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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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  • 5/12/2014 3:00:00 PM
    http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=3205 PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - A somber, 67-year-old monument to the passenger pigeon high on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers at Wyalusing State Park will be rededicated at a public ceremony Saturday, May 17. The last passenger pig...
  • 5/12/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Last vestiges of snow are finally disappearing in the Northwoods The last vestiges of snow are finally disappearing in the Northwoods, with only snow piles and a small amount of snow in heavily wooded area...
  • 5/12/2014 2:55:00 PM
    Previews & Reviews   May 2014   Coming in June...   Where there's smoke...   Areas of Douglas County look much different today than they did a year ago when the threat of wildfire became very real and the Germann Road Fire ignited. When the emergency call rang May 14, 2013, the fire was so intense tha...
  • 5/12/2014 2:50:00 PM
    EAGLE, Wis. – Anyone interested in learning the intricate sport of fly fishing can sign up for a “Learn how to fly fish” workshop being offeredSaturday, May 17, in the clear blue waters at Paradise Springs in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" i...
  • 5/12/2014 2:45:00 PM
    Tuesday's live, online chat is all about ongoing warden hiring process Being a Wisconsin conservation warden working the outdoor beat and protecting the state's natural resources and the people who enjoy them is a great career. That is, if you’re looking for challenges, hard work, camaraderie and tons of variety on top of profes...
  • 5/11/2014 8:00:00 PM
    Interested in DNR science? Take a look at this collection of ten-minute presentations from DNR scientists on a wide-range of research topics in the agency.    Featured Research Project: Saving Wisconsin’s Greater Prairie-Chickens from the Extinction Vortex Contact: Scott Hull, game research team leader 608-224-6196 &b...
  • 5/11/2014 7:55:00 PM
    Check out our spring and summer workshops and events! May  May 13. Free School Gardens Workshops for Green & Healthy School Educators. Middleton High School, Middleton. May 17. Project WET & Project WILD Workshop. Wehr Nature Center, Franklin (Milwaukee area). May 22. Free School Gardens Workshops for Green & Hea...
  • 5/11/2014 7:55:00 PM
    Thursday May 15th and Friday May 16th DNR's MacKenzie Center, Poynette, WI We are a week away from the Outdoor Youth Expo at the DNR’s MacKenzie Center outside Poynette, WI. We are still looking for volunteers to assist with the BB gun range. You can choose both days or one day to help. If you are able to volunteer and know people in your...
  • 5/11/2014 7:55:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon began their spawning push below the Shawano Dam on Wednesday and should continue to heavily spawn into Thursday.  Our crew was able to collect eggs for multiple lake sturgeon restoration programs dispersed throughout the countryon Wednesday, while also tagging roughly 350 fi...
  • 5/11/2014 7:50:00 PM
    May 6, 2014  Drinking Water Week – Think before you drink and celebrate the Amazing!By DNR Secretary Cathy SteppEvery day of every week millions of Wisconsinites will experience something amazing and likely never think twice about it. They’ll turn on their faucets, drink from a water fountain, bake bread or brew beer and seemingly...
  • 5/11/2014 7:50:00 PM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Well things got off to a slow start today, but the fish are still making their way in at the Shawano Dam.  The fish are starting to show signs that they are very close to spawning there and my crew did tag 25 fish there at the end of the day today.  The real story of today though was the ...
  • 5/11/2014 7:50:00 PM
    Educator News Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center has new nest-cam overlooking the property's great blue heron rookery. Check it out and see what the birds are doing today. Take Kids Fishing this spring. No fishing rod? No problem! We have fishing equipment you can borrow at several DNR offices and state parks...
  • 5/9/2014 10:00:00 AM
    June 2, 3, 4 & 5 – Public hearings will be held to gather public input on a special experimental early teal hunting season to begin for the first time in September 2014.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service will be offering the state of Wisconsin a new duck hunting season, called an early teal season, beginning in 2014...
  • 5/6/2014 10:40:00 AM
    DNR Public Affairs Manager Lisa Gaumnitz thought as anglers we would enjoy the appropriateness of what DNR Fisheries Director Mike Staggs left behind as he finished clearing out his office over the weekend and headed into retirement.  We certainly did here at On Wisconsin Outdoors.Thanks Mike.  Thanks Lisa.  
  • 5/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiast, Today sturgeon were spawning on the Wolf River at sites in Leeman, and our DNR Crew tagged 209 fish in that area between two sites on private property.  Sturgeon are starting to show signs that they will begin spawning in the next day at the Shawano Dam.  If you want to see fish you should...
  • 5/6/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Updated on 5-5-2014: the info brief (green sheet) has been posted for the following item on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board May agenda: 3.A.2. relating to proposed changes as required by Section 103 of 2013 Wisconsin Act 1, the ferrous mining law
  • 5/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Birds, wildflowers and more birds oh my!  Don't miss opportunities to enjoy spring at the Horicon Marsh.  For more information on the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, Wildflowers for Wildlife and more, visit here!
  • 5/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Spring is bursting at the MacKenzie Center, and we are excited to share our first newsletter of the year.  Take a peak at what we have been up to, and come out and visit this spring.   MacKenzieNewsletterSpring2014.pdf Our wildlife area and museums are now open seven days a week from 8am - 4pm.  Trails are open f...
  • 5/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Although there is some open water in various spots along Ashland’s shoreline, there is still too much ice out there on Chequamegon Bay for the smelt to start their spawning run. Ashland’s “smelt run” normally starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. Northe...
  • 5/6/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Finally, spring has sprung! Now’s the time to fish for walleye and other favorites as they wrap up spawning and are ready to put on the feedbag. Drop a line and you may just catch dinner. We know you’ll catch some fun! 3 easy ways to buy your license       Over the Internet through the Online ...
  • 5/6/2014 9:45:00 AM
    Although there is some open water behind the AmericInn on Ashland’s far east side, there is still plenty of ice out there on Chequamegon Bay. Ashland’s “smelt run” normally starts around the third or fourth week in April, shortly after ice-out on the bay, and lasts only 12-14 days. Winds from the south cannot carry the ice ...
  • 5/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
    May 1 marks the opening of the 2014 Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Initiated in 2012, the month-long event serves as the premiere way for bird lovers to support research, monitoring, and and other conservation projects benefiting Wisconsin's birds. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, an avid birder or not a birder at all, there are many ways to pa...
  • 5/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: Sturgeon continued to spawn at sites in the New London (Sturgeon Trail at County X and Memorial Park) and Shiocton (Bamboo Bend and a site on private property) areas today.  Our crew worked at Bamboo Bend and another site on private property in Shiocton today and were able to handle a total of...
  • 5/1/2014 9:50:00 AM
    Racine. Wis. – Ron Bruch will be the new Director for the Bureau of Fisheries Management for the Department of Natural Resources, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp announced today. “On behalf of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC), I would like to congratulate Ron on his appointment to this position,” WCC Chair Rob Bohmann sai...
  • 4/30/2014 3:10:00 PM
    April 29, 2014 Newest DNR data confirms air quality continues to improveMADISON – Wisconsin's air quality continues to improve – that's the latest message coming from the most recent data in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Air Quality Trends Report.   -  Read Full Article Open burning hazardous to hea...