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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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  • 4/17/2013 10:30:00 AM
    April 16, 2013 NEWTOWN, Conn. -- SHOT Business magazine, the trade magazine for the shooting, hunting and firearms industry, has named U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as its 2012 SHOT Business Person of the Year. Mitt Romney's selection of Ryan as his vice presidential running mate was widely supported by hunters and recreational shooters. A forme...
  • 4/17/2013 10:20:00 AM
    April 16, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Bear tags for sick kids, poachers, snowmobile accidents and Learn to Hunt events Oconto, Marinette and Shawano counties Warden Joe Paul of Oconto County is looking anyone wishing to transfer their bear hunting carcass tags in zones B and C to the 2013 Oconto River Kids bear hunt for kids with life-th...
  • 4/16/2013 2:40:00 PM
    Take advantage of spring's relaxed arrival by joining the Wednesday live noon hour online chat with DNR wildfire experts to learn how you can prevent wildfires whether you are a landowner, a property manager -- or an outdoor sports enthusiast. Debris burning continues to be the top cause of wildfires in Wisconsin. There are alternatives to burning...
  • 4/16/2013 9:35:00 AM
    April 13,2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Conservation wardens are among a team of public safety and emergency workers keeping round-the-clock watch on Kenosha County’s Vern Wolf Lake Dam which is threatening to fail under the weight of heavy recent rains and embankment erosion. “We have a system in place to protect ...
  • 4/12/2013 3:55:00 PM
    April 10, 2013 Contacts: Joan Garland, 608-381-1262 or Davin Lopez, 608-266-0837 The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), an international coalition of public and private groups that is reintroducing whooping cranes to eastern North America, reports the 2013 spring migration is well underway. As of April 3, there were 84 whooping cranes ...
  • 4/12/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Complications from recent neck surgery believed a factor claiming life of famed fishing tackle inventor, angling authority, author and longtime TV host TAMPA, Fla., -- 4/1/2013 --  Doug Hannon, a legend in the fishing world known as the “Bass Professor” whose unique expertise in a wide range of design skills and academic subjects ...
  • 4/12/2013 10:30:00 AM
    April 11, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Pet skunk, sunken shanties, stalled snowshoe alert, manure run-off among latest warden cases Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties Warden Ryan Propson of Appleton investigated a report that an individual was in possession of a live skunk without a required captive wildlife license. An investigati...
  • 4/12/2013 10:20:00 AM
    Rain, sleet and snow greet hunters for opening of spring turkey season Wisconsin looks and feels very more like November than April this week as rain, snow and unseasonable cold moved in across the state. Needless to say, the weather has dampened the spirits of anglers, bird watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts, and created additional challenges...
  • 4/12/2013 10:15:00 AM
    Your feedback influences the 2013 hunting season Whether you are a deer hunter or not, we want to hear from you! Friday is your last chance to provide opinions and observations in an online survey about the Deer Management Unit you live or hunt in. Your feedback provides the valuable local perspective that will be used by DNR and the Natural Res...
  • 4/11/2013 10:50:00 AM
    April 11, 2013 NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that a new survey shows 79 percent of the American public approve of hunting. This marks the highest level of support for hunting since 1995, according to data compiled by Responsive Management, an independent research firm. The nationwide scientific survey showed ...
  • 4/11/2013 10:35:00 AM
    April 10, 2013 Thanks to all the cold and nasty wet weather, the Club will remain open for hunting until Saturday, April 20th. Cancellations have been outnumbering reservations, so there are still a couple hundred birds unspoken for. A good number of members have already postponed their hunts from this week to next, with the Club working to help m...
  • 4/11/2013 10:25:00 AM
    Warden Kelly Crotty of Florence recently spent a morning with Department of Natural Resources Fisheries and Wildlife Management crews, Florence County Forestry staff and a member of the public to build nine fish cribs for Lake Emily in Florence County. Warden Kelly Crotty, DNR staffers and the public constructed 9 fish cribs for Lake Emily in Fl...
  • 4/10/2013 1:50:00 PM
    April 9, 2013 CONTACT:  Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773 Kari Lee-Zimmermann, Conservation Congress Liaison, 608-266-0850 MADISON – A total of 6,069 people attended the 2013 Spring Fisheries and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 8. T...
  • 4/10/2013 12:45:00 PM
    Here's a great way to introduce your children, grandchildren or neighborhood kids to the fun of fishing! Kids 15 years and younger can attend free fishing clinics on Saturday, April 13, at 17 lagoons and ponds in Milwaukee, Racine, Washington, Waukesha and Sheboygan counties. Clinics will be held every hour beginning at 9 a.m. with the last clinic...
  • 4/10/2013 10:20:00 AM
    MADISON - Today, in the State of the Tribes Address delivered to the Wisconsin State Legislature, specific reference was given to the Department of Natural Resources in connection to the recent tribal spearfishing declarations for walleye in northern Wisconsin and the statement the DNR previously issued in response to the declarations. In addition...
  • 4/8/2013 5:25:00 PM
    DNR Chief Conservation Warden Randy Stark says this weekend's Deer and Turkey Expo in Madison is a terrific place for conversation -- and it sure was Saturday at the Wall of Shame exhibit which shows some of the state's poaching cases handled by the Bureau of Law Enforcement's Conservation Warden Service. "This is a great event for our wardens. Th...
  • 4/8/2013 5:20:00 PM
    April 5, 2013 CONTACT:  Carroll Schaal (608) 261-6423; Kathleen Hanson (608) 266-9426 MADISON - More than 100 counties, lake associations and other organizations across Wisconsin have been awarded more than $2.8 million in state grants to help protect lakes and rivers from the threats of invasive species and runoff pollution. “We were...
  • 4/8/2013 4:45:00 PM
    Statewide Birding Report Spring is finally making headway across much of Wisconsin. Early migrants such as American robins, common grackles, killdeer, great blue herons, and red-winged blackbirds have reached north to Lake Superior. Birders in southern Wisconsin are seeing their first eastern phoebes, fox sparrows, rusty blackbirds, Yellow-rumped ...
  • 4/8/2013 4:30:00 PM
    April 5, 2013 NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Demand for the National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) safety and education materials skyrocketed in the first quarter of 2013, with more than 1 million safety literature items and safety DVDs being ordered. Orders for NSSF's popular educational brochure "Firearms Safety Depends on You" were up 114 percent i...
  • 4/8/2013 4:10:00 PM
      NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, issued the following statement today: Gov. Dannel Malloy today signed into law a package of gun-control legislation that was assembled in secret by a small group of state legislators and that never received a ...
  • 4/8/2013 4:05:00 PM
    April 4, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions - April 4, 2013 The Frequently Asked Questions features recent warden-related questions 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 want to kn...
  • 4/8/2013 3:45:00 PM
    April 3, 2013 Contact(s): Peter Bakken , DNR state forest superintendent, 715-284-1406 Ed Culhane, DNR communications, Eau Claire, 715-781-1683 BLACK RIVER FALLS – The existing horse camp at the Black River State Forest will soon be converted into a group camp site, said officials with the state Department of Natural Resources. The convers...
  • 4/8/2013 3:40:00 PM
    Posted on 4-3-2013: Wisconsin Natural Resources Board March brief of action. Briefs of action are summaries of the motions made and acted upon at each Natural Resources Board meeting.
  • 4/8/2013 3:30:00 PM
    Applications due June 1 MADISON -- Sponsors and landowners interested in hosting a gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities have until June 1 to submit their application. New in 2013, an online application form will replace the previous paper application that had to be mailed in. “The new online application will streamline the applicatio...
  • 4/8/2013 2:50:00 PM
    MADISON –Spring wild turkey hunting season begins April 10 with Department of Natural Resources officials saying that hunters should look forward to a good season. “We had an outstanding year of production in 2012. The warm, dry spring and early summer provided outstanding nesting and brood-rearing conditions for hens,” said Scot...