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Statewide, three hunters have died this year after they fell out of treestands. A DNR leader says most injuries and fatalities are preventable.

Jon King is DNR Hunter Education Administrator. He says for a purchased stand, take the time to read all the directions. He says setting it up alone is not advised...


"....we encouraging using the buddy system. Take somebody with you while you do this. When you're climbing in a tree stand and it's not attached to the tree, it could fall over on you and end up injuring you...."


The DNR is sponsoring a listening session this month on the future direction of the 4,800 acre Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area in Vilas county.


DNR Regional Program Manager Mike Zeckmeister says the the process of revising the master plan for the area near Manitowish Waters began in August. A meeting was held at the Manitowish Waters town hall. He says they decided to do a second meeting...


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The city of Rhinelander is getting funds to pay for a new boat landing.  

More than $400,000 are coming in from DNR and federal grants.  City Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the launch will be at the site of an old DNR ranger station.

“We’re calling this the Boyce Drive boat landing.  It’s right by Shephard  Park.  And it’s at the confluence of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.  Very beautiful spot.”

The project will consist of piers and a paved boat launch area.  It will also include bathrooms and a parking lot. 


While facilities in the national forests are shutting down due to the government funding stalemate, a DNR spokesperson says state, county and local recreational facilities remain open.

That's the word from Paul Holtan who says the public has been calling to check on whether state-owned areas were open...


"....all of our state parks, trails, are open, our campgrounds are open. Our fisheries and wildlife are all open, so we're

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The first stocking resulting from the state initiative to raise larger walleyes for Northwoods lakes began Thursday morning in Woodruff and Minocqua.

DNR crews were cornering then netting out the 8 inch fish from a rearing pond at the Art Oehmcke Hatchery in Woodruff.

It's part of an $10 million dollar state-funded effort to expand production at DNR state fish hatcheries. Production should increase five times to over 500,000 fingerlings by 2016. Sports groups have expressed concerns about the walleye population.


Anglers with mobile phones can grab information on inland fishing lake regulations.

The DNR is out with a new mobile-friendly website.

Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the DNR completed an inland lake regulation database. With a little tweeking, the database was setup for portable phone use...


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A 30 year old Lake Tomahawk artist has been selected to place not one, but two of three prints placed on Wisconsin conservation wildlife stamps. This is the fifth time in the history of the three stamp design contests that the same artist has painted the winning design for both the pheasant and waterfowl stamps.

Caleb Metrich is a mostly self-taught artist with a love of the outdoors. Previously, he also won the state turkey stamp, and was named "Artist of the Year" by Ducks Unlimited. He says he's honed his craft by trial and error...



After more than two hours debate, the Oneida county board failed to pass a resolution rejecting stronger DNR rules concerning non-porous or impervious surfaces. Those surfaces are roofs and sidewalks. Runoff water from those surfaces near lakes and rivers concern scientists about water pollution. Property rights advocates say the rules go too far telling owners what they can do with their land.

The vote tied at 10 with one supervisor absent, meaning the resolution died, not getting a majority.


Operation Deer Watch is beginning and for the next 60 days, the DNR would like citizens to send them information on the deer they see.

DNR surveys coordinator Brian Dhuey says the count helps the DNR determine herd size...

"...is for the public to tell us the types of deer they are seeing and where they are seeing the deer....does, bucks and fawns. The reason we are looking for this type of information is it helps us to monitor the reproductive status of the deer herd...."

Dhuey says to report all deer you see...


The DNR is hosting a public hearing in Tomahawk next month to get input on proposed changes in the shoreland zoning rules.

After revising the rules in 2009...known as NR115... some counties have complained the new rules would be difficult to implement and enforce.

The agency has several changes proposed, says Deputy Division Manager Russ Rassmussen...

"....so we've met with them over the past couple of years and recognized some revisions that will make the rule more straightforward, a little more flexible for counties..."

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DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp stopped by the Art Oemcke fish hatchery in Woodruff Friday to highlight an effort to get more young walleyes in area lakes.

The recently-passed state budget included money to enable hatcheries to keep walleye fry longer...and get them bigger...to increase the number of survivable fish in the waters.


Some people love to catch and eat lots of fish, but since the 1970’s, we’ve been warned about certain species of fish in specific waterways that may be more contaminated with poisonous substances like mercury or PCB’s.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Researcher is Pamela Imm has been surveying men over 50 who eat fish to find out if they pay attention to fish consumption advisories provided by the state. Imm says most of them are very aware of them...



Hunters will have an improved "app" for their smart phones courtesy the Wisconsin DNR.

Law Enforcement Division Deputy Chief Karl Brooks says the Sunrise-Sunset hunting app gives Android and iPhone users access to information out in the woods without carrying all the printed regulations..