1. Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area The barrens are in northeastern Burnett County five miles north of Highway 77. Take Namekagon Trail Road to St. Croix Trail. Go east 0.9 miles to Dry Landing Road. Go north for another six miles through the center of the barrens to find two blinds. DNR property managers are Ken Jonas and Gary Dunsmoor. To make a reservation to use the blind, contact them at the Spooner Ranger Station (715) 635-4092 or (715) 635-4091.
2. Crex Meadows The wildlife area is in west central Burnett County about a quarter mile northeast of the village of Grantsburg. Travel just east on County Highway F and north of County Highway D. The property is managed by Pete Engman. Reservations to use the blinds can be booked through the property naturalist, Jim Hoefler, (715) 463-2896.
A blind for viewing sharptails in action.
© Robert Queen
3. Moquah Barrens The wildlife area is in north central Bayfield County in the Chequamegon National Forest. From Ino on Highway 2, take Forest Road 236 for about five miles to enter the southeast corner of the barrens property. Two blinds in that portion can be reserved through John Denomie, wildlife technician with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, (715) 682-3891.
4. Douglas County The wildlife area is located three miles south of Solon Springs on Highway 53. Travel west on Highway M into the property. No blinds are available, but you can make a reservation. Contact Wildlife Biologist Fred Strand at (715) 372-8539 Ext. 116. Contact Biologist Greg Kessler (715) 372-8539 Ext. 115 to discuss the Mosinee Paper Co. Property in Douglas County or Bayfield County sites. Write them at Wisconsin DNR, P.O. Box 125, Brule, WI 54820.
5. Kimberly-Clark The wildlife area is 14 miles west of Phillips on County Highway W. Go one mile north on Price Lake Road. Some 8,639 acres are available for viewing. Another good spot is three miles east of Price Lake Road heading toward the Flambeau River. Make reservations with DNR property manager Jack Koch, (715) 762-4684, Ext. 129, or write him at Wisconsin DNR, Box 220, Park Falls, WI 54552.
6. Riley Lake The area is in the Park Falls management area of the Chequamegon National Forest about 20 miles southeast of Park Falls on Highway 70. Contact the forest services property manager Norm Weiland (715) 762-5194 or Wildlife Technician Mike Bablick (715) 762-5117 to reserve one of the two blinds.
7. Pershing The wildlife area is in west central Taylor County west of Highway 73 and the village of Hannibal. Contact property manager Frank Vanacek at (715) 532-3737 or write him at DNR Ranger Station, W8945 Highway 8, Ladysmith, WI 54848.
8. Wood County The wildlife area is in southwestern Wood County just west of the village of Babcock. The area lies between the Meadow Valley Wildlife Area to the south and the Sandhill Wildlife Demonstration Area to the north. No blinds are available. Property manager is Mike Zeckmeister. Call wildlife biologist Wayne Hall at (715) 884-2437.
9. Dike 17 The wildlife area is in eastern Jackson County two miles south of Highway 54 and three miles west of the Wood County line. From Highway 54, turn south on North Settlement Road to the property. Reserve spots with Wildlife Biologist Greg Mathson, (715) 284-1419.