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Are firewood restrictions likely to prevent the spread of tree diseases?

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Do you agree with the antlerless deer harvest quotas for 2015?

053015_dsore_s1022_pollpicDNR Board approves 2015 deer harvest quotas

MADISON — The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved deer harvest quotas for 2015 designed to manage deer towards population objectives established for each deer management unit.

In 2015, 13 management units will not have an antlerless quota, while the rest of Wisconsin will have a quota of 224,735 antlerless deer. The issuance of bonus deer hunting permits, in addition to free farmland zone tags, will include 18,450 tags valid on public access lands and 125,375 valid on private lands. Antlerless deer harvest quota and deer season framework [PDF].

These recommendations represent the next step in a new era of Wisconsin deer management and mark the first year in which County Deer Advisory Councils played a major role in establishing deer harvest quotas and permit level recommendations. In February, the Natural Resources Board approved each council’s recommendations for three-year deer population objectives.

Deer management units will primarily follow county boundaries, with each larger unit divided into public and private land-types to address differences in deer distribution and help provide for an increase in deer numbers on public hunting lands.

As a reminder, 2015 bonus antlerless tags will go on sale in August.

To receive email updates and other information regarding deer hunting and season structure in Wisconsin, visit http//dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for subscribe for updates for DNR topics.

Follow the prompts and select “white-tailed deer” within the “hunting” list.

To learn more about CDAC population objective recommendations, agendas and membership, visit  http://dnr.wi.gov and search keyword CDAC, or email with any additional questions. For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword deer.

READ MORE HERE: http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3616

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Tom Hauge, DNR Wildlife Management Bureau director – (608) 266-2193;
Bob Nack, DNR big game section chief – (608) 264-6137

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DSORe POLL S1021

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Is it time to finally ban baiting and feeding of deer in Wisconsin?

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Are firewood restrictions likely to prevent the spread of tree diseases?

052315_dsore_s1021_pollpicThis holiday, campers urged to get firewood where they burn it!

MADISON – State forest health specialists remind campers and travelers that firewood can carry harmful insects and diseases that can travel with firewood if it is moved around the state.

“Insect pests such as emerald ash borer and gypsy moth, and diseases like oak wilt and Dutch elm disease spread to new areas easily while hidden in firewood,” said Andrea Diss-Torrance, invasive forest insects program coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “A few simple steps can help you avoid moving these problems around.”

All travelers should follow quarantine rules to help protect Wisconsin’s trees and avoid fines.

Second homeowners are advised not to move firewood long distances between their properties, to reduce the risk to their trees.

050915_dsore_s1019_hupyreturnsponsor-bannerFirewood certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection can be moved freely around the state, regardless of quarantines, because it has been processed to be free of pests and diseases that may have been hiding in it. If you are shopping for certified wood, look for a label like the one shown, or a DATCP certified vendor number. A list of certified dealers and their ID numbers is available online at http://emeraldashborer.wi.gov under Firewood Regulations.

Firewood regulations at state parks and forests

Invasive species threaten public land we all share in Wisconsin. To help protect these areas, firewood is only allowed on state managed properties if it is:

  • From within 10 miles of the property, AND not from an area quarantined for emerald ash borer, (unless the property is also in the same or a connected quarantined area). That includes quarantined areas in other states, within 10 miles of the property.
    – OR –
  • Certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (exit DNR) or certified by the USDA as treated to emerald ash borer standards.

Most state parks and forests have certified firewood or firewood from the property for sale on site. To check availability, contact the property. Many federal, county and private campgrounds also restrict firewood on their properties. Call for details before you travel.

For more details about firewood in Wisconsin search the DNR website, http://dnr.wi.gov, for keyword firewood or call 1-877-303-WOOD (9663).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Andrea Diss-Torrance, DNR Invasive Forest Insects Program Coordinator, (608) 264-9247.

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Are you confident electronic registration of deer and bear will provide accurate harvest information?

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050915_dsore_s1019_pollpicAttendees at Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Conservation Congress Meetings overwhelmingly support changes in baiting and feeding laws

Last year during the spring hearings, the Natural Resources Board asked if deer baiting and feeding should be banned from 10 days prior to the archery opener through the gun deer season. The question passed in 66 counties. This year the Conservation Congress asked if deer baiting and feeding should be banned from Sept. 1 through the last day of any deer season. The question passed in 63 counties. The statewide vote was 2,532 in favor of the change and 1,303 opposed.

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Do you approve of the Wisconsin State Senate’s vote to remove the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases?

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Wisconsin goes electronic harvest registration for deer and bear hunting for 2015

Electronic deer and bear registration will provide additional convenience to hunters while keeping time-honored traditions alive

MADISON — After a successful 2014 pilot program, deer and bear hunters in Wisconsin will be able to electronically register their harvest during 2015 hunting seasons.

Electronic registration will provide additional convenience and reduced cost for hunters and will also give the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources instantaneous access to harvest data. Electronic registration is currently in use for Wisconsin’s turkey and goose hunting seasons, and agencies in other states have reported high hunter satisfaction through electronic registration for deer and other big game.

While walk-in registration was the only option available for many hunters in the past, all deer and bear will be registered electronically in 2015. In-person registration is expected to continue to be available in many locations throughout Wisconsin, and will also use the new system.

“We are encouraging local businesses to volunteer their services as a registration station to help give hunters an opportunity to continue their traditions,” said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer ecologist. “Any business can offer registration services if they are willing to provide a phone or computer for public use, or assist a hunter with registration. We have worked with stakeholders and will continue to offer on our website a list of businesses that will offer in-person registration with the new system.”

In 2014, 14,000 hunters were selected to register deer by telephone or online and test a new electronic registration system. Those hunters registered more than 10,000 deer electronically during the archery, crossbow, muzzleloader, and gun deer seasons.

“We received feedback from a number of hunters, and overall, most users found both the telephone and online systems easy to use and very convenient,” said Wallenfang. “We’ve used many of their suggestions to make our system even more user-friendly in 2015.”

Improvements for the 2015 deer season include a shortened and much simpler carcass tag confirmation number. In addition, a more efficient keypad-based phone menu will replace the voice-activated system used in 2014. With help from Wisconsin hunters, the electronic registration process has been further streamlined to allow hunters to register their deer with ease.

According to Dave MacFarland, DNR bear ecologist, while bear hunters will also be required to use electronic registration, they will still need to submit a tooth from a harvested bear.

“While the transition to electronic registration will provide some unique challenges, we hope to make it as simple as possible for hunters,” said MacFarland. “Historically, we have seen nearly 100 percent compliance in the submission of bear samples–continued partnerships with Wisconsin’s bear hunters will help keep this track record of success going under the new registration system.”

Hunters who successfully drew a bear permit in 2015 will receive further instructions and sampling materials by mail this summer.

To register electronically, hunters will simply need to go online or call the registration system and provide the same basic harvest information as in the past. Upon successful registration, each hunter will receive a confirmation number – this will need to be written on the carcass tag attached to the animal.

Both deer and bear hunters will be required to register their animal by 5 p.m. the day after harvest. Regardless of the method used, registration for both deer and bear remains mandatory for all hunters.

People who would like to receive email updates and other information regarding deer and bear hunting and season structure in Wisconsin, can go to the DNR website and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for subscribe for updates for DNR topics. Follow the prompts and select “white-tailed deer” or “black bear” within the “hunting” list.

For more information regarding deer and bear hunting in Wisconsin, search the DNR website  for keywords “deer” and “bear” respectively. To learn more about electronic registration, search keywords “electronic registration”.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer ecologist – (608) 261-7589
Dave MacFarland, DNR bear ecologist – (715) 365-8917

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