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  • 2/18/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Input to help guide statewide panfish management plan Anglers and others are invited to share their expectations for fishing for panfish in Wisconsin at more than two dozen meetings across the state in February and March. “We want to hear from the public on what they want from their panfishing experience to help guide us in developing a sta...
  • 2/18/2013 12:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin weather forecasters are getting a work out early in the year. Rain and snow. Wind and calm. Warm and cold. Wisconsin weather has once again run the gambit in the last week, impacting ski and snowmobile trials, along with ice fishing conditions. Some trials are slushy and many waters are murky, but one thing is clear as we begin the secon...
  • 2/18/2013 9:50:00 AM
    MADISON - The public will have an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to Wisconsin’s endangered or threatened species list at five public hearings the Department of Natural Resources will hold around the state in March and through written or electronic comments submitted through March 7. “Keeping the list up to date allows us to...
  • 2/15/2013 1:15:00 PM
    Washington, DC  February 15, 2013 Military Order of the Purple Heart Opposes Precedence of New Defense Medal The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) adamantly opposes the Department of Defense decision to recognize military personnel whose extraordinary achievements may indirectly impact combat operations while they remain safely awa...
  • 2/14/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the sturgeon spearers and sturgeon enthusiasts out there!  I know spearers would love to celebrate the harvest of a “big lady” sturgeon on Valentine’s Day, and that is just what Dale Jenkins did. Dale was thrilled to register his 74.6”, 119.0 pound female sturgeon at our Jim and Lin...
  • 2/14/2013 1:50:00 PM
    February 13, 2013 Contacts:    Rob Bohmann, 262-235-5825 or Kari Lee-Zimmermann, 608-266-0580 Poynette, WI. – The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) is pleased to learn that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is exploring the creation of an outdoor skills recruitment and retention center which will focus o...
  • 2/14/2013 1:40:00 PM
    The 5th day of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery has come and gone with 15 fish being harvested from Lake Winnebago today.  The number of fish harvested today is almost as many as Monday and Tuesday combined, and many spearers are reporting that water clarity is improving and they are able to see 2-4’ more than they were able to last weeke...
  • 2/14/2013 9:35:00 AM
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Through its online Legislative Action Center, the National Shooting Sports Foundation offers a convenient way for supporters of the Second Amendment to urge their legislators to oppose severely restrictive firearms bills that have been introduced in the U.S. Congress and in many states. NSSF's Legislative Action Center is the i...
  • 2/14/2013 9:30:00 AM
    February 14, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden teams based out of north, south central Wisconsin Ashland County Warden Amie Egstad of Bayfield received a call about an injured bald eagle on the side of Friendly Valley Road. But a DNR Wildlife Biologist had already recovered the eagle before Egstad’s arrival. Unfortunately the eagl...
  • 2/14/2013 9:25:00 AM
    February 12, 2013 – Today the Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition (HRC) applauded portions of a Dane County Judge’s ruling on the use of dogs to hunt wolves. Last month, Judge Anderson issued an encouraging oral ruling and has since released his written ruling. In the ruling, Judge Anderson vacated the temporary injunction blocking th...
  • 2/14/2013 9:15:00 AM
    February 12, 2013 POYNETTE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has begun to explore the creation of an outdoor skills recruitment and retention center which will focus on promoting the education and training of long term mentors to help reverse the nationwide trend of declining hunters, anglers and trappers. “We beli...
  • 2/13/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Feb. 12, 2013 MADISON -- Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp issued the following statement on Tuesday’s filing of a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups, to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region: When federall...
  • 2/13/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Enroll today so you are ready for opening day of all seasons MADISON – More than 40 percent of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education courses are held in spring, making this an opportune time for you to enroll to complete the class to ensure you can hunt when you want to hunt. “This truly is the best time to ge...
  • 2/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
    Set for March 9, 2013 MADISON – Forest landowners in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa interested in learning more about traditional woodland management techniques, timber taxes, game and non-game wildlife management, forest soils and non-timber forest products such as maple syrup and ginseng may want to attend the March 9, 2013 Tri-State Forestr...
  • 2/13/2013 4:15:00 PM
    Half the Upriver Lakes spearers harvested fish Editor's note: This release was updated at 4:35 p.m. to reflect spearing results available late this afternoon. OSHKOSH – By the time the Lake Winnebago system upriver lakes spearing season closed at 12:30 p.m. today, Feb. 12., 10 people had joined the “hundred-pounder club” by spea...
  • 2/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
    The 4th day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season on the Winnebago System is in the books with a total harvest today of 7 sturgeon on Lake Winnebago and 26 fish from the Upriver Lakes.  The North shore of Lake Winnebago continues to be quiet with no fish registered today at our Waverly Beach and Stockbridge Harbor locations.  I was at Quin...
  • 2/13/2013 10:45:00 AM
    Photos and video available at: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/news/2013/006.html Thanks to the helpful veterinarians and wildlife staff from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, an injured endangered whooping crane is free again, and in the company of other cranes. The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) first heard there was a problem w...
  • 2/13/2013 10:20:00 AM
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- With President Obama expected to announce the return of 34,000 servicemen and women from Afghanistan within a year at tonight's State of the Union address, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announces that it will continue providing free firearm safety materials, including gun locking devices, to America's returning ...
  • 2/13/2013 9:15:00 AM
    Wisconsin DNR Weekly News Update On Wisconsin Outdoors brings you weekly reports from the Department of Natural Resources.
  • 2/11/2013 4:25:00 PM
    Updated on 2-11-13: Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February agenda.
  • 2/11/2013 4:20:00 PM
    The rain over the last 24-30 hours made for wetter conditions throughout Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes, but spearers were still able to get out in search of the elusive, prehistoric sturgeon.  Spearers harvested 21 fish from the Upriver Lakes and 9 fish from Lake Winnebago today, with the biggest fish (67.1”, 92.2 pounds) being ta...
  • 2/11/2013 2:40:00 PM
    This was the condition of the ice on Winnebago as of Feb. 4, the Monday before opening of spearing.  Note the open water along the west side.  This is a result of the winds moving the ice in January.
  • 2/11/2013 2:25:00 PM
    Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Report - Sunday February 10, 2013 The 2nd day of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery was much like opening day, successful harvest on the Upriver Lakes and below average harvest on Lake Winnebago.  There were 74 sturgeon harvested from the Upriver Lakes and 21 sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago today (attached docu...
  • 2/11/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Opening day a family fest of friendship - with big catches! The only thing more powerful than the 179-pound, 80-inch sturgeon wrestled out of Lake Winnebago by Sherwood’s Pete Vanderwielen on opening day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season was the undeniable bond among the families and their friends who filled the thousands of heated ice sh...
  • 2/11/2013 1:15:00 PM
    Sturgeon spearing traditions were renewed over the last few days, as the 2013 Sturgeon Spear Fishery on the Winnebago System got underway.  Opening day was one of mixed results, and for the most part went as predicted.  Due to less than ideal ice conditions on Lake Winnebago and poor water clarity, the total harvest from Lake Winnebago wa...