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  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Public Comment Accepted Through June 12, 2020   MADISON, Wis -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is developing a master plan for properties it manages in the Central Sand Hills region, which includes all of Marquette County and portions of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green Lake, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebag...
  • 5/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
    Contact: DNRPress@wisconsin.gov  Wisconsin 2020 Game Fish Season Opens May 2 Anglers Encouraged To Fish Close To Home, All Regulations And License Requirements Apply Wisconsin 2020 Game Fish Season Opens May 2. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Evers’&nb...
  • 5/17/2020 11:30:00 AM
    Snow (not as much as south of us, but any snow in May is too much), cold, and most of all wind has made the week following the opener rather tough.  Lake surface temps are lower now (40-48 degrees) than a week ago (44-55 degrees) thanks to below freezing nights.  The shallows cool off every morning making late morning through dusk the bes...
  • 5/13/2020 8:15:00 AM
      First of all, we hope that his message finds you and yours safe and healthy. We still find ourselves in turbulent times, which sparked a recent blog post on our website that lays our thoughts on the...
  • 5/11/2020 6:00:00 PM
    Eight of the 11 previously closed DNR shooting ranges will reopen May 14 with special conditions. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – A limited number of the previously closed state shooting ranges in Wisconsin will reopen on Thursday, May 14 with special conditions. Under Gov. Evers Badger...
  • 5/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
    High to Very High Fire Danger Continues During the Weekend Prevent wildfires this weekend during high fire danger. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – Gusty winds, very low humidity, and little-to-no precipitation lead to a weekend of critical fire weather conditions. The threat is predicted to continue into early next week...
  • 5/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
    Wisconsin 2020 Elk Hunt Application Deadline May 31 A bull elk in northern Wisconsin. / Photo Credit: Jeff Morden MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin hunters have until May 31 to apply for a chance to participate in northern Wisconsin’s 2020 elk hunt. This fall marks the third official elk hunt in state history. Once widesprea...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    Spring Hearing Questionnaire Results Available Now Record-Setting Number Of Responses Received   MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Conservation Congress received a record-setting 64,943 responses to the 2020 Spring Hearing Questionnaire featuring topics ranging from baiting and feeding deer ...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    MADISON - Veterans with questions about Wisconsin’s veterans programs, benefits and services are encouraged to call the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Veterans Benefits Resource Center (VBRC). Staff are standing by to answer questions and help veterans navigate eligibility processes for veteran and survivor benefits, pro...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
      Thank you to everyone who came together and supported us on #GivingTuesdayNow. We were able to raise over $2,100! Because of the generous contributions of patriots like you, Purple Heart Heroes are able to parti...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was disappointed to hear that once again the Ojibwe people are encountering such troubling and challenging situations when practicing their court-affirmed right to spear fish in the ceded territory. We continue to support their treaty rights and will provide whatever assi...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received results from surface water and sediment sampling performed in November 2019 to determine if per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly called PFAS, are present in areas that are targeted for potential cleanup-related dredging across the US EPA-designated M...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    DNR News Roundup  ·         Fish Farms Seek Renewal Of Permits To Operate In Public Waters  ·         Grand River Marsh Dam Access Restricted As Dam Repair Construction Begins  ·       &...
  • 5/6/2020 9:10:00 AM
    Opening Day has arrived.  With the number of boats at the boat launch, all the other lakes in Walworth county have seen very high boat traffic.  Boat trailers were being parked all the way to South Shore drive.  The best action continues to be the panfish.  The bluegills are biting in the shallow water about 3-4 feet.  The ...
  • 5/6/2020 9:10:00 AM
    Opening Day was Saturday May 2rd.  Fishermen found an awesome day, sunny skies and light winds.  The water temp is approximately 5 degrees colder than last year.  Fishing should be improving as the water warms and the bass become closer to spawning.  The best action was smallmouth bass.  The fish this time of year are susp...
  • 5/6/2020 9:05:00 AM
    By Dean Weingarten. May 02, 2020 Main Article Source The restrictions Canada has placed on obtaining, keeping, and using firearms failed entirely in the recent mass murder case in Nova Scotia. I refrain from using the murderer's name. Canadian restrictions on gun ownership failed. The murderer had plead guilty to an assault charge in 2002. He pa...
  • 5/6/2020 9:05:00 AM
    Things may look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the outdoors. Although we needed to put the Outdoor Report on hold because many of our staff are working from home and limiting travel, we still want to keep you connected to the outdoors, especially with parks reopening and the fishing opener this weekend. Below ar...
  • 5/6/2020 9:05:00 AM
    May 4, 2020 Steve Suman If you enjoy outdoor recreation of any type, this past weekend provided you some extremely nice weather to do so, though with a stiff breeze and cooler temperatures Sunday. This week looks a bit cooler, but get out and enjoy the sunshine and absorb Vitamin D! “Anglers are targeting the warmest Quiet Lakes’ wat...
  • 5/6/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Extreme Fire Danger For Sunday, May 3 Red Flag Warning In 12 Central Wisconsin Counties   Extreme Fire Danger for Sunday, May 3. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today, Sunday, May 3 for...
  • 5/6/2020 9:00:00 AM
      This Giving Tuesday, we come together globally to drive support for communities and nonprofits around the world. Honor our veterans' service and sacrifice.  Connect Purple Hearts to one another and surround them w...
  • 5/6/2020 9:00:00 AM
    The 2020 Opener is in the books and while not a great opener, it could be deemed pretty darn good, all things considered.  While the Covid issue kept some people away, and the closing of the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation landings sent anglers to other bodies of water, we didn’t have to face ice for the first time in three openers and the w...
  • 4/30/2020 7:25:00 AM
    By John Luthens Pocketbook1 Before the pandemic ship arrived and unfurled its black-skulled flag, I never paid any mind to the crowded waters standing between me and outdoor adventure. I just sailed hard and fast out the front door when the sun came up and refused to return to harbor till the golden orb set on the far side of the horizon. Duri...
  • 4/30/2020 7:20:00 AM
    In 1983, Bobby Cammack Jr., Harold, Jan and Cheryl Treland, along with Jane Bidwell came up with a little idea called the “Treeland Walleye Challenge”. This was a fishing event designed to get people out of the house in the spring of the year and have a good time. As important as the fishing aspect of the tournament was, what evolved ...
  • 4/30/2020 7:20:00 AM
    NECEDAH, Wis. – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ fire crews remain on the scene of the 234-acre wildfire in Juneau County on the Necedah Wildlife Refuge to make sure there are no hot spots or burning within the contained fire. The fire burned in upland grass and timber, and slowed as it reached wetter ground in the marsh. The...
  • 4/30/2020 7:20:00 AM
        April 2020 Elevated Wildfire Risk: Firefighters ask for public's help by not burning Thirty-five wildfires burned in Wisconsin over the last week and elevated fire danger expected this weekend over most of the stat...