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5/8/2019
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  • 11/9/2016 6:55:00 PM
    2016 nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 19MADISON - Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday, November 19, and state wildlife officials are enthusiastic about the prospects for 2016. - Read Full Article  Looking to try your hand at deer hunting? MADISON - In its fifth year, the first-time buyer licens...
  • 11/9/2016 6:55:00 PM
    Wisconsin Natural Resources Board December meeting agenda items 2A2, 2B2, and 5A have been posted. Please call 608-267-7420 with questions.
  • 11/9/2016 6:55:00 PM
    ASHLAND, Wis. - Despite last summer's storms that severely damaged roads and trails across northern Wisconsin, most trails are open and work continues to clear storm damage and make repairs where needed. Some sections of trails will be closed when the winter trail season kicks off. These closures are only implemented where necessary and are focused...
  • 11/9/2016 6:50:00 PM
    Darkness will be falling a little quicker starting this weekend with the end of daylight savings time and the clocks falling back an hour, but with temperatures the way they have been, there's still plenty of time to get outdoors this fall. While several rain cells moved across the state recently, trails in state parks and forests are in good shape...
  • 11/9/2016 6:45:00 PM
    LIVE GUN-DEER 'Ask the Experts' CHAT: DNR Wardens and Wildlife Management experts will host a live, online chat Thursday, November 10, at noon to take your questions concerning regulations, rules and safety for the gun-deer season. Join at dnr.wi.gov. Want to learn more? Listen to Warden Matt O'Brien's video on @WDNR (...
  • 11/4/2016 7:20:00 AM
    ASHLAND, Wis. - An online public survey outlining a variety of options for Lake Superior lake trout will help inform the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the development of new rules to help sustainably manage the fishery.  The options were outlined at recent public meetings and citizens and stakeholders have until ...
  • 11/4/2016 7:20:00 AM
    If you're an experienced hunter mentoring a novice, a first-time hunting license buyer or looking for target practice at an area shooting range, you'll want to read these three updates from DNR Shooting Sports Coordinator Keith Warnke. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=448
  • 11/4/2016 7:15:00 AM
    Fall hunting is in full swing – DNR website offers wealth of information on season changesMADISON - The nine day gun deer hunt, a staple in Wisconsin's cultural framework, is almost here and a number of tools on the Department of Natural Resources website offers answers to many questions hunters have leading up to the hunt. - Read Full A...
  • 11/4/2016 7:15:00 AM
    Migration is still in full swing and we hope you get a chance to visit the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area in November.  Prepare for the gun deer season by attending a wild game cooking workshop on November 12.  Free and open to the public.  Venison chili and sauerbraten will be available to sample after the presentation. ...
  • 11/4/2016 7:10:00 AM
    To a DNR warden, being named warden of the year and the recipient of The Watch is like winning their world series. The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians don't have anything on this one! The Watch award is a very big deal with a very big history stretching 86 years and counting. It was t...
  • 11/1/2016 6:35:00 PM
    Who knew this was here? The title captures my experience of visiting Eau Claire for the first time this year. It never occurred to me to put Eau Claire on my adventure list, and five weeks later I moved from Wausau and was living in Eau Claire exploring a town successfully tending to its health and well-being, showing off its natural outdoor beaut...
  • 11/1/2016 6:30:00 PM
    Perch rig gets a new muffler What is one of Wisconsin’s worst nemeses of winter? Not 30 degrees below zero or 12 inches of snow. It is that ever corrosive, rust everything I own, make certain things don’t work road salt! Our perch rig for the Madison Chain of Lakes (or wherever else the fish are biting) is our double-seated ATV with m...
  • 10/31/2016 10:35:00 AM
    A number of helpful tools will ensure you're up to speed with some new changes.  The nine day gun deer hunt, a true staple in Wisconsin’s cultural framework, is almost here! First off, thank you for purchasing a license to deer hunt in Wisconsin – your contribution goes a long way in ensuring quality hunting opportunities ...
  • 10/31/2016 10:25:00 AM
    By John Luthens For my cousin, Bryce: We fight because we have been to the wild places. I fled towards Deadfall Bend with worry simmering on the backburner of my mind like a kettle of dark soup. In the beginning, the northern interstate sky was purest blue and the southern leaves of Wisconsin held tight to their color upon the trees, but the furt...
  • 10/31/2016 10:20:00 AM
    When host Dan Small welcomes viewers to “Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2016,” he will be celebrating 25 years of delivering the award-winning one-hour specials that have become a Wisconsin November tradition for hunters, conservationists and other wildlife enthusiasts.  Show segments include a vegetarian-turned-hunter, new regulations, easy...
  • 10/31/2016 10:15:00 AM
    Anglers faced a variety of weather changes last week, from very high to extremely low barometer readings, lots of sun, to fog so thick it lasted into the afternoon on one day.  The weather affected the really good fishing anglers had been experiencing the previous week.Musky:  Good.  A few tough days due to weather, but, still some g...
  • 10/31/2016 10:10:00 AM
    MADISON - The deadline to purchase sturgeon spearing licenses for the 2017 Lake Winnebago and Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing seasons is Oct. 31, with assessments from earlier this year indicating spearers will have a shot at many fish longer than 75 inches.   Wisconsin's sturgeon spearing season tradition dates to the 1930s with the ann...
  • 10/31/2016 10:10:00 AM
    Welcome to Warden Wire's popular and periodic feature known as Frequently Asked Questions. Today, Warden Wire starts its series called FAQs: Special Edition - 2016 Gun-Deer Season. These annual special edition FAQs were heard by wardens on the beat, as well as wildlife managers and the DNR Call Center staff. ...
  • 10/31/2016 10:10:00 AM
    MADISON – The Department of Natural Resources is offering 15 state-owned parcels of land for public sale through Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.In February 2016, the Natural Resources Board approved phase two of land sales<http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/Article/?id=3537>, including 81 parcels totaling approximately 5,633 acres.  Of thes...
  • 10/31/2016 10:10:00 AM
    Hunting from a tree stand? Avoid a fall with safety harness to go up & down!MADISON -- Hunter Safety Administrator Jon King is urging Wisconsin hunters to wear body harnesses when using tree stands in light of new research documenting injuries and deaths from falls. - Read Full Article  Looking to play a role in deer management? Subm...
  • 10/31/2016 10:10:00 AM
    This week: Third presidential debate, SHOT Show registration and more October 24, 2016 | Vol. 17 No. 41Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.   • Featured News • SHOT SHOW REGISTRATION OPENS FOR ATTENDEES, MEDIA . . . Regis...
  • 10/31/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Whitetail buck deer rutting activity picking up; fall salmon runs winding down on Lake Michigan tributaries  Fall colors are now past peak over most of northern and central Wisconsin, with the excepti...
  • 10/31/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Clinics and Learning Opportunities for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Drop in at the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery this Saturday, October 29, 2016 for some fun, family-friendly activities at their end-of-season Open House - Fall Fish Migration...
  • 10/31/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Fish Watching for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Drop in at the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery this Saturday, October 29, 2016 for some fun, family-friendly activities at their end-of-season Open House - Fall Fish Migration. All ages welcome! http://...
  • 10/31/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Help shape deer management in your county--join your local County Deer Advisory Council.  We are now recruiting for the County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs)! If you’re interested in deer, are connected with a stakeholder group impacted by deer and want to represent that stakeholder group on deer management issues in your county, we enc...