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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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  • 11/14/2013 11:15:00 AM
    On Wisconsin Outdoors thanks advertiser Northland Buildings for helping bring each issue to the Wisconsin sportsman and woman at no cost.  Quality buildings at a fair price!  That’s Northland Buildings, a post-frame construction company specializing in agricultural buildings, residential garages and commercial buildings. Northland&...
  • 11/14/2013 11:05:00 AM
    See job discription for Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator http://wisc.jobs/public/job_view.asp?annoid=70113&jobid=69628&org=370&class=55140&index=true
  • 11/14/2013 11:05:00 AM
    MADISON – Residents and non-residents who have received a Purple Heart can now purchase a conservation patron license for a discounted price. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law, allowing in-state Purple Heart recipients to buy a conservation patron license for $10 (normally $165) and non-resident Purple Heart recipients to purchase th...
  • 11/14/2013 11:05:00 AM
    Waterfowl migration picked up across the state this past week. Traditional hotspots remain good destinations but many water bodies across the state are now hosting numbers of various geese, swans, and ducks. Aerial surveys taken 1 to 10 miles offshore from Manitowoc to Door County tallied more than 20,000 long-tailed ducks and 5,000 red-breasted me...
  • 11/14/2013 11:05:00 AM
    By DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp MADISON – Thank you. They are two words that aren’t spoken enough. As we mark Veterans Day on Monday, let us say, “thank you.” Thank you to the men and women of the armed forces who have fought, and continue to fight, for the freedoms we enjoy every day. Thank you for giving us the ability to e...
  • 11/14/2013 10:55:00 AM
    A 24-year veteran of the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Service has been tapped by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp to be Wisconsin’s next chief conservation warden. Warden Todd Schaller, who oversees the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Recreation Enforcement and Education Section, will succeed Chief Warden Randy Stark, w...
  • 11/14/2013 10:50:00 AM
    We have sold 1841 resident and 11 nonresident wolf licenses.   Zones 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6  are closed.  Only zone 3 remains open. We have harvested 204 wolves as follows: Zone Count Quota 1 77 76 2 29 28 3 22 71 4 12 12 ...
  • 11/14/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Last year Wisconsinites were spoiled by a bounty of winter finches and northern owls. What will this winter bring? Here's a Wisconsin eBird page story with the latest outlook based on early season observation patterns so far this fall. http://ebird.org/content/wi/news/winter-outlook-2013-14/
  • 11/14/2013 10:45:00 AM
    As you make preparations for your upcoming deer hunt we ask that you consider donating a deer to Wisconsin's Deer Donation program in 2013.  Since 2000, hunters have provided over 83,000 deer and ultimately 3.7 million pounds of venison to food pantries across the state.  Program organizers and volunteers have made arrangements with mo...
  • 11/14/2013 10:45:00 AM
    Walleye are anglers’ top target, and we are asking for your help to make walleye fishing even better in Wisconsin. We invite you to:   Watch our video about a new plan to help boost walleye fishing in Wisconsin. Take a short public survey to help guide us in this effort Sign up for free email updates or mobile al...
  • 11/10/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin is one of the best places in North America to hunt deer. Typically in the top three states for total harvest, in 2012 Wisconsin was ranked first among the states and Canadian provinces for producing trophy bucks by the venerable Boone and Crocket Club. Each hunter’s experience is different, though, and harvest success during 20...
  • 11/10/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin has a long and storied tradition of regulated gun deer hunting stretching all the way back to 1851. There have been many changes over the years but few as dramatic as those experienced by hunters during the 1990s and early 21st century. 1834 – Lafayette County, first reported crop damage by deer. 1851 – First closed season f...
  • 11/10/2013 5:35:00 PM
    MADISON – New for the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer hunting season, rifles will be allowed statewide, unless a local municipality has enacted a more restrictive ordinance, the state Department of Natural Resources reports. Also, for the first time, most state park properties will be open to gun deer hunting; however, those park properties that wer...
  • 11/10/2013 5:35:00 PM
    Wisconsin enters the 2013 gun-deer season with a reputation as a state dedicated to safe hunting for everyone. Years of hunter safety courses successfully completed by more than one million people since 1967, under the tutelage of expert volunteer instructors, is a big reason why hunting is safe and getting safer. But it wasn’t always like t...
  • 11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
    New for 2014, the Mathews® Creed XS™ features a compact profile with the forgiveness and accuracy serious bowhunters demand. Powered by the industry leading SimPlex™ Single Cam technology, the Creed XS™ not only has a super smooth draw cycle, but provides tack driving accuracy and a rock solid back-wall for sho...
  • 11/7/2013 3:00:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for November 7, 2013 Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Northwestern Wisconsin receives snow; whitetail deer rut continues in full swing A band of snow moved across nort...
  • 11/7/2013 2:40:00 PM
    Kick off your deer season by watching Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2013! The  hour-long special is designed to help you prepare for the upcoming firearm season! Starting Nov. 7 on public television, you can watch host Dan Small's interviews with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp and other DNR staff to discuss research on Wisconsin’s deer herd,...
  • 11/7/2013 2:25:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 4 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m. At that time, the zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-2014 wolf harvest season. With this closure, a total of four wolf harvest zones have closed this season. Wo...
  • 11/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    As we near the fall hunting season, many hunters have bucks on their mind and the Department of Natural Resources does too.  In addition to white-tailed bucks, DNR is also focusing on the Milwaukee Bucks as DNR Nights are underway.  Anyone holding any Wisconsin hunting or fishing license is eligible for discounted tickets on select home ...
  • 11/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative is pleased to announce its 2014 Annual Meeting to be held March 21-22, 2014, in Oshkosh. The meeting will focus on Bird City, the innovative and fast-growing public recognition program for communities all around the state that are helping protect birds and their habitats. There will also be a Fly...
  • 11/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    November 5, 2013 Commit to recycle more with 10 tips for America Recycles DayMADISON – Recycling has long been a daily habit and a state law for Wisconsinites, and for good reason – recycling works! Every can, bottle and newspaper we recycle saves resources and energy, reduces the amount of waste in landfills, supplies raw materials to...
  • 11/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Applications for Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) grants are being accepted through December 2, 2013.  Grant applications will be rated and ranked in December and successful applicants will receive a grant award in January 2014.   This grant program provides financial assistance to urban areas for t...
  • 11/7/2013 2:20:00 PM
    Posted on 11-5-2013: Wisconsin Natural Resources Board draft October 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.
  • 10/31/2013 12:30:00 PM
    Here is a mid-day update.  We have sold 1807 resident and 11 nonresident wolf licenses.   Zone 2 is closed.  Zones 1 and 5 will close at 7 pm tonight. We have harvested 178 wolves as follows: Zone Count Quota 1 76 76 2 29 28 3 10 71 ...
  • 10/31/2013 12:20:00 PM
    SPOONER – Walleye stocking is still underway from the state hatchery producing the most of anglers’ favorite fish, with state crews trading the longtime bucket brigade for a mechanical method of moving fish from the ponds into stocking trucks. A new video shows staff at the Gov. Tommy G. Thompson State Fish Hatchery using a fis...