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Do you approve of the DNR’s Draft Lake Michigan Fisheries Management Plan?

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Take the POLL: VOTE!“Do you think Wisconsin’s new crossbow season will have a significant impact on deer numbers?

“Crossbow Deer Season: What IMPACT on deer numbers… ?

New crossbow deer hunting season will be offered in 2014

Poll Pic S930New in 2014, a crossbow deer hunting license is available for any qualified hunter to purchase. Previously, only disabled hunters could use a crossbow under the authority of an archer license.

The crossbow deer hunting season will run concurrent with the regular archer season. During open firearm seasons, a gun deer license will authorize bow and crossbow use. Crossbow licenses include one statewide buck tag and one Farmland Zone antlerless tag. It is important to note that persons purchasing a traditional bow and a crossbow license will receive only one set of tags.

Hunters are also encouraged to check out the frequently asked questions page for more information regarding rule changes. The FAQ feature provides brief responses to a wide variety of deer hunting questions, ranging from deer management unit boundaries to antlerless permits. To view the FAQ page, visit DNR Website and search keyword deer.

Those interested in receiving email updates on crossbow deer hunting can sign up to receive occasional email reminders about season dates, regulations reminders and other important information. Visit DNR Website and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for subscribe for updates for DNR topics, then follow the prompts and select the Crossbow Deer Hunting distribution list.

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  • Bob Nack, DNR big game management section chief – (608) 264-6137

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Is Wisconsin doing enough to protect surface water quality?

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Do you approve of the DNR’s Draft Lake Michigan Fisheries Management Plan?


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“DNR Lake Michigan DRAFT Management Plan .. Good or Not?

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Comments sought on Lake Michigan fisheries management plan update

MADISON — State fisheries biologists are revising the long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters and invite the public to provide input during a second round of public review. Lake Michigan has seen drastic ecological changes in recent years and the new plan will guide fisheries management through the next 10 years.

“We listened to what the public said during an initial public input session and incorporated some of those ideas along with our own thoughts in this draft 10-year plan,” said Brad Eggold, Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “Now, it’s time to see whether we are on track with the expectations and desires of the public. We’re planning a second round of meetings in early August to give stakeholders additional opportunities for input.”

All of the meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and are set for:

  • Monday, Aug. 4, Green Bay – Wisconsin DNR Green Bay Service Center, 2984 Shawano Ave.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 5, Cleveland – Lakeshore Technical College, 1290 North Ave.
  • Thursday, Aug. 7, Milwaukee – at UW-Milwaukee GLRF-SFS, 600 E. Greenfield Ave.
  • Thursday, Aug. 7, Peshtigo – Wisconsin DNR Peshtigo Service Center, 101 N. Ogden Road.


The Wisconsin DNR manages Lake Michigan fisheries in partnership with other state, federal and tribal agencies and in consultation with the public, particularly sport and commercial fishers. The draft 2015-2024 Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management Plan focuses on five areas or visions for the future:

  • A balanced, healthy ecosystem. This vision focuses on protecting and maintaining habitat while minimizing the effects of invasive species.
  • A multi-species sport fishery. This vision includes sustaining a salmon and trout species mix that supports sport harvests. Other elements include improvements to the statewide fish hatchery system that produces fish for Lake Michigan and enhanced near-shore fishing opportunities.
  • A sustainable and viable commercial fishery. This aspect of the plan centers on maintaining the current number of commercial fishing licenses at 80 while adjusting harvest limits to sustain viable populations of key commercial species such as lake whitefish, yellow perch, round whitefish, rainbow smelt and bloater chubs over time.
  • Application of science-based management principles. This vision recognizes the ongoing need for staff training, the ability to employ continually evolving tools and modeling technologies, inter-jurisdictional cooperation and the involvement of trained scientists as well as public stakeholders.
  • Effective internal and external communication. This vision focuses on maintaining a full and open exchange of information and ideas among the public, elected officials, fisheries managers and neighboring states.


“Over the last 10-year planning cycle, we have made good progress and accomplished much of what we set out to do in our previous plan,” Eggold said. “We’ve managed chinook salmon populations to fuel a decade of fantastic fishing. Supplies of trout and salmon for stocking have been enhanced following renovation of the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery while sturgeon and musky stocking also has improved. In addition, we’ve removed some barriers to fish passage and constructed a natural fish passage on the Milwaukee River.”

However, over the last decade Lake Michigan has undergone major ecological changes and is less productive due to the arrival and proliferation of the exotic quagga mussel. These small freshwater mussels remove large quantities of plankton as they filter the water, short circuiting the food chain and ultimately leaving less for prey fish to eat while negatively impacting some important fish species such as yellow perch.

Beyond the difficulties caused by invasive species, an additional challenge is the need to maintain, update and operate the state’s fish production system, including renovating the Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery in Sheboygan County, which produces all the steelhead rainbow trout stocked in Lake Michigan.

“Given the challenges and opportunities before us, input from anglers and others is critical in developing a plan that keeps Lake Michigan healthy and reflects the interests of sport and commercial anglers,” Eggold said.

People who are interested in commenting can find the draft plan and summary information by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for “Lake Michigan Plan.” In addition to providing verbal comments at the public meetings, written comments can be sent to this special email address created for the plan.

Written comments also can be mailed to:

Brad Eggold

Department of Natural Resources

Great Lakes Water Institute

600 E. Greenfield Ave.

Milwaukee, WI, 53204



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