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  • 5/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    State wildlife officials are encouraging turkey hunters to keep an eye out for feral pigs - hunters can report feral pig sightings and harvest on the Department of Natural Resources Web site at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “Feral Pigs”.  Feral pigs can be found across a wide variety of habitats and are highly destructive bec...
  • 5/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership and staff at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin are celebrating the first wild whooping crane chick of the 2014 season.  The chick represents the latest success in the effort to sustain a wild migratory population of endangered whooping cranes in eastern North America. The chick hatched May 8 ...
  • 5/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Warden calls Trempealeau County ginseng theft  'common' crime against landowners A Trempealeau County man who prepped for days of stealing wild ginseng by dressing in camouflage and leaving his car at unsuspecting places -- like cemeteries -- has been ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in fines and restitution following his conviction of illeg...
  • 5/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    The smelt are still running! People netted a good amount of smelt again last night in Ashland. However, not as many people were out at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. One smelter who went there said he was out until 3 a.m. and only got 18 smelt. The smelt ran from about 9 p.m. and quit before 2 in the morning, said A...
  • 5/15/2014 10:40:00 AM
    June 7, 8 is Free Fun Weekend MADISON - For two days in June, Wisconsin residents and visitors alike can enjoy some of the country's best outdoor recreation for free. On June 7-8, people can fish for free anywhere in Wisconsin, hike or bike state trails for free, ride public ATV trails for free, and, new this year, enjoy free admission to sta...
  • 5/12/2014 3:10:00 PM
    Great news, folks! The smelt are definitely running!! People netted a fair amount of smelt last night on the far-east side of town and at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the run appears to be picking up and he expects it to continue. “It s...
  • 5/12/2014 3:00:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3205 PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - A somber, 67-year-old monument to the passenger pigeon high on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers at Wyalusing State Park will be rededicated at a public ceremony Saturday, May 17. The last passenger pig...
  • 5/12/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Last vestiges of snow are finally disappearing in the Northwoods The last vestiges of snow are finally disappearing in the Northwoods, with only snow piles and a small amount of snow in heavily wooded area...
  • 5/12/2014 2:55:00 PM
    Previews & Reviews   May 2014   Coming in June...   Where there's smoke...   Areas of Douglas County look much different today than they did a year ago when the threat of wildfire became very real and the Germann Road Fire ignited. When the emergency call rang May 14, 2013, the fire was so intense tha...
  • 5/12/2014 2:50:00 PM
    EAGLE, Wis. – Anyone interested in learning the intricate sport of fly fishing can sign up for a “Learn how to fly fish” workshop being offeredSaturday, May 17, in the clear blue waters at Paradise Springs in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" i...
  • 5/12/2014 2:45:00 PM
    Tuesday's live, online chat is all about ongoing warden hiring process Being a Wisconsin conservation warden working the outdoor beat and protecting the state's natural resources and the people who enjoy them is a great career. That is, if you’re looking for challenges, hard work, camaraderie and tons of variety on top of profes...
  • 5/11/2014 8:00:00 PM
    Interested in DNR science? Take a look at this collection of ten-minute presentations from DNR scientists on a wide-range of research topics in the agency.    Featured Research Project: Saving Wisconsin’s Greater Prairie-Chickens from the Extinction Vortex Contact: Scott Hull, game research team leader 608-224-6196 &b...
  • 5/11/2014 7:55:00 PM
    Check out our spring and summer workshops and events! May  May 13. Free School Gardens Workshops for Green & Healthy School Educators. Middleton High School, Middleton. May 17. Project WET & Project WILD Workshop. Wehr Nature Center, Franklin (Milwaukee area). May 22. Free School Gardens Workshops for Green & Hea...
  • 5/11/2014 7:55:00 PM
    Thursday May 15th and Friday May 16th DNR's MacKenzie Center, Poynette, WI We are a week away from the Outdoor Youth Expo at the DNR’s MacKenzie Center outside Poynette, WI. We are still looking for volunteers to assist with the BB gun range. You can choose both days or one day to help. If you are able to volunteer and know people in your...
  • 5/11/2014 7:55:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon began their spawning push below the Shawano Dam on Wednesday and should continue to heavily spawn into Thursday.  Our crew was able to collect eggs for multiple lake sturgeon restoration programs dispersed throughout the countryon Wednesday, while also tagging roughly 350 fi...
  • 5/11/2014 7:50:00 PM
    May 6, 2014  Drinking Water Week – Think before you drink and celebrate the Amazing!By DNR Secretary Cathy SteppEvery day of every week millions of Wisconsinites will experience something amazing and likely never think twice about it. They’ll turn on their faucets, drink from a water fountain, bake bread or brew beer and seemingly...
  • 5/11/2014 7:50:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Well things got off to a slow start today, but the fish are still making their way in at the Shawano Dam.  The fish are starting to show signs that they are very close to spawning there and my crew did tag 25 fish there at the end of the day today.  The real story of today though was the ...
  • 5/11/2014 7:50:00 PM
    Educator News Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center has new nest-cam overlooking the property's great blue heron rookery. Check it out and see what the birds are doing today. Take Kids Fishing this spring. No fishing rod? No problem! We have fishing equipment you can borrow at several DNR offices and state parks...
  • 5/9/2014 10:00:00 AM
    June 2, 3, 4 & 5 – Public hearings will be held to gather public input on a special experimental early teal hunting season to begin for the first time in September 2014.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service will be offering the state of Wisconsin a new duck hunting season, called an early teal season, beginning in 2014...
  • 5/6/2014 10:40:00 AM
    DNR Public Affairs Manager Lisa Gaumnitz thought as anglers we would enjoy the appropriateness of what DNR Fisheries Director Mike Staggs left behind as he finished clearing out his office over the weekend and headed into retirement.  We certainly did here at On Wisconsin Outdoors.Thanks Mike.  Thanks Lisa.  
  • 5/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiast, Today sturgeon were spawning on the Wolf River at sites in Leeman, and our DNR Crew tagged 209 fish in that area between two sites on private property.  Sturgeon are starting to show signs that they will begin spawning in the next day at the Shawano Dam.  If you want to see fish you should...
  • 5/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Updated on 5-5-2014: the info brief (green sheet) has been posted for the following item on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board May agenda: 3.A.2. relating to proposed changes as required by Section 103 of 2013 Wisconsin Act 1, the ferrous mining law
  • 5/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Birds, wildflowers and more birds oh my!  Don't miss opportunities to enjoy spring at the Horicon Marsh.  For more information on the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, Wildflowers for Wildlife and more, visit here!
  • 5/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Spring is bursting at the MacKenzie Center, and we are excited to share our first newsletter of the year.  Take a peak at what we have been up to, and come out and visit this spring.   MacKenzieNewsletterSpring2014.pdf Our wildlife area and museums are now open seven days a week from 8am - 4pm.  Trails are open f...
  • 5/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Although there is some open water in various spots along Ashland’s shoreline, there is still too much ice out there on Chequamegon Bay for the smelt to start their spawning run. Ashland’s “smelt run” normally starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. Northe...