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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- MADISON - Hunters can expect another exciting fall hunting season for wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock. - - Wild turkey - - The fall turkey season runs from Sept. 15 to Jan. 6 in Turkey Management zones 1-5, and Sept. 15 to Nov. 16 in zones 6 and 7. The use of dogs to hunt wild turkey is allowed statewide for the fall seasons.

Game bird brood production unchanged or down in 2018 from 2017 levels

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- MADISON - Game bird brood rearing conditions should have been good in much of the state with temperatures above normal and precipitation normal to slightly above for much of the state during the month of June, though nesting may have been impacted by late snowfall. - - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and cooperating agency employees opportunistically collect observations of game bird (ruffed grouse, wild turkey and pheasant) broods for a 10-week period in June through August each year.

Tiny transmitters help track survival of rare turtle hatchlings

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
Wisconsin and Tomahawk river hatchlings recruited to advance science and conservation - RHINELANDER - It's wood turtle hatching time and up to 20 of these state-threatened species are being outfitted with tiny transmitters to allow state conservation biologists to track their survival and learn if the state's successful nest protection efforts pay off over the long-term. - - Protecting nests from predators is one major part of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' statewide conservation strategy for wood turtles. Since a DNR study of wood turtles in 2014 and 2015 found placing cages over turtle nests increased the survival of eggs and hatchling production significantly, DNR conservation biologists have continued and expanded those protection efforts as well as relocated some nests to larger sites protected by electric fencing.

Records are meant to be broken, but really? Grass carp record changes hands in 2.5 hours

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
MADISON - State fish records have been falling fast this summer but none faster than for an invasive species shot with a bow and arrow and hauled from the Mississippi River. - - Michael Mahnke of Waukesha shot a 38-1/4 inch, 34 pound, 7.2 ounce grass carp on August 5 from the Mississippi River in Grant County. The fish broke the existing record by over a pound and a half.

Grants now available to groups to help introduce Wisconsin residents to fishing

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:10pm
- - MADISON - A total of $75,000 in grants are now available under a new Department of Natural Resources initiative aimed at helping local governments, organizations and others recruit new anglers, particularly adult women and other groups underrepresented in the activity. - - The Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (Angler R3) grant program will provide financial assistance to local governments, organizations and others who conduct Angler R3 programs and activities in Wisconsin.

Youth Waterfowl and regular season Canada goose hunts set to open in September

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 3:51pm
- MADISON -Regular season Canada goose hunting opens Sunday, Sept. 16, along with the Youth Waterfowl Hunt Sept. 15-16. - - Youth Waterfowl Hunt

DNR Conservation Wardens reminder to ATV and UTV riders: "Wear it, Wisconsin!"

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 3:51pm
- MADISON - With more crashes involving all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles this late summer state conservation wardens are urging all operators and riders to remember safety steps. Wisconsin has seen 16 fatal crashes involving all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles this year. - - Gary EddyPhoto credit: DNR - - Gary Eddy, off-highway administrative warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says wardens statewide are encouraging all operators and riders to "Wear it Wisconsin!"

Wild rice harvest season outlook for 2018 now available

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 1:05pm
- MADISON -- Wild rice harvesters will find opportunities for harvest in Wisconsin this year--many ricers have begun harvest on some early maturing waters. - - "After relatively poor rice crops in consecutive years, the 2018 crop generally appears to be faring better in northwest counties, despite heavy storms and flooding in June," said Jason Fleener, wetland habitat specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "However, the flooding had some local impacts--the Radigan Flowage in Douglas County, a popular ricing destination, remains de-watered from a dam breach. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area in Burnett County has below-average rice on its flowages this year, also thought to be caused by the floods."

Public invited to comment on priorities for water quality standards

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 1:05pm
Comment period open until Oct. 5, 2018 - MADISON - Where should state environmental officials focus efforts to protect surface water quality in Wisconsin over the next three years? - - State officials are seeking public comment on a draft list of five water quality standards topics proposed as priorities for protecting Wisconsin's lakes and rivers. Specifically, these priorities relate to the protection of public health, recreation, fish and other aquatic communities within the state's waterbodies.

Time to plan this fall's Learn to Hunt event

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 1:05pm
Invite family and friends who haven't experienced hunting! - MADISON - Hunting is right around the corner. If you have an interest and time, please consider sponsoring a Learn to Hunt event this fall. This is an opportunity to connect OR reconnect with a novice hunter (adult or youth) in our great outdoors.  - - A Learn to Hunt program can be a great introduction for those who might not come from a hunting family; or, for adults who didn't get the chance to learn to hunt as a youth.

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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:50am
- - MADISON - Saturday, Sept. 1 marks the opener for Wisconsin's mourning dove, early teal and early Canada goose hunting seasons. - - Canada Goose - - Canada Goose hunting begins with the early season Sept. 1-15, with a daily bag limit of five geese during this time. This early season targets locally breeding geese with the higher daily bag limit of five geese per day during the early season. During the early goose season, regulations apply statewide, with no zone-specific regulations. As a reminder to Canada goose hunters, registration of Canada geese and in-field validation of the Canada goose hunting permit is no longer required.

Continental duck population estimates released and reminder to hunters to register for HIP

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:50am
- MADISON - With duck hunting seasons just around the corner, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the 2018 continental duck population estimates. - - These estimates come from one of the largest bird surveys in the world, conducted annually across North America. Historically, these estimates were used to set the waterfowl seasons for the current year; however, because USFWS changed its regulatory timeline, these estimates will be used to set the 2019 waterfowl season structure.

Lake sturgeon hook and line season opens Sept. 1

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:50am
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to correct the photo captions.  We regret the error.] - Anglers get the opportunity to catch a fish as big as they are - - MADISON -- The hook and line season for lake sturgeon opens Sept. 1 and runs through Sept 30 on several major river stretches, giving anglers a chance to catch the fish of a lifetime. - - Lake sturgeon can grow to more than 6 feet long and exceed 150 pounds, and the state record sturgeon taken by hook and line was a 170-pound, 10-ounce fish pulled from Yellow Lake in Burnett County in 1979.

Disabled deer hunters are encouraged to sign up for a sponsored hunt by Sept. 1

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:50am
- MADISON -- Eligible hunters who are interested in participating in the 2018 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 sponsor application deadline, 65 landowners have enrolled almost 80,000 acres across 40 counties, which takes place Oct. 6-14. For a complete list of 2018 sponsors, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "disabled deer hunt."

Bonus Fall Turkey Harvest Authorizations On-Sale Begins Aug 18 at 10 a.m.

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:17pm
- MADISON -- New for 2018, one fall turkey harvest authorization is issued to each person purchasing a fall turkey license or conservation patron license, instead of being issued through a drawing. - - Hunters can choose the zone for which their harvest authorization will be valid at the time of purchase.

Conference tackles plunging populations of martins, swallows, swifts, other insect-eaters

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:17pm
- Registration closes Aug. 21 for September bird conservation conference - - - MADISON - Some of Wisconsin's most beloved birds - purple martins, chimney swifts, tree and barn swallows, Eastern whip-poor-wills, and common nighthawks - are in trouble and residents can learn more about why and how to help these birds around their home during an early September conference in Waukesha. - - The Sept. 6-8 event is the combined annual meeting of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, a coalition of 180 groups committed to conserving native birds, and a summit of the 109 Bird City Wisconsin communities. Registration for the event (exit DNR), which includes evening field trips to look for one of these declining species, the chimney swift, closes Aug. 21.

Try these bassin' basics for success during the dog days of summer

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:17pm
- ALMA, Wis. -- While longtime Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Brian Brecka takes pride in being a multispecies angler, he typically finds time to catch a bass or two on each of his angling outings. - - "Wisconsin boasts largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries that are passionately supported by droves of today's anglers," says Brecka.

More than 99 percent of Wisconsin's public water systems met safe drinking water standards in 2017

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- MADISON -- More than 99 percent of the state's public water systems provided water that met safe drinking water standards, according to the 2017 Annual Drinking Water Report published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this month. - - More than 99 percent of Wisconsin's public water systems provided water that met safe drinking water standards.Photo credit: DNR - - "The annual report reflects the hard work that is being done by public system operators, DNR staff and our federal, state and local partners," said Steve Elmore, program director for DNR Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater. "DNR's commitment to managing the state's drinking water through initiatives, regulations and partnerships is showcased in this year's report."

Pick your favorite park for recreation activities in the 2018 Gold Seal Contest

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- - MADISON - The 2018 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Award contest is going to be a tough vote for people on many of the questions this year: with so many beautiful waterfalls how can you pick just one? Best rock formation with Wisconsin's geological wealth? Best rail trail out of statewide system that has so many gems? Come on! Best beach in a state with 10 parks or forests on the Great Lakes and numerous beaches on some of Wisconsin's 15,000 inland lakes? - - "Yes, this year I think voters really have their work cut out for them," said Patty Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks executive director.

Snapshot Wisconsin opens statewide August 9 - learn how to get involved today

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:34pm
- MADISON --- Snapshot Wisconsin, a 26-county network of wildlife-monitoring trail cameras, is seeking volunteers in all 72 counties as the popular program goes statewide on August 9. - - Snapshot coordinator Susan Frett credits the volunteers for the success of program that has been bringing Wisconsin's wildlife into homes and classrooms for the last four years. "We're thrilled to see what we can learn once we start seeing trail camera photos from every corner of the state," Frett said.