DSORe eNews Vol.8 Issue S845

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Should the DNR have special rules for fishing tournaments?

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Should hunting from tree stands be banned?

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Hunters stand good chance of falling if hunting from a tree stand

Is it time to get hunters back on the ground?

MADISON — One in every three hunters who hunt from a tree stand will fall at some point in their hunting career and of those, 75 to 80 percent occurs while ascending or descending the tree.

A recent study by the International Hunter Education Association showed that nationally, 300-500 hunters are killed annually in tree stand accidents and another 6,000 will have tree stand related injuries.

Wisconsin has had three reported fatal tree stand falls already this year, according to Jon King, hunter education administrator for the Department of Natural Resources.

“Tree stand incidents are one of the leading causes of injury to hunters so we strongly urge hunters to use follow safety measures when hunting from a tree stand,” King said.

Here are a few tips King offers for tree stand safety:

  • Always wear a full body harness, also known as a fall arrest system, when you are in a tree stand, as well as when climbing into or out of a tree stand. Make sure it is worn properly. Tree stand harnesses have an expiration date and should be replaced when they expire and/or if a fall occurs, and a safety strap should be attached to the tree to prevent falling more than 12 inches.
  • Always have three points of contact while climbing into and out of the tree stand; either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand at all times.
  • Always use a haul line to raise and lower your UNLOADED firearm or bow.
  • Be aware of suspension trauma, a condition of light-headedness that can result in fainting from prolonged periods of standing. Suspension trauma can happen in less than 20 minutes and can be fatal. Attaching an additional foot strap to the body harness will take pressure off your upper legs.

More information on tree stand safety and on a free tree stand safety course is available by searching the DNR website for “tree stand safety.”


More Questions? Ask:

  • John King, hunter education administrator – (608) 575 2294
  • Joanne M. Haas, Office of Communication law enforcement public affairs manager – (608) 267 0798

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Should Wisconsin allow deer hunters to sell venison?

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Should the DNR have special rules for fishing tournaments?

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Revised fishing tournament rules topic of hearings

MADISON – Draft changes to fishing tournament rules aimed at increasing tournament angler satisfaction while addressing concerns about crowding at boat ramps and fish mortality potentially associated with tournaments are the topic of public hearings in late October and early November.

The current fishing tournament rules have been in effect for more than three years and the Department of Natural Resources has taken a critical look at the rule to identify areas for improvement, says DNR Fisheries Director Mike Staggs.

“The rules have generally worked well since they went into effect in 2011, but we’ve learned that some aren’t needed and found ways we can streamline others to make them work even better in the future,” he says. “We thank the various tournament organizers who have provided input the past several years.”

Jonathan Hansen, the DNR tournament program coordinator, says the changes include defining new permit exceptions and participant limits, streamlining tournament permit application procedures, and clarifying boat and live well requirements.

“Many resorts and bars have season-long tournaments where fishing is dispersed over many weeks. The new rule would allow these tournaments without a permit because they have little chance of adding to typical tournament crowding or fish mortality,” he says.

Kate Strom Hiorns, DNR fisheries policy specialist, says the rule also would replace the current permit application open period with a first-come first-serve application process. “Overall, the rule should make the permit process more transparent and less confusing for tournament organizers,” she says.

In addition, DNR worked with tournament anglers to develop a standard approach for when and where bag limits will be reduced in hot summer months and to standardize boundaries on Green Bay to help prevent fish dying after tournaments with a catch-hold-release format, she says.

Public hearings will be held in three locations around the state that typically hold large numbers of fishing tournaments:

  • Oct. 30, La Crosse – 6:30 p.m. at the South Side Neighborhood Center, 1300 S. 6th St
  • Nov.4, Fitchburg – 6 p.m., Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Meeting Room A&B
  • Nov. 6, Oshkosh – 6 p.m., at the James P. Coughlin Center/DNR Service Center, 625 E. County Road Y, Main Conference Room

To view a copy of the proposed rules, search the DNR website, and search for proposed administrative rules and click on the button for, View proposed permanent natural resources rules. The fishing tournament rule can be found under FH-01-12.

For More Information:

  • Kate Strom Hiorns – (608) 266-0828
  • Jon Hansen – (608) 266-6883
  • Kate Strom Hiorns (email)DNR Headquarters101 S. Webster

    P.O. Box 7921

    Madison, WI 53707-7921


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Do you approve of the Deer Trustee and Review Committee’s recommendations for changes to Wisconsin’s deer management program?

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INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON – POLL s729Do you plan to apply for a Wisconsin wolf hunting/trapping permit?
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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approves 2012 wolf hunt quota, zones and rules

STEVENS POINT — The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved the 2012 wolf hunt quota, zones and rules for Wisconsin’s fall 2012 wolf hunting and trapping season. The emergency rule was approved on a unanimous vote.

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved three amendments to the proposal at today’s meeting after listening to testimony from over 40 people:

  1. Any wolf caught in a trap will be humanely dispatched
  2. There will be a zero wolf quota on the Stockbridge-Munsee tribal reservation
  3. The department will gather all possible data before the board votes on a permanent rule and the department will come back to the board in September with a timeline for updating the wolf management plan

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp praised DNR staff for their hard work on the proposal at today’s meeting. “I want to thank the DNR staff for the tremendous work they did in pulling together this proposal. We were operating with some pretty tight timelines. They rose to the challenges before them. This is just another example of the great work that our state’s wildlife professionals do on a daily basis on behalf of the citizens of Wisconsin,” said Stepp. “In addition, I want to thank the public for their input and help, which allowed us to find a good balance for Wisconsin’s first wolf hunting season.”

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved a quota of up to 201wolves that could be harvested during the first season. The available quota and permits available to nontribal hunters and trappers will be determined after tribes make their declarations of the harvest quota for the Ceded Territory.

  • The season will run October 15, 2012 through February 28, 2013
  • Permit sales to open Aug 1

All hunters will be eligible to receive a wolf harvest permit in a drawing during the first year. Unsuccessful hunters will be awarded a preference point. Permit applications may be purchased at any ALIS license vendor, online and by telephone. The permit application fee is $10. The license fee is $100 for residents; $500 for nonresidents.

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  • Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson – 608-267-2773
  • Information on the hunting season proposal can be found on the DNR website search for keyword wolf.

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Are you concerned about the discovery of a CWD-infected deer in Washburn County?

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Was killing of eight wolves in Ironwood, Michigan justified?

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Eight wolves killed in city of Ironwood


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In the April 26 issue of Michigan Outdoor News, Marty Kovarik writes:

Marquette, Mich. — Working as an agent for the state of Michigan, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services personnel killed eight gray wolves in Ironwood between March 5 and April 5. The wolves belonged to two packs that had become habituated to people, and were being seen inside city limits at an increasing rate. The DNR deemed them a threat to human safety.

“This has been an ongoing issue over the past few years, and wolves were coming into residential areas,” Brian Roell, the DNR’s wolf specialist, told Michigan Outdoor News.

According to Roell, the department began receiving complaints in early January that people were seeing wolves inside the city limits. One report stated that a wolf was seen in a resident’s driveway.

“Deer were coming in to feed on bushes and at bird feeders, and the wolves were following their prey into town and also feeding on garbage,” Roell said. “In early March, the complaints picked up.”

Ironwood Daily Globe outdoor writer Ralph Ansami said the problem was particularly bad in some areas such as Sunset Road, where one resident would see wolves while walking his dog and others would see them within feet of their doors.

According to Sunset Road resident Clara May Lynn, her husband Robert turned on the back porch light one evening and saw two wolves approximately 10 yards from their door. The wolves ran away when the light was turned on. The next morning he investigated and found the carcass of a deer the wolves had killed. Before he had a chance to move the deer carcass, wolves came back and devoured it.

“They came back into the yard the next day,” Lynn told Michigan Outdoor News. “It was pretty scary.”

Ironwood City Manager Scott Erickson said he’s been hearing about wolves in local urbanized areas more frequently than in the past, and he discussed the issue with USDA Wildlife Services personnel.

“We plan on working with legislators to make sure that the funding to manage these wolves in our area continues,” Erickson said. “We are concerned that they are getting too populated, and these problem animals need to be dealt with.”

In previous years, the DNR tried to haze the wolves with non-lethal methods such as cracker shells and rubber bullets. Some wolves were caught and collared and then tracked back to the packs where further hazing was done. These tactics were only short-term solutions, and the wolves kept coming back into town. The problems increased toward the end of each winter.

Although no people were threatened and no dogs were killed, the DNR determined the wolves were becoming increasingly habituated to town and decided to take action for safety reasons.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took the gray wolf off the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region in January. This gave the state more authority to manage problem animals. It also allowed the DNR to issue permits to farmers to dispatch wolves on their property, and made it legal for a person to kill a wolf in the act of attacking livestock or pets.

According to Roell, permits have been issued to two farmers so far this year. On a farm in Ontonagon County, a farmer or his agent killed a wolf April 16, which was not in the act of preying on livestock. This was the first wolf killed under the new permit system. At the same farm, another wolf was killed April 17 while it was attacking cattle.

If a wolf is killed under a permit, the farmer cannot move the carcass without taking photographs of it and the surrounding area and must contact the DNR as soon as practical, but no later than 12 hours after the wolf was killed. If a wolf is shot while attacking a dog, the carcass cannot be moved at all.

To report a wolf that is shot, call the DNR’s RAP Hotline at (800) 292-7800.

“The best thing to do if someone kills a wolf in the act of preying on livestock or a dog is to leave the carcass where it is until DNR personnel arrives,” Roell said.

Wolf carcasses are sent to the Rose Lake Laboratory where officials check for diseases and foot damage, the skull is measured, and the animal is aged. If the pelt is salvageable, it is either tanned or mounted for educational institutions such as schools, universities, or nature centers, according to Roell.

To date, 69 wolves have been killed either by the DNR or USDA since wolves returned to Michigan. Fifty were causing livestock damage and 19 were deemed human safety threats.


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