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  • 5/12/2021 9:35:00 AM
    May 3, 2021 Steve Suman   The forecast calls for a mild week ahead, with highs in the mid-50s, lows in the 30s, consistent 20 mph winds, and some chances for rain. Considering this is the first week of May in the North Woods ‑ nice weather! Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau hosted the 2021 Governors Fishing Opener this past weeke...
  • 5/12/2021 9:35:00 AM
    RICE LAKE, WI – May 5, 2021A day before the fireworks shows of July 4th, the Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America will treat fans to an equally impressive performance on the track. Wisconsin-based firearm manufacturer and title sponsor of the race, Henry Repeating Arms, is celebrating by i...
  • 5/3/2021 5:25:00 PM
    Opening Day has arrived.  And we had WIND!!  The best action continues to be the panfish.  The bluegills are biting in the shallow water about 3-4 feet.  The best locations are the boat launch channel, the outlet near the dam, and near Lake Lawn Lodge.  The best approach is a single hook with a bobber, fishing red worms or ...
  • 5/3/2021 5:25:00 PM
    Unfortunately, just because May 1rd is almost here doesn’t mean that fishing season is in its prime on the big water.    Being the largest and deepest lake in the county does have its disadvantages especially in early May.  The water is still really cold and the fish are not very active.  Most of the smallmouth bass a...
  • 5/3/2021 5:20:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on the next 10 years of wolf management in Wisconsin. The DNR simultaneously requests public comment on the fall 2021 wolf harvest season through the same online input tool. The public comment period is open now through May 15. Find the online input tool here.  ...
  • 4/29/2021 4:25:00 PM
    In preparation for the May 1 fishing opener, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been stocking catchable trout into waterbodies across the state. The DNR plans to stock over 760,000 trout this spring, including: 235,000 rainbow trout, 290,000 brown trout, 190,000 brook trout, and 46,000 lake trout These rainbow, b...
  • 4/29/2021 4:20:00 PM
    Many Seasonal Positions Available In Wisconsin’s Northwoods WOODRUFF, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hiring at the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest spread across three counties near the towns of Woodruff, Minocqua and Boulder Junction.  Make a difference this summer by joining the...
  • 4/29/2021 4:20:00 PM
    Henry Repeating Arms Returns to Racing for Darlington Throwback Weekend FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RICE LAKE, WI – April 29, 2021A classic race serves as the perfe...
  • 4/29/2021 4:20:00 PM
    ollinating Rare Wild Orchids By Hand Pays Off Effort to Aid one of Wisconsin's 48 Orchid Species Bears Fruit An eastern prairie white fringed orchid, one of the rarest of Wisconsin's 48 orchids.Photo credit: Rich Staffen Contact(s): Kevin Doyle, Conservation Biologist, 608-416-3377December 17, 2019 MADISON, Wis. - A painstaking effort by stat...
  • 4/29/2021 4:20:00 PM
    General Fishing Opens Saturday Get ready! The general fishing season opens this Saturday! Make sure to grab your 2021-2022 fishing license and find an adventure on the water. Before you go, keep in mind that some waters have certain restrictions. Make sure to check the Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations&n...
  • 4/29/2021 4:15:00 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters to practice safe hunting as they prepare for the upcoming spring turkey season. While turkey hunters are skilled in the art of concealment, wearing the wrong color could put hunters more at risk this upcoming turkey season. It’s especially important to avoid wearing red, whi...
  • 4/29/2021 4:15:00 PM
    RICHMOND, Va. (April 26, 2019) — Built as the ultimate low-light, high-performance riflescope, the German Precision Optics (GPO) SPECTRA 3-15x56i has been built to give you the premium performance serious hunters and shooters require in both low- or no-light shooting situations. The SPECTRA 3-15x56i’s large 56mm objective lens...
  • 4/29/2021 4:15:00 PM
    Attend your county's final CDAC meeting May 3-7 / Credit: iStock Don’t miss your county’s last conversation about the 2021 deer season before your local deer advisory council makes its final recommendations to the DNR. May 3-7, each County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) will meet one more time to go over recommendati...
  • 4/29/2021 4:10:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages residents and visitors to take precautions to avoid potential conflicts with black bears across the state as they emerge from their dens early this spring. Black bears are most common in the northern half of the state; however, populations have been slowly ex...
  • 4/29/2021 4:10:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on the availability of reports and the work schedules of field staff. This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March through ...
  • 4/29/2021 4:10:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN 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 p.m. from September through December, and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed ...
  • 4/29/2021 4:05:00 PM
    April 19, 2021 Steve Suman   This week’s forecast indicates sunshine Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, making them the best days for outdoor recreation. Typical spring weather in the North Woods, but we are moving in the right direction ‑ even if two steps forward and one step back!   “What a wet and cool couple weeks we h...
  • 4/29/2021 4:05:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that the 2021-2022 fishing season will open May 1, without any changes to season dates. All regulations and license requirements still apply. “I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the 2021 fishing season,” said Justine Hasz, DNR Fisherie...
  • 4/29/2021 4:05:00 PM
    It’s the start of fishing tournament season, and the DNR is reminding tournament organizers that an immediate release method, known as catch-photo-release, can be used for competitive fishing events. Fishing tournaments typically use one of two formats, either catch-hold-release or catch-photo-release. Catch–hold–release ...
  • 4/29/2021 4:05:00 PM
    Rare plant conservation in Wisconsin keeps growing thanks to volunteers of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Rare Plant Monitoring Program. In 2020, hardy volunteers conducted as many searches for rare plants in known locations as in the past year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic keeping them home-bound for most of the spring. They...
  • 4/29/2021 4:05:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters heading out for turkey season beginning on April 17 to use the free Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile app. The DNR’s Hunt Wild app provides hunters with the essential information they need afield, all in one place. Users can view property boundaries,...
  • 4/21/2021 4:25:00 PM
    On April 22, outdoor journalist John Luthens will embark on a cross-country camping pilgrimage to explore some of the hidden nooks in the outdoor landscape of the United States. His journey will take him to multiple venues in South Dakota, Kansas and New Mexico, capped off with an attempt at 4 days of backcountry survival in the Chiricahua Mountain...
  • 4/21/2021 4:20:00 PM
  • 4/18/2021 5:45:00 PM
    Deadline To Submit Comments June 7 MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on a draft Statewide Strategic Analysis of Wild Rice Management through June 7, 2021. Wild rice is part of Wisconsin’s natural landscape. Beds of wild rice help maintain good water quality, and they ...
  • 4/18/2021 5:45:00 PM
    Plus, Poster Contest Winners, Weigh In On Wildlife ManagementAnd Warden Recruitment With 49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, over 5,000 campsites and much more – your springtime adventure awaits. As we usher in a new season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has several operations upda...