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Natural Resources Board approves 2018 deer harvest quotas and season structure

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
- - MADISON - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved the 2018 antlerless deer quotas, harvest authorization levels and deer hunting season framework at its May 23 meeting in Madison. - - 2018 Deer Season Structure (click image for larger size PDF)Photo credit: DNR - - The 2018 deer season framework represents the efforts of the County Deer Advisory Councils to move the deer herd in each county toward a three-year population objective of increasing, maintaining or decreasing the herd. This is the councils' fourth year developing deer management recommendations that consider both scientific herd metrics and public feedback. This year, the public submitted over 7,000 comment forms online during the April 2-12 public comment period in addition to input provided directly at council meetings.

Take 2-hour training to learn to identify Karner blue butterflies and their habitat

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
Rare butterflies in flight now; help protect and monitor their populations - - - - MADISON - Wisconsin has more Karner blue butterflies than any other place in the world and volunteers can attend training this June to help collect information about this federally endangered butterfly and its habitat to help advance recovery efforts, state endangered species officials say. - - Karner blue butterflies look similar to some other blue butterflies. See how to tell them apart; pictured here is a female. Photo credit: Mickey Kienitz - - "Our goal is to train volunteers to be able to identify Karner Blue butterflies so they can help us collect information from the state as a whole," says Chelsea Gunther, DNR Karner blue butterfly recovery coordinator. "We've only been able to survey the largest known occupied sites over the years, so expanding our capacity to collect information on areas where we're not sure if Karners are still present will improve our data and give us a better statewide picture."

Share the land - enroll in Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program before Aug. 1

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
- - - - MADISON - Landowners are encouraged to share the land through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive program. Landowners can earn extra income in exchange for opening their land on a short-term basis to low-impact recreation such as hunting, fishing and trapping and wildlife observation. - - Over 175 landowners are currently providing access to 33,000 acres of habitat on 229 properties for outdoor recreators to enjoy.

Application period for Wisconsin elk hunt ends May 31

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the opportunity to apply for a tag to participate in Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt in state history taking place this fall, ends Thursday, May 31. - - Check out this Facebook Live segment with DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang to learn more about this once in a lifetime hunting opportunity. - - "Interest in the hunt has been high and very positive," said DNR deer and elk ecologist Kevin Wallenfang. "Everyone has the same odds of drawing a tag, and we encourage anyone with an interest to get their application in to be one of five lucky state hunters to have an opportunity to hunt elk in Wisonsin."

Slinger High School student wins 2019 state park sticker design contest

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
MADISON - A pair of hiking boots hitting the trail by Slinger High School sophomore Rory Macha, is the winning design for the 2019 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker design contest. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles. - - 2019 Wisconsin State Park design contest winner by Rory Macha.Photo credit: Rory Macha - - "This design is a great fit for the Wisconsin State Park System's new OutWiGo initiative that encourages people to hit Wisconsin's thousands of miles of trails and encourages everyone to improve their overall health and wellness by getting out and active in the outdoors," said Ben Bergey, Wisconsin State Park System director.

Pope and Young Club to hold archery rendezvous at MacKenzie Center June 8-10

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
- - MADISON - The 2018 Pope and Young Club Bowhunters Rendezvous opens on June 8 at the MacKenzie Center in Poynette, Wisconsin. - - The Rendezvous will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 8 and run through 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, and is a family-oriented bowhunters' shooting event and social gathering suitable for all ages and skill levels. The Rendezvous is open to the public, and onsite registration and walk-ins are welcome.

Time to report turtle sightings and turtle road crossings

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
- - Information aids turtle survival and protection - - MADISON - With turtle nesting season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, Department of Natural Resources conservation biologists are asking citizens to submit their turtle sightings, with an emphasis on road crossing hot spots, to DNR's Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program. - - Turtle crossing hotspots 2018Photo credit: DNR - - "Citizen reports in past years have been very important for turtle conservation," says Andrew Badje, who coordinates the turtle conservation program for the DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau.

Safe Boating Week: Life Jackets - Worth Your Life Every Week

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
- - MADISON -- Just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend, National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25 and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources joins boating safety advocates who have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent life jacket wear each time boaters are on the water. - - Always wear your lifejacket.Photo credit: DNR - - "What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if you end up in the water," DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller said. "Always wear a life jacket, it is the best decision you can make for your safety while enjoying a day out on the water."

More than 100 miles of improved trout habitat added to online Trout Tool

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
Partnerships with fishing clubs, local governments benefit fish and anglers - - MADISON - More than 400 projects improving trout habitat on more than 100 miles of streams are now easier for inland anglers to find and fish. - - The project locations and details have been added to the Department of Natural Resources' online T.R.O.U.T. tool, giving anglers a ready resource to help guide them to stream segments where fish populations and angler access are benefitting from the projects, says Joanna Griffin, Department of Natural Resources trout team coordinator.

Veteran fish biologist and musky whisperer shares his musky fishing tips

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
Sleep in, and don't skip the figure 8! - - - - LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Jordan Weeks has been fishing muskellunge in Wisconsin for a quarter-century and working in fisheries management for the state since 1999. Based in La Crosse, he shares his secrets to success in landing the state's official fish as anglers ready for the Saturday, May 26, opening of the northern musky zone. - - Jordan Weeks has been fishing muskellunge in Wisconsin for 24 years and caught and released this beauty in northern Wisconsin. Photo credit: Peter Moe - - Get ready for the chase

Drain and clean in between to stop invasive species and protect Wisconsin's waters

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
MADISON - Draining live wells, bait buckets and bilges before leaving a boat launch or fishing access to move on to another one is the message to anglers for the statewide Drain Campaign on June 1-3, 2018. Water left behind can transport fish diseases and aquatic invasive species between lakes, rivers and streams. - - This year, it's easier than ever to bring the message to new fishermen of all ages as the Drain Campaign coincides with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend, June 2-3.

Bird lovers encouraged to help Great Wisconsin Birdathon reach its high-flying goal in 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
- - MADISON - As Wisconsin's bird migration peaks, bird watchers ranging from Mr. Dargatz's kindergarten class in Sussex to a trio of hard-core birders seeking to find 200 bird species in a single day are fanning out across Wisconsin's wetlands, forests, grasslands and school yards to help the birds they love. - - Millennial Falcons birding in 2017 Great Wisconsin Birdathon.Photo credit: Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin - - They are participating in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (exit DNR) to raise money for bird conservation. The event is like a walkathon for birds: participating teams tally as many bird species as possible in a day while collecting pledges and donations.

Preliminary 2017 bobcat harvest information now available

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
- - MADISON - Hunters and trappers harvested 548 bobcats in Wisconsin, according to preliminary harvest data for the 2017-18 bobcat seasons. Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information, and final harvest information should be available by mid-June. With the addition of the southern management zone, 2017 marks the fourth year of statewide bobcat harvest. - BobcatPhoto credit: DNR - Bobcat harvest is divided by northern and southern management zones. In 2017, the harvest goal for the northern zone was 550 and the harvest goal for the southern zone was 200 for a total harvest goal of 750 bobcats statewide. Both zones saw harvest goal increases for the 2017 season, with a substantial increase in the northern zone.

New fisher and otter management zones in effect for the 2018-19 trapping season

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
MADISON - Wisconsin trappers will observe a change to the number and configuration of fisher and river otter management zones for the 2018-19 season. New, simplified zones are now identical for fisher, otter and bobcat. - - Wisconsin is now divided into two fisher and otter management zones, split by HWY 64.Photo credit: DNR - - Previously, Wisconsin was divided into six fisher zones and three otter zones. The number of fisher zones made population data collection and analysis challenging, and two of the six zones were without management goals or population models. For otter, the central and southern zone seasons and permit levels were similar enough for the zones to be merged into one, while the northern zone remains unchanged.

Updated 2017 Wisconsin wildlife reports now available

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
MADISON - Results are available for a number of wildlife surveys completed during the second half of 2017, which include data collected from small game, big game, waterfowl and non-game categories. - - The following reports for 2017 are viewable on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at, by searching keyword "reports."

Free Fun Weekend is June 2-3

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:08pm
Free fishing and free admission to state parks and trails among offerings - - MADISON - Free Fun Weekend is June 2 and 3 in Wisconsin, so save the date and get ready to get outdoors. - - On June 2 and 3, Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish for free, hike or bike state trails for free, enjoy free admission to state parks and forests and ride public ATV trails for free.

"Universe in the Park" returns for its 22nd season to Wisconsin State Park System properties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:08pm
First sessions May 26 at Blue Mound and Kohler-Andrae state parksMADISON - Visitors to Wisconsin State Park System properties will have more opportunities than ever to view and learn about the night sky by participating in the "Universe in the Park" outreach program conducted by students and staff of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This year students will be putting on 54 program at 25 different properties starting May 26 and running through Oct. 13 - - "Universe in the Park," (exit DNR) which began in 1996, is predicated on the idea that the best environment in which to enjoy astronomy is outside under dark skies, according to Prof. Eric M. Wilcots, who coordinates the program.

Public meetings set for the draft Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:08pm
Public comment period open through June 12 - - STURGEON BAY, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity at two open house meetings and through a comment period to provide input on a draft master plan for Department of Natural Resources lands in Door and Oconto counties and parts of Marinette and Shawano counties. The draft Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on these department-managed properties. - - Whitefish Dunes State Park is one of the properties included in the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan.Photo credit: DNR - - State-owned lands covered by this master plan include state parks--five on the Door Peninsula--as well as State Natural Areas and numerous wildlife and fisheries areas. The state parks covered by this plan include Rock Island, Newport, Peninsula, Whitefish Dunes, Potawatomi, Grand Traverse Island and Copper Culture Mounds.

Helpful tips can help Wisconsin homeowners avoid potential conflicts with black bears

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:08pm
MADISON - Black bears have begun to emerge from their dens throughout Wisconsin and homeowners are encouraged to take precautions to avoid potential conflicts. - - Black bears normally avoid contact with people, but when food sources are available bears can quickly learn to associate humans with food. - - "Bear are opportunistic feeders and will take advantage of available food sources," said Brad Koele, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife damage specialist. "Bird feeders, garbage cans, grills, and uncontained compost or pet food left outside can be targets for hungry bears - it's important to make these attractants inaccessible to bear at all times of the year but particularly in the spring time when natural food sources are limited."

Natural Resources Board to meet May 23 in Madison

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:08pm
- - MADISON - A request for approval of antlerless deer harvest quotas, antlerless permit levels and a deer hunting season framework for 2018 and a request for an easement purchase of more than 20,000 acres in Sawyer county are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets May 23 in Madison. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.