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  • 12/22/2019 6:20:00 PM
    Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why as evening grosbeaks and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Ryan Brady. 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 iden...
  • 12/22/2019 6:15:00 PM
    Published December 13, 2019   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Cross-country ski trails are being groomed at northern state forests and parks. Madeline Ski Trail - Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestPhoto credit: Sara Pearson Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot f...
  • 12/22/2019 6:15:00 PM
    Contact(s): Jeff Pritzl, Wildlife District Supervisor, 920-662-5127, Jeffrey.Pritzl@wisconsin.govSean Strom, Acting Wildlife Health Section Chief, 608-220-4769, Sean.Strom@wisconsin.govDecember 13, 2019 at 11:37:08 am PLYMOUTH, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a wild deer tested positive for&...
  • 12/22/2019 6:15:00 PM
    Published December 10, 2019     Rare Snakes Benefit from Habitat Work and Long-term Monitoring in 2019 DNR Encourages Proper Sharps Disposal with Online Resources Learn How Plants and Animals Weather Winter in The DNR's Latest Issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine   Index Next   Rare Snakes...
  • 12/22/2019 6:15:00 PM
    By: Joanne M. Haas/WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement You'll often hear a WDNR conservation warden say: 'No two days are the same.' That's true in any season in Wisconsin, where the natural resources are incredible, the people are active and the wardens are ready to respond. As we approach the end of the year and the 2010s, the wardens pulled a few h...
  • 12/22/2019 6:15:00 PM
      Introducing the HenryLever Action Axe .410 Today we are pleased to officially announce the release of the Henry Lever Action Axe .410. ...
  • 12/22/2019 6:15:00 PM
  • 12/22/2019 6:10:00 PM
    12/02/2019 News & Reviews December 2019 Gun deer season complete That's a wrap on the nine-day gun deer hunting season, which closed on Dec. 1. Click here for a preseason video message on this time-honored Wisconsin tradition from DNR Secretary-designee Preston D. Cole and ...
  • 12/22/2019 6:10:00 PM
    December 9, 2019 Steve Suman   If record snowfall the first day of December left any doubt, sub-zero temperatures this week should drive home the point winter arrived – even if it is not “official” until December 21. However, the current extended forecast shows somewhat of a warming trend returning next week, with little i...
  • 12/7/2019 12:55:00 PM
    Swerving off to work in the earliest hours of a clear frigid morning, the brightest shooting star that I’d ever seen shot through the sky and lit up the horizon like a beacon from heaven. I was worrying about bills. I was worrying about life. I’d been gunning the gas so I wouldn’t be late. Breath steaming in the headlights, engin...
  • 12/7/2019 12:40:00 PM
    Winter has finally decided to show up and in a big way, unfortunately it is going to create some concerns and difficulty with the upcoming ice fishing season.  The recent warm weather has deteriorated the ice and now with the heavy dumping of snow the ice conditions are going to be unstable and sketchy at best. If you plan on heading out use...
  • 12/7/2019 12:35:00 PM
    December 2, 2019 Steve Suman The North Woods received an abundance (some might say over-abundance) of snow this past weekend. However, this heavy, water-laden snow combining with relatively mild temperatures and sunshine will likely delay some snowmobile and ski trail grooming and degrade already questionable ice conditions. The current forecast ...
  • 12/7/2019 12:30:00 PM
    Rothschild, WI -  The 2020 Central Wisconsin Sports Show promises to be a “Can’t Miss” event for fishermen, boaters and hunters.  The 10th annual Total Outdoor Show is scheduled for February 14th -16th at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild (Wausau), WI and combines the best fishing, hunting ...
  • 12/7/2019 12:25:00 PM
    Climb Aboard the East Troy Christmas Train Turns out the best way to get to Santa’s workshop isn’t a car, or a plane…it’s a train! Hop on the Christmas Train for an afternoon of holiday fun and a visit with the man in red himself. FEATURED EVENTS Now - Dec 31 Lantern...
  • 12/7/2019 12:25:00 PM
    Grants are available through the Sport Fish Restoration fund for hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation.Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): Emily Iehl, R3 (Recruitment, Retention, & Reactivation) Coordinator Emily.iehl@wisconsin.gov608-445-8168 Theresa Stabo, R3 (Recruitment, Retention, & Reactivation) Coordinator Theresa.Stabo@wisc...
  • 12/7/2019 12:25:00 PM
    Contact(s): Todd Kalish, Deputy Director Fisheries Management, 608-266-5285, Todd.Kalish@wisconsin.govDecember 5, 2019 at 4:06:42 pm MADISON, Wis. - To enhance fishing success and opportunities for all Lake Michigan anglers, while sustaining a balanced and vibrant fisheries community, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has releas...
  • 12/7/2019 12:25:00 PM
    Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why as evening grosbeaks and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Ryan Brady. 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 iden...
  • 12/7/2019 12:20:00 PM
    Gun deer season complete That's a wrap on the nine-day gun deer hunting season, which closed on Dec. 1. Click here for a preseason video message on this time-honored Wisconsin tradition from DNR Secretary-designee Preston D. Cole and Veterans Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar. Hunters who may have gotten a deer on the final day are remin...
  • 12/7/2019 12:20:00 PM
    Waterfowl Notes: Duck season wraps up, southern zone goose split begins   Duck hunting season closed Dec. 1 in the southern zone and closes Dec. 3 in the Mississippi zone. Duck hunters faced wet conditions to start off the season and an early snow in some places, but they found favorable weather toward the end of...
  • 12/7/2019 12:20:00 PM
    Opportunities for Antlerless Deer Hunting Continue Through January    Photo credit: DNR Contact(s): Harvest Totals Contact: Kevin Wallenfang, Big Game Ecologist, 608-206-1107, Kevin.Wallenfang@wisconsin.govHunter Engagement Contact: Keith Warnke, DNR Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation coordinator Coordinator, 608-576-524...
  • 12/7/2019 12:20:00 PM
    12 places to enjoy Big Trees & Old-Growth Forests Winter is a great time to explore Wisconsin State Natural Areas using our interactive list of 12 "Big Trees & Old-Growth Forests."  Germain Hemlocks State Natural Area in Oneida County offers plenty of these majestic giants and honors Clifford E. Germain, the first ecol...
  • 12/7/2019 12:20:00 PM
    Published December 3, 2019     Holiday Pheasant Hunt Provides Opportunity for Time with Family and Friends Pursuing Upland Game Birds Black Bear Permits and Spring Wild Turkey Harvest Authorizations Application Deadline is Dec. 10 CWD Sampling and Deer Carcass Waste Disposal Options Available Throughout Remaining Deer Season ...
  • 12/7/2019 12:10:00 PM
    NOTES FROM THE FIELD: OCTOBER 2019  A beautiful fall view from the 7th Annual Bayfield Cast & Blast.Photo courtesy of WWIA Guide Derek VanBuren. Notes From the Field: October 2019 ...
  • 11/30/2019 7:05:00 AM
    Published November 29, 2019   Fishing Hunting & Trapping Seasonal Conditions Wildlife Parks & Trails   Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief look at what Wisconsin has in store for you this week. The annual deer firearm season has been both safe, with...
  • 11/30/2019 7:00:00 AM
    November 25, 2019 Steve Suman   The current weather forecast for Thanksgiving Day looks reasonably good, but the days leading up to and following it not so much, particularly Tuesday night through Wednesday. Snow accumulation estimates are in a state of flux. People traveling for the holiday should keep up-to-the-minute current on condition...