Outdoor/Recreations

Operation Deer Watch is well underway with the Wisconsin DNR

MADISON – Operation Deer Watch, an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer, gives residents an engaging opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources researchers ask participants to report their deer sightings via an easy-to-use online form. The data collected provide insights into the reproductive status…

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DNR to implement mandatory CWD sampling and in-person registration for six townships in West Central Wisconsin during nine-day gun deer season

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is requiring some hunters in West Central Wisconsin to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the entire nine-day gun deer season Nov. 23 – Dec.1. The DNR will also implement mandatory in-person registration for deer harvested during the first Saturday and Sunday of…

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Hunters education in Colfax

For the first time in over forty years Hunter Education Training offered in Colfax will not be conducted in the familiar classroom format, according to Jim Nosker, lead instructor for the Colfax Hunter Ed instructor team. Instead of traditional classroom sessions, the instructor team will put on an Internet Class Field Day 9:00 a.m. –…

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No sharp-tailed grouse permits issued for fall 2019

In light of new scientific data and concerns over future viability of the sharp-tailed grouse population in Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources will not issue hunting permits for the fall 2019 hunting season. Each year, the Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee, which consists of DNR wildlife biologists and partnering agencies and organizations, uses spring dancing-ground…

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Regional West Nile virus monitoring effort for ruffed grouse to continue this fall

MADISON -Ruffed grouse hunters can assist wildlife health officials in a multi-year study monitoring for West Nile virus in ruffed grouse by submitting samples from their harvested ruffed grouse. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is collaborating with the Minnesota and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress…

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CWD sampling plan in place for 2018 deer hunting seasons

EAU CLAIRE – In cooperation with local businesses, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing during the 2018 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons. Hunters who harvest an adult deer within Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties are strongly encouraged…

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