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MADISON, Wis. - Experts on climate, wildlife habitat, winter sports and other outdoor activities will participated  in a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Science Fest.

Pat Durkin, a veteran outdoorsman and president of the state Outdoor Writers Association, moderated a panel of scientists and specialists,  about the impact of climate change on outdoor recreation in Wisconsin.

Deer hunters are asked by the DNR to help them track wildlife and it's just a mouse click away.

With the 2017 archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons underway and the nine-day gun-deer season approaching, DNR wildlife researcher Jess Rees Lohr says hunters are reminded to voluntarily record deer and other wildlife observations for the annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Their budget is tight, and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials want to hear from the public what they consider to be their most favorite recreational pursuits on the Forest. They're hosting two open houses in the region next week to hear about it.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin outlines what they're hoping to hear from the public...

Plan Your Hunt, Hunt Your Plan

Nov 2, 2017

It is easy to let our modern electronics lull us into a false sense of security today, even when in the woods. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about planning your hunt, and hunting your plan.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A DNR spokesperson says use safety equipment and take your time getting yourself set up in your deer hunting tree stand.

A 59 year old Racine man died in a tree stand related accident near Merrill recently.

DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor David Walz says one piece of equipment should be used everytime...

National Park Service

The effort is to get more people working on environmental projects to get the best results.

A program highlighting citizen science is set for December in St. Germain.

Stephanie Boismenue is Oneida county's invasive species coordinator. She describes citizen science....

"..citizen science is a term used when volunteers, or networks of volunteers, help scientists accomplish real research. The use of citizen-scientist networks often allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more feasibly than would otherwise be possible...."

Science On Tap Minocqua

The next Science on Tap at the Minocqua Brewing Company Wednesday evening looks at "Birds and the Northwoods: Impacts of Human Activity."

The presenters are two retired UW-Stevens Point researchers and leaders who have done extensive work on the topic here, Dr. Eric Anderson and Dr. Alan Haney.

We hear from Dr. Haney about what they will be talking about...

Wisconsin DNR

Hungry people have benefited for nearly two decades from a voluntary program where hunters donate a deer gathered to be processed for use by local food pantries.

The DNR established the Deer Donation Program in the year 2000.

Wildlife biologist Noah Balgooyen helps coordinate the program. He explains how the program works...

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DNR officials are reminding hunters and wildlife observers in Forest, Vilas and Oneida counties that deer baiting and feeding activities continue to be prohibited. A warden says they've been getting complaints.

DNR Conservation Warden David Walz of Woodruff says he understands how area residents may be confused in light of recent rule changes.

Wisconsin DNR

All terrain vehicles will be allowed for the first time in Wisconsin's largest state forest.

The state Natural Resources Board voted 7-0 Wednesday to designate up to 205 miles of trails for A-T-V and ultra terrain vehicle use in the Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest in the Northwoods. It was part of an overall recreation plan that includes more biking and off road motorcycle trails, plus more modern camping areas.

Unusual Mammal Observations

Oct 26, 2017

Color peeping and hunting in the fall results in a lot of wildlife observations. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist gives a few examples of unusual wildlife observations that come in especially in the fall.

Three Deer Taken So Far In Special Minocqua Hunt

Oct 24, 2017 wolfganggerth

MINOCQUA – Hunters have taken three antlerless deer so far in the special archery season that is targeting a growing and bothersome deer herd on the Island of Minocqua..

The DNR is allowing the town to hold the managed hunt for antlerless deer only.

Wisconsin DNR

A dedication of a tract of land west of Rhinelander highlights a mutual interest to improve the habitat for popular hunting birds grouse and woodcock.

The Wisconsin DNR, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the American Woodcock Society have partnered to improve the management of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.

DNR biologist Jeremy Holtz says the property about 12 miles west of Rhinelander. He describes where the birds like to live....

Red Lanterns

Oct 19, 2017

Have you let the red lanterns light your way this fall? In this episode of wildlife matters, the Masked Biologist shares some excerpts from an Aldo Leopold essay about grouse hunting in autumn.

It is October, and the red lanterns of autumn are lit. If you are not familiar with the red lanterns, it is a reference to one of Aldo Leopold’s essays in his book, Sand County Almanac.

Oneida County Land and Water Conservation has received grant money to help shoreland landowners preserve their shorelines and in so doing help preserve water quality.

County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the grant is for $40,000 from the Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection for lakeshore restoration projects.

The property owner partner with the county to preserve up to 35 feet from the shoreline....