Getting Out

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Field Notes 7/12/17

Disease hinders bat population

1 week ago
Favorable forecast: Outlook good for weather, fishing during Saturday’s state season opener

As I write this column Monday afternoon, a cold rain has turned to snow. However, none of it is accumulating, and if the weather forecasters are right, warmer weather will

2 weeks ago
Field Notes 4/28/17

Birds and bees at Beaver Creek Reserve

3 weeks ago
New strategies for brown trout

BAYFIELD — The parking lot at this boat launch near Bayfield on Lake Superior was half-filled with pickups and boat trailers on the morning of April 1. Lots of trollers

1 month ago
Knight Life: Predicted purchase of Xcel property by state on lower Chippewa River hasn’t happened

When the state Natural Resources Board unanimously approved buying almost 1,000 acres of wild land bordering the lower Chippewa River in August for $2.08 million, supporters

1 month ago
Field Notes 4/14/17

Local march to support science

1 month ago
Longtime DNR wildlife manager Dave Linderud lauded for career, volunteerism

For 30 years, Dave Linderud worked as a state Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager, including 26 years in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties.

1 month ago
Conservation efforts recognized in western Wisconsin

The Clear Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which covers 12 western Wisconsin counties, recognized four area residents with conservation awards at its annual banquet March

1 month ago
Field Notes 3/31/17

Comments about deer sought

1 month ago
Green celebration: Nature comes alive with return of spring season

Now that spring has arrived via our calendars, myriad celebrations can be counted upon to confirm this season.

2 months ago
Field Notes 3/24/17

Group holds annual banquet

2 months ago
Hanging on to winter

This is a magical time, a period when we can enjoy the better parts of two seasons, at least a portion of what we’re leaving behind and what is coming this spring.

2 months ago
Field Notes 3/10/17

Outdoor licenses now available

2 months ago
Knight Life: Walker's state budget could mean demise of DNR magazine

I dumped fish heads and carcasses into a pot with two quarts of water and brought the pan to a simmer. 

2 months ago
Field Notes 3/3/17

Fly fishing trip to be discussed

2 months ago
Field Notes 2/24/17

Deer population to be reviewed

3 months ago
Expect the unexpected: Filming fields, forests can prompt odd encounters

An age-old adage that states a photograph is worth a thousand words is confirmed every time we look at a cave petroglyph or a kindergartener’s first attempt at art.

3 months ago
Field Notes 2/3/17

Trout guide to speak at meeting

3 months ago
Knight Life: Suggested breakup of DNR prompting long list of concerns

In breaking with her normal policy of not having the state Department of Natural Resources weigh in on issues involving the state Legislature, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp has

3 months ago
Field Notes 1/6/17

Fly-tying classes to be offered

4 months ago
Boat aids in counting of fish

MADISON — At a time of year when most Lake Michigan anglers are content to count their blessings, state Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff are out counting

4 months ago
Risky business

Ice fishing is more like archery season than gun-deer hunting season. It’s not necessary to be there at the beginning.

5 months ago
Knight Life: Hunting duo, dog seek pheasants, grouse and deer on outing

MENOMONIE — The plan was for a late season hunt for birds, as I understood it. But as Dan Werner of Menomonie and I had breakfast recently at Kyote’s Den Bar

5 months ago
Field Notes 11/25/16

Fewer deer killed during opener

6 months ago
Field Notes 11/4/16

Fly-fishing tips to be discussed

6 months ago
Field Notes 10/21/16

Students help monitor CWD

7 months ago
State’s management of CWD program to be discussed

MADISON — The public is invited to join a number of agencies next week to discuss and assess the first five years of the state Department of Natural Resources

7 months ago
Pheasant numbers lower statewide

MADISON — Pheasant hunting will again take center stage in Wisconsin when the fall hunting season opens statewide at 9 a.m. Saturday, but hunters may have a harder

7 months ago
Knight Life: Hunters treat dog suffering from heatstroke with icy baths, cold cans of beer

HAVRE, Mont. — “We now know there is an important medical use for beer,” said Bob Eloranta of Pewaukee as we picked cold cans of Leinenkugel’s

7 months ago
Field Notes 10/7/16

Speaker to discuss outings

7 months ago
Elk herd continues to expand

BLACK RIVER FALLS — After the release of an additional 50 elk in eastern Jackson County in July, the herd there has continued to settle into its primary range.

7 months ago
Knight Life: Memories of hunts gone by return with news hunting camp was sold

I got a call from Duane Jasper of Rice Lake recently telling me that the Gintz family has sold its longtime hunting camp in the wilds of Douglas County.

7 months ago
Testing of CWD to continue

MADISON — State wildlife officials will continue testing white-tailed deer killed during this year’s hunting season for chronic wasting disease, part of

8 months ago
Field Notes 9/2/16

Deer numbers appear high

8 months ago
Field Notes 8/26/16

Hunters receive turkey permits

9 months ago
Field Notes 8/19/16

Refuge celebrates 80th anniversary

9 months ago
New view of the region

TREMPEALEAU — One of Ryan Johnson’s favorite things about offering kayak tours with Driftless Adventure Co. is he never knows what he’s going to see each

9 months ago
Knight Life: Land purchase will ensure site where nuclear plant was once proposed will remain natural

I once went for a fishing trip and canoe ride with a top Xcel Energy official who told me — he didn’t intend his comments be made public at the time —

9 months ago
Field Notes 8/5/16

Thorp womanreceives award

9 months ago
Viewpoint: Debate about deer continues

EAGLE RIVER — Dave Clausen showed a photo slide of an oak tree at a gathering of outdoors writers from across Wisconsin.

9 months ago
Getting Out Briefs 7/8/16

Hearing set to discuss frac sand

10 months ago
Grouse cycle on the upswing

Ruffed grouse hunters are well-acquainted with swings in the birds’ population cycles, which measure about 10 years.

10 months ago
Field Notes 7/1/16

Caution urged with fireworks

10 months ago
Field Notes 6/24/16

Moisture boosts bird numbers

11 months ago
Field Notes 6/10/16

Spring turkey numbers rise

11 months ago
Field Notes 6/3/16

Free activities set for this weekend

11 months ago
Field Notes 5/27/16

Program helps remove lead lines

12 months ago
Banding woodcocks helps obtain information about elusive creatures

TAMARAC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Minn. — Donna Dustin knew the woodcock was there, somewhere, hunkered down in the brush, most likely with eggs or a brood of chicks.

1 year ago
Field Notes 5/13/16

Bat disease keeps on spreading

1 year ago
Field Notes 5/6/16

Artists for stamp contest sought

1 year ago