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  • 1/11/2021 11:05:00 AM
    PRAIRIE DU SAC – Wisconsin’s longest-running bald eagle watching extravaganza is going virtual for 2021, with programming available throughout January and February. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Sauk Prairie area’s Bald Eagle Watching Days will be livestreamed. Bald eagle lovers will be able to see their fa...
  • 1/11/2021 11:05:00 AM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will accept public input on Wisconsin’s updated elk management plan through Jan. 23. Give Your Feedback  The management plan outlines objectives and strategies to guide elk management in Wisconsin from 2020-2030. To review the proposed plan and view a summary presentation, visit ...
  • 1/11/2021 11:05:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – With winter officially in full swing in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds snowmobilers that safety is key for the best ride.   Snowmobiling got off to a deadly start last year. There were 19 snowmobile fatalities between January and March 2020, three of those involving ...
  • 1/6/2021 9:30:00 AM
    Every three years, Wisconsinites like you have the chance to weigh in on what the future of deer hunting will look like in your county. Between now and Jan. 13, let us know your thoughts on proposed herd-size objectives in your county. Giving your input takes only a few minutes and helps the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and your...
  • 1/6/2021 9:25:00 AM
    January 4, 2021 Steve Suman   Mild temperatures continue this week, with lows in the teens and highs in the 30s. This is great weather for recreation, but not for improving ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing conditions. Before you go, check the ice and trail conditions so you go prepared.   “Ice fishing season ...
  • 1/6/2021 9:25:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan for Florence, Forest, Marinette and Oconto counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Individuals interested in walleye management for Florence, F...
  • 1/6/2021 9:20:00 AM
    We are driving in a blizzard. This is no small snowstorm. It is a full scale blizzard and snow is piling up on the road. My vehicle, with the boat behind it, slips and slides on the snow covered roads. Both hands grip the steering wheel and I am intently starring out across the front of my vehicle, snow reducing visibility, slushing up the windshie...
  • 12/31/2020 5:00:00 PM
    River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: The Bay has ice starting to form with the cold temps we have had. Anglers are starting to ice fish the smaller lakes and right now they are walking out only. They are saying if the cold keeps coming, they may...
  • 12/31/2020 5:00:00 PM
    This may be payback for what Mother Nature threw at us last year, but whatever it is we will gladly take it! Thanks Ma! Ice conditions through out the Northwoods have gradually improved. A recent snow from last night (12/21) will stall ice production at these current temps but provide some traction when out on the ice. Ice not too thick (6-9+&rdqu...
  • 12/31/2020 5:00:00 PM
    December 22, 2020  River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: The Bay has ice starting to form with the cold temps we have had. Anglers are starting to ice fish the smaller lakes and right now they are walking out only. They are saying if the co...
  • 12/31/2020 4:55:00 PM
    December 14, 2020 Steve Suman   A light dusting of snow dropped on Hayward Sunday night/Monday morning, but the forecast indicates that might be it until Friday. Cold nights early in the week will moderate through the week into the weekend, but those cold nights should help build a solid ice base for ice fishing and snowmobiling seasons. &...
  • 12/31/2020 4:55:00 PM
    The Northwoods may finally get the ice fishing conditions us anglers have been waiting for.  Good ice making temperatures and little to no precipitation has produced some great early ice fishing! Walleye:  Excellent-Very Good – Sure that the New Moon period is helping, but accessibility and for the most part great conditions have p...
  • 12/31/2020 4:55:00 PM
    Editor's Note: The previous press release misstated the location where a CWD deer was harvested in Washington County. It was located in the Town of Polk, not the Town of Trenton.    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed that a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting d...
  • 12/31/2020 4:55:00 PM
    Monarch Endangered Species Listing The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced Dec. 15 that adding the monarch butterfly to the federal list of threatened and endangered species "is warranted but precluded by work on higher-priority listing actions." This means monarchs will be classified as a Candidate Species and USFWS will ...
  • 12/10/2020 12:40:00 PM
    Link to original post with audio: https://www.interstatesawing.com/the-benefits-of-joining-a-labor-union/ According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12.8% of wage and salary workers in the construction industry belong to a union. Here in Wisconsin, private construction workers join unions at a higher rate t...
  • 12/8/2020 5:50:00 PM
    Jim Trzinski of Manitowish Waters and an avid deer hunter with bow and gun, headed south during the gun season to take this fine buck in Portage County.   The 8 pointer had an 18 inch spread and field dressed at 180 lbs.  Jim, who also scored during the archery season,  works with the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce.&nbs...
  • 12/8/2020 5:45:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the official wolf season will begin Nov. 6, 2021.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will delist gray wolves from the federal list of endangered species on Jan. 4, 2021, returning management authority to the lower 48 states and tribes. U...
  • 12/8/2020 5:45:00 PM
    Not as fast as we would like, but after the past couple ice seasons…we’ll Take IT! Ice coverage is building throughout the Lakeland area and anglers are heading out (by cleated foot only) to enjoy early ice fishing. Walley:  Good-Very Good – Favorite early ice target for many, late afternoon to dusk has been very good in t...
  • 12/8/2020 5:45:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – With a little less than a month left in the statewide pheasant season, hunters looking to spend more time afield this holiday season will find eight properties in central and southern Wisconsin stocked with 1,440 pheasants during the week of Dec. 21. Although operational changes related to COVID-19 reduced the number of ...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    Following days of mid 40’s and wind, last night things laid down enough for many area lakes to skim back over!  A few bays and shallow lakes have 1 ½ - 2 ½” as of 11/30.  Should be expanding now, but not quickly. Night time, early morning and late afternoon temps look to be running high teens to upper twenties, ...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin's hunting legacy runs deep. As hunters put another gun deer season in the books, preliminary license sale, harvest registration and hunting incident numbers for the 169th nine-day gun season are now available. Preliminary License Sales Totals Preliminary figures continue to indicate that the number of dee...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy birds. Explore the links below for information on birds, bird identification, birding locations and how to get involved in bird conservation efforts. Sign up for birding reports and other bird news Birding report Find birds Report a bird Bird ID and in...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. –The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss a proposed change to the walleye regulations for Lake Menomin in Dunn County on Dec. 8. The proposed fishing regulation change would remove the special regulations of a daily bag limit of five walleye over 15 inches in length and rep...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – With winter fast approaching, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding snowmobilers to ride safely. Wisconsin continues to offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities around, especially in the northern part of the state. With more than 200,000 registered snowmobiles hitting the state's 25,000 miles of...