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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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  • 3/7/2019 9:10:00 AM
    March 4, 2019 Steve Suman   Temperatures rise slightly this week and the forecast currently shows no chances for snow. Perhaps the only “down side” for the week is at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 10, at which time we lose an hour of sleep when changing to Daylight Saving Time.   “Gamefish season closed this past Sunday...
  • 3/7/2019 9:05:00 AM
    February 28, 2019 Anglers All, located at 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 2) in Ashland, is a full-service tackle and fly shop offering a huge selection of baits and tackle for year-round fishing. For the most complete and up-to-date fishing report, just give them a call at 715/682-5754, and they will gladly keep you informed! Carolyn from ...
  • 3/7/2019 9:05:00 AM
    2019 license sales start     Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activity licenses for 2019 are on sale now. Get yours online at Go Wild! or stop by any DNR service center. Buy or renew at the Conservation Patron level and a subscription to Wisconsin Natural Resources ...
  • 3/7/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Here we go again…. More snow and more cold, when is it going to end?  This past week has been another one for the books with record snowfalls and low temperatures and from the looks of it that trend is going to continue into March.  The lakes of central and north central Wisconsin are covered with several feet of snow and under tha...
  • 3/3/2019 9:15:00 AM
    Published February 28, 2019 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). For current statewide information on statewide snow conditions, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Rep...
  • 3/3/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Spring is just around the corner and Horicon Marsh is teaming with activities to get you prepared for the upcoming season!  From a Nest Box Seminar to Waterfowl Stopover, find out more information about events in the March e-newsletter! Also, be sure to visit the Explorium in March and take advantage of Spring Break Discount Da...
  • 3/3/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Issue #8   In this issue of Field Notes, we discuss the observed causes of death in our collared deer and the status of the herd as it pertains to survivorship over the last year. We cover the latest updates in our predator study, including annual survivorship, home ranges, tracking effort and next steps. We are also plea...
  • 3/3/2019 9:10:00 AM
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  • 3/3/2019 9:10:00 AM
    Are you seeing or hearing sandhill cranes yet?   While there's no statewide birding report today, the week’s biggest birding news was the arrival of migrant sandhill cranes in Wisconsin. Are you hearing or seeing any where you live? eBird data show a pulse of sightings in southeastern Wisconsin since Feb. 22, when warm southweste...
  • 3/3/2019 9:05:00 AM
    By Central Office February 27, 2019 Contact(s): Joe Liebau Jr., Secretary's Director of Southeastern Wisconsin, 414-254-1069 WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet Department of Natural Resources staff at the 2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show that opens Wednesday, March 6, and runs through Sund...
  • 3/3/2019 9:00:00 AM
    Published - February 26, 2019 by the Central Office     Bonus harvest authorizations for spring turkey season available beginning March 18 Preliminary recommendations for 2019 antlerless quotas and deer hunting season structure to be developed at County Deer Advisory Council meetings in March Crucial Year for Breeding Bi...
  • 2/26/2019 5:30:00 PM
    There were quite a few spearers that capitalized on the bluebird, sunny day today and harvested a sturgeon from Lake Winnebago.  In fact, today’s harvest of 39 fish was the higest of any weekday this season.  Stockbridge Harbor and Waverly Beach were the busiest stations by far, registering 17 and 13 fish respecively.  The...
  • 2/26/2019 5:30:00 PM
    More snow led to more winter-like birding conditions across the state this week, with few signs of any migration activity quite yet. Horned larks and a few Eastern and Western meadowlarks were spotted along roadsides in southern and central parts of the state but it's hard to know if these are true migrants or overwintering birds pushed to bare gro...
  • 2/26/2019 5:30:00 PM
    Only 1 more day remains in the 2019 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System.  There were 34 fish registered today with Waverly Beach and Stockbridge Harbor combining to register 23 of those fish.  There have been 456 sturgeon harvested through the first 15 days of the season on Lake Winnebago and 763 sturgeon harvested from the s...
  • 2/26/2019 5:25:00 PM
    A beautiful view from the 9th Annual Russell AL Deer Hunt. Photo credit to WWIA Guide Jeremy Smith. Notes From the Field: January 2019 Each year we build upon our past successes as we continue our mission to s...
  • 2/19/2019 8:30:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Today marks the ½ way point for the sturgeon spear fishery on Lake Winnebago and we are another day closer to closure of the fishery on the Upriver Lakes.  The increased effort today, along with some sunlight to increase visibility, resulted in an uptick in harvest.  In total, there w...
  • 2/14/2019 7:30:00 AM
    There are still spots available for the Hunter Safety Course at the Clubhouse! It starts on Monday, February 18th and runs for 5 weeks on Monday and Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm. It is an excellent hands-on course for both kids and adults and students get a chance to shoot a pheasant at the end! Please contact Mike Milosh at 262-370-5315 to sign up AS...
  • 1/31/2019 7:30:00 PM
    Outdoor Report Published January 31, 2019 by the Central Office     View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). For current statewide information on statewide snow conditions, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's&nbs...
  • 1/30/2019 7:10:00 AM
    The Department has updated a web page dedicated to the Lake Superior Fishing Agreement. Please visit the page to review a presentation staff gave at a public meeting held on January 10, 2019 in Ashland. In addition, we have a copy of the past and current agreement along with a frequently asked questions document. If you would like to provide comme...
  • 1/28/2019 8:55:00 AM
    WDNR Conservation Wardens K9s are just as pumped as you snowmobilers (perhaps a tad more if you'd have a ball to throw) about the snowfalls & Wisconsin's paradise of trails. But before you go -- with your helmet securely fastened -- please review their safety tips. Who's a good snowmobiler? You are, you are. https:/...
  • 1/28/2019 8:55:00 AM
    Wisconsin Geocaching Association blends the science of satellite technology with good old fashioned adventure By John Luthens Back in the day, when my pockets were still flush with the riches of youth, I’d stash handfuls of pennies and a favorite toy or two into fragrant cigar boxes and bury them far and wide across the land. Growing up as ...
  • 1/25/2019 8:45:00 PM
    FEEDERS ACTIVE & BIG SINGLE-DAY BIRD COUNTS Snowy, cold weather in southern Wisconsin brought cardinals, house finches, juncos, and various other seed-loving species to feeders. Woodpeckers are front-and-center at feeding stations with nuts, suet, and other fatty foods, while birders reported some impressive single-day counts of 32 Europe...
  • 1/25/2019 8:45:00 PM
    Published January 24, 2019 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). For current statewide information on statewide snow conditions, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report...
  • 1/25/2019 8:45:00 PM
    The Lake Winnebago bottom trawling assessment continues to be one of the most critical fisheries assessments conducted on the Winnebago System and the 2018 report is complete.  As DNR staff and a host of volunteers boarded the Calumet in 2018 one of the big questions was how the historic 2018 spring snow storm would impact recruitment of vario...
  • 1/25/2019 8:40:00 PM
    Weekly NewsPublished - January 22, 2019 by the Central Office     Improve habitat for wildlife and enroll in DMAP by March 1, 2019 Public hearing regarding catfish management to be held Jan. 29 in Madison Applications for Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp funding due March 8, 2019 Application deadline extended to Feb. 15 for Wi...