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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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  • 2/24/2016 12:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:  The 2nd Saturday of the 2016 sturgeon spearing season is now complete with a harvest today of 32 fish.  Stockbridge Harbor and Quinney were the busiest stations today each registering 9 fish.  I made a loop around the lake today, stopping at many of our registration station...
  • 2/19/2016 1:10:00 PM
    Updates regarding the agendas and minutes of meetings for the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. This information has recently been updated with the following: Feb 22 Executive Committee meeting agenda April 18 Rules & Resolutions Committee meeting agenda http://dnr.wi.gov//About/WCC/meetings.html
  • 2/19/2016 1:10:00 PM
    While many regions of the state were just finishing shoveling after this past week's snowfall, this weekend promises significantly warmer temperatures across the state with a high chance of snowmelt especially in the south. That being said, some area lakes in the Northwoods are holding on 10 to 12 inches of ice, with a thin and more brittle layer o...
  • 2/19/2016 1:10:00 PM
    Hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts said "yes" to the CherishWisconsin Outdoors Fund<CherishWisconsin.org> in 2015, donating more than$93,200 for habitat management in the state when buying hunting, fishing andother outdoor sports licenses. This marks a 7 percent increase in donationsin the fund's second full year compared to its f...
  • 2/19/2016 1:10:00 PM
    HORICON, Wis. - The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will hold anest box seminar Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - head to themarsh and learn more about nest boxes and their role in conservation.Participants will get hands-on training, including how to properly place andmaintain nest boxes and decide which t...
  • 2/19/2016 1:10:00 PM
    2-19-2016: these items have been posted on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February agenda: February 2016 Natural Resources Board public appearances
  • 2/19/2016 1:10:00 PM
    MADISON – Those interested in learning more about coyotes in Wisconsin are reminded to join Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts for an online chat Tuesday, Feb. 23 at noon.Staff will be on hand to answer questions ranging from nuisance wildlife concerns to habitat and behavior. Visit dnr.wi.gov<http://dnr.wi.gov/>...
  • 2/19/2016 1:05:00 PM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   As promised I have produced a vignette comparing the early season harvest of the 2016 sturgeon spear fishery on Lake Winnebago to those of past seasons, particularly full 16 day seasons that occurred within the last 15 years.  As stated in the vignette, we aren’t plowing new groun...
  • 2/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
    In the next few weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will finalize the annual federal waterfowl structure under which states within the Mississippi Flyway may establish waterfowl hunting seasons. These federal season proposals will be the subject of a series of public meetings throughout Wisconsin in mid-March. "The fish and wildlife service ...
  • 2/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
    Recreating in Wisconsin's outdoors is about to become a lot easier!    We here at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are always looking for new ways to make it easier for you to get into the great outdoors. We are excited to announce a new way for you to purchase key licenses and registrations. A new system, calle...
  • 2/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
    2-16-2016: these items have been updated on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February agenda: 3B2 3B10
  • 2/19/2016 10:00:00 AM
    MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of NaturalResources is planning to conduct prescribed burning on a number of DNRproperties in southern Wisconsin this spring if appropriate weatherconditions exist.To view a list of proposed spring 2016 prescribed burns on DNR properties insouthernWisconsin<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/docum...
  • 2/19/2016 10:00:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: The saga continues with the 2016 sturgeon spear season on the Lake Winnebago System as Day 4 is now complete.  A total of 38 fish were harvested today (11 from Lake Winnebago and 27 from the Upriver Lakes).  Yesterday we had the biggest fish of the last two seasons harvested (147.9 poun...
  • 2/19/2016 10:00:00 AM
    DNR and key partners lay the groundwork to bolster Jackson County elk herdMADISON -- The second year of Wisconsin's elk reintroduction effort is now complete for the 2016 season, and 40 elk currently await transport to their new home in Jackson County. - Read Full Article DNR Lake Michigan experts to speak at Great Lakes Fishery Commission me...
  • 2/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Fellow Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearers: Day 3 of the 2016 sturgeon spearing season is now complete and the total harvest dropped substantially from yesterday.  There were a total of 44 fish harvested on the Winnebago System today (24 from Lake Winnebago and 20 from the Upriver Lakes).  There were only 5 adult females harvested o...
  • 2/19/2016 9:55:00 AM
    Steve Suman This week’s forecast continues to change, but it appears we have a warming trend starting, with a mix of precipitation early and late in the week. The current prediction for Friday and Saturday (during this weekend’s American Birkebeiner), is about 40 degrees. “Most lakes still have 8-10 inches of ice,” sa...
  • 2/19/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Conservatives across the nation fear the Second Amendment is in danger of being gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court following the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia.Leading the cry of concern is GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who said he will filibuster any replacement nominee put forward by President Barack Obama. Click here for article.
  • 2/19/2016 9:50:00 AM
    Members-Only Login | Join NSSF February 15, 2016 Vol. 17 No. 7 Firearms Industry Names U.S. Rep. Culberson Legislator of the Year NSSF is honoring U.S. Rep. John A. Culberson (R-Texas) as 2015 Legislator of the Year. The award will be presented during the firearms indus...
  • 2/19/2016 9:45:00 AM
    The Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement is investigating a Sunday snowmobile accident that left an Illinois man dead after his machine hit open water on a Walworth County lake. DNR Conservation Warden Juan Gomez reported to the scene on Geneva Lake, Town of Linn, about 9 p.m. Sunday. Gomez says the accident...
  • 2/19/2016 9:45:00 AM
    Priority Exhibitor Deadline is March 1st!  To reserve booths at the Protected Rates a 50% deposit must be received by this date.  Priority Exhibitors also have first chance to reserve/retain booth locations.  The application is attached in two different formats.     If you were able to attend the ATA or...
  • 2/19/2016 9:40:00 AM
    MADISON - In the next few weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service willfinalize the annual federal waterfowl structure under which states withinthe Mississippi Flyway may establish waterfowl hunting seasons. Thesefederal season proposals will be the subject of a series of public meetingsthroughout Wisconsin in mid-March."The fish and wildlife serv...
  • 2/19/2016 9:40:00 AM
    The Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement is asking for the public's help in solving a case of property damage and interfering with lawful fishing/harassment. Sometime after close of sturgeon spearing (1 p.m.) on Sat., February 13, and opening of spearing (7 a.m.) on Sun. February 14, an individual had his spearing shack complet...
  • 2/19/2016 9:35:00 AM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: My previous report contained the harvest numbers for today, but I wanted to also put this year’s opening day harvest into perspective with recent seasons.  For starters, the opening day harvest of 151 fish on the Upriver Lakes is the 6th largest opening day harvest sin...
  • 2/19/2016 9:20:00 AM
    Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts: Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!  Day 2 of the 2016 spearing season is now all wrapped up and the struggle continued for spearers on Lake Winnebago, as 63 fish were harvested today.  Overall, the north shore of the Lake remained slow with a total of 12 fish being registered be...
  • 2/15/2016 12:25:00 PM
    Attention Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:   Day 1 of the 2016 Sturgeon Spearing season on the Winnebago System is in the books and things went as expected for the most part.  The water clarity on Lake Winnebago contributed to a slow first day with a total harvest of 84 fish.  Wendt’s was the busiest ...