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  • 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...
  • 12/8/2020 5:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds black bear and wild turkey hunters the 2021 season application deadline is before midnight on Dec. 10, 2020. Hunters can purchase applications for permit drawings at GoWild.wi.gov or through an authorized license agent. Consider inviting others wh...
  • 12/8/2020 5:35:00 PM
    For Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Menominee, Shawano And Taylor Counties MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a regional public meeting to discuss updating the Wisconsin Walleye Management Plan. This meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. for Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, ...
  • 12/8/2020 5:25:00 PM
    By Patrick Basham, Director, Democracy Institute To say out-loud that you find the results of the 2020 presidential election odd is to invite derision. You must be a crank or a conspiracy theorist. Mark me down as a crank, then. I am a pollster and I find this election to be deeply puzzling. I also think that the Trump campaign is still well withi...
  • 12/1/2020 7:40:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting to discuss a proposed change to the length limit for muskellunge in Butternut Lake in Price and Ashland counties on Dec. 3. The fishing regulation change proposal removes the 28-inch minimum and replaces it with a 40-inch minimum length limit, ...
  • 12/1/2020 7:40:00 AM
    September 10, 11 and 12, 2021Chippewa Falls, WisconsinNEW VENDOR SPECIAL:REGISTER BY DEC 31, 2020 AND RECEIVE 20% OFF ANY PACKAGE OR SPONSORSHIP FOR 2021!EMail lisa@wisportshow.com or call (715)579-7127 for details.   Register your business now for next year's Wisconsin Sport Show...
  • 12/1/2020 7:40:00 AM
    November 30, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts for the North Woods vary considerably this week, so let’s go with the best one! Look for colder nights with lows in the mid to low teens, and highs in the mid to upper 30s – and even into the 40s. IF this forecast holds true, most days will be calm, with an abundance of sunshine! Take advantage,...
  • 12/1/2020 7:35:00 AM
    November 23, 2020 River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: It's that in-between time of year for Anglers. It is time to get your gear ready for the upcoming ice fishing season. Deer season is in its final week now so good luck hunters. Happy Th...
  • 12/1/2020 7:35:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s Snapshot Wisconsin project recently reached an impressive milestone; volunteers have collected 50 million photos since its launch in 2016. Snapshot Wisconsin is a citizen-science program that gets the public involved to help monitor wildlife. Volunteer...
  • 12/1/2020 7:35:00 AM
      Out With The Old, In With The New - Henry Announces 32 NewRifles & Shotguns Henry Repeating Arms is excited to officially announce a total of 32 new models including a large t...
  • 12/1/2020 7:35:00 AM
    Passes Available Online, At Properties Or Over The Phone MADISON, Wis. – Anyone looking for the perfect holiday gift for outdoor enthusiasts can purchase the new 2021 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker or trail pass just in time for the holidays. The 2021 state park stickers and state trail passes go on sale Dec. 1. Get a...
  • 12/1/2020 7:30:00 AM
    November 23, 2020 Steve Suman   The forecast for this week shows some snow early in the week, which should help deer hunters with tracking. Then we should see some highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s – and even some sunshine. Nice weather... for this time of year!   “Anglers have stored their fishing gear and boats for t...
  • 12/1/2020 7:30:00 AM
    As of Nov. 22, three snowy owls have been confirmed with photos in Wisconsin so far this season. That's lower than at this time in most recent "irruption" years, but the birds could just be getting a late start. As their name suggests, snowy owls are generally a northern species, nesting worldwide on the treeless tundra above the Arctic ...
  • 12/1/2020 7:30:00 AM
    DNR Invites Public To Virtual Meeting OnLake Mendota Bass Regulation Changes    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to attend a meeting on the proposed changes to largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing regulations on Lake Mendota in Dane County on Dec. 7, 2020.  The pro...
  • 12/1/2020 7:25:00 AM
    November 16, 2020 Steve Suman This week looks reasonably good (considering the season), with some sunshine, some wind, and temperatures covering a wide range. The temperature pushing 50 degrees on Thursday is definitely a high point! There is no precipitation in the forecast until Friday (though always subject to change!) Enjoy some outdoor time ...
  • 12/1/2020 7:25:00 AM
    River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 West Lake Shore Drive, Ashland WI 54806. 715-682-3232. Scott Bretting from River Rock reports: Browns and Salmon are scattered in the Bay and off the mouth of the rivers and some being caught in the river at Fish Creek and the Sioux and others. Keep in mind that Lake Trout fishing is closed in Lake Su...
  • 12/1/2020 7:25:00 AM
    Waterfowl Hunters Reminded It’s Illegal To Shoot Trumpeter Swans And Other Protected Big White Birds Know the difference between protected swansand legally hunted species   A family of trumpeter swans flys over water. Be sure of your targets while waterfoul hunting./ Photo Credit: iStock/erniedecker, photosbyjimn, BrianEKushner MAD...
  • 12/1/2020 7:20:00 AM
    First place poster contest winner Mabel Dance in the fifth-grade category in 2020. / Photo Credit: Jenny Dance MADISON, Wis. – Calling all Wisconsin fourth, fifth and six graders: It’s time to get out your paint and colored pencils for the third annual poster conte...
  • 11/17/2020 1:00:00 PM
    With the results of the November 3 election still to be determined it’s very important that we all look very closely at things that occurred prior to, and on Election Day.The Democrat led Wisconsin Election Commission, chaired by Ann Jacobs, ignored court orders to remove 209,000 names from Wisconsin voter rolls, and on January 13 of this yea...
  • 11/12/2020 8:40:00 AM
    Marinette, WI -  The new 2021 Fishing-Boating-Outdoor Show promises to be a “Can’t Miss” event for fishermen, boaters, campers and outdoor enthusiasts.  This Total Outdoor Event will fill the Marinette Rec Center February 19th, 20th and 21st and will combine the best fishing, boating, RVing and outdoor recreation exhib...
  • 11/12/2020 7:55:00 AM
    Rothschild, WI -  The 2021 Central Wisconsin Sports Show promises to be a “Can’t Miss” event for fishermen, boaters and hunters.  The 11th annual Total Outdoor Show is scheduled for February 12th - 14th at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild (Wausau), WI and combines the best fishing, hunti...
  • 11/11/2020 11:10:00 AM
      Over the years, it has been a distinct honor to meet thousands of brave men and women who have worn a uniform in service to the greatest country in the world. From celebrating the deeds of Medal of Honor...
  • 11/11/2020 11:10:00 AM
    In Memoriam  Daniel J. Folz August 4, 1934 – November 7, 2020 The sturgeon community is deeply saddened by the passing of Dan Folz on Saturday November 7, 2020. “Father Sturgeon” as he was more commonly called was a global pioneer in effective management of sturgeon. Dan was a Fisheries Biologist for the Wisconsin Depart...
  • 11/11/2020 11:05:00 AM
    www.WisVetsVeteransDay.com   MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar today invited the people of Wisconsin to join Governor Tony Evers and WDVA in honoring our state’s veterans by participating in Wisconsin's virtual Veterans Day celebration. The website and many resources are avail...