DNR http://wxpr.org en Public Meeting On Adding Public Landing At Mercer Lake Set http://wxpr.org/post/public-meeting-adding-public-landing-mercer-lake-set <p>A public information meeting is set for July 12 on a DNR proposal for a public landing on state owned land on Mercer Lake about five miles west of Woodruff. Currently there's private resort access to the lake. Public access includes a carry-in location at the Mercer Creek culvert and undeveloped pathways across state land.<br />Fisheries biologist John Kubisiak says the state owns 54&nbsp; acres on the lake and they've put together a draft plan to put in a public boat ramp...</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20618 at http://wxpr.org Young Deer Have Highest Winter Mortality http://wxpr.org/post/young-deer-have-highest-winter-mortality <p> Deer in southern Wisconsin fared better after our recent harsh winter than deer in the Northwoods...especially young deer. That assessment from car-deer killed studies and radio-collar studies done by the DNR.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20653 at http://wxpr.org Young Deer Have Highest Winter Mortality Tighter State Firewood Restrictions Begin June 1 http://wxpr.org/post/tighter-state-firewood-restrictions-begin-june-1 <p>The effort to slow the spread of forest pests and diseases by transporting firewood gets ramped up next week.</p><p>The DNR's Coleen Robinson King says firewood restrictions close the allowable purchase circle even tighter...</p><blockquote><p><i><u>"....as of June 1, the firewood allowed on state-managed properties will need to come from within 10 miles of that property. That means it should be harvested within 10 miles of that property...."</u></i></p></blockquote><p>The former restricted zone was 25 miles.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 04:32:00 +0000 Ken Krall 18775 at http://wxpr.org Tighter State Firewood Restrictions Begin June 1 State Ups Walleye Bag Limits In Northern Wisconsin http://wxpr.org/post/state-ups-walleye-bag-limits-northern-wisconsin <p>Bag limits will be increasing on 447 northern Wisconsin lakes as the Chippewa bands are nearing the end of their walleye and muskie harvest.</p><p>DNR Treaty Fisheries Coordinator Joe Hennessey...</p><p></p><blockquote><p><i><u>"....so these changes are being made in response to actual walleye harvest numbers accomplished by six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa...."</u></i></p></blockquote><p> </p><p>The six Chippewa bands harvested 27,433 walleye and 201 musky as of May 22. The average harvest of walleye since 2004 is 29,907.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:07:03 +0000 Ken Krall 18724 at http://wxpr.org State Ups Walleye Bag Limits In Northern Wisconsin All Snowmobiles Need Trail Passes in 2015 http://wxpr.org/post/all-snowmobiles-need-trail-passes-2015 <p>Two recently-signed laws are designed to help promote snowmobiling in the Northwoods and elsewhere. &nbsp;One change will affect most riders.</p><p>Act 142 goes into effect in 2015. Snowmobile registration will cost $30 and will be extended to three years from the current two. A key provision of the law is ALL snowmobiles on public trails will be required to display a trail pass. But there is a way to pay less.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:36:31 +0000 Ken Krall 17645 at http://wxpr.org All Snowmobiles Need Trail Passes in 2015 Trout Stocking Continuing Prior To May 3 Opening http://wxpr.org/post/trout-stocking-continuing-prior-may-3-opening <p>While much of the focus has been on the state's Walleye Initiative to put more survivable-sized walleyes into lakes and rivers, another large scale fish stocking effort is underway.</p><p>The DNR reports more than 316,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in waters across the state.</p><p>DNR state fish production manager Dave Giehtbock says the snow and cold slowed the trout stocking this year, but they should be ready by the fishing opener May 3....</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:58:49 +0000 Ken Krall 17359 at http://wxpr.org Trout Stocking Continuing Prior To May 3 Opening Harsh Winter Likely Means High Deer Kill http://wxpr.org/post/harsh-winter-likely-means-high-deer-kill <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It seems like almost everyone has been complaining about our long, cold winter. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Ken Krall 15266 at http://wxpr.org Harsh Winter Likely Means High Deer Kill People Mimic Wildlife In Winter Habits http://wxpr.org/post/people-mimic-wildlife-winter-habits <p>The winter has been a rough one for wildlife, but a DNR biologist says they find a way to cope.</p><p>Jeremy Holtz says the extended cold and deeper than recent winters snow totals place a challenge on wildlife....</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><blockquote><p><i><u>"....every late winter they've struggled through the cold and the snow and the lack of food. Just like people, they're ready for spring...."</u></i></p></blockquote><p>He says deer are specially adaptive to the winter...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:11:00 +0000 Ken Krall 14422 at http://wxpr.org People Mimic Wildlife In Winter Habits DNR: Don't Trash Old Electronics--Recycle Them http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-dont-trash-old-electronics-recycle-them <p>New electronics often find their way under the Christmas tree and a DNR spokesperson says don't throw the old electronics out in the trash.</p><p>The E-Cycle Wisconsin program began about four years ago as electronics manufacturers help fund the recycling program.</p><p>Coordinator Sarah Murray describes what should be e-cycled...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><blockquote><p><i><u>"....so if folks have old TV's, computers, computer accessories, any type of computer electronics like that there's several sites throughout the state where they can take those to be properly recycled...."</u></i></p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 23:25:00 +0000 Ken Krall 12194 at http://wxpr.org DNR: Don't Trash Old Electronics--Recycle Them New "PAL" Shows State Recreational Opportunities http://wxpr.org/post/new-pal-shows-state-recreational-opportunities <p>A new DNR Public Access Lands Atlas...with the acronym "PAL"... is now available online and in a printable format. The atlas highlights the significant increase in public access to Wisconsin lands made possible through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, as well as other lands open to the public for outdoor recreation.</p><p>The atlas contains 441 maps, two indexes, a glossary, and extensive contact information to help you connect with land managers to learn more about the properties.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:28:12 +0000 Ken Krall 12260 at http://wxpr.org New "PAL" Shows State Recreational Opportunities