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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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  • 2/11/2013 10:25:00 AM
    “Deer hunting in Wisconsin is part of our DNA. It feeds traditions and fuels a huge economic engine for the state.” That’s what Governor Scott Walker said today as he unveiled budget provisions he says will make sure the 2012 Deer Trustee Report is successfully implemented. You may remember in 2011 Gov. Walker commissioned Dr. J...
  • 2/11/2013 10:20:00 AM
    February 7, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions - February 8, 2013 Welcome to another special edition of a popular Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. You may recall the several installments of FAQs - the Special Edition during the recent gun-deer season. Warden Wire again is publishing this special e...
  • 2/11/2013 9:25:00 AM
    Two stories are dominating the birding headlines in the Wisconsin this week. First, in central and southern Wisconsin, white-winged and red crossbills are visiting backyard bird feeders with unusually high frequency. Dozens of excited birders have reported these boreal finches at their sunflower and thistle seed feeders recently, suggesting the bir...
  • 2/7/2013 5:15:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for February 7, 2013.
  • 2/7/2013 5:05:00 PM
    Today, as thousands of years ago, winter spearing of lake sturgeon is as much about family and friends getting together to renew their traditions and pass them on to the next generation as it is about big fish. See and hear some of the stories in Sturgeon Week Day 5, Sturgeon Culture.
  • 2/7/2013 10:10:00 AM
    February 6, 2013 Contact(s): Tim Lizotte, DNR wildlife supervisor, 262-574-2120; Jennifer Pelej, public affairs manager, 608-264-9248. MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have confirmed that a Waukesha County deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. This is the first CWD-positive deer in the county. &...
  • 2/7/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Calling all ATV operators: Get current with Warden Gary Eddy Learn the state laws, safety tips and lessons from incidents by viewing the interview Conservation Warden Gary Eddy did February 6 with Wisconsin ATV Association President Randy Harden and his son, Adam. Warden Eddy is the ATV safety administrator for the Department of Natural Resources'...
  • 2/6/2013 12:40:00 PM
    See why some spearers say that their favorite part of the season occurs before opening day and get a report on conditions and some safety reminders in today’s Sturgeon Week Feature, Ice Conditions and Cutting In.
  • 2/6/2013 12:00:00 PM
    February 5, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Here is an answer to a recent most frequently asked law enforcement question about spring turkey hunting taken by 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 have heard that s...
  • 2/6/2013 11:50:00 AM
    February 5, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden: Tips from public important, can stay anonymous The Trempealeau County over-bagger took to the water early and alone. Shielded by silence, the man caught blue gills day-after-day from Pool 4 of the Mississippi River near Alma. After careful preparation, the filets were placed ...
  • 2/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
    Only 4 more days until the start of the 2013 Sturgeon Spear Fishery, and trust me when I say that it will be here before you know it.  Our staff was out yesterday checking water clarity at a few locations along the East Shore of Lake Winnebago, and overall clarity is down from what we had experienced over the last few years.  We decided t...
  • 2/5/2013 4:50:00 PM
    MADISON – Hunting continues to account for the largest number of adult white-tailed deer mortalities in Wisconsin, while predation accounts for the highest death of fawns, according to recent results from an ongoing deer mortality study. “Hunter harvest continues to be the greatest cause of death of both adult and yearling bucks,&rdquo...
  • 2/5/2013 3:25:00 PM
    Wisconsin DNR Weekly News Update On Wisconsin Outdoors brings you weekly reports from the Department of Natural Resources.
  • 2/5/2013 1:50:00 PM
    Lake sturgeon have been around for 150 million years and survived whatever killed the dinosaurs. Learn some of their secrets to a long life and how Wisconsin is protecting and restoring their populations in today’s Sturgeon Week feature, All About Sturgeon.
  • 2/5/2013 1:40:00 PM
    Want to know how many 12- and 13-year-olds bought spearing licenses under a new law and will join their families on the ice this year? Or see what our new sturgeon biologist says about the number of really big sturgeon in the Winnebago System? View Spearing Season Prospects.
  • 2/5/2013 11:45:00 AM
    Classic case of poachers stealing from public And thanks to teamwork involving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the long-running case of illegal trafficking of black bears in Wisconsin northwoods is over. Last week, U.S. Attorney James L. ...
  • 2/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
    STEVENS POINT – Anyone interested in learning more about the recent discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer herd in Portage County is invited to attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the George W Mead State Wildlife Area. A panel of experts on wildlife health, wildlife biology and conservation law will give ...
  • 2/4/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Good morning! Opening day of the Lake Winnebago System sturgeon spearing season is less than a week away. Meet your new sturgeon biologist, Ryan Koenigs. Catch Sturgeon Week, our multi-media countdown featuring videos, an interactive timeline, sturgeon fast facts and more. Day 1: Sturgeon History Coming tomorrow: Day 2: Sturgeon season prospec...
  • 2/1/2013 12:30:00 PM
    Boating season is not that far away; NOW is the time to get ready! Check your boat decals now.  If they have expired or are missing, you can renew your registration or request replacement decals using DNR's Online Registration System at dnr.wi.gov, click on Register boat/ATV/snowmobile under Quick Tasks.  It's fast; it's easy; and you wi...
  • 2/1/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Preliminary reports show strong Wisconsin 2012 deer seasons Early reports based upon harvest numbers provided to the Department of Natural Resources from hunters show the state set an all-time record for bucks taken during the archery season -- and held its own for total harvest with other top states. The totals reported by hunters – which ...
  • 2/1/2013 9:50:00 AM
    View Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February agenda. Note: the deadline to register to testify at the Board meeting has been changed to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19. The deadline to submit a written comment to the Board is 4 p.m. on Friday, February 22.  
  • 2/1/2013 9:40:00 AM
    January 31, 2013 MADISON –With data entry near complete, hunter-supplied numbers indicate that 366,747 deer were harvested in Wisconsin for the 2012 seasons, a five percent increase from 2011, according to Department of Natural Resources officials. This tally will again rank the state in the top five deer hunting states in the country for to...
  • 1/30/2013 12:50:00 PM
    Winter is in full swing but there are plenty of events and opportunities to be found at Horicon Marsh.  Updates for the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area can be viewed here.
  • 1/29/2013 4:25:00 PM
    New Wisconsin Natural Resources Board officers were elected at the January 23 meeting. Updated officer and board member listings are now available.
  • 1/29/2013 2:00:00 PM
    It’s cold and it’s January, which means we are now in a mid-winter pattern for most birds in Wisconsin. Recent cold temperatures have severely reduced the amounts of remaining inland open water, but good numbers of waterfowl are still lingering due to lack of snow cover and a warm early start to the winter. The Madison area lakes still ...