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  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
      Bow Spider Breaks Ground on New Building Kinnear, WY (June 1, 2020) — David Merrill, owner of Bow Spider, the quickest and easiest bow retrieval system on the market is excited to announce that he has broken ground on a lot adjacent to the current company headquarters to build a new 1,00...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
    With the cooler spring the lake seems to be about two weeks behind schedule as far as fishing goes.     There are a lot of smallmouth bass in the shallow flats making nests and cruising.  They are still relatively easy to catch for the sight fishermen.  Some of the smallmouth have been almost 5 pounds.  The best depth...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
    The warmer water temperatures have improved fishing greatly.  The storm fronts throughout the week did little to negatively affect fishing.  The fish are starting to act like they normally do this time of year. Largemouth bass are spawning in the shallows.  Look for them in 1-4 ft. of water, they are guarding their nests and chasing...
  • 6/2/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Build A Turtle Nest Cage And Report Turtle Crossing Hotspots MADISON, Wis. – With a 45% increase in turtle crossing reports in the last year and a growing number of landowners taking action to protect turtle nests from raccoons, state conservation biologists are hopeful for the next generation of these hard-shelled reptiles.  The ...
  • 6/2/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Enjoy Free Fishing, Free Trail Passes And Free State Park Admission MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proud to host the 8th annual Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend. Park admission fees, fishing license and trail pass requirements will be waived on June 6-7 to encourage Wisconsinites to take advantage of and...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    May 25, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts for rain over the Memorial Day weekend did not come to fruition, with the exception of thunderstorms Monday morning. As such, it is probably best to take the forecast for the remainder of this week as a toss-up. Though it currently shows wet and warm as a distinct “possibility” – think positive...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    Memorial weekend provided lots of great fishing opportunities for those that got outside to spend some time on the water.  The early weekend this year coincided with an important warm up in water temperature, which got fishing interesting. Musky:  Very Good – The season opened up on Saturday with lots of action as anglers reported ...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    Wisconsin 2020 Elk Hunt Application Deadline Is May 31 MADISON, Wis. – The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday approved a harvest quota of 10 bulls from the northern elk herd for the 2020 Wisconsin elk hunt, matching the number of tags from the 2019 season. Of the 10 tags, five will be awarded to state hunters, and the Ojibwe tribes wi...
  • 5/27/2020 8:05:00 AM
    May 25, 2020 Steve Suman   Forecasts for rain over the Memorial Day weekend did not come to fruition, with the exception of thunderstorms Monday morning. As such, it is probably best to take the forecast for the remainder of this week as a toss-up. Though it currently shows wet and warm as a distinct “possibility” – think ...
  • 5/26/2020 6:20:00 AM
    With the warmer weather, fishing has improved dramatically.  The holiday weekend was completely crazy!  Boats everywhere.              The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are located anywhere between 8 and 12 ft. of water on the spawning flats, such as Maytag p...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Fishing still remains difficult.  The water temperature has only risen a few degrees this week.  With the strong winds later in the week, the water was stirred up a bit.  Most of the action is very shallow around the boat docks. Largemouth bass have been caught while they have been cruising the shallow waters (3-4 ft.)  The bes...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Last week fishing on Delavan was hit or miss, you could catch fish all week if you weren’t particular about the species.  Largemouth bass and bluegills were the most consistent bite this week.  Walleyes were very spotty.   Largemouth bass are preparing to spawn, they are in 2-3 ft. of water.  I have yet to see them start...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    May 18, 2020 Steve Suman   Warm spring weather is finally arriving in the North Woods, just in time for Memorial Day. The forecast calls for high temperatures hitting the low 80s by the weekend, with lows dropping only to the low/mid 50s. This should be a great week to get outdoors and catch up on fresh air and sunshine!   “Ang...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Clean Air Act, Wisconsin’s State Trails & 50th Anniversary of Earth Day MADISON, Wis – New episodes of Wild Wisconsin – Off The Record, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ podcast, are now available on all major podcast platforms. The new episodes highlight the importance of the Clean Air ...
  • 5/19/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Outdoor and indoor exhibit packages - and promotions only packages still available   Wisconsin is now open ...
  • 5/19/2020 10:00:00 AM
    www.WisVetsMemorialDay2020.com   MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar today invited Wisconsin veterans, family, and friends to join the WDVA and Governor Tony Evers to honor the fallen by participating in Memorial Day 2020: Wisconsin’s Virtual Commemoration, a state-wide Mem...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    With the cool weather, the water temperatures are still hovering around 49-50 degrees.  Fishing has been still relatively slow, but there are some fish being caught.                 Smallmouth bass fishing has been very sporadic.  The best way to catch the fish are whe...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin hunters have until May 31 to apply for a chance to participate in northern Wisconsin’s 2020 elk hunt. This fall marks the third official elk hunt in state history. Once widespread across North America, elk were eliminated from Wisconsin in the 1880s. Thanks to the support of many partners and th...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Public Comment Accepted Through June 12, 2020   MADISON, Wis -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is developing a master plan for properties it manages in the Central Sand Hills region, which includes all of Marquette County and portions of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green Lake, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebag...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Contact: DNRPress@wisconsin.gov  Wisconsin 2020 Game Fish Season Opens May 2 Anglers Encouraged To Fish Close To Home, All Regulations And License Requirements Apply Wisconsin 2020 Game Fish Season Opens May 2. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Evers’&nb...
  • 5/17/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Snow (not as much as south of us, but any snow in May is too much), cold, and most of all wind has made the week following the opener rather tough.  Lake surface temps are lower now (40-48 degrees) than a week ago (44-55 degrees) thanks to below freezing nights.  The shallows cool off every morning making late morning through dusk the bes...
  • 5/13/2020 8:15:00 AM
      First of all, we hope that his message finds you and yours safe and healthy. We still find ourselves in turbulent times, which sparked a recent blog post on our website that lays our thoughts on the...
  • 5/11/2020 6:00:00 PM
    Eight of the 11 previously closed DNR shooting ranges will reopen May 14 with special conditions. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – A limited number of the previously closed state shooting ranges in Wisconsin will reopen on Thursday, May 14 with special conditions. Under Gov. Evers Badger...
  • 5/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
    High to Very High Fire Danger Continues During the Weekend Prevent wildfires this weekend during high fire danger. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – Gusty winds, very low humidity, and little-to-no precipitation lead to a weekend of critical fire weather conditions. The threat is predicted to continue into early next week...
  • 5/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
    Wisconsin 2020 Elk Hunt Application Deadline May 31 A bull elk in northern Wisconsin. / Photo Credit: Jeff Morden MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin hunters have until May 31 to apply for a chance to participate in northern Wisconsin’s 2020 elk hunt. This fall marks the third official elk hunt in state history. Once widesprea...