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  • 5/24/2019 8:40:00 AM
      This is Finding Wild In Finding Wild, SOLO HNTR’s Tim Burnett shares a story crafted by years of the kind of hunts most of us only dream about. In the end, though, what connects us as hunters has little to do with how many floatplane mil...
  • 5/24/2019 8:40:00 AM
    According to my outdoor journals, in spite of increasingly cross looks and sour rumblings from my wife involving lawn-mower maintenance and dandelion removal in the yard – I’ve frittered away a grand total of 25 hours over the past two weeks wandering the forest bottoms and field edges of southern Wisconsin. Magnolia warbler “...
  • 5/24/2019 8:35:00 AM
                    This has been the hardest I have worked in May to catch fish I can remember.  I’m not sure if it’s the weather or the tremendous amount of fishing pressure but every trip has been a struggle.         &...
  • 5/24/2019 8:35:00 AM
    With the weather patterns such that they are and the depth of Lake Geneva, the lake is still very cool.  The most consistent fishing is in the 3-4 ft water depth range.                 Smallmouth bass have been sporadic.  If you can find the bait fish, you will li...
  • 5/24/2019 8:30:00 AM
    By John Luthens There is something inherently wild about a river island: A hiding place from the currents of the modern world, a sense of adventure that echoes along the swirling shoreline in the age-old voices of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. It doesn’t have to be big, and it needn’t be remote. It becomes that much more adventurou...
  • 5/24/2019 8:25:00 AM
    Things are finally starting to settle down here in central Wisconsin.  The water temperatures are now in the mid to upper 60’s and the conditions are starting to stabilize on our rivers and streams. Walleye anglers are finding fish in both shallow and deep water locations and this is typical of post spawn fish. Walleyes typically scat...
  • 5/20/2019 9:55:00 AM
    Warbler migration is nearing peak in south and central Wisconsin after a big flight into the region on May 15: 28 species were reported in Milwaukee, 26 species at Bay Beach Sanctuary in Brown, 24 in Dunn, and similarly good numbers in Dane, Marathon, and elsewhere. The Northwoods saw only a trickle of new warblers until today, May 16, when the fir...
  • 5/20/2019 9:55:00 AM
    Outdoor Report Published May 16, 2019 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). General | Northern Region | Northeast Region | Southeast Region | South Central Re...
  • 5/20/2019 9:55:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources May Wildfire News Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 05/17/2019 08:25 AM CDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Wildfire News ...
  • 5/20/2019 9:55:00 AM
    Issue #9   In this issue of Field Notes, we wrap up our third and most successful adult deer capture season to date. We explore the capture and biopsy processes, and talk to some crew members about their experience in the field this winter. We also feature two more project staff members, Research Scientist Dan Storm and P...
  • 5/20/2019 9:50:00 AM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) acquired 620 acres of critical public access and prime wildlife habitat, including elk habitat, along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front within the boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. RMEF then conveyed the property to th...
  • 5/20/2019 9:50:00 AM
    DATE: May 14, 2019      The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is continuing to work with stakeholders to determine the future course of fisheries management on Lake Michigan. The Wisconsin Great Lakes sport fishery generates $185.4 million dollars in economic activity per year and everyone can agree to the goal of...
  • 5/20/2019 9:50:00 AM
    Weekly NewsPublished - May 14, 2019 by the Central Office     Environmental Protection Agency approves plan to improve water quality in the Wisconsin River Basin Public meeting on Lake Michigan fisheries management to be held May 20 Natural Resources Board to meet May 22 in Madison Apply now for unique deer hunts offere...
  • 5/20/2019 9:50:00 AM
    WWIA info@wwiaf.org via salsalabs.org  Thu, May 16, 2:54 PM (4 days ago)     to Ali   NOTES FROM THE FIELD: APRIL 2019  ...
  • 5/20/2019 9:45:00 AM
    May 13, 2019 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   This week brings warmer days, less cool nights, and chances for showers and even thunderstorms during the next seven days. Spring rains (in limited quantity, please!) should warm the waters and encourage plant growth to pop! There is no shortage of activities this time of year, ...
  • 5/13/2019 2:15:00 PM
      VIEW THE NEXT 10 DAYS IN LA CROSSE →     SEE CALENDAR     |     GET A GUIDE     |     WIN STUFF     |    &nbs...
  • 5/13/2019 10:25:00 AM
                With the cool nights, the water temperature hasn’t come up much.  It is very typical for this time of year.  The bluegills are shallow and the bass are cruising in 2-3 ft of water.             The best bluegill ...
  • 5/13/2019 10:25:00 AM
                    Because the Spring has been exceptionally cld, the water temperature hasn’t increased yet.  Cold water makes Lake Geneva a hard nut to crack in these conditions.               &...
  • 5/13/2019 10:20:00 AM
    By Central Office May 10, 2019 Contact(s): Andrew Savagian, DNR Office of Communications, 608-261-6422 MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole today announced that Doug Haag, administrator of the Internal Services Division, will retire and Tim Cooke, current deputy division administrator, will...
  • 5/10/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Southern WI backyards flush with colorful favorites  Backyards across southern Wisconsin are alive with Baltimore and orchard orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, ruby-throated hummingbirds, indigo buntings and scarlet tanagers. As usual, the action up north is lagging, especially in light of the largest May snowstorm in history a...
  • 5/10/2019 9:05:00 AM
    HOLY SMOKES! The 2nd Annual Driftless Outdoors Show is excited to announce the addition of Manitowoc Minute's Charlie Berens to the 2019 show! Ticket includes admittance to the show, a free pint of Pearl Street Brewery beer, and more! VIP ticket holders will receive the previously mentioned items PLUS a meet & g...
  • 5/10/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Published May 9, 2019 by the Central Office     View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). General | Northern Region | Northeast Region | Southeast Region | South Central Region |&n...
  • 5/10/2019 9:00:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry News - May edition Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 05/09/2019 12:16 PM CDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Urban...
  • 5/10/2019 9:00:00 AM
    By John Luthens The silent stroke of paddles, gentle waters, fun-filled laughter echoing across a pine-ringed shoreline: A canoe trip can portage the entire family together and brighten the darkest days with sunshine. But this ain’t one of those tales. This woeful legend launches from the landing with a half-foot of rain sluicing down th...
  • 5/10/2019 8:55:00 AM
    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. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters.   ...