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Preliminary spring turkey harvest registrations see increase from 2015
Preliminary totals show turkey hunters registered 45,496 birds during the 2016 spring turkey hunting season in Wisconsin, an 11 percent increase from the spring 2015 season.

"It was a very successful spring season for turkey hunters, with many positive reports coming in from throughout Wisconsin," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist Mark Witecha.

Friday, June 17, 2016

October deer hunt for hunters with disabilities provides invaluable opportunity for hunters and landowners
Wisconsin landowners are reminded of an excellent opportunity to help other hunters enjoy Wisconsin's outdoors and sponsor a deer hunt for hunters with disabilities. The deadline for sponsor applications is June 1.

Potential sponsors must have at least 60 acres of land available, and are required to allow access for at least three hunters if they are contacted. In 2016, the disabled hunt will be held Oct. 1 through 9.

A complete list of sponsors will be available on the department's disabled deer hunt webpage after the June 1 deadline. Sponsors are required to submit a list of participants online or via mail no later than Sept. 1.

To complete an online application and learn more about this hunt, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "disabled deer hunt." Interested landowners without access to the online application can contact Mary Annala, DNR assistant big game ecologist, at 608-261-7588 or via email at Mary.Annala@


Friday, May 6, 2016

Big boat, little boat

I know the media often portrays outdoors pursuits as a redneck affair. But that's not really true. (Subscriber access)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A kid again

I’ve been thinking about when I was a kid a lot lately. Maybe some of the simple joys lost, or no longer a part of life, are the reason. 

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Perched on the brink of spring

The lengthening days and a higher, stronger sun make it easier to believe spring is actually going to occur, despite the relatively cold temps and formidable snow cover.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fighting cabin fever

I’m sure many winter sports enthusiasts are enjoying this relatively forceful winter.

But I’m equally certain that many are anxious for the weather to moderate a bit – even some of the enthusiasts.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dancing BearDancing Bear

Spring has sprung not with the suddenness of a jack-in-the-box, but in a creeping fashion, little by little. Eventually, its full power will unload. For now, note the subtle changes.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DNR-WCC hearings: 'No' on motor trolling

Those interested in natural resources issues had the chance to speak their minds Monday evening at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual spring hearings.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring fish and wildlife rules hearings April 8

Those with an interest in our natural resources have the opportunity to provide input at the DNR spring wildlife and fisheries proposed rules hearing and annual Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings Monday, April 8. The meetings, one in each county, will start at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring fire season - it is coming

Even though we are still knee deep in snow, a couple weeks of warm weather can drop that down to nothing and again we will see our lawns and those leaves from last fall that we just didn’t quite get to. Now that we are in spring, here are some reminders to help safe reduce the threat of forest fires.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Turkey hunt kicks off this weekend

This weekend’s two-day youth hunt will kick off the Wisconsin spring turkey season. The two-day hunt will be followed, starting Wednesday, April 10, by six 7-day hunting periods that run through May 21.

DNR upland wildlife ecologist Scott Walter said hunting should be good, despite the late arrival of spring. He cites last year’s early spring as a key reason.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

No fooling! Your DNR hunting, fishing licenses expire today! Renew

April 1 marks the start of the new license year for all Department of Natural Resources fishing and hunting licenses.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Trucks of a certain kind

Though I’ve enjoyed the benefit of fishing out of a permanent ice shanty a few times this winter, I’ve not had to fuss over one. Spoiled son that I am, I got to enjoy the comforts of Dad’s shack, while enjoying almost none of the work involved.

Work that requires a full-sized truck.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Elk population still growing, but no hunt in 2013

After reviewing all available information on Wisconsin elk, state wildlife officials and several key partners recently agreed that the elk herd has not grown to a sufficient size to support a hunt this year.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

DNR gets feedback at Woodruff Deer Hunter Forum

Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician Eric Kroening said 35 attended the Deer Hunter Forum at the Woodruff Town Hall March 20, not counting a number of DNR staff that included wildlife managers, law enforcement and others.

DNR wildlife staff supervisor Chuck McCullough led the discussion with hunters from Oneida, Vilas and Iron counties.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring fish and wildlife hearings April 8 statewide

Those with an interest in hunting, fishing, trapping or anything outdoors have the chance to provide input at the DNR spring wildlife and fisheries proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting.

The annual hearings, one in each Wisconsin county, are slated for Monday, April 8, 7 p.m.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Turkey season starts in April

The inaugural Wisconsin turkey hunt was held in 1983. Twelve-hundred permits were issued, and hunters took home about 150 birds.

Expect Wisconsin hunters to take quite a few more than that when they hit the woods this spring. Missing from our landscape not too many years ago, the wild turkey is now pursued statewide.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DNR-WCC spring meetings slated for Monday, April 8

The annual hearings, one in each Wisconsin county, are slated for Monday, April 8, starting at 7 p.m. Participants should arrive early to allow time to gather meeting materials.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Public meeting takes aim at deer herd in Oneida, Vilas and Iron counties

While the hunting season might be months away, planning for the 2013 deer hunting season is underway. Wildlife biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources invite anyone interested in discussing the status of the deer herd in Iron, Oneida and Vilas counties to attend a public meeting from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday at Woodruff Town Hall, 1418 1st Ave., Woodruff.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Treed on the trailside

Brothers Steve and Mike Seiwert, of Park Ridge and Arlington Heights, Ill. got a special surprise while cruising the trail between Phillips and Hazelhurst Feb. 23. 

The Seiwerts came upon a handful of parked snowmobilers watching a small black bear in a tree.

Friday, March 15, 2013

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