Results for POLL S936

Do you favor introducing non-native species to control invasive pests?

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Raising wolf population from 350 to 500 …???

Do you favor raising the wolf population goal from the current level of 350 wolves to 500 wolves?


DNR survey says higher tolerance for wolves

Poll Pic S937In the Sept. 6 issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News, editor Dean Bortz writes:

Wausau, Wis. — Pressured by an ever-growing number of wolf advocates wishing to increase the state’s population goal to at least 500 animals this fall, the DNR now has in its mitts the very data the agency could use to justify that kind of move.

The results of a DNR-mailed survey released early last week show that – in several respects – state citizens support having a higher number of wolves on the landscape than exist right now – even those living in what’s considered wolf country, or wolf range, as it’s referred to in the survey.

At the same time, sportsmen, farmers, county board members from northern Wisconsin, and any other stakeholder group that has been tracking Wisconsin wolf management, have been telling the DNR that the state’s wolf population goal must remain at its current level – 350 – even as the DNR rewrites its wolf plan this fall.

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For more information contact:

  • David MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist – (715) 365-8917

The Question:

“Do you favor raising the wolf population goal from the current level of 350 wolves to 500 wolves?”

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Results for POLL S933

Do you approve of the sale of antlerless permits at a reduced rate as part of the Deer Management Assistance Program?

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“Trout regs change = more anglers …???

Do you think the proposed trout regulations changes will result in more trout anglers?

Proposed inland trout regulations aim to increase opportunities for anglers

Color-coded system helps simplify inland trout fishing
Poll Pic S930MADISON – The public will have an opportunity to provide input on proposals to simplify existing inland trout fishing regulations and provide more quality trout fishing opportunities at 10 public meetings that will be held throughout the state beginning Sept. 3.

Beyond simplifying the rules for anglers, communities that serve as home to Wisconsin’s 13,000 miles of trout streams will likely see additional economic benefits as a result of proposed extensions to the spring and fall seasons and elimination of the current five-day closure says Joanna Griffin, trout coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

“Wisconsin’s trout fishing regulations and seasons were last reviewed in 2003 and much has changed, including improved fish populations,” says Scot Stewart, DNR district fish supervisor. “Guided by public input, we’ve developed draft rules that support the continued health of our trout waters while making the fishing experience easier for anglers.”

DNR has sought public input throughout the rule review process and the next step is to bring the proposed rules to the public for final comment. Since 2011, DNR staff members have hosted 31 public meetings, developed three angler surveys, organized trout task force stakeholder meetings and developed advisory questions for spring hearings hosted by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

The public feedback has resulted in a proposal that reduces the number of special regulations from more than 40 to 12. The proposal also creates uniformity on streams within small geographic areas.

The new system uses color-coding resembling a stoplight to guide anglers. Under the proposed rules:

  • Green means go fish – with no length limit, a bag limit of five fish and no bait restrictions
  • Yellow means caution – with an 8 inch length limit, a bag limit of three fish and no bait restrictions
  • Red means special regulations are in place. Anglers are advised to stop and understand the regulations before fishing

Changes also are proposed in the season dates for inland trout fishing. The current early catch and release season runs from March 1 up to five days before the regular fishing opener. The proposal would extend the early catch and release season to Jan. 1 and would run right to the regular fishing opener with no five-day closure period.

“Thanks to the participation of anglers and interested citizens throughout the state, we are ready to move forward with the next steps,” Stewart says.

Ten public meetings are scheduled for September to gather additional citizen comments. The process will conclude with spring hearings and a vote in conjunction with a meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

The fall public meetings will be held:

  • September 3, Waukesha – 7 p.m., room 151, DNR Satellite Center, 141 NW Barstow St.
  • September 4, Dodgeville – 7 p.m., DNR Satellite Center, 1500 N. Johns St.
  • September 9
    • Green Bay – 6 p.m., DNR Service Center, 2984 Shawano Ave.
    • La Crosse – 6:30 p.m., Room B19-20 (lower level), DNR Satellite Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road.
    • Wausau – 6:30 p.m., DNR Satellite Center, 5301 Rib Mountain Road.
  • September 10
    • Hayward – 7 p.m. DNR Satellite Center, 10220 State Highway 27
    • Waupaca – 6 p.m., Rm. B, Waupaca Public Library, 107 S. Main St.
  • September 11
    • Eau Claire – 6:30 p.m., Room 158/185, DNR Service Center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave.
    • Fitchburg – 7-9 p.m., Gathering Waters and Glaciers Edge meeting rooms, DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road
  • September 16, Ashland – 7 p.m., DNR Satellite Center, 2501 Golf Course Road

For more information about the proposed trout regulations, visit dnr.wi.gov and search for “trout review.” In addition to the public meetings, comments may be submitted to Joanna Griffin by email to joanna.griffin@wisconsin.gov or mailed to PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.


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The Question:
“Do you think the proposed trout regulations changes will result in more trout anglers?”

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Results for POLL S930

Do you think Wisconsin’s new crossbow season will have a significant impact on deer numbers?

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“ATV/UTV trail expansion to public lands … ?

Should Wisconsin expand ATV/UTV trails on public land?

Public input sought on proposed ATV/UTV trail at Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

Poll Pic S930RHINELANDER – A public open house regarding a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources feasibility study on a proposed ATV/UTV trail will be held Tuesday Aug. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at the Northwoods Community Elementary School in Harshaw, WI. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the department’s analysis of the proposed trail for a portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.

The Nokomis ATV Club has asked for an ATV/UTV trail to be added across the southeast portion of the wildlife area. The requested route is 1.4 miles long and runs on an existing snowmobile trail.

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is a forested 3,000 acre property located approximately ten miles west of Rhinelander. Woodboro has an extensive network of walking trails and lightly developed roads. Use of ATVs/UTVs is not currently allowed.

The department has completed a report on the feasibility, alternatives and environmental impact analysis of the trail request. Following public review, the trail request will be forwarded to the Natural Resources Board for a final decision. The public will have an opportunity to provide comments to the board at that time.

The department will accept initial public comment regarding the ATV/UTV trail and feasibility analysis until 5 p.m., Aug. 25, 2014. Comments may be directed to:

Jeremy Holtz
Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
107 Sutliff Ave.
Rhinelander, WI 54501

by email to Jeremy.Holtz@Wisconsin.gov
Or by phone (715) 365-8999

To view the feasibility report, visit DNR web site and search keywords master planning, and select Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area. Copies are available at the Rhinelander DNR office, or by contacting Jeremy Holtz at the phone number or address listed above.


  • Thomas Watkins, DNR property planner – (608) 264-6058
The Question:
“Should Wisconsin expand ATV/UTV trails on public land?”
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