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  1. DNR: Wolf season quota set at 156

    The Natural Resources Board today approved the 2014 Wisconsin wolf season quota of 156 as proposed by the Department of Natural Resources Wolf Advisory Committee.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  2. Deer out early in the morning enjoying the bright sun. Submitted by Roger Small

    DNR Deer Management Assistance Program off to a solid start

    Wisconsin's new Deer Management Assistance Program has completed its first enrollment period.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  3. Andy Kalbach with a nice catfish from the Wisconsin River while guided by Phil Schweik. Contributed photo

    Gary Engberg column: How to land catfish during warm weather

    Summer is here and it will soon be that time of year when fish are hard to find and often harder to catch. When you have temperatures in the 80s, it can make comfort on the water and good fishing a difficult thing to find.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  4. Blogger Brian Otten gives pickleball a try

    I've tried just about every sport that involves a net. That includes basketball, tennis, fishing and ping pong. And soccer has a net in the goal.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  5. The Wild Ride Buzzard Buster was held on trails at Levis Mound in June 2014. Steve Meurett/For

    Blogger Steve Meurett recaps the Wild Ride Buzzard Buster

    Endurance mountain bike racers descended on Levis Mound this past week for the reiteration of the classic Buzzard Buster mountain bike race.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  6.  Len Harris/For

    Blogger Len Harris to teach kids to 'read water' for trout

    Anyone can cast a fly or a spinner in a hole or waterway. If you don't know where to throw your panther martin or wooly bugger you may be wasting 85 percent of your time while on the water.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  7. Duffy Kopf with a Wisconsin River muskie. Gary Engberg/For

    Gary Engberg offers tips for muskie fishing on the Wisconsin River

    I happen to live on the Lower Wisconsin River, about five miles downriver from the Prairie du Sac Dam, which is the last dam on the river before the confluence with the Mississippi River some 85 miles downriver.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  8. Master Naturalist student Katie McKiernan holds a brown thrasher that Jim Bryce just mist netted and banded in the Moquah Barrens. If another bird bander recaptures this bird all of its data can be tracked through a national database. Photo by Emily Stone

    Blogger Emily Stone introduces new Master Naturalists

    Last week, ten students, two instructors, and a dozen natural resource professionals wove together the story of Wisconsin's natural history. The students all finished the course as certified '

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  9. Larry Zins with a stringer full of walleyes. Gary Engberg/For

    Gary Engberg previews fishing tournament dedicated to someone special

    My partner, Tony Puccio, and I have aired our radio show, Outdoor Horizons, for going on 15 years and for years we could always depend on getting a phone call from the late Larry Zins after our Saturday morning show.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  10.  Submitted by Anthony Larson

    Blogger offers greetings from the heart of the Driftless Region

    It seems that ever since the movie 'The Heart of the Driftless,' a video about fly fishing, came out a flurry of writers, photographers and bloggers came out of the wood work to claim the heart of the Driftless as their own.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  11. Phil Schweik shares his weekly outdoor report

    It has been another great week of fishing on the lakes and rivers in central Wisconsin. In addition where many lakes up north have restrictions on walleye bag limits, we are still seeing a five fish daily limit on the Wisconsin River and its impoundments.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  12. Native Golden Alexander is often mistaken for invasive wild parsnip, which has somewhat similar, yellowish-green flowers. Make an effort to be able to distinguish the two in order to protect native plants of our area from needless persecution. Rob Zimmer/For

    Rob Zimmer column: The parsnips and their look-alikes are a confusing bunch

    As Invasive Species Awareness Month continues, today, I take a look at a confusing group of loosely related plants that are among the most confusing of all invasive, as well as native species in our area.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  13. Update: Wisconsin wants to scale back annual wolf hunt

    Wisconsin wildlife officials want to dramatically scale back this state's third annual wolf hunt.

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

    Blogger Gary Engberg hosts a radio show each weekend. Recent shows include interviews with Troy Lindner, Larry Wipperfurth, Lee Tauchen and Dale Stroschein.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  15. A trap is set by a wolf researcher. Steve Meurett/For

    Blogger Steve Meurett joins wolf researchers in the field

    'I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack.' - Jodi Picoult

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  16. July 19-Paddle & Portage

    Paddle & Portage: This quirky challenge features a canoe race in Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, and a portage across the Capitol Square. The event includes costumes and a party after the race. Cost is $30 before May 1. For more information visit More events | Events map

    • Mar. 17, 2014
  17. July 26-PaddleQuest

    PaddleQuest: Explore the shorelines of Waupaca's Mystic Chain while collecting trash and invasive species for points. The event starts at Marl Lake. For more information e-mail More events | Events map

    • May 20, 2014
  18. Aug. 2-Warrior Dash

    Warrior Dash: Visit Milford Hills Hunt Club, W5670 French Road, Johnson Creek to watch or participate in waves beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information visit More events | Events map

    • May 20, 2014
  19. Aug. 9-10-PaddleQuest

    PaddleQuest: Explore the backwaters of the Wisconsin River in Stevens Point while collecting trash and invasive species for points. The event starts at Lakeside Bar. For more information e-mail More events | Events map

    • May 20, 2014
  20. Aug. 17-Dirty Girl Mud Run

    Dirty Girl Mud Run: Visit the Waukesha County Expo Center to watch or participate. For more information visit More events | Events map

    • May 20, 2014
  21. Sept. 6, 7-Tough Mudder

    Tough Mudder: Road America in Plymouth will host this obstacle-filled race. Visit for registration information. More events | Events map

    • May 20, 2014
  22. Nov. 1-Spartan Sprint

    Spartan Sprint: Miller Park will host this three-mile obstacle-filled race. Visit for registration information. More events | Events map

    • May 20, 2014
  23. Dragonflies use their enormous eyes to see almost 360 degrees around their head. Although the eyes can't change focus, they do have depth perception, and are extremely sensitive to motion. If you were a dragonfly, your eyes would be the size of a football helmet! Photo by Robert Hilbert of Loretta

    Blogger Emily Stone reflects on the graceful beauty of dragonflies

    Blue skies and a fresh breeze put a spring in my step as I gathered tools – hoe, rake, shovel – from the shed at the Cable Community Garden.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  24. Readers share their photos of birds in Wisconsin

    The backyard paparazzi has been busy snapping and sharing dozens of photos of Wisconsin's variety of winged wildlife.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  25. Jim Bianco from Delaware with a nice musky caught in June 2014. Submitted by Phil Schweik of Hooksetters Guide Ser

    Phil Schweik shares his weekly outdoor report

    Anglers are finding outstanding fishing right now in central Wisconsin for all species.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  26.  Len Harris/For

    Blogger Len Harris's career choices shaped by love of the outdoors

    As a kid I remember my mother telling me, "When you grow up you need to pick a profession that you love." She preached it through my young adulthood and, in the end, I was basically forced into entering the Refrigeration and Heating Servicing Technical School to work with my uncle the plumber.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  27. Blogger Heather Burt explores dog-friendly Point Beach State Forest

    To escape the hustle and bustle of our city home, I packed up the car for a three-day camping trip with my dog and headed east to Point Beach State Forest last weekend. Not only did I want to enjoy sunshine, sand and seagulls on the shores of Lake Michigan (with a designated dog beach!), but another segment of the Ice Age Trail awaited us inside the park!

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  28. Mark Dahlquist the owner of the Driftless Trout Anglers Forum was throwing a white power grub on a half ounce jig and caught a 30 inch pike and his personal best walleye. Len Harris/For

    Blogger Len Harris recaps Trapfest

    Recently there was a large gathering at the Westby Road And Gun Park in southwestern Wisconsin. The gathering was initially organized by Bryan 'Trapper' Voldahl. It was going to be a small gathering of trout anglers from all over the Driftless Area in Trapper's yard in Avalanche.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  29. Group leader calls for cease fire on wolf hunt

    Melissa Tedrowe of Wauwautosa is the state director for The Humane Society of the United States and wrote a recent column in the Wisconsin State Journal in which she calls for the end of Wisconsin's wolf hunt.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  30. Naturalist Emily Stone explains the monarch butterfly migration to a group of energetic students. You can see on the playing field of North America that there are bandana “flowers” for them to eat, hula hoop 'bushes' for them to find shelter in, and a row of 'milkweed' cones for laying their eggs on. Watch out for the thunderstorms, little butterflies! Photo by Deb Malesevich

    Blogger Emily Stone hosts students on a field trip

    “Did anyone read the banner on the front of the Museum as you came in?” I asked a room full of fidgety second graders. “Super insects?” offered one kid. Not quite. “Nature’s amphibians?” piped up another student.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  31. Carrie Zylka and Dan Small talk about turkey hunting

    Carrie Zylka interviews Dan Small in her latest podcast episode. The discussion focuses on turkey hunting in Wisconsin and New York.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  32. Rhonda Schweik with a nice largemouth bass. Photo by Phil Schweik of Hooksetters Guide Service

    Blogger Phil Schweik shares his outdoor report for June 6, 2014

    Musky action is heating up as the water temps rise, and the walleye/panfish bite continues to be very good.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  33. Blogger Mark Schram previews the Mercury National Walleye Tournament

    The Mercury National Walleye Tournament (coinciding with Walleye Weekend) is occurring this weekend in Fond du Lac and participants of the tournament have had varied results in the days leading up to the event trying to find the prized walleyes.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  34. Gary Engberg offers tips for finding crappies and bluegills in southern Wisconsin

    The fishing season was off to a slow start because we had a tough winter and spring was late in warming up the local lakes and the Wisconsin River. The Wisconsin River offered tough fishing for weeks because of the cold and the high water which prevented most anglers from getting out. Then, it took some time before we had warm water and stable weather, which are some of the keys into spring fishing.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  35. Three Rivers Roleo log rolling tournament to be held in August

    The seventh annual Three Rivers Roleo log rolling tournament will be held on Saturday August 9 at the Great River Landing in Onalaska. The tournament is a partnership with the Onalaska Enhancement Foundation and Onalaska Park & Recreation. The tournament is Sanctioned by the US Log Rolling Association.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  36. Oshkosh native Ron Bruch is the new DNR fisheries chief. Submitted photo

    Mr. Sturgeon: Oshkosh native Ron Bruch takes on role as DNR fisheries chief

    Mr. Sturgeon has become Mr. DNR Fisheries Chief.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  37. With throats inflated like balloons, male American toads trill as loud as a lawn mower for 4 to 20 seconds at a time. Their goal? Romance. Photo by Larry Stone

    Blogger Emily Stone serenaded by singing toads

    Intense, high-pitched trills seemed to follow me home that afternoon. The hum of my bike tires on pavement and the wind in my helmet couldn't drown them out. When I pedaled past upland areas, enjoying the warm sunshine, a brief silence would settle in. But as soon as I dipped down past a wetland again, the sound rose up from among the blooming leatherleaf, sprouting cattails, and budding water calla.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  38.  Len Harris/For

    Blogger Len Harris shares a trout tutorial

    Bright sunny morning.

    • May 31, 2014
  39. Blogger Heather Burt explores Natural Bridge State Park

    One of the best parts of visiting Natural Bridge State Park in Sauk County is the scenic drive required to get there. No matter which direction you are coming from, you’ll find yourself on some of the prettiest back roads in southwestern Wisconsin. The occasional sharp curves in the road will make you slow down and enjoy the scenery while coasting over rolling hillsides dotted with quaint farms and miniature limestone bluffs.

    • May 30, 2014
  40. Gary Engberg interviews Joe Bucher and Ron Barefield in this week's episode of Outdoor Horizons Radio

    Blogger Gary Engberg hosts a radio show each weekend. This week's guests are Joe Bucher and Ron Barefield.

    • May 28, 2014
  41. Blogger Phil Schweik shares his outdoor report

    Crappies are spawning in the Northwoods and the bluegills are not far behind. The walleyes, bass and pike have been very aggressive, and the musky bite is turning on ... Can it get any better?

    • May 29, 2014
  42. Blogger thinks riding bike from 1890s sounds fun

    Old World Wisconsin in Eagle invites visitors to 'Catch Wheel Fever!' next month. The historical site will offer visitors the chance to ride replica tricycles and bicycles around a track as well as opportunities to explore a vintage bicycle repair shop and learn cycling songs from the late 19th century.

    • May 28, 2014
  43. Listen to the latest episode of Carrie Zylka's podcast

    Carrie Zylka interviews Eric Clark of Where to Hunt Wisconsin in the newest episode of her podcast.

    • May 28, 2014
  44. Gary Engberg thinks it's a great time to fish or float the Lower Wisconsin River

    As the summer warms, so does the water in the lakes. Weeds are now constantly growing and many area lakes have algae blooms that smell and make fishing no fun because you constantly have to clean vegetation off your line and equipment.

    • May 28, 2014
  45. New episode of the Wildernet podcast covers rock climbing in Wisconsin

    Listen to episodes of the Wildernet podcast on

    • May 28, 2014
  46. Blogger shares tips from DNR on eating your catch

    Soon school will be out and my kids will enjoy fishing off of my parents' pier on Lake Wausau.

    • May 27, 2014
  47. Readers share their photos of Wisconsin's big birds

    The backyard paparazzi has been busy snapping and sharing dozens of photos of Wisconsin's largest winged wildlife.

    • May 28, 2014
  48. Blogger Brian Otten kicks off State Park tour near Madison

    My wife and I enjoyed some time in the Madison area over the weekend. We used Sunday's warm weather and a desire to soak up some sun as an excuse to buy our State Park sticker and enjoy Lake Mendota from the beach at Governor Nelson State Park.

    • May 27, 2014
  49. Paddlers race homemade boats in DePere's Redneck Regatta

    The Redneck Regatta homemade boat race was held during the Celebrate De Pere events at Voyager Park in De Pere on Saturday.

    • May 25, 2014
  50. Canada mayflower. Photo by Emily Stone

    Blogger Emily Stone goes for a wildflower walk

    I could smell spring in the air as soon as I stepped into the forest. Damp soil, sweet green things, and the mineral scent of creek water leaping over stones blended into an irresistible musk. Although sunshine had woken me up at an unreasonable hour, now gray clouds rolled in and time seemed to move backwards toward the sleepy dawn.

    • May 23, 2014

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