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Arbor Vitae WI 54568

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Wildlife Alerts and Information

Hunters: Dead and dying ash trees may be too weak for tree stand use

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:25pm
MADISON - State forest health specialists caution hunters to avoid placing tree stands in or near weakened ash trees, especially in the southern half of Wisconsin and the Mississippi River counties. - - DNR experts say many ash trees in southern counties are dead or dying from attack by the emerald ash borer and may unexpectedly drop large branches -- or even snap, especially under the weight of an occupied tree stand.

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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:25pm
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."

Funding available to assist in promoting safe ATV operation in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:25pm
MADISON - Organizations interested in assisting the Department of Natural Resources in the recruitment and training of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety instructors and volunteer trail ambassadors may apply for funding through a 2 year program to promote the safe operation of ATVs and UTVs in the state. The program funding is for up to $297,000 for each year. - - Grants are available to assist in recruiting and training of ATV safety instructors and volunteer trail ambassadors. Photo Credit: Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism - - Eligible organizations must provide documentation that they are registered with the Wisconsin Secretary of State's office as non-profit organizations and have an established board of directors. Funding applicants must create and provide a business plan detailing the methods and approaches the organization will use to accomplish a number of requirements that will promote the operation of ATVs and UTVs that is safe and responsible, does not harm the environment and does not conflict with laws, rules and department policies.

Public meetings set for Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 3:55pm
Public comment period open through Nov. 28 - - STURGEON BAY, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity at two upcoming open houses to learn more about the department's regional master planning process for properties located in the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape. The region includes properties in four counties -- Door, Oconto, Marinette and Shawano. - - The Niagra escarpment, shown hear along Peninsula State Park, is a dominant feature of the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal landscape.Photo Credit: DNR - - A master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wisconsin Administrative Code, establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on department-managed properties.

Fall musky fishing heats up, along with chance to set new state record

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 3:55pm
MADISON -- While Wisconsin's first catch and release record has been established for musky, there's plenty of time left in 2017 for anglers to better that mark and enjoy some of the best fishing for the famed fighter and Wisconsin's official state fish. - - The northern zone musky season runs through Nov. 30 on inland waters north of U.S. Highway 10 excluding Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters. The southern zone musky season stays open another month beyond that, closing Dec. 31, 2017, on inland waters south of U.S. Highway 10.

New podcast and web series, Wild Wisconsin, gives hunters ability to learn on the go this fall

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:21pm
- - [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to statewide media.]MADISON -- Scouting, buying your license, sighting in your rifle - the basics. But, how can you take your hunt to the next level? - - Easy access to information is the key to a successful hunt, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the launch of a new podcast and web series - Wild Wisconsin.

Warm temperatures deliver anglers two walleye bites: shallow and deep

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:21pm
- - MADISON -- Fall walleye fishing is typically some of the most productive for ole marble eyes, and this year, anglers are getting a bonus bite thanks to a warm fall thus far, state fish biologists say. - - "There are two bites going on right now," says Steve Gilbert, Department of Natural Resources fisheries supervisor in Woodruff. "Good walleye fishing can be found in both shallow and deep transitional areas."

Draft property master plan for the Totogatic Wildlife Area topic of upcoming open house meeting

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:21pm
HAYWARD, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity at an upcoming town hall meeting to review and comment on a draft master plan for the Totogatic River Wildlife Area. - - This meeting will be informal, with informational materials and maps available for viewing. The Totogatic Rover Wildlife Area master plan outlines authorized resource management and facility development options and will act as a blueprint for consistent, long term management of the area. The town hall meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Hayward High School commons area, 10320 N. Greenwood Lane, Hayward. Department of Natural Resources staff will be in attendance to discuss components of the proposed property management plan. - - Existing boat launch upstream of the Wozny Road dam. Photo Credit: DNR - - Acquisition of the Totogatic Wildlife Area began in 1941 and was completed in 1951, comprising a total of 2,719 acres. This project was funded originally through the Pittman-Robertson Act as a waterfowl restoration area. A 600-foot dike and 70-foot dam were completed in 1953 that flooded approximately 1,000 acres with about 400 acres of open water. Boat landings were built on and near the property to provide public access. Active timber management provides a diverse forest with a focus on quality wildlife habitat. The property is used for canoeing, wildlife viewing, fishing and waterfowl hunting, among other activities.

Online tools show hunters where baiting and feeding is banned

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:21pm
- - MADISON - Before taking part in upcoming hunting seasons or placing feed for wildlife, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts should be sure to check the baiting and feeding page of - the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website for which counties currently prohibit wildlife baiting and feeding activities. - - The following 15 counties previously subject to deer baiting and feeding prohibitions have reverted back to regulated deer baiting and feeding: Barron, Burnett, Calumet, Clark, Dodge, Jackson, Kenosha, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Polk, Racine, Sheboygan, Washburn, Washington and Waushara. It is important to note that baiting and feeding restrictions remain in place for 28 chronic wasting disease affected areas/counties, none of which will be lifted in 2017.

Still time to submit deer hunter wildlife observations

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:21pm
- - MADISON - With the 2017 archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons well underway and the nine-day gun-deer season approaching, hunters are reminded to voluntarily record deer and other wildlife observations for the annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey. - - Hunters are encouraged to record all hunting activity, even if no wildlife sightings occur during a hunt -- observations provide department staff with an index to measure abundance and help track population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife.

Know your zones! Use the interactive Deer Management Unit map to learn the rules where you hunt

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:21pm
MADISON - Before heading into the woods this deer season, hunters should be sure to check out the online deer zone and management unit map on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website to see which counties are classified as split Deer Management Units in 2017 to correctly register their deer. - - "It's very important that hunters properly register their deer if hunting in one of the split counties," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist. "We saw some problems with this in previous years, so we added a number to the naming last year so hunters can understand that we are looking for information about a specific zone where they shot the deer, rather than in a habitat type."

Oct. 31 deadline to buy sturgeon spearing licenses

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:57pm
2017 surveys show plenty of big fish for unique winter fishery - - - MADISON -- The deadline to purchase licenses for the 2018 Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season is Oct. 31, with state biologists forecasting great opportunities to land the fish of a lifetime while enjoying time outdoors with family and friends. - - "Getting together with family and friends is what keeps people coming back year after to year, but spearers will be happy to know that our 2017 assessments once again show there are a lot of really large fish out there to challenge them," says Ryan Koenigs, Department of Natural Resources Lake Winnebago sturgeon biologist.

Southeastern Wisconsin group wins volunteer award for Chiwaukee Prairie work

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:57pm
- - MADISON - The Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund has long played an integral role in preserving the largest remaining prairie and wetland complex in southeastern Wisconsin, helping buy the first 15 acres of Chiwaukee Prairie in the 1960s to controlling garlic mustard and 24 other invasive plants there today. - - Now that length and depth of service has won the citizen group the Volunteer Steward of the Year Award from the Department of Natural Resources State Natural Areas Program. Group members received the award Sept. 30 during a volunteer appreciation picnic at the Mukwonago River State Natural Area in Waukesha County.

Natural Resources Board to meet October 25 in Madison

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:57pm
MADISON - A request for approval of an amendment to the recreation portion of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest master plan, approval of the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area Master Plan, and a request to begin the scoping process for proposed rules related to elk management are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets October 25 in Madison. - - The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

Deer breeding season is about to begin, drivers reminded to be cautious throughout October and November

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:57pm
- - MADISON - Drivers should be aware that over the next month the state's white-tailed deer breeding season is beginning and will continue through the end of November. The fall breeding season coincides with the highest rate of deer-vehicle collisions as deer move around substantially more during this time of year. - - Deer can be active at all times of day or night, but are most active around the sunset and sunrise time periods. Motorists can limit their chances of hitting a deer by remaining vigilant especially in areas where trees and vegetation are in close proximity to roads, as these are the places deer are most likely to be encountered.

Sign up for Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program before Nov. 10 to earn extra income and secure habitat enhancement funding

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:57pm
- - - MADISON - The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, provides financial incentives to private landowners interested in making their land available for public access. Collectively, 176 landowners currently provide 31,000 additional acres for wildlife-related recreation in 52 eligible counties across the state. - - - - Financial incentives in the form of annual leases are available for private landowners who open their property to public hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife observation. Eligible land types include grassland, wetland, forestland, and in some cases agriculture land. Land enrolled in conservation programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement, and Managed Forest Law is eligible for enrollment.

Deer Donation Program provides great opportunity to help families in need this fall

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:57pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to correct that deer harvested in CWD-affected counties must be tested for CWD prior to, or at the time of donation.]MADISON - Each year, hunters, meat processors, and food pantries help families in need by working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and its partners donate thousands of pounds of venison to those in need. - - "This is a great opportunity for hunters to enjoy the sport of deer hunting while helping those in need," said Noah Balgooyen, DNR wildlife biologist. "Food pantries are eager to receive venison, and individuals and families are truly appreciative of the venison they receive."

Milwaukee to use DNR brownfield assessment funds at inner harbor property

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:57pm
- - - - MADISON - Efforts to repurpose a century-old coal storage site at Milwaukee's inner harbor will get a boost from a recently issued Department of Natural Resources brownfields award. - - The award comes from the DNR's Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program, and will provide for contractor services worth approximately $25,000. The work will help Milwaukee - specifically the Redevelopment Authority of the City of the Milwaukee (RACM) - assess potential contamination, leading to eventual remediation and redevelopment of the prime waterfront site.

Stocking advances spotted musky reintroduction project in Green Bay

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:15pm
WILD ROSE, Wis. -- Efforts to establish a self-sustaining population of spotted musky in Wisconsin's Lake Michigan waters got a boost this fall when 7,000 musky fingerling averaging 17 inches were stocked into the Fox River, several Green Bay tributaries, Lake Winnebago and three inland lakes. - - The fingerlings were raised for a year in cool water ponds at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery. They now weigh about a pound and average 17 inches in length, although some were pushing 19 and 20 inches.

October public meetings will gather feedback regarding outdoor recreation in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:15pm
MADISON - The public will have an opportunity at a series of upcoming meetings to provide input on two draft chapters of a Department of Natural Resources Recreation Opportunities Analysis and begin the process of examining opportunities in three other regions of Wisconsin, - - The Recreation Opportunities Analysis is examining existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation opportunities in eight regions throughout Wisconsin.