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Help DNR staff monitor Wisconsin's wolf population - become a volunteer carnivore tracker today

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm
MADISON - Wisconsin's wolf monitoring program relies upon volunteers from around the state who help track animals each winter, and people interested in playing a key role in wildlife management are encouraged to sign up for one of a number of classes offered statewide. - - Carnivore tracking classes focus on learning to identify the tracks of medium- to large-size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common mammals. Wolf ecology and management classes cover the history of wolves in Wisconsin, their biology and ecology, how DNR monitors the population, and state management and research. Completion of both classes is required to participate in the wolf monitoring program as a volunteer carnivore tracker.

October Wisconsin Natural Resources features Sandhill Wildlife Area, antlerless deer hunting

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm
MADISON - Sandhill Wildlife Area in central Wisconsin - with marshes and woodlands that are particularly beautiful in fall - is front and center with two stories in the October issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. "Tracing Sandhill to its roots" recalls how Sandhill was created in the mid-1900s through the work of conservationists Wallace and Hazel Grange, while modern-day care of the area is explained in "A tribute to wetland management." - - - - Deer hunters will want to check out the story on DNR efforts to maintain a balanced population, "Aim for an antlerless state of mind." And a personal story, "First hunt far from ordinary," will reach audiences with its tale of adaptive hunting success featuring teenage twin brothers.

Grants available to help municipalities minimize flood damage

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm
MADISON - Cities, villages, towns, tribal governments and metropolitan sewerage districts are eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Natural Resources to help minimize flooding and flood-related damages. - - The recently adopted 2017-2019 Biennial Budget increased available funding for Municipal Flood Control grants to $1.85 million. Combined with funds from the prior grant cycle that were not used by grantees, a total of $2.13 million is available in this grant cycle.

2017 Fall Festivals and Events at Wisconsin State Park System Properties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:06pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to add an event Oct. 8 at Pattison State Park and Oct. 21 at Copper Falls State Park.]MADISON - From fall color hikes, runs and bicycle rides, to releasing small sturgeon, pumpkin carving and Halloween activities, visitors to Wisconsin State Park System properties have multiple opportunities to enjoy fall in Wisconsin. More than 20 fall festivals and events are planned at properties over the next month. - - Fall color festivals begin this weekend at Wisconsin State Park System properties. Copper Falls will be holding "Art in the Park" with hikes on the parks Doughbou's Waterfall Trail.Photo Credit: DNR"Fall is one of the best seasons of the year to get out and enjoy our state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas," said Wisconsin State Parks Director Ben Bergey. "The combination of the heavily forested areas and the great vistas make our parks and forests key destinations for fall color viewing. And thanks to our many friends groups and partnerships with other organizations, our properties are able to offer a wide variety of fall activities."

Get Your Perfect Selfie in Wisconsin State Parks

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:06pm
Travel Wisconsin and Wisconsin State Parks Install Selfie Stands in 10 Parks MADISON -- Looking for a beautiful backdrop to capture that special memory of you and your group of friends and family? Getting the best shot at Wisconsin's most scenic locations just got easier. In time for the fall color season, Travel Wisconsin and Wisconsin State Parks teamed up to install selfie stands in 10 state parks. - - "We are thrilled to partner with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to create an experience that gives people an easy way to capture a lifetime of memories and the beauty of our state parks," Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett.

October open houses at egg collection facilities fun for the whole family

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:06pm
- - - - MADISON - The public can get a close up look at how Wisconsin fisheries crews give nature a helping hand to keep fishing great on Lake Michigan when state egg collecting facilities in Kewaunee and Racine hold open houses in October. - - See Lake Michigan trout and salmon up close during the Besadny and Root River hatchery open houses.Photo Credit: DNR - - The events give fish enthusiasts of all ages a chance to see Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources crews collecting eggs from fish to produce the next generation of fish to be raised at state hatcheries and stocked back into the "big pond." The open houses also offer fun, hands-on learning for fishing skills like fly tying, knot tying and casting, all in beautiful settings along two major tributaries to Lake Michigan.

Celebrate National Public Lands day Sept. 30 with help from a number of online tools

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:06pm
MADISON - Wisconsin is home to many excellent public lands, and the Department of Natural Resources provides programs and resources to find a new favorite spot to enjoy for National Public Lands Day Sept. 30. - - Public Access Lands Atlas

Be aware of elk on the landscape near Clam Lake and Jackson County

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:06pm
- - MADISON - State wildlife officials are reminding the public, and especially hunters, to be aware of elk on the landscape in central and far northern Wisconsin as they enjoy the fall season. - - Elk were first reintroduced near Clam Lake in 1995. The Clam Lake elk range includes portions of southeast Bayfield, southwest Ashland, eastern Sawyer, northeast Rusk, and western Price counties. Although elk use private lands in these areas, they are often found on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, county and industrial forest lands, and the Flambeau River State Forest. Most of the approximately 190 elk live near the towns of Clam Lake, Butternut, Winter, Draper, Tony, Shanagolden and Glidden.

Tree seedlings and shrubs can be ordered from DNR Reforestation Program starting October 2

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:06pm
- - WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources Reforestation Program will begin its annual tree seedling and shrub sales starting October 2. The orders will be distributed in April and early May and can be picked up at the state nurseries located in Boscobel, Hayward, or Wisconsin Rapids, or delivered to a central location designated by the local DNR forester. - - Tree and shrub seedlings are available to all Wisconsin landowners interested in planting for conservation purposes such as forest products, wildlife habitat and erosion control. Landowners can get information on seedling availability, species information, tips on how to prepare a site for tree planting and ordering instructions at, keyword "tree planting." There is a minimum order of 1,000 tree seedlings, 500 wildlife shrubs or a mixed packet of 300 seedlings, usually good for landowners new to planting or those with small acreages.

Recommendations on three-year deer population objectives to be finalized at October CDAC meetings

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - - MADISON--County Deer Advisory Councils are set to finalize deer population objectives and deer management unit boundary change recommendations that will influence the 2018-2020 deer seasons. Final recommendations will be made at meetings scheduled in each county from Oct. 2-12. - - Population objectives are expressed as using management practices to increase, decrease or maintain the county's deer herd. While these objectives influence overall deer numbers, they also influence various management strategies, primarily in the form of antlerless permit availability and the use of special deer seasons.

Youth deer hunt is October 7-8; blaze orange required for safety

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
MADISON -- Youth hunters and those interested in mentoring young hunters are reminded this year's youth deer hunt is October 7 - 8, and please remember to wear blaze orange. - - The youth hunt is an opportunity for boys and girls, ages 10-15, to hunt with a gun or other legal weapon prior to the regular firearm seasons. The youth hunt is open to all residents and non-resident youth hunters with a gun-deer license and appropriate tags.

First harvest and first experience certificates will help hunters remember time in the outdoors for years to come

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - - - MADISON - Hunters and trappers of all ages who harvest their first deer, turkey, bear, bobcat, otter, fisher, or simply have a great first year in the field are encouraged to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' selection of first harvest and first hunting experience certificates. - - "The first time you harvest an animal can be very exciting, however the first time sitting in a tree stand or setting a trap can be just as memorable," said DNR wildlife data coordinator Erin Larson. "The department offers first trapping and hunting experience certificates to commemorate the entire experience."

Natural Resources Board to meet September 26-27 in Minocqua

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - MADISON - A request for adoption of an Integrated Lake Michigan Fisheries Management Plan and revision of the 15-year Brule River State Forest master plan are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets September 27 in Minocqua. - - The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, at the Waters of Minocqua, 8116 U.S. Highway 51 South, Minocqua. On Tuesday, September 26, the board will tour and/or receive presentations on: the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Recreational Opportunities Analysis, the Good Neighbor Authority; Powell Marsh Wildlife Area Master Plan; Dead Pike Lake Management Plan Status; Walleye Fisheries Management: Walleye Initiative and other topics.

September 23 Proclaimed Hunting & Fishing Day in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
Public can share adventures on Wisconsin DNR Twitter and Facebook! - - MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has declared Saturday September 23 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Wisconsin to coincide with National Hunting and Fishing Day across the country. - - Click on image for PDF - This day is dedicated to learning and sharing the great Wisconsin traditions of hunting and fishing. We celebrate the day by recognizing the valuable role anglers and hunters play in conservation and maintaining wildlife.

Southern and Mississippi River duck zones open one-half hour before sunrise Sept. 30

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - - - MADISON - Duck hunters in the Southern and Mississippi River zones can head into the outdoors for another fall duck hunt one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 30, - - "With good spring breeding counts and a fairly wet summer, Wisconsin waterfowl hunters have potential for a good hunting season," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources migratory game bird ecologist Taylor Finger.

Madison's man generosity to father-son hunters earns 2016 Wisconsin DNR Ethical Hunter Award

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - MIDDLETON, Wis. -- A Madison man who gave up a favorite hunting spot to a stranger who unknowingly scouted the same location for an opening day of the nine-day gun hunt with his 9-year-old son was honored recently with the 2016Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Ethical Hunter Award. - - Dan Burns received the award from DNR Capt. April Dombrowski, of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement Recreational Safety and Outdoor Skills Program, and corporate sponsor Vortex Optics' representatives Shamus Terry and Nick Laufenberg at a September 2 ceremony at the Vortex Optics Headquarters in Middleton. Also in attendance was Burns' mother.

Horicon Marsh joint trapping auction scheduled for Oct. 4, 2017

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - - - MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public trapping auction at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center Wednesday, Oct. 4. - - Doors will open at 5 p.m. to provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and review information. The auction will begin promptly at 6 p.m. USFWS and DNR personnel will review trapping seasons and regulations, unit boundaries, special conditions/restrictions pertaining to each individual unit, trapping reports, as well as other information with successful bidders.

Gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities runs from Oct. 7-15

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - MADISON - In 2017, 67 landowners in 42 counties have enrolled roughly 80,300 acres of hunting land to provide opportunities for hunters with disabilities to take part in the gun deer hunt. - - This annual hunt, which runs from Oct. 7-15, gives landowners an opportunity to provide a positive experience for hunters with disabilities throughout Wisconsin.

Pittsville, Edgerton receive DNR brownfield awards

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
MADISON - Two Wisconsin communities stand to benefit from Department of Natural Resources brownfields awards to assist with the investigation of historic contamination. - - Pittsville and Edgerton received Wisconsin Assessment Monies from the DNR for contractor services worth a combined $45,000. Administered by the DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program, WAM awards provide communities with professional environmental site assessments of contaminated properties.

Peninsula State Park Eagle Tower design concept public meeting

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:26pm
- - [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to media in northeaster Wisconsin.] - - FISH CREEK, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity to review concepts for a new Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park at a public meeting that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. September 28 at the Sturgeon Bay Public Library. - - The park closed the tower to public use in May 2015 to protect public safety after an inspection report raised significant concerns over its structural integrity and an inspection by the Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory staff found considerable deterioration of the structural and non-structural wood members. The tower was deconstructed in September 2016.