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  • 2/14/2020 6:20:00 AM
    Contact(s): Hunter Nikolai, Assistant Hunter Recruitment Specialist, 608-220-0668, hunter.nikolai@wisconsin.govFebruary 12, 2020 at 3:54:05 pm MADISON, Wis. - February is an ideal time to plan your spring turkey Learn to Hunt program, with classes typically taking place in mid to late March. Hunter Nikolai, assistant hunter recruitment speciali...
  • 2/13/2020 8:15:00 AM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   Today was day 4 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season, meaning that 25% of the season is now complete. There were 35 lake sturgeon harvested today with 15 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 20 from the Upriver Lakes. The Upriver Lakes harvest inc...
  • 2/12/2020 7:50:00 AM
    February 10, 2020 Steve Suman   The past weekend saw reasonably moderate temperatures (for February), but this week will see a return to more typical temperatures, with lows dropping to double-digit subzero numbers a few nights. Some wind and flurries in the forecast, too, with high temperatures ranging from 4-32 degrees.   “Fi...
  • 2/12/2020 7:50:00 AM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   There were 32 lake sturgeon harvested during day 3 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System. The 13 fish registered from Lake Winnebago today bring the season total to 87 fish, while the 19 fish registered on the Upriver Lakes bring that season total to 14...
  • 2/12/2020 7:50:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished February 11, 2020     Important Changes To 2021 Bear Season Application Hunters Register 3,792 Birds During 2019 Fall Turkey Hunt Help Improve Habitat For Wildlife DNR Service Center Counters and Call Center Unavailable During Staff Training Catastrophic Aid Request Approved For 15 Communities and Tribe...
  • 2/10/2020 1:00:00 PM
    WI Sport Show Tickets on sale now Wisconsin Sport Show Tickets on Sale Now!March 20-22, 2020 - Chippewa Valley Expo Center, Eau Claire Discount tickets now on sale for only $7* onlineor pick them up at Eau Claire Festival Food locations andMenards stores...
  • 2/10/2020 12:55:00 PM
    We are hosting an all-women’s event August 7-9th at Camp Bird in Crivitz, WI for ages 18 and up, where we are offering outdoor activities in a welcome, unpretentious environment. We are partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local chapters of nonprofit organizations, and area businesses to offer you this opportunity ...
  • 2/10/2020 12:45:00 PM
    Daily Recap and Highlights   Snow, snow, and more snow! Day 2 of the 2020 sturgeon spearing season was highlighted by snow storm Eleanor and big fish. The largest fish of the day was 142.3 pounds, 80.0 inches, and registered at Wendt's by William Thern. Andrew Dumask's 139.3 pound, 78.2 inch s...
  • 2/10/2020 12:40:00 PM
    Attention Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Day 1 of the 2020 spearing season went about as expected.  Due to variable ice conditions throughout Lake Winnebago, the DNR was anticipating a reduction in spearing effort for the opener. Further, the unfavorable water clarity was&...
  • 2/10/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Sign up now for the Fishing for Dinner class in Onalaska, near La Crosse.   Classroom sessions will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Center in Onalaska.  We'll fish from the Water's Edge Resort in Stoddard. Registration deadline is February 12 and the form is found here. The 5-session class begins on Februa...
  • 2/10/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Decade Of Growth Safeguards More Rare Wildlife And Habitats Van Vliet Hemlocks in Vilas County is among new State Natural Areas acquired over the last decade.Photo credit: Thomas Meyer Contact(s): Thomas Meyer, Conservation Biologist, 608-266-0394, Thomas.meyer@wisconsin.gov OR Jared Urban, SNA Volunteer Program Coordinator, 608-22...
  • 2/10/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: The 2020 sturgeon spearing season will commence in less than 24 hours and some spearers are likely already on the ice cutting holes and setting up their shanties. I’d like to first wish everyone a safe and enjoyable spearing season! Hopefully these cooler nights will firm up ice ...
  • 2/10/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Published February 7, 2020   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   The Bois Brule River at the Winneboujou Bridge.Photo credit: DNR Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief look at what Wisconsin has in store for you this...
  • 2/10/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Contact(s): Missy Sparrow, DNR Wildlife Biologist, 715-232-1519, Melissa.SparrowLien@wisconsin.govFebruary 7, 2020 at 11:02:13 am MENOMONIE, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress will host a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. to discuss the recent discovery of chronic wasting ...
  • 2/7/2020 6:55:00 AM
    By John Luthens The winter sky mirrors the winter country. Bands of hidden dawn wash from Lake Superior and reflect the snow-capped towers of the pines. Colorless clouds come heavy on a northern wind, killing any sign of a warming sun, dropping white dust and lifting whirlwinds of powder upward through the frozen forests of the Brule River State F...
  • 2/7/2020 6:50:00 AM
    The past few weeks have been tough going for fishermen in the central and north central Wisconsin area.  We have had very unfavorable ice conditions combined with lots of snow and slush to say the least. This season is starting out much like last season ended with a mess?  But even with the adverse conditions we have been able to get ou...
  • 2/7/2020 6:40:00 AM
    Henry Repeating Arms President and Owner, Anthony Imperato, designed and donated 60 rifles for 4-year-oldBeckett Burge of Princeton, Texas, and 66 rifles for 3-year-old Sadie Kreinbrink of Ostrander, Ohio to assist with the medical expenses a...
  • 2/7/2020 6:40:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: The cold temps will hopefully continue and more ice will be made in the next couple of weeks. The Ashland side of the Bay has more than a foot of ice. There are anglers using ATV's, snowmobiles and walking out. We encourage you to always bring your ice bar and have flotation with you for safety. Be cautious and check your way. ...
  • 2/7/2020 6:40:00 AM
    The bald eagle release originally scheduled for Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 17-18 has been rescheduled to Feb. 8, 2020. Marge Gibson of Raptor Education Group, Inc. is planning on releasing several bald eagles that have been recovering at the REGI clinic in Antigo. REGI has been a tremendous partner safeguarding Wisconsin's healthy...
  • 2/7/2020 6:35:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources <widnr@service.govdelivery.com> Tue, Feb 4, 9:37 AM (3 days ago)     to me   Weekly News Update February 4, 2020 (View in Browser) Enjoy And Help Care For State Natural Areas This Wint...
  • 2/3/2020 12:10:00 PM
    01/28/2020 Weekly News Update January 28, 2020 (View in Browser) Excitement Builds Ahead Of Sturgeon Spearing Opener OSHKOSH, Wis. - Anticipation is building for another season of lake sturgeon fishing on the Winnebago System. The 2020 spearing season opens on Feb. 8 and will last for a maximum of 16 days or until pre-set...
  • 2/3/2020 12:10:00 PM
    Lakes    Aerial view of the Lower Menominee River flowing into Green Bay.Photo credit: Brian Holbrook, Bird's Eye Aviation Contact(s): Stephen Galarneau, DNR Office of Great Waters Director, 608-266-1956, Stephen.Galarneau@wisconsin.govFebruary 3, 2020 at 8:26:06 am Editor's Note: Watch how the Wisconsin DNR partnered with loca...
  • 2/3/2020 12:05:00 PM
    Contact(s): Brad Ray, Lake Superior Fisheries Team Supervisor, 715-779-4036, Bradley.Ray@wisconsin.govJanuary 30, 2020 at 2:23:58 pm ASHLAND, Wis. - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will hold a public hearing starting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 regarding a recently adopted Lake Superior commercial fishing emergency rule. ...
  • 2/3/2020 12:05:00 PM
    Outdoor ReportPublished January 31, 2020   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Crappie caught by an angler on an Iowa County lakePhoto credit: DNR Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief look at what Wisconsin has in s...
  • 2/3/2020 12:05:00 PM
    Birding and bird conservation Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why as evening grosbeaks and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Ryan Brady. Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy birds. Explore the links below for ...