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Wis. DNR To Hold Elk Chat January 29th

If you are interested with elk in Wisconsin the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is having a chat session on January 29, 2015. The following from the WDNR. Continue reading Wis. DNR To Hold Elk Chat January 29th

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Lake Superior Lake Trout, Reduced Daily Bag Limits

Changes have been implemented for lake trout for the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior.

The following from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Lake Superior lake trout emergency rule takes effect
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Wis DNR Outdoor Report, Sleds, Hunting Updates

The following information from the Wisconsin DNR.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for December 11, 2014

Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state)

Some snowmobiles trails could open this weekend, but warm-up in forecast could cause delays

Portions of northern Wisconsin received an additional 2 to 3 inches of snow in the last week but most of the rest of the state has seen diminishing snow levels. Snow depths now range from 3 to 4 inches in central Wisconsin to 10 to 12 inches in north central and northeastern Wisconsin. The northwest has lesser amounts and much of the southern half of the state has just ruminant snow.

A couple of counties in northern Wisconsin have open snowmobile trails and a number of counties are planning to open trails this weekend. Check the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR) for trail openings. With warmer temperatures and some rain expected this weekend, trail conditions could change quickly.

Cross-country ski trails have been groomed in the Northern Highland-American Legion and Brule River state forests and some northern parks and are in good condition. However trails on properties in the northwest and central Wisconsin have only minimal cover and some have been rolled but not tracked. The man-made snow loop at the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest has been in good condition, but if temperatures warm up and it rains, skiers are being asked to refrain from using it in order to try and preserve the base.

The warm-up will also likely lead to highly variable ice conditions. While smaller lakes in the Northwoods have several inches of ice, larger lakes or bodies of water are much harder to predict. It’s possible some lakes in the south with ice cover will open back up, with temperatures forecast in the high 40s and possibly low 50s. Ice is just starting form on the Bay of Green Bay in Marinette and Oconto counties, but it is still very thin with no one venturing out.

Those ice anglers already out there are reporting sporadic walleye catches, with some success for panfish and crappie. As always, notify others of your intent to fish and where you will be, don’t go it alone and don’t forget a, spud, throw rope and a solid set of ice picks.

Deer hunting continues in Wisconsin with a four-day antlerless deer hunt in the central forest and central farmland zones opening today and running throughSunday. The pheasant season remains open and properties will be stocked on select properties until near the end of the season on Dec. 31. The late turkey season also remains open in zones 1 through 5 through the end of the month.

For those areas with snow cover, this is a great time to get out and do some mammal tracking. DNR crews found deer, otter, beaver, fox, grouse, coyote and fisher tracks were seen while grooming trails in the Northwoods this week.

Snowy owls continue to dominate the winter birding scene. The statewide tally now stands at 127 birds, compared to 71 by this date last year. General locations for many of this year’s birds can be found on the interactive map (exit DNR) on the Wisconsin eBird website. Eagles have begun to show up in large numbers below the Petenwell dam on the Wisconsin River. There is still quite a bit of open water on Lake Mendota, Monona, Lower Mud Lake and along the Yahara River in Dane County with tundra swans easily viewable at many of these locations.

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Wis DNR, Bear, Spring Turkey Deadline Dec. 10th

If your planning on applying for a black bear permit or want your shot at a spring turkey, you have to December 10th to sign up with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The following from the Wisconsin DNR.

Deadline to apply for black bear and spring wild turkey hunting permits is Dec. 10

MADISON – Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for 2015 hunting seasons.

Black bear

In 2014, interest in Wisconsin bear hunting continued to grow — the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received 108,271 applications. Although wait times may reach several years for some zones, statewide hunter success rates remain high and have been roughly 50 percent on average.

Bear hunters can apply for a permit or purchase a preference point for future use. In order to retain accumulated preference points, bear permit applicants must apply at least once during any consecutive three-year period, or all previously accumulated preference points will be lost.

If a zone is selected at the time of purchase and a hunter is selected in the February drawing, preference points will be reset to zero, even if they do not purchase the harvest permit. Those who draw successfully will be mailed a courtesy notification shortly after the drawing. It is each hunter’s responsibility to be aware of drawing status and whether or not they were selected to purchase a license. Successful applicants may purchase a 2015 Class A bear license beginning in early March 2015.

The season structure for this year’s bear hunt is as follows.

Zone C (dogs not permitted):

  • Sept. 9 to Oct. 13 – with aid of bait and all other legal methods not using dogs.

All other zones (use of dogs permitted):

  • Sept. 9-15 – with aid of dogs only;
  • Sept. 16 to Oct. 6 – with aid of bait, dogs, and all other legal methods; and
  • Oct. 7-13 – with aid of bait and all other legal methods not using dogs.

For more information, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “bear.”

Spring 2015 Turkey Season

The 2015 spring turkey season will begin April 11-12 with the annual Spring Youth Turkey Hunt. The regular turkey season will begin the following Wednesday, April 15, and will consist of six seven-day time periods, with the final period closing May 26.

A permit drawing will take place in late December or early January. Successful permit applicants will receive a postcard by late January 2015. Applicants may also check their drawing status online through the Online Licensing Center beginning in late January.

When sales for the 2015 license year begin March 4, 2015, permit winners may purchase their required 2015 Spring Turkey License ($15 for Wisconsin residents and $60 for non-residents) and 2015 Wild Turkey Stamp ($5.25). Each permit (also known as a carcass tag) will be printed at the time of purchase. Conservation Patrons and Senior Citizen Recreation Card holders are required to purchase a turkey license or stamp when they go to pick up their permit.

Leftover permits following the initial drawing for 2015 spring turkey season will be available for purchase in late March.

Turkey hunters are reminded that in-person turkey registration stations are no longer available in Wisconsin. Turkeys can be registered online or via telephone at 1-888-HUNT-WIS.

For more information, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “turkey.

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Grey Wolf Depredation Jackson / Oneida Counties

Following from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Bird Dog Injured in Jackson County

On October 1, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves injured a 6 year old English Setter bird dog. The attack occurred in the Town of Bear Bluff, Jackson County. More information and a caution area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

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Oneida County

On October 4, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 6 year old Plott bear hound. The attack occurred in the Town of Minocqua, Oneida County. The caution area shown on the map below is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

Oneida County

On October 5, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 6 year old Plott bear hound. The attack occurred in the Town of Little Rice, Oneida County. The caution area shown on the map below is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

Hunters are reminded to use the caution area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword “wolf management”) to help reduce conflicts during this year’s bear dog training and hunting season.

 

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Wis. DNR Weekly News Update

From water to Halloween, pheasants to cougars, Wisconsin outdoors can be enjoyed across the state.

The following news from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin’s public water systems continue to invest in upgrades
Over past three years, nearly $135 million invested by municipal water systems statewide MADISON — More than 95 percent of Wisconsin’s water suppliers meet or exceed health standards and the state’s public water systems continue to make upgrades through a loan program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, according to a new report.  

DNR, Conservation Congress to convene meeting on next steps for perch in Lake Michigan
MILWAUKEE — To help identify potential options for yellow perch management in Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress will convene a public meeting on October 23 at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences. 

Ghouls, goblins and jack-o’-lanterns to haunt state parks this fall
MADISON – From family friendly pumpkin carving and costume contests to hair-raising fright hikes where ghouls and goblins emerge along jack-o’-lantern lit trails, there are more than 20 opportunities to celebrate Halloween at Wisconsin state park properties this fall. 

October shows important progress for early deer hunting seasons and public participation
MADISON – With the archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons in full swing, October marks an important progress point in measuring hunter participation and the success of new deer management initiatives.   

Ring-necked pheasant season opens Oct. 18 at noon
MADISON — Pheasant hunting in Wisconsin opens statewide Saturday, Oct. 18 at noon. The season will run through Dec. 31. 

October signals the opening of many furbearer hunting and trapping seasons
MADISON — The coyote, bobcat, raccoon, fox, and fisher trapping seasons in Wisconsin will open statewide Oct. 18 at 4 a.m., along with hunting seasons for bobcat, raccoon, and fox.   

Two confirmed cougar sightings in Lincoln and Marinette counties
MADISON — Department of Natural Resources biologists have confirmed two cougar sightings in Lincoln and Marinette counties in Northern Wisconsin.   

Classes offered to train volunteers to help monitor Wisconsin’s wolf population
MADISON — Wisconsin’s wolf monitoring program relies upon volunteers from around the state who help track the animals each winter, and those interested in becoming volunteers are encouraged to sign up for one of a number of clinics offered statewide.   

Those interested in discovering (or rediscovering) Wisconsin’s outdoors are reminded of discounted prices for first-time license buyers
MADISON – In its third year, the first-time buyer license continues to provide an opportunity to explore Wisconsin’s outdoors at an affordable price.   

Northern Kettle Moraine Region Wildlife, Fishery and Natural Area open house presentation available online
MADISON — The public is invited to view and comment on the open house presentation regarding a draft master plan for nine wildlife, fishery and natural area properties in the Northern Kettle Moraine Region Wildlife, Fishery and Natural Area Planning Group. The draft plan contains department recommendations for habitat and recreation goals and objectives for these nine properties.   

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Wolf Depredation, Oneida Cty

Bear Hounds Killed in Oneida County

On October 4, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 6 year old Plott bear hound. The attack occurred in the Town of Minocqua, Oneida County. More information and a caution area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

On October 5, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 6 year old Plott bear hound. The attack occurred in the Town of Little Rice, Oneida County. More information and a caution area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

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Hunters are reminded to use the caution area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword “wolf management”) to help reduce conflicts during this year’s bear dog training and hunting season.

Grey Wolf Depredation Douglas / Clark Counties

More bear hounds killed by wolves in Wisconsin.

The following from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Douglas County
Douglas County

Bear Hound killed in Douglas County

On September 26, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 10 year old and a 5 year old English bear hound in the same incident. The attack occurred in the Town of Oakland, Douglas County. More information and a caution area map are available on the gray wolf webpage.

Hunters are reminded to use the caution area maps on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov, keyword “wolf management”) to help reduce conflicts during this year’s bear dog training and hunting season.

Iron County, WDNR
Iron County, WDNR

Iron County
On October 1, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 3 year old Walker bear hound and injured a 10 year old Plott bear hound. The hounds were released for hunting in Michigan but crossed the border into Wisconsin where the attack occurred. The attack occurred in the Town of Kimball, Iron County. The caution area shown on the map below is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

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Wis. DNR Improves Clean Boats, Clean Waters Grant Application Process

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has improved the process of Clean Boats Clean Waters grant application process. A lot of good information to get your application in by December 10, 2014.

Improvements to the DNR surface water grants program.
Posted on September 25, 2014 by mikeputnam

This summer the Lakes blog brought you news of improvements regarding DNR’s Clean Boats Clean Waters grant application process. Well, it’s time again to share more news on improvements to surface water planning and protection grants, and aquatic invasive species grants.

In September DNR posted a new online grant application form and updated grant guidance for all surface water grants. The biggest change is the creation of one electronic application form for lake, river and AIS grant projects. All project information for the grant application can now be included into the application form and submitted via email to [email protected]. Say farewell to snail mail and faxing grant applications!

Also new are application deadlines. Applications for river and lake planning grants, lake classification and ordinance development grants, and two AIS grants (Clean Boats Clean Waters and AIS Education, Prevention and Planning) are now due December 10. Applications for lake or river protection grants as well as for AIS established population control grants are now due February 1. The new deadlines ensure grant recipients will be notified of successful projects early enough to allow for project planning before the summer field season is in full swing. The new deadlines move paperwork to after the field season and free up more time for lake work by lake groups, contractors and lake/river biologists when ice is off the lakes.

There is also a new consolidated grant guidance document outlining what projects are eligible for lake, river, and AIS grants. Anyone interested in applying for one of the surface water grants should read through the guidance document and start working with their regional river or lake coordinator as soon as possible. Successful applicants give considerable thought to their projects before applying and it’s never too early to start identifying needs, goals, and project expectations.

For more information on the surface water grants check out the website or contact your local DNR Regional Coordinator.

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Wisconsin Outdoor Report, Fall Colors and More

The following from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for September 25, 2014

Complete DNR Outdoor Report (Reports from conservation wardens, wildlife and fisheries staff and property managers from around the state)

Fall colors at or near peak in northern Wisconsin

Fall colors are at or near peak this week in far northern Wisconsin and many areas are reporting some spectacular colors this year, as state forestry officials had predicted, because of excellent leaf growth from a wet spring and summer. The weather has cooperated this week with bright sunny days and cool nights, which is the formula for the brightest colors. Colors are at 30 to 50 percent in central Wisconsin and expected to peak in one to two weeks. Some areas of the south are also reporting 30 to 40 percent colors while others are reporting very little color yet. Check current information on statewide fall color on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Fall Color Report (exit DNR).

The nice weather and great colors caused fishing pressure to spike up on many Northwoods lakes. Most have been angling for musky, with fairly consistent action reported at nearly all times of the day. The most successful baits continue to be artificial baits but some anglers have been able to find large suckers, and they have also provided some good success. Most fish have been in the 34 to 40-inch size but there have been rumors of fish up to 46 inches landed in the last week. Water levels have dropped some on rivers and sturgeon anglers had fair success with most fish in the 40 to 54-inch size, but a couple legal 60 inch reported.

The Lake Michigan tributary fall trout and salmon runs are beginning with some fish moving up northern Door County streams as well some fish moving up the Kewaunee, East Twin, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Root rivers and Sauk Creek. The Root River Steelhead facility began operations this week processing 105 fish Wednesday with a mixed bag of chinook and coho salmon and brown and rainbow trout.

The inland trout bite has also picked up, with brook trout biting on central Wisconsin stream, where water levels have been excellent. This is the last weekend for the general inland season, which closes September 30.

The cooler mornings have started to get some white-tailed buck deer very active, despite very warm weather. Archers have registered some nice bucks in the last week and hunters in Dane County even reported already finding some scrapes. Hunting conditions might be tougher this weekend with highs near 80 predicted and a fresh bumper crop of mosquitos to pester hunters in the woods. Bull elk are bugling in the Clam Lake area, and are guarding their harems from other bulls.

Bear hunters are starting to get the baits hit more regularly again and several hunters had good success this week, including one bear shot near Ogdensburg weighing in at 780 pounds.

With the mild weather, Canada goose numbers are generally still low with most migrant geese from Canada yet to arrive.

But the Badger state did see two major migration events this week on the nights of the October 20 and 21. These brought very large numbers of yellow-rumped warblers to the northern half of the state and more modest numbers to the south, both serving as indications that warbler migration is reaching its end. Raptor flights were also good this week with near-peak diversity of birds on the move, ranging from the small American kestrel and sharp-shinned hawks to the mid-sized broad-winged hawks and larger osprey, vultures, and some eagles.

And for mushroom aficionados, shaggy manes have been emerging in abundance as well as puff balls.

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Upcoming Events at DNR Parks, Forests and Trails

Outdoor Report editors:
Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, Madison
608-267-7517 or [email protected]

Wisconsin Conservation Congress: Get involved in the county based organization representing your voice on natural resource issues.

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Wis. DNR Weekly News Update 9/24/14

Duck hunting, cranes, bats, salmon and more from the Wisconsin Department of Natrual Resources. 

Wisconsin’s Northern and Mississippi River zone duck seasons and Mississippi River Canada goose subzone openSept. 27
MADISON — Hunters should look forward to seeing good numbers of waterfowl when Wisconsin’s Northern and Mississippi River zone duck hunting seasons and Mississippi River Canada Goose Subzone open Sept. 27, according to state wildlife officials.  –  Read Full Article

Wisconsin growing populations of trumpeter swans, whooping cranes on the move soon
MADISON – Cooperative efforts to restore trumpeter swans in Wisconsin have been highly successful, and similar efforts to reintroduce whooping cranes continue to show progress.   –  Read Full Article

Wisconsin Bat Festival comes to Milwaukee Oct 3, 4 and 5
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to see rare bats from around the world, including a bat with a 6-foot wingspan, and learn why bats are so important to the environment when Wisconsin Bat Festival flies into Milwaukee onOctober 3.   –  Read Full Article

Salmon star at DNR open house events
MADISON — Chinook salmon will star at upcoming open house where visitors will get a front-row view of the annual spawning spectacle during which thousands of fish make their way up key rivers and streams along the Lake Michigan shore.   –  Read Full Article

Sturgeon fest highlights partnership between Wisconsin DNR, Riveredge Nature Center
MILWAUKEE — With a goal of re-establishing sturgeon in the Milwaukee River, a nearly decade-long partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Riveredge Nature Center will again celebrate progress with Sturgeon Fest on Saturday, Sept. 27.  –  Read Full Article

Youth deer hunt Oct. 11-12 will provide great opportunity to introduce young hunters to the outdoors
MADISON — Youth hunters and those interested in mentoring young hunters are reminded to mark their calendars for this year’s youth deer hunt. This special hunt takes place Oct. 11-12 and state wildlife officials say it provides a valuable learning experience and great opportunity to introduce young hunters to one of the many outdoor opportunities Wisconsin has to offer.  –  Read Full Article

Sauk Prairie Recreation Area open Nov. 22-30 for deer hunting and other recreation activities
BLUFFVIEW, Wis. — Portions of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant, that are owned by the Department of Natural Resources, the Bluffview Sanitary District and the U.S. Army will again be open during the nine-day gun deer season Nov. 22-30. The DNR owns 3,400 acres of the more than 7,300-acre property.  –  Read Full Article

Sunrise-sunset app replaced by Wisconsin’s fishing, hunting and wildlife app
MADISON – Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts who downloaded the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources original Sunrise-Sunset mobile app released back in 2012 need to upgrade their app to have current sunrise and sunset times.  –  Read Full Article

Wisconsin boaters and anglers work to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species
MADISON — Wisconsin boaters and anglers have increased their compliance with regulations designed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, a new study shows.  –  Read Full Article

Timber sales from state lands create record value for Wisconsin
MADISON — Record timber sales from state lands during fiscal 2014 reflect continued progress toward improving forest health and diversity while contributing nearly $12 million to support habitat management, recreation and other work by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  –  Read Full Article

Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership sets sights on working together to enhance young forest habitat
MADISON — A partnership between county, state and federal agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, and forestry companies has formed with the goal of enhancing young forest habitat in Wisconsin.   –  Read Full Article

DNR tree, shrub seedlings available for sale October 6
MADISON — Private landowners should start planning now for next spring’s tree planting projects.   –  Read Full Article

Canada Wildlife By Jon Atkinson: Grey Wolf

Wolf Depredation Sawyer County

Following from The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Sawyer County

On September 13, Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves killed a 2 year old Walker bear hound and a 2 year old Blue Tick bear hound during the same incident. The attack occurred in the Town of Draper, Sawyer County. The caution area shown on the map below is comprised of a four-mile buffer around the depredation site.

Wis DNR Grey Wolf Dog Depredation web page

Sawyer County, Wis. DNR
Sawyer County, Wis. DNR