WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS October 2018

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News & Reviews

October 2018

Deer in fall


Wild Wisconsin launches Season 2

Wild Wisconsin, the DNR’s informative web series covering a wide range of hunting topics, is back for a second season. Six episodes and five bonus segments discuss such issues as hunting on public lands, field dressing rules, land management, DNR deer research, wild game cooking, hunting safety and more. Watch episodes any time in any order simply by clicking the links below. Episodes also can be found at dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Wild Wisconsin.” In addition to the video offerings, Wild Wisconsin also features audio-only “Off the Record” podcasts offering a wealth of hunting-related information for listeners. Find those links on the Wild Wisconsin page as well.

 * Ep. 1 - What Does It Mean to Be a Wisconsin Deer Hunter?

 * Ep. 2 - 2018 Deer Hunting Forecast

 * Ep. 3 - How Can Reading the Landscape Improve Your Hunt?

 * Ep. 4 - Wisconsin's Public Lands

 * Ep. 5 - Field Dressing and New Rules

 * Ep. 6 - Wild Game Cooking.

 * Bonus - Public Land Hunting 101;

 * Bonus - Managing Your Land for Wildlife;

 * Bonus - What DNR Deer Research Means for You;

 * Bonus - What Does Chronic Wasting Disease Mean for Wisconsin's Hunters?

 * Bonus - Firearm and Treestand Safety.


Canada geese

Wait is over
for waterfowl

Waterfowl hunting is underway in Wisconsin. Exact season dates for wild ducks, Canada geese and other birds vary by zone. Other regulations and bag limits apply. For complete details, see dnr.wi.gov, keyword “waterfowl.”


Fall forecast

Get set with fall hunting forecasts

Waterfowl hunting fans and other hunters and trappers can get ready for the outdoors with this year’s fall forecasts. The reports contain important information including season dates, survey results with population estimates, and lists of “Top Things to Know” about each species. Forecasts can be found at the links below. Or check dnr.wi.gov, keyword “hunting,” and click on individual species links for the corresponding forecast.

Fall cover

New magazine captures fall beauty

The latest print issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine welcomes fall and all its colorful glory with the help of striking photos from the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers. From a new book by photographer Craig Blacklock, the images and accompanying story mark the 50th anniversary of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, signed on Oct. 2, 1968. Also in the magazine, learn more about the DNR’s own 50th anniversary with memories from past employees and a history of the state’s Spill Law. There’s a look at how the DNR “teams up for trees” with the Packers, Brewers and Bucks, and a tale of thru-hiking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Plus, a Hunting 2018 special section will get you ready for the season! Get your copy by visiting wnrmag.com.



A new system for making camping reservations at Wisconsin State Parks is on the way. Camis USA is set to debut at the end of the year, replacing Reserve America. Keep an eye on future newsletters and dnr.wi.gov for details.

Sugar maple

Find latest updates on state's fall colors

Fall colors are fast covering much of Wisconsin. Check dnr.wi.gov, keywords “fall colors,” for information on viewing opportunities at state properties and the science behind leaf color changes. There’s also a link to the Department of Tourism’s Fall Color Report featuring regular updates on all the autumn colors statewide.

Save the date!

Head to the MacKenzie Environmental Center on Oct. 13 for the annual Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And check DNR's Get Outdoors! calendar for more fun fall events including candlelight hikes, color viewing, Halloween happenings and more.