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Topics range from fishing and hunting to history and outdoor recreation. This is a weekly feature story sent on Thursday.

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Thanksgiving a good time to reflect on wild turkey's comeback

A look back at and celebration of the wild turkey's remarkable return from near extinction, often called one of the country’s greatest wildlife conservation success stories.
Thanksgiving a good time to reflect on wild turkey’s comeback

Another kind of harvest gathering

Over the past couple hundred years, American settlers have greatly reduced prairie with modern agriculture and urban development, introduced invasive species, eliminated large herbivores and reduced wildfire on the landscape that depended on it. One way to address this? Seed planting.

Another kind of harvest gathering

Don't burn that butterfly's blankie!

The splendid fall color season leaves a stash of freshly fallen leaves on the ground. They’re important for woodland species including insects, amphibians and small mammals over the cold months.
Don’t burn that butterfly’s blankie!

Missing in the Porcupine Mountains

More than half a century later, the case of a University of Wisconsin student who went missing in 1968 remains the only unresolved missing persons case at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
Missing in the Porcupine Mountains

Treasure trove of deer data on the way with mandatory online harvest reporting

Starting with the fall 2022 deer seasons, all hunters who successfully take a deer are required to report it through the DNR’s online harvest reporting system.
Treasure trove of deer data on the way with mandatory online harvest reporting