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  • 2/10/2014 9:50:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System sturgeon spearing enthusiasts: We have now completed three days of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System and spearers are continuing to have great success with harvesting some very nice fish.  The season on the Upriver Lakes came to a close today with a total harvest of 341 fish, 11 of w...
  • 2/10/2014 9:45:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: As you all should be aware from my previous email report, the Upriver Lakes spear fishery closed today after just three short days.  The 341 fish harvested during the Upriver Lakes season is the most ever harvested during an Upriver Lakes fishery since the lottery system was imp...
  • 2/10/2014 9:10:00 AM
    Ellis photos from the sturgeon spearing opener at Wendt’s Landing on Lake Winnebago; check out Ellis Blogs for the story and more photos. Thanks for connecting with On Wisconsin Outdoors.
  • 2/10/2014 8:30:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System sturgeon enthusiasts: Day 2 of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season is in the books and, similar to yesterday, spearers were able to harvest some very nice fish.  The south end of Lake Winnebago was once again the hot spot with Wendt’s on the Lake leading the way with 76 fish on day 2.  The registra...
  • 2/9/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Season opens with a big day! Well conditions were ripe for a big opening day of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season, and that is just what it was a BIG DAY!  In fact, our crews at Wendt’s on the Lake just finished registering fish and were finally able to call in their numbers at 4:40 PM.  The attached PDF document shows the harvest ...
  • 2/9/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Photos courtesy of Diane Schauer Marty Franzen with his 130 lb sturgeon, Quinney Jeff Whitney's first sturgeon, 47 lbs Stockbridge First Sturgeon ever, Wendt's
  • 2/9/2014 10:10:00 AM
    I wanted to provide some background information on just how this season’s opening day compared to opening day in past seasons that had similar regulations.  Most notably the 6-hour season was initiated in 2002, so I compared this year’s opening day harvest to opening days since 2002.  The attached document shows the average ...
  • 2/9/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Well conditions were ripe for a big opening day of the 2014 sturgeon spearing season, and that is just what it was a BIG DAY!  In fact, our crews at Wendt’s on the Lake just finished registering fish and were finally able to call in their numbers at 4:40 PM.  The attach...
  • 2/7/2014 12:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers and Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago Pool Lakes gets underwaytomorrow and excitement is in the air, and that is an understatement!  I just wanted to bring some things to your attention leading up to the season. The DNR will be sending out updates via twitter duri...
  • 2/6/2014 9:40:00 PM
    MADISON - The baiting and feeding of white-tailed deer is now banned in Waupaca and Shawano counties, the state Department of Natural Resources reports. The ban, required by state law, went into effect today. The action was spurred by the discovery of a CWD-positive white-tailed deer in November on a privately owned captive deer farm in Mara...
  • 2/6/2014 9:10:00 PM
    Hello MacKenzie Center supporters!  Each year, we depend on nearly 80 volunteers to make the maple syrup education program and festival at the MacKenzie Center the huge success it is.  Our 2014 education program begins in early March. The calendar is 90 percent reserved and we already have two first time ...
  • 2/6/2014 9:10:00 PM
      Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Cold persists but winter recreation conditions very good across Wisconsin Cold to very cold temperatures have continued across the state in the last week, but those cold temperatures a...
  • 2/6/2014 8:55:00 PM
    MADISON – Wisconsin’s proposed 2014 list of lakes and river stretches that do not meet water quality standards is available for public comment for the next 30 days and is the topic of a webinar set for February 12. The list identifies waters that need additional attention to join the other 751 Wisconsin waters that are judged as ...
  • 2/6/2014 8:55:00 PM
    Steve Suman The extreme cold temperatures continue without snow this week. In addition, the extended forecast currently in play indicates a warming trend beginning about February 10 – and even a few days above freezing! “Very few anglers are braving the bitterly cold conditions,” says Pat at Happy Hooker. “The additional s...
  • 2/6/2014 8:50:00 PM
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- U.S. Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) this week introduced H.R. 3962,Making Public Lands Public, a bill to expand and enhance access to public lands for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) strongly supports this legislation and the key work of Congressman Daines on its behalf. This i...
  • 2/6/2014 8:50:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE - - Havenwoods State Forest and the Friends of Havenwoods, Inc., will hold their annual Winter NatureFest on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. The event will take place at Havenwoods, located at 6141 N. Hopkins Street in Milwaukee from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Mammals: Surviving the Big Chill!” is the theme of this year...
  • 2/6/2014 8:50:00 PM
    Updated on 2-3-2014: information briefs (green sheets) have been added for the following items on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February agenda: 3A4 3B1 Wisconsin Natural Resources BoardFebruary 2014 agenda and meeting materials NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Natural Resources Board will convene at 8:30 a.m. o...
  • 2/6/2014 8:45:00 PM
      February 3, 2014 Vol. 15 No. 4 ABC News Widely Criticized for Report Radio host and TheBlaze contributor Dana Loesch produced this blistering video response to the ABC 20/20 report. YOUTH AND GUNS . . . Manipulating statistics and scenarios with...
  • 2/6/2014 8:40:00 PM
    Ice and water clarity conditions updated for sturgeon spearing season OSHKOSH – With just days to go before the 2014 Winnebago lake sturgeon spearing season opens Feb. 8, state fisheries officials report that water clarity and ice conditions, the best in a decade and the keys to spearing success, continue to improve.   -&n...
  • 2/6/2014 8:35:00 PM
    Attention Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Two of our fine DNR Fisheries Technicians were out checking water clarity today, and as we expected, conditions have improved since our last readings on January 9.  The specific results are shown below, but there appears to be 14-16 feet of visibility throughout most of Lake Winnebago.  Thes...
  • 2/6/2014 8:25:00 PM
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  • 2/6/2014 8:20:00 PM
    EAU CLAIRE, WI (February 05, 2014):  Calling all Hunters!  The Wisconsin Sport Show is proud to announce the 2014 Antler Contest sponsored by Scheels.  This contest is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded by random drawing of all entries.  Whitetail trophies will be measured by certified measurers with each ...
  • 2/3/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Time is running out for private landowners in parts of southeast and northeast Wisconsin to sign up for the Turkey Hunting Access Program (THAP). THAP is a voluntary pilot program offered by the DNR that provides financial incentives to private landowners in wild turkey management zone 2 who open their property to public turkey hunting....
  • 2/3/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Frequently Asked Questions - February 2, 2014 The Frequently Asked Questions features recent warden-related questions taken by wardens and the DNR Call Center. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463. This edition answers quest...
  • 1/31/2014 10:55:00 AM
    MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant Program has awarded $602,486 to 46 Wisconsin communities, nonprofit organizations, and counties for community urban forestry projects. Grant funds for 2014 projects will support tree inventories and assessments, management plans, emerald ash borer (EAB) preparedness plans, urban f...