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  • 4/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Spring is here at the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area! Be sure to stop into the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center's Explorium for a thrilling way to experience the story of Horicon Marsh. Spring and summer programs are now LIVE and view the April e-newsletter for more information on the upcoming Horicon Mar...
  • 4/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Published March 28, 2019 by the Central Office   View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). General | Northern Region | Northeast Region | Southeast Region | South Central Region | West ...
  • 4/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
    1ST WAVE OF EARLY ARRIVALS TO NORTHWOODS The north is finally getting the initial wave of early migrants as American robins, red-winged blackbirds, common grackles, Canada geese and ring-billed gulls made a good push this week all the way to Lake Superior. Look for more fox sparrows, northern flickers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, brown creepers, b...
  • 4/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a willing landowner to permanently protect 1,492 acres of wildlife habitat in western Colorado, well-known for Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in the world."We are grateful for Fred Lekse’s vision in seeing the need and acting on the desire to establish a conservati...
  • 4/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Published - April 2, 2019 by the Central Office     Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2019 Public comment period open through April 11 to provide feedback regarding preliminary recommendations from County Deer Advisory Councils Public comment period opens for updated Karner blue butterfly Habitat ...
  • 4/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Salmon and trout stocking in Lake Michigan is a critical management activity that state fisheries managers say has contributed to robust fishing in Lake Michigan for the past four decades. A three-year Lake Michigan management strategy was developed in 2017 following more than two years of discussion and input from more than 500 anglers, business ...
  • 4/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
    Keith Butterfield was working one minute, and on the floor with no pulse the next. DNR Conservation Warden Isaac Kruse was on patrol in St. Croix County when he heard the radio call for help, and rushed to the business just as St. Croix County Sheriff Deputy Nick Krueger also responded. Read what happened next: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/War...
  • 4/1/2019 11:15:00 PM
    World’s Greatest Pier award-winner answers consumer needs Dick Ellis Like anyone who owns or maintains a pier, Carl Surges faced problems when putting in and taking out his parents’ pier in St. Germain twice each year. Damaged framing and deteriorating decking, rusted hardware from outdoor storage, and the time-consuming transportatio...
  • 4/1/2019 9:40:00 AM
    Kids' Clinics On Saturday, April 13, youngsters have opportunities to learn how to fish on Lake Menomin in Dunn County and at 14 different locations in county parks in southeast Wisconsin. Children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or adult group leader. Thanks to all the dedicated partners for getting kids to the water's ...
  • 4/1/2019 9:40:00 AM
    Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Heroes to be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this year are UW-Madison Professor Scott Craven who is a frequent Wisconsin Public Radio guest on wildlife, Don L Johnson who was a prolific outdoors writer for the Milwaukee-Sentinel for a variety of environmental causes, and Aroline Schmitt who was...
  • 4/1/2019 9:35:00 AM
    March 25, 2019 Steve Suman   The forecast predicts somewhat warmer temperatures this week and Wednesday is the only day showing a slight chance of showers. Low temperatures range from low teens to low 20s, but nice to finally see them above zero!   “Ice fishing during this late season has been nothing short of exhausting,&rdquo...
  • 4/1/2019 9:35:00 AM
    Background information for Agenda item 2B5 on the April 9-10, 2019 meeting agenda of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has been posted.
  • 4/1/2019 9:35:00 AM
    Warmer temperatures and easier travel (by foot) has brought more anglers out to do some late season ice fishing.  Snow pack has gone down on lakes, with the exception of southern shores where the sun doesn’t hit the snow to melt it down as fast.  There is still plenty of ice, reports vary from 20” to 25”+. ...
  • 4/1/2019 9:25:00 AM
    By John Luthens Wisconsin soars with some of the finest, feathered photography opportunities in the country. It’s clear as an owl hoot on a crisp, northern night that Wisconsin is for the birds. Warblers color the springtime flowers and fence lines. Loons call across forlorn waters and nighthawks swoop in the mists of humid summer. Owls an...
  • 3/23/2019 3:20:00 PM
    Kerplunk! When 'ready to respond' turned into 'roof is down', WDNR wardens joined other agency staffers to help a Langlade County volunteer fire department get out from under a whole lot of heavy snow. Read more: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=501
  • 3/23/2019 3:15:00 PM
    Published March 21, 2019 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). For current statewide information on statewide snow conditions, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report&n...
  • 3/23/2019 3:15:00 PM
    A draft of the revised plan is available online right now. This revised plan will outline objectives and strategies to guide black bear management in the state from 2019 – 2029. Come to one of our information sessions or submit your comments and questions via email to DNRBearPlanComments@wisconsin.gov. The comment period ...
  • 3/23/2019 3:15:00 PM
    This past has been another one of many changes. We are starting to see a few guys hit the open water below area dams as well as a few brave souls still venturing out on the ice for some late ice fishing. The guys that are fishing the water below the dams are fishing from shore as well as getting out in some small boats and they are picking up so...
  • 3/23/2019 3:10:00 PM
  • 3/23/2019 3:10:00 PM
    Migration is on! In the south, sandhill cranes, red-winged blackbirds, killdeer, robins, and common grackles have arrived in earnest. Great blue herons, eastern bluebirds, and eastern meadowlarks have also returned, as well as the first eastern phoebes, song sparrows, white pelicans, and common loons. Read more. A rare Wisconsin songbird flie...
  • 3/23/2019 3:05:00 PM
    March 18, 2019 Steve Suman   According to the current forecast, once we move past Tuesday night and Wednesday skies clear and temperatures turn mild (for awhile), with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. It was a big change in a short period! The down side is dealing with wet and sloppy conditions – but not too much to ask for warmer...
  • 3/23/2019 3:05:00 PM
    Published - March 19, 2019 by the Central Office     A rare Wisconsin songbird flies into the record books again Citizen scientists asked to lend their ears for frog and toad conservation Wisconsin's National Archery in the Schools Program tournament to be held in the Dells   Index Next   A rare ...
  • 3/23/2019 3:00:00 PM
    Well things are turning around a little bit and we are finding a few locations to get on the ice.  With the recent warmer weather we have been seeing some of the ice is becoming accessible but it is sloppy. We also found some okay conditions further south in the state and we were able to get on some very good perch fishing.  Again acces...
  • 3/18/2019 7:30:00 AM
  • 3/18/2019 7:20:00 AM
    A new catfish rule establishes regulations for taking catfish by hand or with a bow and arrow or crossbow.  Legislation passed in 2017 allowed catfish to be taken with these methods for the first time, but this rule will set seasons, gear restrictions, length limits and bag limits to maintain sustainable harvest levels with these new methods.&...