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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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  • 2/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
    Set for March 9, 2013 MADISON – Forest landowners in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa interested in learning more about traditional woodland management techniques, timber taxes, game and non-game wildlife management, forest soils and non-timber forest products such as maple syrup and ginseng may want to attend the March 9, 2013 Tri-State Forestr...
  • 2/13/2013 4:15:00 PM
    Half the Upriver Lakes spearers harvested fish Editor's note: This release was updated at 4:35 p.m. to reflect spearing results available late this afternoon. OSHKOSH – By the time the Lake Winnebago system upriver lakes spearing season closed at 12:30 p.m. today, Feb. 12., 10 people had joined the “hundred-pounder club” by spea...
  • 2/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
    The 4th day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season on the Winnebago System is in the books with a total harvest today of 7 sturgeon on Lake Winnebago and 26 fish from the Upriver Lakes.  The North shore of Lake Winnebago continues to be quiet with no fish registered today at our Waverly Beach and Stockbridge Harbor locations.  I was at Quin...
  • 2/13/2013 10:45:00 AM
    Photos and video available at: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/news/2013/006.html Thanks to the helpful veterinarians and wildlife staff from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, an injured endangered whooping crane is free again, and in the company of other cranes. The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) first heard there was a problem w...
  • 2/13/2013 10:20:00 AM
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- With President Obama expected to announce the return of 34,000 servicemen and women from Afghanistan within a year at tonight's State of the Union address, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announces that it will continue providing free firearm safety materials, including gun locking devices, to America's returning ...
  • 2/13/2013 9:15:00 AM
    Wisconsin DNR Weekly News Update On Wisconsin Outdoors brings you weekly reports from the Department of Natural Resources.
  • 2/11/2013 4:25:00 PM
    Updated on 2-11-13: Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February agenda.
  • 2/11/2013 4:20:00 PM
    The rain over the last 24-30 hours made for wetter conditions throughout Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes, but spearers were still able to get out in search of the elusive, prehistoric sturgeon.  Spearers harvested 21 fish from the Upriver Lakes and 9 fish from Lake Winnebago today, with the biggest fish (67.1”, 92.2 pounds) being ta...
  • 2/11/2013 2:40:00 PM
    This was the condition of the ice on Winnebago as of Feb. 4, the Monday before opening of spearing.  Note the open water along the west side.  This is a result of the winds moving the ice in January.
  • 2/11/2013 2:25:00 PM
    Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Report - Sunday February 10, 2013 The 2nd day of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery was much like opening day, successful harvest on the Upriver Lakes and below average harvest on Lake Winnebago.  There were 74 sturgeon harvested from the Upriver Lakes and 21 sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago today (attached docu...
  • 2/11/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Opening day a family fest of friendship - with big catches! The only thing more powerful than the 179-pound, 80-inch sturgeon wrestled out of Lake Winnebago by Sherwood’s Pete Vanderwielen on opening day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season was the undeniable bond among the families and their friends who filled the thousands of heated ice sh...
  • 2/11/2013 1:15:00 PM
    Sturgeon spearing traditions were renewed over the last few days, as the 2013 Sturgeon Spear Fishery on the Winnebago System got underway.  Opening day was one of mixed results, and for the most part went as predicted.  Due to less than ideal ice conditions on Lake Winnebago and poor water clarity, the total harvest from Lake Winnebago wa...
  • 2/11/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Photos by Diane Schauer “Ice shove on Winnebago the night of Jan. 19th.  The 50+ mile an hour winds blew the ice from the west to the east shores of Lake Winnebago, creating 50-100 yards of open water along the west shore off Oshkosh.  Until then, it looked like a good year for ice for sturgeon spearing.  This on...
  • 2/11/2013 12:55:00 PM
    February 8, 2012 – MADISON – Today the Wisconsin’s Hunters Right Coalition (HRC) applauded Governor Walker’s announcement of new deer management initiatives that will be featured in his 2013-14 budget proposal.  The initiatives will be aimed at successful implementation of the 2012 Deer Trustee Report, something HRC m...
  • 2/11/2013 12:45:00 PM
    The day spearers have been waiting for is finally here! Whether you’re out on the ice or at home, experience the excitement of opening day of the 2013 lake sturgeon season via today’s Sturgeon Week feature, How old is my sturgeon? Follow DNR’s Twitter links to photos and a warden ride along on Lake Winnebago and learn how biologis...
  • 2/11/2013 12:35:00 PM
    The agenda for the 2013 Spring District Meetings has been posted and is now available.
  • 2/11/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Today Gov. Walker announced initiatives funded in the state budget to provide the Department of Natural Resources with tools necessary to implement the 2012 Deer Trustee Report. The initiatives include establishing a Deer Management Assistance Program (D-MAP); investing in new technology to better assess land cover; creating a fee system to fund ...
  • 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.