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Do you agree with Wisconsin Assembly Bill 8, which allows the use of archery gear and crossbows in urban areas?

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Do you approve of the proposed permanent rules allowing hunting and trapping in most state parks?

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Hunt ‘n Trap in State Parks – You OK with this …?

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Public hearings set on permanent rules for hunting in Wisconsin state park properties

Rules will also do away with park turkey management zones

MADISON – The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on permanent rules for hunting and trapping on Wisconsin State Park properties at a series of upcoming public hearings.

2011 ACT 168, signed into law in April 2012, established that hunting and trapping activities are generally allowed on state park properties effective Jan. 1 2013. The Department of Natural Resources implemented the first year under Act 168 using its authority to set emergency rules, which were approved by the State Natural Resources Board in December 2012.

Under its authority to limit hunting and trapping for safety reasons under Act 168 the board set the open hunting and trapping seasons in state parks from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15 and from April 1 through the third spring turkey period. In addition deer hunting with a bow will be open Nov. 15 until the end of the archery season in early January. Act 168 gave the DNR the authority to prohibit hunting and trapping within 100 yards of a designated use area such as a campground, picnic area, or beach, where there are public safety concerns, or to protect unique habitat.

The board also limited the types of traps used at state parks to those that would prevent catching dogs and prevented shooting across trails in areas that are not open to hunting.

The department is not proposing new season dates or modifications to periods when hunting and trapping are allowed in state parks that would be different from what was implemented in December, 2012.

The permanent rules will include all of the same hunting and trapping rules included in the emergency rules and will include some additional changes such as eliminating the spring state park turkey management zones [PDF] , and allowing hunting dogs to be off leash for dogs actively engaged in hunting at three state parks. The rules will also eliminate language that is no longer needed, simplify existing regulations, and create new rules related to safety.

“With turkey hunting now allowed on most state park properties there is no longer a need for individual state park turkey management zones,” says Scott Loomans, DNR wildlife regulations specialist.

Prior to Act 168, 17 state park properties had already allowed spring turkey hunting by permit. Each of these properties had been listed under hunting regulations as separate turkey management zones. Under the proposed permanent rules, those state park turkey zones will be eliminated and a park property will become part of the surrounding zone in which it is located.

The proposed rule and fiscal estimate may be reviewed and comments electronically submitted through the Wisconsin Administrative Rules website (exit DNR). Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted via U.S. mail to …

Mr. Scott Loomans

Department of Natural Resources

PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921

… or by email to Scott Loomans. Comments may be submitted until Jan. 24, 2014.

The hearings will all begin at 6 p.m. and be held on the following dates at the locations listed:

  • January14, Appleton – Fox Valley Technical College, D.J. Bordini Business & Industry Center, 5 Systems Drive
  • January 21, Eau Claire – DNR Service Center, 1300 W Clairemont Ave.
  • January 22, Wausau – Town of Rib Mountain Town Hall, 3700 N. Mountain Road
  • January 23, Fitchburg – DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road


  • Scott Loomans , DNR wildlife regulations specialist – (608) 225-9440
  • Peter Biermeier, state park recreation, planning and development chief – (608) 264-6136
  • Paul Holtan, state parks public affairs manager – (608) 267-7517


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Results for POLL s637

Will you bowhunt during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season?

YES 43% | NO 43% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0 %

Should rifles be legal for deer hunting statewide?
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Waupaca County deer hunters can use rifles beginning Nov 1

The State Legislature recently approved a proposal to allow gun deer hunters in Waupaca County to use rifles beginning Nov. 1, 2011. The upcoming Oct. 8-9 Youth Gun Deer Hunt will still be restricted to shotgun and muzzleloader only in Waupaca County. At the Fish & Wildlife Rules Hearings in April, a Conservation Congress Big Game Study Committee advisory question asked: “Do you favor the use of rifles for hunting deer statewide?”

Attendees approved that question by a statewide vote of 2,742 in favor and 1,973 against. In all, voters in 61 counties approved the question. Nine counties rejected the question, and in two counties the vote was a tie.

Here is the text that accompanied that question:

The restriction on the use of rifles for deer hunting has been largely based on safety concerns. DNR statistics have show that the rate of shooting incidents is disproportionately higher among hunters who most often use shotguns, than among those who most often use rifles.

A 2003 survey of hunters indicated that:

  • 23% use shotguns most often, while
  • 76% of hunters most often use rifles.

However, shotguns were involved in 58% of those shooting incidents during that same time period.

In the last several years the DNR has expanded the use of rifles in the CWD Zone shotgun counties and several other counties have voted to remove the rifle restriction with no safety issues reported.

Currently the use of rifle cartridges in handguns and the use of muzzleloading rifles is legal in shotgun counties. Rifles can also be used to hunt predators and small game in every county of the state (unless there is a more restrictive local county or town ordinance that prohibits the discharge of a firearm or of a rifle larger than .22 caliber rimfire.


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This week, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board set the 2011 waterfowl season dates and bag limits and approved creation of a third waterfowl hunting zone on the Mississippi River. Do you approve of Wisconsin’s new three-zone waterfowl season structure?

YES 50% | NO 0% | MAYBE 25% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 25 % |

INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON – POLL s634Do you approve of the new Enterprise Agency pilot program for restructuring Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources? Take the POLL: VOTE!
Restructing, Enterprise Agency, WIDNR … approve ???

DNR designated first Enterprise Agency in state government

MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Scott Walker this week designated the Department of Natural Resources as Wisconsin government’s first Enterprise Agency pilot through a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Administration and DNR.

Under the concept, DNR will be given increased operating flexibility to enable the agency to improve customer service and business support, as well as enhance its natural resources mission.

The pilot will be for the 2011-13 biennium.

“All over Wisconsin people are telling me good things are happening at DNR. We are working with staff to remove barriers to better serve the public and business community to help grow jobs in our state,” DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said. “The ideas for this pilot came from the DNR professionals and represent the best in innovative thinking. With the enterprise agency designation and tools, DNR can do much more with the staff and the resources it has.

“But this doesn’t come free, we will have to perform,” she said, “and we know our progress will be monitored closely.”

Under the Enterprise Agency agreement, DNR has committed to:

  • Improve processes to reduce permit times by 5% for major air and water permits while upholding environmental standards;
  • Improve communication and interaction with the regulated community to assure environmental permitting requirements are widely understandable and are issued in a timely way through creation of a new Office of Business Support and Sustainability;
  • Develop Internet-based tools to streamline and more effectively transmit and track permit applications;
  • Increase over-the-counter service at DNR facilities by 40%; Improve cost-effectiveness by prioritizing work and eliminating duplicative systems for fleet and facilities construction and repair; and,
  • Reduce costs by 2.5% for basic operations, and organize itself into a line authority organization to assure DNR is making consistent decisions across the state.




Results for POLL s615

Do you favor increasing the minimum size limit to 40 inches for muskellunge on all waters that currently have a 34-inch minimum size limit, and decreasing the minimum size limit to 28 inches for muskellunge on ten slow-growth waters?

YES 86% | NO 0% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 14%


Do you approve of Wisconsin’s proposed deer season framework for 2011?

2011 Deer Season Framwork: Approve ..???
BACKGROUND: DNR announces proposed 2011 deer hunting season structure

MADISON, WI. – Department of Natural Resources wildlife management officials will propose a 2011 deer season structure that promises a return to a more traditional hunting framework by eliminating the October antlerless hunt and allowing the first deer to be either sex in the CWD management zone.

“We hope hunters will see we’ve been listening to their concerns and that we are taking steps toward the kind of deer season they want to see in Wisconsin,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We need the cooperation of our partners, the landowners and the hunters to help manage this deer herd. That is why we’ve decided to implement herd control tools more acceptable to hunters in 2011,” she said.

Specific 2011 deer season framework recommendations that will be presented to the Board for review on April 26-27 include:

  • In units where deer populations are below goals, limiting or eliminating antlerless harvest.
  • In 95 units outside the CWD zone where deer populations are substantially above goals, unlimited $2 antlerless tags but no October firearm season.
  • In the CWD disease management zone, hunters’ first deer can be either sex, with Earn-a-buck requirements kicking in after that.
  • CWD Management zone buck stickers earned in 2010 will be honored in 2011;
  • Hunters can obtain up to 4 free CWD antlerless tags per day;
  • These tags can only be used in the CWD zone;
  • There will be October and Holiday hunts in the CWD zone;

Last year, 18 below-population goal deer management units in northern Wisconsin were designated as “zero quota” units meaning that neither gun deer hunters nor archery deer hunters could shoot an antlerless deer. The herd has rebounded in a number of these units, but in eight where the population continues below goal (Units 3, 7, 29B, 34, 35, 39, 44, and 45), DNR will recommend continued “zero antlerless quotas.”