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2018 Wisconsin ring-necked pheasant season opens Oct. 20

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:56pm
- MADISON - The longtime and popular tradition of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin will again take center stage when the fall 2018 pheasant hunting season opens statewide at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The season will run through Jan. 6, 2019. - - Several other seasons also open that day including bobwhite quail, Hungarian partridge and ruffed grouse in Zone B. Like pheasant, the bobwhite quail and Hungarian partridge seasons open at 9 a.m. The ruffed grouse season opens with the start of legal shooting hours.

Oct. 31 deadline to buy sturgeon spearing licenses

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:56pm
- MADISON - The deadline to purchase licenses for the 2019 Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season is Oct. 31, with state biologists forecasting great opportunities to land the fish of a lifetime. - Kyle Jenkins speared an 84.5 inch, 143.7 pound sturgeon on Lake Winnebago in 2018. It is the longest fish harvested in Wisconsin but official records are tracked by weight so the official state record remains an 84.2 inch, 212.2 pound fish speared in 2010. Photo credit: DNR - "The fish population is strong - we've got more fish than we've had in decades and plenty of big fish," says Ryan Koenigs, Department of Natural Resources Lake Winnebago sturgeon biologist. "As always, the biggest driver of spearing success will be water clarity, and we won't have an idea what clarity will look like until the weeks leading up to the season."

Join in the fun Oct. 27 at Wild Rose Fish Hatchery open house and lake sturgeon presentation

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:56pm
- Open house runs 8 - a.m.-3 p.m.; "Indigenous Perspectives on Lake Sturgeon" set for 4 p.m.WILD ROSE - Families and fish enthusiasts of all ages will want to visit Wild Rose Fish Hatchery one last time on Oct. 27 for an open house, fun fishing-related activities, and a presentation by a Menominee tribal elder on "Indigenous Perspectives on Lake Sturgeon." - - Enjoy family friendly activities, see big brown trout up close, and tour the beautiful historic grounds at the Oct. 27 Wild Rose Hatchery Fall Open house. Photo credit: DNR - - "Our open house ends up being a nice family day," says Jesse Landwehr, Wild Rose supervisor. "Visitors get a good chance to see what we do and why we do it, and it helps get everybody outdoors more."

Halloween events at Wisconsin state parks, forests and wildlife education centers

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:56pm
- - - MADISON - There will be multiple opportunities for costumed Halloween revelers to hike along trails lit by jack-o-lanterns or other luminaries, some with visits from "non-scary" costumed wild creatures, and then enjoying hot cider 'smores and other treats around bonfires at Wisconsin State Park properties October 19, 20 and 27. Many of the events also offer games, arts and crafts, storytelling and music. - - - - Halloween revelers of all ages are encouraged to dress in costumes at the many events being held across the state.Photo credit: DNR - - Events at state parks are free, but all vehicles entering parks are required to have a current Wisconsin State Parks daily or annual admission sticker.

Lured by a chainsaw, now honored for using one to benefit State Natural Areas

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:56pm
Beloit - man recognized for work restoring prairies - - MADISON - A dozen years after Ron DeGraff investigated the sound of chainsaws coming from a State Natural Area near his property, the Beloit man has won a volunteer award for spending hundreds of hours behind a chainsaw clearing invasive plants and restoring wildflowers at the site. - - DeGraff was recognized as the State Natural Area Volunteer Program's 2018 Steward of the Year during the annual potluck for volunteers in September in Rio.

Top three online tools to boost your fall fishing along Lake Michigan tributaries

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:27pm
- MADISON - Lake Michigan chinook and coho salmon are making their spawning runs up Lake Michigan tributaries now, and while flooding has made fishing in some areas challenging, anglers are encouraged to check out a trio of online resources to monitor fishing conditions and enjoy an exciting fall fishery. - - Anglers enjoying fishing the fall salmon run at Kletzsch Park Falls in Milwaukee earlier this month.Photo credit: Reni Rydlewicz - DNR Creel Clerk Reni Rydlewicz gets ready to measure and record an angler's haul of a rainbow trout, chinook salmon and a brown trout earlier this month. Photo credit: Reni Rydlewicz - - - - "The fish are definitely swimming up rivers to spawn," says Laura Schmidt, Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist for southern Lake Michigan. "The flooding is making it difficult to access some areas, but we are hopeful the water conditions will improve soon and that anglers all along Lake Michigan can enjoy this exciting fall shore fishery."

Friends of MacKenzie Fall Festival provides opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends October 13

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:27pm
- MADISON - Outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of fall foliage are encouraged to visit the MacKenzie Center Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 2018 MacKenzie Center Fall Festival. - - This family friendly event will give attendees an opportunity to participate in some of the many activities available at the MacKenzie Center: archery, compass skills, wildlife viewing, fire building, hiking, scavenger hunts, and studying pond life.

State Natural Resources board accepts donation to rebuild Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:49pm
- HAYWARD, Wis. - Plans to rebuild Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park took a major step forward when the State Natural Resources Board accepted a $750,000 donation from the Friends of Peninsula State Park at their September 25 meeting in Hayward. - - The new design will consist of a 60-foot observation tower with a 1,000-square foot observation deck at the top and an accessible ramp approximately 850 feet long with an additional observation deck off the ramp. The project will also include a new accessible trail from the base of the ramp to the picnic and parking area; parking and repaving; interpretive displays; benches and connections to existing trails.

Near-misses mark fourth season of comprehensive bird survey

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:49pm
- - MADISON - Four bird species rarely if ever confirmed as breeding in Wisconsin were sighted but not confirmed in 2018, tantalizing near-misses among the most notable results from the fourth season of a comprehensive bird survey. - - Click on image for larger size. - - "2018 was a year with a lot of exciting sightings, but ultimately, near-misses," says Ryan Brady, Department of Natural Resources conservation biologist and science coordinator for the survey, known as Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. "So check barns for barn owls, and keep an eye out for these other species to see if we can claim them as Wisconsin breeding birds in our final year of data collection."

Wisconsin State Park System to launch enhanced campsite reservation system

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:08pm
- MADISON - Beginning Dec. 17, 2018 people booking a campsite at Wisconsin State Park System properties will be able to use a new, improved - and less expensive - reservation system. - - Under the new campsite reservation system, campers making reservations at Wisconsin State Park System properties will save almost $2 per reservation.Photo credit: DNR - - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is contracting with a new reservation provider, Camis USA, Inc., that was awarded the reservation contract through a competitive bidding process. Camis USA currently operates reservation systems for Michigan, Maryland and Washington state parks.

New Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile application has everything hunters need to take their time in the outdoors to the next level

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:08pm
- MADISON - New for Fall 2018, the Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile application has everything hunters need to improve their time in the outdoors. - - "Hunt Wild Wisconsin is going to help our hunters from day one - they can find new public lands, take a look at the regulations, and much more - all in one place," said DNR Secretary Dan Meyer. "This is something our staff have worked extremely hard to roll out for fall hunting seasons - I think people are going to love using this app."

Online tools show hunters where baiting and feeding is banned

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:08pm
- MADISON - Before taking part in upcoming hunting seasons or placing feed for wildlife, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts should be sure to check the baiting and feeding webpage and verify which counties currently prohibit wildlife baiting and feeding activities. - - For more information regarding baiting and feeding, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "bait."

Annual tree seedling sales to begin on October 1

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:08pm
- Red pine are one of many species available from state nurseries beginning Oct. 1.Photo credit: DNR - - MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' reforestation program will be accepting orders starting October 1, 2018 from Wisconsin forest landowners for trees and shrubs to be planted in spring 2019. The high-quality seedlings are native species appropriate for planting throughout Wisconsin. - - Seedlings grown at the state nurseries are used for reforestation and conservation plantings on private, industrial, and state/county forest lands. A minimum order consists of a packet of 300 trees or shrubs of the landowner's choosing in increments of 100 of each species, or 500 shrubs or 1000 tree seedlings. Seedlings can also be purchased by youth groups and educational organizations for their reforestation and conservation planting projects.

Extended inland trout season offers more opportunities for anglers

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:08pm
Biologists update fishing conditions in many popular fishing areas - MADISON - Even in areas hit with historic flooding this August, Wisconsin trout populations are holding strong and anglers can expect good opportunities for fishing. As water levels return to more normal levels, anglers can enjoy the benefits of the harvest season running through Oct. 15. - - Fish biologists conducting fall surveys to assess trout populations in streams statewide are finding strong adult fish populations.

Open houses at fish egg collection stations a chance to see salmon and trout up close

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:08pm
- Events set for Oct. 6 at Kewaunee and Oct. 13 in Racine - - - - MADISON - See where Lake Michigan trout and salmon get their start and enjoy a variety of family friendly fishing related activities when state fish egg collecting facilities in Kewaunee and Racine hold open houses this October. - - The events give fish enthusiasts of all ages a chance to see Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources crews collecting eggs from fish to produce the next generation of Lake Michigan salmon to be raised at state hatcheries and stocked back into the "big pond."

Planning to use a tree stand in your hunts? Stay safe with body harness & defy odds of falling

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:08pm
- Photo credit: DNR - - MADISON -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Administrator Jon King is urging Wisconsin hunters to beat the 1 in 20 chances of falling from a tree stand by wearing body harnesses climbing up -- and down-during the archery and crossbow deer season and upcoming gun-deer hunt. - - King says he understands hunters wanting to enhance their ability of seeing and bagging their deer during the archery season. "But, without a mind on safety, all enhancements may come with a risk of falling to an injury that will end your hunting season on impact," he said.

Updated 2018 Wisconsin wildlife reports now available

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:08pm
- MADISON - Results are available for several wildlife surveys completed during the first half of 2018, which include data collected from small game, big game, waterfowl and non-game categories. - - The following reports for 2018 are viewable on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "reports."

Fall color show is underway

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:14pm
- - MADISON - Wisconsin's annual colorama is underway with some Northwoods locations reporting 5 to 15 percent color change but a few areas at nearly 25 to 50 percent peak color. - - "The intensity of the fall color season is dependent on the weather that Wisconsin receives during September and October," said Colleen Matula, Forest Silviculturist/Ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry. "To have the most brilliant and vibrant fall color display, a series of fall days filled with bright sunshine and cool, but frost free, evenings are required."

Statewide regular season duck zones open Sept. 29

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:14pm
- MADISON - Duck hunters in the North, South and Mississippi River zones will begin another fall duck hunt one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept 29. - - "With average spring breeding counts and a fairly wet summer, Wisconsin waterfowl hunters could have potential for a good hunting season," said Taylor Finger, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources migratory game bird ecologist.

Waterfowl hunters can help stop spread of aquatic invasive species

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:14pm
- MADISON -As Wisconsin's goose and duck seasons get underway, the Department of Natural Resources is asking for help from the state's dedicated hunters to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Just a few minutes of preventative action can protect your hunting tradition for generations to come. - To help protect waterfowl habitat and populations, hunters must take these simple steps before launching into and leaving a waterbody: - - Inspect waders, boats, trailers, motors and hunting equipment, including boots, blinds and dogs. Remove all plants, animals and mud. Drain all water from decoys, boats, motors, livewells and other hunting equipment. Never move plants or live fish away from a water body. - - Use of nonnative vegetation such as phragmites to help conceal blinds or boats can also lead to the inadvertent spread of species.Photo credit: DNR - - In addition to standard boating gear, waterfowl hunters often use decoys, dogs, waders and push poles that may contain water, debris and mud where invasive species such as zebra mussels, faucet snails and starry stonewort can hide. Use of nonnative vegetation such as phragmites to help conceal blinds or boats can also lead to the inadvertent spread of species that clog waterways and crowd out beneficial plants that provide food and shelter for ducks and geese.