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2/15/2021
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  • 2/4/2021 3:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Have your artwork featured on a piece of history and contribute to environmental restoration efforts by entering the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2022 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests. Artists must submit their entries by July 15, 2021 for the 2022 contests. "T...
  • 2/4/2021 3:40:00 PM
    Bald eagle monitoring and protection efforts identified dozens of new bald eagle nests in 2020.Photo credit: Steve Fisher MADISON, Wis. – Eagled-eyed Wisconsinites reported dozens of new bald eagle nests in 2020, while volunteers from Madison Audubon Society monitored known nests from the ground in nine counties. These ...
  • 2/4/2021 3:40:00 PM
        NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Winter 2020 A gorgeous view from the 14th Annual Camp Hackett Group B Event.Photo courtesy of WWIA Founder and CEO, John McDaniel.   ...
  • 2/4/2021 3:35:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a virtual open house for the public to learn about the Deer Management Assistance Program.  Join the DNR and current DMAP members in a virtual open house on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Pre-registration is not required. The Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance...
  • 2/4/2021 3:35:00 PM
    Season Opens Feb. 13 OSHKOSH, Wis. – Wisconsin’s annual sturgeon spearing season begins Feb. 13 and runs for 16 days, or until any of the pre-determined harvest caps are met. This year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) predicts that harvest caps wil...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    Have you heard about the Wisco Sled Divas? On the latest episode of the DNR’s Wild Wisconsin – Off the Record podcast, we spoke with Wisconsin snowmobilers Erica Marten and Jen Marcott-Bong, who founded this female-focused Facebook Group that connects women who love to ride. Tune in to hear Erica and Jen share some of their best t...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a preliminary public hearing on a statement of scope that will allow the DNR to begin work on an emergency rule relating to Lake Michigan whitefish management, with a focus on Green Bay. Models indicate that whitefish populations have increased in Green Bay and additional harvest may ai...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in walley...
  • 2/2/2021 11:15:00 AM
    February 1, 2021 Steve Suman   This week starts with mild temperatures, but turns cold and windy towards the end, with possible snowfall, and wind-chill could be a serious factor at that time. It is finally February and time to pull out the woolies!   “Recent cold temperatures improved ice conditions a bit on the Quiet Lakes,&r...
  • 2/2/2021 11:10:00 AM
    Holly Springs, Miss. (Jan. 28, 2021)--Cuffawa Creek Outfitters, a premier deer and turkey hunting outfitting service located in Holly Springs, Miss., announced today that they have partnered with Hunter Outdoor Communications (HOC) to handle its public and media relations. This appointment is effective immediately.Hunter Outdoor Communications&rsqu...
  • 2/1/2021 11:35:00 PM
       Jan 15, 16 & 17: World Championship Snowmobile Derby  https://derbycomplex.com/portfolio-item/derby/ February 12:  Ride with Mike Trapp – This is the big fundraiser:  https://www.snowmobilehalloffame.com/mike-trapp-50th/ Mike Trapp & Yamaha Win 1971 Eagle River World Championship Video: http...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    RICE LAKE, WI – January 22, 2021 As part of an ongoing effort to give customers more options when choosing to “Hunt With A Henry,” Henry Repeating Arms is pleased to announce four new models that fit the needs of modern hunters, whether in pursuit of small game or large, feather or fur. ...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    FISHING WISCONSIN 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.  This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March through ...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    Under rough fish removal contracts, detrimental fish species like common carp are removed to improve water clarity and fish habitat. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a virtual public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the DNR’s rough fish removal prog...
  • 1/29/2021 8:00:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast shows a mix of sunny, cloudy, and cold days, with a warm-up and the best chances for snow Saturday and through the weekend.   “We are seeing ice depths of 6-12 inches on the Quiet Lakes,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so most lakes are still too unstable for truck traffic. &ld...
  • 1/22/2021 10:35:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in walleye management for Brown, D...
  • 1/22/2021 10:35:00 AM
    January 21, 2021 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports:  There are cold temps in the forecast the next few days which will make more ice. We have had rain this past week which knocked down the surface snow. At this time there is no snow on t...
  • 1/22/2021 10:30:00 AM
    January 18, 2021 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week shows temperatures colder and closer to the January average, particularly nighttime lows. It indicates a brief warm-up Wednesday and Thursday, and with the best chances for snowfall next weekend. Keep an eye on the forecast, however – it can change in a matter of minutes! Despi...
  • 1/18/2021 4:45:00 PM
    Your Wis. Department of Natural Resources' Bureau of Law Enforcement respectfully requests your feedback as part of the bureau's continual assessment of its public service delivery. Your feedback will help the bureau in its ongoing effort to update its roadmap into the future. Please use this link to complete the questionnaire&...
  • 1/18/2021 4:40:00 PM
    John Luthens It is the depth of winter in the northern forests of Douglas County, Wisconsin and I’ve been in the backcountry for five days now. Tracks wind like a map for miles and seem to have no end. I’m exhausted. I’m exhilarated. I am living and trekking in an arctic world of secrets that needs to be experienced to be properl...
  • 1/13/2021 2:10:00 PM
    January 12, 2021 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Not a lot has changed because we haven’t had really cold temps. The ice hasn't improved or added any more thickness. Fishing has been really great with a lot of activity. Anglers are c...
  • 1/13/2021 2:05:00 PM
    White-tailed buck in snowy woods / Credit: iStock Wisconsinites are an important part of the planning process for deer season in every county. Every three years, we seek input from citizens and hunters that help form herd objectives. This is your last call to weigh in on deer herd ob...
  • 1/13/2021 2:05:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN 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.  This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March thro...
  • 1/13/2021 2:00:00 PM
    RICE LAKE, WI – January 12, 2021Henry Repeating Arms is proud to announce a continuation of their title sponsorship for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This year’s Henry 180 will see the green...
  • 1/12/2021 8:20:00 AM
    January 11, 2021 Steve Suman The forecast indicates we could have some lake effect “shovel-able” snow Thursday and Friday this week. Otherwise, temperatures continue in the 20s and 30s for highs and single-digit to the 20s for lows. The weather is great for outdoor recreation, but minimal snow makes pursuit of some activities challeng...