• Bears, Bucks and Boat Launch on NRB Agenda

    Passion and politics could clash when Wisconsin’s seven-citizen state Natural Resources Board (NRB) meets in Madison next week for its first monthly meeting of 2020. DNR staff will take a look at a 2019 deer hunt that saw numbers fall about 14 percent statewide to just more than 288,000 whitetails – the first sub-300,000 deer […]

  • Something for Everyone at Upcoming Sport Shows

    Sport-show season is about to kick off, providing an excellent opportunity for those who love the outdoors to stoke their passions indoors for a few hours. Two shows get underway in the area next week: the All-Canada Show Jan. 16-19 at the Oneida Radisson Conference Center in Ashwaubenon, and the WBAY Boat Show Jan. 17-19 […]

  • Snow and Ice: Nice for Outdoor Sports

    It’s a bit of a gamble trying to predict the weather a week out, but now that January’s here, snow and cold are inevitable at some point. Temperatures are in the 40s, and rain is on the way as I write this in late December, yet it’s not hard to accept a forecast that shows […]

  • Season’s First Ice Offers Limited Fishing Opportunities

    It’s still too early for offshore exploration, but cold December air has allowed cautious anglers some early ice-fishing opportunities.  Door and Kewaunee County lakes have been attracting walk-on attention from those seeking panfish and other species. Clark and Kangaroo offer bonus pike and walleye, and Krohn’s near Algoma has stocked trout. All offer largemouth bass. […]

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    DNR Listens to Anglers, Boosts Salmon Stocking

    Anglers hungry for more salmon, steelhead and brown trout got an early Christmas present last week when the DNR announced it would significantly increase stocking levels. The agency’s new three-year plan shoots for 1.2 million chinook salmon stocked annually starting in 2020. This is up 50 percent from the more than 800,000 stocked annually since […]

  • Take a Safe Walk on the Wild Side as Hunts Continue

    Those heading outdoors to enjoy the snow should remember that firearm deer hunts continue through Dec. 15 and are on again Dec. 24 – Jan. 1. Keep yourself, your family, friends and pets visible by wearing bright colors. Though not required unless you’re hunting, blaze orange is always a good choice. In an effort to reduce […]

  • Plenty of Deer in Wisconsin, but a Record?

    Not by a long shot There’s no doubt that many Wisconsin hunters love to rip on the Department of Natural Resources’ deer-population estimates, and that’s one of the reasons why the agency got away from making them public during Gov. Walker’s tenure. Even if the scientific data backed them up – and they almost always […]

  • Hunters Geared Up for 23 Days of Blaze Orange

    Wisconsin’s most treasured hunting tradition will begin Saturday: opening day of the nine-day gun deer season. Regulated deer hunting began with the first closed season in 1851 (Feb. 1-June 30), though Native Americans could hunt year-round. The first bag limit was in 1897 – two deer per season – and a resident license cost $1. Estimated […]

  • Burned by the Forecasters, This One’s Surely a Bull’s-eye

    We’re just a week away from Wisconsin’s gun deer opener, and all signs are pointing to much nicer weather than the Arctic blast we’ve experienced this week. A day after writing last week’s column, the long-term forecast took a big nosedive south. It was too late to change the column’s wording for the print edition, […]

  • Late Gun Deer Opener a Mixed Bag for Hunters

    Hunters have just two weekends left to sight in firearms, wrap up scouting and ready stand sites in preparation for the 2019 gun deer season opener.  Opening day, Nov. 23, is the latest possible under the current nine-day format that includes the Thanksgiving holiday. Last year’s Nov. 17 opener was the earliest possible and hit […]

  • Two Bucks with One Bolt?

    It happened Oct. 25 in Door County One of the most unusual deer tales you’re likely to hear this season happened to a youth hunter in Door County last weekend. Fourteen-year-old Matiah Christensen of Green Bay was hunting from a covered tree stand Oct. 25 with her uncle Collin Jeanquart and cousin Sydney Jeanquart on […]

  • Michigan, Indiana Announce Salmon-Stocking Increases

    Two down, two to go. The Departments of Natural Resources in Michigan and Indiana have announced significant increases in chinook-salmon stocking beginning in 2020. Both states are planning to raise and release an additional 150,000 chinooks, or 300,000 combined.  In addition, Indiana is going to reduce fall fingerling plants of coho salmon and raise and […]

  • Leaves Falling, Deer Moving as Pre-Rut Activity Heats Up

    If you’re an avid deer hunter, we’re entering the season you’ve waited all year for. Whitetail buck activity is picking up and will peak during the next four to five weeks as they seek out mates. Colorful leaves are falling, opening the woodlands. Even better, a hard frost last weekend took care of most mosquitoes.  […]

  • Bundle Up and Get Outside during Cold, Windy Weekend

    Lovers of the outdoors who are looking for a perfect weekend to enjoy their favorite pursuits are not going to find one anytime soon.  A gorgeous weather week is expected to head south by the time you read this, with gusty winds pushing in cold air from late Thursday night to early Monday morning. Heavy […]

  • Youth Gun Deer Hunt Adds More Color to Fall

    Fall colors are starting to fire up on the peninsula, the beginning of what’s likely to be a two- to three-week period of spectacular beauty. In addition to the reds, yellows and rusty browns, the keen-eyed among you might spot some blaze orange or blaze pink this weekend as hundreds of youth hunters get out […]

  • Many Factors Contribute to Bird Species Decline

    Unless you’ve been off your devices this week or are on a break from reading newspapers, watching television and listening to the radio, you’ve likely seen or heard the dire news concerning North American birds.  But is it really that bad? Before I get blasted by fellow birders, factory-farm opponents and climate-change activists, let me […]

  • Black-Bear Hunt Largely an ‘Up North’ Experience

    Black bears have greatly expanded their range in Wisconsin, but they are still far and away most common in the vast forests of northern Wisconsin. Rarely, though, bears or bear tracks are spotted in Door and Kewaunee counties. Don’t believe it? Several bears were killed by hunters or vehicles in Door County decades ago. Interest […]

  • First Fall Hunting Permits Go on Sale This Weekend

    If you’re looking for a bonus wild turkey tag or an antlerless deer permit for your up-north getaway, don’t press the snooze button during the coming days. Only 2,000 bonus turkey permits are available for Zone 2, which includes Door and Kewaunee counties. They’ll go on sale at 10 am on Saturday, Aug. 17, for […]

  • Welch’s Return to Fishing One for the Record Books

    Anglers caught the heaviest chinooks since the 1990s in this year’s Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. There were 13 heavier than 30 pounds that were officially in the money, plus a half-dozen others taken to official scales with no tournament ticket.  A trio of Door County graduates topped the list of winners in a contest that […]

  • Green Bay Offers Anglers a Smorgasbord of Species

    Green Bay anglers are finding a smorgasbord of fish species willing to take the bait. Yellow perch action is heating up right along with the weather this month, and there’s been a wide variety of sizes available. Many anglers are keeping fish seven to 11 inches, with an occasional jumbo that’s a foot long or […]