Are you concerned about the apparent continued spread of CWD in Wisconsin’s deer herd?

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031415_dsore_s1011_pollpicIn the March 8 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Outdoors Editor Paul Smith wrote:

“Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows.
In addition, the use of crossbows contributed to a record buck bow kill in 2014.”

Smith reports that crossbow hunters registered 15,768 bucks, compared with 30,433 bucks taken with vertical bows, and that the total buck harvest was 46,201, which topped the previous high of 45,988, recorded in 2012.

Smith quotes DNR wildlife bureau director Tom Hauge as saying, “When I stand back and look at the overall deer harvest, the 47,000 crossbow hunters didn’t change the overall trajectory of the season.”

In Michigan, where crossbows were legalized for all hunters in 2009, 49% of archery hunters used them. If that trend is matched here in Wisconsin, nearly half of archery hunters may be using crossbows in a few years.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/data-shows-impact-of-crossbows-on-2014-deer-hunt-b99457038z1-295504381.html





Results for POLL S940

With the increased transportation of Bakken crude oil via rail across Wisconsin, are you worried about possible oil spills or fires?

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WI Wildlife / Habitat management – Good Job or …???

Is the Wisconsin DNR doing a good job of managing wildlife and habitat?


Share your thoughts on Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife, their habitats, and outdoor recreation

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MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently revising two key conservation plans – the Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan [PDF]. Through completion of an online questionnaire, the public can give the department valuable input regarding Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife resources management.

“We take great pride in our efforts to involve the public in our conservation efforts,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “These two plans are the driving force behind much of the department’s federal funding, and will help Wisconsin continue to provide for such a wide range of outdoor activities.”

The Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan act as a blueprint for how the department will manage and protect Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife resources over the next ten years.

The department must complete each plan in order to receive federal funding that will help support healthy, sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Funding is also key for the creation and maintenance of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state.

Public involvement is a key piece of the puzzle in ensuring the state remains a leader in resource management and protection.

An online survey is one component of a comprehensive public outreach effort associated with updating the Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan. The survey will close Nov. 14 at midnight.

To complete the survey, click here .

Translated versions will be made available in both Hmong and Spanish within the next few weeks.

To learn more about the Wildlife Action Plan and the Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword wap10year.


  • Tara Bergeson, DNR conservation biologist – (608) 264-6043
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DSORe eNews Vol.8 Issue S845

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Results for POLL S844

Should the DNR have special rules for fishing tournaments?

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Should hunting from tree stands be banned?

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Deer Stands – ILLEGAL !…???

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The Question: “Should hunting from tree stands be banned??”WHAT do YOU think of this.


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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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