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  • 12/5/2013 6:00:00 PM
    Wardens offer top 13 ice safety tips for 2013 DNR conservation wardens offer these top 13 safety tips for 2013 to the ice fishing enthusiasts and other outdoor fans anxious to get on the early season ice which may not be as thick as it looks. Recreation Safety Chief Todd Schaller reminds all that ice is never predictable – especially after t...
  • 12/5/2013 6:00:00 PM
    We have sold 1851 resident and 11 nonresident wolf licenses.  Zones 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6  are closed.  Only zone 3 remains open. We have harvested 216 wolves as follows: Zone Count Quota 1 77 76 2 29 28 3 34 71 4 12 12 5 33 ...
  • 12/5/2013 5:55:00 PM
    We are planning a brush cutting and piling workday on Saturday, December 7th from 9-noon at Lawrence Prairie (Rock County) to attack autumn olive. Autumn olive has filled in areas where large cedars have created gaps in vegetation. Volunteers there are currently working on creating firebreaks, controlling knapweed, cutting unwanted b...
  • 12/2/2013 9:00:00 AM
    Mankato, Minnesota When the temperature hits that magic mark, fishing seasons and fishing methods change in just days. Over the last several weeks a new season has begun with anglers chipping and drilling for Ice Fishing action across the Midwest. That is encouraging news not only for anglers and the ice fishing industry but also for Brad Hansen, ...
  • 11/27/2013 9:00:00 PM
    Now is a great time to witness one of the Midwest's greatest birding spectacles - waterfowl migration along the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. 20,000+ Tundra Swans, clouds of Canvasbacks, thousands of other waterfowl species, Bald Eagles left and right, and some beautiful scenery to boot. Where to go? Her...
  • 11/27/2013 9:00:00 PM
    Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic educationFree Fishing Weekend - January 18-19, 2014 Bundle up and get out there for Wisconsin's Winter Free Fishing Weekend, January 18 - 19, 2014.Residents and nonresidents are welcome! Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters a...
  • 11/27/2013 8:55:00 PM
    By: By Joanne M. Haas Warden Brad Dahlquist Opening day of the 2014 gun-deer season was the first with snow and bitter cold for Conservation Warden Brad Dahlquist of Forest County. Dahlquist, who has been serving the people of Forest County in northeastern Wisconsin for more than five years, at daybreak predicted the strong winds and harsh t...
  • 11/27/2013 8:55:00 PM
    MADISON – Wild turkey hunters and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2014 hunting seasons. Spring 2014 turkey season Preliminary permit levels for the 2014 spring turkey season are set at the same level as in 2013.  Final permit levels are not set until ...
  • 11/27/2013 8:35:00 PM
    November 25, 2013 [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Due to the Nov. 28, 2013 Thanksgiving holiday, the Wisconsin DNR Weekly News is being issued on Monday this week.] Preliminary opening weekend results show enthusiasm is high, though temperatures as well as harvest numbers came in lowMADISON – Though opening weekend temperatures were cold...
  • 11/27/2013 8:30:00 PM
    There has been no change in the number of wolf harvests  There was an increase of 1 in the # of resident licenses sold. We have sold 1848 resident and 11 nonresident wolf licenses.  Zones 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6  are closed.  Only zone 3 remains open. We have harvested 213 wolves as follows: Zone Count Quota ...
  • 11/24/2013 9:25:00 PM
    Current agenda December 10 - 11, 2013 NRB meeting 2013 agendas October 22 - 23, 2013 NRB meeting September 24 - 25, 2013 NRB meeting August 13 - 14, 2013 NRB meeting June 26, 2013 NRB meeting May 22, 2013 NRB meeting April 24, 2013 NRB meeting March 27, 2013 NRB meeting February 26 - 27, 2013 NRB meeting January 23, 2013 ...
  • 11/24/2013 9:25:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for November 21, 2013 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Rut continues as Wisconsin's traditional gun deer season set to open this Saturday, Nov. 23 Wisconsin’s...
  • 11/24/2013 9:25:00 PM
    A safe hunt is a good hunt!  Part of my annual hunting tradition is to refresh myself with the four basic rules of firearm safety. I hope that you will do the same. I use the acronym “TAB-K” to help me remember. That stands for: T (Treat every firearm as if it is loaded) A (Always point the muzzle in a safe direction) B...
  • 11/24/2013 9:25:00 PM
    Whooping Crane Update September 1 to November 14, 2013 The map below indicates the last known location of the Whooping Cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population. This map does not include birds that have not been reported for over one month or that are long term missing. General Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the...
  • 11/24/2013 9:20:00 PM
    November 21, 2013 Welcome to the Warden Wire feature launched during last year's gun-deer season -- the special edition series of Frequently Asked Questions dealing specifically with hunting. The FAQs: Special Edition - Fall Hunt is a periodic feature. Today is the seventh installment of these special edition FAQs taken by the&...
  • 11/21/2013 10:40:00 AM
    Greetings! Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation is participating in the "CrowdRise Holiday Challenge" starting RIGHT NOW! It is a fundraising contest where WWIA keeps all the money raised, but also gets to compete with other participants for the possibility of winning even more money and exposure through contests held within the challen...
  • 11/21/2013 10:25:00 AM
    Get your pre-season questions answered live – join online chats with DNR experts this week. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Noon: Be ready - Gearing up for the season Learn what DNR staff and other hunters preparing for the season are seeing in the field now, and what you can expect for the 2013 season. Wednesday, Nov. 20, Noon: Be knowledgeabl...
  • 11/21/2013 10:25:00 AM
    By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement They’re known as the Deer Dumpsters. The Fall Creek Technical Education Class and the two carcass boxes they built. And this handy collaborative answer from a community team led by DNR Conservation Warden Ken Thomson is aimed at helping to prevent the littering of deer carcasses in Eau Clair...
  • 11/21/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Rock, Dane and Jefferson counties Conservation Wardens Boyd Richter and Keith Meverden of Janesville were on their way to a hunter safety class when they got involved in some boater safety. The wardens drove over the Rock River north of Janesville and observed a boater towing a skier on the river while failing to have an observer. The wardens did ...
  • 11/21/2013 10:15:00 AM
    FITCHBURG, Wis – A summary of more than 2,000 comments submitted by the public, organizations and local governments on proposed vision, goals, and conceptual alternatives for future management of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area is now available for review. The summary of all comments received in the form of online surveys, emails and ...
  • 11/21/2013 10:15:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for November 13, 2013 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) White-tailed deer rut continues in full swing The white-tailed deer rut is continuing in full swing across much of th...
  • 11/21/2013 10:10:00 AM
    November 12, 2013 Welcome to the return of a Warden Wire feature launched during last year's gun-deer season -- the special edition series of Frequently Asked Questions dealing specifically with hunting. The FAQs: Special Edition - Fall Hunt is a periodic feature. Today is the fourth installment of these special edition FAQs ta...
  • 11/21/2013 9:55:00 AM
    November 12, 2013 Sharing your hunting tradition is about to get more funMADISON -- It’s that time of year again when the blaze orange is airing out, sighting-in is underway and talk turns to plans for the upcoming gun deer season opener. This year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is giving people even more ways to share their ...
  • 11/21/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Hunters, you can help track populations by filling out Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey With Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer opener approaching, we are encouraging hunters to help track wildlife populations by recording your observations through the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey.  This easy-to-do survey lets you record d...
  • 11/21/2013 9:45:00 AM
    HAYWARD – Stocking records for large fingerling walleye were shattered Tuesday as the last load of walleye produced in 2013 under theWisconsin Walleye Initiative was delivered to Smith Lake in Sawyer County. Watch  video of that final stocking. The lake was the 100th water body to receive the 6- to 8-inch walle...