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Try these bassin' basics for success during the dog days of summer

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:17pm
- ALMA, Wis. -- While longtime Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Brian Brecka takes pride in being a multispecies angler, he typically finds time to catch a bass or two on each of his angling outings. - - "Wisconsin boasts largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries that are passionately supported by droves of today's anglers," says Brecka.

More than 99 percent of Wisconsin's public water systems met safe drinking water standards in 2017

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- MADISON -- More than 99 percent of the state's public water systems provided water that met safe drinking water standards, according to the 2017 Annual Drinking Water Report published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this month. - - More than 99 percent of Wisconsin's public water systems provided water that met safe drinking water standards.Photo credit: DNR - - "The annual report reflects the hard work that is being done by public system operators, DNR staff and our federal, state and local partners," said Steve Elmore, program director for DNR Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater. "DNR's commitment to managing the state's drinking water through initiatives, regulations and partnerships is showcased in this year's report."

Pick your favorite park for recreation activities in the 2018 Gold Seal Contest

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- - MADISON - The 2018 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Award contest is going to be a tough vote for people on many of the questions this year: with so many beautiful waterfalls how can you pick just one? Best rock formation with Wisconsin's geological wealth? Best rail trail out of statewide system that has so many gems? Come on! Best beach in a state with 10 parks or forests on the Great Lakes and numerous beaches on some of Wisconsin's 15,000 inland lakes? - - "Yes, this year I think voters really have their work cut out for them," said Patty Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks executive director.

Snapshot Wisconsin opens statewide August 9 - learn how to get involved today

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- MADISON --- Snapshot Wisconsin, a 26-county network of wildlife-monitoring trail cameras, is seeking volunteers in all 72 counties as the popular program goes statewide on August 9. - - Snapshot coordinator Susan Frett credits the volunteers for the success of program that has been bringing Wisconsin's wildlife into homes and classrooms for the last four years. "We're thrilled to see what we can learn once we start seeing trail camera photos from every corner of the state," Frett said.

DNR to host public hearing on draft Wisconsin River Basin water quality improvement study

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
MADISON -- Work to improve the water quality of the Wisconsin River Basin will soon take another step forward when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources begins accepting public comments on a draft study. - The draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Study will provide a strategic framework and prioritize resources for water quality improvement in the Wisconsin River Basin.

Regional West Nile virus monitoring effort for ruffed grouse to begin this fall

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- - MADISON -- In collaboration with the Minnesota and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, Ruffed Grouse Society, and Wisconsin Conservation Congress, the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources will begin a multi-year monitoring program this fall looking at West Nile virus (WNV) in ruffed grouse. - - Ruffed grouse.Photo credit: DNR - - - The DNR is asking ruffed grouse hunters for their participation in this monitoring effort. Similar to past disease monitoring efforts, the department is asking that hunters submit samples from their harvested ruffed grouse using self-sampling kits. This effort will focus on the core ruffed grouse range in the central and northern forests. - - The DNR has assembled 400 self-sampling kits for ruffed grouse hunters to use in 2018. The WNV sampling kits contain detailed instructions and all the supplies needed to collect and ship one sample. Hunters will be asked to collect a small amount of blood along with the heart from their harvested grouse.

Wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contest winners announced

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- MADISON - Eighteen talented wildlife artists submitted a total of 24 pieces of artwork for the 2019 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest. Judging was held on July 20 at the Natural Resources Building in Madison. The judges for the 2019 Wisconsin Wildlife Stamp Art Contest were John Motoviloff from National Wild Turkey Federation, Burt Bushke from Wings Over Wisconsin, Bruce Urben from Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and Alex Weber from Pheasants Forever. - - - - Wild Turkey Stamp

Son follows in father's footsteps and wins for his trout stamp designs

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- - MADISON - Ryan Rickaby dreamed of one day following in his father's footsteps and having his artwork grace one of the state's trout stamps. Now the avid angler has achieved that honor twice over in one year and given his father a run for his money. - - Artwork by Rickaby, 22, of Suamico, will be featured on the Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp and the Inland Trout Stamp. His father, Jon Rickaby, is a five-time winner of state stamp design contests, having won inland trout once, pheasant twice, and the duck stamp contest twice.

Wisconsin DNR seeking comments on Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- - MADISON --The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a draft version of an updated statewide aquatic invasive species management plan, which is used to set management priorities within the state. The plan, originally written and approved in 2003, guides aspects of the surface water grants program and makes Wisconsin eligible for federal funding. - - Starry Stonewort algae produces dense mats that disrupt aquatic communities and recreation.Photo credit: Paul Skawinski - - "Since the original version of the plan was approved, we have new species that we are concerned with, new pathways of invasion in Wisconsin, and new tools to help us manage the undesirable impacts of aquatic invasive species," says Tim Campbell, an outreach specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wisconsin Sea Grant and lead author of the plan. "We want to make sure we have incorporated the new approaches and concerns into our management plan so that we use the most effective methods possible."

Apply by Sept. 15 for Shooting Range Grant Program

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
MADISON - Applications for cost-sharing grants for the construction, renovation and maintenance of both private and publicly owned shooting ranges that provide opportunities to the public at least 100 days per year are now available through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Shooting Range Grant Program. - - Backstops and berms are among the eligible cost share projects in the shooting range grant program.Photo credit: DNR - - Emily Iehl, coordinator with the DNR R3Team, says the program was created to help meet the growing demand for safe, public and well-maintained target ranges - especially around more populated areas. The R3Team is a specialized team dedicated to recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, anglers and trappers.

DNR Conservation Wardens' Message to ATV and UTV riders: "Wear it, Wisconsin!"

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- - MADISON -- A crash involving a utility-terrain vehicle on August 4 in Oneida County resulted in the death of a person, bringing to 14 the total number of fatalities for all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles in Wisconsin this year and prompting wardens to remind all riders of safety steps. - - Gary EddyPhoto credit: DNR - - Gary Eddy, the off-highway administrative warden for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says wardens statewide are encouraging all operators and riders to "Wear it Wisconsin!"

Perrot State Park to hold centennial celebration August 4

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to media in west central Wisconsin.]TREMPEALEAU, Wis. -- Nicholas Perrot, a French explorer and diplomat, was one of the first Europeans in the upper Mississippi River valley. When John Latsch donated land to the State of Wisconsin for a new state park established in 1918, he requested that it be named Perrot State Park in honor of Nicholas Perrot. - - The park will celebrate its centennial on August 4 with a day of history programs, children's events, prairie hikes, and an opportunity for the public to share their memories of Perrot State Park.

Lake Michigan stocking plan paying off for anglers -

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- - - - MADISON - Lake Michigan boat anglers report catching good numbers of salmon and trout this summer and the Department of Natural Resources has finished its first full year of implementing a new and enhanced stocking strategy to assure strong fish populations and fishing into the future. - - - - - "We're happy to see boat anglers are reporting good harvests of fish this year," says Brad Eggold, DNR Great Lakes District fisheries supervisor. "Fish caught this year are large and in good condition. This indicates that the stocking adjustments that Wisconsin and other agencies have made appear to be paying off, and we're excited about what future years will bring.

Bonus antlerless deer harvest authorizations available for purchase starting Aug. 13

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- MADISON - Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations (formerly known as tags) will be available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. through the Go Wild website and license sales locations. - - The fall deer hunt is just around the corner - visit, keyword "deer" and prepare for another season in the woods.

Natural Resources Board to meet August 7-8 in Green Bay

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- MADISON - A request to approve an emergency order for proposed rules related to deer carcass transportation, deer farm fencing, and chronic wasting disease, and requests to approve scope statements for developing rules related to off-highway motorcycles and to establish an early closure of the ruffed grouse season are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets August 8 in Green Bay. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 8, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay.

Wisconsin Bat Festival flies in to Ashland Aug. 25

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- - - Free event features live bats, science presentations and demos, family activities and more - - - - ASHLAND, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Bat Festival is moving north this Aug. 25, giving Northwoods residents and visitors a chance to see live bats up close, learn about them through science presentations and displays, and enjoy a host of family friendly activities aimed at demystifying this flying mammal and staple of Halloween celebrations. - - The festival is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G, Ashland. The event is sponsored by the visitor center, the U.S. Forest Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Bayfield County Tourism.

- Still time to enter the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks 2018 Photo Contest - winning photos will be used in the 2019 Wisconsin state parks calendar

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- - The 2019 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar will be featured in December as part of the Winter 2018 issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine - - - MADISON - There is still time for people who love to take photos at Wisconsin State Park System Properties to enter their favorite photographs in a contest to be included in the 2019 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar. The deadline for all submissions is Monday, Aug. 31, 2018. - - Again in 2019, in addition to being available for purchase, the calendar will also be distributed to more than 80,000 subscribers of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine in the December 2018 issue.

Lake sturgeon exhibit opening set for Aug. 10 at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- WILD ROSE, Wis. - Celebrate lake sturgeon, Wisconsin's largest and longest-lived fish, and the people who have revered and protected this ancient species at an Aug. 10 unveiling of a new display at the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery Education Center. - - The event is free and open to the public and it runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the hatchery education center, N5871 State Road 22, in Wild Rose, Wis. Welcoming remarks are set to begin at 2:15 p.m., featuring Department of Natural Resources, Menominee Tribe, and Sturgeon for Tomorrow officials; light refreshments will be served.

Annual Volunteer-based Deer Survey to Begin August 1

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- MADISON -- Operation Deer Watch is an annual, volunteer-based wildlife monitoring survey that gives Wisconsin residents a great opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts. - - Data from this survey provide insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2018 and help shape deer management for the state. To get involved, people should record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from August 1 to September 30. Volunteers can track their daily observations using an online tally sheet found at, keyword "deer watch."

Anglers reel in a stringer of fish records so far in 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:16pm
Mother breaks daughter's fish record but keeps it in the family - - MADISON -- Brenda Carter is the state's newest state fish record holder but the lifelong angler is finding the honor a tad bittersweet: she broke the catch and release record for pumpkinseed set a year ago by her daughter, Erika Carter. - - "You never plan to catch something that big," she says. "It's a gift.