As of Tuesday, March 24, state parks, trails and restrooms remain open; property buildings closed.
Wisconsin DNR Reports
The goal of the bag limit reduction is to reduce walleye exploitation on the Winnebago System and maintain a sustainable fishery.
A host of updated statewide, regional and local Wisconsin DNR fishing regulations will go into effect on April 1.
Applications being accepted for 2020 elk hunting tags March 1-May 31.
Brings total to 17 deaths for the season.
DNR says February is an ideal time to plan your spring turkey Learn to Hunt program, with classes typically taking place in mid- to late March.
The annual fall hunter survey shows continued declines in fall turkey hunter numbers, and a larger portion of those hunters are pursuing turkeys secondary to other species.
Applicants are reminded to be aware of the new bear management zone boundaries as their hunting grounds may change to a new unit beginning in 2021. It is not known precisely how these changes will specifically affect harvest permit wait times, but there will likely be no significant changes across zones A, B, C and D.
Lake Winnebago System sturgeon season starts Feb. 8.
The inland trout management plan includes four primary goals.
Also, the DNR confirms that a wild deer tested positive in Buffalo Township in Marquette County – the second wild deer that tested positive for CWD in the county. The first detection was during the previous deer season.
Numbers increase across a majority of the state.
Capt. Casey Krueger to succeed Chief Todd Schaller, who will retire from the top law enforcement position.
Candlelight events have become a long-standing tradition at state properties such as Pike Lake (Washington County), which is celebrating 31 years of candlelight events, with 30 years at Newport State Park (Door County), and 28 years at the Flambeau River State Forest (Sawyer County).
Effort to aid one of Wisconsin’s 48 orchid species bears fruit.
Its location is also within 10 miles of adjacent Fond du Lac County. As required by law, this new CWD-positive detection will renew a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Sheboygan County and a two-year ban in Fond du Lac County.
DNR conservation biologist: “One of our biggest discoveries in 2019 was finding massasaugas in a habitat that DNR staff and State Natural Area crews had just improved for them. It shows that when you build it, they will come.”
For 2020, 2021 and 2022, chinook salmon stocking numbers will increase to 1,200,000 fish annually, coho stocking will increase to 500,000 annually, steelhead stocking will increase to 460,000 fish annually and brown trout, a popular fish, caught off piers and in harbors, will increase to 450,000 fish annually.
Florence Teeters got the idea to get her first hunting license for this year’s gun deer season while sitting in the blind on her land in Price County with her son Bill during last year’s gun deer season.
In addition to the five bulls harvested by state hunters, members of the Ojibwa tribes successfully filled their five-bull quota.
The two illegally shot 20 deer, including nine bucks.
Hunters harvested 3,648 bears during the 2019 Wisconsin black bear season, nearly equal to the 3,680 reported in 2018.
This year, CWD surveillance will occur throughout 18 counties in northern Wisconsin as part of a multi-year rotation across the state.
MADISON, Wis. – Officials from the Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Wisconsin Natural Resources Board have announced new cooperative efforts on steps to control and deal with chronic wasting disease among white-tailed deer in Wisconsin, the DNR said in a news release Tuesday, Sept. 3. “We are unified in our interests in responding to and managing CWD,” said Assistant…
New deer baiting, feeding restrictions in Burnett, Barron, Polk and Washburn counties in effect Sept. 1.
While 3,402 attended a hearing in person, another 7,310 participated using the online opportunity.