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Wildlife Alerts and Information

Trees are getting ready for winter as autumn colors begin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON -- September is technically still summer on the astronomical calendar, but the days are getting shorter and cooler. Wisconsin has more than 17 million acres of forested lands and changes in color mean the trees are starting to get ready for winter. Peak fall color varies each year, and 2017 is one of the wettest on record, which could have an impact on color this year. - - Early fall color is already showing up in Wisconsin's Northwoods.Photo Credit: DNR - - "Fall color viewing helps usher in the change of seasons for Wisconsin residents and visitors every year," said Colleen Matula, forest silviculturist/ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. "It is time for our forests - both rural and urban - to show off their colors."

Travel Wisconsin asks fans to vote for their favorite scenic route in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
Half of the drives highlight Wisconsin State Park System properties - - - MADISON - In anticipation of the arrival of vibrant fall colors across the state, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is asking fall foliage fans to join the fun and help pick this year's best fall drive in the state. People can cast a vote for their favorite drive on through Oct. 2. - - The Ultimate Fall Drive Showdown (exit DNR) includes 10 scenic routes throughout the state perfect for viewing fall colors. Half of those drives are either through or adjacent to Wisconsin State Park System properties, including: the Chippewa County Ice Age Drive, that goes around the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area; the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive that goes through the Northern and Southern units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest; the Door County Coastal Byway, which goes by Peninsula, Newport and Whitefish Dunes state parks; the Wisconsin Great River Road National Scenic Byway that passes by Nelson Dewey, Wyalusing, Perrot and Merrick state parks; and Highway 33 from Baraboo to La Crosse, which passes by Devil's Lake and Wildcat Mountain state parks and the "400" State Trail.

Fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock seasons set to open

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON -- Prospects are good for fall wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting seasons, and hunters should look forward to another exciting year in the field. - - Wild turkey - - The fall turkey season runs from Sept. 16 to Nov. 17 statewide, with an extended fall season in Turkey Management Zones 1-5 continuing through Dec. 31.

Youth waterfowl and Canada goose hunts open Sept. 16

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON -Regular season Canada goose hunting in the Exterior and Horicon zones opens Saturday, Sept. 16, along with the two-day Youth Waterfowl Hunt Sept. 16-17. - - Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Northern zone waterfowl hunters should look forward to another good year in the field

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON - The 2017 North Zone duck season opens Sept. 23, and above average breeding conditions and a relatively wet summer mean Wisconsin's waterfowl hunters can expect a good hunting forecast. - - "Conditions were above average this spring, and the entire state has seen abundant rainfall for most of the summer, with it starting to dry out heading into early fall. Waterfowlers should have the potential for a good hunting season," said DNR migratory game bird ecologist Taylor Finger.

Game bird brood production increased in 2017 from 2016, but levels still below long-term means

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON - Game birds should have been in good condition going into the spring breeding season due to a mild winter this year. This, combined with an early spring green-up, led to better game bird breeding and nesting conditions than previous years. - - Average temperatures and above average precipitation during the months June through August resulted in varied weather impacts across the state for brood production. While Wisconsin's game birds showed increased brood production from the previous year, most areas were still below their long-term mean for brood production.

The Pocket Ranger Application is being discontinued immediately

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
A new app is in the works - - MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has notified the developers of the Pocket Ranger mobile app that the agency is terminating its agreement and has requested that steps be taken to shut down both the Wisconsin Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide Pocket Ranger and the Wisconsin State Parks & Forests Guide Pocket Ranger mobile apps immediately. - - While the Pocket Ranger app has been a valuable tool over the past several years, there has been a decline in service and support for the app as technology changes and upgrades have been made to various mobile device operating systems by other companies. Pocket Ranger has not been able to keep up with those technology upgrades and as a result no longer works on certain operating systems or in some cases is providing inaccurate information.

Premier wildlife art contest coming to UW-Stevens Point

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON - Anyone with an interest in art, stamp collecting, hunting, migratory birds, decoy carving or wetland conservation is encouraged to attend the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Sept. 15-16 in Stevens Point. - - Public art viewing and contest judging will take place in the Noel Fine Arts Center on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus, with doors opening to the public at 9 a.m. on each day. A schedule of events, which includes many activities for the whole family, can be found on the Duck Stamp Contest website (all links in this news release exit DNR).

Forestry leader inducted into Hall of Fame

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
- - STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Miles K. Benson, a longtime leader of sustainable forestry, is being inducted into the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame on September 13, 2017. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources submitted the nomination for Benson. - - "Miles Benson had a lifelong commitment to sustainable forestry," said DNR Chief State Forester Fred Souba Jr. "He believed responsible environmental policy can be integrated with sound business practices to benefit forest products companies, shareholders, customers and the public."

Incidental take notice for Richland, Iowa and Grant counties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:09pm
MADISON -- The proposed Y124 transmission line project from Boscobel to Lone Rock may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare bird, dragonfly, turtle and fish under an authorization the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk. - - The Y124 69 kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line Project is a rebuild and partial re-route of an existing transmission line between Boscobel and Muscoda in Grant County, then onto Avoca in Iowa County, and then terminates at Lone Rock in Richland County. The Project is owned by American Transmission Company (ATC). Significant portions of the line are proposed for re-route into a combined utility, railroad, and road right-of-way (ROW) to avoid sensitive resource areas.

DNR to hold public hearing on agriculture rule revisions

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 1:28pm
Hearing Sept. 15 in Green Bay and Madison; public comment period through Oct. 4 - - - - MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources is holding a public hearing September 15 regarding state rule changes governing the spreading of manure on soils in certain sensitive areas of the state. - - The changes, under Ch. NR 151, Wis. Adm. Code, relate to shallow soils over "karst topography," which are areas where the bedrock may be fractured. Some of the proposed changes to NR 151 may be based on recommendations in the Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup final report, issued in June 2016.

Extended inland trout season offers good opportunities for anglers

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 1:28pm
Higher trout numbers and bigger fish noted in summer surveys - - - MADISON -- Cooler and wetter summer conditions, and trout streams that held up well under flooding in western Wisconsin, add up to even better fishing opportunities this fall for trout anglers who will enjoy a longer harvest season and good opportunities for trophy-sized trout, state fisheries officials say. - - "This is the second year we've had this extended harvest season so anglers now have opportunities to fish through October 15 on inland waters," says Joanna Griffin, trout team coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. "We hope people take advantage of it."

Lake Michigan trout and salmon stocking level in 2018 topic of comment period

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 1:28pm
Input sought on summer's fishing experiences, future stocking levels - - CLEVELAND, Wis. - Anglers and others are invited to provide feedback on whether to raise, lower or keep Lake Michigan salmon and trout stocking numbers the same in 2018 and beyond. The comment period opens today and runs through Sept. 30. - - "We are seeking general input about angler success in 2017 and whether anglers feel we have the appropriate number of salmon and trout stocked in the lake to provide a sustainable fishery into the future," says Brad Eggold, Great Lakes District fisheries supervisor.

Sept. 16 marks opening of archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
- - MADISON - Increased deer observations following another mild winter have hunters and state wildlife officials alike excited for fall hunting seasons - the 2017 archery and crossbow deer seasons run concurrently statewide from Sept. 16 to Jan. 7, 2018. - - "I'm hearing a lot of optimism from all corners of the state," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deer and elk ecologist Kevin Wallenfang. "Hunters should expect good to excellent deer numbers in most areas within the central and southern farmland zones, and more deer in the forested zones after several years of no antlerless harvest and mild winters. With our most recent mild winter, reports of excellent antler growth and good fawn production are common."

Online tools show hunters where baiting and feeding is banned

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
MADISON - Before taking part in upcoming hunting seasons or placing feed for wildlife, hunters and wildlife watchers should be sure to check which counties currently prohibit wildlife baiting and feeding activities. - - State statutes 29.336 (2) (b) and 29.336 (2) (c) have been amended to remove deer baiting and feeding prohibitions for counties in which 36 months have passed since any confirmed positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis within the county. This amendment also removes deer baiting and feeding prohibitions in adjacent counties that are within a 10-mile radius to counties in which 24 months have passed since any confirmed positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis.

2017 Wisconsin wild rice harvest season outlook

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
MADISON - Wild rice abundance reports across northern Wisconsin vary only slightly from 2016 for the 2017 ricing season. For the second year in a row, reports from the field note this year's rice crop is well below average across the state, though a small handful of lakes contain harvestable rice beds. - - "Harvesting wild rice in Wisconsin this year will require early scouting and information gathering," said Jason Fleener, Department of Natural Resources wetland habitat specialist. "Ricers may find that lakes in the northwest region of the state are faring a bit better than lakes in the Oneida and Vilas county region."

Local volunteer honored for 50 years of extraordinary hunter education service

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
MEDFORD, Wis. -- Dick Rudolph of Medford recently stood before his hunter education class and was presented with a 50th anniversary rifle. - - - Dick Rudolph (right) was recently presented with a 50th anniversary rifle by recreational safety warden Mark Little in honor of 50 years of hunter education service.Photo Credit: DNR - - The man of few words and lots of wisdom is a legend in his area.

Now is time to plan 2017 learn to hunt programs

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
- - MADISON -- A number of different hunting seasons get underway throughout September, making now the ideal time to start planning learn to hunt events, according to the state's hunting and shooting sports coordinator."While hunters are planning their own outings, they can also think about planning Learn to Hunts events," Keith Warnke of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. "There's still time to get applications in." - - An often-overlooked benefit of Learn to Hunt events, and hunting in general, is the food harvested. From tender small game like rabbits and squirrels to flavorful gamebirds and hearty big game like deer, hunting puts lean, naturally raised protein on the table. "Hunters get exercise when they participate," Warnke said. "On top of that, the food just can't be beat."

Comments sought on DNR strategic analysis of fish passage at dams

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
GREEN BAY -- The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to comment on its Strategic Analysis of Fish Passage at Dams. - - Fish passage describes the ability of fish to move upstream and downstream to find suitable habitat and breeding grounds. While unimpeded fish movement in rivers was recognized as important well over 150 years ago, technology development to effectively pass fish around or through dams has been slow, with much trial-and-error. The topic of fish passage at dams involves many DNR programs and has become increasingly complex.

DNR seeks public comment on High Crush facilities entering Green Tier program

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:48pm
AUGUSTA, Wis - The public has an opportunity to comment on an application to the Department of Natural Resources' Green Tier program from Hi-Crush Proppants for its facilities in Monroe, Trempealeau, Jackson and Eau Claire counties. - - Hi-Crush is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier program, which is a voluntary program designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to improved environmental performance that leads to superior environmental performance. Applicants with good environmental records are required to develop and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS), which will be used to set goals, assess progress and identify potential improvements.