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Hunter Ethics Award honors character, not harvest: Nominate by Feb. 15

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:49pm
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- If a hunter's action impressed you as kindness, courtesy, respect, responsible -- or any way you witnessed a moral compass in action -- consider nominating the individual for the annual Wisconsin Hunter Ethics Award for 2017. - - First awarded in 1997, the annual Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources honor recognizes the hunter whose action are emblematic of Wisconsin's hunting heritage. A heritage that is of an outdoor tradition enjoyed responsibly, respectfully and safely by and for all and not about trophy bucks or number of pheasants.

Deer Management Assistance Program application deadline for priority consideration set for March 1, 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:49pm
MADISON - Landowners, hunters and land managers with properties of 160 acres or more are encouraged to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program prior to March 1, 2018. - - Applications submitted prior to this deadline will receive priority access to the program's perks, including a site visit in 2018 by a professional wildlife biologist and forester.

Cougar presence in Wisconsin carries into 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:00am
- - MADISON - Department of Natural Resource staff confirmed trail camera photos of a cougar in Fond du Lac County in early January in addition to confirmation of a cougar moving through Lincoln and Langlade counties in mid-December. - - SLIDE SHOW | 5 photosTrailcam photos of cougars - - The December photos were captured on one property northeast of Merrill on the same day with two separate trail cameras. Eight days later, two separate photos were captured on a property south of Antigo. Later in January, cougar photo was confirmed near Rosendale.

Hunters register 3,971 birds during 2017 fall turkey hunt

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:00am
MADISON - Hunters registered 3,971 birds during the fall 2017 wild turkey season, a decrease from 4,990 turkeys registered during the 2016 fall season. - - The harvest success rate was 6.4 percent, compared to 7.3 percent in 2016. Success rate is calculated based on the number of harvest authorizations (formerly known as a tag or permit) sold and is not corrected for non-participation.

Effort to develop 10-year inland trout management plan gets underway

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:00am
MADISON - Work on developing a plan to guide inland trout management in Wisconsin over the next decade is getting underway, with an advisory team helping the Department of Natural Resources with that task meeting Jan. 27 for the first time. - - The plan will address trout habitat, stocking, and other management issues in Wisconsin. The advisory team will meet at least twice this winter to help DNR staff brainstorm issues, set broad goals and define needs, says Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator.

$2.5 million available for wetland restoration projects; apply through Feb. 28

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:00am
MADISON - Conservation groups, private landowners and government organizations are encouraged to apply for a share of $2.5 million available to fund wetland restoration and mitigation projects. Proposals for the current round of funding, available from the Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, are due Feb. 28 and can be used to cover all aspects of restoration including land purchases, site construction and long-term maintenance and monitoring. - - "We look forward to working with new partners to restore wetland functions and ecosystem services that will benefit local watersheds and communities, alike," stated Sally Jarosz, DNR program ecologist for the trust.

Bird lovers raise record amount for priority bird projects in 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:00am
MADISON -- Endangered Kirtland's warblers, the Wisconsin Stopover Initiative, and the five-year Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas project to document birds that nest in Wisconsin will get more help in 2018 thanks to 49 teams of bird lovers across the state who raised more than $90,000 through the Great Wisconsin Birdathon in 2017. - - "A group of dedicated birders came together, once again, to benefit important conservation efforts in their state," said Drew Feldkirchner, who directs the Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Conservation Program. "We are grateful to everyone who participated, donated, and sponsored, along with our partners at the Natural Resources Foundation who created and led the effort."

Winter is an excellent time to prune hardwood trees

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:00am
MADISON - State forestry specialists say trees should be pruned throughout their entire lives to maintain strong structure and remove dead wood. Young trees should be pruned to establish good branch structure and shape, while older trees are pruned to remove dead and/or hazardous limbs. - - "The best time to prune hardwood trees in Wisconsin is during winter when a tree is not actively growing," said Paul Cigan, forest health specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Pruning is easier in winter when the leaves are gone, which makes it is easier to see damage on tree branches and limbs."

138,144 harvest authorizations issued for 2018 spring turkey hunt

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:10pm
Remaining harvest authorizations available beginning March 19 - - MADISON - The 2018 spring turkey harvest authorization drawing has concluded and 138,144 successful applicants will receive spring wild turkey harvest authorizations. A total of 244,218 authorizations were available for the spring 2018 turkey season. The leftover harvest authorizations not issued in the drawing will be available for purchase beginning March 19. - - Postcard notifications to successful applicants have been mailed. Hunters can also monitor their harvest authorization status in their online account at GoWild.WI.gov.

Snowmobilers: DNR conservation warden offers safety tips for every ride

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:10pm
- - MADISON -- A rollercoaster of seasonal temperatures and changing snow levels have launched Wisconsin's early snowmobile season, prompting Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Administrator/Warden Gary Eddy to urge operators to review important safety tips to prepare for safe and fun rides. - - "Snowmobilers really need to be careful because conditions for safe, early season snowmobile riding are just developing," Eddy said. "Riding conditions can become less than perfect at any time of the season, but you can almost always count on them being a bit tricky early in the season. Corners become icy, rough terrain and rocks may be exposed, road routes may be bare and ice conditions can be inconsistent."

Making the most of Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 20-21

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:10pm
Tips for ice fishing fun with the whole family - - - MADISON -- Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 20-21, gives newcomers of all ages a chance to try ice fishing without a license, and a Department of Natural Resources fish-loving couple passes on their tips for making that first trip fun for the whole family, particularly kids. - - Pamela and Scott Toshner, a DNR lake and watershed protection specialist and a DNR fisheries biologist, respectively, are avid ice anglers and parents of twin girls. They started getting the girls involved in fishing when they were about 3 years old. The first couple of years were short trips and by 5 years old, the girls were already fairly seasoned ice anglers.

Natural Resources Board to meet January 24 in Madison

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:10pm
- - MADISON - A request for adoption of proposed rules relating to runoff management and nonpoint source performance standards, a request for adoption of proposed rules related to the federal cost shared state program for suppression of gypsy moths and a request for approval of recommendations for the 2018 bear harvest quotas are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets Wednesday, January 24 in Madison. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

Feeding deer throughout the winter can do more harm than good

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:10pm
MADISON -- Wisconsin's deer herd is faring well so far this winter as low snow levels have deer moving freely throughout the state. Yet, the onset of snow and cold often turns people's thoughts to overwinter survival and a desire to feed deer and other wildlife. Residents should consider the negative impacts of wildlife feeding as well as alternatives that provide long-term benefits to help wildlife through a cold and snowy winter season. - - "People want to see healthy deer on the landscape, but feeding is not the best solution," said Tim Marien, a wildlife health specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Improving habitat provide natural food sources that support deer and many other types of wildlife year-round."

Baiting and feeding ban to begin for Milwaukee County after first positive CWD detection

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:10pm
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received confirmation that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in the West Allis metropolitan area of Milwaukee County. - - As required by law, this finding will establish a baiting and feeding ban for Milwaukee County effective Feb. 1, 2018. Milwaukee County is already classified as a CWD-affected county due to being adjacent to a county with a detection; however, because of this finding, a new three-year baiting and feeding ban will go into effect.

Registration opens for Northeast Wisconsin Woodland Owners Conference

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:10pm
- - Five additional conferences scheduled around the state - - - - GREEN BAY - The 2018 Northeast Wisconsin Woodland Owners Conference is scheduled for January 27 at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. The conference will focus on topics of interest to private woodland owners. Registrations are due by January 24. Forest landowners and all those interested in forest management are welcome to attend. - - "Private woodland owners hold the largest portion of forestland in Wisconsin," said Scott Lyon, forest products specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Conferences like these are important to encourage the sharing of ideas so they can help collectively shape the future of Wisconsin's landscape. The decisions made today impact the quality of resources for future generations."

Winter Free Fishing Weekend is Jan. 20-21, 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
More than 20 DNR sites offer loaner ice fishing equipment - - MADISON -- Wisconsin's winter Free Fishing Weekend is set for Jan. 20-21, 2018, and free loaner equipment and ice fishing clinics make it a great time for open water anglers to discover the fun of ice fishing or to introduce family and friends to this hard-water recreation. - - - - Fishing is free for Wisconsin residents and visitors alike on these days. No fishing license or Great Lakes salmon stamp or Inland Trout Stamp is needed to fish all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River and other boundary waters. Spring trout ponds are not open, however. All other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish anglers can keep and any seasons when anglers must release certain fish species.

Baiting and feeding bans begin for La Crosse and Dodge counties Feb. 1, 2018 following new positive CWD detections

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
MADISON - Following confirmation that wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease in western Vernon and central Dodge counties in 2017, baiting and feeding bans will begin Feb. 1, 2018 in these counties. - - As required by law, these findings establish baiting and feeding bans for La Crosse and Dodge counties, effective Feb. 1, 2018. La Crosse County is within 10 miles of the Vernon county positive wild deer, and due to being adjacent to a county with a CWD-positive test result, a two-year ban will be enacted. The ban for Dodge County will be enacted for three years. Existing baiting and feeding bans will remain in place for Vernon County.

Snapshot Wisconsin rolls into eight new counties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk and Vilas counties - get involved today! - - MADISON - Landowners in Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk and Vilas counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin. - - Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer based monitoring effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more to learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife. This project is led by Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.

Now is a great time to prepare habitat improvement plans

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
Check out the Deer Management Assistance Program today - - - - - - - - MADISON - While some of Wisconsin's hunting seasons have ended, hunters thinking about next year can prepare their property for success through enrollment in the Deer Management Assistance Program. - - Good habitat means more deer and better hunting - - Interested landowners, hunters and land managers are encouraged to join nearly 1,100 current DMAP cooperators managing habitat for wildlife on the property they own or hunt. DMAP cooperators receive personalized advice and technical assistance from their local DNR wildlife biologist and forester.

Public invited to comment on River View Construction's entrance into Green Tier

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
WAUSAU, Wis. -- The public has an opportunity to comment on an application to the Department of Natural Resources' Green Tier program for River View Construction, Inc. - - River View Construction is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier program for its Wausau facility in Marathon County. River View is a heavy equipment contractor that primarily works on landfill construction, site development, grading, Wisconsin Department of Transportation heavy highway, lake and pond construction and other various site work. River View Construction operates at sites across Wisconsin, working on more than 2,000 sites across the state since 1950.