Sharp-tailed grouse hunting in the east-central part of the state would begin about a month later under a proposal from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“We would limit early-season fall hunting in an area already open to sharp-tailed grouse hunting where habitat changes have significantly reduced their numbers,” said Dave Olfelt, DNR northeast region manager. “The change aims to boost survival of young-of-the-year birds and adult hens with broods, which could provide a benefit to the overall population.”
Fall sharp-tailed grouse hunting is allowed in the northern third of the state. If approved for 2017, the sharp-tailed grouse season in a part of east-central Minnesota and east of a line from Floodwood to the northern border would be open Saturday, Oct. 14, through Thursday,…
MADISON, WI - Both landowners and hunters with disabilities are reminded to consider enrollment in the Gun Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities Program, which helps provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy hunting in Wisconsin.
Time spent pursuing white-tailed deer is difficult or unrealistic for some, as sitting in a hunting stand or blind is a privilege that is often taken for granted. This program gives disabled hunters an opportunity to hunt deer while mild temperatures persist and mobility is relatively unhampered.
With only six properties enrolled in the first hunt in 1990, the program has grown considerably over the years as private landowners and organizations have discovered this great opportunity to volunteer their time and land. In 2016, more than 70 landowners in 48…
MADISON, WI - Approximately 80,000 hunters started heading to the field for the 2017 spring turkey hunting season on April 19.
Jon King, conservation warden and hunter education administrator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says there are two key factors needed for safe turkey hunting.
"The two most critical ingredients for a successful spring hunt are a detailed hunting plan in one hand and a firm grip on firearm safety in the other," King said.
DNR statistics show 80 percent of accidents during turkey hunting seasons involve hunters mistaking other hunters for game, or hunters failing to positively identify their target. The other 20 percent of accidents are self-inflicted, usually the result of violating one of the four firearm safety rules.
"Turkey hunters, like all…
MADISON, WI - Migratory game bird hunters in Wisconsin will have seasons for duck, geese, dove, woodcock and other migratory game birds that are nearly identical to the structure seen in 2016 under a rule approved by the state Natural Resources Board on April 12.
Similar to last year, the Horicon Canada goose hunting zone will have one single continuous 92-day time period, rather than the two split time periods experienced in the past. In addition, the pintail daily bag limit based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service frameworks, has been reduced from two to one.
The first of the 2017 migratory game bird seasons will open with the early Canada goose, mourning dove and early teal seasons. Regular waterfowl hunting seasons will include a 60-day duck season and 92-day goose season.
As a reminder to…
MADISON, WI - The 2017 spring turkey hunt is almost here and hunters are reminded to check out the regulations and other helpful information on the Department of Natural Resources website to make sure they are ready for another year in the woods.
Spring turkey hunting regulations can be found within the 2016 Small Game Hunting Regulations, 2016 Fall Turkey Regulations, and 2017 Spring Turkey Regulations. For more general information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "turkey."
Tagging, transport and possession - if you leave it, tag it!
For tag species such as wild turkey, in 2017 hunters must again possess their carcass tags while hunting. Upon killing a turkey, hunters must immediately validate the carcass tag by writing the date and…
Applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 5, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236.
A total of 3,350 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season is open from Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 15.
Notification to lottery winners will be made by June 2. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Tuesday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available over the counter starting at noon on Friday, Aug. 4.
An unlimited number of bear licenses will be sold over-the-counter for the no-quota area that includes east-central and far…
MADISON, WI - County Deer Advisory Councils have released their preliminary deer antlerless quota, permit level and season structure recommendations for the 2017 deer hunting season.
A public comment period will be open from April 3-13 to collect feedback on the preliminary recommendations.
To provide your feedback and to learn more about County Deer Advisory Councils, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."
Antlerless quota recommendations will help determine the number of antlerless permits available for the 2017 deer hunting season and help the Department of Natural Resources and councils work to achieve the three-year population objective in their county.
"CDACs are considering the three-year population objective and factors like harvest data, population trends, browse impacts on…
MADISON, WI - Public hearings in March will provide the public with an opportunity to offer feedback on the proposed Wisconsin fall waterfowl hunting season structure.
The public input process for establishing the 2017 waterfowl hunting seasons is slightly different from previous years due to a decision by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to set season structures using data from the prior year. Through this new process, hunters will know waterfowl hunting season dates by late April, rather than late August as in years past.
"The 2017 waterfowl seasons will be based on the 2016 continental waterfowl population estimates that were at near record estimates since USFWS surveys began 61 years ago," said Taylor Finger migratory game bird ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural…
Did you apply for a Minnesota spring turkey lottery permit?
Results are available online.
Not a winner? You’re not entirely out of luck. Surplus licenses for lottery hunt periods A and B will be available starting at noon on Monday, March 6.
At noon on Wednesday, March 8, any remaining surplus licenses and the C-F unlimited permits will go on sale for anyone who does not already have a license, even if they did not apply for the 2017 spring turkey lottery. Purchase surplus licenses on a first-come, first-served basis at any in-person license agent or online. Surplus licenses cannot be purchased by phone.
More information about turkey hunting is available on the DNR turkey hunting page.
SOURCE: Minnesota DNR
MADISON, WI - Notifications have been sent to 12,850 hunters who successfully drew a black bear permit for the 2017 hunting season.
Successful applicants should have received a postcard in the mail - status updates are also available at gowild.wi.gov.
This year's harvest quota of 5,000, approved by the Natural Resources Board at its January 2017 meeting, was set with the intention of reducing the population in northwest Wisconsin and stabilizing the population in the rest of the state. The 2017 quota and permit levels will both see an increase compared to those approved in 2016.
The season structure for this year's bear hunt is:
* Zone C (dogs not permitted): Sept. 6 to Oct. 10- with aid of bait and all other legal methods not using dogs. All other zones (use of dogs permitted):
* Sept. 6-12:…