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    Outdoor activities, field trialing springer spaniels. Best pheasant dog on earth - does ducks too.
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  1. Rick

    Vikings 2018

    Bout dang time.
  2. Congrats whippersnapper. When are you going to get your wings and throw a get together?❤
  3. A few areas of central Wisconsin had some additional snow ranging from a dusting to 1 to 2 inches this week. Some areas of the far north still have 4 to 6 inches of snow but a warm-up this weekend could reduce that. There are some cross-country ski trails that are open and in fair to good condition on the Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR), and there is some surprisingly good skiing in southern Wisconsin at the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest that has been able to open some trails and set tracks thanks to the donated snowmaking equipment and volunteer efforts to spread and groom the snow. The only snowmobile trails open are still just those in Iron County with the best conditions near Hurley. Hiking conditions are excellent now. Even where the ground is snow-covered the trails are passable without the need for supersized snowshoe footwear. Please remember that there is no walking or snowshoeing allowed on cross-country ski trails once they have been groomed even if no tracks have been set. Now that the leaves are gone and ground is snow covered, it's a great time of year to enjoy the glacial topography along the Ice Age Trail. .
  4. Rick

    Upper Red - What Am I Doing Wrong?

    Cookies good as is Red Lake Remote. Describe in detail to Cookie or Jonny what you just described to us above. Your timing is good. Honestly, the key is mobility. And yes, the fishing on URL can be awesome.
  5. Rick

    Vikings 2018

    Prediction for Monday Night Football. The Vikes match up well against Seattle. The 12th man factor is the only thing in Seattle's favor.
  6. Areas of central to norther Wisconsin picked up anywhere from a couple inches to 4 or more inches of snow last weekend. Snow depths now range from an inch or less in southern and central Wisconsin to some areas of the north having 4 to 6 and even more in the far north Lake Superior snowbelt. A few northern state properties have been rolling ski trails but none have been able to groom or set tracks yet. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism launched its Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR) this week. Almost all snowmobile trails in the state remain closed and will until at least December 15 when most trail easements begin. Trail openings depend on snow depths and are determined by individual counties and the snowmobile clubs that maintain trails. Remember, using trails before there are officially opened is trespass. Iron County is the only area that has been able to groom and open a few of their trails.Swamps are slowly freezing and lake ice is getting thicker. Reports range from open water to 6 inches in central and northern Wisconsin. More and more anglers are venturing out onto the ice. As always, check the ice conditions before venturing out. Those who have been fishing have been getting a mixed bag of bass, northern, walleye, and panfish. A Statewide Antlerless Deer season (all weapon types) Is open through this Sunday, December 9 and even archery hunters may only harvest antlerless deer during this hunt. Deer hunters are reporting the deer are not moving much as of lately and when they do move, they are moving just before hunting hours close. All upland hunters (including archers) must follow the blaze orange requirements and anyone enjoying the outdoors this weekend should consider wearing blaze orange or brightly colored clothing. .
  7. Rick

    Joe Buck

    Buck sucks and Aikman Aiks.
  8. Preliminary registration numbers from Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season show an increase in statewide harvest. Overall, preliminary figures show that 211,430 deer were registered during the nine-day gun deer hunt, compared to 197,733 in 2017. The nine-day gun deer season continues to show hunting as a safe recreational activity, as the season ended with three hunting incidents and no hunting-related fatalities, which DNR law enforcement staff say is the safest season on record.There is now a statewide muzzleloader deer hunt going on through Dec. 5 and there is a statewide antlerless only hunt that runs from Dec. 6 to 9.Ice anglers have begun to venture out on lakes in far northern Wisconsin, like these anglers fishing this week on Big Arbor Vitae. But safety recreation specialists say no ice should ever be considered safe and to check ice conditions before you go out and while moving around on the ice.Photo credit: DNRIce is forming on lakes across the state but state recreational safety wardens are reminding people that no ice is safe and that early season ice conditions vary greatly from waterbody to waterbody. .
  9. Rick

    Metro First Ice

    Nice ... Looks like fun. anyone else getting out in the MPLS-ST PAUL Metro area ice fishing?
  10. Rick

    Lake Winnipeg Lower Basin And Red River Is Now Mapped.

    @Greenbackhunter SaWEET!!!
  11. Rick

    How Do You Get On Early Ice Crappies?

    Any of you getting out chasing early ice crappies? Pics please and what's your story ?
  12. Wisconsin's traditional nine-day gun deer hunting season opens this Saturday and with snow in many northern areas and more in the forecast for Friday into Saturday but with otherwise relatively mild hunting conditions it should make for a good opener.Hunters can find all the information they need by searching the DNR HSOforum for keyword "deer." Or new for this year, hunters with mobile devices can download the Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile app, which provides mapping, shooting hours and easy access to regulations. Hunters can download the app from the DNR HSOforum at keywords "hunt app."Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park has begun to ice over. Skim and shelf ice is forming on lakes and some smaller lakes have frozen over.Photo credit: DNRThis is the earliest possible opening of the season and while it is winding down in some areas, rutting activity is still noticeable with bucks visiting their scrapes and rubs and still being seen chasing does. A reminder that hunters must register their deer by 5 p.m. the day after recovery and registration is now easier than ever online, by phone or in person at registration stations. Search the DNR HSOforum for "GameReg," for details. Hunters can get a deer tested for CWD at no cost and can find sampling locations by searching for keywords "CWD Sampling." .
  13. It is now just over a week until the opening of Wisconsin's traditional nine-day gun deer season and state wildlife officials are urging hunters to not wait until the last minute to purchase licenses. Buying your license early is quick, easy at gowild.wi.gov or through authorized license agents and DNR service centers.Also new for Fall 2018, the Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile application has everything hunters will need this fall. Find new public lands to explore, brush up on the regulations, or listen to podcasts. People can download this free app today from the DNR HSOforum. The Wisconsin Conservation Card is an optional purchase that provides DNR license agents and wardens a direct link to the cardholder's GoWild account and license purchases. The 2017 edition of the Conservation Card pictured a majestic whitetail buck and the 2018 card featured two men fishing. You can help determine the design for the 2019 card by participating in a public poll and choose from three images. Voting is available through November 18 for cards that go on sale March 1, 2019. .
  14. Fall color is now past peak across most of the state, except a few southeast and central Wisconsin counties on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Fall Color Report (exit DNR). Leaf drop is progressing rapidly and mostly complete in the far north except for oaks that retain some their leaves even into winter. Tamaracks are at varying stages of gold with some still turning while other are starting to lose their needles.Water levels remain high on most river systems across the state and many lakes as well. Fishing has been good for all species in most northern lakes with anglers fishing for suspended crappies, deep walleyes and muskies near steep drop-offs. Crappies are biting very well on both Fox and Wolf rivers and anglers have also reported some great catches of walleye. The fall walleye bite was really good this past weekend on the Wisconsin River in the Wisconsin Dells area, where crappie fishing was also good. Water is still high on the Rock and Crawfish rivers where slow no wake rules remains in effect in some areas but anglers have still been catching walleye and bass.There was high fishing pressure on Green Bay at Oconto with good catches of yellow perch being reported and both shore and boat anglers having good success. Anglers were still seeing a few spawning chinook salmon remaining in Lake Michigan tributaries and having success catching them, but numbers are down and those being caught are in bad shape. Angles are now hoping for steelhead and coho runs to begin in earnest. Anglers fishing on Manitowoc River have been starting to catch coho and steelhead are being caught periodically. .
  15. Rick

    Wild 18/19

    Parise is starting to look like he did a couple years ago. They have a little more quality depth on the lines. Which players are stepping up?