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3/8/2021
DICK ELLIS Are state population numbers far understated? Wisconsin hunters took just three days to harvest 216 wolves during the February hunt, reinforcing the belief of thousands of Wisconsin sportsmen that the official stated population of 1195 wolves is significantly below the actual count. The harvest of 216 wolves is 8 percent over the harvest quota of 200 wolves unanimously voted for by the Natural Resources Board on February 15. Headi...
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  • 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...
  • 12/10/2020 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...
  • 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...