Fish, game hearings set for April 12

Madison – Atlatl hunting for small game.

Turkey hunting in state parks.

Muzzleloader deer hunting in state parks.

Motor trolling in Ashland, Iron, Price, and Sawyer counties.

Winter panfishing and northern pike fishing on the Chippewa
Flowage.

Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing on the St. Croix River.

Allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to take part in the youth deer
hunt.

Make a 45-inch muskie size limit on Little St. Germain lake a
permanent rule.

Penalties for violating the crop damage program agreement.

Take those proposed rule changes and add about 40 more DNR rule
changes – not to mention another 35 Conservation Congress advisory
questions – and sportsmen will soon see that they have a heaping
helping of voting to do on Monday, April 12. That’s the night that
sportsmen and women will convene in every one of the state’s 72
counties at 7 p.m. to partake in the annual tradition offered only
in Wisconsin – that of the spring fish and game rules hearings.

The questionnaire package for the 2010 DNR spring rules hearing
and Conservation Congress county meetings, and the list of meeting
locations, is posted on the DNR website. Got to www.outdoornews.com/links
for a link that explains the spring hearing process, the
Conservation Congress county delegate election process, and the
Congress resolution process. Through individual resolutions that
sportsmen draft themselves, grass-roots ideas are heard on the
floor at the spring hearings, voted on, and enter the pipeline that
could one day end with sportsmen passing a DNR rule that evolved
from a resolution.

Each year during the spring hearings – which always take place
the second Monday in April – anyone interested in natural resources
management have an opportunity to provide their input by
non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR, Natural Resources Board,
and the Conservation Congress on proposed hunting, trapping, and
fishing rule changes and advisory questions.

The DNR rule hearings are combined with the Congress county
meetings during which residents may introduce their solutions to
natural resources-related issues, as well as elect fellow county
residents as delegates to represent them on the Conservation
Congress.

Printed copies of the agenda also are available at most DNR
offices and some retail license vendors. Copies also will be
available at the hearing locations the night of the hearing.

The spring hearings cover three major areas: elections for
county Congress delegates; proposed wildlife and fisheries rule
changes that have been developed through previous Congress
meetings; and Congress proposals for future rule development.

County residents also have the option to run for a seat on the
Conservation Congress, which is the citizen advisory body to the
Natural Resources Board and the DNR.

Wildlife rules

1. Establish a definition and allow the use of atlatls for small
game hunting.

2. Allow the use of colony traps for muskrats.

3. Eliminate the Burnett County and Rock Prairie Canada goose
management subzones.

4. Establish definitions of a normal “agricultural or gardening
practice” and “manipulation” for the purposes of enforcing
prohibitions of baiting and feeding animals.

5. Allow participation in the youth turkey-hunting season by 16-
and 17-year-olds.

6. Establish turkey seasons and zones at Hartman Creek, Straight
Lake, and the Glacial Heritage.

7. Establish a single, consistent raccoon season opener for
residents and nonresidents.

8. Allow firearms deer hunting at Nelson Dewey State Park in
November.

9. Allow deer hunting on newly acquired lands at Buckhorn State
Park during all normal firearms deer seasons.

10. Allow muzzleloader deer hunting at Big Bay State Park during
the muzzleloader season.

11. Establish firearms and archery deer seasons at proposed
Glacial Heritage Area state parks that are consistent with other
CWD Zone state park seasons.

12. Allow participation in the youth deer-hunting season by 16-
and 17-year-olds.

13. Establish a consistent opening date for fox hunting and
trapping and coyote trapping.

14. Eliminate the 2 p.m. pheasant hunting closure at Scuppernong
River Habitat Management Area.

15. Allow the use of scopes on muzzleloading firearms during the
muzzleloader season.

16. Provide that all deer licenses which are issued to
10-year-olds to 17-year-olds include a carcass tag that is valid
for an antlerless deer in any unit.

17. Allow the transportation of whole deer carcasses from the
CWD Zone to other areas if the whole carcass is taken directly to a
meat processor or taxidermist.

18. Allow dividing a deer into five parts prior to registration
in order to facilitate removal from the field. These sections also
repeal, recreate, and amend provisions which allow quartering bear
and elk.

19. Increase the penalty for violating animal damage abatement
program rules by clarifying that program participation can be
denied for the following program year in addition to the current
year.

20. Clarify the definition of “novice participant” for learn to
hunt programs.

Fish rules

1. Permit motor trolling in Ashland, Iron, Price, and Sawyer
counties.

2. Eliminate the size restriction for largemouth and smallmouth
bass in Bear, Horsehead, and Upper and Lower Turtle lakes (Barron
County).

3. Increase the size restriction for walleyes in Bear,
Horseshoe, and Upper and Lower Turtle lakes (Barron County) from 15
to 18 inches and decrease the daily bag limit for walleyes to three
fish.

4. Eliminate the size restriction for largemouth and smallmouth
bass in Lake Owen.

5. Increase the size restriction for walleyes in Lake Owen from
15 to 18 inches and decrease the bag limit for walleyes to three
fish.

6. Eliminate the size restriction for largemouth and smallmouth
bass in Big McKenzie Lake (Burnett/Washburn counties).

7. Increase the size restriction for walleyes in Big McKenzie
(Burnett/Washburn counties) from 15 to 18 inches and decrease the
bag limit for walleyes to three fish.

8. Increase the size restriction for walleyes in Metonga lake
(Forest County) from 15 to 18 inches and decrease the bag limit for
walleyes to three fish.

9. Standardize trout rules for all of the Wolf River.

10. Eliminate the size limit for largemouth and smallmouth bass
in Half Moon, Pipe, and Ward lakes (Polk County).

11. Increase the size restriction for walleyes in Big Butternut,
Half Moon, Pipe, and Ward lakes from 15 to 18 inches and reduces
the daily bag limit for walleyes from five fish to three fish.

12. Eliminate the size restriction for largemouth and smallmouth
bass in Chain, Clear, Island, and McCann lakes (Island chain of
lakes, Rusk County).

13. Increase the size restriction for walleyes in Chain, Clear,
Island, and McCann lakes (Island chain of lakes, Rusk County) from
15 to 18 inches and reduce the bag limit for walleyes from five
fish to three fish.

14. Extend the season on Chippewa flowage (Sawyer County) from
the first Saturday in May to the first Sunday in March for all
species except muskellunge, walleye, and lake sturgeon.

15. Eliminate the size restriction for largemouth and smallmouth
bass in Whitefish and Sissabagama lakes, and the Chippewa
Flowage.

16. Increase the size limit in Nelson, Sissabagama, and
Whitefish lakes from 15 to 18 inches; reduce the bag limit for
walleyes from five fish to three fish.

17. Change the panfish daily bag limit to 10 fish for all
panfish all season on the Chippewa Flowage, and create a continuous
open season for panfish.

18. Increase the size restriction for walleyes in the Chippewa
Flowage from no minimum to 18 inches. The bag limit is unchanged at
three walleyes per day.

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