Cascade Asset Management/Wisconsin DNR

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.

The E-Cycle Wisconsin program began about four years ago as electronics manufacturers help fund the recycling program.

Coordinator Sarah Murray describes what should be e-cycled...


"....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...."

Wisconsin DNR

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.

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.

A DNR Fisheries Manager says after a series of meetings on upgraded walleye stocking in Wisconsin waters, the public has reacted favorably.

Governor Walker announced in May the state would spend more than $12 million to upgrade facilities and grow walleye fingerlings to a larger size. The larger fish tend to have a higher survivability rate.

Steve Avelallemant outlines some of the feedback they've been hearing...



The DNR has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 2 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. The zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-2014 wolf harvest season. That zone includes most of Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties, and portions of Lincoln and Langlade counties.

Wolf Harvest Zone 2 is the first zone to be closed this season. The harvest of wolves currently remains open in all other zones.


An ATV operator's death in Sawyer county last week has drawn attention to a growing number of deaths this year.

DNR Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says 18 people have lost their lives in ATV-UTV mishaps. He says some similiarities come out of the accident reports...


20 hunting dogs have been killed since July as they come into contact with wolves.

Typically, the dogs are trained to hunt bear in July and August. During that time, the dogs are in the woods and come into contact with wolves who have young, especially near what are called rendezvous sites.

DNR Large Carnivore Specialist David MacFarland says the depredation numbers are up...



Studies of fish populations showing panfish size going down statewide have spurred the DNR to develop a management plan. While the agency has management plans for other popular species, panfish were left unmanaged.

Earlier this year, DNR officials went out to get input on a possible plan. Another meeting is planned in a few days.

Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the upcoming meeting will convene several groups involved in the decision...



The DNR is asking hunters in two deer units in Vilas and Oneida counties to return some doe tags after they accidentally sold too many. Wildlife management director Tom Hauge says it was human error in data transfer.


"...when we started our issuance process it was brought to our attention that the permit numbers we had listed for 'available' were higher than the numbers approved by the Natural Resources Board back in May..."


Hunters who do send back the extra tag will get a refund from the DNR...


The DNR heard from citizens Thursday in Tomahawk on proposed changes to it's shoreland zoning rules. Called NR-115, the rules...in collaboration with counties.. govern development along shorelines. The rules were revised in 2010 and county administrators said they were too burdensome to enforce. The revisions are now out for public comment.


The DNR is postponing public information hearings for the operation of the Rest Lake Dam near Manitowish Waters.

There has been considerable debate over several years as citizens have wanted to maintain the current water levels, while the DNR has asked to change them.

The DNR's John Spangenberg says the hearings, which had been set for August 9 and 10, will be postponed due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled the DNR had not looked at the economic impacts of water levels on the lake near Fort Atkinson....