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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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  • 9/22/2019 4:25:00 PM
    Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - September 16, 2019 In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff. REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superi...
  • 9/15/2019 8:55:00 PM
    Color has begun to pop in Northeast Wisconsin. Antigo, Rhinelander and Forest County are off to the races with unbe-leaf-able fall color. Track the changing leaves with the Fall Color Report.  VIEW THE REPORT   Fall Into Romance P...
  • 9/15/2019 8:55:00 PM
    Birding and bird conservation Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why in the spring and summer as Baltimore orioles and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Jack Bartholomai. Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy bird...
  • 9/15/2019 8:55:00 PM
    By Central Office September 11, 2019 Contact(s): Contact: Christine Haag, Remediation and Redevelopment Program Director, 608-266-0244 or christine.haag@wisconsin.gov MADISON, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources is holding a listening session in Marinette on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to seek public input on PFAS contamination in t...
  • 9/15/2019 8:55:00 PM
    Published - September 10, 2019 by the Central Office     Fall color show is starting in Wisconsin Mary Kay Baum adds 'Steward of the Year' to long list of public service titles Groundwater Coordinating Council releases recommendations to improve groundwater quality in Wisconsin Historic lighthouses, growing elk herd fea...
  • 9/13/2019 3:55:00 AM
    The 2019 Wisconsin Black Bear season has begun and it has started off with a bang. You wait all summer long planning and preparing but you never really know what is going to happen until the time comes.  But… all of our early season preparation and planning has paid off and it is showing the fruits of our labor as many of our hunters ...
  • 9/13/2019 3:55:00 AM
    National Writer’s Group to Meet at La Crosse, WisconsinBy Bob Holzhei The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers’ 63rd Annual Conference will be held September 16-19, 2019 at the AmericInn in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The result of two years of planning, the event is being hosted by the La Crosse County Convention and Visitors Bureau. ...
  • 9/13/2019 3:45:00 AM
    Fall is just around the corner! Find where and when fall color is peaking and track color conditions across Wisconsin with the Fall Color Report.  VIEW THE REPORT   Plan Your Fall Getaway Fall is in the air. From apple picking to the most...
  • 9/13/2019 3:45:00 AM
    Birding and bird conservation Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why in the spring and summer as Baltimore orioles and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Jack Bartholomai. Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy bird...
  • 9/13/2019 3:45:00 AM
    Hunting Dog Depredated in Price County On 9/06/19, USDA-Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated a Plott trailing hound in the Town of Fifield, Price 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 DN...
  • 9/13/2019 3:40:00 AM
    He swung the hook on which the two worms curled, dropping it gently to let the current take the line and baited hook beneath the bank. There was a heavy wildness of movement in the narrow, deep current, and the trout was torn out of the water…flopping in the air…sailing over Nick’s shoulder and tumbling into the ferns on the ban...
  • 9/5/2019 12:25:00 PM
    After the past few weeks of rather slow fishing, the overall bite on Delavan is starting to improve.  Most of the anglers are having success for most species, with the exception being Walleye which are still tough to find.  The boat traffic will remain heavy through Labor Day and then we typically see a drop off on week days.   ...
  • 9/5/2019 12:25:00 PM
    By John Luthens The start of school lurked on the far edge of summer like a hungry beast. It had been nothing but a gentle puppy in June, but now, there it was: wildly grown in only three short months, yellow eyes glowing like a school bus with a fresh haircut on its shaggy mane and a backpack full of books between its meaty paws. It was chewing d...
  • 9/5/2019 12:15:00 PM
    Cooler temperatures have turned things around and the fall bite has started. Water temperatures are falling steadily and they are now in the low to mid 60’s.  The 2019 bear hunting season starts this upcoming week and from everything we have been seeing it looks like it is going to be another great year for our hunters. The walleye bi...
  • 9/5/2019 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing remains excellent on Lake Geneva.  With the passing of Labor Day, the boat traffic should be decreasing.  The smallmouth bass are still schooled up very tight and are available for most anglers if they go deep enough.                 Smallmouth bass remain...
  • 9/5/2019 11:50:00 AM
    Fishing Report September 3, 2019 Anglers All reports:  Fishing continues to be good! Water temps have dropped substantially into the 50's in some places in the Bay. With the cooler water temps now, the Trout and Salmon are beginning to stage off of the stream mouths with anglers using shallower running stick baits. We still have until the end...
  • 9/5/2019 11:40:00 AM
    Wild rice waters opening for wild rice harvest: Bayfield County: Totagatic Lake - opens Monday, September 2 Washburn County: Tranus Lake - opens Monday, September 2
  • 9/5/2019 11:40:00 AM
        Wisconsin Game FestThe Midwest's LARGEST outdoor expo is comingTHIS WEEKEND to theNorthern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 525 Edward St, Chippewa Falls Saturday, Sept 7th from 9 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, Sept 8 from 10 AM to 4 PMWeekend Admission: $12 at the Gate for ages ...
  • 9/5/2019 11:40:00 AM
    Plant native plants to help nature Is your yard feeding nature? By planting native plants, you can support the entire food web by providing food for insects. Insects feed other insects, birds, bats, small mammals, fish and other wildlife. Making sure insects have the food they need is particularly important now that scientists are documenting g...
  • 9/5/2019 11:35:00 AM
                Fishing on Lake Geneva has been really inconsistent for the past few days.  The cooler temps have affected the deep water bite for bass.  There is hot weather predicted in the coming days so that bite should become better in the week to come.  As Labor Day is fast approaching, I expect some o...
  • 9/5/2019 11:35:00 AM
    Swamp watch? Yup, standing chest-high in April-chilled water was among the actions a team of current WDNR conservation wardens and retirees took to nab fish poachers on the Wolf River. And the news spread like a flash flood in the river town. Read more: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=505 WAR...
  • 9/5/2019 11:35:00 AM
    The Henry Garden Gun Smoothbore .22 LR Shotshell We are pleased to introduce our newest release, the Henry Garden Gun Smoothbore .22.This .22 caliber shotgun is purpose-built for close-range pest control using .22 L...
  • 9/5/2019 11:30:00 AM
    September 2, 2019 Hayward Lakes Area Outdoor Report Steve Suman   The current forecast is less than encouraging for Monday and Tuesday (showers, t-storms). However, Wednesday into next weekend looks good, though with cooler high temperatures, especially Saturday and Sunday.   “As overnight temperatures cool the water, the jig...
  • 9/5/2019 11:30:00 AM
    Date-regulated waters opening for wild rice harvest:  Burnett County Clam Lake - open Monday, September 2; closed September 3-4; and re-opens Thursday, September 5 Long Lake - open Monday, September 2; closed September 3; and re-opens Wednesday, September 4
  • 9/5/2019 11:30:00 AM
    By Central Office August 30, 2019 Contact(s): Nancy Christel, Wildlife Biologist (715) 635-4091 MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was notified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection that a captive elk on a captive elk farm in Burnett County tested positive for CWD. Stat...