Up North Kayak Fishing

I recently purchased a fishing kayak and since I am new to kayak fishing I thought I’d blog about it. If you’d like to hear more about kayak fishing and specifically my kayak fishing adventures go to my new website www.upnorthkayakfishing.com.

Don’t worry, I’ll still keep The Wisconsin Times, nothing will change. But if you’d like to get to know me on a more personal level check out my kayak fishing website.

Here is a pic of my kayak, haven’t had it in the water yet but I’m hoping to take it out for the first time this weekend!

Mariner 10 Propel


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Kites are flying in Wisconsin


Wisconsin Historic Sites and Museums Invite Visitors to “Come Fly A Kite” in May and June


To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums invite visitors to “Come Fly a Kite” at their locations all around Wisconsin in May and June. The sites will provide the materials for making, decorating and flying the kites.Kite Flying WisconsinOld World Wisconsin, just south of Eagle in Waukesha County, will kick off the kite campaign during its first “Spring Into the Past” event on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.Wade House in Greenbush, Sheboygan County, will be flying kites during its “At Work and at Play” event on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. The site is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.In Madison, at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, kite decorating will take place during its “International Museum Day” event on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pendarvis in Mineral Point, Stonefield in Cassville, H.H. Bennett Studio in Wisconsin Dells, Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, Madeline Island Museum in La Pointe and Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva will all celebrate spring with kite-flying programs and activities on Sunday, June 8. H.H. Bennett Studio, Stonefield and Madeline Island Museum will all offer reduced admission on June 8 in conjunction with their “Visitor Appreciation Day” events.

Circus World in Baraboo will offer a different twist in its kite-flying event during its “Circus Heritage Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. The circus museum and performance venue will host troupes of Boy Scouts who will create their own troupe kites. The event begins at 2:30 p.m both days in historic “Ringlingville,” site of the Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters.

For more information contact Dawn St. George at 608-261-9350.


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Take Your Horse Camping in Wisconsin!

Horse Camping Wisconsin

Wisconsin is becoming quite popular for those who want to camp and bring their horses along. Check out all of the horse-friendly campgrounds. Happy horses equal happy campers!

Spur of the Moment Ranch in Mountain

Kickapoo Valley Reserve in La Farge

Big Valley Ranch in Avoca

End of the Trail Equine Campground in Ontario

Horseriders Campground in Palmyra

Trade River Horse Campground in Sterling Township (Governor Knowles State Park)

Horse Campground in Dodgeville (Governor Dodge State Park)

LaRiviere Horse Park in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Timber Trail Campground in Algoma

Endless Valley Stables in Spring Green

Here is a great article from HorseChannel.com with tips for camping with your horse.

Camping with Horses

By Jennifer Nice

When life gets hectic and you just need to get away, what could be a better escape than a camping trip with your horse? No alarms jolting you awake, traffic jams making you late, no phones or e-mails to answer, and no rushing to business meetings. It’s just the peaceful sounds of nature, a crackling fire and a rippling stream, plus plenty of fresh air and, of course, your horse. Click here to read the rest of the article.

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Wisconsin Wildfires – How you can Protect Your Property

WildfireNews Release Published: April 14, 2014 by the Northwest Region
Contact(s): Kevin Harter, DNR communication, 715-416-2230
By John Gozdzialski, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Northern Region Director

It’s hard for many people to believe that wildfires can be a problem in spring. After all, in many areas there is still snow on the ground and we usually get a lot rain this time of year. What we need to keep in mind during this time of the year is the vegetation and the weather.
Most of the vegetation we see this time of year is dead and dry: last year’s leaves, flowers, and grass. Dry plant material cannot hold moisture, which creates a wick primed for ignition. The warm, dry, breezy days that we hope for in spring are also the days most favorable for fires. High wildfire risk will remain until the danger of frost has passed and new green vegetation has fully emerged.
April 20-26 is “Wildfire Prevention Week” across Wisconsin and other Great Lakes states. This is a good time to remind everyone of the very real annual threat of wildfires.
The risk of a wildfire became a dramatic reality in Douglas County last May. A single spark in a forest ignited the Germann Road Fire – the largest wildfire in Wisconsin in 30 years. About 100 homes and seasonal cabins were in the path of the fire. After the fire was extinguished, a total of 23 homes and seasonal cabins along with another 80 outbuildings had been consumed.
An estimated 350 buildings survived the fire thanks to firefighter suppression efforts and utilization of “Firewise” practices.
“Firewise” qualities are often simple acts of maintenance. Keep areas around buildings and under decks free of leaves and pine needles, clean debris out of rain gutters and move firewood stacks to spots at least 30 feet away from buildings. Other “Firewise” practices take more time. For example, making sure that your driveway is wide enough for a fire engine to get to your home or removing evergreen trees and shrubs within a 30 foot zone around buildings.
Becoming “Firewise” is not difficult but does require a commitment. Being “Firewise” requires attention to your home’s surroundings and what might start a wildfire or encourage the spread of one. Try this “Firewise” activity: take a walk around your home or seasonal cabin with an imaginary match in your hand. Any place where you would not feel comfortable tossing down a lit match and walking away is a place where you need to do some work.
The Department of Natural Resources is committed to bringing awareness to the threat of wildfire in Wisconsin. This year’s fire prevention campaign is “Be Ember Aware.” A four-minute video, featuring footage from the Germann Road Fire, along with a special web page and publications are available for view at dnr.wi.gov (keyword “ember”). We hope you will find the information useful.
There will also be a DNR chat on the topic of wildfires on April 24 from noon-1pm. Go to dnr.wi.gov (search “chat”). I encourage you to tune in and ask our wildfire experts questions. As always, should you have any questions on any other day, feel free to contact your local DNR service center, ranger station or Ben Garrett at 715-635-4088. We’re here to help.
As our old friend in the forest, Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent wildfires.

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Favorite Gardening “Pin” of the week!

Every now and then you see a gardening tip that you know, for sure, you are going to do. This is one of them.

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Journey Through Wisconsin



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Door County Wisconsin Music!

Check out all the great music coming to Door County, Wisconsin this summer!

Wisconsin Music

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Wisconsin Camping Tips & other Fun Stuff!

We are really looking forward to spring and going camping. Check out our Wisconsin Camping Pinterest board for some great tips, recipes and destinations.
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Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

There are many beautiful places in Wisconsin.  I am blessed to live within one of them, the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.  Even in the winter there is beauty everywhere!  The River Road runs along the river from just north of Saint Croix Falls all the way to the Wolf Creek area.  It’s a beautiful drive any time of the year!

River Road

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Gardening Tips from Pinterest

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Wisconsin Fishing!!!

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The Wisconsin Historical Society on Flickr

The Wisconsin Historical Society has some great photos on Flickr, check them out by clicking here.  

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Curd Crawls are happening all over Wisconsin!

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A Look at Wisconsin Bars – Why so many?

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The New Wisconsin Tourism Commercial!

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National survey: Wisconsin ranks second in bird watching

Here is the latest from the Wisconsin DNR…

Wisconsin ranks second nationally in the proportion of citizens considered birders, with fully one-third of residents 16 and older reporting they travel to watch birds, or actively watch and identify birds around home, according to a recently released U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service report.

Wisconsin trailed only Vermont, where 39 percent of residents are birders, and tied with West Virginia, where 33 percent of their population also watches birds. Numbers-wise, however, the Badger State vastly outnumbered those two states, with Wisconsin boasting 1,678,000 birders, compared to 292,000 for the Green Mountain State and 574,000 for the Mountain State.

“Wisconsin is well known for its rich tradition of birding and other forms of wildlife watching,” says Ryan Brady, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative monitoring coordinator and Department of Natural Resources research scientist. “Here we have a strong connection to our natural resources, and their vibrant colors, soothing songs, and high degree of visibility make birds a crowd favorite.”

Wisconsin features both northern and southern breeding species and sits astride a major migration pathway, allowing birders easy access to one of the most diverse collections of bird life in the United States. More than 400 species have been recorded in the state, with the vast majority of species and numbers being migratory birds. Others, like chickadees, cardinals, grouse, and turkeys, are permanent residents

Brady says spectacles such as staging sandhill cranes, waterfowl migration on the Mississippi River, goose migration at Horicon Marsh, booming prairie chickens, overwintering bald eagles, and more than 30 species of warblers are some of the state’s biggest birding draws.

Nationally, there were about 47 million birders, about 20 percent of the population 16 and older, according to the report. They spent an estimated $41 billion on trip related expenditures and equipment, generated a total economic impact of $106 billion, supported 666,000 jobs and generated $13 billion in state and federal tax revenues.

The report, Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis [PDF - exit DNR]], is an addendum to the 2011 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation. That same survey found that 1.2 million Wisconsin residents fished, and 895,000 residents hunted in that same survey year. www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/fhw11-wi.pdf [PDF]

Kim Grveles, who coordinates Wisconsin’s Bird Stopover Initiative, says the keen interest in birding in Wisconsin can be seen in the growing number of communities seeking “Bird City Wisconsin”www.birdcitywisconsin.org (exit DNR) status indicating their commitment to bird conservation efforts. Since the program started in 2010, 76 communities have been designated Bird Cities.

That interest also was seen in 2013 in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon wibirdathon.org (exit DNR), in which 155 birders spent part of a 24-hour period in May observing birds and soliciting pledges for the total number of species they saw. The birders observed a total of 252 species and raised more than $55,000 for bird conservation projects in Wisconsin, according to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, which sponsored the event along with the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative.

“There’s a growing recognition of what’s needed to maintain healthy populations of birds and to understand birds’ importance to their economies and quality of life,” Grveles says. “The national survey’s participation rates and economic rates reflect the important role birds play for our local communities and our state.”

More statistics from the report:

  • In 2011 there were 47 million birdwatchers (birders) 16 years of age and older in the United States – about 20 percent of the population.
  • 88 percent of birders are backyard birders, while 38 percent take trips away from home to “go birding.”
  • The “average” birder is 53 years old while only 17 percent fall under the age of 35.
  • Unlike hunting and fishing where men were overwhelmingly in the majority, a larger percent of birders were women – 56 percent in 2011.
  • Birders are not a racially or ethnically diverse group. Ninety-three percent of birders identified themselves as white.
  • 75 percent of birders reported observing waterfowl, making them the most watched type of bird. Birds of prey followed at 72 percent and songbirds at 68 percent.
  • Wisconsin birders average 95 days of bird watching per year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Brady, 715-685-2933; Kim Grveles, 608-264-8594; or Yoyi Steele, 608-266-8169

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Wisconsin Cranberry Contest

Cranberry Contest

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Cheese, A Fun Job, Cool Wisconsin App and more! The Wisconsin Times Podcast – Episode 57

The Wisconsin TimesWe have a great show lined up for you today, I’m gonna tell you about a unique employment opportunity here in Wisconsin, also a competition you might be interested in competing in, there’s also a new app that everyone in Wisconsin who hunts or fishes should know about, we also have some sports news, some fun Wisconsin events coming up soon and last but not least our featured Wisconsin small business.



Show Notes:

Music on the show The Jimmys !!!!!

We just want to say a big Thank You to all of our listeners, we appreciate each and every one of you!   Take care! -TWT

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Have you tried Wisconsin’s New Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife App? Very cool!

I recently downloaded Wisconsin’s new app for hunting, fishing and wildlife. It is amazing! It has everything…places to hunt and fish, the seasons, rules and regulations, news and so much more.  The best part?  It’s free!  Here are a few screen shots for you.  Click HERE to get it!

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Winter Fun in Wisconsin! Klondike Days in Eagle River March 1st & 2nd


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Wisconsin Pheasant Hunting News


PheasantWith tens of thousands of pheasant hunting enthusiasts about to descend on Wisconsin for a national “Pheasant Fest,” state wildlife officials say this is a good time to recognize the partnership with the festival sponsor that has been instrumental in providing another great year of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin.


Pheasants Forever’s annual national gathering known as the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic runs from Feb. 14-16 in Milwaukee. The tenth annual festival and national Pheasants Forever convention will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The festival attracted almost 29,000 upland bird enthusiasts to Minneapolis last year. The organization has more than 140,000 members nationwide, including 33 Wisconsin chapters.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has worked closely with Pheasants Forever in the past to acquire thousands of acres of land that continue to provide prime pheasant habitat and superb hunting opportunities.


“Our relationships with our non-profit conservation partners are invaluable to our mission,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We intend to work closely with Pheasants Forever for many years to come in order to continue improving pheasant habitat and expanding pheasant hunting opportunities in Wisconsin.”


Pheasants Forever began applying for Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grants in 1997 and since then has leveraged more than 3.4 million in grant funds and an equal amount of private funding for land purchases in Wisconsin, according to Eric Lobner wildlife program manager for southern Wisconsin.


Some of the land protection highlights of this long-standing partnership include:


  • H&L Farms - Pheasants Forever’s 714 acre land acquisition project is near completion in Rock County. The H&L Farms project is being funded in part by a Stewardship grant and Pheasants Forever plan to donate the property to DNR.
  • Hallie Marsh - The Chippewa Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter attained several land tracts totaling roughly 800 acres. The land was acquired in part with Stewardship grants and donated to DNR.
  • Paradise Valley Wildlife Area (Kincaid addition) – The Jefferson and Southwestern Pheasants Forever Chapters have pledged funds to help manage the 1,300 acre DNR property which was recently acquired by DNR.
  • Jefferson Marsh Wildlife Area - Jefferson Marsh Wildlife Area, located in Jefferson County, was acquired by Pheasants Forever several years ago and has since been donated to DNR. This 3,000 acre property is a premier destination for pheasant, deer and waterfowl hunters.


In addition to purchasing land for habitat and hunting, DNR and Pheasants Forever have teamed up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund four farm bill biologist positions in Wisconsin. These positions implement DNR’s private lands wildlife habitat programs and provide a critical link to private landowners interested in conservation and habitat projects to benefit pheasants and other valuable wildlife species.


With the presence of many other similar joint efforts and pheasant stocking on the rise, Lobner says Pheasants Forever and DNR have reaffirmed a mutual commitment to improving pheasant habitat and pheasant hunting in Wisconsin.


For more information regarding Pheasant Fest, visit the Pheasants Forever website (exit DNR); for more general pheasant hunting information, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “pheasant.”


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Lobner, Southern Wisconsin wildlife program manager, 608-235-0860


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine Sign

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Awesome Valentine’s Day Dates in Wisconsin

Still looking for a special place to take your Valentine in Wisconsin? Check out a few cool events we found via our Facebook friends…

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Monday Inspiration


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Now is the time to make reservations for Wisconsin Camping!

It’s only January and it’s already been a long, hard winter here in Wisconsin.  The recent temperatures make it almost impossible to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  I stood in my kitchen yesterday looking out into the yard at our RV.  I long for a warm summer night, sitting around the camp fire at a Wisconsin State Park.

So instead of being sad because it’s winter I decided to start planning our summer and making reservations for our weekend camping trips.  I was quite surprised to see that many of the campgrounds in the state parks are already filling up for the summer.  If you haven’t made your reservations yet, now is the time if you want the “good” spots!

Here is a link to the Wisconsin DNR camping reservations system.  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/camping/  One great feature with this reservation system is that they have pictures of many of the sites.  Here are a few awesome camp sites here in Wisconsin….

Interstate Park in Saint Croix Falls – Site 39, overlooks the Saint Croix River, beautiful!

Interstate Park Site 39

Lake Wissota State Park near Chippewa Falls – Site 101, this is a great park with lots of trails, also an awesome place to kayak!

Lake Wissota State Park - Site 101

Potawatomi State Park in Door County – Site 38, gorgeous place to camp and fish, who doesn’t love Door County!Contract: WI Park: 60036 Site: 4253

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Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin!

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Fun Ice Fishing in Wisconsin!

Ice Fishing Poster

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A Great Way to Help some Local Folks

If you are in the Millston, Wisconsin area, these folks could sure use some help!

Zirk Benefit

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The Wisconsin Way

When you watch the news it seems there are so many bad things going on in the world today.  So today I thought I’d give you a dose of happy news!

Check out this story from the Milwuakee Journal Sentinal, what a great way to help out our veterans!

Troop Cafe offers hearty meals, and restaurant training for veterans

Then there’s the story of a family who lost their home to a fire on the very same day their son returned from serving in Afghanistan.  Sad story but it’s great how the community has been helping them out.

Community helps family without home

With the Olympics coming up on February 7th I will be watching the hockey for sure!

Nine former Badgers named to Olympic hockey teams


This guy thought he was going to California, nope.  The good folks in Menasha helped him out!

Homeless man takes wrong train to Wisconsin


And then of course there’s this!  Jump!

We made national news with this one!

And even though we’re planning to beat San Fransisco today we’re still not going to let their fans freeze!  Go Pack Go!

Packers, Sportservice help fans battle cold, offering free hot cocoa and coffee at Sunday’s game

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Jack Frost Fest

During this long dark winter sometimes it helps to get out in it.  Here’s a fun event for the whole family!

Jack Frost Fest

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Upcoming Ice Fishing Tournaments in Wisconsin

100_0994Now that the holidays are over my thoughts turn to ice fishing, big time. Here are links to some upcoming ice fishing tournaments going on around Wisconsin. Good luck!

Ice Fishing Rumble – Phillips – January 4th, February 1st and March 1st

Fibber’s 7th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament – St. Germain – January 25th

Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament – Phelps – January 25th

Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage – Mercer – January 25th

Otter Street Fisheree – Oshkosh – February 1st

Wanderoos Area Lions Club Ice Fishing Contest – Amery – February 1st

Ice Fishing Jamboree – Spirit – February 8th

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Only One New Year’s Resolution

DockI’m not big into making New Year’s resolutions.  If something in your life needs to change waiting until January 1st seems a bit silly to me.  But, in the spirit of the holiday, I decided to make a resolution.  It’s very simple…spend more time outside.  That’s it.  No big announcement, no life changing drama, just a simple promise to myself to spend more time on the lakes, in the woods, in the garden, camping etc.  These are my happy places so it makes sense to spend more time there.

Wishing all of our readers a Happy New Year!  May your year be filled with peace!

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Icefish? Check out this COOL ION Ice Auger!

My husband, “HJ”, retired in August and for his retirement gift I gave him a new ice electric ice auger.  He loves it!  No gas to mess with, no fumes and it goes through the ice so easy.  We went fishing last Saturday and the weather was beautiful, a great day to be outside.  We fished in Polk County, Wisconsin.  Even though we only caught 5 fish I can’t disclose the location of our ice fishing adventure, good fishermen never tell.  Click here for more information about the ION Auger.

Happiness…he deserves it after 43 years at the same job!100_0993


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Recollection Wisconsin


With the coming of the new year it’s the time of the year to look back and reflect.  We found a great source for looking back at Wisconsin history, Recollection Wisconsin.  Check it out, there are photos and stories from so many different walks of life.  A person could spend ours on their website!  Enjoy!

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Black-capped Chickadee in Wisconsin

ChickadeeIt’s a warm (well for Wisconsin anyway) Saturday morning here in northern Wisconsin. I’m watching the birds outside enjoying the balmy weather. I’ve noticed we have many Black-capped Chickadees in our yard. They especially enjoy the black sunflower seeds.

If you’re patient they’ll even eat out of your hand, check out the video below, I have to try this!  It would be a fun thing to do with kids.

In researching more about the Black-capped Chickadee I found an awesome website called Feeder Watch.  There is so much information, sounds, feeder tips, counts from around the U.S., great maps, videos and more.  So I’ve decided to add a direct link for this website here on my own website.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Project Feeder Watch

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Candlelight Skis & Hikes in Wisconsin



People looking for an People looking for an opportunity to break in their new cross-country skis or snowshoes or just getting out on their tried-and-true equipment will have plenty of opportunities this winter with 27 candlelight skis, hikes or snowshoes scheduled at Wisconsin state parks and other Department of Natural Resources properties.

Candlelight events kick of Jan. 4, 2014 with ski, hikes or snowshoes scheduled for Blue Mound, Harrington Beach, and Mirror Lake state parks. Events run through mid-February.

Once again this year, early snows have blanketed the entire state, so most state parks and forests with ski trails have been able to groom and track the trails. While most of the events include options for skiing and hiking or snowshoeing, some trails are skiing only and some are hiking or snowshoeing only.

People can check on the details of each event by going to the DNR website dnr.wi.gov and searching keyword “candlelight” and by contacting the property.

Many of the events held throughout the winter include additional activities such as bonfires, and hot chocolate and other refreshments may be available for sale. Some events offer grills for cooking food or roasting marshmallows. Some properties have warming shelters that are open for the events. Many of the events are organized by the friends groups of the parks, which provide much of the volunteer labor for the events.

Candlelight events have become some of the most popular winter activities at Wisconsin state park properties. More than 1,000 people turned out for a candlelight event at Blue Mound State Park last January, when the park also dedicated its new “Friends Shelter;” more than 450 hikers and snowshoers showed up for the Rib Mountain candlelight hike; and a record 1,500 skier, hikers and snowshoers turned out for the candlelight event at the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Events may be cancelled in case of inclement weather or due to poor trail conditions – remember to check before you go.

2014 Candlelight skis, hikes and snowshoes at

Wisconsin park, forest and recreation properties

For details of each event, search the DNR website for keyword “candlelight.”

Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mounds, Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe. 608-437-5711
  • Harrington Beach State Park, Candlelight ski and hike. Belgium, 262-285-3015 -
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe 608-254-2333

Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest-Lapham Peak Unit, Delafield, Candlelight ski and hike 262-646-3025
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, Candlelight ski and hike. 920-451-4080
  • Lake Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton, Candlelight ski. 608-873-9695
  • Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario, Torchlight ski, hike or snowshoe. 608-337-4775

Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, Horicon, Candlelight snowshoe or hike .920-387-7860

Saturday, January 25

  • Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville, 15th Annual Candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe.608-935-2315
  • Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca, Candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe.715-258-2372 -
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, Candlelight ski or hike 262-594-6200
  • Lake Wissota State Park, Chippewa Falls, Candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe. 715-382-4574
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, Candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe. 920-823-2400

Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva. Candlelight Hike or Snowshoe . 262-248-2528
  • Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mounds. Candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe. 608-437-5711
  • High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, Candlelight Ski or Hike 920-989-1106
  • Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium. Candlelight ski and hike. 262-285-3015 -
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport. Zillmer candlelight ski or hike. 920-533-8322
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. Candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe. 608-254-2333

Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • Brule River State Forest, Brule. Afterhours candlelight ski . 715-372-5678
  • Copper Falls State Park, Mellen. Candlelight ski and snowshoe. 715-274-5123
  • Interstate State Park, St Croix Falls. Candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe. 715-483-3747
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest-Lapham Peak Unit, Delafield. Candlelight ski or hike. 262-646-3025
  • Peshtigo River State Forest, Crivitz. Candlelight ski or hike. 715-757-3965
  • Pike Lake Unit – Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford. 25th annual candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe. 262-670-3400

Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan. Valentine candlelight ski or hike. 920-451-4080
  • Governor Thompson State Park, Crivitz. Candlelight ski or hike. 715-757-3979

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Holtan, Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails recreation public affairs manager 608-267-7517


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Crazy Wisconsin Weather!

Check out this crazy pile up in Germantown, Wisconsin!  Be careful on the slippery roads out there folks!

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Backwoods – Polk County, Wisconsin

Here are a few photos we took while working on my husband’s deer stand, it was a beautiful day!


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Milwaukee Bucks team up with DNR for DNR Nights

A little Wisconsin DNR news….

MILWAUKEE — As fall hunting seasons get underway, many hunters have bucks on their mind and so does the Department of Natural Resources. In addition to white-tailed bucks, DNR is also focusing on the Milwaukee Bucks as the first DNR Nights game is set for Nov. 2, 2013.

Bucks Winter Cap
Buy a discount Bucks ticket through our DNR Nights promotion and get this hat free.

Anyone holding any Wisconsin hunting or fishing license is eligible for discounted tickets on select home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. In addition, each ticket purchased through the DNR Nights program will include a free regulation blaze orange Bucks winter hat.

“Hunting and fishing in Wisconsin is a time-honored tradition,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We are thrilled to give those license holders an added benefit they can use to spend time with their families.”

The following dates are designated DNR Nights at the BMO Harris Bradley Center:

  • Saturday, Nov. 2 - 7:30 p.m. vs. Toronto (opening night)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6 - 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland
  • Saturday, Nov. 9 - 7:30 p.m. vs. Dallas
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 - 7:30 p.m. vs. Oklahoma City
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 - 7 p.m. vs. Portland
  • Saturday, Nov. 23 - 7:30 p.m. vs. Charlotte

This exclusive promotion includes a discounted ticket and blaze orange Bucks hat for just $18 in the upper bowl and $35 in the lower bowl, a savings of up to 40 percent.

License holders can take advantage of this program by going to the DNR website and entering the keyword “DNR Nights” in the search box.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Trish Nitschke 920-360-3252

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A Great Way to learn about Wisconsin History!

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Learn Something New (for free)! Outdoor Skills Day

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News Release Published: October 4, 2013 by the South Central Region From The Wisconsin DNR

Contact(s): Liz Herzmann, wildlife educator, 920-387-7893 Bob Manwell, DNR communications, 608-275-3317

HORICON, Wis. – Try your hand at a variety of outdoor skills such as archery, firearm safety, backyard bird feeding, fishing, first aid, cast iron cooking and camping at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Horicon Marsh Education Center offer a family friendly Outdoor Skills Day.

The Horicon Bowmen and the DNR are proud to offer the archery camp at this year’s event. People of all ages can try archery using National Archery in the Schools Program equipment, the Genesis bow and recurve bows. There will be various archery and bow hunting related equipment and accessories to look at and touch as well as staff on hand to answer questions about the various equipment and programs available through the club and the department. NASP participation is growing in Wisconsin schools and Wisconsin will host the 6th Annual NASP World Tournament in 2014.

At 11:00am, join us for a program on waterfowl called “Duck, Duck, Goose” in the lower level auditorium.

The Horicon Marsh Outdoor Skills Day is free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.horiconmarsh.org or call 920-387-7893. The visitor center is located at N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon.

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Happy Birthday Steve Miller!

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Big Muskies in Wisconsin!

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Dehydrate Jalapenos in the Oven

We love Jalapenos in just about everything!  Here is an easy way to dehydrate your peppers without all the big fancy equipment.

First cut them in half, remove seeds and ribs, wash.  Gloves are recommended and don’t touch your face, especially your eyes.


Lay on a screen, sprinkle with garlic powder, both sides.Jalapeno 2

Bake in oven at 200 degrees for approximately 2 hours with oven door open about 2 inches.  Check often and remove when dry.

Store in a glass jar and use as needed.  Yum!

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Migratory Bird Stopover Habitat in Wisconsin’s Areas of Concern

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Favorite Foods in Wisconsin!

Here are some of our favorite Facebook friends (in no particular order) — “Like” them and show support for Wisconsin business owners!

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Release of 75,000 Pheasants in Wisconsin

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to release 75,000 pheasants on 92 public properties across the state in 2013. These stocking levels are up from 54,000 pheasants released on 70 public properties in 2012.

“The additional properties stocked this year will allow hunters to explore and find success on properties they may not have hunted in the past,” said Bob Nack, DNR Poynette game farm manager. “There’s certainly something special about a fall pheasant hunt, and being able to expand opportunities for our pheasant hunters is very exciting.”

The pheasant stocking program is largely supported by pheasant hunters, through the purchase of pheasant stamps, according to Nack.

“Being able to increase stocking levels translates directly into more recreational opportunities for the hunters who support the program,” said Nack.

The department will be releasing pheasants on 22 new properties in traditional pheasant range. In addition to the new properties, most properties stocked in the past will see increases in the number of pheasants released.

“By stocking this way, we are aiming to evenly distribute hunting pressure on public hunting grounds while also providing opportunities in new areas that can support the birds and are accessible to urban residents,” said Scott Walter, DNR upland game bird specialist.

Of the 22 new properties, 14 are located in southern Wisconsin, seven in eastern Wisconsin, and one in northwestern Wisconsin. Properties were selected based on the amount of pheasant hunting cover and proximity to large population centers.

A 2013 stocking information sheet and property maps can be found by visiting the DNR’s web siteand searching keywords “pheasant stocking.”

“We are excited about the increase in pheasant production and look forward to an exciting fall pheasant hunting season,” said Dr. Vic Connors, Friends of Poynette Game Farm president. The department partners with Friends of Poynette Game Farm, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting quality pheasant hunting opportunities through a stocking program.

To further increase hunting opportunities, DNR also cooperates with conservation clubs enrolled in the Cooperative Day-old Chick Program. Through the program, the conservation clubs raise the pheasant chicks and then release them on local public hunting grounds and private lands open to public pheasant hunting. In 2013, the department provided 36,250 rooster chicks to 34 clubs.

The list of private lands open to pheasant hunting is available by calling the Poynette game farm office, 608-635-8120, after Oct. 1.

The 2013 pheasant hunting season runs from noon, Oct. 19 to Dec. 31.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Nack, 608-635-8120; Scott Walter, 608-267-7861

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Classic Cars – Eye Candy!

On Sunday we went to the Cars & Crafts Show in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin.  Fun time and a lot of beautiful cars!  If you like classic cars then Range, Wisconsin is the place to be on August 24th.  Range Days is a lot of fun, you will see a lot of classic cars and motorcycles along with a parade and great music!

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The Wisconsin Times Podcast – Episode 56

The Wisconsin Times

We have a fun show lined up for you today, first I’m going to tell you how you can win a great vacation to Wisconsin Dells, then I’ll tell you about the Gold Seal Awards for our state parks and how you can vote for your favorite parks, we also have DNR news, sports, events and our featured Wisconsin small business.  



Show Notes:

Music on the show The Jimmys !!!!!

We just want to say a big Thank You to all of our listeners, we appreciate each and every one of you!   Take care! -TWT

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