Great weather brings out hunters for pheasant opener

Much of northern Wisconsin is now past peak for fall colors and leaf drop has come on very fast with strong winds in the last week. The north is now awash in the golden hues of tamarack and burgundy of oaks. Peak colors are still being reported on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Fall Color Report (exit DNR) through central and southern Wisconsin, where warm weather has seemed to extend the color season some, with some trees still sporting green leaves.

The relatively dry conditions of the last month have led to increased fire danger, especially in southwestern Wisconsin where danger is currently high. In the past week, 30 wildfires have burned 225 acres including a 189- acre fire in Crawford County.

With the nice weather pheasant season opened with a bang, with many hunters taking to the field with their dogs. Most of the stocked wildlife areas received heavy use opening weekend. Many stocked properties around the state will receive two stockings per week during the next two weeks. A listing of stocked properties is available by searching the DNR website for “pheasant.” With leaf drop progressing rapidly in the north, grouse and woodcock hunters were also seeing increased success.

Bow deer hunting is definitely picking up as rutting activity picks up. With the implementation of e-registration, you are now able to track deer harvest by county throughout the season by visiting the DNR website. Deer vehicle collisions are also on the rise, so motorists need to be extra cautious, especially at dawn and dusk, and remember if a deer crosses in front of you to be alert for another deer pursuing it.

Fishing pressure around the state has dropped markedly over the past weeks as the hunting seasons have opened. In the north, most water temperatures are in the low to mid 50s. Musky anglers seem to be having off and on success, with most now moving from artificial baits to live suckers. Walleye anglers continue to report erratic catches and it may be that fish have yet to settle into a solid fall pattern. There has been a recent surge in crappie action with some nice fish being found suspended off the bottom in deeper water. In the south, the walleye bite continues to increase on Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River as well as the Fox River from Voyager park to mouth in Green Bay.

Many Lake Michigan tributary water levels remain low continuing to slow fall salmon runs. Some success continued to be reported from the Peshtigo, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Menomonee and Root rivers.

More geese and sandhill cranes are arriving in the south central counties of the state and viewing opportunities, particularly just before sundown and at early morning, are excellent.

The sensational snowy owls are back again this year and staff have confirmed 25-plus sightings of the enigmatic species. If you see one of these Arctic visitors, please give it plenty of breathing room and help us document this phenomenon by reporting your sighting to www.ebird.org/wi.


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