Finds include calypso orchid, a state-threatened plant found in a white cedar swamp near Crandon. Fewer than five calypso populations remain in Wisconsin, and dozens of surveys in recent years for the plant had failed to find any.
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No final decisions have been made yet. Rather, results of this public input will be considered by the Conservation Congress, DNR and Natural Resources Board in the coming months.
Highlights include new open-water duck zone.
Among the changes is an increase in numbers of attendees allowed in a number of areas.
The public comment period will be open April 15 to May 15.
Public is invited to weigh in on recommendations beginning April 12 for the 2021 county-level antlerless deer harvest goals and the 2021 white-tailed deer hunting season structure.
Spring turkey season opener is April 21; bonus harvest authorizations are still available for several periods and zones.
While recent delisting has prompted some changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services remains first point of contact for reporting wolf conflict incidents.
Previously known as leftover permits, bonus harvest authorizations are available for purchase online through GoWild.Wi.Gov and at all license agents.
Following several successfully managed Wisconsin elk hunts, the DNR is planning the fourth hunt in state history this fall.
Hunting and trapping closures effective at 10 a.m. Feb. 24.
(Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR announced Monday that a wolf harvest season will take place Feb. 22-28. All hunters and trappers interested in obtaining a wolf harvest permit or preference point must apply beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. The application period will close at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. Customers may apply through…
System-wide harvest caps for the 2021 Winnebago system sturgeon spearing season are 430 juvenile females, 950 adult females and 1,200 males.
These collective volunteer efforts greatly helped the Wisconsin DNR’s bald eagle monitoring and protection efforts in 2020 and are expected to do so again as bald eagles soon begin nesting in southern Wisconsin.
There were many highlights to the 2020 Wisconsin elk hunt, including the first elk ever harvested in the Clam Lake Elk Range’s southern lobe. One of the bulls harvested was also the first game animal harvested by one of the five hunters selected.
License sales were also up significantly over the previous year, likely due in large part to COVID-19.
As required by state law, the DNR will renew the baiting and feeding bans in Wood, Juneau and Adams counties.
Elevated levels of PFAs found in rainbow smelt.
Baiting and feeding ban renewed In Shawano and Waupaca counties.
(Wisconsin DNR)MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR is now accepting public input on an update to the state’s elk management plan through Jan. 23, 2021. The management plan outlines objectives and strategies to guide elk management in the state through 2030. Review the proposed plan and view a summary presentation here. Those who wish to provide comment may do so by emailing email@example.com…
The open season will now run from Mar. 1 to Oct. 31 with a new daily bag limit of two lake trout. Previously, regulations included a year-round season with a daily bag limit of five lake trout.
DNR will enact a new two-year ban on baiting and feeding in Ozaukee County and renew a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Washington County.
Hunters looking to spend more time afield this holiday season will find eight properties in central and southern Wisconsin stocked with 1,440 pheasants during the week of Dec. 21.
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin DNR Secretary Preston D. Cole announced that DNR Assistant Deputy Secretary Todd Ambs will serve as DNR Deputy Secretary beginning Dec. 21, 2020, filling the role for Beth Bier who is leaving state service to become a full-time caregiver to her two young children. “Beth has had a 15-year career in Wisconsin state government effecting change on…
(Wisconsin DNR)MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR reminds black bear and wild turkey hunters the 2021 season application deadline is before midnight on Dec. 10, 2020. Hunters can purchase applications for permit drawings at GoWild.wi.gov or through an authorized license agent. Consider inviting others who may not usually participate in these seasons to apply and find an adventure in Wisconsin. Black bear hunting Harvest…
Under Wisconsin law, when the wolf is delisted, the state’s annual hunting and trapping seasons shall resume.