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  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
    By Central Office June 27, 2019 Contact(s): Jim Lemke, DNR real estate section chief, 608-266-2136; Thomas Meyer, State Natural Areas conservation biologist, 608-266-0394 MADISON - The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday accepted a 362-acre donation of Door County land that significantly expands recreational opportunities and protects ...
  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
      Ticket Deal!     Buy One Admission Get The 2nd At Half Price!    ...
  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
    Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - June 24, 2019 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.   REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake M...
  • 6/29/2019 10:30:00 AM
    Published - June 18, 2019 by the Central Office     Create habitat, volunteer to help bees and other pollinators during Pollinator Week June 17-23 "Rapid response" efforts to control invasive species ramp up Additional public meeting on statewide inland trout management plan DNR completes strategic analysis of aquatic p...
  • 6/29/2019 10:30:00 AM
        Follow Sam Soholt as he traverses the West in the Public Land Bus Over the past few years, Sam Soholt’s Public Land Bus has become immediately recognizable as a symbol of the movement to protect and conserve our public lands. Alo...
  • 6/29/2019 10:30:00 AM
    Madison Fishing Clinics Tonight! June 26, 2019, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. In partnership with Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR), the DNR is helping to host a drop-in fishing clinic tonight, June 26, at Tenney Park. Small groups will also board the MSCR pontoon boats and go for a cruise on Lake Monona. Meet at the dock, just down river from t...
  • 6/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
    By: Joanne M. Haas/WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement A family's utility-terrain vehicle goes kaput. A pick-up driver makes the wrong turn onto a multi-use trail. And a grandfather needs helmet help for his grandkids. And that was just part of what happened on the trails during a recent weekend DNR warden safety detail in three regions. Summer doesn'...
  • 6/13/2019 12:45:00 PM
    By Central Office June 7, 2019 Contact(s): Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife conservation educator, 920-387-7893 HORICON, Wis. - On Saturday, June 22, canoeists and kayakers can join fellow outdoor enthusiasts on a 6.5-mile water trail through Horicon Marsh. Department of Natural Resources wildlife staff will be on hand to help guide padd...
  • 6/13/2019 12:40:00 PM
    Delavan Lake fishing is very good right now.  The lake is productive on multiple species.  As summer starts to heat up, the lake is getting very busy.  Prepare to get to the lake early if you want to get a parking spot as well as a vacant fishing spot.  Even though the fishing pressure is high, there are still plenty of good b...
  • 6/13/2019 12:40:00 PM
                Fishing remains fantastic on Lake Geneva.  Most of the fish are located between 10 and 15 ft of water.  With the warming water temperature the bait of choice has switched from fat head minnows to nightcrawlers.           ...
  • 6/13/2019 12:40:00 PM
    By Central Office June 7, 2019 Contact(s): April Dombrowski DNR Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills Section Chief,  608-852-9456 MADISON - Organizations interested in assisting the Department of Natural Resources in the recruitment and training of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety instructors and volunteer trail ambassadors may app...
  • 6/13/2019 12:35:00 PM
    Weekly NewsPublished - June 11, 2019 by the Central Office     Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape public meeting cancelled Five lucky resident hunters getting ready for Wisconsin's second managed elk hunt Wisconsin's wolf population remains healthy, stable Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate an increas...
  • 6/13/2019 12:35:00 PM
    June 10, 2019 Steve Suman   This week’s weather forecast shows lows in the 40s, highs in the low 70s, and various “slight” chances for rain and thunderstorms. As always, those predictions can change at any moment, so keep your plans – and an eye on the sky.   “Last week we had warm days and sunny skies,&...
  • 6/13/2019 12:30:00 PM
    Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations now available; included with each deer license purchase. Hello Deer Hunter, We are sending you this email because our records indicate you purchased a Wisconsin deer hunting license before the Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations included with your license were available. Dependin...
  • 6/13/2019 12:30:00 PM
    One-of-a-kind Henry Rifle Being Auctioned to Benefit the New Cody Firearms Museum Henry Repeating Arms and Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT have partnered on a one-of-one hand-engraved New Original He...
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  • 6/13/2019 12:15:00 PM
    This is going to be a short weekly report his week as I just blew a blood vessel in my right arm a couple of days ago and found out that I hand have bad tendinitis according to the doctor. I am supposed to lay off using my arm. With that said fishing has been very good for most species with walleyes and crappies topping out the list. If the wate...
  • 6/10/2019 2:05:00 PM
    By Central Office June 5, 2019 Contact(s): Dave Zielke, Chair, Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team, 715-379-4060; Bill Hogseth, DNR wildlife biologist, 715-839-3771 [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: The correct date for this meeting is June 19.  An incorrect date was previously listed in the news release.  We regret the error.] EAU CLAIRE, W...
  • 6/10/2019 2:05:00 PM
    Published June 6, 2019 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). General | Northern Region | Northeast Region | Southeast Region | South Central Region | W...
  • 6/10/2019 2:05:00 PM
    Migration just won't give up across the north, where warblers, flycatchers, thrushes and vireos and continue to pass through about 7-10 days later than usual. Among them have been Tennessee, blackpoll, bay-breasted, and Wilson's warblers, Philadelphia vireo, Swainson's thrush, and most of the flycatchers, especially yellow-bellied, olive-sided, and...
  • 6/10/2019 2:05:00 PM
    By Central Office June 7, 2019 Contact(s): Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861 MADISON - Preliminary totals show Wisconsin turkey hunters registered 38,556 birds during the 2019 spring turkey hunting season, virtually unchanged from the 38,885 birds registered in the spring 2018 season. Although average temperatur...
  • 6/6/2019 9:05:00 AM
                    Fishing is above average overall.  Most of the fish remain in the shallow waters, under 10 ft for the most part.  The best bite on the lake is Bluegills and Largemouth bass.                 Crappie fishing ha...
  • 6/6/2019 9:05:00 AM
                As long as the weather keeps warming, the fishing keeps improving daily.  This past week we had significant SW winds which made most of the lake unfishable. I’ve been catching most of my fish from the Abbey Springs area to the Military Academy.         &nb...
  • 6/6/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Steve Suman   A gorgeous Monday to start this week, with highs touching 70 degrees following morning lows in the lower 40s. The current forecast indicates Tuesday through Wednesday morning “could” be the only inclement weather this week, with upper 70s highs and lower 50s lows. Summer weather was a long-time coming – get ou...
  • 6/6/2019 9:00:00 AM
    After several weeks of significant rain and crazy temperature swings we are finally starting to see things settling down. Water temperatures have moved to the upper 60 degree range with some locations pushing the low 70’s. This warming trend has fish on the move and feeding aggressively. We are seeing very good action from both crappies an...