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  • Enrollment Open For Landowners To Provide Public Access To Private Lands In Wisconsin

    A view of public access land with a path through grass, leading to water.

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received $1.9 million dollars for continued funding of the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) and Turkey Hunting Access Program (THAP). Funds were authorized under the 2018 Farm Bill and are administered and provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

    Type: News Release

  • The Show Must Go On: Annual Fall Color Extravaganza Beginning In Northwoods

    Brilliant fall foliage paints the landscape above Silver Creek in Manitowoc with a rich golden yellow palette.

    The extravaganza of colors in Wisconsin’s forests is one show that is undeterred by the pandemic. The annual display is beginning now. 

    Type: News Release

  • Fall Waterfowl Hunting Season Openers Just Around The Corner

    Three mallards fly above water.

    Duck hunters in the Northern Zone will begin another fall duck hunt on Saturday, Sept. 26. Southern and Mississippi River Zones open Saturday, Oct. 3.

    Type: News Release

  • Elk Ridge Yurt Now Open For Flambeau-Area Hunters

    A front outside view of the Elk Ridge Yurt in summer.

    Wisconsin hunters will find a new way to explore the outdoors this season with the opening of the Elk Ridge yurt, located in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County.

    Type: News Release

  • Some Good Signs For Wild Rice In 2020

    Wild rice growing in blue water.

    As harvesters begin picking wild rice on the few waters with early maturing wild rice, Wisconsinites can look forward to a season consistent with recent years in northern Wisconsin.

    Type: News Release

  • Statewide Deer Hunter Diary Study To Be Conducted This Fall

    A buck deer standing at attention during the rut and the Wisconsin rifle hunting season.

    This fall, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching its largest ever survey of deer hunters to better understand which harvest opportunities hunters decide to take.

    Type: News Release

  • DNR Seeks Input On Proposed ATV/UTV Route Connections In Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest

    A photo of pine trees in the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest.

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking input on proposed plans for improved access to ATV/UTV routes and trails in and around the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest. This enhanced access would be made possible through the designation of 1.4 miles of ATV/UTV routes on DNR roads within the state forest. DNR roads proposed for ATV/UTV route designation in the towns of Sugar Camp and Woodruff, would, in conjunction with routes on local and county roads, contribute to a system of ATV/UTV routes through the forest that connect communities and provide additional recreation opportunities.

    Type: News Release

  • The DNR Urges Hunters To Wear A Harness While Using Treestand This Fall

    Hunter wearing a full-body harness climbs a treestand

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind those participating in the upcoming deer hunting season to practice safety when using treestands.

    Type: News Release

  • C.W. Caywood Memorial Shooting Range Remains Closed After Safety Hazard

    Wisconsin DNR news release

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed the C.W. Caywood Memorial shooting range in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, after rounds were observed leaving the shooting facility and creating significant safety concerns.

    Type: News Release

  • Final Year Of West Nile Virus Monitoring To Conclude This Fall

    Ruffed grouse standing in woods

    In collaboration with the Minnesota and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, the Ruffed Grouse Society and Wisconsin Conservation Congress, the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources will conduct the third and final year of sampling in a multi-year monitoring program this fall looking at West Nile virus (WNV) in ruffed grouse.

    Type: News Release

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