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:…
A spring conservation harvest of light geese will open Wednesday, March 1, and run through Sunday, April 30, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Light geese are snow geese, blue-phased snow geese and the smaller Ross’s goose.
A federal conservation order permits the take of light geese during the spring to reduce the population of snow geese and Ross’s geese that breed in Arctic coastal areas and around Hudson Bay. High populations of the birds have caused considerable habitat damage to these fragile ecosystems.
The conservation order is authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which allows harvest of specific bird species during times when other waterfowl seasons are closed.
Minnesota has participated in this spring conservation harvest each year since 2000.…
MADISON, WI - The Wisconsin public is invited to provide input regarding revisions to the Department of Natural Resources' 10-year greater prairie-chicken management plan.
A public meeting Feb. 22, at the Fine Arts Center in the McMillan Memorial Library, 490 East Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids from 5-7 p.m., will give attendees an opportunity to receive information regarding the plan revision process, current prairie chicken population, draft conceptual alternatives and share feedback with DNR staff.
"This public meeting is a great opportunity for stakeholders and the interested public to give early input as DNR staff and partners begin the process of revising the prairie chicken management plan," said Mark Witecha, Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist.
MADISON, WI - Data from a three-year experimental early teal season from 2014-16 in Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan show exemplary compliance, duck identification and harvest focus among hunters.
After working closely with state agencies to evaluate harvest potential, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service authorized implementation of early teal seasons in 2014 on an experimental basis in Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. Following public input processes, each state established an early teal season based on biological and social factors, with an additional focus placed upon communication and hunter education materials with an initial experimental period lasting three years.
The USFWS required these states to jointly conduct and report findings in each of the experimental period's first…
MADISON, WI - The 2017 spring turkey permit drawing has ended and 135,307 successful applicants will receive spring wild turkey permits.
A total of 240,768 permits have been made available for the spring 2017 turkey season. Remaining permits will be available through over-the-counter sales beginning March 20 with zone 1.
Postcard notifications to successful applicants have been mailed. Hunters can also monitor permit status online through GoWild.WI.gov or via the Department of Natural Resources Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463). Turkey hunters will be able to purchase their turkey permits starting in mid-March once the new license year begins.
Starting in 2017, the spring turkey season will begin on the third Wednesday in April.…
A special chronic wasting disease, 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota ended Jan. 15, with one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested.
Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading.
The latest case of the CWD-infected deer was an adult female, taken near Preston very close to four other positive animals, providing another piece of evidence that suggests the disease is localized. This brings the number of CWD positive wild deer in southeastern Minnesota to six. However, results are still pending on more than 100 samples.
“The special hunt was designed to assess prevalence across the CWD zone, begin the process of lowering deer densities in the area, and remove infected…
Landowners can generate revenue by allowing public hunting on their private land in 46 Minnesota counties through the Department of Natural Resources’ Walk-In Access program.
Sign-ups are open Monday, Jan. 23, to Friday, April 28.
“This has been a great program for both landowners and hunters,” said Scott Roemhildt, DNR Walk-In Access coordinator. “It provides extra income to landowners and allows hunters to access quality private land open to public hunting.”
Eligible parcels must be at least 40 acres and covered by high quality natural vegetation. Landowners are paid by the acre to allow hunting access from Sept. 1 to May 31. Bonuses are paid on parcels that enroll in a three-year contract, are more than 140 acres and are located near a state wildlife management area or federal waterfowl…
Wild turkey hunters have through Friday, Jan. 27, to apply for early-season spring hunting permits.
The spring season lasts from Wednesday, April 12, to Wednesday, May 31, and has six time periods. Only firearms hunters age 18 and older who want to hunt during the first two time periods (A or B) need to apply by Jan. 27 for a spring turkey permit.
Permits for the remaining time periods (C-F), and permits for archery and youth hunters can be purchased over-the-counter starting March 1. Surplus adult licenses from the first two time periods, if available, are sold starting around mid-March. Archery and youth turkey hunters can hunt the entire season.
The sanctuary portions of Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area will be closed to turkey hunting and other public use for the first time this…