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5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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  • 1/20/2014 9:40:00 AM
    Winter Free Fishing Weekend is here!  No fishing license is needed to fish any where in Wisconsin on Jan. 18-19, 2014. That’s true for Wisconsin residents and visitors alike. No fishing equipment? No problem. Nearly 20 DNR sites have ice fishing gear you can borrow. Contact the staff person listed for a loaner ...
  • 1/20/2014 9:35:00 AM
    The entire state has received some new snow in the last week and more was falling Thursday. Snowmobile trails were open and in good to very good condition across about the northern two-thirds of the state, but were still closed in many southern counties according to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report (exit D...
  • 1/15/2014 11:35:00 AM
    A perfect mix of ice cover and record numbers makes 2014 a great year to catch a glimpse of bald eagles. There were a record number of breeding eagle pairs and occupied nests in 2013. The Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers, in fact, boast the largest concentration of wintering bald eagles in the lower 48 states.  Join us for a chat all about th...
  • 1/15/2014 11:35:00 AM
    Recycling continues to gain in popularity statewide, DNR report shows MADISON – Wisconsin residents and businesses turned in another strong recycling performance in 2012, according to recent data compiled by the Department of Natural Resources.  -  Read Full Article Draft master plan for the Green Bay wildlife, fisheries...
  • 1/15/2014 11:30:00 AM
    MADISON - Proposed guidelines for how the state will decide which water bodies get stocked with walleye in 2014 and 2015 under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiativeare now available online and are the subject of a public comment period until Jan. 31. "Wisconsin means good walleye fishing and it's only going to get better with the walley...
  • 1/15/2014 11:25:00 AM
    By Jim Weix Hunting season is over and the endless gray cold days just keep dragging on. Looking for a change of scenery? Maybe it is time for a fishing trip and I’m not talking about standing on the ice. Instead of insulated boots, I’m thinking sunshine and flip flops. Forget your deer hunting outfit and wear shorts and a T-s...
  • 1/14/2014 12:00:00 PM
    by John Ellis With the Green Bay Packer season coming to an end it’s time for the first annual grading of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports writer Bob McGinn. “It’s one thing to be confident. It’s another to be smug” said Bob in a January 11, 2014 article grading the Packers. With that in mind, let’s ...
  • 1/13/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Frequently Asked Questions - January 10, 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. Today's edition deals with...
  • 1/13/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Posted on 1-10-2014: Wisconsin Natural Resources Board draft December 2013 brief of action. The Board has made this draft available for public review and distribution; the draft has not received final Board approval. Briefs of action are summaries of motions and votes at each Board meeting.
  • 1/13/2014 10:15:00 AM
    A forest health expert says the ongoing frigid air hugging the state is not enough to wipe out the tree-killing pest known as the Emerald Ash Borer. It seems these guys have figured out how to take winter's cold shoulder. Bill McNee of the Department of Natural Resources says experts predict that many EAB larvae will die, but the ash tree pest isn...
  • 1/13/2014 10:15:00 AM
    Updated on 1-10-2014 : the following updates have been made to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board January agenda: Notice added Information briefs (green sheets) have been added for the following agenda items: 2.A. 3.B.2. 3.B.3. 3.B.4. 3.B.8.
  • 1/13/2014 10:10:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Cold weather puts freeze on outdoor activities across the state, but warm up in forecast for weekend A prolonged period of frigid temperatures dropping down into the double-digit subzero range at night and...
  • 1/8/2014 6:40:00 PM
    Eight young whooping cranes that began their aircraft-led migration on October 2, 2013, from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, made it to their destination at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, Florida. These cranes are the 13th group to be guided by ultralight aircraft from central Wiscon...
  • 1/8/2014 6:40:00 PM
    For meeting at:Rm. G09, State Natural Resources Bldg. (GEF 2)101 S. Webster St.Madison WI 53703 Since the posting of this agenda, the following has changed:3.B.7 Deleted NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Natural Resources Board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, in Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), ...
  • 1/8/2014 6:35:00 PM
    January 7, 2014 Ice cover and record number of eagles combine for fantastic viewing this winterRHINELANDER, Wis. – Wisconsin’s growing bald eagle population – a record number of breeding pairs and occupied nests were recorded in 2013 -- and a hard, early freeze are combining to create fantastic viewing opportunities this winter f...
  • 1/8/2014 6:35:00 PM
    Believe it or not, winter fishing makes up nearly 1/4 of the annual catch in Wisconsin. People enjoy it for the solitude of being out on a frozen lake and the challenge of the sport. Fishing action can be fast and furious when winter seals the lakes under ice. Typically, the season in Price County lasts from December through March. Walleye, crappie...
  • 1/8/2014 6:15:00 PM
    Frequently Asked Questions - January 6, 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. Question 1: I recently complete...
  • 1/8/2014 6:15:00 PM
    Unless otherwise noted, meeting materials include: Meeting agenda (PDF). The agenda is posted at least two weeks prior to each meeting. Brief of action or BOA, a summary of motions and votes at each Board meeting (PDF). A draft BOA is usually posted within one week after a Board meeting and a final BOA is approved at the next meeting Informa...
  • 1/4/2014 6:40:00 PM
    Warden Blotter: Athletic raccoon drags clues; road hunters' illegal buck kill; AR-15 & the shining skunk; and, Learn to Hunt Dane, Jefferson and Rock counties Wardens Mike Dieckhoff and Bryan Harrenstein of Janesville received a citizen call of a raccoon in a trap that stumbled into a person’s back yard. Upon investigation, the trapper&...
  • 1/4/2014 6:40:00 PM
    MILWAUKEE-- Winter is a great time to enjoy state parks and forests in southeast Wisconsin. On Saturdays, over the next two months, hikers and skiers can cure cabin fever by enjoying candlelight ski events and winter hikes at the following locations: Jan. 11 Kettle Moraine State Forest-Lapham Peak Unit, Delafield, - Candlelight Ski &...
  • 1/4/2014 6:30:00 PM
    MADISON – The Department of Natural Resources has received an exploration license application from Gogebic Taconite, LLC, for activities related to the Penokee/Gogebic deposit located in Ashland and Iron counties.  The company is proposing to drill fifteen exploratory drillholes at the site.  Gogebic Taconite had applied for and re...
  • 1/2/2014 6:15:00 PM
    PRAIRIE du CHIEN - To help ice anglers explore the fantastic fishing found on the 200-plus miles of the Mississippi River bordering Wisconsin, state fish biologists and conservation wardens stationed along Ol' Man River will host a live online chat Jan. 7.   The live chat begins at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 7. To participate,...
  • 1/2/2014 2:15:00 PM
    Pewaukee, WI (November 26, 2013):  Longtime Wisconsin employer Prime Leather Finishes will unveil unique product offerings in partnership with Mr. Lid Outdoors at the 2014 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Milwaukee.   “Prime Leather Finishes has manufactured high quality water and oil repellency products right here in ...
  • 1/2/2014 1:30:00 PM
    MADISON - Welcome in the New Year with family and friends at Blue Mound State Park by participating in a candlelight ski, hike, and snowshoe event thisSaturday, Jan. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A candlelit one-mile wooded loop will be available to ski, and a separate three-quarter-mile candlelit wooded trail will be available for hik...
  • 12/26/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Candlelight skis and hikes in Wisconsin state parks kick off Jan. 4MADISON – People looking for an opportunity to break in their new cross-country skis or snowshoes or just getting out on their tried-and-true equipment will have plenty of opportunities this winter with 27 candlelight skis, hikes or snowshoes scheduled at Wisconsin state ...