freeMADISON -- With statewide temperatures projected to remain below freezing through the first week in March, the 2015 Wisconsin early trout season may be on the chilly side.  -  Read Full Article Visit the DNR exhibit at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sp...
  • 2/22/2015 8:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts:     Well the suspense is over and the numbers are in for Day 7’s harvest.  As expected today’s harvest exceeded the 90% trigger for adult females and brought us very close to the season closure of 100% of the adult female harvest cap.  However, we did not reach th...
  • 2/22/2015 8:05:00 PM
    APPLETON – Sturgeon fishermen, having braved some of the most brutal weather conditions in memory, closed out the 2015 spearing season on Lake Winnebago today with a total harvest of 2,158 fish, the sixth highest harvest on record. Conservation wardens with the state Department of Natural Resources said the more than 13,100 licensed fisherme...
  • 2/20/2015 11:05:00 AM
    The 2015 capture phase of Wisconsin's elk reintroduction effort is now complete, with 28 elk awaiting transport to a new home in Jackson County. Captured elk are currently being held in a 4-acre pen in Kentucky, where they will be closely monitored and receive daily care. The elk will undergo a stringent 120-day quarantine and health testing p...
  • 2/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Wow the fishing this past week has been fantastic.  Lots of great opportunities for walleyes, perch, crappies, gills and pike.  Most of the fish have come by targeting big open flats and channel edges for perch and crappies and shallow weeds for gills and pike.  The best advice for finding fish right now is to use your Humminbird e...
  • 2/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
    Well I figured we would be close to the 90% trigger on Lake Winnebago after today’s harvest as we were only 63 adult females away from that mark. However, today’s harvest of 52 adult females didn’t quite get us to that mark and the season will continue at least through Friday. We did get closer to the 100% season cl...
  • 2/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
    Fishing has continued to stay somewhat slow overall. Fish are being caught, but you're working for each and every one of them. Once we start to get some steady warmer weather, that should start a steady bite again. Things will only go up from here. When it comes to catching crappies and walleyes, one typically targets them in low light periods, or...
  • 2/19/2015 5:15:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Frigid temperatures slow outdoor activities; sturgeon spearing season winding down Wisconsin was experiencing some frigid temperatures this week with reports of near minus 30 degrees in the Northwo...
  • 2/19/2015 5:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   Well I figured we would be close to the 90% trigger on Lake Winnebago after today’s harvest as we were only 63 adult females away from that mark.  However, today’s harvest of 52 adult females didn’t quite get us to that mark  and the season will continue at l...
  • 2/19/2015 5:05:00 PM
    Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms, presenting Henry Golden Boy Tribute Rifles to U.S. Veterans, First Responders and NRA Instructors at The NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA. L to R: Ed Kochanski Jr. of Throop, James Shenk of Orrtanna, Steve Macdonald of Mechanic...
  • 2/19/2015 2:00:00 PM
    Upriver lakes season closesToday marked the final day of the 2015 spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes.  The season closed with a harvest of 288 fish (59.5% of license holders), including 9 fish tipping the scales at more than 100 pounds. As I stated yesterday the 5 day season is on par with the average season on the Upriver Lakes since the lott...
  • 2/19/2015 1:55:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2015 sturgeon spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 166 fish (152 from Lake Winnebago and 14 from the Upriver Lakes).  The largest fish harvested today was registered at Critter’s by Thomas Hillman (70.9” and 125.1 pounds) (photo).  A more detailed report of number of fish harvested ...
  • 2/19/2015 1:55:00 PM
    For fishing reports and to plan your visit, go to:http://www.washburncounty.org/news/what-to-do/171 Fishing & Outdoor Reports for Washburn County Fishing season dates 2014-2015 Download the fishing season dates for 2014-2015 [PDF} to plan your upcoming fishing trips.  DNR site. For up to date river levels for the Namekag...
  • 2/19/2015 1:50:00 PM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler To be a good ice fisherman for the backwaters along the Wisconsin River from Spring Green to Boscobel takes a little preparation.  I like to fish the sloughs in the spring and summer, as it gives me a chance to locate the best fishing.  I have found that the fish will be there come winter and through trial and error...
  • 2/19/2015 1:45:00 PM
    2015 Upriver Lakes Season Winding DownComing into today we were 8 adult females away from the 90% trigger for adult females on the Upriver Lakes and spearers reached that mark exactly.  Of the 27 fish harvested on the Upriver Lakes today, 8 were adult females meaning thattomorrow (Wednesday) will be the last day of the 2015 Upriver Lakes ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:45:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Day 4 of the 2015 spearing season is in the books with a total harvest of 218 fish (191 from Lake Winnebago and 27 from the Upriver Lakes).  Coming into today we were 8 adult females away from the 90% trigger for adult females on the Upriver Lakes and spearers reached that mark exactly.  ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:40:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  Given the talk about the below average sturgeon condition (plumpness) this year, I wanted to get some more information out to you about the diet work and forage availability research that our fisheries crew conducts to track trends in foraging behavior of our lake sturgeon.  Below is a link to...
  • 2/17/2015 5:40:00 PM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined a coalition of partners by filing an appeal to remove wolves in the Great Lakes region from federal protection and return them to state management. In December of 2014, Judge Beryl A. Howell wiped out several years of successful management in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin by re...
  • 2/17/2015 5:35:00 PM
    Updated on 2-16-2015: info briefs (green sheets) have been posted for the following items on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February agenda: 1.C. 2.A.
  • 2/17/2015 5:35:00 PM
    Steve Suman Cold temperatures continue through this week, moderating somewhat for Birkie weekend, and then moving to highs in the 20s next week – which is getting close to March! This past Saturday, participants in the Walleyes for Northwestern Wisconsin family ice fishing event had to contend with subzero temperatures. There was ...
  • 2/17/2015 5:30:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Day 3 of the 2015 spear fishery has come and gone and the harvest continues to stay strong.  Spearers harvested a total of 233 fish from Lake Winnebago today, while the Upriver Lakes harvest included 36 fish.  For the 3rd day in a row Stockbridge Harbor remained tops on the lake (62 fish...
  • 2/17/2015 5:30:00 PM
    WHO:       Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago) WHAT:     The Red Tape Review Roundtable kicks off an effort led by Assembly Republicans to review Wisconsin’s Administrative Code and remo...