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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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  • 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...
  • 2/14/2013 1:50:00 PM
    February 13, 2013 Contacts:    Rob Bohmann, 262-235-5825 or Kari Lee-Zimmermann, 608-266-0580 Poynette, WI. – The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) is pleased to learn that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is exploring the creation of an outdoor skills recruitment and retention center which will focus o...
  • 2/14/2013 1:40:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery has come and gone with 15 fish being harvested from Lake Winnebago today.  The number of fish harvested today is almost as many as Monday and Tuesday combined, and many spearers are reporting that water clarity is improving and they are able to see 2-4’ more than they were able to last weeke...
  • 2/14/2013 9:35:00 AM
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Through its online Legislative Action Center, the National Shooting Sports Foundation offers a convenient way for supporters of the Second Amendment to urge their legislators to oppose severely restrictive firearms bills that have been introduced in the U.S. Congress and in many states. NSSF's Legislative Action Center is the i...
  • 2/14/2013 9:30:00 AM
    February 14, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden teams based out of north, south central Wisconsin Ashland County Warden Amie Egstad of Bayfield received a call about an injured bald eagle on the side of Friendly Valley Road. But a DNR Wildlife Biologist had already recovered the eagle before Egstad’s arrival. Unfortunately the eagl...
  • 2/14/2013 9:25:00 AM
    February 12, 2013 – Today the Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition (HRC) applauded portions of a Dane County Judge’s ruling on the use of dogs to hunt wolves. Last month, Judge Anderson issued an encouraging oral ruling and has since released his written ruling. In the ruling, Judge Anderson vacated the temporary injunction blocking th...
  • 2/14/2013 9:15:00 AM
    February 12, 2013 POYNETTE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has begun to explore the creation of an outdoor skills recruitment and retention center which will focus on promoting the education and training of long term mentors to help reverse the nationwide trend of declining hunters, anglers and trappers. “We beli...
  • 2/13/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Feb. 12, 2013 MADISON -- Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp issued the following statement on Tuesday’s filing of a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups, to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region: When federall...
  • 2/13/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Enroll today so you are ready for opening day of all seasons MADISON – More than 40 percent of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education courses are held in spring, making this an opportune time for you to enroll to complete the class to ensure you can hunt when you want to hunt. “This truly is the best time to ge...