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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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Weekly News from the Wisconsin DNR Web Site.
Updated: 1 min 23 sec ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.