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…

The Cable Natural History Museum unveiled its newly designed permanent indoor children’s exhibit to the public during an open house Saturday, May 25.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has announced the depopulation of all the deer on a Crow Wing County farm first infected with chronic wasting disease in 2016.

Following the state’s first elk hunting season in history, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced preparations for another hunt this fall. For a chance to participate, interested hunters can submit their elk hunting application starting May 1.

With warmer weather on the horizon, anglers in Wisconsin are heading out to their garages and sheds to shake the dust off their fishing poles and tackle boxes. Some may be studying maps or Googling potential fishing sites; others may be rushing to stake out their favorite spot or keeping sec…

There were 1,060 white-tailed deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin during the 2018 surveillance year, which ran from April 1 through March 31. This compares to 597 that tested positive during the 2017 surveillance year; however, state wildlife heath officials sa…

More than 10,700 people participated in the 2019 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings. The public hearings were held in all 72 counties on April 8 for people who wanted to attend and comment on proposals. In add…

Between rain showers on the opening morning of the 2019 spring turkey hunt, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Dale Hochhausen sat in his truck on the side of the road while a tom turkey strutted behind him.

Now and for the next six weeks, turkeys are in the spotlight, sashaying about for hens, hunters and anyone who can tolerate a 20-plus pound gobbler displaying in an ostentatious manner to attract attention.

EAU CLAIRE — County Deer Advisory councils announced their initial proposals for 2019 antlerless deer quotas across the state at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearings held April 8 in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

Bird migration will be the topic of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary’s next Birds and Beer program Thursday, April 18, in the Isle Theater at Nezzy’s Sports Bar and Grill in Cumberland. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., with the program to follow at 6 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has placed Stearns County under an emergency quarantine after emerald ash borers were found in the city of Sauk Centre, Minn.

The Northwest Chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association will hold its annual meeting and conference Saturday, April 13, at the Flat Creek Inn and Suites in Hayward. Registration will start at 9 a.m., with the program at 9:30 a.m.