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Dick Ellis Blog:
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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  • 2/26/2013 11:30:00 AM
    February 25, 2013 NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The employees and management of three Connecticut-based companies in the firearms industry speak out about their jobs and their combined economic impact on the state in a video released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. Rel...
  • 2/26/2013 9:30:00 AM
    Dear Fellow Patriot, WGO is facing dozens of battles in the Wisconsin legislature and congress this year, so we need to increase the size of our pro-gun army. To do that, we're giving away a free AR-15 rifle and accessories (package includes rifle, scope, sling, tactical light and carrying case) valued at an estimated $2400. The drawing for th...
  • 2/25/2013 4:50:00 PM
    Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show Moves to Players Choice in Appleton APPLETON –OUTDOORLIFE recently ranked Appleton, Wisconsin #1 in their annual feature “Best Towns For Sportsmen.”  Coincidently, Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show is moving to Players Choice of the Fox Cities, located in Appleton. The...
  • 2/25/2013 2:50:00 PM
    The 2013 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System is officially over, with very similar results to the 2012 fishery.  A total of 12 fish (0 juvenile females, 7 adult females, and 5 males) were harvested from Lake Winnebago today.  There were a total of 306 fish (30 juvenile females, 131 adult females, and 145 males) harvested from L...
  • 2/25/2013 2:35:00 PM
    The 2013 sturgeon spearing season is really starting to wind down, only 3 more days left for spearers to pursue that fish of a lifetime!  That is until next February when it all starts over again, but that is a long ways off.   Harvest picked up slightly today, with a total of 14 fish (2 juvenile females, 6 adult females, and 6 mal...
  • 2/25/2013 2:15:00 PM
    February 21, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Snowmobiler deaths higher than 2012; Season-ending ice conditions pose risks There have been 14 fatalities among snowmobilers statewide this winter – a total Wisconsin’s snowmobile safety administrator says is 14 too many. “We’d like to work together, concent...
  • 2/25/2013 11:25:00 AM
    The recently completed NAFA auction in Toronto Feb 21-23 saw some dramatic price increases in wild fur pelts. This reflects a combination of reduced animal populations due to the summer drought, cold winter weather and promotion of fur garments in China. Some articles like raccoon, muskrat and red foxes almost doubled in price. Even less desirable ...
  • 2/22/2013 9:00:00 AM
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- In an extended interview with the PBS Frontline program, Steve Sanetti, president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, emphatically says that the nation's firearms owners and firearms industry are not responsible for the criminal misuse of firearms and, consequently, should not be subjected to the severe restricti...
  • 2/22/2013 8:40:00 AM
    February 21, 2013 Eric Lobner, DNR Deer Trustee Report Coordinator, 608-235-0860 MADISON - The public is invited to play an active role in the implementation of Wisconsin’s Deer Trustee Report through direct participation in a series of meetings hosted by the Department of Natural Resources, starting March 9, in Stevens Point. The meeting ...
  • 2/20/2013 12:20:00 PM
    February 20, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden cases from Clark, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Trempealeau and Jackson counties Clark County Warden Adam Hanna of Neillsville collected a red-phase screech owl, a barred owl, and a red-tailed hawk that were killed on Clark County roads in January. These raptors were transferred to a local educator...
  • 2/20/2013 12:15:00 PM
    February 20, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden teams based in southeast Wisconsin Waukesha and Milwaukee counties Warden Ben Mott of Milwaukee assisted Southern Unit Rangers with a lost skier call from the Nordic Trails. Warden Groppi contacted two goose hunters along the break wall in St. Francis. Mott found one of the hunters did not...
  • 2/20/2013 12:05:00 PM
    Even with the snow and winds today, spearers were still able to get out on Lake Winnebago and harvest some fish.  There were 12 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago today, 8 of which were registered at Jerry’s Bar in Oshkosh.  Action in this area of the lake has really picked up over the last few days, and spearers are having success....
  • 2/20/2013 11:40:00 AM
    February 19, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Public's help needed to find missing Smokey sign The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in the case of the Smokey Bear sign. The sign is a 6-foot tall reflective aluminum sign stolen from private property in the last two to three weeks. The sign was located at the corn...
  • 2/20/2013 9:35:00 AM
    OP-ED by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp I am taking this opportunity to set the record straight on our plans for the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center. Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of confusion about our intentions for the MacKenzie center in the days since we made our historic and exciting announcement about our plans for the futu...
  • 2/18/2013 5:20:00 PM
    February 18, 2013 NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Tisma Juett, manager of the National Shooting Sports Foundation's First Shots introduction-to-shooting program, recently addressed attendees of the North American Gamebird Association 81st Annual Convention and Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on how preserve owners can use First Shots to attract new customers....
  • 2/18/2013 3:45:00 PM
    With reports of improving water clarity and nice weather today, we saw an increase in spearing effort on day 7 of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery.  The increase in effort led to a harvest of 25 fish from Lake Winnebago, including 4 fish that topped the scales at 100 pounds or more.  The largest fish of the day was an 80.3” 139.8 pou...
  • 2/18/2013 2:25:00 PM
    The 2nd weekend of the 2013 sturgeon spearing season is officially in the books, and spearers were more successful in the last two days than on opening weekend, even with the reduced effort.  Spear fishermen and fisherwomen harvested 39 fish today lake-wide, which ties the mark set on opening day.  That brings the total this weekend to 76...
  • 2/18/2013 2:00:00 PM
    The second Saturday of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery was much like opening day.  Water clarity conditions did improve over the last week and we saw a resurgence of sturgeon spearers take to the ice today, but the total harvest was still relatively low (37 sturgeon taken today).  The largest fish today (73.7” and 112.5 pounds) was ...
  • 2/18/2013 1:15:00 PM
    Let the birding begin! The annual Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, www.birdsource.org/gbbc/, begins this weekend. Birders are encouraged to head out this weekend to record birds seen in their yards and local parks. In 2012, Wisconsin birders reported 138 species on more than 2,400 checklists. Statewide Birdin...
  • 2/18/2013 1:05:00 PM
    Wardens teach safety, cultural awareness at Hmong Mini Academy DNR Water Guard and Diversity Outreach Coordinator Ka Yeng Vue and fellow instructor Roger Moua spent February 9 talking safety and culture at the Hmong Mini Academy in Appleton. With the help of Ka Yeng, the DNR has certified 18 Hmong hunter safety instructors in the state. DNR Recrea...
  • 2/18/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Input to help guide statewide panfish management plan Anglers and others are invited to share their expectations for fishing for panfish in Wisconsin at more than two dozen meetings across the state in February and March. “We want to hear from the public on what they want from their panfishing experience to help guide us in developing a sta...
  • 2/18/2013 12:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin weather forecasters are getting a work out early in the year. Rain and snow. Wind and calm. Warm and cold. Wisconsin weather has once again run the gambit in the last week, impacting ski and snowmobile trials, along with ice fishing conditions. Some trials are slushy and many waters are murky, but one thing is clear as we begin the secon...
  • 2/18/2013 9:50:00 AM
    MADISON - The public will have an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to Wisconsin’s endangered or threatened species list at five public hearings the Department of Natural Resources will hold around the state in March and through written or electronic comments submitted through March 7. “Keeping the list up to date allows us to...
  • 2/15/2013 1:15:00 PM
    Washington, DC  February 15, 2013 Military Order of the Purple Heart Opposes Precedence of New Defense Medal The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) adamantly opposes the Department of Defense decision to recognize military personnel whose extraordinary achievements may indirectly impact combat operations while they remain safely awa...
  • 2/14/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the sturgeon spearers and sturgeon enthusiasts out there!  I know spearers would love to celebrate the harvest of a “big lady” sturgeon on Valentine’s Day, and that is just what Dale Jenkins did. Dale was thrilled to register his 74.6”, 119.0 pound female sturgeon at our Jim and Lin...