Wisconsin Hunting News

Wisconsin DNR Takes Over Wolf Management; Problem Areas to Be Addressed Quickly

Beginning Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, the gray wolf will no longer be considered a federally endangered species in Wisconsin and other parts of the western Great Lakes region.

Wisconsin’s Long Fought Battle to Manage Growing Wolf Populations Within its Borders is Nearly Over

With the announcement today that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is removing the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protection (exit DNR), Wisconsin’s long fought battle to manage growing wolf populations within its borders is nearly over. Gov. Scott Walker has charged the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with being ready to begin implementing Wisconsin’s Wolf Management plan by Feb. 1, 2012.

Salazar Announces Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes, Removal from Threatened and Endangered Species List

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final rule in the Federal Register removing wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in portions of adjoining states, from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.

Seven Wolves Illegally Killed During the 2011 Wisconsin Gun Deer Season

At least seven wolves appear to have been illegally killed during the recently completed Nov. 19-27 gun deer hunt, according to state wildlife officials. The shootings are being investigated.

Wisconsin Public Asked to be Aware of and Help Protect Whooping Cranes and Trumpeter Swans

The illegal shooting of two whooping cranes last month in Louisiana and the accidental and intentional shootings of trumpeter swans last month in Wisconsin highlight the need for citizens to be vigilant in helping to protect these rare birds, according to state endangered resources officials.

Due to the mild fall so far this year, both cranes and swans have been slow to begin migration, and both species are still widely dispersed across the landscape.

Preliminary Count Shows Wisconsin Hunters Harvested 226,260 Deer During the Nine-day Season

No hunting fatalities recorded for second consecutive year

A call around survey of 600-plus deer registration stations all across Wisconsin completed today shows a preliminary harvest total of 226,260 for the just completed nine-day gun deer hunting season, up 3.6 percent from 2010. At the same time, hunters posted the second all around safest season on record.

2012 Wisconsin Spring Turkey, Black Bear Permit Application Deadline Dec. 10

Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2012 Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season and the 2012 black bear hunting season.

Good Early Conditions for Wisconsin Opening Day Deer Season Turn to Rain and Snow

Hunters across Wisconsin were greeted by generally good hunting conditions on the first morning of the 160th gun deer hunt. Happy hunters, young and old, were bringing in a steady stream of bucks and does throughout the morning and early afternoon until wet sloppy precipitation spread into most of the north and central areas, slowing registrations.

Wisconsin DNR Prepares for Deer Hunt with Launch of Facebook, Twitter and Website Changes

With the opening day of the nine-day gun deer hunt right around the corner, the Department of Natural Resources is unveiling new tools it’s using to keep in touch with hunters this year.

Just days ago, the DNR launched its first Facebook page and Twitter account and laid out plans for special coverage on the DNR website.

Cougar Hits Northwoods in Time for Annual Gun Deer Hunt

A cougar ranging through west central and northern Wisconsin likely has tripped a trail camera for a third time, leading biologists to believe it is heading into the Northwoods just in time for the annual gun deer hunt.

State wildlife officials are asking hunters to report any sightings of the young, wild cougar. Based on the times and locations of the three photographs, it could be in the Flambeau State Forest or in heavily wooded Price County by now.