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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.