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9/5/2019
Mourning Doves serve as door to new seasons Micah and I will walk again into a new hunting season this afternoon like we’ve walked together into eight Septembers before. Mourning doves are calling us now, more as a way to shake the dust off and welcome a new autumn than anything else. Later it will be more “serious” pursuits of pheasant and duck. Almost certainly, my brother John and his lab Dylan will join us again today as th...
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  • 7/11/2019 12:05:00 PM
    With the temperatures stabilizing this past week we have seen a surge in activity from some really big fish. Not that we haven’t been catching big fish already this year but this past week some real giants have made their way to the boat. If you are into really big fresh water fishing the musky activity has gone through the roof and the bi...
  • 7/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
                    Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good.  The boat traffic has been very intense.  Due to vacation season, you need to go early in the a.m.                 Smallmou...
  • 7/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
                    Fishing remains very good.  Even the hot weather hasn’t hurt the productivity or the size of the fish.  The only factor continues to be the excessive boat traffic.              ...
  • 7/11/2019 11:55:00 AM
                Fishing remains excellent.  You need to go early to avoid the crowds.  Most days there are between 100-150 fishermen out on the lake.  The fishing has been awesome for bluegills and largemouth bass.             L...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    Published - July 2, 2019 by the Central Office     Spring waterfowl survey results show good production and above average wetland conditions First statewide native mussel survey in 40 years reveals mixed trends Biologists ask paddlers, anglers and others to photograph and report native mussels Conservation biologists tu...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    On 7/7/19, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Cur trailing hound in the Town of Rusk, Burnett County. More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword "wolf depreda...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    Published by Central Office July 2, 2019 Contact(s): Jesse Weinzinger, 608-397-0198; Lisie Kitchel, 608-266-5248 Species once commercially important now recognized for ecosystem importance MADISON - The first statewide survey for native mussels in 40 years in Wisconsin shows these water-cleaning clams are facing mixed fortunes. M...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    By Central Office July 9, 2019 Contact(s): Alison Mikulyuk, DNR lakes and rivers team leader, 608-264-8947 MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on July 10 to provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the department's surface water grant program and provide comments on the draft of a n...
  • 7/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
    Published - July 9, 2019 by the Central Office     Final year of reintroduction effort provides more than 60 Kentucky elk to Wisconsin's Northwoods No sharp-tailed grouse permits issued for fall 2019 August 1 deadline approaches for furbearer trapping and hunting seasons Photo contest winners capture the natural beauty ...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
    By Central Office July 1, 2019 Contact(s): Bill Hogseth, DNR wildlife biologist, 715-839-3771 or Dave Zielke, Chair, Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team, 715-379-4060 EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will host a public meeting regarding the status of chronic wasting...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
      Photo contest, Girl Scouts in state parks, camping, DNR at 50 and more News & Reviews July 2019 Snap your best for photo contest The annual state properties photo contest sponsored by Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is open! Get out to state parks, forests, t...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
    Wisconsin Natural Resources BoardBriefs of Action Briefs of action (BOAs) are summaries of motions and votes at a Board meeting. Board meeting minutes were discontinued in March 2013; as of April 2013, each meeting's brief of action and webcast serve as the official record. 2019 briefs of action May 2019 NRB brief of action ...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
        Grants Now Available for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs, Improve Employment Applications Due July 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm MADISON —The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced today that grant applications are now being accepted from registered 501(c)(3) ...
  • 7/10/2019 3:30:00 PM
      Fishing Lake Michigan and Green Bay Check out the Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report to read the latest creel clerk reports that tell you what's biting and where from northern and southern Lake Michigan and Green Bay!    Remembe...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    June 17, 2019 Steve Suman   The 70th Annual Musky Festival and Hayward Lions Catch and Release Fishing Contest are this week and weekend so it is no surprise the forecast is full of rain “chances” after Wednesday. This actually might be a good thing, as recent forecasts show a poor track record! Pack rain gear, watch the sky, jo...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    June 24, 2019 Steve Suman   Rain forced cancellation of this past Sunday’s Musky Fest Parade, but the weather was pleasant for event activities Thursday through Saturday. This week will be warm, with highs in the mid to upper 80s, and a good number of days with “chances” of rain. It is difficult to tell what that means, as...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    Fishing remains fantastic on Delavan Lake.  The really good news has been that the boat traffic has been very light.  The fish are on the weedline but have yet to really school very hard. Chuck with a nice double on Delavan Lake, Lindy rigged nightcrawlers Largemouth bass remain either in the shallows in 5-6 ft of water or on the deep...
  • 6/29/2019 11:10:00 AM
    Fishing remains very good.  Most of the game fish are very active with the warmer water temp.  The water temps haven’t risen enough to make the fish go deep.  Most of the fish can be found in 15 ft of water or less.  Right now all the fish have completed spawning and are aggressively feeding. Largemouth bass can be caught...
  • 6/29/2019 10:55:00 AM
    By John Luthens  I left Wisconsin on an early-summer morning: flowers budding, insects humming, blades of grass sharpening into splendid shades of green. I remember stopping for the night at a nameless inn somewhere in Nebraska. The cornfield terrain was flat as a billiard table, but I slept restlessly and rolled the starchy sheets on the mot...
  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
      NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MAY 2019  This epic sunrise shot taken from the 7th Annual KS Cast & Blast. Photo credit to WWIA Guide John Keeney. Notes From the Field...
  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
    By Central Office June 27, 2019 Contact(s): Jim Lemke, DNR real estate section chief, 608-266-2136; Thomas Meyer, State Natural Areas conservation biologist, 608-266-0394 MADISON - The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday accepted a 362-acre donation of Door County land that significantly expands recreational opportunities and protects ...
  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
      Ticket Deal!     Buy One Admission Get The 2nd At Half Price!    ...
  • 6/29/2019 10:35:00 AM
    Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - June 24, 2019 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 M...
  • 6/29/2019 10:30:00 AM
    Published - June 18, 2019 by the Central Office     Create habitat, volunteer to help bees and other pollinators during Pollinator Week June 17-23 "Rapid response" efforts to control invasive species ramp up Additional public meeting on statewide inland trout management plan DNR completes strategic analysis of aquatic p...
  • 6/29/2019 10:30:00 AM
        Follow Sam Soholt as he traverses the West in the Public Land Bus Over the past few years, Sam Soholt’s Public Land Bus has become immediately recognizable as a symbol of the movement to protect and conserve our public lands. Alo...