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3/8/2021
DICK ELLIS Are state population numbers far understated? Wisconsin hunters took just three days to harvest 216 wolves during the February hunt, reinforcing the belief of thousands of Wisconsin sportsmen that the official stated population of 1195 wolves is significantly below the actual count. The harvest of 216 wolves is 8 percent over the harvest quota of 200 wolves unanimously voted for by the Natural Resources Board on February 15. Headi...
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  • 9/23/2020 11:30:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – Extensive survey efforts conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), tribal biologists and more than 100 trained citizen volunteers indicate an increase in Wisconsin’s wolf population from last year. This increase follows two years of steady abundance estimates and was measured in both the long...
  • 9/23/2020 11:25:00 AM
    USDA Wildlife Services has confirmed the following conflicts: September 15, 2020, a wolf posed a threat to an upland bird hunting dog in the Town of Anderson, Burnett County.  At this location a wolf was pursuing a hunting dog when the dog owner intervened and scared away the wolf. September 18, 2020, wolves killed (2) trailing hound dogs ...
  • 9/23/2020 11:25:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. — A wholesale fish dealer from Platteville is facing state charges for allegedly illegally selling Asian carp, Wisconsin’s most prominent and highly destructive invasive species. The charges against the operator of Li Fish Farm, LLC, a Grant County-based fish company, is the first case involving illegal sales of Asia...
  • 9/22/2020 2:50:00 PM
    It has been the strangest summer anyone can remember. For one thing, the weather has been inconsistent all summer long. In the end of July we went from temperatures in the nineties one weekend to the low seventies the next weekend.In part, because of the weather, fishing has been the worst we have seen in the last fifteen years. When we normally ha...
  • 9/22/2020 10:05:00 AM
    MADISON, Wis. – Duck hunters in the Northern Zone will begin another fall duck hunt on Saturday, Sept. 26. Southern and Mississippi River Zones open Saturday, Oct. 3. Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, no waterfowl breeding surveys were conducted this spring. However, feedback from the public and Department of Natural Resources...
  • 9/22/2020 10:05:00 AM
    09/14/2020   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 14, 2020Contact: Steve Elmore, DNR program director,Bureau of Drinking Water and GroundwaterSteve.elmore@wisconsin.gov or 608-259-6100 DNR Publishes Annual Report Card On Efforts To Protec...
  • 9/22/2020 10:05:00 AM
    (ASHLAND, Wis.) – The extravaganza of colors in Wisconsin’s forests is one show that is undeterred by the pandemic. The annual display is beginning now.  "The vibrant splashes of red we’re seeing now in the Northwoods are primarily red maples that have been stressed by high water tables in lowland areas," said Colleen M...
  • 9/22/2020 9:50:00 AM
    John Ellis Today, September 21, 2020 U.S. District Judge William Conley, an Obama appointee, ruled that Wisconsin absentee ballots postmarked by November 3 can be accepted until November 9; a full 6 days after the election. This is a classic example of a judge ignoring the law and legislating from the bench. The rules for absentee voting in Wiscon...
  • 9/16/2020 1:45:00 PM
    Fishing this past week has been rather spotty.  There are some nice catches of pan fish and a few game fish, however, the numbers of game fish have been reduced by about ½.  I have no idea if this is due to the water temperature or the 20 days of stable weather. Bluegills are in 16 ft of water.  I have been getting some of th...
  • 9/16/2020 1:45:00 PM
    By John Luthens When it comes to lighting the charcoal heap beneath the grill of outdoor adventure, tossing a flat tire onto the blaze always manages to ratchet up the heat until it settles exactly upon the temperature of the dish that the adventure chef is attempting to pull off. The coals may simmer into a gentle soup or boil into a tasty camp s...
  • 9/16/2020 1:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Deer hunters throughout the state will have their first opportunity to enjoy the woods this fall with the opening of the 2020 archery and crossbow deer seasons, which run concurrently statewide from Sept. 12 to Jan. 3, 2021. The archery and crossbow seasons are extended to January 31, 2021 in metro sub-units, and many cou...
  • 9/16/2020 1:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin hunters will find a new way to explore the outdoors this season with the opening of the Elk Ridge yurt, located in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County. The Elk Ridge yurt is ADA-accessible and was paid for with sportsmen’s dollars through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR Act...
  • 9/16/2020 1:40:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – This fall, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching its largest ever survey of deer hunters to better understand which harvest opportunities hunters decide to take. Participating hunters will use an online diary to record the number of hours they spend hunting, deer sightings and observations relat...
  • 9/16/2020 1:40:00 PM
    All in to Boost Birds: Stories to Inspire & Resources To Get You Started Adding Native Habitat This Fall Lynn Christiansen of Saukville, cattle producer Jerry Marr of Mineral Point and Wausau Bird Club members are just a few of the Wisconsinites helping birds by adding or maintaining native plants, trees and shrubs on ...
  • 9/16/2020 1:40:00 PM
    Well there’s good news and bad news on Lake Geneva.  Since Labor Day has come and gone, the pleasure boat traffic has dropped off a lot.  There is plenty of room for the fishing boats.  The bad news of course, is that the fishing is just not that great. The largemouth bass are in small schools.  Once you hit a school you ...
  • 9/16/2020 1:35:00 PM
    FISHING WISCONSIN 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.  This fishing report information comes from our creel survey clerks, who work in the lakeshore areas from March thro...
  • 9/16/2020 1:35:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – Due to public health advisories, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) will meet virtually for the September board meeting to consider authorizing several preliminary public hearing and comment periods and informational items. The eConference meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, originating...
  • 9/16/2020 1:35:00 PM
    WWIA info@wwiaf.org via salsalabs.org  Fri, Sep 11, 10:51 AM (5 days ago)     to Ali   NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Summer 2020 ...
  • 9/16/2020 1:35:00 PM
    Deer Season Is Here  The start of deer season has once again arrived. Hunters throughout Wisconsin have their first opportunity to harvest the big one as the 2020 archery and crossbow deer seasons open on Saturday, Sept. 12. Although the season officially runs through Jan. 3, 2021, the season is extended to Jan. 31, 2021 in metro sub-units. ...
  • 9/16/2020 1:35:00 PM
    Though Many Waters Below Long-Term Average, Some Good Signs For Wild Rice In 2020  MADISON, Wis. – As harvesters begin picking wild rice on the few waters with early maturing wild rice, Wisconsinites can look forward to a season consistent with recent years in northern Wisconsin. Because of prolonged periods of high water ove...
  • 9/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry news - September edition Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 09/10/2020 09:25 AM CDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. ...
  • 9/14/2020 11:40:00 AM
    Below is a chain of emails between On Wisconsin Outdoors Publisher Dick Ellis, and one of our readers who responded to an editorial in the September/October issue. The column entitled “No Tomorrow-A house divided cannot stand” urged readers to vote for Donald Trump, and was clearly marked as the editorial opinion of Ellis only. The edit...
  • 9/11/2020 5:55:00 PM
    The voting rules in Wisconsin are very clear, and there is no reason not to know who won the state on election night. It’s September 6, 2020 and the Wisconsin Election Commission has sent out all of the request for absentee ballot forms, to all eligible voters, a full 2 months before the election. It says very clearly in the instructions...
  • 9/9/2020 4:25:00 PM
    It's That Time Of Year –   Buy Your Archery License Today!   Have you been anxiously waiting for deer season? Your first opportunity to enjoy the deer woods is nearly here with the opening of the 2020 archery and crossbow deer seasons this Saturday, Sept. 12. Reports from many parts of the state indicate good deer numb...
  • 9/9/2020 3:45:00 PM
    With the cooler nights and shorter days, Delavan Lake is starting to move towards the fall fishing patterns.  Now after Labor Day, the pleasure boaters are limited however the lake is still seeing tremendous fishing pressure.  Almost any day of the week there are trucks and trailers parking on the grass at the boat launch.   &n...