DSORe POLL S1022

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Are firewood restrictions likely to prevent the spread of tree diseases?

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Do you agree with the antlerless deer harvest quotas for 2015?

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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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DSORe POLL S1018

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Do you approve of the Wisconsin State Senate’s vote to remove the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases?

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Wisconsin goes electronic harvest registration for deer and bear hunting for 2015

Electronic deer and bear registration will provide additional convenience to hunters while keeping time-honored traditions alive

MADISON — After a successful 2014 pilot program, deer and bear hunters in Wisconsin will be able to electronically register their harvest during 2015 hunting seasons.

Electronic registration will provide additional convenience and reduced cost for hunters and will also give the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources instantaneous access to harvest data. Electronic registration is currently in use for Wisconsin’s turkey and goose hunting seasons, and agencies in other states have reported high hunter satisfaction through electronic registration for deer and other big game.

While walk-in registration was the only option available for many hunters in the past, all deer and bear will be registered electronically in 2015. In-person registration is expected to continue to be available in many locations throughout Wisconsin, and will also use the new system.

“We are encouraging local businesses to volunteer their services as a registration station to help give hunters an opportunity to continue their traditions,” said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer ecologist. “Any business can offer registration services if they are willing to provide a phone or computer for public use, or assist a hunter with registration. We have worked with stakeholders and will continue to offer on our website a list of businesses that will offer in-person registration with the new system.”

In 2014, 14,000 hunters were selected to register deer by telephone or online and test a new electronic registration system. Those hunters registered more than 10,000 deer electronically during the archery, crossbow, muzzleloader, and gun deer seasons.

“We received feedback from a number of hunters, and overall, most users found both the telephone and online systems easy to use and very convenient,” said Wallenfang. “We’ve used many of their suggestions to make our system even more user-friendly in 2015.”

Improvements for the 2015 deer season include a shortened and much simpler carcass tag confirmation number. In addition, a more efficient keypad-based phone menu will replace the voice-activated system used in 2014. With help from Wisconsin hunters, the electronic registration process has been further streamlined to allow hunters to register their deer with ease.

According to Dave MacFarland, DNR bear ecologist, while bear hunters will also be required to use electronic registration, they will still need to submit a tooth from a harvested bear.

“While the transition to electronic registration will provide some unique challenges, we hope to make it as simple as possible for hunters,” said MacFarland. “Historically, we have seen nearly 100 percent compliance in the submission of bear samples–continued partnerships with Wisconsin’s bear hunters will help keep this track record of success going under the new registration system.”

Hunters who successfully drew a bear permit in 2015 will receive further instructions and sampling materials by mail this summer.

To register electronically, hunters will simply need to go online or call the registration system and provide the same basic harvest information as in the past. Upon successful registration, each hunter will receive a confirmation number – this will need to be written on the carcass tag attached to the animal.

Both deer and bear hunters will be required to register their animal by 5 p.m. the day after harvest. Regardless of the method used, registration for both deer and bear remains mandatory for all hunters.

People who would like to receive email updates and other information regarding deer and bear hunting and season structure in Wisconsin, can go to the DNR website 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” or “black bear” within the “hunting” list.

For more information regarding deer and bear hunting in Wisconsin, search the DNR website  for keywords “deer” and “bear” respectively. To learn more about electronic registration, search keywords “electronic registration”.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer ecologist – (608) 261-7589
Dave MacFarland, DNR bear ecologist – (715) 365-8917

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DSORe POLL S1015

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Should the deer baiting and feeding ban be lifted in counties where no new cases of CWD have been found after three years?

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Public asked to consider simplified inland trout regulations

MADISON — A color coded system that simplifies inland trout regulations will be up for consideration by those attending the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing on April 13.

The proposed rules, which will be presented at hearings held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual meetings, increase fishing opportunities for anglers on Wisconsin’s 13,000 miles of trout streams. Scot Stewart, district fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the proposal received a positive reception at 10 public meetings held statewide last fall.

“Through careful management and angler support, trout populations have improved statewide since the rules were last updated in 2003,” Stewart said. “During the 2014 public meetings, anglers expressed enthusiasm for the new rules because they will continue to support healthy trout populations while providing more quality fishing opportunities.”

Since 2011, DNR has held 31 public meetings, conducted three surveys including a survey of lapsed trout anglers and convened additional task force meetings focused on trout. The resulting proposal would reduce the number of special trout regulations from more than 40 to 12. The proposal also would create more uniformity of regulations on trout streams and within small geographic areas.

 

The proposed system also would use color-coding resembling a stoplight to guide anglers. Under the system:

  • Green means go fish, with no length limit, a bag limit of five fish and no bait restrictions;
  • Yellow means caution, with an 8-inch length limit, a bag limit of three fish and no bait restrictions;
  • Red means special regulations are in place. Anglers are advised to stop and understand the regulations before fishing.

Changes also are proposed to the season dates for inland trout fishing. The 2015 early catch and release season runs from March 7 to April 26 with a five-day closure before the regular season fishing opener on May 2. The proposal would extend the opening of the early catch and release season to the first Saturday in January and would run to the day before the regular fishing opener with no five-day closure period. The fall season would extend from the current Sept. 30 to Oct. 15.

Extending the season in the fall will provide more opportunities for catching or harvesting trout without affecting spawning or generating user conflicts along streams.

If the proposed rules move forward, they would take effect for the 2016-2017 season. For those who cannot attend the spring fish and wildlife public hearings, written comments on any proposals may be submitted before April 13 to:

Kate Strom Hiorns, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or email.

To learn more about the proposal, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for keywords Spring Hearings. The website provides a list of proposals for consideration including the trout package.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

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