Nearly 1,600 of Wisconsin’s youth archers are set to gather March 29-30 to aim for top honors at the 2019 Wisconsin National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament at Wisconsin Dells. ... Read more
The sugar maple tree was officially named Wisconsin’s state tree 70 years ago, even though the idea was discussed as early as 1893.
It has been about 20 years since white-tailed deer have had to cope with a winter like 2018-19 in southern Wisconsin. Mild December and January weather turned nasty in February and March.
U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, of Wisconsin introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to manage and prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
A band of four coyotes came down a pasture ravine; two were run off leaving a pair to themselves.
The 2019 sturgeon spearing season in the Winnebago System concluded with a total of 786 sturgeon harvested, including 479 on Lake Winnebago and 307 on the Upriver Lakes.
The outdoors, to many people, is a pick-me-up for many things monotonous, including the weather and persistent winter conditions.
ROCK FALLS — There have been no documented cases of chronic wasting disease making the cross-species jump from deer to humans, but the possibility that it someday could has hunters concerned.
Wisconsin elk will be the subject of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary’s Soup Lunch Tuesday, March 12, at Long Lake Lutheran Church in Sarona. Lunch will be served at noon with the program following at 12:30 p.m.
The School District of Reedsburg’s Hartje Outdoor Learning Center is hosting the annual First Tree Tapping event for the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association at 10 a.m. on March 16.
RICE LAKE — Evidence of northern Wisconsin’s proud lumbering heritage can be found throughout the region. Look no further than the street signs in the city of Rice Lake, many which bear the familiar surnames of prominent lumber barons such as Knapp, Stout, Tainter and Wilson.
In an era when fast-moving, sophisticated cutting equipment dominates the logging industry, Randy Blakeman of Marengo and his crew are content to tackle timber sales with the old-school dependability of gas-powered chain saws. For Blakeman, a successful tree harvest is as much about time wel…
If there ever was a slow time for outdoors enthusiasts, it might be now. So with the long winter, and lots of snow, don’t be that summer-away-from-school child and say, “I have nothing to do outside.”
On Feb. 15, the same day that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced it discovered chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Crow Wing County, Gov. Tim Walz announced new funding proposals to combat the fatal neurological disease.
Writers have often compared libraries and archives to wildernesses. But for Aldo Leopold, the metaphor was reversed. To him, a woodpile was as rich in meaning as a library of good books.
People may soon have a new weapon in the battle against mosquitoes, and it comes from an unusual source: bacteria.
Being outdoors in Wisconsin’s winter elements is not for the weak, many would suggest. So why engage in it? Why freeze and become soiled and bruised?
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will host a public meeting to discuss testing and surveillance in response to the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in western Eau Claire County.
Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse face several serious hurdles in maintaining stable populations, even in central and northern Wisconsin where generally stable but cycling populations are present.
As common as bald eagles have become, people never seem to tire of viewing, photographing and admiring them.
WAUPACA — Forrest Peters grew up fishing in the Milwaukee area, but the one thing that really bothered him was the equipment he was buying.
Therapeutic photography will be the topic for a soup lunch and program at noon Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Long Lake Lutheran Church in Sarona.
TOWN OF RIDGEWAY — The 10th Annual Hyde Area Squirrel Hunting Tournament brought back memories of bygone days when dozens of cars and trucks once crowded in-person deer registration stations.
Wisconsin’s bald eagle population continues to reach new heights as 2018 nest surveys revealed a record number of nests statewide and Walworth County confirmed its first documented nest in at least a half century, according to results released in the 2018 Wisconsin Bald Eagle Nest Survey.
BLACK EARTH CREEK, DANE COUNTY — Wisconsin’s early catch-and-release trout season was uncharacteristically sunny and warm, air temperature reaching 50 degrees by noon. The weather, as much as catching fish, grabbed the attention of most anglers.
Salt and sand contribute greatly to lake, river and stream pollution. Once it’s spread on parking lots, streets, sidewalks and driveways, it’s on its way to the nearest surface water and cannot be recovered.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Madison Area Woodland Owners Conference will feature presentations focusing on Snapshot Wisconsin, a state wildlife program; preparing for a meeting with your forester; forest harvesting — methods and more; pruning to improve your woods; and fantastic fungi — movers…
To hear Marieke “Rieke” Kuchenbecker talk of home in Berlin, Germany, might give most outdoors men, women and children shivers, or worse.
Trout anglers remember last summer, when nature threw a wave at them with record high water. Last summer trout fishing and catching had just begun to “get good” and then the high waters hit. Many put their flyrod away for the year.
The 14th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley. The festival shares the impact and importance of Wisconsin’s winter wildlands through a collection of short films.
New Zealand mudsnails, an invasive species of snail, have recently been verified in two new streams in Dane County, prompting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to ask anglers to help prevent the spread of this organism to other water bodies.
SPRING GREEN — Most ice anglers do not give much thought to scouting winter fishing holes, but Buddy Hynek of Lone Rock, via La Crosse, planned ahead when he relocated.
Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer can serve more than a recreational outlet for nearly 600,000 hunters, including some from 33 foreign countries.
Our property has been in the family for many decades now, and we have made our fair share of mistakes. Some of these are related to working with contractors for timber harvests and other tasks we needed done. We have tried in the past going with handshake agreements, and many times those hav…
First awarded in 1997, the annual Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Ethics Award recognizes the hunter whose action are emblematic of Wisconsin’s hunting heritage — which is not about trophy bucks or number of pheasants — of an outdoor tradition enjoyed responsibly, respectful…
BARNEVELD — The 2019 gun deer season opens Nov. 23, six days later than the 2018 season opened.
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary near Sarona will host a Winter Solstice Hike from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.
The five-year Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator study is entering its third winter of capturing and collaring adult deer, bobcats and coyotes.
AUBURNDALE — Hands on learning and real life lessons are two reasons Auburndale science teacher Jim Farrell started doing water testing on Mill Creek 13 years ago.
The application period for vacant County Deer Advisory Council seats is open through Jan. 15.
People looking for a holiday gift that keeps giving throughout the year can give outdoor enthusiasts access to some of the most scenic areas found in Wisconsin that offer thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of nature hiking opportunities and dozens of beaches, with a 2019 Wisconsin state …
The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The plan provides guidance to public outdoor recreation policy and planning decisions and is used in allocating recreation-related grants administered by the Department of …
A informational class on improving hunting land for whitetail deer will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Luck School.
Wisconsin’s nine-day gun-deer hunting season saw a 6.9 percent increase in the number of deer registered this year compared to 2017.
BARNEVELD — Kim Meier, 62, ended his career in the Army while in Alaska and then went to work at the U.S. Postal Service in Wasilla, Alaska. One might imagine all the hunting opportunities in the 49th state would satisfy his quest for wild meat.
Wisconsin’s 2018 gun-deer season opened Nov. 17 with a hush of snowfall in some areas of southwest Wisconsin. An inch or more sky down fell quieting and covering deer habitat with a white blanket providing added safety, good sighting for participants, and when necessary, a surface to imprint…
Starting Dec. 17, 2018 campers booking a campsite at Wisconsin State Park System properties will be using a new, improved — and less expensive — reservation system.
BARNEVELD — Mike Zintz, a 72-year-old man from Madison, hunts deer almost exclusively with archery equipment, including a climber tree stand.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — After several years of tracking a prized deer, Joshua Gawrysiak shot the “buck of a lifetime” Nov. 10 in the northeast corner of Chippewa Falls.
With nearly 600,000 gun deer hunters handling slugged shotguns, muzzleloaders, rifles, and various types of archery equipment, it behooves us to review the four rules of firearm safety before donning hunter orange caps and coats.