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  • 12/7/2019 12:20:00 PM
    12 places to enjoy Big Trees & Old-Growth Forests Winter is a great time to explore Wisconsin State Natural Areas using our interactive list of 12 "Big Trees & Old-Growth Forests."  Germain Hemlocks State Natural Area in Oneida County offers plenty of these majestic giants and honors Clifford E. Germain, the first ecol...
  • 12/7/2019 12:20:00 PM
    Published December 3, 2019     Holiday Pheasant Hunt Provides Opportunity for Time with Family and Friends Pursuing Upland Game Birds Black Bear Permits and Spring Wild Turkey Harvest Authorizations Application Deadline is Dec. 10 CWD Sampling and Deer Carcass Waste Disposal Options Available Throughout Remaining Deer Season ...
  • 12/7/2019 12:10:00 PM
    NOTES FROM THE FIELD: OCTOBER 2019  A beautiful fall view from the 7th Annual Bayfield Cast & Blast.Photo courtesy of WWIA Guide Derek VanBuren. Notes From the Field: October 2019 ...
  • 11/30/2019 7:05:00 AM
    Published November 29, 2019   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief look at what Wisconsin has in store for you this week. The annual deer firearm season has been both safe, with...
  • 11/30/2019 7:00:00 AM
    November 25, 2019 Steve Suman   The current weather forecast for Thanksgiving Day looks reasonably good, but the days leading up to and following it not so much, particularly Tuesday night through Wednesday. Snow accumulation estimates are in a state of flux. People traveling for the holiday should keep up-to-the-minute current on condition...
  • 11/30/2019 7:00:00 AM
    Four Incidents Reported During Opening Weekend of Gun Deer Season    Contact(s): Mark Little, DNR Recreation Warden, 715-492-1047, mark.little@wisconsin.govNovember 24, 2019 at 4:32:03 pm UPDATE: The shooter in the Nov. 24 Washburn County gun-deer incident that injured a hunter has been identified. The shooting victim is ho...
  • 11/30/2019 6:55:00 AM
    A large percentage of our country doesn't know of or care about Normandy. This year, British artist Jamie, accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visu...
  • 11/30/2019 6:50:00 AM
    Anglers All reports: There are a few anglers still trolling IF they can get out that is!  We are still in-between fishing until Mother Nature decides it's time to ice fish.  The recent rain has slowed down on all the ice fishing on both the Inlands and on the Shoreline! This can all change if Mother Nature cooperates! Stay tuned; Hopefull...
  • 11/30/2019 6:50:00 AM
    Contact(s): Mark Little, DNR Recreation Warden, 715-492-1047, mark.little@wisconsin.govNovember 25, 2019 at 4:37:57 pm Madison, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has identified the shooter in the Washburn County gun deer incident on Nov. 24 that injured a hunter. The shooting victim is hospitalized for treatment and...
  • 11/30/2019 6:50:00 AM
    Last week’s rain only caused a little deterioration of the surface ice that had formed.  For areas that were fishable, good safe ice remained.  Weekend’s weather, though above freezing for a small time, was not enough to mess up ice, but not enough cold to build more ice. Walleye:  Very Good – Fish in as little as ...
  • 11/30/2019 6:50:00 AM
    Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) Snowy owls rank among the most charismatic wildlife species in the world. The heaviest of all North American owls, tipping the scales at 3 to 6 pounds, their bright white plumage, large yellow eyes, massive feathered feet and diurnal tendencies appeal to even the most casual nature lover. Equally appealing to some a...
  • 11/30/2019 6:45:00 AM
    Florence Teeters stands with her first buck on her first hunt at age 104.Photo credit: Bill Ball Contact(s): Todd Schaller, Chief Warden - DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement, (608) 381-8927, Todd.Schaller@wisconsin.govNovember 26, 2019 at 5:28:52 pm MADISON, Wis. - Don't tell Florence Teeters she's too old to enjoy Wisconsin's great outdoo...
  • 11/30/2019 6:45:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished November 26, 2019    2020 Wisconsin State Park Stickers on Sale Dec. 1 Contest Now Open for High School Students to Enter Artwork for 2021 State Park Stickers Contact(s): Paul Holtan, 608-267-7517, paul.holtan@wi.govTo Order Stickers: DNR Customer Service, 1-888-936-7463 2020 Wisconsin State Park admission stic...
  • 11/30/2019 6:45:00 AM
    Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season runs through Sunday, Dec. 1. Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): Harvest Totals Contact: Kevin Wallenfang, Big Game Ecologist, 608-206-1107, Kevin.Wallenfang@wisconsin.govHunter Engagement Contact: Keith Warnke, DNR Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation coordinator Coordinator, 608-576-5243, Keith.Wa...
  • 11/27/2019 8:05:00 AM
    CP Holiday Train Coming to Wisconsin! Everyone’s favorite festive train is rolling into Wisconsin again this year, with thousands of dazzling lights and a whole lot of holiday cheer in tow. Find out where to spot it near you! FEATURED EVENTS Nov 29 - Dec 31 Rotary Lights La Crosse Wit...
  • 11/27/2019 8:00:00 AM
    Anglers All reports:  There are a few anglers still trolling IF they can get out that is! There are some anglers going Inland to fish but we stress safety! We are still in-between fishing until Mother Nature decides it's time to ice fish. We have some ice forming on the shoreline. Scott Bretting from River Rock Inn & Bait Shop reports:&nb...
  • 11/27/2019 8:00:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished November 19, 2019     Early Winter Leaves Potential Risky Terrain, Waterway Conditions for Gun Deer Hunters Be Sure of Your Shot -- Whitetail Hunters Reminded to Look Out for Elk and Moose on The Landscape DNR Reminds Hunters About Deer Transportation Regulations and Carcass Disposal Options Watch Wild W...
  • 11/27/2019 8:00:00 AM
    Deer Hunting License Sales On Par with 2018    Contact(s): Kimberly Currie, 608-267-7799, kimberly.currie@wi.govNovember 19, 2019 at 2:44:10 pm MADISON, Wis. - Another Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season is around the corner, and license sales continue to indicate that the hunting tradition is alive and well throughout the s...
  • 11/27/2019 8:00:00 AM
    November 18, 2019 Steve Suman   At this time, the forecast for this week currently indicates a mostly moist week that includes drizzle, rain, sleet, snow and a combination of all, but with little to no accumulation (again, at this time). Temperatures remain somewhat milder, with highs primarily in the mid to high 30s. The current prediction...
  • 11/27/2019 7:55:00 AM
    11/12/2019 Weekly News Update November 12, 2019 (View in Browser) DNR Celebrates America Recycles Day MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is recognizing 10 recycling programs from a mix of businesses, schools, nonprofits and local governments with the 2019 Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Awards. ...
  • 11/16/2019 11:55:00 AM
    This past week has been kind of bittersweet for me with the archery season.  I had an opportunity at a very large 10 point buck but equipment failure kept me from getting that deer. In hind-sight if I would have shot that buck I would have not been out in the woods to take the one I did get. I ended up with a very unique 9 point buck (see ph...
  • 11/16/2019 11:50:00 AM
    Contact(s): DNR Conservation Warden Shawna Stringham of Vernon County, Shawna.Stringham@wisconsin.gov, 608-638-5715November 14, 2019 at 9:08:25 am VIROQUA, Wis. -- The Vernon County Circuit Court on November 6 ordered two local men who led a 2018 illegal shining and shooting operation of deer to pay thousands of dollars in fines and banned them ...
  • 11/16/2019 11:50:00 AM
    Birding and bird conservation Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why as evening grosbeaks and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Ryan Brady. Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy birds. Explore the links below for ...
  • 11/16/2019 11:50:00 AM
    Introducing the Henry Texas Tribute Edition We are pleased to introduce the Henry Texas Tribute Edition rifle as an homage to the great Lone Star State. This new model is s...
  • 11/16/2019 11:45:00 AM
    On 11/10/19, USDA-Wildlife Services has confirmed that wolves depredated a 10-year-old Brittany Spaniel in the Town of Mason, Bayfield County. More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depr...