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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Wisconsin has a lot to celebrate during Forest Products Week

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:15pm
MADISON - Forest Products Week highlights and recognizes the forest products businesses and organizations that keep this manufacturing sector of Wisconsin healthy. Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed the third week in October as Forest Products Week in Wisconsin [PDF], encouraging citizens to recognize the many products that come from our forests because of the people and businesses that work in and care for forests. - - "A century ago, Wisconsin's forest industry helped build the Midwest and many of Wisconsin's cities," said Scott Lyon forest products specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Today, Wisconsin has 17.1 million acres of forestland covering nearly half of the state and is home to more than 1,200 forest products companies producing a variety of products that we use daily. The forest products sector is a major economic engine, generating $24.7 billion in goods and services annually, and is especially vital to our rural communities."

Updated 2016-17 Wisconsin wildlife reports now available

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:15pm
- - - - - MADISON - The public can find the latest results for a wide variety of wildlife surveys conducted in 2016 and 2017 such as population surveys and estimates, harvest results and wildlife observations that are now available in reports on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website. - - The reports include data collected from small game, big game, furbearer and non-game categories. The reports were made possible by Pittman-Robertson funding.

2017 Wisconsin ring-necked pheasant season opens Oct. 14

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm
MADISON - The longtime and popular tradition of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin will again take center stage when the fall 2017 pheasant hunting season opens statewide at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. The season will run through Dec. 31, with the possibility of being extended until Jan. 7, 2018. - - The popular tradition of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin will again take center stage when the fall 2017 season opens statewide at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.Photo Credit: DNR - - Several other seasons also open that day including bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse in Zone B and Hungarian partridge. Like pheasant, the bobwhite quail and Hungarian partridge seasons open at 9 a.m. The ruffed grouse season opens with the start of legal shooting hours.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Releases Third-Season Findings

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm
Volunteers document 220 bird species breeding in Wisconsin, including rare marsh birds - - MADISON -- After the third year of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas survey, volunteers have documented 220 bird species breeding in the state, most recently including a family of rare and secretive marsh birds called king rails. With this addition, 12 new species have been observed nesting in Wisconsin that weren't found during the first Breeding Bird Atlas survey two decades ago.

Record number of piping plovers nest in Wisconsin

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm
MADISON - Good news for recovery of the federally and state-endangered piping plover: a record number of eight pairs nested in Wisconsin this summer, including at an island restoration site in lower Green Bay. Piping plovers hadn't nested in Green Bay for 75 years until last year. - - "This is the highest known number of nesting pairs in the state in a single year," says Sumner Matteson, a Department of Natural Resources avian ecologist. "It's very exciting because plovers returned again to the Cat Island restoration chain this year, where originally we didn't expect to find them. So now we know their nesting there in 2016 wasn't a fluke." A lone pair turned up to nest in 2016; this year four pairs nested on the island.

A reminder to Hunters regarding changes to the tagging of deer and turkey

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm
MADISON - As the archery and turkey seasons continue and the youth deer hunters will take to the field this weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters about recently implemented changes involving the use of deer and turkey carcass tags. - - - Deer - Deer tags are still issued with license purchases. However, validation and attachment of tags is no longer required, nor is the requirement to keep the tag with the deer meat. - Turkey - Turkey carcass tags have been replaced with Turkey Harvest Authorizations. Turkey hunters are no longer required to validate or attach the tag, or to keep the tag with the turkey meat. - - Newly issued deer tags will now look like these. Already purchased paper carcass tags are still valid. While not needed in the field, keep the tags you received with your prior license purchase as the tag number is needed for registration. Hunters must still carry proof of a hunting license and deer tags. - - To date, nearly one million deer and turkey carcass tags have been issued for the current fall hunting seasons. All previously issued deer and turkey carcass tags are still valid as an authorization to hunt deer or turkey within the assigned or designated location. Customers making additional purchases throughout the remainder of this year's hunting seasons will be issued products that will not include the usual validation and attachment language.

How hunters can help reduce spread of chronic wasting disease

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:32pm
MADISON - Hunters participating in any of the deer hunts this fall are reminded to observe Wisconsin regulations and to consider supplemental, voluntary recommendations when transporting carcasses across county or state lines. The movement of deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease is a key pathway in the spread of this disease. - - "The infectious nature of the CWD prion contributes to an increased risk of introduction and spread of CWD if carcasses are brought to areas where CWD is not known to exist if not disposed of properly," said Tami Ryan, wildlife health section chief for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.