DURAND — Conservationists are urgently petitioning legislators to reconsider approving a $1.1 million state stewardship grant requested by Landmark Conservancy to purchase 1,024 acres from Xcel Energy to expand the Tiffany Wildlife Area along the Chippewa River in western Wisconsin.

Lightning flashes illuminate the shadows where my dog and I stand huddled beneath a patch of backyard pines.

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Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows hunters harvested 3,648 bears during the 2019 Wisconsin black bear season, nearly equal to the 3,680 reported in 2018.

ROCK FALLS — Members of the Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team moved quickly through their July 16 orders of business, making, seconding and passing unanimously a motion culminating their year and a half of effort after an Eau Claire County deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

PLUM CITY — “When I first saw what they did, I was on board … It was the beauty of it,” said Jeff Van Holtum as he looked over a section of his farm where Plum Creek meandered through his property.

Sitting in a local coffee shop, the jovial Rev. Don Wisner has just come from putting away his beloved oar-powered western-style drift boat, dubbed “Row vs. Wade,” for the season. It’s a ritual that leaves this highly-respected theologian and widely-admired fly fisher with a feeling of grati…

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Brush Ranch Outfitters, LLC, a Galesville, Wis., captive deer farm, pleaded no contest to several hunting-related charges stemming from a 2017 case in which the farm was accused of running an illegal deer-hunting operation.

State wildlife officials have confirmed that tissue samples collected from three deer in Crawford County and two deer from Richland County have tested positive for the virus that causes epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD. Department of Natural Resources staff confirmed the occurrence of t…

Every year about this time of late summer, the usual predictions for the upcoming hunting seasons of various game species come out — projections for upland birds, ducks, deer and bear.

BRAINERD, Minn. — On a recent 50-ish degrees early fall day, the calm, mostly deserted waters of Gull Lake would add to a treasure chest of memories for a foursome boat of anglers hopelessly caught up in sportfishing’s circle.

The moods of Mother Nature are easily changed by the seasons. Now, at the end of summer, she spreads her warmth across the landscape and provides almost unlimited food to sustain the wildlife of the region.

After the final and most successful winter trapping effort, 60 more elk joined Wisconsin’s growing herd. The elk are now settling into their new home in northern Wisconsin after their release from the acclimation and quarantine pen.

Taylor Storch goes about his duties as co-owner of Northern Lure Resort and Campground at Gordon Lake near Glidden with great optimism for the operation he and his wife Tiffany have run for the past five years.

When the Barron County Board’s Property Committee passed an order earlier this summer requiring boaters to use decontamination stations at landings, it was another way of raising awareness of how boaters can help keep invasive species out of lakes.

GRANTSBURG — Most people have that special place where they like to go to escape for a while. It is the place where you can reload, charge your batteries and just disappear for a few hours. For me that spot is often the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg, a sprawling wetland prairie …

ROCK FALLS — Hunters in parts of Eau Claire, Dunn and Pepin counties will be required to have deer killed during the nine-day gun-deer season in November tested for chronic wasting disease if the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources implements the recommendations the Chippewa Valley CWD…

DODGEVILLE — When the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released its final version of the 2019-23 Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, also known as SCORP, it detailed that the No. 1 demand for Wisconsin residents who enjoy being outdoors was more good, quality …

With camera in hand, I set out to explore familiar locations, places I visit regularly in search of wildlife. I was a little later than normal. It had been one of those “five more minutes of sleep” mornings when the bed was comfortable and the cat was snuggled next to me, lying on my arm … y…

We’ve all heard about Murphy’s Law — anything that can go wrong will go wrong. And, in our day-to-day living, we have all probably found that, to some degree, this is true.

ROCK FALLS — Testing for chronic wasting disease would be mandatory during the nine-day 2019 gun-deer season in six townships surrounding the sites where three deer returned CWD-positive tests in 2018 if the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources implements the recommendations of the Chip…

SPOONER — Summer days are days created by God for kids to enjoy. No homework, no tests, no getting up and rushing to catch the bus each morning. Kids can enjoy freedom. And that is what being a kid is really all about, isn’t it? Freedom to just, well, be a kid!

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirms that a Portage County deer and elk hunting ranch that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in November 2018 was depopulated on May 9. Other than the initial CWD positive, none of the remaining 16…

A panel of researchers has raised concerns about the science behind the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's latest push to remove gray wolves in the lower 48 states from the endangered species list.

BARNEVELD — Fred Casper of Westby was presented the 2018 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Ethical Hunter Award by WDNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller and Customer Sales Specialist Ryan Muckenhirn of Vortex Optics in Barneveld.

Mississippi River waterfowl watchers can view their favorite birds from the comfort of their homes courtesy of a new flyway cam. The video recording system set up in Pool 7 is now active and capturing wildlife activities as well as migrations.

Adam Armenta of Verona told his son Riley, 11, he’d likely spend the rest of his life trying to top the large turkey he shot during a Learn-to-Hunt session before the regular season opened in mid-April.

Preston Cole, Department of Natural Resources secretary nominee, leans scientifically in approaching chronic wasting disease, possible water contamination problems, and communications with the public.

The Friends of Crex and staff at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg are launching a new volunteer program called Adopt-A-Trail.

Ryan Rodenkirch, the newly elected president of the Whitetails of Wisconsin board of directors, knows the deer-farming industry is facing a large obstacle in chronic wasting disease. But, as important as addressing CWD is for the industry, Rodenkirch said the best approach to solving the pro…