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  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received results from surface water and sediment sampling performed in November 2019 to determine if per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly called PFAS, are present in areas that are targeted for potential cleanup-related dredging across the US EPA-designated M...
  • 5/11/2020 5:50:00 PM
    DNR News Roundup  ·         Fish Farms Seek Renewal Of Permits To Operate In Public Waters  ·         Grand River Marsh Dam Access Restricted As Dam Repair Construction Begins  ·       &...
  • 5/6/2020 9:10:00 AM
    Opening Day has arrived.  With the number of boats at the boat launch, all the other lakes in Walworth county have seen very high boat traffic.  Boat trailers were being parked all the way to South Shore drive.  The best action continues to be the panfish.  The bluegills are biting in the shallow water about 3-4 feet.  The ...
  • 5/6/2020 9:10:00 AM
    Opening Day was Saturday May 2rd.  Fishermen found an awesome day, sunny skies and light winds.  The water temp is approximately 5 degrees colder than last year.  Fishing should be improving as the water warms and the bass become closer to spawning.  The best action was smallmouth bass.  The fish this time of year are susp...
  • 5/6/2020 9:05:00 AM
    By Dean Weingarten. May 02, 2020 Main Article Source The restrictions Canada has placed on obtaining, keeping, and using firearms failed entirely in the recent mass murder case in Nova Scotia. I refrain from using the murderer's name. Canadian restrictions on gun ownership failed. The murderer had plead guilty to an assault charge in 2002. He pa...
  • 5/6/2020 9:05:00 AM
    Things may look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the outdoors. Although we needed to put the Outdoor Report on hold because many of our staff are working from home and limiting travel, we still want to keep you connected to the outdoors, especially with parks reopening and the fishing opener this weekend. Below ar...
  • 5/6/2020 9:05:00 AM
    May 4, 2020 Steve Suman If you enjoy outdoor recreation of any type, this past weekend provided you some extremely nice weather to do so, though with a stiff breeze and cooler temperatures Sunday. This week looks a bit cooler, but get out and enjoy the sunshine and absorb Vitamin D! “Anglers are targeting the warmest Quiet Lakes’ wat...
  • 5/6/2020 9:00:00 AM
    Extreme Fire Danger For Sunday, May 3 Red Flag Warning In 12 Central Wisconsin Counties   Extreme Fire Danger for Sunday, May 3. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today, Sunday, May 3 for...
  • 5/6/2020 9:00:00 AM
      This Giving Tuesday, we come together globally to drive support for communities and nonprofits around the world. Honor our veterans' service and sacrifice.  Connect Purple Hearts to one another and surround them w...
  • 5/6/2020 9:00:00 AM
    The 2020 Opener is in the books and while not a great opener, it could be deemed pretty darn good, all things considered.  While the Covid issue kept some people away, and the closing of the Lac Du Flambeau Reservation landings sent anglers to other bodies of water, we didn’t have to face ice for the first time in three openers and the w...
  • 4/30/2020 7:25:00 AM
    By John Luthens Pocketbook1 Before the pandemic ship arrived and unfurled its black-skulled flag, I never paid any mind to the crowded waters standing between me and outdoor adventure. I just sailed hard and fast out the front door when the sun came up and refused to return to harbor till the golden orb set on the far side of the horizon. Duri...
  • 4/30/2020 7:20:00 AM
    In 1983, Bobby Cammack Jr., Harold, Jan and Cheryl Treland, along with Jane Bidwell came up with a little idea called the “Treeland Walleye Challenge”. This was a fishing event designed to get people out of the house in the spring of the year and have a good time. As important as the fishing aspect of the tournament was, what evolved ...
  • 4/30/2020 7:20:00 AM
    NECEDAH, Wis. – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ fire crews remain on the scene of the 234-acre wildfire in Juneau County on the Necedah Wildlife Refuge to make sure there are no hot spots or burning within the contained fire. The fire burned in upland grass and timber, and slowed as it reached wetter ground in the marsh. The...
  • 4/30/2020 7:20:00 AM
        April 2020 Elevated Wildfire Risk: Firefighters ask for public's help by not burning Thirty-five wildfires burned in Wisconsin over the last week and elevated fire danger expected this weekend over most of the stat...
  • 4/30/2020 7:20:00 AM
    Help shape the 2020 deer season Now is your chance to provide feedback on preliminary recommendations for the 2020 deer hunting season structure.   Every county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC). These councils give you significant input into local deer management. These meetings are important for shaping the 2020...
  • 4/28/2020 12:00:00 PM
    World’s Greatest Pier award-winner answers consumer needs Inventor/owner Carl Surges demonstrates the one-man ease of putting in a Pier of d’ Nort pier. Surges is shown at work in his St. Germain plant. Like anyone who owns or maintains a pier, Carl Surges faced problems when putting in and taking out his parents’ pier in ...
  • 4/28/2020 10:05:00 AM
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2020Contact: DNRPress@wisconsin.gov Wisconsin State Parks And Forests To Reopen May 1 Fees Required, Limited Capacity And Modified Hours   Several Wisconsin state parks and forests to reopen May 1. / Photo Credit: Wi...
  • 4/28/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Deadline Extended For Warden Application Application Deadline Now May 3   Wisconsin DNR Conservation Warden on patrol. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR MADISON, Wis. – The deadline for the next class of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Conservation Wardens is extended until May 3, 2020.  The mission of&n...
  • 4/28/2020 10:00:00 AM
    News Release: Love Deer Hunting? The DNR Wants To Hear From You 04/16/2020   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2020Contact: Kevin Wallenfang, DNR Deer & Elk Biologistkevin.wallenfang@wisconsin.gov or (608) 206-1107 Love Deer Hunting? The DNR Wants To Hear From You Online Public Comment...
  • 4/17/2020 7:55:00 AM
    DNR Directs JCI/Tyco To Provide Emergency Drinking Water for Three Homeowners On Private Wells Near JCI/Tyco Biosolid Applied Fields Investigation Area After Sampling Results Show High Levels of PFAS Contamination DNR To Host Online Listening Session April 15   MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) directe...
  • 4/17/2020 7:50:00 AM
    Wisconsin’s largest fundraiser for bird conservation puts a new twist on a cherished tradition in light of COVID-19 [Madison, WI — April 8, 2020] — Every spring hundreds of bird-loving Wisconsinites participate in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, the largest bird conservation fundraiser in the state that takes place during peak ...
  • 4/17/2020 7:30:00 AM
    April 13, 2020 Steve Suman   Snowfall totaling 3-4 inches fell on Hayward late Sunday afternoon and night, much of which did stay for long, as Monday’s sunshine and blue skies quickly removed a good portion of it. The remainder of this week looks mostly clear, but with some nighttime lows in the mid to upper teens. Enjoy these mild, &...
  • 4/17/2020 7:25:00 AM
    April 1, 2020 NEWS RELEASE (View in browser) Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Approves 2020 Migratory Bird Hunting Season Framework And Regulations Highlights Include Changes To Duck Opening Dates And Hen Mallard Bag Limits CONTACT: Taylor Finger, DNR migratory game bird ecolo...
  • 4/12/2020 10:25:00 AM
    It is warm and dark in the early morning as Pete, Mark and I leave our condo, walking along Caroline Street on our way to breakfast. We hear a rooster crow. Mornings start slowly in Key West. There is no one on the street as we walk. It is the beginning of a typical day in Key West and a morning of fishing for Pete and me. Mark came along to have b...
  • 4/12/2020 10:25:00 AM
    NO CHANGES FOR TURKEY HUNTER ACCESS DESPITE PUBLIC PROPERTY CLOSURES State Properties Closed to Slow Spread of COVID-19 Remain Open To Turkey Hunting Due to unprecedented crowds, litter, vandalism and the need to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, Gov. Evers has directed the DNR to close several state properties to publ...