050915_dsore_s1019_lincfabcorents-welcome 051614_dsore_s1020_chochofest-dan-chefdemo LAST WEEK’S POLL RESULTS



Are you confident electronic registration of deer and bear will provide accurate harvest information?




050915_dsore_s1019_pollpicAttendees at Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Conservation Congress Meetings overwhelmingly support changes in baiting and feeding laws

Last year during the spring hearings, the Natural Resources Board asked if deer baiting and feeding should be banned from 10 days prior to the archery opener through the gun deer season. The question passed in 66 counties. This year the Conservation Congress asked if deer baiting and feeding should be banned from Sept. 1 through the last day of any deer season. The question passed in 63 counties. The statewide vote was 2,532 in favor of the change and 1,303 opposed.


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Should Wisconsin sell naming rights to our state parks?





032815_dsore_s1013_pollpicHunting with silencers in Wisconsin?

Outdoor News blogger Kristen Monroe wrote:

I think of a hardcore criminal on the big screen trying to kill their enemy in silence when I hear the word silencer, or suppressor. I certainly never thought about them in a positive light. Why would anyone consider using them for hunting?

It is legal to purchase and hunt with suppressors in Wisconsin, but owning a suppressor that is not properly registered and taxed is a felony. To my surprise, only a few states prohibit them. And two of them are our neighbors.

It is currently illegal to own a silencer in Minnesota and Illinois. Illinois is in the process of adopting a new law that may change things in the future. In Michigan, you can own suppressors, but not  for hunting. The process is the same for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authorization; you must check with the state laws to see which state allows them and for what. Some states, like Michigan, only allow them for citizens’ personal use, while in South Dakota it is only legal to use them for varmint hunting.

I found the site for the American Suppressor Association to be very valuable, but I still made a call and spoke with the Wisconsin DNR to verify that it is legal to use them for hunting in this state. According to Knox Williams, president and executive director of the American Suppressor Association, the process to own one legally is the same in every state in which it is legal.

In Wisconsin, you can legally hunt and own a suppressor if the ATF gives authorization. YOU need the stamp if approval. A licensed dealer can also walk you through the process.

Giving poachers more tools to wipe the deer population certainly isn’t something I would ever support. Then again, if criminals are willing to poach I bet they already are.

A friend told me,  we can’t legislate based on what fear of what poachers or other law breakers might do. Williams explained several benefits that I had never thought about in the past.

READ MORE   http://www.outdoornews.com/February-2015/Hunting-with-silencers-in-Wisconsin/

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Additional TV Channels / Times: DEER HUNT Wisconsin 2014

WDSE 8/31.2 Second Chance Channel Nov. 9 @9 p.m.

WDSE 8/31.1 PBS North Nov. 16 @11 a.m.

Fox 47 (Madison) Nov. 16 @6 a.m.

Results for POLL S945

Should the wolf season starting date be moved to a date later than Oct. 15?

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WDNR Customer service — Accessible or not … ???

Is the DNR accessible enough to meet your informational and service needs?


DNR announces expanded customer service hours at Waukesha center

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MADISON — The Department of Natural Resources is expanding over the counter service hours at its Waukesha center effective November 10. This is part of the DNR efforts to increase customer service hours statewide by over 6,000 hours. The Waukesha center will now offer counter service from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., five days per week.

“e;Excellent customer service is a top priority for DNR. Expanding the counter hours at service centers where we can makes it more convenient for our customers to obtain our services.” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We were able to increase the hours after moving vacancies to the Waukesha service center.”

The Department has a four pillar customer service strategy: partnering with local businesses; using the internet; offering a toll-free call-center; and face-to-face counter service. Hunting and fishing licenses are sold over-the-counter at more than 1,300 retail locations. Customers can purchase their licenses from the convenience of their home. A call center/hotline serves customers seven days a week, 15 hours per day. These enhancements were implemented to complement the face-to-face service offered at service center locations.

“Staying in touch with customers is important to us. Between our customer service specialists who serve customers face-to-face or in the call center, internet sales and our local license vendors, we offer Waukesha area customers many ways to buy a license or get questions answered at convenient times and locations,” said Diane Brookbank, Director of DNR’s Customer & Outreach Services.

Benefits of this change include:

  • Approximately 6,000 more counter hours per year can be dedicated to face-to-face customer activities, 1,000 hours at each newly expanded location.
  • No additional funding or positions required for this plan.
  • Customers will continue to have access to DNR staff and license/registration services Monday through Friday; with services offered through the lunch hour.

DNR’s statewide Call Center maintains high level of responsiveness to our customers.

Customers can talk to DNR customer service representatives by phone at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463) seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. – making DNR more accessible than any resource agency in the country. Live chats are available the same hours; a link is on the DNR website dnr.wi.gov.

DNR customer service representatives are highly trained to interpret regulations, resolve license and registration problems, and are very knowledgeable about resources and recreational opportunities at the local level.

NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL S946

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