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  • 9/29/2020 9:50:00 AM
    Fishing season is coming to a rapid close, hurry there’s not much time until the water gets very hard!  The most consistent bite on the lake are the perch.  They can be found anywhere between 8 and 16 ft of water.  You want to look for the fish outside the heavy weeds in the light scattered weeds.  The best approach has be...
  • 9/29/2020 9:45:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin is the birthplace of snowmobiling and continues to offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities you are likely to find, especially in northern Wisconsin. More than 200,000 registered snowmobiles hit Wisconsin's 25,000 miles of groomed trails each winter, which means safety is an important part of the ...
  • 9/29/2020 9:45:00 AM
    First Virtual Meeting October 13 SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 (MADISON, Wis.) – To continue managing walleye populations across the state, the Department of Natural Resources will begin updating Wisconsin’s Walleye Management Plan through regional public meetings and surveys. “The Walleye Management Plan provides direction ...
  • 9/29/2020 9:45:00 AM
    Kinnear, WY (Sept. 28, 2020) — Bowhunters who cover lots of rough ground or water crossings have always had one major problem – having to carry their bow in one hand. That’s no good when you need both hands to help keep your balance when crossing streams while walking on logs or tip-toeing over slippery rocks, push brush an...
  • 9/29/2020 9:40:00 AM
    Confirmed for 2021! 3 FishingBoatingOutdoor Shows Central WI Sports Show Feb. 12-14, 2021 Rothschild (Wausau), WI www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com/springss.php Central WI RV & Camping Show March 12-14, 2021 Rothschild (Wausau), WI www.fishingboatingoutdoor.com/rvcampshow.php Fishing Boating Outdo...
  • 9/29/2020 9:40:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – To continue managing walleye populations across the state, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin updating Wisconsin’s Walleye Management Plan through regional public meetings and surveys. “The Walleye Management Plan provides direction to fisheries managers as they implement stoc...
  • 9/29/2020 9:40:00 AM
    Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy birds. Explore the links below for information on birds, bird identification, birding locations and how to get involved in bird conservation efforts. Sign up for birding reports and other bird news Birding report Find birds Report a bird Bird ID and in...
  • 9/23/2020 11:40:00 AM
    If you’re looking for new hunting grounds, Dickinson and southwest North Dakota offers a variety of game along with lodging, restaurants, and transportation.  Pheasant populations have increased in recent years due to several factors, first and foremost being the mild winter Dickinson experienced this past year.  Local populations ...
  • 9/23/2020 11:35:00 AM
    Due to public health advisories, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) will meet virtually for the September board meeting to consider authorizing several preliminary public hearing and comment periods and informational items. The public appearance list for the Sept. 23 Natural Resources Board meeting has been updated. The full age...
  • 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – Hunters checking out the regulations before heading into the field might notice something a little different this year. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has combined its hunting regulations into one convenient document. The new regulations are printed on larger paper, with color photographs and graphics, alo...
  • 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM
    September 21, 2020 Steve Suman   This week (says the forecast) should be warm and sunny, with a few chances of showers. Foliage colors are turning quickly following frosts last week. This is a beautiful time to recreate and sightsee in the North Woods!   “Changing weather and falling water temperatures on the Quiet Lakes means ...
  • 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM
                    Fishing on Delavan has become a bit spotty.  Some days the action is better than others.  Fishing pressures remains light.                 Walleyes are in the 12-15 ft depth...
  • 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM
    NRCS And DNR Partnership Promotes Voluntary Public Access And Habitat Incentive Program  MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received $1.9 million dollars for continued funding of the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) and Turkey Hunting Access Program&n...
  • 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – Extensive survey efforts conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), tribal biologists and more than 100 trained citizen volunteers indicate an increase in Wisconsin’s wolf population from last year. This increase follows two years of steady abundance estimates and was measured in both the long...
  • 9/23/2020 11:25:00 AM
    USDA Wildlife Services has confirmed the following conflicts: September 15, 2020, a wolf posed a threat to an upland bird hunting dog in the Town of Anderson, Burnett County.  At this location a wolf was pursuing a hunting dog when the dog owner intervened and scared away the wolf. September 18, 2020, wolves killed (2) trailing hound dogs ...
  • 9/23/2020 11:25:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. — A wholesale fish dealer from Platteville is facing state charges for allegedly illegally selling Asian carp, Wisconsin’s most prominent and highly destructive invasive species. The charges against the operator of Li Fish Farm, LLC, a Grant County-based fish company, is the first case involving illegal sales of Asia...
  • 9/22/2020 2:50:00 PM
    It has been the strangest summer anyone can remember. For one thing, the weather has been inconsistent all summer long. In the end of July we went from temperatures in the nineties one weekend to the low seventies the next weekend.In part, because of the weather, fishing has been the worst we have seen in the last fifteen years. When we normally ha...
  • 9/22/2020 10:05:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – Duck hunters in the Northern Zone will begin another fall duck hunt on Saturday, Sept. 26. Southern and Mississippi River Zones open Saturday, Oct. 3. Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, no waterfowl breeding surveys were conducted this spring. However, feedback from the public and Department of Natural Resources...
  • 9/22/2020 10:05:00 AM
    09/14/2020   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 14, 2020Contact: Steve Elmore, DNR program director,Bureau of Drinking Water and GroundwaterSteve.elmore@wisconsin.gov or 608-259-6100 DNR Publishes Annual Report Card On Efforts To Protec...
  • 9/22/2020 10:05:00 AM
    (ASHLAND, Wis.) – The extravaganza of colors in Wisconsin’s forests is one show that is undeterred by the pandemic. The annual display is beginning now.  "The vibrant splashes of red we’re seeing now in the Northwoods are primarily red maples that have been stressed by high water tables in lowland areas," said Colleen M...
  • 9/22/2020 9:50:00 AM
    John Ellis Today, September 21, 2020 U.S. District Judge William Conley, an Obama appointee, ruled that Wisconsin absentee ballots postmarked by November 3 can be accepted until November 9; a full 6 days after the election. This is a classic example of a judge ignoring the law and legislating from the bench. The rules for absentee voting in Wiscon...
  • 9/16/2020 1:45:00 PM
    Fishing this past week has been rather spotty.  There are some nice catches of pan fish and a few game fish, however, the numbers of game fish have been reduced by about ½.  I have no idea if this is due to the water temperature or the 20 days of stable weather. Bluegills are in 16 ft of water.  I have been getting some of th...
  • 9/16/2020 1:45:00 PM
    By John Luthens When it comes to lighting the charcoal heap beneath the grill of outdoor adventure, tossing a flat tire onto the blaze always manages to ratchet up the heat until it settles exactly upon the temperature of the dish that the adventure chef is attempting to pull off. The coals may simmer into a gentle soup or boil into a tasty camp s...
  • 9/16/2020 1:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Deer hunters throughout the state will have their first opportunity to enjoy the woods this fall with the opening of the 2020 archery and crossbow deer seasons, which run concurrently statewide from Sept. 12 to Jan. 3, 2021. The archery and crossbow seasons are extended to January 31, 2021 in metro sub-units, and many cou...
  • 9/16/2020 1:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin hunters will find a new way to explore the outdoors this season with the opening of the Elk Ridge yurt, located in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County. The Elk Ridge yurt is ADA-accessible and was paid for with sportsmen’s dollars through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR Act...