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THIS WEEK’S POLL

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 S724

Results for POLL s723

Should Wisconsin locate a second elk herd in Jackson County?

YES 75% | NO 10% | MAYBE 15% | UNDECIDED 0% | COMMENTS [6]

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Do you approve of the proposed framework for a wolf hunting and trapping season?

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OK w/ WI Wolf Hunt & Trap Proposal …???

DNR announces proposed wolf hunting and trapping rule, quotas and permit levels

The question we want to know is WHAT do YOU think of this. Let us know. Take the POLL! VOTE YOUR OPINION


MADISON — Earlier this year the federal government delisted the gray wolf from the endangered species list for the Western Great Lakes Region. This spring, Act 169 was passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed by the governor, directing the Department of Natural Resources to develop a wolf hunting and trapping season rule, harvest management zones, harvest quotas, and hunter and trapper permit levels.

“The department is committed to conservation of wolves in Wisconsin. Long-term conservation includes managing this important wildlife population within our borders,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.

DNR has had an approved wolf management plan [PDF] since 1999. That plan allows for a wolf harvest when the population exceeds 350. The wolf population first attained that level in 2004. The 2012 winter wolf count estimated a minimum of 815-880 wolves currently in Wisconsin. This exceeds the population for delisting at both the state and the federal level.

DNR biologists have developed a proposal for wolf harvest zones, wolf harvest quotas by zones, wolf hunting and trapping license levels, and other associated rules.

“We are being conservative in establishing quotas,” said DNR Wildlife Ecologist Bill Vander Zouwen.

The goals of the first wolf hunting and trapping season will be to:

  • provide wolf hunting and trapping opportunities
  • begin to move the wolf population toward the established goal of 350
  • monitor, learn and adapt for future seasons

“Harvest quotas are expected to move the wolf population downward, but are cautious as we seek to evaluate the impacts of the first season,” said Vander Zouwen.

Harvest proposal

The department is looking for feedback on a preliminary proposed range of harvest quotas totaling between 142 and 233 wolves.

Chippewa tribes may make a declaration of up to 50 percent of the final quota within the Ceded Territory. The department has begun and will continue consulting with the tribes in developing these rules.

The proposed number of state hunting and trapping licenses assumes a 20 percent success rate which equals five times the final quota. Harvest zones would be closed to hunting and trapping when the quota is approached in each zone. License holders could hunt in any zone.

The proposed wolf zones are intended to manage for a sustainable wolf population and will take into account areas of the state that may be more or less suitable for wolves.

READ MORE…

For more information Contact

  • Bill Vander Zouwen – 608-266-8840
  • Tom Hauge – 608-266-2193

NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL s724

Do you approve of the proposed framework for a wolf hunting and trapping season?

YES 69.6% | NO 21.7% | MAYBE 8.7% | UNDECIDED 0% | COMMENTS [6]