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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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Weekly News from the Wisconsin DNR Web Site.
Updated: 5 min 56 sec ago

Fall color show is underway

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

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

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.

Natural Resources Board to meet September 25-26 in Hayward

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:14pm
- MADISON - Requests to consider an early closure to the 2018 ruffed grouse hunting season in Wisconsin and proposed revisions to rules related to elk management to allow the use of scientific data rather than a percent of population estimates to set harvest permit levels are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets September 26 in Hayward. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, at Flat Creek Inn & Suites, 10290 Highway 27 South, Hayward.

2018 Wisconsin Fall hunting and trapping forecasts available online

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:14pm
- MADISON - Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are well underway, and a number of hunting and trapping forecasts are now available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors. - - Forecasts for the following species can be found at the links below - each forecast is located on the corresponding species page:

- Season two of Wild Wisconsin web series launches just in time for archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:14pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to media statewide.] MADISON -- The world of hunting is changing, and Department of Natural Resources staff are hard at work to make sure Wisconsin's hunters have the resources they need for a safe and successful deer season. - - Wild Wisconsin is your ticket to enjoying the outdoors this fall. Web series segments, podcasts and more - all at your fingertips. With help from Vortex Optics, Mayville Engineering Company Shooting Sports and The Hunting Public, Wild Wisconsin is back for year two.

Snake and Turtle Fest comes to Havenwoods State Forest Oct. 6

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:14pm
- Visitors can get up close to critters like the milk snake at Snake and Turtle Festival.Photo credit: DNR - MILWAUKEE - The public is invited to come to Havenwoods State Forest on Oct. 6 for a slithery, scaly day--Snake and Turtle Fest. - - - - Visitors can meet Wisconsin native snakes and turtles close up, take a hike to search for herps, discover reptile adaptations through activities and games, make snake and turtle crafts, bid in a silent auction to benefit education programs, purchase lunch or snacks.

Fall issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources shines with the vibrant colors of autumn

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:14pm
- - MADISON - The Fall issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources is available now, and the magazine shines with the vibrant colors of autumn. That's thanks in large part to a striking six-page cover spread commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It features the photography of Craig Blacklock from his new book, "St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift," which captures vivid scenes from Wisconsin's own Wild and Scenic Rivers. - - - - Magazine content also includes "Team up for trees," exploring the DNR's urban forestry partnerships with the state's pro sports teams, and "1,000 miles to remember," a look at one Wisconsin writer's book about her thru-hike of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Another story, "DNR labors for pollinators," puts the spotlight on small species that do big work in the natural world.

Sept. 15 marks opening of archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- - - MADISON - Excitement levels are high as hunters prepare for fall deer hunting seasons in Wisconsin. - - Hunters will have their first opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during the 2018 archery and crossbow deer seasons, which run concurrently statewide from Sept. 15 to Jan. 6, 2019. The archery and crossbow season is extended to January 31, 2019 in metro sub-units and some counties offering the antlerless-only holiday hunt.

Deer hunters encouraged to get deer tested for CWD and assist with surveillance efforts

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- - MADISON - Deer hunting seasons are about to begin with archery and crossbow this weekend, and Department of Natural Resources staff remind hunters who harvest deer to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease - this is particularly important in areas affected by CWD. - - For more information regarding CWD in Wisconsin, visit and search keyword "CWD."

DNR asks for hunters to record their wildlife observations

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- MADISON - September hunting seasons usher in the tenth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, a survey in which hunters can easily record their observations of deer and other wildlife while in the field. - - Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey results help track abundance trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife.

Hunters reminded that collared deer on landscape are legal to harvest during fall hunting seasons

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- MADISON - This fall, hunters may spot collared or ear-tagged whitetail deer in the fields and woods of southwest Wisconsin. These deer have been tagged as part of a mortality study by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and are legal to harvest. - - "The most important thing for hunters to know is that collared and tagged deer are just like the rest of the deer in the area," said Daniel Storm, Department of Natural Resources deer research scientist. "DNR staff collared a random sample of deer, so the collars do not indicate anything about the deer's health or suitability for harvest. Hunters should make their decision without regard for GPS collars. Collared and tagged deer are absolutely OK to harvest."

Fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting seasons set to open

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- MADISON - Hunters can expect another exciting fall hunting season for wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock. - - Wild turkey - - The fall turkey season runs from Sept. 15 to Jan. 6 in Turkey Management zones 1-5, and Sept. 15 to Nov. 16 in zones 6 and 7. The use of dogs to hunt wild turkey is allowed statewide for the fall seasons.

Game bird brood production unchanged or down in 2018 from 2017 levels

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- MADISON - Game bird brood rearing conditions should have been good in much of the state with temperatures above normal and precipitation normal to slightly above for much of the state during the month of June, though nesting may have been impacted by late snowfall. - - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and cooperating agency employees opportunistically collect observations of game bird (ruffed grouse, wild turkey and pheasant) broods for a 10-week period in June through August each year.

Tiny transmitters help track survival of rare turtle hatchlings

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
Wisconsin and Tomahawk river hatchlings recruited to advance science and conservation - RHINELANDER - It's wood turtle hatching time and up to 20 of these state-threatened species are being outfitted with tiny transmitters to allow state conservation biologists to track their survival and learn if the state's successful nest protection efforts pay off over the long-term. - - Protecting nests from predators is one major part of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' statewide conservation strategy for wood turtles. Since a DNR study of wood turtles in 2014 and 2015 found placing cages over turtle nests increased the survival of eggs and hatchling production significantly, DNR conservation biologists have continued and expanded those protection efforts as well as relocated some nests to larger sites protected by electric fencing.

Records are meant to be broken, but really? Grass carp record changes hands in 2.5 hours

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
MADISON - State fish records have been falling fast this summer but none faster than for an invasive species shot with a bow and arrow and hauled from the Mississippi River. - - Michael Mahnke of Waukesha shot a 38-1/4 inch, 34 pound, 7.2 ounce grass carp on August 5 from the Mississippi River in Grant County. The fish broke the existing record by over a pound and a half.

Grants now available to groups to help introduce Wisconsin residents to fishing

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- - MADISON - A total of $75,000 in grants are now available under a new Department of Natural Resources initiative aimed at helping local governments, organizations and others recruit new anglers, particularly adult women and other groups underrepresented in the activity. - - The Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (Angler R3) grant program will provide financial assistance to local governments, organizations and others who conduct Angler R3 programs and activities in Wisconsin.

Youth Waterfowl and regular season Canada goose hunts set to open in September

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 3:51pm
- MADISON -Regular season Canada goose hunting opens Sunday, Sept. 16, along with the Youth Waterfowl Hunt Sept. 15-16. - - Youth Waterfowl Hunt

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

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 3:51pm
- MADISON - With more crashes involving all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles this late summer state conservation wardens are urging all operators and riders to remember safety steps. Wisconsin has seen 16 fatal crashes involving all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles this year. - - Gary EddyPhoto credit: DNR - - Gary Eddy, off-highway administrative warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says wardens statewide are encouraging all operators and riders to "Wear it Wisconsin!"

Wild rice harvest season outlook for 2018 now available

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 1:05pm
- MADISON -- Wild rice harvesters will find opportunities for harvest in Wisconsin this year--many ricers have begun harvest on some early maturing waters. - - "After relatively poor rice crops in consecutive years, the 2018 crop generally appears to be faring better in northwest counties, despite heavy storms and flooding in June," said Jason Fleener, wetland habitat specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "However, the flooding had some local impacts--the Radigan Flowage in Douglas County, a popular ricing destination, remains de-watered from a dam breach. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area in Burnett County has below-average rice on its flowages this year, also thought to be caused by the floods."