January 21, 2020

Wisconsin Conservation Warden Named North American Resource Officer of 2019

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- On the heels of being lauded as the Wisconsin warden of 2019, Conservation Warden Dale Hochhausen's outstanding public service caught the attention of the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association, which named the La Crosse County-based warden as the association's officer of the year.

That’s all the news they had today.  Jenny, was that the ROSE that worked at the station that passed away??  Just wondering?

January 14, 2020

Celebrate Pattison State Park Turning 100 At Winterfest

SUPERIOR, Wis. - Pattison State Park is celebrating 100 years since its designation as a state park. On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Pattison and Amnicon Falls State Parks will kick off a year-long celebration honoring the 100th anniversary with Winterfest.

A candlelight ski and snowshoe hike is a highlight of Winterfest at Pattison State Park.


Protect Your Trees from Disease

MADISON, Wis. - With the new year upon us, healthy lifestyle habits are sure to be on many people's minds as they plan for changes in diet and exercise. The new year is also the perfect opportunity to make healthier choices for trees. Winter is the ideal time for tree pruning while avoiding harmful, disease-carrying pests such as the tiny beetles that carry oak wilt from one tree wound to another.

Pruning during winter is less likely to invite unwanted, disease-carrying pests like the beetles that carry oak wilt from one tree to another. - Photo credit: sasapanchenko


DNR Joins UW-Extension to Host Regional CAFO Update Meetings Beginning Jan. 28

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension are co-hosting a series of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) update meetings throughout Wisconsin in late January and early February. Meetings will take place in Green Bay, Luxemburg, New London, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Dodgeville, Marshfield and Jefferson.

This was a note sent to Larry Bonde, Chairman of the Wis. Conservation Congress and he wants to public to help.

Hello Congress members:


We are attempting to a better handle on the distribution of albino and white deer in Wisconsin.  You can help by sharing our intentions to do so with anyone you know who has seen an albino or white deer since January 1, and throughout the rest of the year.  Please ask them to go to the DNR web site and report it using our Large Mammal Observation Report form at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/mammalobsform.asp.  This is the same on-line form that we have used for cougars, moose, and other less-commonly sighted large mammals, and we’ve added white deer.


This opportunity will continue indefinitely, and we will annual produce a statewide summary of reports.  Thanks in advance for helping us expand our statewide knowledge!






Kevin Wallenfang
Big Game Ecologist, Bureau of Wildlife Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921
(() phone: (608) 261-7589
(() fax:      (608) 267-7857
(+) e-mail: kevin.wallenfang@wisconsin.gov

Outdoor Report is your weekly snapshot for all things outdoors from across the state. Here is a brief look at what Wisconsin has in store for you this week.

In the north, snowmobile trails are in good condition on the travelwisconsin.com Snow Conditions Report. Keep an eye out for some slush spots due to the recent warmer weather. Cross-country ski conditions and snowshoeing are at a premium.

Fluctuating water levels have produced adverse ice conditions on backwaters of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. Southern Inland lakes have a variety of ice conditions, from open water to up to 5 inches. Northern ice conditions are highly variable from 3 to 12 inches, but slush is an issue.

Anglers should use extreme caution. Ice fishing has been good in some areas, with anglers reporting panfish and an occasion bass, walleye and northern pike. Early trout anglers had a good opening weekend with favorable weather and stream conditions. With the close of deer season, predator hunters are out in force having success with bobcat, fisher and otter catches all well represented.









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