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  1. DNR Outdoor Report as of October 12, 2017Fall colors are spreading across the state and many areas are already near or at peak. Tamaracks are starting to show yellow, tree canopies and brush continue to thin. For the most up-to-date information on this color forecast, check the Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR). Temperatures are trending more toward that classic fall feel, with highs in the 50s and 60s, lows in the 30s and 40s and patches of rain and mist through sections of the state. Preliminary harvest numbers for archery/crossbow and the Youth Deer Hunt seasons are updated each week on the DNR page and the numbers are looking strong throughout the state, with more than 8,000 deer harvested statewide by youth hunters last weekend. Similarly strong numbers are coming in for duck and goose hunters, particularly as corn is harvested. .
  2. Temperatures and water levels are continuing to normalize as the fall continues, though rain is expected across much of the state this coming weekend. Fall colors are near peak across much of northern Wisconsin, while southern counties are just starting to show their fall colors on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR).Solid reports of waterfowl success came in from across the state this past week, with mentions of teal, widgeons, wood ducks, mallards and more. In general, there is still more than enough foliage to make grouse and woodcock hunting a challenge. Turkeys continue to be very active in feeding. There has also been reported success from the archery deer season, and cooler temperatures should help the upcoming youth deer hunt this weekend. Keep in mind that temperatures are only now starting to drop, so there may still be some bugs out with you in the woods this weekend. Anglers on the Menominee River were landing bluegill, crappie and smallmouth, with a slightly slower bite for smallies and pike off the lower Oconto River. Those fishing the Peshtigo are reporting smallmouth, pike, walleye and perch. During or electrofishing activities, fisheries crews observed the start of salmon and trout runs into the lower Menominee, Peshtigo and Oconto rivers. Pink salmon numbers will be peaking during the first half of this month. .
  3. The warm weather of the past week may have slowed the early fast pace of fall colors coming on, but much of the state is at 25 to 50 percent fall color on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR) and some far northern areas are close to peak. Tamarack needles are turning yellow and soon to fall off. It is the only conifer in Wisconsin to shed its needles.The warm weather made fishing difficult, the northern zone duck season opener hot and buggy and grouse hunting grueling. Boaters were happy to get another weekend of perfect weather in. The beach at Whitefish Dunes State Park was crowded on Saturday, an unusual occurrence for a Lake Michigan beach in late September. Hunters and fisherman alike look forward to cooler days ahead. Unseasonably warm temperatures Saturday, Sept. 23 brought out the crowds to Whitefish Dunes State Park.Photo Credit: DNRAnglers are still picking up decent numbers of perch and walleyes on Lake Winnebago. Some walleye and smallmouth were being caught in the Menominee River and anglers floating the Peshtigo River report catching good numbers of smallmouth bass and northern pike. A few salmon have been seen in the Peshtigo River. .
  4. The recent heatwave has slowed down everything but mosquitos it seems. Lots of deer, whose young are losing their spots, were mobile until it hit 85 degrees. They've been congregating around white oak trees, whose acorns are dropping fast. Friday Sept. 22 is the autumnal equinox, the first official day of the astronomical fall. Colors are changing quickly and leaves are starting to fall. More than half the state is reporting 50 percent color with a handful reporting 75 percent color on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR).Deer archery and crossbow season opened on Saturday, Sept. 16. Small game, ruffed grouse, and turkey seasons are also open. There was also a youth duck hunt with hunters reporting it was hot with a large fresh hatch of mosquitos. Conditions look favorable for the opening of the northern zone duck season this weekend. Mallard and wood ducks are abundant and also spotted are increasing numbers of teal, shovelers and pintail. Woodcock season opens this weekend. Large numbers migrating Canada geese are flocking in and along with locally nesting "giant" Canada geese are starting to build up in numbers on area wetlands, crop fields, golf courses, parks, and other staging areas and hunters have been successful. .
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  6. A lot of hunters will be going out in the woods this weekend for the numerous season openers, including the archery and crossbow deer, fall turkey, Canada goose, ruffed grouse, cottontail rabbit and squirrel. Many areas of the state are reporting a great crop of acorns, hickory nuts and walnuts. These foods will help deer, turkey, black bears and more build up fat reserves to survive the winter and areas with a good mast crop should provide great places to hunt for squirrels, grouse, and deer. Just in time for this weekend's season openings, the 2017 Fall Forecast is now available at by searching the DNR page for keyword "forecast." [PDF] Leaves are continuing to change, with several northern counties already reporting fall color at 50 percent on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR).Fishing has been very good on the Wolf River from New London down the mouth at Lake Poygon, with anglers having good success with catfish, bass, northern pike and panfish. Mid-September is typically the peak of the Lake Superior coho run on the Bois Brule river, and there have been some reports of angling success. The fall salmon run on Lake Michigan is picking ups some, with a few kings moving up tributaries, but there haven't been huge numbers reported yet, and some rain and cooler temperatures would be helpful to get more fish moving up. .
  7. Leaves started dramatically turning colors in the Northwoods this week. There is still mostly green in the woods, but the change has begun with red colors becoming noticeable in tree canopies and sumac bushes. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has begun its Fall Color Report (exit DNR).Water levels are normal to a little higher for this time of year due to continued precipitation.On Green Bay, perch anglers were having some success along with musky anglers fishing the west shore and lower Bay. Walleye anglers were coming back with four to six fish per trip. .
  8. The weather is shaping up to look very nice for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, with most parks and forests are reporting that reservable campsites are booked. People looking for last minute end of summer vacation weekend camping trip who don't have a reservation should consider camping at the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. The forest has non-reservable sites at rustic campgrounds that will be open this weekend. Anglers continue to report productive walleye fishing on Lake Winnebago. Yellow perch fishing action has picked up throughout the system, particularly on Lake Winnebago. With fall approaching, some anglers are already eagerly waiting for the fall white bass run and action already seems to be picking up on the Wolf River. Anglers on the west shore of Green Bay report catching perch and walleye from Peshtigo to the Pensaukee River. Walleye action on the lower bay has also been very consistent, with some limits reached. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be excellent throughout the Door County peninsula. .
  9. DNR Outdoor Report as of August 24, 2017It's almost the last week of August and an early fall breeze is in the air. Temperatures have been dropping slightly and are now steady in the mid to high 60s and low 70s. Leaves are continuing to change on early responders and the dense forests of summer are slowly becoming more visible. Nuisance bugs have slowed down a bit and water levels are returning to normal, making this a great time to get out on the trail or onto the water. Panfish are still biting on most northern inland lakes, with worms and leeches working best. Fishing on the Wolf River has been good, with decent catches of walleye, northern pike, bass, and catfish. The lower Peshtigo River is still producing walleye, perch, catfish, drum, and smallmouth bass and they remain the main draw below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. .