Wisconsin DNR schedules four meetings beginning March 12 to discuss 2018 waterfowl season framework with 60-day season

A subject of some concern for some hunters is the early teal season.

Waterfowl hunters have the opportunity to provide their input on the 2018 duck and goose seasons at four public hearings around the state.

Taylor Finger, DNR waterfowl ecologist, will be presenting information on the 2017 waterfowl hunting season, results from the 2017 survey of 2,700 Wisconsin waterfowl hunters, and discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service season structure for 2018 at each of the public hearings.

“We are expecting a 60-day duck season with six ducks per day in the bag. The only change would be that, since pintail populations are up, the daily bag on them would be two rather than one,” Finger said.

The hearings will also discuss the starting dates for each duck zone, which will remain unchanged from last year. The next time that any boundary changes can be made to hunting zones will be 2020.

A subject of some concern for some hunters is the early teal season.

“This year we can decide the future of the early teal season.  We are waiting to hear what the public wants,” Finger said.

Some hunters like the idea of the early season, since teal often migrate early, while other hunters feel that it disrupts the regular duck opener.

The goal of the hearings is to gather information from across Wisconsin. Hunters may attend the meetings, or send an e-mail, or a letter, or make a call and their comments will count the same as for those attending the hearings.

All comments must be in by midnight on Friday, March 16.

The public hearings:

  • Monday March 12, 7 p.m., La Crosse, Wis. – State Office Building, Rooms B-19 and B-20, 3550 Mormon Coulee Rd.;
  • Tuesday March 13, 7 p.m., Rice Lake, Wis – AmeriVu Inn, 1710 South Main Street;
  • Wednesday March 14, 7 p.m., Appleton, Wis – Agricultural Services Center, Main conference room, 3369 West Brewster St.; and
  • Thursday March 15, 7 p.m., Pewaukee, Wis – Wildwood Lodge, N14 W24121 Tower Place.

Contact information for those who can’t attend but wish to comment:

The comments will be studied by the DNR and then the final season structure will go to the Natural Resources Board on April 11 for approval.

Categories: Bloggers on Hunting, Hunting News, Waterfowl, Wisconsin – Tim Eisele

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