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  1. Trestin Frey with a nice early spring river pike. Gary Engberg/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Gary Engberg offers tips for landing early Northerns on the Wisconsin River

    Now is the time of the year when most Wisconsin and upper Midwest anglers start fishing local rivers for walleyes and saugers. The melting snow, the slowly moderating temperatures, the geese heading north and the arrival of migrating songbirds all add to thoughts of spring’s arrival and open-water fishing.

    • 10:54 AM
  2. Rob Zimmer column: May is for the birds

    April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring May birds. The month of May truly is the peak month for birdwatchers across Wisconsin.

    • 8:44 AM
  3. Blogger Joel DeBoer targets scrappy yellow perch

    A quick glance at just about any good fish fry menu here in Wisconsin is bound to feature at least one dish showcasing one of the more popular and tasty specimens to frequent our waterways – the yellow perch. With the majority of ice off here in North-Central Wisconsin and water temperatures on the rise, now is a great time to target numbers of this scrappy finned opponent.

    • 10:29 AM
  4. Column: 141 days of bear baiting a terrible plan

    Wisconsin's beautiful and beloved black bear has emerged from a winter's sleep; soon little cubs will appear. Will there be enough food for this burgeoning population of 23,000-plus? If there is only suitable habitat for 11,500 black bears, as stated by one DNR biologist, where will they find natural food sources? If you look in any bear den, you will find a little calendar with April 15 circled, the day that bear baiting begins. Mama Bear states, "Be patient my little cubs, food is on the way."

    • 12:32 PM
  5. Bryan Kleist of the Wisconsin Speleological Society a group dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of our state's valuable cave systems, scans the roof of one of the caverns at Ledgeview Nature Center for roosting bats. Rob Zimmer/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Rob Zimmer column: Deadly bat disease discovered in Wisconsin colony

    The gracefulness and beauty of bats in flight, dancing over a summer meadow, pond or forest clearing, is an amazing experience. As they sweep through the skies, twisting and turning in pursuit of their winged insect prey, bats silently go about their nightly journeys beneath the stars.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. Berdan column: We need a new name for gangs of geese

    Back in my high school days, a couple buddies and I thought it would be hilarious to put a recently road-killed skunk into someone's mailbox. Turns out it's impossible to drive a car, roll down a window and hold your nose all at the same time.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  7. These ospreys are nesting at Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, Two Rivers. Submitted

    Column: Waiting for ospreys to return to the area

    All the phenological wheels are in motion now that some warmer weather has come. Skunk cabbage flowers are popping up all over the swamps, and melting ice invites frogs and salamanders to their own special brand of cold water romance.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  8. Andy Stuth reeled in this 4.6-pound lake whitefish from the Green Bay waters off Door County during the ice fishing season. Two-pounders are far more common. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Whitefish population healthy in bay, lake

    Winter weather and state regulations, not a dropping whitefish population, led to some shortages of the popular species this spring.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  9. Kevin Naze shares his great outdoors almanac

    Walleyes on Green Bay tributaries and rainbow trout in the Lake Michigan rivers and creeks are attracting large numbers of open water anglers hoping to hook a spawn-minded fish.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  10. Wisconsin's new deer hunting regulations generated much discussion Monday at the statewide fish and wildlife hearings sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Patrick Durkin/Press-Gazette Media correspondent

    Pat Durkin column: New deer rules attract crowds at conservation hearings

    Attendance pushed above 7,000 statewide Monday night at the annual spring conservation hearings as Wisconsin's new deer-hunting regulations drew a more traditional crowd than in 2013 when wolf- and state-park hunting issues attracted many nonhunters.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  11. Jim Bailey with a big 11-plus lbs. walleye. Gary Engberg/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Gary Engberg offers tips for fishing the Wisconsin River

    A few gates have are open at the Prairie du Sac Dam on the Wisconsin River. The water is slowly rising and at a very fishable level.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  12. Catch up on episodes of Gary Engberg's Outdoor Horizons shows

    Blogger Gary Engberg hosts a radio show each weekend. Recent shows include an interview with Cody Roswick of Pure Fishing and Gary's partner Tony fishing in Illinois.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  13. Kevin Naze column: Confusion reigns at DNR deer forum

    Many hunters in Wisconsin have been asking for something Michigan has had for decades — a separation of private land and public land antlerless deer tags.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  14. Joel DeBoer column: Crank baits draw spring walleye bites

    Spring is often thought of as jig-and-minnow season, especially for walleye fishermen, and for good reason — the combination is lethal.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  15. Gary Engberg highlights Wisconsin's spring turkey hot spots

    Finally, April has arrived in Wisconsin and people’s thoughts are beginning to focus on fishing rivers for walleyes and to the many hunters who successfully drew a permit, to turkey hunting.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  16. Dan Bauman column: The Conservation Patron License offers something for everyone

    As a kid growing up in Wisconsin, I, like so many of you, enjoyed and continue to enjoy all the wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities available to us, including hunting, fishing and trapping.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. Creation of a hunt on migratory tundra swans in Wisconsin is one of the most controversial topics being discussed across the state in tonight's annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearings, held in each county at 7 p.m. Anyone who has an opinion either way on this topic, or any other on the agenda, should attend their county's scheduled hearing. Rob Zimmer/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Rob Zimmer column: Annual spring conservation Congress hearings tonight to advise DNR on key hot topics

    Whether you are for or against an annual hunt on migratory tundra swans in Wisconsin, as well as one of many other key decisions being discussed tonight for advisory to the Department of Natural Resources, it is your responsibility to attend your county’s annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearing held tonight at 7 p.m.

    • Apr. 15, 2014

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