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Natural Resources Board retains authority

The Joint Committee on Finance removed a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget that would have stripped the Natural Resources Board of its policymaking and rule-making authority. (Subscriber access)

 

Friday, April 17, 2015


Walleyes, turkey and accountability

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on April 8 approved an emergency rule changing the agency’s approach to walleye management in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Ice out across the state

April has come and, as Paul Simon wrote, streams are ripe and swell with rain. Almost all inland waters across the state are opening up, including those in northcentral, northeast and northwestern Wisconsin, signaling a frenzy of activity by both animals and humans taking advantage of the thaw. (Subscriber access) 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Campers with disabilities follow outdoor passions at Wisconsin Lions Camp

April is Autism Awareness Month and The Lakeland Times has been sharing stories about how Northwoods residents offer support and care to individuals and families affected by the condition. One such community is the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler

“I feel physically uncomfortable out of the trees,” I said. It has come to this, as I feel my shoulders relax driving north into our canopied corner of the world. My wife, Elisabeth, looks at me bewildered with an expression that screams, I’ve created a monster! (Subscriber access) 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

As I begin this column, the date is April 4, and spring continues to slowly stumble its way into the Northwoods, seemingly unable to decide if it should arrive or continue to leave Old Man Winter in control of the weather! However, having lived up-north in Vilas County for nearly eight decades, what we are experiencing weather-wise is not all that unusual for early April. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

One thing the winter ice is good for is making sure we don’t take our lakes for granted. The opening of the water is like a reunion with a beloved friend. And the official welcome is the putting in of the pier. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Summer in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Unplug and reconnect to the largest expanse of public lands under one ownership in northern Wisconsin, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. (Public access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Timber Breeze Resort to hold inaugural walleye tournament

Timber Breeze Resort will host its first annual walleye tournament June 6-7 on Butternut Lake. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Local man named Wildlife Specialist of the Year

Jeremy Irish was awarded the Eastern Region Wildlife Specialist of the Year Award for 2014. Irish is a local Wildlife Specialist with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services (WS). (Public access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Wisconsin Youth Conservation Camp student opportunities

The 10th annual Sand Lake Conservation Camp will be held June 24-26 at Camp Bird in Marinette County for those entering sixth, seventh and eight grades living in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (Public access)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Outdoors Calendar, April 18-25
What's happening in the great outdoors. (Public access)
Friday, April 17, 2015

Extreme fire danger across Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this week issued red flag warnings for most of the state as warm, dry weather and high winds swept across areas in central and southwestern Wisconsin. (Public access)
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Natural Resources Board approves walleye rule

The Natural Resources Board voted Wednesday to approve an emergency rule implementing a three-walleye bag limit in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory and a catch-and-release walleye fishery on the Minocqua chain of lakes. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearing April 13

Public hearings will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, in all 72 Wisconsin counties. The spring hearings provide individuals an opportunity to help shape natural resource management through non-binding votes and testimony on proposed rule changes. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Calling all gobblers

The spring turkey hunting season begins tomorrow at daybreak with the two-day youth turkey hunt; the regular season begins April 15 and runs until May 26. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Walker announces Kentucky elk arrive in Jackson County

Elk from Kentucky have reached their new home near Black River Falls in the first year of elk reintroduction efforts in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and other key partners. (Public access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler

I’ve written before about my July 2014 bicycle tour across southern and central Wisconsin. I’ve written about my reasons for such an ambitious tour and what equipment I used. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to discern one of the most important lessons of the trip, though, and I wanted to explore that more here. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled
The thermometer on the dashboard of my truck registered a balmy two degrees — which was rather chilly for March 28 — as I eased my vehicle down a fairly steep, slippery grade into the public launch site on the east side of Lake Gogebic in Michigan’s U.P. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 10, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

The ice still hangs around on many of our lakes, but beneath it, an annual ritual has begun. Northern pike are starting to stage for spawning. (Subscriber access)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Bald eagles dine on winterkill fish on Blockhouse Lake
Ice breakup on Blockhouse Lake in Price County brought many bald eagles this past week to feed on winterkill fish. (Public access)
Friday, April 10, 2015


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