Planning for a safe hunt

Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin deer hunters will be heading out into the woods and fields this morning for the start of the gun season, armed with high-powered rifles and shotguns. That means safety is a constant concern, says Dan Hirchert of the DNR. Hirchert...

Assembly approves earn-a-buck ban

Legislation banning the state Department of Natural Resources from using a controversial earn-a-buck program is on its way to the governor, after winning final approval Tuesday in the state Assembly. The program was designed to control deer populations in areas where...

Five shot in opener for gun deer hunt

The DNR is investigating five hunting accidents involving firearms from over the weekend. All were non-fatal, according to the agency’s Greg Matthews. The incidents occurred in Wood, Marquette, Marathon, Door, and Douglas Counties. Matthews says two involved...

DNR sets up texting tip line

Hunters hit the woods this weekend, and officials with the Department of Natural Resources are hoping they’ll lend a hand in watching out for possible lawbreakers. The DNR has added texting as an option for reporting hunting violations this year. Steve Sisbach...

Share your photo’s and stories with us!

As the start of the Major League Baseball season approaches next week, I’d like to take this time to invite and encourage all of you who take your digital camera’s to events to catch your favorite player or moment. Share your story with us by e-mailing me...

Deer hunters continue helping food pantries

Contributions are down, but Wisconsin deer hunters are still helping to feed the hungry. Numbers compiled by the DNR show donations from the November deer hunt to food pantries were down about 30-percent over 2008. The agency’s Laurie Fike says that much...

DNR Secretary urges baiting & feeding ban

Baiting and feeding of deer, already restricted in Wisconsin, needs to go away altogether, in the view of DNR Secretary Matt Frank, who speaks for the agency. “We believe we should have a statewide ban on baiting and feeding of deer,” Frank told lawmakers...

Wolf worries in the woods

The head of the DNR got an earful on predators this week. It was one of the secondary topics which came up, when DNR Secretary Matt Frank went before legislative committees this week. Representative Amy Sue Vruwink told Frank that wolves have started to show up in her...

DNR gets deer hunt heat

The Department of Natural Resources gets called to account, for a disappointing deer hunt. State Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) told DNR Secretary Matt Frank Thursday that his office has received over 8400 responses to a survey on the November gun deer hunt....

DNR on the hot seat

The DNR’s deer management gets a close look at the Capitol today. Scott Craven, UW Extension wildlife specialist, says DNR deer management staff will have to make a couple of points when they testify before legislators. “First of all, the fact that...

DNR’s day of reckoning

Thursday will be a day of reckoning, for Department of Natural Resources deer managers. DNR officials will be grilled about a November gun-deer season which left many hunters unsatisfied, and it’s likely the event will draw a packed crowd of irate sportsmen and...

Halt December hunt, say lawmakers

A call to pull the plug on the December antlerless deer hunt. With hunters registering the fewest deer in more than 25 years during the just ended nine day deer season, there’s call for cancellation of the antlerless hunt, from state Representatives Dean Kaufert...

Dead hunter identified in Rock Co.

The Rock County sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a Janesville man. Commander Tom Gehl says 36-year-old Christopher Kealy was found after a short search Sunday afternoon. His family had reported him missing after he had gone hunting west of...