The deer are moving.
Matt Modjeski, Department of Natural Resources conservation warden for Monroe County said it’s the rut, and white-tailed deer are active and moving around more.
Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait, agrees.
“There is lots of talk about rutting activity picking up,” he said. “Several of my customers have taken deer. I’m taking hides now, so ... this morning I’ve had three or four guys (stop by) that got their deer Saturday or Sunday. The (deer) are moving around. Bucks are moving.”
Trapping season is now in full swing, Modjeski said.
“Most of that has opened up except for beaver,” he said. “Raccoon and muskrat are open.”
Fishing is quiet, Roscovius reports.
“Matter of fact it’s very, very quiet,” he said. “I don’t even think we had much fishing going on. I didn’t have any northern fishermen (come in).”
Walleyes were the only species biting, Roscovius said.
“I had a few walleye fishermen report that they were catching a few walleyes over at the Petenwell — the bite was slow, but the fish were nice,” he said. “They were getting some bigger fish, but not the numbers. They weren’t getting as many bites as they had been getting.”
Modjeski expects fishing on the Mississippi River to pick up.
“Usually around the second week in November the walleye bite can be pretty good on the Mississippi River,” he said.
In northern Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources reports musky activity continues to be on the upswing on the Flambeau River.
ATV and UTV trails are now closed for the season in the Black River State Forest. Trails will reopen for the winter riding season Dec. 15, weather permitting. The shower/flush toilet building and dump station at Castle Mound campground are closed for the season. All campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The water systems are shut down for the season at Wildcat Mountain State Park. Winter drinking water will be available at the maintenance shop, and vault toilets will still be available for use throughout the winter.
Visitors to Devil’s Lake State Park are reminded Hwy. 12 construction around Baraboo is mostly complete and traffic is being routed onto the newly constructed roadway. A couple of local roads to the park have been renamed and may not have been updated yet on GPS databases.