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Elk herd continues to expand

BLACK RIVER FALLS — After the release of an additional 50 elk in eastern Jackson County in July, the herd there has continued to settle into its primary range.

1 day ago
Knight Life: Memories of hunts gone by return with news hunting camp was sold

I got a call from Duane Jasper of Rice Lake recently telling me that the Gintz family has sold its longtime hunting camp in the wilds of Douglas County.

1 day ago
Testing of CWD to continue

MADISON — State wildlife officials will continue testing white-tailed deer killed during this year’s hunting season for chronic wasting disease, part of

3 weeks ago
Field Notes 9/2/16

Deer numbers appear high

4 weeks ago
Field Notes 8/26/16

Hunters receive turkey permits

1 month ago
Field Notes 8/19/16

Refuge celebrates 80th anniversary

1 month ago
New view of the region

TREMPEALEAU — One of Ryan Johnson’s favorite things about offering kayak tours with Driftless Adventure Co. is he never knows what he’s going to see each

1 month ago
Knight Life: Land purchase will ensure site where nuclear plant was once proposed will remain natural

I once went for a fishing trip and canoe ride with a top Xcel Energy official who told me — he didn’t intend his comments be made public at the time —

1 month ago
Field Notes 8/5/16

Thorp womanreceives award

1 month ago
Viewpoint: Debate about deer continues

EAGLE RIVER — Dave Clausen showed a photo slide of an oak tree at a gathering of outdoors writers from across Wisconsin.

2 months ago
Getting Out Briefs 7/8/16

Hearing set to discuss frac sand

2 months ago
Grouse cycle on the upswing

Ruffed grouse hunters are well-acquainted with swings in the birds’ population cycles, which measure about 10 years.

2 months ago
Field Notes 7/1/16

Caution urged with fireworks

3 months ago
Field Notes 6/24/16

Moisture boosts bird numbers

3 months ago
Field Notes 6/10/16

Spring turkey numbers rise

3 months ago
Field Notes 6/3/16

Free activities set for this weekend

4 months ago
Field Notes 5/27/16

Program helps remove lead lines

4 months ago
Banding woodcocks helps obtain information about elusive creatures

TAMARAC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Minn. — Donna Dustin knew the woodcock was there, somewhere, hunkered down in the brush, most likely with eggs or a brood of chicks.

4 months ago
Field Notes 5/13/16

Bat disease keeps on spreading

4 months ago
Field Notes 5/6/16

Artists for stamp contest sought

4 months ago
Anglers must maneuver new rules for Saturday's fishing opener

Anglers should find active walleyes, new trout regulations and the possibility of scattered showers Saturday for the general fishing season opener.

4 months ago
Working with wolves

CLOQUET, MINN. —From somewhere in the dark recesses of the den came nearly inaudible squeaks and whimpers. 

5 months ago
Field Notes 4/30/16

Rusk, Clark counties get grant

5 months ago
Field Notes 4/22/16

Work on state elk herd continues

5 months ago
Knight Life: Twelve-year-old Fall Creek boy proposes change to fishing rule

It was an unusually warm day in late March, and Jack Thomson thought it would be a good time to try out a new bass fishing rod he had received for Christmas on the Fall Creek

5 months ago
Finding shed treasures: Chance encounter helps families track down moose antlers

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — The Erickson-Pionk crew had been hunting for the shed antlers of moose for three years. 

5 months ago
Field Notes 4/15/16

Deer councils set recommendations

5 months ago
Knight Life: Deer stands, fees and other topics to be debated at hearings

Should hunters be allowed to put up a deer stand on state land and keep it up, rather than having to remove it at the end of each hunting day, as is currently required?

5 months ago
Field Notes 4/8/16

Carlson named to Hall of Fame

5 months ago
Field Notes 4/1/16

New panfish rules to begin

6 months ago
Conservation conflicts: Use of lead shot prompts conservation, economics debate

Two seemingly disparate conservation struggles — one in Minnesota that seeks to ban lead shot on some wildlife management areas, the other in Montana that has

6 months ago
Field Notes 3/25/16

Recent winter considered mild

6 months ago
Fishing goes high-tech

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The moment you step into Brent Chapman’s boat, you feel as if you are in a floating computer room. 

6 months ago
Field Notes 3/18/16

Most CWD in southern Wis.

6 months ago
Talking turkey: Expert offers tips for hunting gobblers

Dick Alford, 77, grew up in Brooklyn Center, Minn. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he played baseball before moving to Wisconsin to coach and teach.

6 months ago
Daunting trip north: Challenges, successes of historic dog sled trek recalled

DULUTH — Polar explorer Will Steger says he has trouble reading “North to the Pole” these days. 

6 months ago
Field Notes 3/11/16

Black bear hunt applicants sought

6 months ago
Field Notes 3/4/16

Fund donations help save prairies

7 months ago
Not ducking out: Minn. duck boat builders keep tradition afloat

MELROSE, Minn. — The best duck hunting may be tucked away in memory, not in central Minnesota marshes.

7 months ago
Knight Life: Skiing event with canines offers twists, turns

HAYWARD — Henley and I had an inauspicious start to the 2016 Barkie Birkie. 

7 months ago
Field Notes 2/26/16

DNR updates licensing system

7 months ago
Field Notes 2/19/16

Agencies work to boost elk herd

7 months ago
Field Notes 2/12/16

DNR gives out water grants

7 months ago
Knight Life: Politics, not economics or stewardship, behind state land sales

In 1959 the state Department of Natural Resources bought 9.6 acres at the border of Dunn and Eau Claire counties from the state Highway Commission for $101.

7 months ago
Field Notes 2/6/16

Trout guide to talk at meeting

7 months ago
Knight Life: Grouse are sparse on last day of hunting season

OSSEO — There was a sense of anticipation as Marcus Livingston made the short walk to a small creek at about noon on Sunday.

7 months ago
Minnesota studying Wisconsin elk plan

MINNEAPOLIS — Cattle trailers filled with wild elk captured from the eastern mountains of Kentucky will roll to Black River Falls in the coming months as part of a five

8 months ago
Knight Life: Fish farm proposal worries some

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout said she’s all for Wisconsin’s fish farmers finding success. She just doesn’t want their efforts to harm the state’s

8 months ago
Field Notes 1/29/16

Guide to discuss bait fish patterns

8 months ago
Knight Life: Nearly $300K in compensation to deer farmer raises eyebrows

State and federal agricultural agencies operate under the rules that if they kill every animal in a farmer’s herd or flock for the purpose of controlling a contagious

8 months ago