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Design concept selected for new Peninsula State Park Eagle Tower

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:06pm
- - FISH CREEK, Wis. - Most people who commented on concepts for a new Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park would like to see the tower rebuilt with an accessible ramp connecting the existing parking area and trails to the tower viewing deck through a tree canopy trail rather than from an elevator or internal switchback ramp. - - The concept of a new Eagle Tower will include an accessible ramp that reaches the viewing platform through the tree canopyPhoto Credit: Ayres Associates - - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received more than 650 comments on three separate design concepts [PDF] for a new tower. A 60-foot tower with an accessible ramp through the tree canopy connecting to the top viewing deck received the greatest support, with people preferring it over the other two concepts: a 75-foot tower with elevator access and a 75-foot tower with internal accessible ramp.

Nearly half-century-old fish caught and released in fish surveys on Lake Superior

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:06pm
Lake trout hatched when Richard Nixon was president - - BAYFIELD, Wis. - State fish biologists conducting spawning surveys on Lake Superior hauled in a lake trout earlier this month that hatched when Richard Nixon was president. - - The fish was originally caught and released during Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' spawning assessments for lake trout in 1981. It was caught and released again Nov. 2 in the same fish refuge, the Gull Island Shoal of Lake Superior.

Apply now to serve on trout advisory committee

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:06pm
Group to advise DNR on 10-year trout management plan - - MADISON -- Anglers and other people interested in Wisconsin's trout resources are invited to apply to serve on an advisory team that will help the Department of Natural Resources start developing a plan to guide trout management over the next decade. - - The plan would address trout habitat, stocking, and other management issues in Wisconsin. The advisory team would meet on three Saturdays in winter 2018 and would help the DNR brainstorm issues, set broad goals and define needs, says Joanna Griffin, DNR's trout coordinator.

DNR Recycling Excellence Awards celebrate America Recycles Day

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:06pm
MADISON - Seven recycling programs, organizations and businesses impacting their local communities received 2017 Recycling Excellence Awards from the Department of Natural Resources as part of America Recycles Day, held November 15. - - In its fifth year, the award recognizes four categories of excellence: Projects and Initiatives, Overall Program, Special Events and Innovation.

General permit available for stream habitat projects

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:06pm
- - MADISON -- Beneficial stream habitat projects will be easier to undertake in Wisconsin under a new general permit the state Department of Natural Resources has issued aimed at streamlining stream habitat projects. Before the creation of this general permit, many beneficial stream habitat projects were authorized under individual permits, which added time and expense to the permitting process. - - The general permit authorizes numerous activities, including placement of fish habitat structures, placement of wildlife habitat structures, and dredging or adding material to a previously channelized streams. The general permit also authorizes constructing a ford crossing and disturbing wetlands, as long as these activities are associated with fish or wildlife habitat projects.

Preliminary registration data for the 2017 nine-day gun deer hunt will be available online at set intervals in November

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:06pm
- - - MADISON - Preliminary registration totals for the nine-day gun deer hunt will be available online at set times for the 2017 deer hunting seasons to provide for accurate and consistent data for media use. - - - - Preliminary registration data will be available Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 28. A more detailed registration data summary for all deer hunting seasons will be available after all 2017 deer hunting seasons close.

Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey preliminary results

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:06pm
- - - - - - MADISON - The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey is a great opportunity for hunters to let Department of Natural Resources staff know what they are (or are not) seeing this fall. - - - - With hunters' continued efforts, DNR staff can better track population changes and improve management decisions, especially for animals that are difficult to monitor. Hunters are encouraged to record all hunting activity, even if no wildlife sightings occur during a hunt.

2017 nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 18

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:41pm
MADISON - Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 18, and Department of Natural Resources staff are enthusiastic about the prospects for 2017. - - "We are coming out of a third straight mild winter and a good summer growing season, so as expected we are seeing good to excellent deer numbers throughout most of the state," said DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang. "The public and County Deer Advisory Councils are also recognizing the increase as is evident by increased antlerless tag availability, especially in some northern counties. So, in general, we are anticipating an overall increase in deer registration this fall."

Smart reminders to ensure another safe hunting season in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:41pm
Keep some helpful tips in mind to ensure another safe hunting season in Wisconsin - - - MADISON - It is no accident Wisconsin is known nationally as one of the safest places to hunt deer for the whole family and friends. - - "This state is fortunate to have thousands of volunteer hunter education instructors dedicated to keeping everyone safe while enjoying the outdoors," Hunter Education Administrative Warden Jon King said. "And you have to credit the hunters who carry on that safety priority during their own hunts and as mentors. This is what makes Wisconsin a great hunting state - the people."

Hunters reminded registering deer in the correct zone still mandatory for the ongoing and upcoming deer seasons

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:41pm
- - MADISON - Tagging rules have changed, but registration requirements have not. Lucky hunters are still required to register their harvested deer electronically by 5 p.m. the day after being recovered. The GameReg system is simple, fast and convenient for hunters. - - "Since its launch in 2014, most hunters have adjusted well to using the electronic registration options," says Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the DNR. "The simplicity and convenience has resulted in high compliance of registration requirements, but we also continue to offer walk-in registration opportunities at hundreds of locations around the state."

2017 Wisconsin Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast available online

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:41pm
MADISON - Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are well underway, and the 2017 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast is available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors. - - To view this year's hunting and trapping forecast, visit and search keywords "forecast" or "hunt."

Looking to try your hand at deer hunting? Enjoy discounted prices for first-time license purchases and be sure to fill out your first hunt certificate

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:41pm
MADISON - In its sixth year, the first-time buyer license continues to provide an opportunity to explore Wisconsin's outdoors and experience its hunting traditions at a reduced price. - - Wisconsin residents who have never purchased a deer hunting license or have not purchased a Wisconsin resident deer hunting license in any of the prior ten years can do so for as little as $5. Other certain first-time resident hunting and fishing licenses are also available at a discount with the same eligibility requirements. Certain non-resident licenses are also discounted for first-time buyers.

Use online tools to find a new place to enjoy the outdoors this fall

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:41pm
MADISON - Each year, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts use Wisconsin's public lands for a variety of activities, ranging from birdwatching to hunting. - - For those interested in exploring all Wisconsin has to offer, the Department of Natural Resources has a number of tools available to help users find a new favorite spot in the wild. Most public lands are open to hunting, however some have closed areas and special regulations and season dates. Be sure to check the property web page or contact a property manager for more information.

ATVs and UTVs are a great tool for hunters - be sure to check out some helpful safety tips!

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:41pm
MADISON - All-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles are great tools to assist hunters with their hunts - but state recreational safety specialists say ATV and UTV operators need to keep a few tips in mind to ensure a safe hunt and ride. - - Roadway use is highly restricted. Make sure the road has been legally open to ATV travel by local authorities. Open roads are marked with "ATV Route" highway signs. Make sure you know who maintains the land you would like to use and if ATV/UTV operation is allowed. All ATVs/UTVs registered for public use must display their registration ID number on a rear plate. Always wear a DOT approved helmet; hunters are more likely to encounter low-hanging branches and uneven or steep terrain. Complete an ATV safety course. ATV riders at least age 12 and born on or after January 1, 1988 must complete a course prior to operating an ATV. UTV operators must be at least 16 years old. This course may be completed online or through traditional classroom or on the Internet. Long guns, bows and crossbows must be fully unloaded before transport in or on an ATV or UTV. Don't overload your ATV. Hauling heavy gear, deer or passengers on the front or rear racks may negatively affect your steering, control and ability to properly brake. It may also cause your ATV to overturn while traversing uneven or steep terrain. Remove mud, dirt and any vegetation from your machine before using it in other areas - machines can easily transport invasive plant species or seeds that are harmful to local habitats. Do not operate in or around waterways or wetlands. ATVs and UTVs are only allowed to cross waterways at bridges, roads or legal fords. - For more information regarding ATV/UTV laws and safety, visit and search keyword "ATV."

Share your hunt with Wisconsin - connect with DNR on social media this fall

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:41pm
MADISON - Whether you spend fall afternoons in a tree stand or at a state park hiking, there are a number of ways to connect with Department of Natural Resources staff this fall and share your experiences. The department uses a number of outlets to reach Wisconsin's citizens, and these channels are also a great way to share your stories. DNR staff look forward to seeing photos from hunting trips and other outdoor activities - seeing their work enjoyed by others is truly special for staff.

Wisconsin DNR adds Instagram to bring hikers, bikers, anglers, hunters and many more closer to our great natural resources

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:25pm
MADISON -Wisconsin's beautiful state parks, bountiful wildlife and hunting opportunities and world-class fisheries are on full display on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources new Instagram account. - - The Instagram account, titled @wi_dnr, gives followers an inside look at what makes Wisconsin one of the premiere outdoor destinations in the country. While many posts will showcase work done by DNR staff in the field, amateur photographers and outdoor enthusiasts of all types are encouraged to submit photos and videos to be shared on the page.

Efforts to aid monarch butterflies take off in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:25pm
- MADISON -- Wisconsin efforts to help conserve monarchs are taking off as the iconic butterflies fly to their wintering grounds in Mexico. - - The Department of Natural Resources recently learned its Natural Heritage Conservation program has won a $69,800 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore and enhance critical monarch butterfly habitat along the Mississippi River.

Plant seeds now to help monarchs and other pollinators next year

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:25pm
MADISON - As temperatures begin to drop throughout Wisconsin, state conservation biologists urge people to keep monarchs and other pollinators in mind by taking steps now to benefit pollinators. - - Now is the time to plant native seeds that pollinators can depend on for food and shelter next year.Photo Credit: DNR - - "Fall is the perfect time of year to maintain habitat and plant native seeds that pollinators can depend on for food and shelter next year," says Eva Lewandowski, a conservation biologist for the Department of Natural Resources' Natural Heritage Conservation program. "While many of our butterflies, bees, and other native pollinators have migrated out of the state or hunkered down for the winter, we can still help them."

Landowner Incentive Program accepting proposals for Driftless Area private lands restoration

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:25pm
MADISON - Private landowners, conservation organizations, and land trusts can now apply for funding and technical help through the Landowner Incentive Program to create and manage habitat for rare plants and animals in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. - - "We're very pleased to be able to help property owners benefit rare and declining plant and animal species on their lands," says Drew Feldkirchner, who leads the DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Program that runs the Landowner Incentive Program.

Innovative environmental contractor to receive DNR Secretary's Award

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:25pm
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A contractor that has won accolades for environmental work across Wisconsin -- as well as an innovative solution to barge congestion on the Mississippi River -- is the recipient of a Department of Natural Resources 2017 Secretary's Director Award. - - J.F. Brennan Company, specializing in marine construction and environmental remediation, has worked all across Wisconsin, performing dredging, island restoration, dam and bridge repairs, and recently, extensive PCB remediation on the lower Fox River at Green Bay.