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Wisconsin DNR urges hunters to report observations

The state Department of Natural Resources is urging bow hunters to report their wildlife observations online.

Bike ride to Lambeau Field to fight hunger Video included

 A husband and wife,  one a Packers fan, the other a Vikings fan, are biking from the Twin Cities to Lambeau Field to help fight hunger. 

Lighthouse on Door County island going high-tech

 A lighthouse on an uninhabited Door County island is going high-tech.

Preparations underway for Irish Fest in Weston Video included

Weston's 2nd annual Irish Fest kicks off Saturday morning, featuring everything from bike riding to music.

Outdoors with Lauren: Fishing for a cause Video included

A lot of fishing tournaments can get very competitive. After all that's the point of them, right? Well not necessarily, on this weeks Outdoors with Lauren we sit in on one local tourney that isn't based on boating the biggest lunker.

How to prepare for tick season Video included

There are ways to stay safe from ticks this season.

Outdoors with Lauren: Bowfishing Video included

Tuesday morning I took to the waters of Lake Wausau to go fishing, but I used an approach that doesn't include any kind of pole. On this weeks 'Outdoors with Lauren' I take on bowfishing.

Anglers may find some icy northern Wis. lakes

Anglers looking to start the upcoming fishing season in northern Wisconsin will find some popular lakes still covered in ice.

Outdoors with Lauren: Enjoy Winter One Last Time

Outdoors with Lauren: Enjoy Winter One Last Time

 I'd just like to remind all our viewers of the different ways you can enjoy winter, just as long as it's hanging around.

Outdoors with Lauren: Natural Ice Bridges Video included

It seems like most people have developed a lot of bitterness toward winter this year. We can all agree it's worn out its welcome, but on this weeks Outdoors with Lauren let's set aside our judgment and

Outdoors with Lauren: Vintage Snowmobile Races

February 1st is the vintage snow mobile races at the 525 track in the Wausau area.  The vintage 525 is a big class of racers with older vintage sleds that are more comical then the 525 championships.

DNR: Hunters, trappers kill 257 wolves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wolf hunters and trappers went slightly over the quota this season.

Outdoors with Lauren: How to stay warmer

Power Pac Apparel Manager Michael Trulen tells us how to stay warmer by wearing less.

Wis. DNR wants Great Lakes photo contest entries

Photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior as well as their tributaries, wetlands and harbor towns in all seasons are eligible.

Outdoors with Lauren: Deer Hunting

One thing I've picked up on since I moved to Wisconsin is that gun deer hunting in this state is more to people than just hunting. It's a culture. On this weeks Outdoors with Lauren I take you on the hunt

Outdoors with Lauren: Deer Disease

With just four days left until opening day for gun deer season, the DNR wants to raise awareness on a disease that deer can carry.DNR Warden Ben Herzfeldt explains, "CWD or chronic wasting disease. It

Special Report: Caught on Camera

Trail cameras are catching much more than deer walking around the woods of Wisconsin.

Outdoors with Lauren: Ice Fishing with Technology

With dropping temperatures avid outdoors men are looking forward to ice fishing, but it's important to prepare for the cold weather..  Deep Freeze owner Brad Zdroik was fed up Sitting over his ice fishing

Outdoors with Lauren: Gunsmith Jake

A lot of people take pride in owning a gun whether it's a family heirloom or a hunting weapon. Nobody understands the value of a gun like Jake Schira.  On this weeks Outdoors with Lauren "Gunsmith Jake

Outdoors with Lauren: M1 Grand Competition

I met my shooting mentor Jim Kesy back in June at the Duane Corbin shooting range in Mosinee. Kesy says competing helps him find balance, "High powered service competition teaches you focus and concentration.

Outdoors with Lauren: Big Buck

Gun season for deer hunting opens November 21.  There is still plenty of time to scout land, set up tree stands and get your rifle sighted in. On this weeks Outdoors with Lauren I bring you a story that

Outdoors with Lauren: An Alaskan Adventure

I moved to Wausau more than a year ago from Anchorage Alaska, where I lived for 8 years. Last week I was able to vacation there, and I bring to you a piece of that trip, my paradise.My Alaskan adventure

Outdoors with Lauren: Hike in fly fishing

One of the best parts of being outdoors is getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.I was taken to a secret fishing spot that gives the word "untouched" a completely new meaning. You can't

Outdoors with Lauren: 600 yard shooting match

I was given the opportunity to take on the challenge of a 600 yard long distance shooting competition hosted by the Marathon Country Riffle and Pistol club.  Days before the match, I decided to get some

600 yard shooting match information

You have the chance to compete against Lauren Magiera in a shooting competition at Duane Corbin shooting range on June 30th, 2013. The real challenge is the targets are 600 yards away. The range opens

Advisory posted at Clark County beach

The Clark County Health Department has posted a beach advisory at Russell County Memorial Park Beach. Results from recent samples collected from the beach show the water quality to be high for bacteria. There was an advisory for Snyder Lake last week, but bacteria levels there have improved. The beach advisory for Snyder Lake has been dropped. Boating is still allowed.

Wis. DNR urges beachgoers to play it safe

The DNR recommends people log on to the Wisconsin beach health website to check on water quality conditions at scores of Great Lakes and inland beaches.

Outdoors with Lauren: Bowfishing

I met up with Dennis Wendt and Karl Hanke to go carp fishing with a bow and arrow. They call it bowfishing.    Wendt says it's becoming more popular, "It's becoming huge, you get on the Internet and Google

Wis. Senate OKs outdoor fees for Purple Heart vets

The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would offer wounded veterans steep discounts on the state Department of Natural Resource's catch-all outdoor activity license. The bipartisan measure would allow Purple Heart recipients who reside in Wisconsin to purchase a conservation patron license for $10. The licenses currently cost state residents $165. Purple Heart recipients who live outside Wisconsin would pay $161 for a license; out-of-state residents currently pay $600 per license...

Brat and Bike Demo Day coming to Nine Mile Forest

Get ready to ride and to get hungry.

Tracking Wisconsin's growing elk population

The sound of snapping brush surrounds you as a team of elk trackers slices through the dense brush of the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. 

Outdoors with Lauren: Women's Skeet Club

Three Wausau women who say that the key to staying young is having fun, and staying involved with new activities.  Their latest activity is at Wausau Skeet and Trap for an all-women's skeet league.

Rain shortens opening day for Wisconsin Woodchucks

The weather put a damper on opening night for the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

Father and sons utilize Oneida Co. river for harvesting bait

The Musky fishing season has officially started in northern Wisconsin.

But to catch one, many actually use another species of fish as bait.

Outdoors With Lauren: Special Needs Fishing Outing

15 members of the D.C. Everest fishing team volunteered their time to assist kids and adults with special needs, and share their love for the sport.

Warm, wet Spring creates perfect condition for ticks

If this wet weather continues it could be one of the worst seasons for Lyme Disease. Experts say the cool, damp conditions have caused strong tick activity.

Something fishy going on at UW-Madison

Police at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are investigating something fishy.

Cole reappointed to Natural Resources Board

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has reappointed Milwaukee city official Preston Cole to the board that sets policy for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Mosquito season is here and in full force

The recent wet weather has led to perfect conditions for mosquitoes.

Fishing bag limits upped after spearing season

 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wildlife officials have increased daily walleye bag limits for hook-and-line anglers as Wisconsin Chippewa spearfishing winds down. 

Governor announces $13 M walleye initiative

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has announced a nearly $13 million effort to boost walleye production.

Outdoors with Lauren: Tagging a Turkey

Monday May 21st is closing day for spring turkey hunting season, and this winter has made it a tough one.  This far I've come up empty handed in the learn to hunt program, but I decided to give it one

Hundreds participate in "Saving Treyden Run and Walk"

Hundreds of people went the extra mile for a central Wisconsin baby battling cancer.

Shredding party held to raise money

Shredded paper is bringing in green paper.

Area soccer players join in on the fight against cancer

Soccer players in our area are joining in on the fight against cancer.

Outdoors with Lauren: Spring Fishing Keeps you Guessing

Fishing is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get. I was pleasantly surprised with something I never expected to pull out of the water.Fishing guide Mike Orlikowski just won

Students enjoy robotic milkers on local farm

Some grade school students from Athens left their classrooms and toured a dairy farm Monday afternoon.

Authorities: Drinking water safe near buried horses

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- Officials in Pleasant Prairie say tests have found the drinking water is safe on a farm where buried horses were found.

Athletic Park project leaders ask for input about changes

Project leaders are asking for input on upcoming changes to Athletic Park in Wausau.

Outdoors with Lauren: ATV trail riding

Wouldn't it be nice if adults were allowed a recess during the day?  Or were given a designated area to let out some steam? I found that place in Rome, Wisconsin. A playground of sorts, to let loose on

Proposal to stop funding for stray cats moves forward

A new plan may soon leave stray cats at the Marathon County Humane Society without a place to stay.

Unique art brought to life in Wausau

A steamroller, woodcut blocks, and several area high schoolers helped bring a unique type of art to life in Wausau on Saturday.

Anglers excited for opening weekend

It was a beautiful day for the start of Wisconsin's fishing opener.

DNR: $500 reward offered in bear killing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin game organization is offering a $500 reward for a tip that leads to a conviction in a bear poaching case in St. Croix County.   

Portage Co. prairie chickens embark on annual ritual

Portage County, Wisconsin is one of a few places where Prairie Chickens roam wild.

But to see them, you've got to be in place hours before sunrise.

Outdoors with Lauren: hit the golf course

The weather has suddenly decided to warm up, and it's still just a bit early to head out fishing, but if you need to scratch that outdoors itch you can always try something new. A lot of people are heading

Iced lakes may delay fishing season opener

Some lakes in northern Wisconsin still have ice on them, and anglers could find their fishing holes still frozen come Saturday's statewide opener.

DNR: Long winter stresses deer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The long winter has affected Wisconsin's deer herd. Department of Natural Resources ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says most reports of stressed or dead deer have come in the past few weeks. Wallenfang says the longer winter conditions persist, the greater impact on the herd. He says deer have burned through their fat reserves and are in critical need of food. State biologists consider winter's effect on survival when developing 2013 harvest quotas, which will be relea...

Outdoors with Lauren: Trap Club

The Northland Pines high school trap club started after a group of students pitched the idea to their teacher Tim Lehman, knowing he had a passion for the outdoors.In it's first year, the group of 23 students

Campground opening delayed, too much snow

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - The long winter with deep snow in northern Wisconsin will dampen the opening of the hook-and-line inland fishing season May 4 -- at least for some campers.

Wis. DNR urges spring cleaners to recycle e-waste

Wisconsin environmental officials are urging people to recycle used electronics rather than toss them in the trash as they complete their spring cleaning.

Outdoors with Lauren: National Archery in the Schools Program

10 year old Serina Zelinka and 12 year old Bailey Bootz both got involved in archery, because of their fathers. Serina says,"He taught me everything and everything about archery. And everything I need

Wis. DNR to stock 330k trout before fishing opener

State Department of Natural Resources officials say they hope to add nearly 330,000 trout to Wisconsin waters before the inland fishing season opener next month. DNR fisheries crews have been stocking rainbow, brown and brook trout raised at hatcheries in Nevin, Osceola and St. Croix Falls.

State lawmaker pushes to allow bow hunters closer to schools

Guns near schools is a hot-button issue nationwide but you may soon be able to add bow and arrows to that list here in Wisconsin.

New forum in Minocqua focuses on the environment

A new forum to facilitate discussion about Wisconsin's environment called "Science on tap" has started at the Minocqua Brewing Company. 

"It is really exciting. There's a lot of interested folks, they're asking really good questions," Steve Carpenter told Newsline 9.

Outdoors with Lauren: Turkey Hunting

After weeks of preparations, I finally got to participate in the Learn to Turkey Hunt Program this weekend put on by the DNR and Lincoln County Sports Club.The weather was fighting against me and my mentor

DNR: Vilas County crash kills 20th snowmobiler

PHELPS (WAOW) - The state Department of Natural Resources says a 46 year-old man was killed in a snowmobile crash in Vilas County on Sunday, becoming the 20th fatality of the winter season. 

Outdoors hearing draws hundreds in Marathon Co.

Thousands of people attended public hearings across the state Monday to voice their opinions on hunting and fishing regulations.

Wildlife expert appointed to Natural Resources Board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has appointed wildlife biologist Gary Zimmer to the Natural Resources Board. He announced the appointment Friday during a tour of forestry businesses in northwestern Wisconsin. The seven-member board sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources. Zimmer workers as a regional wildlife biologist at the Ruffed Grouse Society. He also worked 18 years for the U.S. Forest Service and for 12 of those years he was a district biologist. Walk...

Second deer has CWD in Waukesha County

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Waukesha County's second deer to test positive for chronic wasting disease. Tests confirm a 3 1/2-year-old buck killed March 3 in Wales had the brain disease. It was observed wandering in a stupor. A law enforcement officer dispatched the animal. It was the second CWD-positive deer found in Waukesha County this year. A doe, 9 to 12 years old, was found dead Jan. 3 in the Town of Delafield. It subsequently t...

New pub opens in Weston after a fire stalled construction

A new pub is now open in Weston after a fire stalled construction.

Learn to Turkey Hunt: FAQ

Lauren Magiera is participating in a Learn to Turkey Hunt Program designed for first time hunters who have passed their hunters safety course. This program is sponsored by the DNR and Lincoln County Sports

Outdoors with Lauren: Scouting for Turkey Hunt

I met with experienced turkey hunter Tony Dallman, and our preparations began.  First, we made sure this 20 gauge shotgun is a good fit.Before heading out on a hunt, Dallman says hunters have to remember

1st eagle's nest seen in Racine County since 1800s

State wildlife officials say an eagle's nest near the Fox River around Burlington is the first confirmed in the area in over a century.

Marathon Co. ends record snowmobile season

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The arrival of temperatures nearing 50 degrees Friday and some expected weekend rain in central Wisconsin has ended a record-setting snowmobile season in Marathon County. The county'ssnowmobile and all-terrain vehicle trails will close at 8 a.m. Saturday, a day earlier than the required closing, coordinator Jon Daniels said. "We have never been open this late. We shattered all those records," Daniels said. The previous record for being open was March 24, 2004, he said...

Snowmobile season comes to an end

Snowmobiling season is winding down in our state.

Wis. DNR: No elk hunt this year

State wildlife officials say they won't authorize an elk hunt this year.

Outdoors with Lauren: Training Day for Turkey Hunt

Lincoln County Sports Club is hosting a learn to hunt program that pairs first time turkey hunters, like myself, with an experienced hunter as a mentor.First time turkey hunter, 12 year old Cole Hauser

Lawn and Garden expo kicks off in Rothschild

The 15th annual Lawn, Garden, Home & Recreation Expo kicked off Friday in Rothschild.   

Investigator: No cause yet in snowmobiler's death

ANTIGO (WAOW) - The Langlade County Sheriff's Department says exposure to the cold is being explored as a reason for a Rhinelander snowmobiler's death, but the exact cause won't be known until toxicology tests are finished. Robert Ottman, 55, was found next to his snowmobile on private property near Otter Lake about noon last Saturday. Chief Deputy John Shunke said Wednesday that Ottman was last seen about 8 p.m. last Friday driving in a state Highway 45 ditch near the Oneida-Langlade ...

Outdoors with Lauren: Hunting Poodle

Chris and Dee Kietrys are passionate about hunting, especially their hunting dog, Reggie.

Asian carp spawning areas wider than expected

A newly released study says Asian carp may be reproducing in more places and for longer periods than previously thought.

Wis. Chippewa declare near-record walleye spearing

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin intend to spear a near-record number of walleyes during the annual spring harvest. Department of Natural Resources officials say the six tribes declared their intentions to spear 59,399 walleyes in off-reservation lakes.

Dozens gather to learn about big changes coming to a major highway in Wausau

People in Wausau met Monday to learn about big changes coming to a major highway.  

Some outdoor winter activities come to an end

Managers at Sylvan Hill said this season has been one of the best in years.

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