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  • 10/2/2019 7:15:00 AM
    How Can You Help Create Access to Public Lands?  Whether you’re stalking the Rockies for elk or chasing whitetail in the thick forests of the South, take a moment to appreciate the lands on which we recreate. Public...
  • 10/2/2019 7:10:00 AM
    How are Wisconsin birds faring?  Trends in Wisconsin bird populations generally mirror the national patterns detailed in a study released last week in Science. Many landbirds, shorebirds, waterbirds and aerial insectivores have significantly declined over the last half-century and some common birds like Baltimore ...
  • 9/24/2019 9:50:00 AM
    September 23, 2019 Steve Suman   The current forecast for this week includes a mix of nice and “wet” days, with temperatures cooler than last week, which was a warm one. Mild temperatures should encourage considerable outdoor activities – and the cool nights should make for great sleeping to rest from those activities! &n...
  • 9/24/2019 9:50:00 AM
    By Central Office September 23, 2019 Contact(s): Paul Holtan, Offfice of Communications, 608-267-7517, Paul.Holtan@wisconsin.gov  Several Wisconsin events will be aimed at improving public lands Volunteers are needed at Kohler-Andrae State Park on Public Lands Day.Photo credit: DNR MADISON, Wis. - Ninety-five percent of Wisconsin...
  • 9/24/2019 9:50:00 AM
    A very warm week of weather, air temps touching 80 degrees, has lake and flowage surface temps in the upper 60’s to 70+ degrees on some lakes.  It has changed patterns noticeably on some waters, throwing a monkey wrench into what has already been a very “off” early fall season. Crappie:  Good-Very Good – Starting ...
  • 9/24/2019 9:40:00 AM
    Another week into the 2019 Wisconsin Black Bear season and another bear down. That brings our total to 10 black bears that our hunters have successfully taken in the first two week of the season. All of our hunts are in very comfortable stands over bait and in zones “B” and “C”.  This latest bear taken by Scott Miller w...
  • 9/24/2019 9:40:00 AM
          Take a step back in time at Marsh Haven Nature Center during the weekend of September 28-29. The annual Fall Living History Festival welcomes re-enactors and artisans who will share their role in history and skills from the past. Tents and tipis will be set up for the encampment weekend at Marsh Haven Nature Center, W...
  • 9/24/2019 9:35:00 AM
    Fishing Report September 17, 2019 Anglers All reports:  The fishing report continues to be the same as last week with fall fishing reported to be going good. Water temps are anywhere from the high 50's to the low 60's. With the cooler water temps now, the Trout and Salmon are beginning to stage off of the stream mouths with anglers using shal...
  • 9/24/2019 9:35:00 AM
                The week started with unseasonably warm temperatures and by the end of the week we had a massive amount of rain.  As of the Tuesday the17th the lake is still slow no wake.  The boat traffic has been very light though which makes fishing much more pleasurable.   ...
  • 9/24/2019 9:35:00 AM
                    We had 6 to 8 inches of rain last week, As of Tuesday sept. 17th the Slow No Wake has been lifted.    For live bait fishermen, it’s time to look to fat head minnows as the bait of choice over nightcrawlers.  Last week, I caught all s...
  • 9/24/2019 9:30:00 AM
    We are a week and a half into the 2019 Wisconsin Black Bear season and our hunters have already put the hammer down on 10 black bears with the largest coming in at a whopping 385# dressed out. The big bear was shot by Tyler Hinze from Marshfield.  Most of the bears have come out of Zone “C” right here in central Wisconsin with on...
  • 9/24/2019 9:30:00 AM
    The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers’ 63rd Annual Conference will be held September 16-19, 2019 at the AmericInn in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The result of two years of planning, the event is being hosted by the La Crosse County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Approximately 200 of AGLOW’s professional media,...
  • 9/24/2019 9:30:00 AM
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Sept. 19, 2019) — In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, which devastated large portions of the Bahamian Island chain earlier this month, Mahindra Automotive North America has donated five heavy-duty ROXOR off-road vehicles to aid the islands in recovery, clean-up, and re-building. The vehicles were delivered by way of the M...
  • 9/22/2019 4:35:00 PM
    Celebrate Fall at Warrens Cranberry Festival! Take a bite out of all things cranberry at the World’s Largest Cranberry Festival! Tour a marsh, shop the craft market, taste fresh-as-it-gets cranberry treats and more. FEATURED EVENTS Now - August 30 Milwaukee Made: Ha...
  • 9/22/2019 4:30:00 PM
    Root River Report The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facilit...
  • 9/22/2019 4:30:00 PM
    Birding and bird conservation Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why in the spring and summer as Baltimore orioles and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Jack Bartholomai. Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy bird...
  • 9/22/2019 4:30:00 PM
    DNR Weekly News Update for September 17, 2019 09/17/2019 Weekly News Update September 17, 2019 (View in Browser) Statewide Regular Season Duck Zones Open Sept. 28 MADISON, Wis. - Duck hunters in the North, South and Mississippi River zones will begin another fall duck hunt one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Se...
  • 9/22/2019 4:25:00 PM
    By Central Office September 11, 2019 Contact(s): Lauren Finch, DNR natural resources Educator, 715-463-2739 Kick off the fall season with programs and events at Crex Meadows. Check out a few dates coming up in September and October: Grantsburg Library Programs Oct. 9; 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Come to the Grantsburg Library on Wednesda...
  • 9/22/2019 4:25:00 PM
    By Central Office September 11, 2019 Contact(s): Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife conservation educator, 920-387-7893 HORICON, Wis. - Don't let the shorter days and cooler temperatures stop you from exploring Horicon Marsh: join a weekly nature walk, bring the little ones to a story time, become a wild woman or sign up for a guided paddl...
  • 9/22/2019 4:25:00 PM
    Published - September 17, 2019 by the Central Office     Statewide Regular Season Duck Zones Open Sept. 28 Waterfowl Hunters Asked to do their Part to Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species Hunters, Landowners Reminded to Check if Baiting and Feeding is Banned in their County Natural Resources Board to meet Septemb...
  • 9/22/2019 4:25:00 PM
    State Natural Areas Program State natural areas (SNAs) protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape of natural communities, significant geological formations and archeological sites. Encompassing 402,000 acres on lands owned by the state and its many partners, including land trusts, local and county governments, and private citizen...
  • 9/22/2019 4:25:00 PM
    By Central Office September 18, 2019 Contact(s): Pam Resech, DNR natural resources educator, 715-457-6771, ext. 2 MILLADORE, Wis. - On Monday evenings this fall, the Mead Education and Visitor Center will host a series of presentations about wildlife in Wisconsin. These talks, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by...
  • 9/22/2019 4:25:00 PM
    Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - September 16, 2019 In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superi...
  • 9/15/2019 8:55:00 PM
    Color has begun to pop in Northeast Wisconsin. Antigo, Rhinelander and Forest County are off to the races with unbe-leaf-able fall color. Track the changing leaves with the Fall Color Report.  VIEW THE REPORT   Fall Into Romance P...
  • 9/15/2019 8:55:00 PM
    Birding and bird conservation Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why in the spring and summer as Baltimore orioles and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Jack Bartholomai. Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy bird...