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  • 5/6/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Finally, spring has sprung! Now’s the time to fish for walleye and other favorites as they wrap up spawning and are ready to put on the feedbag. Drop a line and you may just catch dinner. We know you’ll catch some fun! 3 easy ways to buy your license       Over the Internet through the Online ...
  • 5/6/2014 9:45:00 AM
    Although there is some open water behind the AmericInn on Ashland’s far east side, there is still plenty of ice out there on Chequamegon Bay. 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. Winds from the south cannot carry the ice ...
  • 5/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
    May 1 marks the opening of the 2014 Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Initiated in 2012, the month-long event serves as the premiere way for bird lovers to support research, monitoring, and and other conservation projects benefiting Wisconsin's birds. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, an avid birder or not a birder at all, there are many ways to pa...
  • 5/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon continued to spawn at sites in the New London (Sturgeon Trail at County X and Memorial Park) and Shiocton (Bamboo Bend and a site on private property) areas today.  Our crew worked at Bamboo Bend and another site on private property in Shiocton today and were able to handle a total of...
  • 5/1/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Racine. Wis. – Ron Bruch will be the new Director for the Bureau of Fisheries Management for the Department of Natural Resources, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp announced today. “On behalf of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC), I would like to congratulate Ron on his appointment to this position,” WCC Chair Rob Bohmann sai...
  • 4/30/2014 3:10:00 PM
    April 29, 2014 Newest DNR data confirms air quality continues to improveMADISON – Wisconsin's air quality continues to improve – that's the latest message coming from the most recent data in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Air Quality Trends Report.   -  Read Full Article Open burning hazardous to hea...
  • 4/30/2014 3:10:00 PM
    MADISON – Wisconsin’s next fisheries director takes over May 5 and is already well-known at home and abroad for nurturing Winnebago System’s lake sturgeon into the world’s largest population that supports a unique winter spearing season.   Ron Bruch, a Wisconsin native with family ties to Butternut...
  • 4/30/2014 3:05:00 PM
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Boy Scouts of America Councils that take up the challenge to develop or expand their activities in target shooting and marksmanship can receive a portion of $50,000 in grant funds provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  For the fourth year, NSSF is making challenge grants available to qualifying BSA Councils. N...
  • 4/30/2014 3:05:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Water temperatures continued to crash today (down to 42 degrees in Shawano and 44.5 degrees at Bamboo Bend in Shiocton), but fish continued to spawn on the Wolf River.  Our crew started the day at Bamboo Bend this morning and then returned in the afternoon to finish up our tagging day.  I...
  • 4/30/2014 2:55:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3195 MADISON - The preliminary 2014 Wisconsin late-winter wolf count indicates there are a minimum of 658 to 687 wolves distributed across the state, according to Department of Natural Resources officials. The preliminary numbers equate to a 19 percent decline in the late winter population co...
  • 4/30/2014 2:30:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon spawning seems to be slowing down on the Winnebago System.  Fish spawned pretty hard at the Sturgeon Trail last night and into this morning, but by early morning they had backed off substantially.  Our crew was able to handle 53 fish at this site today before things fizzled, incl...
  • 4/30/2014 2:25:00 PM
    After a long winter, we’re ready to go fishing! Enjoy this video message from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp previewing what’s new this season and find links to help you get ready for that first fishing trip. Download DNR’s free fishing app now Check out fishing license discounts to take friends and family along t...
  • 4/30/2014 2:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:  Well the sturgeon run continues to linger on, but spawning activity was observed at additional sites today, Sunday April 27.  Numerous active spawning pods were once again present at the Sturgeon Trail in New London, where our crew tagged 91 fish today.  The largest fish han...
  • 4/30/2014 2:05:00 PM
    Hello – Anglers just might get that chance to fish open water and ice fish on the opening day of the 2014 inland season. Next week I’ll work to get you a roundup of the latest ice/fishing conditions and license sales numbers and we’ll put out some safety reminder tips and an update on where we are with stocking of catchable trout....
  • 4/30/2014 1:00:00 PM
  • 4/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
    Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha counties now meet all federal standards MADISON, Wis. -- Sustained efforts by manufacturers, utilities and the transportation industry to reduce fine particle pollution achieved a long-sought victory Tuesday as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha ...
  • 4/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
    State wildlife biologists share why to ‘Keep Wildlife Wild’ MADISON -- Mother Nature's wildlife nursery will be swinging into high gear over the next two months, and state wildlife officials are reminding people that this nursery operates much differently than a human nursery.  -  Read Full Article Deer Managem...
  • 4/24/2014 10:00:00 PM
    MADISON - In response to annual tribal walleye harvest declarations from the Chippewa tribes for waters in the Ceded Territory covering the northern third of Wisconsin, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp has issued the following statement: "Responding to Chippewa tribal declarations, the DNR is obligated to establish a one-walleye daily bag limit for...
  • 4/22/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Because of the harsh winter we’ve had here in the northland, the ice still has not broken up on Chequamegon Bay, so the smelt have not started spawning. In fact, the Ashland area received another 6-8 inches of snow on Wednesday. The “smelt run” usually starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on ...
  • 4/22/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Air to ground: Planes, trucks and boots all part of warden response The first thing Warden Supervisor Joe Jerich did when he found the shivering, wet missing 17-year-old canoeist in a remote area of Ozaukee County was think of what the teen’s worried mother needed. “I handed him my phone and told him to call his mom,” Jerich said...
  • 4/22/2014 1:55:00 PM
    FAQs: Special Edition -  Deer Hunting Rule Changes; April 17, 2014 Welcome to Part 2 of the Warden Wire's FAQs: Special Edition - Deer Hunting Rule Changes for 2014. This is a periodic feature. These special edition FAQs were taken by the DNR Call Center, the Department of Natural Resources' conservation wardens an...
  • 4/17/2014 9:25:00 PM
    Denny Murawska It is that interface between the air world and the water world that we seek to penetrate. There be mysteries down there, and few things titillate the senses more than dipping our dimensional probes deep into the unseen fathoms of imagination. It is for this reason, and many others, that when given a choice, I prefer bottom fishing. ...
  • 4/17/2014 8:45:00 PM
    Just wanted to pass this along for successful first-time turkey hunters! Free DNR "First Turkey Certificate" new way to honor first-time turkey hunting success MADISON - More than 135,000 hunters take to the woods each year in Wisconsin to pursue the wild turkey, many for the first time. To help preserve these memories, the Departm...
  • 4/16/2014 12:55:00 PM
    MADISON - Over 7,000 people came out to participate in the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 14. The information hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indicate preference on a wide range of fish and wildli...
  • 4/16/2014 12:45:00 PM
    May 3 inland fishing opener kicks off another exciting year of fishingNew this year: largemouth bass harvest available statewideEditor’s note: This and the trout stocking release are the first in a series of releases relating to the 2014 fishing season. Check back in coming weeks for stories on new informational tools available for anglers, f...