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10/9/2019
Fall brings with it something for everyone in the field from the angler to the hunter.  Just a few recent sessions of shooting the bull tell me that autumn is for the youngest of outdoorsman just learning the games to those of us more seasoned with our eyes focused dead ahead on for example, the whitetail rut. James Wallace captured this great buck on trail camera during summer scouting. James Wallace, my nephew-in-law (is there such a ...
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  • 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...
  • 2/14/2017 3:40:00 PM
  • 2/14/2017 3:40:00 PM
    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...
  • 1/27/2017 10:20:00 AM
    HORICON, Wis. - Whether you prefer to catch fish from a boat or through theice, put the meat in your freezer to good use with help from acooking-themed program at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor CenterSaturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Join John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports program staff member and author of"Wild Rice Goo...
  • 1/27/2017 10:10:00 AM
    Join DNR experts for online chat about upcoming Lake Winnebago System sturgeon spearing season MADISON -- Lake Winnebago's sturgeon population is benefiting from a rebound in gizzard shad and other prey species heading into the 2017 spearing season. - Read Full Article Wisconsin birders, take a bow! One million bird sightings reported th...
  • 1/24/2017 1:20:00 PM
    The AMENDED public appearance list for the January Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has been posted.
  • 1/24/2017 1:20:00 PM
    It’s that time of year again! It’s mid-January… and here at the MacKenzie Center we’re already thinking about spring and maple sugaring season! Each year we welcome over 1,200 participants to the Maple Education program and owe that success to dedicated volunteers who have contributed thousand...
  • 1/24/2017 1:20:00 PM
    FEBRUARY 10-12, 2017 Fond du Lac, WI – January 10, 2016  - What grew from a wish to celebrate the sport of sturgeon spearing with family and visitors to Fond du Lac and the Lake Winnebago region, has grown bigger and better in year two - the 2nd Annual Sturgeon Spectacular, A Celebration of Winter and Really Big Fish - February 10-12, 2...
  • 1/24/2017 11:50:00 AM
    Steve Suman  North Wood’s temperatures return to more normal readings this week, though with highs still in the 20s (and that is above zero!) There are chances of precipitation nearly every day, but as snow rather than rain after the first of the week.  “There were a lot of anglers out last week,” says Pat at...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Free Fishing Weekend Update   Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for January 20-21, but the weather has had other ideas. Several how-to-ice-fish events have been cancelled due to the recent warm-up and rain. Please check with event contacts before heading off to a scheduled event. We will attempt to keep the listing updated as we lear...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts:   Hot off the press, the 2016 Lake Winnebago bottom trawling assessment report is ready for distribution. As the report indicates, a number of game, pan and forage fish species had strong year classes in 2016.  Of particular interest is the record setting year class of black crappie and strong yea...
  • 1/21/2017 7:25:00 PM
    Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves injured a Plott hound on 01/17/17 in the Town of Washburn, Clark 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 management") to help reduce conflicts.
  • 1/20/2017 4:10:00 PM
    The MacKenzie Center's snowshoe and hike event has been canceled for this Sunday Jan 22 due to poor trail conditions. It has been rescheduled for Sunday February 12th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.