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10/9/2019
Fall brings with it something for everyone in the field from the angler to the hunter.  Just a few recent sessions of shooting the bull tell me that autumn is for the youngest of outdoorsman just learning the games to those of us more seasoned with our eyes focused dead ahead on for example, the whitetail rut. James Wallace captured this great buck on trail camera during summer scouting. James Wallace, my nephew-in-law (is there such a ...
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  • 5/21/2014 10:10:00 AM
    A new camera at the Horicon Marsh is giving the public a bird's-eye view of a great blue heron nest. Three chicks have hatched and a live, streaming camera is catching their every move. Join us for a live chat on Wednesday, May 21 at noon that will be all about the Great Blue Herons as well as other wading birds and colonial n...
  • 5/21/2014 10:10:00 AM
    GYPSY MOTH AERIAL SPRAY UPDATE – May 20, 2014 WHAT: Gypsy moth aerial spraying by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Program and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's Suppression Program. WHEN: Thursday, May 22, weather permitting. WHERE: Tr...
  • 5/21/2014 10:00:00 AM
    By John Luthens  A wooden ski ramp towered above on a pine-clad ridge.  Bands of white trilliums sprinkled the forest clearings below.  Campfire smoke rose lazily in the air and fly rods leaned on trees. There was only the slight matter of fording a stream to reach the camp.  With a spray of water above my truck’s...
  • 5/21/2014 10:00:00 AM
    A former Department of Natural Resources conservation warden was charged in Sauk County Circuit Court with felony theft and felony misconduct in public office following an independent State Capitol Police investigation requested by DNR officials. Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger, who is serving as the special prosecutor in th...
  • 5/19/2014 10:05:00 AM
    Unfortunately, the smelt run has diminished once again, folks. “The wind switched, started coming out of the south, and pushed everything out into the deep water,” said Roger LaPenter, proprietor of Anglers All, referring to the drop-off in numbers on Friday night. Roger said he only harvested 30 lbs. of smelt last night behind his sho...
  • 5/19/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Gypsy moth spray season is expected to start within the next two weeks but is weather dependant. We will send another email as soon as we have more details. Spray locations To view detailed maps of the aerial spray treatment areas or learn more about aerial spraying for gypsy moth, visit the Wisconsin Cooperative Gypsy Moth we...
  • 5/19/2014 9:45:00 AM
    CROSS PLAINS, Wis. – Fishery biologists doing routine population monitoring work on Black Earth Creek downstream of Cross Plains have documented a drop in fish populations from South Valley Road downstream about 0.8 miles. On-stream reports from early season trout anglers support this observation. “We can’t say with any certainty...
  • 5/19/2014 9:35:00 AM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3208 Contact(s): Ben Bergey, DNR program manager, 715-403-1658, or Kevin Harter, DNR communications, 715-416-2230 EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Recent heavy rainfall has closed two sections of the Tuscobia State Trail in Price County. Major washouts have closed the trail between ...
  • 5/19/2014 9:35:00 AM
    You should not have an issue selecting the perfect gift for Father's Day, Memorial Day (veterans) and End of School Year (teachers). The one-year gift subscription to Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is only $8.97. All subscriptions include: 1.   6 bimonthly issues 2.   Special inserts 3.   12 m...
  • 5/19/2014 9:35:00 AM
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  • 5/19/2014 9:35:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Heavy rains have rivers running high; closed or delayed opening of some ATV and mountain bike trails Parts of Wisconsin received heavy rain in the last week, with 2 to 3 inches reported in some locations. ...
  • 5/19/2014 9:30:00 AM
    The Department of Natural Resources will be holding special public hearings to gather input on the following proposal for the 3 year experimental early teal season in WI, beginning in September 2014. Based on input over the last year from public meetings, advisory committee meetings, special breakout sessions, waterfowl hunter mail survey a...
  • 5/19/2014 9:30:00 AM
    NEWTOWN, Conn.—The National Shooting Sports Foundation is making a total of $100,000 in grants available to public and private colleges for start-ups of new target-shooting clubs and teams.  Watch a brief video aboutthe Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative The grants are provided through NSSF’s Collegia...
  • 5/19/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Updated on 5-16-2014: the following items have changed on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board May agenda:  3.A.2. Corrected 3.B.3. Corrected 3.B.16. Added
  • 5/16/2014 1:25:00 PM
    We are very excited to introduce two new models to the McPherson Series family; the Chill® X and Chill® SDX.  The Chill® X & Chill® SDX are welcomed additions and are available at Authorized Mathews® Retailers nationwide today.  The Chill® X offers ultimate versatility&nb...
  • 5/16/2014 1:15:00 PM
    PESHTIGO - An unfortunate infection of oak trees was turned into somethingpositive when a utility and several area business owners joined a fisheriesbiologist to create fabulous shoreline habitat for fish and wildlife.The project, on the High Falls Flowage, involved a large-scale "tree drop"along Peshtigo River State Forest property on the no...
  • 5/16/2014 1:05:00 PM
    Great action for walleyes and crappies this past week with not only numbers of good fish but some real slabs as well.  In addition to the great fishing, turkey hunting has proven very successful for many hunters as well. The walleyes have finished spawning and have moved to post-spawn areas.  Look for the walleyes to be in shallo...
  • 5/16/2014 1:00:00 PM
    By John Luthens Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how.  To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel.  By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree – ...
  • 5/16/2014 12:50:00 PM
    It's been a little soggy in the North Woods the last couple of weeks but battling the high water between rain drops has been rewarding most anglers with good fishing. Our guides at Ross's Sport Shop are in the Walleye mode right now and the Walleye are treating our clients right, our boats have been averaging 30 walleyes per 4 hour trip with some ...
  • 5/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    State wildlife officials are encouraging turkey hunters to keep an eye out for feral pigs - hunters can report feral pig sightings and harvest on the Department of Natural Resources Web site at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “Feral Pigs”.  Feral pigs can be found across a wide variety of habitats and are highly destructive bec...
  • 5/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership and staff at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin are celebrating the first wild whooping crane chick of the 2014 season.  The chick represents the latest success in the effort to sustain a wild migratory population of endangered whooping cranes in eastern North America. The chick hatched May 8 ...
  • 5/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Warden calls Trempealeau County ginseng theft  'common' crime against landowners A Trempealeau County man who prepped for days of stealing wild ginseng by dressing in camouflage and leaving his car at unsuspecting places -- like cemeteries -- has been ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in fines and restitution following his conviction of illeg...
  • 5/15/2014 10:45:00 AM
    The smelt are still running! People netted a good amount of smelt again last night in Ashland. However, not as many people were out at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. One smelter who went there said he was out until 3 a.m. and only got 18 smelt. The smelt ran from about 9 p.m. and quit before 2 in the morning, said A...
  • 5/15/2014 10:40:00 AM
    June 7, 8 is Free Fun Weekend MADISON - For two days in June, Wisconsin residents and visitors alike can enjoy some of the country's best outdoor recreation for free. On June 7-8, people can fish for free anywhere in Wisconsin, hike or bike state trails for free, ride public ATV trails for free, and, new this year, enjoy free admission to sta...
  • 5/12/2014 3:10:00 PM
    Great news, folks! The smelt are definitely running!! People netted a fair amount of smelt last night on the far-east side of town and at Bayview Park along U.S. Highway 2, also known as Pamida Beach. Experienced fishing guide and Anglers All proprietor Roger LaPenter said the run appears to be picking up and he expects it to continue. “It s...