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Lake Michigan trout and salmon stocking level in 2018 topic of comment period

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 1:28pm
Input sought on summer's fishing experiences, future stocking levels - - CLEVELAND, Wis. - Anglers and others are invited to provide feedback on whether to raise, lower or keep Lake Michigan salmon and trout stocking numbers the same in 2018 and beyond. The comment period opens today and runs through Sept. 30. - - "We are seeking general input about angler success in 2017 and whether anglers feel we have the appropriate number of salmon and trout stocked in the lake to provide a sustainable fishery into the future," says Brad Eggold, Great Lakes District fisheries supervisor.

Sept. 16 marks opening of archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
- - MADISON - Increased deer observations following another mild winter have hunters and state wildlife officials alike excited for fall hunting seasons - the 2017 archery and crossbow deer seasons run concurrently statewide from Sept. 16 to Jan. 7, 2018. - - "I'm hearing a lot of optimism from all corners of the state," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deer and elk ecologist Kevin Wallenfang. "Hunters should expect good to excellent deer numbers in most areas within the central and southern farmland zones, and more deer in the forested zones after several years of no antlerless harvest and mild winters. With our most recent mild winter, reports of excellent antler growth and good fawn production are common."

Online tools show hunters where baiting and feeding is banned

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
MADISON - Before taking part in upcoming hunting seasons or placing feed for wildlife, hunters and wildlife watchers should be sure to check which counties currently prohibit wildlife baiting and feeding activities. - - State statutes 29.336 (2) (b) and 29.336 (2) (c) have been amended to remove deer baiting and feeding prohibitions for counties in which 36 months have passed since any confirmed positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis within the county. This amendment also removes deer baiting and feeding prohibitions in adjacent counties that are within a 10-mile radius to counties in which 24 months have passed since any confirmed positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis.

2017 Wisconsin wild rice harvest season outlook

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
MADISON - Wild rice abundance reports across northern Wisconsin vary only slightly from 2016 for the 2017 ricing season. For the second year in a row, reports from the field note this year's rice crop is well below average across the state, though a small handful of lakes contain harvestable rice beds. - - "Harvesting wild rice in Wisconsin this year will require early scouting and information gathering," said Jason Fleener, Department of Natural Resources wetland habitat specialist. "Ricers may find that lakes in the northwest region of the state are faring a bit better than lakes in the Oneida and Vilas county region."

Local volunteer honored for 50 years of extraordinary hunter education service

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
MEDFORD, Wis. -- Dick Rudolph of Medford recently stood before his hunter education class and was presented with a 50th anniversary rifle. - - - Dick Rudolph (right) was recently presented with a 50th anniversary rifle by recreational safety warden Mark Little in honor of 50 years of hunter education service.Photo Credit: DNR - - The man of few words and lots of wisdom is a legend in his area.

Now is time to plan 2017 learn to hunt programs

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
- - MADISON -- A number of different hunting seasons get underway throughout September, making now the ideal time to start planning learn to hunt events, according to the state's hunting and shooting sports coordinator."While hunters are planning their own outings, they can also think about planning Learn to Hunts events," Keith Warnke of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. "There's still time to get applications in." - - An often-overlooked benefit of Learn to Hunt events, and hunting in general, is the food harvested. From tender small game like rabbits and squirrels to flavorful gamebirds and hearty big game like deer, hunting puts lean, naturally raised protein on the table. "Hunters get exercise when they participate," Warnke said. "On top of that, the food just can't be beat."

Comments sought on DNR strategic analysis of fish passage at dams

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
GREEN BAY -- The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to comment on its Strategic Analysis of Fish Passage at Dams. - - Fish passage describes the ability of fish to move upstream and downstream to find suitable habitat and breeding grounds. While unimpeded fish movement in rivers was recognized as important well over 150 years ago, technology development to effectively pass fish around or through dams has been slow, with much trial-and-error. The topic of fish passage at dams involves many DNR programs and has become increasingly complex.

DNR seeks public comment on High Crush facilities entering Green Tier program

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
AUGUSTA, Wis - The public has an opportunity to comment on an application to the Department of Natural Resources' Green Tier program from Hi-Crush Proppants for its facilities in Monroe, Trempealeau, Jackson and Eau Claire counties. - - Hi-Crush is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier program, which is a voluntary program designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to improved environmental performance that leads to superior environmental performance. Applicants with good environmental records are required to develop and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS), which will be used to set goals, assess progress and identify potential improvements.

2017 Fall Turkey Hunting leftover permits go on sale August 26

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:09pm
- - - MADISON - Hunters who were successful in the fall turkey permit drawing will begin receiving notification in the mail early next week. Please note, it is possible that the notifications may arrive after the leftover permit sales begin. - - Leftover fall turkey permits go on sale August 26 for the season that opens Sept. 16.Photo Credit: Ryan Brady - Hunters can check to see if they were successful in drawing a fall turkey permit by logging into their accounts at GoWild.WI.Gov. A fall turkey license needs to be purchased, along with the turkey stamp [PDF], unless the stamp was purchased for the spring turkey hunt. Conservation Patron license holders already have their fall turkey license and stamp privileges and they will receive their fall turkey permits in the mail, if they were successful in the drawing.

Lake sturgeon hook and line season opens Sept. 2

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:09pm
Opportunities to catch and release or harvest a big, hard-fighting fish - - MADISON - Anglers interested in pursuing a big, hard-fighting fish will want to try their hand at fishing for lake sturgeon--armed with a stout rod and heavy line. - - The hook and line season for lake sturgeon opens Sept. 2 and runs through Sept. 30 on several major river stretches for a fish that can grow to more than 6 feet long and exceed 150 pounds. The world record taken by hook and line was a 170-pound, 10-ounce lake sturgeon pulled from Yellow Lake in Burnett County in 1979.

Twice as nice: Stevens Point student wins both the Inland and Great Lakes trout stamp contests

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:09pm
MADISON -- Sixteen-year-old Taylor Konczal has landed an important place in Wisconsin's conservation history and reeled in two big fish at the same time. The Stevens Point Area Senior High student won Wisconsin's first ever youth trout stamp contests and her designs will be featured on both the Inland and the Great Lakes stamps for 2018. - - "It's our first youth contest and we're very pleased with Taylor's great designs," says Joanna Griffin, trout team coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. "Anglers and others will love to add them to their collection."

Watch for oak wilt signs to help stop the spread of this tree-killing disease

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:09pm
MADISON -- Each year, a tree-killing fungal disease strikes and kills thousands of oak trees in Wisconsin's forests, woodlots and urban areas. Oak wilt is common in southern and central Wisconsin and is becoming increasingly abundant in northern counties. It is difficult to control once the disease takes hold and prevention steps need to be taken to slow the spread. - - "We are observing oak wilt in more places this year, probably due to the storms we had in the spring," said Todd Lanigan, a forest health specialist with the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. "The first symptoms of oak wilt are branches with wilted leaves dropping in summer. These are not the brown, dry leaves you see in autumn. These are partially green to bronze-green and are not completely dry."

Sept. 1 marks opener for mourning dove, early teal and early goose hunting seasons

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:44pm
- MADISON - Migratory game bird hunters are reminded that Friday, Sept. 1 marks the opener for Wisconsin's mourning dove, early teal and early goose hunting seasons. - - - - Wisconsin will again be offering an early teal hunting season in 2017.Photo Credit: DNR - - To view a full list of waterfowl hunting seasons [PDF] and the 2017 Migratory Game Bird Regulations, search keyword "waterfowl."

Lake Trout season closure in Apostle Islands region

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:44pm
BAYFIELD, Wis. -- Lake Trout fishing in Lake Superior has been exceptionally good this season. So good that harvest quotas have been reached requiring the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to close the lake trout season for sport and charter anglers at 11:59 p.m. on August 20, 2017 in the Apostle Island region (WI-2) of Lake Superior. - - Lake Superior lake trout zones - - "Following a slow start to the season, July lake trout fishing has been very good, nearly equaling harvest the prior seven months" said Terry Margenau, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor.

Pick your favorite park for recreation activities in the 2017 Gold Seal Contest

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:44pm
- - MADISON - It may be the peak of summer, but people have an opportunity to vote for their favorite Wisconsin State Park system property for winter recreation. That is one of the 10 categories in the 2017 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Award contest. - - It may be the peak of summer, but people have an opportunity to vote for their favorite park for winter recreation in the 2017 Gold Seal Contest.Photo Credit: DNR - - The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is the umbrella organization for the more than 80 local friends groups organizations organized to provide support for state park system properties. The organization's mission is preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. The organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin's parks, trails, and forests.

Wisconsin Bat Festival swoops into Milwaukee Aug. 26

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:44pm
Live bat shows, interactive displays, bat houses and more - - - MILWAUKEE - The public can see bats from around the world up close, including one with a six-foot wingspan, and enjoy hands-on activities and interactive displays at the Wisconsin Bat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory "The Domes" in Milwaukee. - - The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory and Milwaukee County Parks. The festival is FREE with general admission to the Domes, located at 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215.

Grosbeaks Galore: Birds on Your Landscape workshop will help landowners learn more about managing their land for migratory birds

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:44pm
- - MADISON -- People have up until August 25 to sign up for an upcoming workshop on how to better attract migratory birds to their property. The next Grosbeaks Galore: Birds on Your Landscape workshop will be held Sept. 9 in Baileys Harbor. This workshop is an opportunity for landowners to learn how to manage their land to attract and benefit migratory birds. - - Grosbeaks Galore workshops focu on attracting migratory birds to your property.Photo Credit: David Franzen - - The workshop will be held at the Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor and begins at 9 a.m. An admission fee of $10 for Ridges members or $13 for non-members includes excellent speakers, field trips to Door County migratory bird stopover habitats, opportunities to talk with experts, snacks, and door prizes. To register by Aug. 25, contact katie@ridgessanctuary.org phone: 920-839-2802 x 110.

Deer hunters with disabilities are encouraged to sign up for a sponsored hunt before Sept. 1 deadline

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:44pm
- - MADISON -- Eligible hunters who are interested in participating in the 2017 gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities are encouraged to contact a land sponsor to sign up for a hunt before the Sept. 1 hunter participation deadline. - - - - As of the June 1, 2017 sponsor application deadline, 70 landowners have enrolled over 80,000 acres of land (an increase from 2016) across 42 counties for the October 7-15 hunt. For a complete list of 2017 sponsors, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "disabled deer hunt."

Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Award nominations accepted through August 31

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:44pm
- - MADISON - The nomination period is open for the Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Awards offered by the Department of Natural Resources. - - In its fifth year, the awards are given to recognize recycling initiatives and to encourage communities to increase the effectiveness of their programs from successes and lessons learned.

County Deer Advisory Council meetings provide public with opportunity to get involved in deer management

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:04am
MADISON - Beginning Aug. 21, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary three-year population objectives within their counties. - - Council meetings will also discuss potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries. Each CDAC meeting is open to the public - meetings are currently being scheduled and will be available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC."