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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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  • 4/4/2019 9:05:00 AM
    Salmon and trout stocking in Lake Michigan is a critical management activity that state fisheries managers say has contributed to robust fishing in Lake Michigan for the past four decades. A three-year Lake Michigan management strategy was developed in 2017 following more than two years of discussion and input from more than 500 anglers, business ...
  • 4/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
    Keith Butterfield was working one minute, and on the floor with no pulse the next. DNR Conservation Warden Isaac Kruse was on patrol in St. Croix County when he heard the radio call for help, and rushed to the business just as St. Croix County Sheriff Deputy Nick Krueger also responded. Read what happened next: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/War...
  • 4/1/2019 11:15:00 PM
    World’s Greatest Pier award-winner answers consumer needs Dick Ellis Like anyone who owns or maintains a pier, Carl Surges faced problems when putting in and taking out his parents’ pier in St. Germain twice each year. Damaged framing and deteriorating decking, rusted hardware from outdoor storage, and the time-consuming transportatio...
  • 4/1/2019 9:40:00 AM
    Kids' Clinics On Saturday, April 13, youngsters have opportunities to learn how to fish on Lake Menomin in Dunn County and at 14 different locations in county parks in southeast Wisconsin. Children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or adult group leader. Thanks to all the dedicated partners for getting kids to the water's ...
  • 4/1/2019 9:40:00 AM
    Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Heroes to be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this year are UW-Madison Professor Scott Craven who is a frequent Wisconsin Public Radio guest on wildlife, Don L Johnson who was a prolific outdoors writer for the Milwaukee-Sentinel for a variety of environmental causes, and Aroline Schmitt who was...
  • 4/1/2019 9:35:00 AM
    March 25, 2019 Steve Suman   The forecast predicts somewhat warmer temperatures this week and Wednesday is the only day showing a slight chance of showers. Low temperatures range from low teens to low 20s, but nice to finally see them above zero!   “Ice fishing during this late season has been nothing short of exhausting,&rdquo...
  • 4/1/2019 9:35:00 AM
    Background information for Agenda item 2B5 on the April 9-10, 2019 meeting agenda of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has been posted.
  • 4/1/2019 9:35:00 AM
    Warmer temperatures and easier travel (by foot) has brought more anglers out to do some late season ice fishing.  Snow pack has gone down on lakes, with the exception of southern shores where the sun doesn’t hit the snow to melt it down as fast.  There is still plenty of ice, reports vary from 20” to 25”+. ...
  • 4/1/2019 9:25:00 AM
    By John Luthens Wisconsin soars with some of the finest, feathered photography opportunities in the country. It’s clear as an owl hoot on a crisp, northern night that Wisconsin is for the birds. Warblers color the springtime flowers and fence lines. Loons call across forlorn waters and nighthawks swoop in the mists of humid summer. Owls an...
  • 3/23/2019 3:20:00 PM
    Kerplunk! When 'ready to respond' turned into 'roof is down', WDNR wardens joined other agency staffers to help a Langlade County volunteer fire department get out from under a whole lot of heavy snow. Read more: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=501
  • 3/23/2019 3:15:00 PM
    Published March 21, 2019 by the Central Office    View current conditions for Wisconsin State Parks, Trails and ForestsCheck out the Wisconsin Department of Tourism (exit DNR). For current statewide information on statewide snow conditions, log onto the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report&n...
  • 3/23/2019 3:15:00 PM
    A draft of the revised plan is available online right now. This revised plan will outline objectives and strategies to guide black bear management in the state from 2019 – 2029. Come to one of our information sessions or submit your comments and questions via email to DNRBearPlanComments@wisconsin.gov. The comment period ...
  • 3/23/2019 3:15:00 PM
    This past has been another one of many changes. We are starting to see a few guys hit the open water below area dams as well as a few brave souls still venturing out on the ice for some late ice fishing. The guys that are fishing the water below the dams are fishing from shore as well as getting out in some small boats and they are picking up so...
  • 3/23/2019 3:10:00 PM
  • 3/23/2019 3:10:00 PM
    Migration is on! In the south, sandhill cranes, red-winged blackbirds, killdeer, robins, and common grackles have arrived in earnest. Great blue herons, eastern bluebirds, and eastern meadowlarks have also returned, as well as the first eastern phoebes, song sparrows, white pelicans, and common loons. Read more. A rare Wisconsin songbird flie...
  • 3/23/2019 3:05:00 PM
    March 18, 2019 Steve Suman   According to the current forecast, once we move past Tuesday night and Wednesday skies clear and temperatures turn mild (for awhile), with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. It was a big change in a short period! The down side is dealing with wet and sloppy conditions – but not too much to ask for warmer...
  • 3/23/2019 3:05:00 PM
    Published - March 19, 2019 by the Central Office     A rare Wisconsin songbird flies into the record books again Citizen scientists asked to lend their ears for frog and toad conservation Wisconsin's National Archery in the Schools Program tournament to be held in the Dells   Index Next   A rare ...
  • 3/23/2019 3:00:00 PM
    Well things are turning around a little bit and we are finding a few locations to get on the ice.  With the recent warmer weather we have been seeing some of the ice is becoming accessible but it is sloppy. We also found some okay conditions further south in the state and we were able to get on some very good perch fishing.  Again acces...
  • 3/18/2019 7:30:00 AM
  • 3/18/2019 7:20:00 AM
    A new catfish rule establishes regulations for taking catfish by hand or with a bow and arrow or crossbow.  Legislation passed in 2017 allowed catfish to be taken with these methods for the first time, but this rule will set seasons, gear restrictions, length limits and bag limits to maintain sustainable harvest levels with these new methods.&...
  • 3/18/2019 7:20:00 AM
    A new aquaculture rule that contains policies on the role of genetics in the department’s fish stocking strategies and the department’s procedures for accepting donations of fish or fish eggs for stocking into public waters is ready for comment.     A public hearing for the aquaculture rule will be held: March 18 a...
  • 3/18/2019 7:15:00 AM
    Wisconsin DNR staff will be answering questions and accepting public input on a revision to Wisconsin's black bear management plan.   This revised plan will outline objectives and strategies to guide black bear management in the state from 2019 – 2029. Beginning March 25, the plan will be available for public comment on...
  • 3/18/2019 7:15:00 AM
    Rare plant known only in Wisconsin gets a boost from UW-Whitewater students    Published by Central Office March 12, 2019 Contact(s): Kevin Doyle, DNR, 608-416-3377; Nicholas Tippery, UW-Whitewater, 262-472-1061 WHITEWATER, Wis. - Deep in a laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, students are carefully t...
  • 3/18/2019 7:15:00 AM
    Published - March 12, 2019 by the Central Office     DNR assists Town of La Pointe after fire destroys Madeline Island's only firehouse Rare plant known only in Wisconsin gets a boost from UW-Whitewater students Black bear management plan open for public comment beginning March 25 DNR reports 1.9 trillion gallons of wat...
  • 3/18/2019 7:15:00 AM
    March 14, 2019 We are in the midst of changing conditions with rain, snow and warm temperature,  please call be for planning your trip. It’s kind of tough going.  Always remember NO ICE IS SAFE ICE.  Call ahead for conditions.  Anglers All 715-682-5754 or River Rock Inn & Bait Shop 715-682-3232.