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6/30/2021
WHO SUPPORTS A WOLF GOAL OF 350 OR LESS IN WISCONSIN? Thirty-six Wisconsin County Boards have passed resolutions supporting a wolf goal of 350 (7) or 350 or less (26), 100 or less (1), 80 or less (1), or 50 or less (1).  The votes: Barron, Burnett, Vilas, Taylor, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Shawano, Waushara, Waupaca, Grant all passed unanimously, Adams, 16 for, 2 ag...
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  • 2/14/2021 1:50:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The development of subdivision in Ozaukee County may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare dragonfly under a permit the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put ...
  • 2/14/2021 1:50:00 PM
    Feb. 13, 2021 Highlights It’s finally here! The opening day of Wisconsin’s 2021 sturgeon spearing season was frigid and snowy. In total, 437 lake sturgeon were harvested on the Winnebago System, including 169 on the Upriver Lakes and 268 from Lake Winnebago. On Lake Winnebago, the registration stations at the Harrison Town Hall and th...
  • 2/10/2021 3:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson and Rock counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in walleye management for Colum...
  • 2/10/2021 3:40:00 PM
    ATTENTION WINNEBAGO SYSTEM STURGEON SPEARING ENTHUSIASTS CALL FOR PHOTOS The sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago system opens this Saturday Feb. 13 and we’d like to see your photos of cutting in, shanty life, scenic views observed during the season, harvested sturgeon and anything else that captures the spearing tradition! Please be ...
  • 2/10/2021 3:40:00 PM
    February 8, 2021 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week shows double-digit subzero low temperatures, with wind chills registering as low as -35 to -50 degrees. This will continue for at least the better part of a week. When outdoors, be cautious, dress for the conditions, and do not take unnecessary risks!   “Temperatures hav...
  • 2/10/2021 3:35:00 PM
    ATTENTION WINNEBAGO SYSTEM STURGEON SPEARING ENTHUSIASTS The sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is less than a week away, beginning on February 13. Conditions for the upcoming season are favorable with relatively clear water for the first time since the 2015 season. Based on the favorable water clarity, the DNR is anticipating a busi...
  • 2/10/2021 3:35:00 PM
    Severe cold weather (temps negative mid-teens to negative mid 20’s) has all but shut down most ice fishing in our area.  The few anglers who have ventured out (bravely/foolishly…you pick) have had very little success. With so few participants and such poor reports all we can really do is hunker down and wait for the cold to break...
  • 2/10/2021 3:30:00 PM
      The DNR will host a virtual public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties on Feb. 16. / Photo Credit: iStock/Dcwcreations MADISON, Wis. ...
  • 2/10/2021 3:30:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 to gather input on the proposed new rules for guides operating on the Great Lakes. Members of the public may access the meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. via Zoom or by dialing 1-929-205-6099 and using meeti...
  • 2/4/2021 3:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Have your artwork featured on a piece of history and contribute to environmental restoration efforts by entering the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2022 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests. Artists must submit their entries by July 15, 2021 for the 2022 contests. "T...
  • 2/4/2021 3:40:00 PM
    Bald eagle monitoring and protection efforts identified dozens of new bald eagle nests in 2020.Photo credit: Steve Fisher MADISON, Wis. – Eagled-eyed Wisconsinites reported dozens of new bald eagle nests in 2020, while volunteers from Madison Audubon Society monitored known nests from the ground in nine counties. These ...
  • 2/4/2021 3:40:00 PM
        NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Winter 2020 A gorgeous view from the 14th Annual Camp Hackett Group B Event.Photo courtesy of WWIA Founder and CEO, John McDaniel.   ...
  • 2/4/2021 3:35:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a virtual open house for the public to learn about the Deer Management Assistance Program.  Join the DNR and current DMAP members in a virtual open house on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Pre-registration is not required. The Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance...
  • 2/4/2021 3:35:00 PM
    Season Opens Feb. 13 OSHKOSH, Wis. – Wisconsin’s annual sturgeon spearing season begins Feb. 13 and runs for 16 days, or until any of the pre-determined harvest caps are met. This year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) predicts that harvest caps wil...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    Have you heard about the Wisco Sled Divas? On the latest episode of the DNR’s Wild Wisconsin – Off the Record podcast, we spoke with Wisconsin snowmobilers Erica Marten and Jen Marcott-Bong, who founded this female-focused Facebook Group that connects women who love to ride. Tune in to hear Erica and Jen share some of their best t...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a preliminary public hearing on a statement of scope that will allow the DNR to begin work on an emergency rule relating to Lake Michigan whitefish management, with a focus on Green Bay. Models indicate that whitefish populations have increased in Green Bay and additional harvest may ai...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in walley...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    February 1, 2021 Steve Suman   This week starts with mild temperatures, but turns cold and windy towards the end, with possible snowfall, and wind-chill could be a serious factor at that time. It is finally February and time to pull out the woolies!   “Recent cold temperatures improved ice conditions a bit on the Quiet Lakes,&r...
  • 2/2/2021 11:10:00 AM
    Holly Springs, Miss. (Jan. 28, 2021)--Cuffawa Creek Outfitters, a premier deer and turkey hunting outfitting service located in Holly Springs, Miss., announced today that they have partnered with Hunter Outdoor Communications (HOC) to handle its public and media relations. This appointment is effective immediately.Hunter Outdoor Communications&rsqu...
  • 2/1/2021 11:35:00 PM
       Jan 15, 16 & 17: World Championship Snowmobile Derby  https://derbycomplex.com/portfolio-item/derby/ February 12:  Ride with Mike Trapp – This is the big fundraiser:  https://www.snowmobilehalloffame.com/mike-trapp-50th/ Mike Trapp & Yamaha Win 1971 Eagle River World Championship Video: http...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    RICE LAKE, WI – January 22, 2021 As part of an ongoing effort to give customers more options when choosing to “Hunt With A Henry,” Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to announce four new models that fit the needs of modern hunters, whether in pursuit of small game or large, feather or fur. ...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays.  This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff.  This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March through ...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    Under rough fish removal contracts, detrimental fish species like common carp are removed to improve water clarity and fish habitat. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a virtual public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the DNR’s rough fish removal prog...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast shows a mix of sunny, cloudy, and cold days, with a warm-up and the best chances for snow Saturday and through the weekend.   “We are seeing ice depths of 6-12 inches on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so most lakes are still too unstable for truck traffic. &ld...
  • 1/22/2021 10:35:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in walleye management for Brown, D...