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5/8/2019
Now it starts.  Too much to keep up with in Wisconsin, and that is one nice problem for an outdoorsman. OWO Columnist Wayne Morgenthaler and his son Neal spelled double trouble for two Richland County gobblers after four days of not filling tags. We put the May-June issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors to bed last week with 100,000 copies being distributed statewide. Look for your copy at any Kwik Trip statewide…that’s 400 stores ...
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  • 3/31/2016 9:15:00 AM
    3-28-16: these items have been updated on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board April 2016 agenda: April NRB items 3B2 is now available for viewing
  • 3/31/2016 9:10:00 AM
    In year two of elk reintroduction efforts in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and a number of other key partners, 39 elk from Kentucky have reached their new home in Wisconsin. In 2016, all elk will be released in Jackson County, while future years will see animals released near Clam Lake. Department sta...
  • 3/31/2016 9:10:00 AM
    Panfish regulations set to change on 93 lakes starting April 1MADISON - In an effort to improve panfish size on 93 Wisconsin lakes with the potential for bigger fish, new regulations take effect on April 1. - Read Full Article Trumpeter swan numbers soar – from zero to 4,700 in a generationMADISON -- The number of trumpeter sw...
  • 3/25/2016 8:50:00 AM
    Winnebago System Fisheries Enthusiasts: Below is a message from my colleague Adam Nickel (Winnebago System GamefishBiologist) about current water levels on the Wolf River along with a PDFversion of the 2015 Winnebago System Walleye Report.  I hope you enjoy theinformation and please forward any questions or comments to Adam(Adam.Nickel@wiscon...
  • 3/25/2016 8:40:00 AM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for March 24, 2016  Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state) Snow returns to central Wisconsin; Lake Michigan steelhead runs underway; 39 elk arrive from Kentucky With a short...
  • 3/24/2016 1:20:00 PM
    MADISON - Elk from Kentucky have reached their new home near Black River Falls, Wis. in the second year of elk reintroduction efforts<http://walker.wi.gov/newsroom/press-release/governor-scott-walker-announces-arrival-39-elk-jackson-county> in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and a number of other key stakeholders...
  • 3/24/2016 1:15:00 PM
    MADISON - In December 2015, a stakeholder team was formed to provide theWisconsin Department of Natural Resources with recommendations regarding theproposed route for a rustic boardwalk and a boat storage area near Mud Lakein the Cedarburg Bog State NaturalArea<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/naturalareas/index.asp?sna=2> - theserecommendations...
  • 3/24/2016 1:15:00 PM
    Good news for Wisconsin wildlife - winter severity index data shows a mild Wisconsin winter so far in 2015-16MADISON - With winter coming to a close in Wisconsin, 2015-16 winter severity index data shows it is shaping up to be considered a mild winter, overall. - Read Full Article Public comment period for preliminary antlerless harvest quota...
  • 3/22/2016 11:25:00 AM
    Celebrate spring and maple syrup season at the MacKenzie Center's annual Maple Syrup Festival - Saturday, April 2nd! Enjoy guided tours of the sugarbush, demonstrations on tapping maple trees, and displays of how maple syrup has been made throughout history. Fun for the whole family! Festival hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (...
  • 3/22/2016 11:20:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. - After processing more than 175,000 hunting and fishing licenses through the weekend, the Department of Natural Resources' new Go Wild licensing system experienced a software glitch on Monday, affecting several thousand customers who had queued up for the scheduled 10 a.m.start of sales for leftover turkey tags. The system erro...
  • 3/22/2016 11:20:00 AM
    Updates on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress' newsletter and WCC positions and statements. This webpage has recently been updated and the Spring edition of the Conservation Chronicle is now available. 
  • 3/22/2016 11:10:00 AM
    WATERLOO – Six top candidates for the 69th Alice in Dairyland were announced today, a key step in the process of selecting Wisconsin’s next official agricultural ambassador. The six top candidates ­were announced at a press conference held at Crave Brothers Farmstead near Waterloo in Dodge County. Following an extensive interview p...
  • 3/22/2016 11:05:00 AM
    HORICON, Wis. - Head to the Horicon Marsh Explorium this spring and learnmore about the marsh's history, hunters (and the hunted), and enjoy a scenichike.Visitors to the marsh this spring will have a unique opportunity to travelthrough time and explore exciting new features on display at the HoriconMarsh Education and Visitor Center. Long before Ho...
  • 3/22/2016 11:05:00 AM
    Enjoy a field trip with the Natural Resources Foundation. The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is offering 188 expert-led field trips around the state this year, a 25 percent increase from last year’s season and more than any previous year. According to Lindsay Renick Mayer, Communications Director with the foundation, the popula...
  • 3/22/2016 11:00:00 AM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources launched a new licensing systemThursday that provides additional options for buying hunting and fishing licenses.   Implementation of the new Go Wild system is part of a broader campaign encouraging people to head outdoors and enjoy the numerous recreational opportunities made possible b...
  • 3/18/2016 10:00:00 AM
    MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Lake Michigan anglers increased their efforts and reeled in greater numbers of native species including lake trout and walleye in 2015, even as the overall sport fish harvest declined due to lower catches of salmon and stocked trout.   Results from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' 2015 survey of angler...
  • 3/17/2016 2:30:00 PM
    MADISON – Milk producers who are eligible and interested in running for a Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) director seat have until April 1, 2016 to submit a nomination form to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). To qualify, a nominee must be an active dairy producer who: 1) lives in ...
  • 3/17/2016 2:25:00 PM
    3-15-16: these items have been updated on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board April 2016 agenda: 1.C. 3.B.1. 3.B.3 6.B.1. 6.B.2.
  • 3/17/2016 2:25:00 PM
    DNR ramping up efforts to address Kewaunee County water quality issuesMADISON - The Department of Natural Resources is ramping up its efforts to work with stakeholder groups to address ongoing water quality issues in Kewaunee County. - Read Full Article With help from Wisconsin’s hunters, sampling results provide current snapshot of CWD...
  • 3/17/2016 2:25:00 PM
    Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin, a one-hour special hosted by Outdoor Wisconsin host Dan Small and produced by the Outdoor Heritage Education Center (OHEC), will air on several broadcast and cable networks in April, according to the show’s executive producer, OHEC founder Mark LaBarbera. “The wild turkey is a magnificent bird,” LaBarbe...
  • 3/15/2016 10:40:00 AM
    ~ Fishing guides from Anglers All, 715/682-5754, report the following: This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay.  With daytime highs in the 40s and even some 50s, ice conditions are changing very rapidly now.   “Can you get out there (on the ice) is one question,” noted Carolyn Swartz, co-owner of Angler...
  • 3/14/2016 7:20:00 PM
    WATERLOO – The 69th Alice in Dairyland top candidates will be announced by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) on Friday, March 18. Media is invited to attend the press conference at 1:45 p.m. at Crave Brothers Farmstead in Waterloo. Following the official announcement, the curre...
  • 3/14/2016 7:15:00 PM
    MADISON—County Deer Advisory Councils in all Wisconsin counties will meet beginning March 14 to review deer herd information and  develop preliminary recommendations regarding antlerless harvest quotas, antlerless permit levels and other season options for the 2016 deer hunting season.This year, councils will have the option to offer ant...
  • 3/14/2016 7:15:00 PM
    Wisconsin has experienced some unseasonably warm weather in the last week with daytime temperatures in the 50s and 60s and even a low 70 reported in Milwaukee. The warm weather has melted most of the snow cover statewide, with just snow surviving in some forested areas of the Northwoods. Snowmobile and cross-country ski trails are now closed statew...
  • 3/14/2016 7:15:00 PM
    Purple Martins are a symbol of spring, migrating much like robins, bluebirds and redwing blackbirds in early April to Wisconsin.  The difference is that purple martins are the first of many Neotropical migrants coming from South America compared to the other North American species mentioned.  Purple martins are dependent upon man f...