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The following is a calendar for outdoors recreational events, and Department of Natural Resources seasons, in and around southern Wisconsin as of Jan. 18, 2019. Please note that readers are advised to contact clubs and organizations, especially in the event of inclement weather, to check the status of each listing.

Jan. 18-19: Marshall Lions Ice Fisheree Festival. Ice fishing contests, outhouse Races, flag football, skating among activities. Fireman's Park. Call Lee at 608-669-7302 or visit

Jan. 19: Yahara Fishing Club’s 22nd Annual Kids Ice Fishing Day. 9 a.m. to noon. Brittingham Park off Lake Monona near Park Street. The first 300 kids 14 and under get a free ice fishing rod and reel, free live bait, predrilled holes and fishing instructions. Free Lunch and hot chocolate at 11 a.m. Event held regardless of ice conditions. Contact Phil James at 608-212-2506.

Jan. 19: Lake Mason Lions Club Annual Fisheree. Daybreak to 3 p.m. On Lake Mason in Briggsville at the Wagon Wheel Boat Landing off Highway 23. Tickets $5.Call Randy Sus at 608-253-6567 or

Jan. 19: North Freedom Rod and Gun Club merchandise shoot and euchre tournament. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also held March 16. Visit

Jan. 20: Open shooting at North Bristol Sportsman's Club. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 7229 N. Greenway Road in Sun Prairie. Also open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays  and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Smelt fries Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 13. Call 608-837-6048.

Jan. 20: Waunakee Gun Club’s weekly open shooting 10 a.m. Also open 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. 6680 Ripp Drive in town of Dane. Call 608-669-0197 or visit

Jan. 24: Deer Creek Sport & Conservation Club open indoor archery every Thursday night at 6:30 through Feb. 28. Spot and animal targets. 8475 Miller Road in Verona. Call Mike at 608-636-3799 or Ray Gilden at 608-516-6948 or visit club on Facebook.

Jan. 26: Cottonwood Club Ice Fisheree on Crystal, Fish and Mud lakes. Registration 6 to 9 a.m. at Schoepp's Cottonwood Resort, N586 Schoepp Road in Sauk City. $10 per person. Raffles, food by Wood BBQ, door prizes. Proceeds donated to local charities. Call Ron at 608-643-8433 or Schoepp's Resort at 608-643-4200.

Jan. 26: 36th Annual SWTU Icebreaker. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. American Family Insurance, 6000 American Parkway in Madison. $10 admission (free for veterans and kids under 12). Lunch available onsite for $10. Featured speakers Rich Osthoff and David Rowe. Osthoff guides fly-fishers for trout in the Driftless Area. Rowe is a Middleton native who is supervisor of the Department of Natural Resources' Fitchburg Fisheries Team. All money raised will benefit coldwater conservation projects in Dane County. Visit

Jan. 27: Lake Montesian Fisheree sponsored by the Green County Conservation League and Monticello Lions Club. 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Monticello.

Jan. 27: Brooklyn Sportsmans Club annual meeting. 1 p.m. At dam near Home Bar in Albany. Call Scott Sowl at 608-862-3261.

Jan. 28: Badger Fly Fishers monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Mapletree Supper Club, Highway 51 in McFarland. Abe Downs, Wisconsin fly fishing guide, will present “Fly Fishing Costa Rica for Marlin.” Dinner at 6 p.m. Guests and visitors are always welcome. Call Walt Stevenson at 608-695-3138 or visit

Feb. 9: Badger Fly Fishers Spring Opener. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Family Insurance Training Center, 6000 American Parkway in Madison. The Spring Opener features Pat Dorsey, a Denver, Colorado-based fly fishing guide and co-owner of The Blue Quill Angler. Day includes an extensive trade show, bucket raffles, a lively auction and all-day fly tying instruction. Admission is $10 per adult. Families and children are welcome. Call Walt Stevenson at 608-695-3138 or visit

Feb. 10: 32nd Dane County Pheasants Forever banquet. Nakoma Golf Club, 4145 Country Club Road in Madison. Doors open 3 p.m. Dinner at 5:30. Call Wes at 608-732-7139 or visit

Feb. 21: Ducks Unlimited Southern Wisconsin banquet. Holiday Inn Express Convention Center, 3100 Wellington Place in Janesville. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6:45 p.m. Tickets cost $65 each. Tickets available at the John Wickhem Insurance Agency in Janesville or Call Bob Hornby at 608-758-8664.

March 23: Capital City Chapter of Muskies, Inc.'s all-day 18th annual Intermediate and Advanced Muskie School. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Waunakee High School, 301 Community Drive. Register online at

Send information (including phone number and contact person) by Thursday each week to: Outdoors Calendar, c/o John Nolan, P.O. Box 8058, Madison, WI 53708, call 608-252-6168 or send email to