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  • 6/9/2020 7:10:00 AM
    Want to make a difference in deer management in your county?  Now is the time to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats. The application period for each county is open until July 1, 2020. Council members meet annually to review deer management data, gather public input from citizens and provide recommendations to the Department of Natu...
  • 6/9/2020 7:10:00 AM
    Public Hearing Juun 11 on Lake Michigan Whitefish Management MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual preliminary public hearing next week relating to future permanent rules for Lake Michigan whitefish management and Great Lakes commercial harvest reporting. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Th...
  • 6/9/2020 7:10:00 AM
    MADISON – Schwai’s Meat & Sausage Market in Fredonia, WI, is issuing a voluntary class I recall for three Italian sausage products due to an undeclared ingredient (soy grits) that contains the soy allergen. The recalled products include: ·         Italian Sausage links, 1-l...
  • 6/9/2020 7:05:00 AM
    NEWS RELEASE: Natural Resources Board Approves 2020 Elk Harvest Quota 05/28/2020   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2019Contact: Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist Phone: 608-261-7589 Email: Kevin.Wallenfang@wisconsin...
  • 6/9/2020 7:05:00 AM
    Fishing remains very good overall.  The warmer days have been warming the waters.  If we can get a stable weather pattern fishing should be excellent for the next few weeks.  Largemouth bass are still spawning.  They are located in 2-6 ft. of water on hard sand bottoms.  The best location is either by Geneva Bay or by Bigf...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    By John Luthens I never would have clawed into the cat lady’s story if I hadn’t been pushed. I’m usually preoccupied investigating far gentler tales in the natural world. Guess old habits die a hissing death in the life of an outdoor journalist, and in my defense, it was just too good to pass up. The drama unraveled on the trail...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    June 1, 2020 Steve Suman   On the heels of Sunday night’s 35-degree low (not a typo!), this week’s forecast predicts a mix of rain, thunderstorms, and sun, with highs in the 80s and lows not below 50 degrees. Take advantage of the Free Fun and Free Fishing weekend June 6-7, but keep an eye on the weather.   “The Qui...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    Late May cold front put the brakes on the area fishing this past weekend.  Temps into the low 30’s with frost warnings can do that.  Fishing that was great for many anglers Wed/Thur took a turn by Sat/Sun.  Good news is warm weather already coming back. Bluegill:  Very Good-Fair – Gills flocked into shallows, but pu...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    Explore these State Natural Area gems in State Parks DNR's annual Free Fun Weekend is a great time to sample all the fantastic recreation and nature Wisconsin has to offer. On this first full weekend in June, admission to state parks and trails is free and so is fishing. More than 70 State Natural Areas are embedded within state parks a...
  • 6/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen state campgrounds on Wednesday, June 10 with special conditions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Some of the changes that campers and park visitors will experience beginning June 10 include: Automatic touchless check...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
      Bow Spider Breaks Ground on New Building Kinnear, WY (June 1, 2020) — David Merrill, owner of Bow Spider, the quickest and easiest bow retrieval system on the market is excited to announce that he has broken ground on a lot adjacent to the current company headquarters to build a new 1,00...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
    With the cooler spring the lake seems to be about two weeks behind schedule as far as fishing goes.     There are a lot of smallmouth bass in the shallow flats making nests and cruising.  They are still relatively easy to catch for the sight fishermen.  Some of the smallmouth have been almost 5 pounds.  The best depth...
  • 6/2/2020 6:45:00 AM
    The warmer water temperatures have improved fishing greatly.  The storm fronts throughout the week did little to negatively affect fishing.  The fish are starting to act like they normally do this time of year. Largemouth bass are spawning in the shallows.  Look for them in 1-4 ft. of water, they are guarding their nests and chasing...
  • 6/2/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Build A Turtle Nest Cage And Report Turtle Crossing Hotspots MADISON, Wis. – With a 45% increase in turtle crossing reports in the last year and a growing number of landowners taking action to protect turtle nests from raccoons, state conservation biologists are hopeful for the next generation of these hard-shelled reptiles.  The ...
  • 6/2/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Enjoy Free Fishing, Free Trail Passes And Free State Park Admission MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proud to host the 8th annual Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend. Park admission fees, fishing license and trail pass requirements will be waived on June 6-7 to encourage Wisconsinites to take advantage of and...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    May 25, 2020 Steve Suman Forecasts for rain over the Memorial Day weekend did not come to fruition, with the exception of thunderstorms Monday morning. As such, it is probably best to take the forecast for the remainder of this week as a toss-up. Though it currently shows wet and warm as a distinct “possibility” – think positive...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    Memorial weekend provided lots of great fishing opportunities for those that got outside to spend some time on the water.  The early weekend this year coincided with an important warm up in water temperature, which got fishing interesting. Musky:  Very Good – The season opened up on Saturday with lots of action as anglers reported ...
  • 6/2/2020 6:10:00 AM
    Wisconsin 2020 Elk Hunt Application Deadline Is May 31 MADISON, Wis. – The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday approved a harvest quota of 10 bulls from the northern elk herd for the 2020 Wisconsin elk hunt, matching the number of tags from the 2019 season. Of the 10 tags, five will be awarded to state hunters, and the Ojibwe tribes wi...
  • 5/27/2020 8:05:00 AM
    May 25, 2020 Steve Suman   Forecasts for rain over the Memorial Day weekend did not come to fruition, with the exception of thunderstorms Monday morning. As such, it is probably best to take the forecast for the remainder of this week as a toss-up. Though it currently shows wet and warm as a distinct “possibility” – think ...
  • 5/26/2020 6:20:00 AM
    With the warmer weather, fishing has improved dramatically.  The holiday weekend was completely crazy!  Boats everywhere.              The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn.  They are located anywhere between 8 and 12 ft. of water on the spawning flats, such as Maytag p...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Last week fishing on Delavan was hit or miss, you could catch fish all week if you weren’t particular about the species.  Largemouth bass and bluegills were the most consistent bite this week.  Walleyes were very spotty.   Largemouth bass are preparing to spawn, they are in 2-3 ft. of water.  I have yet to see them start...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    May 18, 2020 Steve Suman   Warm spring weather is finally arriving in the North Woods, just in time for Memorial Day. The forecast calls for high temperatures hitting the low 80s by the weekend, with lows dropping only to the low/mid 50s. This should be a great week to get outdoors and catch up on fresh air and sunshine!   “Ang...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Clean Air Act, Wisconsin’s State Trails & 50th Anniversary of Earth Day MADISON, Wis – New episodes of Wild Wisconsin – Off The Record, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ podcast, are now available on all major podcast platforms. The new episodes highlight the importance of the Clean Air ...
  • 5/26/2020 6:15:00 AM
    Fishing still remains difficult.  The water temperature has only risen a few degrees this week.  With the strong winds later in the week, the water was stirred up a bit.  Most of the action is very shallow around the boat docks. Largemouth bass have been caught while they have been cruising the shallow waters (3-4 ft.)  The bes...
  • 5/19/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Outdoor and indoor exhibit packages - and promotions only packages still available   Wisconsin is now open ...