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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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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.
Firewood 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.
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- 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.