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Rick

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    Rick
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    Outdoor activities, field trialing springer spaniels. Best pheasant dog on earth - does ducks too.
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  1. Temperatures have finally fallen, again and light snowfall also dusted many areas and some, like the Brule River State Forest, got almost half a foot this week. Forest crews were able to roll the ski trails but skiers will still have a while to wait before trails are groomed and ready. Across most of the rest of the state, cross-country ski trails are open to hikers and bikers until there is enough snow for grooming.Ice has reformed on some Northwoods lakes but those looking to get out on the ice are urged to use extreme caution, as much of the ice cover is only surface thick. Remember ice safety--always have a phone, a buddy, ice picks, and go slow while checking the ice depth in front of you. Until ice fishing really kicks in, a few anglers are still fishing on the Menominee River for whitefish, walleye and browns, and walleye fishing on the Wolf River has been hot, with anglers reporting great catches on the lower portions of the river.South Bay at Governor Thompson State Park is now frozen, but Caldron Falls still has open water. Ice conditions are not safe.Photo Credit: DNRMuzzleloader season wraps up this week and leads right into the statewide four-day antlerless only season from Dec. 7-10. This season provides an additional opportunity to fill an unused antlerless tag, but hunters must have a tag valid for the zone and land type they are hunting. All hunters must be wearing blaze orange this weekend. Archery remains open but that even bow hunters can fill only antlerless tags during the four-day season. .
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    Rebelss is no longer a moderator. I sadly removed him because his loyalties lie elsewhere, in the extreme. When he was told this he agreed that his loyalties were indeed elsewhere. He then called us vulgar names and told us "we would get ours". He made a direct threat. We then took measures to limit his ability to create problems here because of that threat. We did not ban him so he can still post if he wishes. His posts will be monitored if he chooses to do so. He can no longer PM due to his threat. To be clear, it's no big deal if our moderators are on multiple forums. So that is not the issue. It goes far beyond that. We do appreciate what he did here. Unfortunately his combative behavior and conduct detrimental to HSO is not what we want in our moderators. For the record, it wasn't something I wanted to do but it had to be done. No one talks me into doing these types of things. Frankly, it hurts big time to do this and to have done this. It's not the type of thing that helps HSO. So obviously the cost of keeping him as a moderator definitely outweighed his significant benefit.
  3. Another Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season is in the books, and preliminary registration numbers show a slight increase in statewide buck harvest, with 98,364 hunters successful in their pursuit of an antlered deer. Similar to 2016, northern counties again showed the most significant increases in both buck and antlerless harvest. Overall, preliminary figures show that 195,738 deer were registered down slightly from the 197,262 registered in 2016.The gun deer season continued to show hunting as a safe recreational activity, as the season ended with seven hunting incidents and no hunting-related fatalities. None of these incidents involved mentored youth hunters.The GameReg registration system worked well overall, with 62 percent of registrations completed online and 36 percent completed via telephone--while other hunters continued to visit walk-in stations that offer these services. .
  4. Another Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season is in the books, and preliminary registration numbers show a slight increase in statewide buck harvest, with 98,364 hunters successful in their pursuit of an antlered deer. Similar to 2016, northern counties again showed the most significant increases in both buck and antlerless harvest. Overall, preliminary figures show that 195,738 deer were registered down slightly from the 197,262 registered in 2016.The gun deer season continued to show hunting as a safe recreational activity, as the season ended with seven hunting incidents and no hunting-related fatalities. None of these incidents involved mentored youth hunters.The GameReg registration system worked well overall, with 62 percent of registrations completed online and 36 percent completed via telephone--while other hunters continued to visit walk-in stations that offer these services. .
  5. Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season opens this Saturday and while the rut is starting to wind down in some areas it is still going strong in others with frequent deer movement and sightings of scrapes and rubs still reported. The overall archery deer harvest is running higher than 2016. Cooler temperatures and light to moderate snowfall, along with wind will likely still impact opening day, particularly in the north. In southern and central areas, temperatures are forecast to be above freezing and most of the snow cover has disappeared, adding its own challenge. There was an ample drop of mast this year and now that most crops have been harvested, animals will be concentrating on those acorns. The lack of crop cover should make spotting easier. There are some big changes this year [PDF], including hunters are no longer required to attach a tag to their animal. However, the deer still must be registered. For more information search the DNR page for keyword "deer." .
  6. Fall color is now past peak statewide, but there are still some maples holding leaves in the southern part of the state and oaks are just reaching the peak of their rust and auburn shade.Temperatures were hovering between the 30s and 20s in southern and central Wisconsin, with much colder temps in the north where days were in the teens and evenings started to trend toward single digits. In Mercer and Iron County, the snow is becoming crusty and hard, making tracking tough for hunters and trappers alike. There were a couple inches dropped overnight, brightening the Brule River State Forest landscape. An upcoming week with highs in the 40s will likely remove much of that surface cover. The cold snap may have made it seem that ice fishing is right around the corner, but the warm-up will likely delay any firm ice for fishing. The fall walleye run has really picked up on the lower Wolf River and the Fox River near Oshkosh. Many anglers are reporting limits, with catches of white bass mixed in. The fall walleye run often stays strong right until the water ices up. .
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  8. Snow has been on the ground a week in northern Wisconsin, with some areas having a dusting and others several inches. Some tamaracks are still clinging to their needles, but most other trees, with the exception of oaks, are losing their leaves. In the south only a handful of counties are still reporting peak color, mostly in the southeast on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR). The view of the Bois Brule River on Halloween morning seemed more like a Christmas morning view. Photo Credit: DNRBiologists across the state are reporting the white-tailed deer rut, or mating season, is in full swing. Deer are moving more each week, in the daylight as well as just before and after sundown. Archery hunters have reported good success in central Wisconsin. Drivers should keep their eyes open as deer are appearing frequently at roadsides. Fall turkey hunters in southwestern Wisconsin have been reporting good success and plenty of birds. The nut and acorn crop in these counties is tremendously larger than the past several years, so wild turkeys are spending more time feeding in oak woodlands. Woodcock have apparently started another push south. Ducks and geese have been seen in many fields with the high water levels and waterfowl hunters have been successful lately. .
  9. Weather across the state went from mid 70s and calm last week to 30s and 40s and even some nighttime 20s in the north with a howling northwest winds this week. Small amounts of snow were reported in the far north, with more in the short-term forecast.According to the Department of Tourism Fall Color Report (exit DNR) much of southern Wisconsin is now at or very near peak, while colors are beginning to fade in central Wisconsin and high winds in the last week caused a lot of the remaining leaves to fall. In the north, most of the leaves have fallen, and the woods have taken on the gray, brown and dark green, with the exception of the golden glow of tamaracks gracing northern swamps.Whitetail deer are moving into the rut, or their mating season. Rutting activity will be nearing its peak now and into the early weeks of November. Buck scrapes are being found and deer movement has increased significantly to so it is more important to be on the watch for deer crossing roads. If you see a deer cross, be prepared for more deer to be following. .
  10. Fall colors are now peaking in far northwestern Wisconsin and throughout the central part of the state including the Door County area, according to the Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report. Fall colors are now past peak in about a dozen north central counties and leaves are dropping rapidlyFall colors are now peaking in Door County. Photo from Oct. 19 from atop "Old Baldy" sand dune at Whtiefish Dunes State Park.Photo Credit: DNRMuch needed rain in the last week finally spurred on the fall Lake Michigan tributary salmon runs. The chinook spawn is going strong, with a variety of baits and methods seeing success. The chinook spawn is in full swing along Door County with salmon spotted in most marinas and in many area creeks. In the Kewaunee harbor, salmon can be seen jumping regularly and have been stacking up in corners in force and numbers, and anglers are having success with both spoons and crankbaits. Fish have been so thick at times that anglers have foul-hooked more than they have had strike. The salmon spawn is also in full force in the East and West Twin, Manitowoc, Branch and Ahnapee rivers. Chinook salmon are the most common catch but a few coho are also being caught. In southern tributaries, those fishing the Sheboygan River reported most of the success from chinook and coho salmon along with a few brown trout. At Sauk Creek a few chinook were landed on flies and spoons. On the Root River were chinook the majority of anglers targeting and seeing success upstream of the steelhead facility and fishing with egg flies. .
  11. 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. .
  12. 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. .