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5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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  • 2/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
    February 2017 3-GUN Fantasy Camp 2017 SHOT Show Recap Beginner Tip:Shotgun Loads Explained CZ's Flagship Pistol:The CZ 75 Long-Range Shooting:Purpose-Built Rifles AR-15 Basics:.223 vs. 5.56×45 NATO Rifle 101: Rifle Sights and Optics ...
  • 2/17/2017 9:45:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Today marks the conclusion of the 5th day of the 2017 sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System.  There were 32 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago and 18 from the Upriver Lakes today.  We are currently at 67% of both the adult female and male harvest caps and would need a harvest ...
  • 2/17/2017 9:35:00 AM
    HORICON, Wis. -- Head to Horicon Marsh Saturday, March 4 for a Nest BoxSeminar and learn more about how to attract birds to your yard with nestboxes.[Wodd duck]Wood duck "jump day" is quite the event - head to Horicon March 4 and learnall you need to know about nest boxes.Photo Credit: Jeff BahlsActivities will be held at the Horicon Mars...
  • 2/17/2017 9:30:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there! We are now ¼ of the way through the 2017 sturgeon spearing season, and harvest numbers continue to drop with each passing day.  A total of 70 fish were registered today with 46 coming from Lake Winnebago and 24 from the Upriver Lake...
  • 2/14/2017 3:55:00 PM
    February 13, 2017 Steve Suman Following this week’s mild start, colder weather arrives for a few days, after which temperatures move to the 50s for the weekend and first part of next week. The good news for Birkie skiers, snowmobilers, and ice anglers is that temperatures then return to low-30s highs through the weekend! “Most area l...
  • 2/14/2017 3:50:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Day 2 of the 2017 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System is in the books with a harvest of 115 fish from Lake Winnebago and 60 fish from the Upriver Lakes. That brings the season totals to 313 from Lake Winnebago and 183 from the Upriver Lakes.  We are currently at 19.0% of...
  • 2/14/2017 3:50:00 PM
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    2016 Lake Michigan sportfishing harvest highest since 2012 MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Lake Michigan anglers reported significantly improved results for many species in 2016, reeling in nearly 385,000 salmon and trout, including the third highest number of coho salmon since 1992. - Read Full Article Department of Natural Resources and Milwaukee B...
  • 2/14/2017 3:50:00 PM
    The AMENDED March 1 (February), 2017 meeting agenda of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has been posted which adds in agenda item 2.B.5. – Adoption request for Emergency Board Order CS-05-17(E), proposed rules affecting Ch.’s NR 10, 20, and 23 related to updating recreational license products issued thro...
  • 2/14/2017 3:45:00 PM
    Well a lot of things have changed in the past week.  Ice conditions have upgraded and travel on area lakes has improved drastically. Most lakes have anywhere from 14 to 18 inches of ice with little snow cover which makes for very good travel conditions. We have had consistent action on both walleyes and pike with some good numbers but even ...
  • 2/14/2017 3:45:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts: We are now less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2017 lake sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes.  I'm sure there will be many stories shared over the next few days of past spearing seasons, so I wanted to distribute a summary report from last speari...
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    Our crew was out checking water clarity on Lake Winnebago yesterday and as anticipated clarity has changed since our last readings on January 30.  The average readings have dropped about a foot over the last week and a half (average 9.4' yesterday compared to 10.3' on January 30), but there appears ...
  • 2/13/2017 9:55:00 PM
    Collecting your local Arbor Day stories Arbor Day has a long tradition in Wisconsin. This historic holiday has been celebrated in Wisconsin since 1883, and continues to be celebrated here and around the world. Many communities combine their Arbor Day celebrations with Tree City USA anniversaries and related achievements. Tree City USA, a program t...
  • 2/13/2017 9:50:00 PM
    February 6, 2017 Steve Suman   We can enjoy a cold, albeit typical, start to the week, with snow possible nearly every day. Look for sunshine and a slight warm-up after mid-week... and then more snow going into the weekend.   “The groundhog saw his shadow,” says Pat at Happy Hooker, “so plenty of time remains f...
  • 2/13/2017 9:50:00 PM
    SHOW BIRDS SOME LOVE THIS FEBRUARY!     An evening grosbeak enjoys a winter meal. Photo credit: Ryan Brady Wisconsin is for bird lovers, with only Montana and Vermont having a higher percentage of residents who report watching birds. Winter’s a great time to feed the birds and see them up close. Our t...
  • 2/13/2017 9:50:00 PM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Snow improves winter recreation in north, rain hurts it in the south; sturgeon spearing season opens Saturday  The weather couldn't seem to make up its mind this week, with several inches of heavy sno...
  • 2/13/2017 9:50:00 PM
    Tom's Guns April 15th & 16th 2017 Spring Turkey Learn to Hunt and Youth hunt The annual  Spring Turkey Youth Hunt is designed to give young and novice  hunters the opportunity to hunt wild turkey and gain valuable experience at a time when other hunters are not authorized to hunt.   The hunt falls on Easter weekend this y...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    The Lake Michigan and Green Bay Outdoor Fishing Report has been updated with current fishing information for Green Bay.  Please use extreme caution on any ice, as rain and unseasonably warm temperatures have changed conditions.  Please visit - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/lakemichigan/OutdoorReport.html to view the late...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    Good conditions to greet sturgeon spearers as season gets underway SaturdayOSHKOSH, Wis. - When sturgeon spearing gets underway on Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes this Saturday, spearers can look forward to seeing some big fish. - Read Full Article DNR seeks public input on update of greater prairie-chicken management planMADISON - The p...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    Give deer and other wildlife what they need--habitat.  Healthy habitat is the key to healthy wildlife populations, and Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program provides habitat management resources for properties of any size. With three levels of enrollment and benefits such as online resources, cooperator workshops, consultation ...
  • 2/13/2017 9:45:00 PM
    Accepting applicants for urban positions The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has two Limited Term Employment (LTE) positions open for applications.  One position is an Urban Forest Assessment Outreach Specialist with the Urban Forestry team and the other is an Urban Forest Inventory Specialist&nbs...
  • 2/13/2017 9:40:00 PM
    MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation capped 2016, a year filled with several organizational conservation milestones, by surpassing seven million acres in lifetime land protection and habitat enhancement projects. “This is a tremendous accomplishment that strikes at the very heart of our conservation mission. It is ...
  • 1/30/2017 10:25:00 AM
    Last week, Roger LaPenter of Ashland passed peacefully with loving family by his side. According to the Ashland Press, he was born on Dec. 1, 1943. He will be dearly missed by many and is survived by his wife Carolyn Swartz and son Jake (Bridget), grandson Nels Odin, brother Tom LaPenter and nephew Justin LaPenter. In lieu of flowers the Roger LaP...
  • 1/27/2017 10:20:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Midweek snowfall improves some outdoor winter recreation, but snowmobile trail and ice conditions remain marginal  A mid-week snowstorm dropped from 2 to 6 inches of snow, mostly across southwestern a...