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Last Build Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:49:00 CDT


Anglers re-write state fish records in catch and release and by weight categories

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:49:00 CDT

MADISON -- Records are made to be broken, and anglers quickly proved this truism in the first year of Wisconsin's new program recognizing catch-and-release state record fish. Traditional state records for fish by weight also fell in 2017, but the bigger story was the multiple first-time records hauled in by two anglers. - - "We're happy that some anglers have taken advantage of the new Live Release record fish category. We're expecting a lot more activity in 2018 as more people learn about this exciting opportunity," says Karl Scheidegger, the Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist who coordinates the state record fish programs.

Keith Warnke hired as Wisconsin DNR R3 Team Supervisor

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:49:00 CDT

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has named Keith Warnke as the state's new R3Team supervisor. - - Keith WarnkePhoto credit: DNR - - Warnke will oversee the development and coordination of a specialized team dedicated to recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, anglers and trappers - a priority within the DNR and conservation agencies nationwide. Warnke will remain in the Madison DNR office, where he has served as the hunting and shooting sports coordinator since 2011. Warnke also guided the state's big game program for seven years. His first full-time job with the DNR included hunter recruitment programs during the 1990s.

LEARN TO HUNT: Hunters asked to consider teaching new hunters of all ages

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:49:00 CDT

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Learn to Hunt coordinator says the early winter weeks February and March are ideal times to plan spring turkey Learn to Hunt events for youths, adults and families interested in nature and eating healthy. - - Keith Warnke, DNR hunting and shooting sports coordinator, says those planning their own spring hunt outings can be among the most effective mentors for those interested in learning about safe and effective hunting, and its role in conservation and harvesting healthy foods.