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1/21/2020
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  • 2/26/2019 5:30:00 PM
    More snow led to more winter-like birding conditions across the state this week, with few signs of any migration activity quite yet. Horned larks and a few Eastern and Western meadowlarks were spotted along roadsides in southern and central parts of the state but it's hard to know if these are true migrants or overwintering birds pushed to bare gro...
  • 2/26/2019 5:30:00 PM
    Only 1 more day remains in the 2019 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System.  There were 34 fish registered today with Waverly Beach and Stockbridge Harbor combining to register 23 of those fish.  There have been 456 sturgeon harvested through the first 15 days of the season on Lake Winnebago and 763 sturgeon harvested from the s...
  • 2/26/2019 5:25:00 PM
    A beautiful view from the 9th Annual Russell AL Deer Hunt. Photo credit to WWIA Guide Jeremy Smith. Notes From the Field: January 2019 Each year we build upon our past successes as we continue our mission to s...
  • 2/19/2019 8:30:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Today marks the ½ way point for the sturgeon spear fishery on Lake Winnebago and we are another day closer to closure of the fishery on the Upriver Lakes.  The increased effort today, along with some sunlight to increase visibility, resulted in an uptick in harvest.  In total, there w...
  • 2/14/2019 7:30:00 AM
    There are still spots available for the Hunter Safety Course at the Clubhouse! It starts on Monday, February 18th and runs for 5 weeks on Monday and Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm. It is an excellent hands-on course for both kids and adults and students get a chance to shoot a pheasant at the end! Please contact Mike Milosh at 262-370-5315 to sign up AS...
  • 1/31/2019 7:30:00 PM
    Outdoor Report Published January 31, 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&nbs...
  • 1/30/2019 7:10:00 AM
    The Department has updated a web page dedicated to the Lake Superior Fishing Agreement. Please visit the page to review a presentation staff gave at a public meeting held on January 10, 2019 in Ashland. In addition, we have a copy of the past and current agreement along with a frequently asked questions document. If you would like to provide comme...
  • 1/28/2019 8:55:00 AM
    WDNR Conservation Wardens K9s are just as pumped as you snowmobilers (perhaps a tad more if you'd have a ball to throw) about the snowfalls & Wisconsin's paradise of trails. But before you go -- with your helmet securely fastened -- please review their safety tips. Who's a good snowmobiler? You are, you are. https:/...
  • 1/28/2019 8:55:00 AM
    Wisconsin Geocaching Association blends the science of satellite technology with good old fashioned adventure By John Luthens Back in the day, when my pockets were still flush with the riches of youth, I’d stash handfuls of pennies and a favorite toy or two into fragrant cigar boxes and bury them far and wide across the land. Growing up as ...
  • 1/25/2019 8:45:00 PM
    FEEDERS ACTIVE & BIG SINGLE-DAY BIRD COUNTS Snowy, cold weather in southern Wisconsin brought cardinals, house finches, juncos, and various other seed-loving species to feeders. Woodpeckers are front-and-center at feeding stations with nuts, suet, and other fatty foods, while birders reported some impressive single-day counts of 32 Europe...
  • 1/25/2019 8:45:00 PM
    Published January 24, 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...
  • 1/25/2019 8:45:00 PM
    The Lake Winnebago bottom trawling assessment continues to be one of the most critical fisheries assessments conducted on the Winnebago System and the 2018 report is complete.  As DNR staff and a host of volunteers boarded the Calumet in 2018 one of the big questions was how the historic 2018 spring snow storm would impact recruitment of vario...
  • 1/25/2019 8:40:00 PM
    Weekly NewsPublished - January 22, 2019 by the Central Office     Improve habitat for wildlife and enroll in DMAP by March 1, 2019 Public hearing regarding catfish management to be held Jan. 29 in Madison Applications for Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp funding due March 8, 2019 Application deadline extended to Feb. 15 for Wi...
  • 1/25/2019 8:40:00 PM
    Each spring the MacKenzie Center welcomes students to our sugarbush (a grove of maple trees) to learn the process and history of making maple syrup in Wisconsin through our annual Maple Education Program. During maple season, we tap over 100 trees and reach over 1,200 students in the education program. We typically collect around 1000 gallons of sa...
  • 1/25/2019 8:40:00 PM
    The link below provides a summary report for all of the wadeable trout streams that were surveyed in the Upper Fox River and Wolf River watersheds in 2018. These streams are primarily located in Green Lake, Marquette, Shawano, Waushara, and Waupaca Counties. Information provided in the summary report includes dates and locations of all surveys as w...
  • 1/25/2019 7:35:00 PM
    A reminder that the Wisconsin DNR will be hosting 3 public meetings related to sturgeon management on the Lake Winnebago System.  Each meeting will start at 6:30 PM and include a question and answer session to allow sturgeon enthusiasts to weigh in on sturgeon management.  Meeting dates and locations are as follows: Wednesday, Jan. 23,...
  • 1/25/2019 7:30:00 PM
    Steve Suman   This week’s forecast predicts some snow, temperatures significantly below average, and wind chill concerns all week. If you intend to enjoy some outdoor recreation, dress appropriately, go prepared, and use good sense! A slight warming trend begins the first of February and continues through the month (so “they&rdqu...
  • 1/19/2019 2:00:00 PM
     A great vantage point from the 3rd Annual Arkansas Bucks and Ducks Event. Notes From the Field: December 2018 2018 has ended and what a tremendous year it was for WWIA and our Purple Heart Heroes! We had four outstanding events during...
  • 1/19/2019 1:55:00 PM
  • 1/19/2019 1:55:00 PM
    Blade Runner or Slap Shot? WDNR Conservation Warden Ken Thomson taps his hockey skills to do his routine patrol of ice fishers! Pretty cool -- no, make that pretty slick. See the photo and story. (Spoiler alert: No hat trick.) https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=495 WARDEN WIRE:...
  • 1/19/2019 1:55:00 PM
    Rothschild, WI -  The 2019 Central Wisconsin Sports Show promises to be a high quality outdoor show featuring fishing, boating and hunting at one location.  This complete Show is scheduled for February 15th -17th at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild (Wausau), WI and combines the former Deer & Hunting Exp...
  • 1/19/2019 1:50:00 PM
    On 1/15/19, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a pet German Wirehair dog in the Town of Namakagon, Bayfield County. More information and maps of depredation locations are available on the gray wolf depredation webpage. Livestock producers and hunting dog and pet owners are rem...
  • 1/19/2019 1:50:00 PM
    Published January 17, 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...
  • 1/19/2019 1:50:00 PM
    Statewide Birding Report The mid-winter birding scene remains relatively unchanged from recent weeks. However, a pending cold spell combined with new snow in southern Wisconsin should increase feeder activity at least somewhat. Clear snow from feeders, provide sheltered areas out of wind for feeding, and offer sunflower seeds, suet, and other favo...
  • 1/19/2019 1:50:00 PM
    You are subscribed to Clinics and Learning Opportunities for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Free Fishing Weekend is a statewide event occurring this weekend, January 19 & 20, 2019, and a few special clinics are planned to introduce people to ice fishin...