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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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Lake Michigan fisheries management strategies for 2018-2020 highlight partnerships to enhance fishing for salmon and trout -

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - MADISON -- Fish stocking trucks are starting to deliver the first trout and salmon for Lake Michigan under a new stocking plan that seeks to sustain diverse fishing opportunities and expand partnerships to make sure more stocked fish survive to catchable size and wind up on Wisconsin anglers' lines. - - The plan, developed over more than two years of discussion and input from more than 500 anglers, business owners and other stakeholders, calls for stocking Skamania steelhead for the first time in a decade, stocking larger salmon and trout that survive better, and expanding efforts with fishing clubs to place stocked fish in pens in Lake Michigan to get acclimatized and grow bigger before they're released.

Bass fishing changes, transport of CWD positive deer among questions at the 2018 Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
MADISON - A continuous season for bass fishing - with harvest only allowed during the current open season - restriction on moving deer that test positive for chronic wasting disease, opening the inland trout season the first Saturday in April, and a new fee to use state wildlife, fisheries and natural areas are among the questions the public can vote on at the 2018 Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meetings. - - On Monday, April 9, there will be 72 public hearings [PDF], one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. where people interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Congress on proposed natural resources advisory question that may lead to future rule changes.

DNR to hold public comment period, public hearing on Foxconn air permits

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - - - MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on air permit drafts for the Foxconn liquid crystal display manufacturing facility proposed for construction in Racine County. - - The department made available for public comment the applications, draft permits and analysis documents for four air pollution control permits covering the Foxconn facility. To view the documents search the DNR website,, for keyword Foxconn. The DNR will accept public comments through April 16, 2018.

DNR to waive fall turkey drawing; licenses on sale now

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
MADISON - New this year, fall turkey hunters will no longer be required to apply or compete in a drawing for fall turkey harvest authorizations. Instead, one fall turkey harvest authorization will be issued at no additional cost with the purchase of a fall turkey or conservation patron license. Customers will need to specify their zone of choice when purchasing their license. - - In addition to the fall harvest authorization issued with the purchase of a license, bonus fall harvest authorizations will be sold over-the-counter on a first-come, first-served basis. Select turkey management zones will have a set number of bonus authorizations available for $10 apiece beginning in August. Bonus authorization levels are determined after looking at turkey harvest and population data, as well as hunter feedback and harvest authorization sales, within each zone.

Anglers now enjoy a year-round season and five-bag limit for Lake Michigan lake trout

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - MADISON - The lake trout fishing season on Lake Michigan is now open year-round and the bag limit is five fish per day under rules effective March 17, 2018. - - Lake Michigan anglers can now enjoy a year-round season and a bag limit of five lake trout under rules effective March 17, 2018.Photo credit: Jason Richter - - The five-bag limit and continuous open season make regulations for lake trout consistent with season structure and bag limits for other Lake Michigan trout and salmon, according to Brad Eggold, Great Lakes district fisheries supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Bird Survey Organizers Encourage Volunteers to Survey Areas in Need, Attend Regional Workshops in April

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - ASHLAND, Wis. - With just two of five breeding seasons left to go, organizers of a comprehensive survey of birds that nest in Wisconsin have identified more than 300 locations where volunteers are needed to help gather information for the survey, known as the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. - - "This is a perfect time to choose a location where you can help look for breeding birds and report them," says Nick Anich, atlas coordinator and a conservation biologist with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "The bulk of bird species will nest in June and July but some resident birds are getting started already, and it's a good time to head out to a location near you and poke around, explore some habitats and see what's out there."

Prescribed burns proposed for many DNR properties in central and southern Wisconsin this spring

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - MADISON -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff plan to conduct prescribed burning on several department-managed properties in the west central, southeast, and southern Wisconsin this spring. - - To view a list of proposed spring 2018 prescribed burns on DNR properties and more information regarding prescribed burning in Wisconsin, visit and search keywords "prescribed burning."

Spring issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources feature DNR 50th anniversary

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - MADISON - The Spring edition of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is on its way to readers, and the first issue of 2018 focuses on a celebration: It's the Department of Natural Resources' 50th anniversary. The agency and the Natural Resources Board that guides it were created in 1968 by a merger of the Wisconsin Conservation Department and Resource Development Department. The Spring cover story, "A DNR is born," commemorates the event, while coverage in the magazine throughout the year also will mark the occasion. - - Another anniversary is celebrated in this issue as well: This is the 25th year for field trips offered by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. "25 years of adventure" lauds the long-running and popular program and includes information on how to sign up for these statewide outings that run all year long.

First managed elk hunt in Wisconsin history is result of over 22 years of conservation efforts by DNR staff and partners

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
- - MADISON -- Following more than 22 years of elk management and reintroduction efforts, 2018 will mark Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt in state history. - - - "This is an incredible conservation success story for Wisconsin," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer. "Thanks to the efforts of so many great organizations and individuals, the northern elk herd has continued to grow to the point where we can offer this very special and long-awaited hunting opportunity."

Bonus spring turkey harvest authorization go on sale March 19

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
MADISON -- Bonus turkey harvest authorizations (previously known as leftover permits) will go on sale the week of March 19 with each zone having a designated sales date. Bonus harvest authorizations can be purchased online through GoWild.Wi.Gov and at all license agents. Sales start at 10 a.m. and run until midnight each day. - - The following zones have available bonus harvest authorizations, and scheduled sales dates are as follows:

VHS found in gizzard shad in Port Washington Harbor fish kill

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
Boaters and anglers urged to help stop the spread - - MADISON - Test results have confirmed that VHS as well as one other pathogen was found associated with a late January fish kill of gizzard shad in Port Washington Harbor, according to state fish health experts. DNR officials have also looked into a report of gizzard shad mortalities in the Menomonee River (Milwaukee). Samples were collected and sent for testing. The testing period takes approximately 28 days. We will have further updates once test results have been received for the Menomonee River fish. - - VHS has been confirmed in gizzard shad tested after a late January fishkill in Port Washington Harbor on Lake Michigan. Photo credit: Danielle Godard - - VHS, or viral hemorrhagic septicemia, is a virus deadly to fish and has been present in Lake Michigan for more than a decade. In addition to VHS, Enteric Redmouth was found to be associated with the Port Washington fish kill. While the potential for the transmission of Enteric Redmouth to humans is unclear, VHS is not known to be a threat to human health and safety, says DNR Fisheries Veterinarian Danielle Godard.

Construction to begin on expanded trail system, pedestrian-bicycle bridged in NH-AL State Forest

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
MANITOWISH WATERS, Wis. - Visitors to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest will be able to bike and hike an expanded trail system through the forest thanks to a donation that will add trails to the popular Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail System. A new trail segment and bridge over the Manitowish River in the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail system will connect this existing trail running from Boulder Junction to Manitowish Waters with a recently completed trail constructed by the Town of Mercer in Iron County to the north.Photo credit: DNR - - The State Natural Resources Board in January approved a proposal and a donation of time and materials worth approximately $1.15 million from Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Inc. for the cost of construction of the new trail, which will add approximately 4 miles of new paved bike trails, including a bridge over the Manitowish River. - - Currently, the Heart of Vilas Bike Trail system includes more than 45 miles of paved trails that connect St. Germain, Sayner, Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters, portions of which wind through the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. About 3 miles of the new trail will go through state forest property.

MacKenzie Center's Annual Maple Festival April 7

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
POYNETTE, Wis. -Maple Festival, a fun-filled, educational event for families is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MacKenzie Center near Poynette. - - Students participating in the Maple Education Program at the MacKenzie Center gather sap that will be used to make syrup for the center's Maple Fest April 7.Photo credit: DNR - - The event features: free guided tours of the sugarbush, demonstrations of how to tap a maple tree for sap and how to make syrup, interpretative talks about how some Native Americans and pioneers made maple sugar and syrup, as well as, current methods used in our own MacKenzie sugarbush. Visitors will get to explore the Ciporoke (pronounced Chee-poe-doe-kay) a typical spring home used by members of the Ho-Chunk Nation in historic sugar bushes.

Order seedlings now for spring 2018 planting

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
MADISON -- High-quality, native seedlings grown from local seed sources and seedlings that are ready for planting this spring are still available for landowners through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reforestation program. - - "Every year, Wisconsin landowners plant millions of tree seedlings to enhance and restore forests," according to Joe Vande Hey, manager of the Wilson State Nursery in Boscobel. "When a landowner is thinking about what species of trees to plant, the first place to turn for advice is the local DNR office. Each county has a DNR forester available to visit landowner properties, answer questions, and help the landowner get the maximum benefits from their tree planting activities."

2018 Spring Fish and wildlife rules hearing questionnaire available online

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
MADISON - The questionnaire package for the 2018 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife public hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website. - - On Monday, April 9, there will be 72 public hearings [PDF], one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. where people interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR and the Conservation Congress on proposed natural resource related advisory questions that may impact future rule changes.

State's Navarino Wildlife Area honored for accessible hunting, fishing and more

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
FITCHBURG, Wis.- The Navarino State Wildlife Area has been honored with the Disability Advisory Council Richard Welsh Memorial Award for Outstanding Property. This is the first time a Wisconsin state wildlife property has been given this award. - - Department of Natural Resources wildlife staff stationed at Shawano and the staff at the non-profit Navarino Nature Center, which is located on the state property, have been working together to provide accessibility to all hunters, students, visitors and other's enjoying nature, including those with disabilities.

Visit the DNR at the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 7-11

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
- [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to statewide media.] - - - - WEST ALLIS - Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet Department of Natural Resources staff at the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show which opens Wednesday, March 7, and runs through Sunday, March 11, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis. - - DNR Secretary Dan Meyer said the relationship between the agency and the sports show dates to the days when the agency was called the Wisconsin Conservation Department. "It's been a long and happy engagement, Meyer said, "Because the focus of our agency is customer-driven, this is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage with our staff," he added.

Visit DNR at Canoecopia in Madison March 9-11

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
MADISON --Visitors to Canoecopia in Madison March 9-11 can find information about paddling and camping on some of the state's premier whitewater and quiet rivers and buy Wisconsin State Park admission stickers by visiting Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources displays in the exhibit hall and lobby. - - Visitors also will be able to pick up free guides to state natural areas and to some of the native wildlife they may encounter on their trips, enter a free drawing for the bald eagle license plate that is a fundraiser for endangered species, and sign up for fishing and hunting for food classes.

Entries sought for Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
- - First place Pheasant Stamp: Robert Leum - - First place Wild Turkey Stamp: Robert Leum - - First place Waterfowl Stamp: Caleb Metrich - - MADISON - Wisconsinites with an artistic talent have until July 16 to submit artwork for the 2019 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. - - Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 16, 2018 to be eligible. Judging will take place in late July or early August.

Record 12,970 permits awarded for 2018 black bear hunt

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:19pm
- MADISON - Notifications have been sent to 12,970 hunters who successfully drew a black bear permit for the 2018 hunting season. - - All hunters who applied for a harvest permit can check their status online at [EXIT DNR]. Successful applicants should have received a postcard in the mail.