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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
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For the second year, the Wisconsin DNR is asking ruffed grouse hunters to submit a sample of their harvested birds to be tested for West Nile virus. Testing kits are available by request from local DNR wildlife biologists.
Dean Hall/lakeland times For the second year, the Wisconsin DNR is asking ruffed grouse hunters to submit a sample of their harvested birds to be tested for West Nile virus. Testing kits are available by request from local DNR wildlife biologists.
Friday, August 16, 2019 7:29 AM
Ruffed grouse season is right around the corner, beginning in zone A on Sept. 14, and like last year, the Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters who harvest a grouse to submit a sample of their bird to be tested for West Nile virus. (subscriber access)
  • September stacked full of hunting season openers
    For hunting enthusiasts, September is the most glorious time of the year. Almost every fall species opens up, from small game to the archery deer season. So get your shotgun and bow dusted off because opening days abound. (subscriber access)
  • DNR asking for samples of harvested grouse to test for West Nile virus
    Ruffed grouse season is right around the corner, beginning in zone A on Sept. 14, and like last year, the Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters who harvest a grouse to submit a sample of their bird to be tested for West Nile virus. (subscriber access)
  • The Department of Natural Resources is expanding the Adopt-a-Dumpster and Adopt-a-Kiosk programs to offer more residents, organizations and businesses across the state the chance to support deer hunters having their deer tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) and help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Natural reaction
    The faint band of blue that breaks the darkness of the morning’s black eastern sky, when the planet leans just enough toward the sun to allow a bit of sight, is like a conductor’s baton signaling to all birds to begin to sing. In spring, about the time the sunrise reaches a shade of burning red only replicated in nature on the bright spots on a brown trout, is when turkeys take center stage with their gorgeous, guttural gobble. (subscriber access)
  • Oneida CDAC sets antlerless quota at 1,175
    After gathering public input, from both an online survey and their meeting on April 17, the Oneida County Deer Advisory Council decided to alter their preliminary recommendations to the Natural Resources Board for deer management in the county for the 2019 deer season. (subscriber access)
  • This month Taylor Finger, the Department of Natural Resources migratory game bird ecologist, presented the 2019 migratory bird season framework to the Natural Resources Board (NRB). (subscriber access)
  • Turkey season begins
    For turkey hunters whose minds have been gobbled up with visions of bagging a long beard, the wait is over.  The 2019 spring turkey season was underway Wednesday as Period A opened up on April 17 and will run through April 23. (subscriber access)
  • Vilas County CDAC sets a 200 antlerless deer quota for 2019 deer season
    In March, the Vilas County Deer Advisory Council, which is overseeing a three-year plan to maintain the population of the county’s deer herd, set a preliminary antlerless deer quota of 200 deer to meet its 2019 population goal. To achieve that quota, the council recommended offering 500 antlerless quota tags to be issued this fall; 350 for private land and 150 for public land. (subscriber access)
  • As my nephew, Truman Leisses, and I climbed our way up a massive hill through the early morning darkness last Saturday, the gobbles of turkeys, the colloquial cries of sandhill cranes and the honking of geese blended into perfect prehistoric harmony. (subscriber access)
  • The annual spring fish and wildlife public hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) county meetings were held all across the state Monday night. (subscriber access)
  • Hodag Sports Club holds 42nd annual banquet
    Huge crowds gathered Tuesday night at the Quality Inn in Rhinelander for the 42nd annual Hodag Sports Club banquet. (subscriber access)
  • At last month’s Natural Resources Board, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife damage specialist Brad Koele updated the board on the agriculture damage program. This program compensates farmers for damage to crops in the field as well as after normal agricultural processes. (subscriber access)
  • 2018 final deer season numbers are in
    From the numbers provided on the Department of Natural Resources website, 2018 looks as though the harvest was a bit better overall in most zones. (subscriber access)
  • The Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge will host its annual banquet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, in the commons area at Lakeland Union High School. (subscriber access)
  • Emergency rules establishing bag limits, season dates, and other regulations for harvesting catfish with a bow, crossbow or by hand are now in place while Department of Natural Resources staff complete a companion permanent rule. (subscriber access)
  • Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge banquet date set
    The Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge will host its annual banquet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, in the commons area at Lakeland Union High School. (subscriber access)
  • Deer harvest up in state despite slide in license sales
    Preliminary license sales for opening weekend stood at approximately 93 percent of the 2017 numbers, but more deer were registered statewide in 2018 by over 12 percent.  (subscriber access)
  • happy hunting
    According to DNR warden supervisor Dave Walz, opening weekend of the gun hunting season saw little in the way of incidents. (subscriber access)
  • Those heading north to a wood-heated cabin for deer hunting this year should do themselves and the Northwoods a favor — leave firewood at home. Instead, buy it near the cabin, or pick up some certified firewood along the way. (subscriber access)
  • 2018 deer hunt  off to a great start
    Most hunters have reported great conditions in the woods for the nine-day gun deer hunt so far this year, according to Department of Natural Resources warden supervisor Dave Walz. Walz said the hunters he talked with were also happy with the numbers of deer they have been seeing.  (subscriber access)
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