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Wildlife Alerts and Information

Recommendations on three-year deer population objectives to be finalized at October CDAC meetings

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - - MADISON--County Deer Advisory Councils are set to finalize deer population objectives and deer management unit boundary change recommendations that will influence the 2018-2020 deer seasons. Final recommendations will be made at meetings scheduled in each county from Oct. 2-12. - - Population objectives are expressed as using management practices to increase, decrease or maintain the county's deer herd. While these objectives influence overall deer numbers, they also influence various management strategies, primarily in the form of antlerless permit availability and the use of special deer seasons.

Youth deer hunt is October 7-8; blaze orange required for safety

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
MADISON -- Youth hunters and those interested in mentoring young hunters are reminded this year's youth deer hunt is October 7 - 8, and please remember to wear blaze orange. - - The youth hunt is an opportunity for boys and girls, ages 10-15, to hunt with a gun or other legal weapon prior to the regular firearm seasons. The youth hunt is open to all residents and non-resident youth hunters with a gun-deer license and appropriate tags.

First harvest and first experience certificates will help hunters remember time in the outdoors for years to come

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - - - MADISON - Hunters and trappers of all ages who harvest their first deer, turkey, bear, bobcat, otter, fisher, or simply have a great first year in the field are encouraged to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' selection of first harvest and first hunting experience certificates. - - "The first time you harvest an animal can be very exciting, however the first time sitting in a tree stand or setting a trap can be just as memorable," said DNR wildlife data coordinator Erin Larson. "The department offers first trapping and hunting experience certificates to commemorate the entire experience."

Natural Resources Board to meet September 26-27 in Minocqua

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - MADISON - A request for adoption of an Integrated Lake Michigan Fisheries Management Plan and revision of the 15-year Brule River State Forest master plan are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets September 27 in Minocqua. - - The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, at the Waters of Minocqua, 8116 U.S. Highway 51 South, Minocqua. On Tuesday, September 26, the board will tour and/or receive presentations on: the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Recreational Opportunities Analysis, the Good Neighbor Authority; Powell Marsh Wildlife Area Master Plan; Dead Pike Lake Management Plan Status; Walleye Fisheries Management: Walleye Initiative and other topics.

September 23 Proclaimed Hunting & Fishing Day in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
Public can share adventures on Wisconsin DNR Twitter and Facebook! - - MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has declared Saturday September 23 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Wisconsin to coincide with National Hunting and Fishing Day across the country. - - Click on image for PDF - This day is dedicated to learning and sharing the great Wisconsin traditions of hunting and fishing. We celebrate the day by recognizing the valuable role anglers and hunters play in conservation and maintaining wildlife.

Southern and Mississippi River duck zones open one-half hour before sunrise Sept. 30

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - - - MADISON - Duck hunters in the Southern and Mississippi River zones can head into the outdoors for another fall duck hunt one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 30, - - "With good spring breeding counts and a fairly wet summer, Wisconsin waterfowl hunters have potential for a good hunting season," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources migratory game bird ecologist Taylor Finger.

Madison's man generosity to father-son hunters earns 2016 Wisconsin DNR Ethical Hunter Award

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - MIDDLETON, Wis. -- A Madison man who gave up a favorite hunting spot to a stranger who unknowingly scouted the same location for an opening day of the nine-day gun hunt with his 9-year-old son was honored recently with the 2016Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Ethical Hunter Award. - - Dan Burns received the award from DNR Capt. April Dombrowski, of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement Recreational Safety and Outdoor Skills Program, and corporate sponsor Vortex Optics' representatives Shamus Terry and Nick Laufenberg at a September 2 ceremony at the Vortex Optics Headquarters in Middleton. Also in attendance was Burns' mother.

Horicon Marsh joint trapping auction scheduled for Oct. 4, 2017

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - - - MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public trapping auction at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center Wednesday, Oct. 4. - - Doors will open at 5 p.m. to provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and review information. The auction will begin promptly at 6 p.m. USFWS and DNR personnel will review trapping seasons and regulations, unit boundaries, special conditions/restrictions pertaining to each individual unit, trapping reports, as well as other information with successful bidders.

Gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities runs from Oct. 7-15

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - MADISON - In 2017, 67 landowners in 42 counties have enrolled roughly 80,300 acres of hunting land to provide opportunities for hunters with disabilities to take part in the gun deer hunt. - - This annual hunt, which runs from Oct. 7-15, gives landowners an opportunity to provide a positive experience for hunters with disabilities throughout Wisconsin.

Pittsville, Edgerton receive DNR brownfield awards

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
MADISON - Two Wisconsin communities stand to benefit from Department of Natural Resources brownfields awards to assist with the investigation of historic contamination. - - Pittsville and Edgerton received Wisconsin Assessment Monies from the DNR for contractor services worth a combined $45,000. Administered by the DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program, WAM awards provide communities with professional environmental site assessments of contaminated properties.

Peninsula State Park Eagle Tower design concept public meeting

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to media in northeaster Wisconsin.] - - FISH CREEK, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity to review concepts for a new Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park at a public meeting that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. September 28 at the Sturgeon Bay Public Library. - - The park closed the tower to public use in May 2015 to protect public safety after an inspection report raised significant concerns over its structural integrity and an inspection by the Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory staff found considerable deterioration of the structural and non-structural wood members. The tower was deconstructed in September 2016.

Trees are getting ready for winter as autumn colors begin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON -- September is technically still summer on the astronomical calendar, but the days are getting shorter and cooler. Wisconsin has more than 17 million acres of forested lands and changes in color mean the trees are starting to get ready for winter. Peak fall color varies each year, and 2017 is one of the wettest on record, which could have an impact on color this year. - - Early fall color is already showing up in Wisconsin's Northwoods.Photo Credit: DNR - - "Fall color viewing helps usher in the change of seasons for Wisconsin residents and visitors every year," said Colleen Matula, forest silviculturist/ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. "It is time for our forests - both rural and urban - to show off their colors."

Travel Wisconsin asks fans to vote for their favorite scenic route in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
Half of the drives highlight Wisconsin State Park System properties - - - MADISON - In anticipation of the arrival of vibrant fall colors across the state, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is asking fall foliage fans to join the fun and help pick this year's best fall drive in the state. People can cast a vote for their favorite drive on through Oct. 2. - - The Ultimate Fall Drive Showdown (exit DNR) includes 10 scenic routes throughout the state perfect for viewing fall colors. Half of those drives are either through or adjacent to Wisconsin State Park System properties, including: the Chippewa County Ice Age Drive, that goes around the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area; the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive that goes through the Northern and Southern units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest; the Door County Coastal Byway, which goes by Peninsula, Newport and Whitefish Dunes state parks; the Wisconsin Great River Road National Scenic Byway that passes by Nelson Dewey, Wyalusing, Perrot and Merrick state parks; and Highway 33 from Baraboo to La Crosse, which passes by Devil's Lake and Wildcat Mountain state parks and the "400" State Trail.

Fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock seasons set to open

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON -- Prospects are good for fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting seasons, and hunters should look forward to another exciting year in the field. - - Wild turkey - - The fall turkey season runs from Sept. 16 to Nov. 17 statewide, with an extended fall season in Turkey Management Zones 1-5 continuing through Dec. 31.

Youth waterfowl and Canada goose hunts open Sept. 16

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON -Regular season Canada goose hunting in the Exterior and Horicon zones opens Saturday, Sept. 16, along with the two-day Youth Waterfowl Hunt Sept. 16-17. - - Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Northern zone waterfowl hunters should look forward to another good year in the field

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON - The 2017 North Zone duck season opens Sept. 23, and above average breeding conditions and a relatively wet summer mean Wisconsin's waterfowl hunters can expect a good hunting forecast. - - "Conditions were above average this spring, and the entire state has seen abundant rainfall for most of the summer, with it starting to dry out heading into early fall. Waterfowlers should have the potential for a good hunting season," said DNR migratory game bird ecologist Taylor Finger.

Game bird brood production increased in 2017 from 2016, but levels still below long-term means

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON - Game birds should have been in good condition going into the spring breeding season due to a mild winter this year. This, combined with an early spring green-up, led to better game bird breeding and nesting conditions than previous years. - - Average temperatures and above average precipitation during the months June through August resulted in varied weather impacts across the state for brood production. While Wisconsin's game birds showed increased brood production from the previous year, most areas were still below their long-term mean for brood production.

The Pocket Ranger Application is being discontinued immediately

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
A new app is in the works - - MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has notified the developers of the Pocket Ranger mobile app that the agency is terminating its agreement and has requested that steps be taken to shut down both the Wisconsin Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide Pocket Ranger and the Wisconsin State Parks & Forests Guide Pocket Ranger mobile apps immediately. - - While the Pocket Ranger app has been a valuable tool over the past several years, there has been a decline in service and support for the app as technology changes and upgrades have been made to various mobile device operating systems by other companies. Pocket Ranger has not been able to keep up with those technology upgrades and as a result no longer works on certain operating systems or in some cases is providing inaccurate information.

Premier wildlife art contest coming to UW-Stevens Point

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON - Anyone with an interest in art, stamp collecting, hunting, migratory birds, decoy carving or wetland conservation is encouraged to attend the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Sept. 15-16 in Stevens Point. - - Public art viewing and contest judging will take place in the Noel Fine Arts Center on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus, with doors opening to the public at 9 a.m. on each day. A schedule of events, which includes many activities for the whole family, can be found on the Duck Stamp Contest website (all links in this news release exit DNR).

Forestry leader inducted into Hall of Fame

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
- - STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Miles K. Benson, a longtime leader of sustainable forestry, is being inducted into the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame on September 13, 2017. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources submitted the nomination for Benson. - - "Miles Benson had a lifelong commitment to sustainable forestry," said DNR Chief State Forester Fred Souba Jr. "He believed responsible environmental policy can be integrated with sound business practices to benefit forest products companies, shareholders, customers and the public."