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Early teal season and extended dove season proposed for Wisconsin

MADISON – Wisconsin would be able to offer an experimental early teal-only duck hunting season that would begin September 2014, under a proposal that is open for public comment and will be subject of upcoming public hearings.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established an experimental framework that will require each season during the initial three-year period to be scheduled in September prior to Wisconsin’s regular duck season. Throughout this period, the wildlife biologists would be required to monitor and report hunter success, which will determine the success of the early season.

During 2013 and early 2014, DNR staff presented information in public meetings, advisory committee meetings and special breakout sessions at the waterfowl hunter’s conference and gathered feedback with a waterfowl hunter survey.

Based on preliminary public input and staff analyses, the department has proposed the following season structure for public comment:

  • Early teal season would be open from Sept. 1-7.
  • Only blue-winged and green-winged teal may be harvested.
  • Daily bag limit of six teal.
  • Shooting hours on opening day (Sept. 1) would begin at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
  • Shooting hours from Sept. 2- 7 would begin at sunrise and close at 7 p.m.

In addition to the proposed early teal season, the USFWS will also allow Wisconsin to add an additional 20 days to the end of the current 70-day dove hunting season. Public comments on this change will also be accepted.

Public hearings on the proposals will all run from 7 to 10 p.m. and will be held:

  • Monday June 2, La Crosse – State Office Building, Rooms B-19 and B-20, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road.
  • Tuesday June 3, Rice Lake – Days Inn, 1710 South Main St.
  • Wednesday June 4, Appleton – Agricultural Service Center, Main conference room, 3369 West Brewster St.
  • Thursday June 5, Pewaukee – Wildwood Lodge, N14 W24121 Tower Place.

The DNR will accept public comments on the proposed early teal season and extended dove season through June 5, 2014. Comments may be directed to

Taylor Finger
Wisconsin DNR
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707

Results of the hearings will be presented to the Natural Resources Board on June 25 for a final decision.

For more information regarding the proposed early teal season, search the DNR website for teal proposal [PDF]. For more information regarding dove hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword dove.

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For More Information Contact:

  • Kent Van Horn, DNR wildlife ecologist – (608) 266-8841

 


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