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  1. Rob Zimmer column: May is for the birds

    April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring May birds. The month of May truly is the peak month for birdwatchers across Wisconsin.

    • 7:43 AM
  2. Trestin Frey with a nice early spring river pike. Gary Engberg/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Gary Engberg offers tips for landing early Northerns on the Wisconsin River

    Now is the time of the year when most Wisconsin and upper Midwest anglers start fishing local rivers for walleyes and saugers. The melting snow, the slowly moderating temperatures, the geese heading north and the arrival of migrating songbirds all add to thoughts of spring’s arrival and open-water fishing.

    • 9:53 AM
  3. Blogger Joel DeBoer targets scrappy yellow perch

    A quick glance at just about any good fish fry menu here in Wisconsin is bound to feature at least one dish showcasing one of the more popular and tasty specimens to frequent our waterways – the yellow perch. With the majority of ice off here in North-Central Wisconsin and water temperatures on the rise, now is a great time to target numbers of this scrappy finned opponent.

    • 9:28 AM
  4. A lake trout caught on Big Green Lake. Submitted photo

    Fishidy blog explores a fishing location off the beaten path

    Fishidy.com shares the first installment in their 'Off the Beaten Path' series. This week's focus is on Big Green Lake in the central region of Wisconsin, about 30 miles west of Fond Du Lac.

    • 10:40 AM
  5.  Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Blogger reminds trout anglers that catch-and-release season wraps up Sunday

    Wisconsin's catch-and-release season closes this Sunday evening and reopens to the regular season the following Saturday, May 3.

    • 8:26 AM
  6. Wisconsin Bowhunters Association adds support to Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo

    The Wisconsin Bowhunters Association has added financial and volunteer support to the Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo, May 15 and 16, at the DNR’s MacKenzie Center, Poynette, according to the association’s Jeff Geitner. The event is free for students, and transportation grants are available for schools in need.

    • 10:59 AM
  7. Listen to the latest episode of Carrie Zylka's podcast

    Carrie Zylka vows to never lease hunting land again in the newest episode of her podcast.

    • 10:17 AM
  8. Live chat: DNR experts to discuss fire awareness and prevention

    Join DNR experts for an online chat at noon on Thursday in which they'll discuss fire prevention in Wisconsin's outdoors.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  9. Back roads offers Wisconsin's beauty to cyclists

    Jason McDowell of OnMilwaukee.com wrote a column in which he highlighted the benefits of exploring Wisconsin's back roads by bike.

    • 9:07 AM
  10. Work*Play*Earth Day event planned at Richard Bong State Recreation Area

    Richard Bong State Recreation Area announces a Work*Play*Earth Day event.

    • 8:15 AM
  11. Madison still a haven for four wheels, rather than two

    Melissa Howison of The Daily Cardinal in Madison reports on the city's standing as the ninth highest percentage of commuters that travel by bike in the nation.

    • 9:15 AM
  12. Fishing report for the Upper Chippewa Basin for April 23, 2014

    Ice conditions have continued to slowly deteriorate on lakes across the Northwoods, tho most lakes still have upwards of 15 inches of ice covering them. Access areas, as well as the north and west shorelines, have a lot of soft grainy ice and a fringe of open water. In addition, open water has also developed around the inlets and outlet streams. For the most part, the ice angling season has ended and there have only been a few daring panfish anglers out in the past week.

    • 9:42 AM
  13. Live chat: DNR experts to discuss whooping cranes

    Join DNR experts for an online chat at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in which they'll discuss Wisconsin's whooping cranes.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  14. Download fish identification app in time for the state opener

    Download a free Wisconsin fish identification app at seagrant.wisc.edu/fishid in time for the May 3 statewide fishing opener. There is also a finger-friendly website available for phones and tablets at the same URL.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Agency sets 1-walleye limit on 173 Wisconsin lakes

    Wisconsin wildlife officials on Monday reduced the number of lakes where non-tribal anglers can take only a single walleye per day even though the state's six Chippewa tribes have said they'll aim to spear a record number of the fish.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Agency sets 1-walleye limit on 173 Wisconsin lakes

    Wisconsin wildlife officials on Monday reduced the number of lakes where non-tribal anglers can take only a single walleye per day even though the state's six Chippewa tribes have said they'll aim to spear a record number of the fish.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Agency sets 1-walleye limit on 173 Wisconsin lakes

    Wisconsin wildlife officials on Monday reduced the number of lakes where non-tribal anglers can take only a single walleye per day even though the state's six Chippewa tribes have said they'll aim to spear a record number of the fish.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Agency sets 1-walleye limit on 173 Wisconsin lakes

    Wisconsin wildlife officials on Monday reduced the number of lakes where non-tribal anglers can take only a single walleye per day even though the state's six Chippewa tribes have said they'll aim to spear a record number of the fish.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Agency sets 1-walleye limit on 173 Wisconsin lakes

    Wisconsin wildlife officials on Monday reduced the number of lakes where non-tribal anglers can take only a single walleye per day even though the state's six Chippewa tribes have said they'll aim to spear a record number of the fish.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Agency sets 1-walleye limit on 173 Wisconsin lakes

    Wisconsin wildlife officials on Monday reduced the number of lakes where non-tribal anglers can take only a single walleye per day even though the state's six Chippewa tribes have said they'll aim to spear a record number of the fish.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  15. Logan Udelhofen and Tyler Staskal of Fennimore were fishing at the dam in Gays Mills on Friday, April 18, 2014. Len Harris/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Blogger Len Harris visits duo angling for redhorse

    Logan Udelhofen and Tyler Staskal of Fennimore were fishing at the dam in Gays Mills over the weekend. I was driving by after a Friday fish fry and saw they had a double hook-up going. I decided to investigate.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  16.  Submitted by Anthony Larson

    Blogger reviews product designed to pack a charge

    We've all been there a time or two, a dead battery and no help in sight. Off-road fishing spots make it nearly impossible to get AAA and your buddies are out of town. What a miserable situation!

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  17. Kids will learn about the outdoor world around them at Hayward event

    On Monday May 19, the Youth Conservation Alliance in conjunction with the Hayward Center for Individualized Learning (HACIL) will host a multimedia presentation specifically designed for kids and the outdoor world around them. The event will be held in the main auditorium at the brand new HACIL School facility in downtown Hayward, next to Walmart. This program is open to kids in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  18. Babe Winkelman and Fishidy launch 'Fishing Tales' contest

    Babe Winkelman Productions is excited to announce a continued partnership with Fishidy for 2014.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  19. Inaugural Headlamp Hustle to be held on Ice Age Trail

    Fontana Sports is excited to be partnering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance for a twilight trail run/walk on the Table Bluff Segment of the Ice Age Trail in Cross Plains.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  20. Historic sites and museums invite visitors to 'fly a kite'

    To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Wisconsin Historical Society's historic sites and museums invite visitors to 'Come Fly a Kite' at their locations all around Wisconsin in May and June. The sites will provide the materials for making, decorating and flying the kites.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  21. Conservation Hall of Fame celebrates 30th anniversary

    The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) will celebrate its 30th Induction Ceremony by honoring the chief architect and pokesman for the Wisconsin Natural and Scientific Areas Program, a land and water conservationist who helped create the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame and a much loved outdoors writer and journalist who left indelible marks on the environment will be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this year.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  22. Turkey camp in Richland County yields bird for writer

    JSOnline.com outdoors editor Paul A. Smith writes about his recent experience at turkey camp in Richland County.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  23. Blogger thinks new three-county launch permit falls short

    Around Lake Winnebago, boaters spend substantial cash to launch their boats at the various launches. With a huge watershed, boaters understand that off the water transportation of the vessels is required to maximize their efforts. Time and fuel costs would become overwhelming to navigate the system via the water, unless you are just out for a pleasure cruise.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  24. Blogger examines cold water safety at Devil's Lake

    Derrick Mayoleth of Skillet Creek Media in Baraboo offers some tips for early paddlers on Devil's Lake near Baraboo in a recent post on DevilsLakeWisconsin.com.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  25. DNR Secretary releases statement on Chippewa tribes' walleye plans

    In response to annual tribal walleye harvest declarations from the Chippewa tribes for waters in the Ceded Territory covering the northern third of Wisconsin, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp has issued the following statement:

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  26.  Photo submitted by Jeff Evans

    Fishing guide Jeff Evans swims with a goliath fish

    Take the heaviest rod and reel you have, wrap the line around the hitch of your truck, have your buddy (or better yet your wife) drive the truck away from you and try to stop it. They'll get a kick out of it, and you'll have experienced fighting a goliath grouper. However, I strongly recommend experiencing the real thing just as I did this past March.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  27. The finished bike rack, as conceived by students at Wausau East High School. Photo courtesy of Joel Pataconi

    Students design, create new bike racks for downtown

    Bicyclists in downtown Wausau soon will lock their rides to unique sculptural bike racks that will meld function and form, thanks to the work of local students.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  28. Bryan Kleist of the Wisconsin Speleological Society a group dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of our state's valuable cave systems, scans the roof of one of the caverns at Ledgeview Nature Center for roosting bats. Rob Zimmer/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Rob Zimmer column: Deadly bat disease discovered in Wisconsin colony

    The gracefulness and beauty of bats in flight, dancing over a summer meadow, pond or forest clearing, is an amazing experience. As they sweep through the skies, twisting and turning in pursuit of their winged insect prey, bats silently go about their nightly journeys beneath the stars.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Read fishing reports from around Wisconsin

    Need help landing that big catch? Read ice fishing reports from around Wisconsin.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  29. This photo provided by The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota shows Julia Ponder, D.V.M., executive director of The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, releasing a snowy owl Saturday April 19, 2014, just outside of Superior, Wis. AP Photo/The Raptor Center at the University of MN

    Post-rehab, injured snowy owl released into wild

    A rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital flew back into the wild on Saturday, after weeks of rehab in Minnesota and procedures to replace its flight feathers.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  30. Anglers invade Baileys Harbor this weekend

    The Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament will be held Friday through April 27. There is over $7,000 in prizes to be won, and tickets are only $25.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  31. Northern anglers can keep largemouth bass

    Anglers in northern Wisconsin can keep largemouth bass this season for the first time in 22 years.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  32. Hayward lakes fishing report for April 21, 2014

    Warmer daytime temperatures, milder nights, and rain forecast for this week will help remove remaining snow and ice from the North Woods – and “the sooner the better” gets a near-unanimous vote!

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  33. Central Wisconsin fishing report for April 21, 2014

    Ice fishing pretty-much over, but great open water walleye action can be found in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Marathon and Lincoln counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  34. Eagle River fishing report for April 21, 2014

    The bite for crappies, bluegills and perch is good, while travel on the ice has become difficult, again.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  35. Live chat: DNR experts to discuss spring birding

    Wisconsin’s parade of migratory birds — although a little behind schedule due to cold spring temperatures — is starting to arrive and a live online chat with state birding experts will help people get ready for the big month ahead.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  36. The Narrows area of Soo Lake from Brumley's Resort. Submitted by John Carlson

    Phillips area fishing report for April 20, 2014

    Looks like most of the Chain Of Lakes should be ice free by the opener of fishing on May 3. Ice out is progressing fine right now with a major channel open from the mouth of the Elk river thru Duroy, Elk and into Long. Most of the Narrow spots in Long Lake opening or soon will be. Soo Lake also has a lot of open water right now.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  37. Turkey vultures play an important role in the food chain, and in cleaning up the dead stuff in nature. Photo by Larry Stone

    Blogger Emily Stone knows arrival of vultures signals start of spring

    What signs of spring have you spotted lately?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  38. Fishing report for Ashland for April 19, 2014

    The Northland has been plagued with another 15 inches of wet heavy snow.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  39. Injured snowy owl is ready for release into wild

    A rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital and sent to Minnesota for rehabilitation is scheduled to be released into the wild.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  40. Oak ecology workshop aims to protect wildlife habitat

    'Oak Ecology in the Driftless Landscape' is a workshop being offered for all who are interested in learning to support the beneficial role of the Oak trees. The workshop on Saturday, April 26 will be held from 9 a.m. until at least noon and will be led by Armund Bartz, DNR ecologist. Co-sponsors for the event include the Valley Stewardship Network, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Kickapoo Woods Cooperative and the Lower Kickapoo Initiative.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  41. Video round-up: A heron hangs out, turkey hunting and the end of the ski season

    YouTube user SkilletCreekMedia shares a video of a heron weathering a recent snowstorm in the Baraboo area.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  42. Found him! How wardens helped find a missing teen

    The first thing Warden Supervisor Joe Jerich did when he found the shivering, wet missing 17-year-old canoeist in a remote area of Ozaukee County was think of what the teen’s worried mother needed.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  43. Jim Bailey with a big 11-plus lbs. walleye. Gary Engberg/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Gary Engberg offers tips for fishing the Wisconsin River

    A few gates have are open at the Prairie du Sac Dam on the Wisconsin River. The water is slowly rising and at a very fishable level.

    • Apr. 18, 2014

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