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Fawn searches provide opportunity to play an important role in Wisconsin deer research

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:29
MADISON -- Fawning season for Wisconsin's white-tailed deer is nearly here, and Department of Natural Resources staff needs help from volunteers to place radio collars on newborn fawns in southwest Wisconsin. - - Most fawns are born in late May and early June, and once again volunteers will be vital in reaching the department's goal of 100 collared fawns in 2017. Volunteers work alongside DNR search teams in southwest Wisconsin on foot to find fawns hidden in grassy fields and wooded underbrush.
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Application period for County Deer Advisory Council membership opens June 1

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:29
MADISON -- Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats. The application period for each county is open from June 1 to July 1, 2017. - - Council members meet annually to review deer management data, gather public input from citizens and provide recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions in their county.
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Lake Michigan stakeholder meetings set to discuss next steps in fisheries management

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:29
MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is again seeking participation from Lake Michigan anglers and other interested stakeholders to discuss the latest trends in the fishery and lay the groundwork for management decisions for 2018. - - Public information meetings will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 7 in Room 3080 at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, 600 E. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204 and on June 8 in the Lake Michigan Conference Room at Lakeshore Technical College, 1290 North Ave, Cleveland, WI 53015.
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Raccoon young are out! Admire from afar

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:29
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: DNR - wildlife and conservation warden staff will conduct a phone news conference to - take questions and discuss issues surrounding keeping wildlife wild. The news - conference is Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call in - number: 1-855-947-8255. The  passcode is: - 6967750#.]MADISON -- State wildlife officials remind everyone the best way to enjoy views of Wisconsin's wildlife newborns is from a distance - and that includes the raccoon young known as kits. - - People may see baby raccoons playing during daytime and mistakenly think they are abandoned.Photo Credit: Jay Watson - - Dianne Robinson, wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says people likely will see the raccoon kits but not their mother because although she is nearby she stays out of sight.
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Online Whooping crane chat takes flight at noon Thursday

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:29
MADISON - The public can learn more about whooping cranes and their long journey from the brink of extinction during a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources "Ask the Experts" chat at noon Thursday, May 11. - - - - Spring migration is completing, the breeding season is underway and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership is busy hatching eggs and monitoring nests across Wisconsin. Efforts are proceeding to again have a group of chicks raised in captivity by adult whooping cranes. Conservation biologists also are optimistic they will get more wild-raised chicks to fledging age.
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Inland fishing season opens May 6

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:45
Walleye, musky, bass and trout - what will you catch when you head out? - - MADISON -- Fisheries biologists from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say anglers can expect to find some trophy potential fish as well as abundant numbers of popular game species this spring when the general inland fishing season gets underway statewide on Saturday, May 6. - - Editors' Note: The following fisheries team members are available to talk about statewide and regional fishing opportunities for the general inland season opener starting May 6. - - - Mike Donofrio, northeast, 715-582-5050, Michael.Donofrio@wisconsin.gov;John Kubisiak, north, 715-365-8919, John.Kubisiak@wisconsin.gov; Scott Toshner, northwest, 715-372-8539 Ext. 121 scott.toshner@wisconsin.gov; Heath Benike, west central, 715-838-8386 heath.benike@wisconsin.gov David Rowe, south, 608-275-3282, David.Rowe@Wisconsin.gov; Laura Stremick-Thompson, southeast, 920-387-7876, laura.stremickthompson@wisconsin.gov; Steve Hewett, fisheries management section chief, 608-267-7501, Steven.Hewett@Wisconsin.gov Tim Simonson, musky team leader, 608-275-3239, timothy.simonson@wisconsin.gov; Karl Scheidegger, state record fish coordinator, 608-267-9426, Karl.Scheidegger@wisconsin.gov; - -
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Join DNR experts for Fishing Opener Chat Thursday, May 4 at noon -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:45
- - MADISON - People who want to learn more about Wisconsin's top fishing spots and what to expect for the inland season fishing opener on May 6 can join fisheries biologists and other experts from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for an online chat Thursday, May 4 at noon. The chat will cover spring fishery survey activities, Wisconsin's new catch and release state record category, fisheries regulations and more. - - To participate, join via dnr.wi.gov by searching "Ask the Experts" or sign in on the DNR Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WIDNR. Click on the "Ask the Experts chat" link under the cover photo.
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Enjoy migratory birds and help care for them on International Migratory Bird Day -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:45
Community events, peak of bird migration highlight May 13 celebration - - MADISON - May 13 is International Migratory Bird Day in North America and it's a great time for Wisconsin residents to get outside to enjoy these long-distance travelers and take steps around home to help them. - - "International Migratory Bird Day is the perfect time to go birding," says Ryan Brady, a Department of Natural Resources conservation biologist who coordinates bird monitoring for the Natural Heritage Conservation Program. "In our area, that's probably the overall peak of migration. You'll see the biggest number and variety of birds either returning to nest in Wisconsin or stopping to refuel as they make their way north to breeding grounds."
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Help keep the gains going for rare birds; donate to The Great Wisconsin Birdathon -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:45
MADISON -- For the next two months, bird lovers have an easy way to help build on the progress being made in Wisconsin in recovering federally endangered Kirtland's warblers, establishing a self-sustaining flock of whooping cranes in the eastern U.S., protecting and enhancing stopover sites for Wisconsin's rare bird species and completing a comprehensive survey of breeding birds. - - By making a pledge through The Great Wisconsin Birdathon to a team, individual or the event in general, bird lovers can directly donate to eight priority bird conservation projects that are making great gains for rare birds in particular and all birds in general through habitat work, reintroduction, research, and monitoring.
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Preliminary 2016 bobcat harvest information now available -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:45
MADISON -- Preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin's 2016-17 bobcat season show hunters and trappers harvested 338 bobcats. - - Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information - final harvest information should be available by mid-June. The 2016-17 season marked the third year of a statewide bobcat harvest. These preliminary figures include results from the newly opened southern bobcat harvest zone.
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Public comments sought on draft general permit for wetlands associated with certain construction sites -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:45
- - - - MADISON -- A new general permit that addresses impacts to wetlands that formed in depressions created as a result of grading and construction activities within uplands has been drafted and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the language. - - The public comment period on the general permit runs until the close of business May 30, 2017.
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Nine-year-old Tanner Derusha's rainbow smelt proves records come in all sizes

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:06
ASHLAND, Wis. - As proud father Dave Derusha explains it, one of the great things about fishing on Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay is that you never know quite what you'll catch. - - Tanner Derusha, age 9, and his hook and line record rainbow smelt. Tanner, of Odanah, could tell that he had a nice smelt on the line by the way the fish fluttered. But it wasn't until he brought the fish up through the ice and compared it with some of the others that he and his father realized they had something truly special.Photo Credit: DNR - - Some days it might be coho salmon or brown trout, other days possibly walleye, northern pike or splake. And then there are the rainbow smelt.
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Wisconsin celebrates Forest Appreciation Week leading up to Arbor Day on April 28

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:06
MADISON - Celebrations across the state are taking place to celebrate Forest Appreciation Week, which is capped off by Arbor Day on Friday, April 28. Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation recognizing Forest Appreciation Week and Arbor Day. Wisconsin has celebrated Arbor Day since 1883. - - Wisconsin's 17.1 million acres of forests provide nearly 65,000 jobs and contribute more than $24 billion annually to the state's economy. Photo Credit: DNR - - "Wisconsin's forests are important to the overall health of our state's economy, environment, and culture," said Chief State Forester Fred Souba at the Department of Natural Resources. "The 17.1 million acres of forests in Wisconsin provide nearly 65,000 Wisconsin jobs and contribute more than $24 billion annually to the state's economy as well as providing beautiful vistas for recreation activities and many other environmental benefits."
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DNR, partners support projects to expand recreational boating and angling access

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:06
- - FLORENCE, Wis. - Construction of a new Florence County boat launch represents one of the many ways the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources works with partners to improve access to great fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities. - - The launch, which involved a $157,331 grant from the state, was matched with funds from the federal Sport Fish Restoration program as well as support from Florence County to provide road access and funds for ongoing maintenance. While the Kingsford Flowage project was awarded during the 2015 grant cycle, in 2016, DNR provided funding for 38 projects to expand recreational boating access, provide for clean vessels or extend sportfishing opportunities. The deadline for the next funding cycle of recreational boating facilities grants is June 1, 2017.
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Quick tips can help homeowners avoid potential bear conflicts

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:06
- - MADISON -- Many black bears have begun to emerge from their dens throughout Wisconsin, and homeowners are encouraged to take precautions to avoid potential conflicts. - - Black bears normally avoid contact with people, but when food sources are available bears can quickly learn to associate humans with food.Photo Credit: DNR - - "Many conflicts between homeowners and black bears occur as a result of some type of attractant, especially bird feeders, garbage cans, grills, uncontained compost or pet food left outside and accessible" said Brad Koele, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife damage specialist.
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2017 disabled deer hunt sponsor application due June 1

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:06
MADISON - Both landowners and hunters with disabilities are reminded to consider enrollment in the Gun Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities Program, which helps provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy hunting in Wisconsin. - - - - In 2016, more than 70 landowners in 48 counties enrolled roughly 79,000 acres of hunting land to provide opportunities for over 400 participants to take part in the gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities.Photo Credit: DNR - - - - - - Time spent pursuing white-tailed deer is difficult or unrealistic for some, as sitting in a hunting stand or blind is a privilege that is often taken for granted. This program gives disabled hunters an opportunity to hunt deer while mild temperatures persist and mobility is relatively unhampered.
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Provide public access to the outdoors and earn extra income through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:58
- - MADISON - The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program is the perfect way to earn extra income and provide opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors. - - - VPA-HIP gives landowners extra income and provides outdoor enthusiasts of all types a new place to enjoy their time in Wisconsin.Photo Credit: DNR - - - Enrolled landowners earn income in return for opening their land to year-round public hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife observation.
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Anglers, boaters key to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:58
MADISON -- As fishing activity ramps up in waters with early season opportunities and anticipation builds for the general inland season fishing opener on May 6, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that a few extra minutes spent emptying live wells and cleaning plant debris from anchors and trailers plays a critical role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. - - DNR research covering 1,000 state lakes released in October 2016 shows the spread of aquatic invasive species has not increased, as would be predicted, but rather has remained stable - an indicator that prevention efforts may be playing a role. Given the recent identification of a few highly undesirable species such as starry stonewort and round gobies in a limited number of inland waters, continued prevention efforts are more important than ever, said Bob Wakeman, DNR's aquatic invasive species coordinator.
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Final comments sought on Lake Michigan fisheries management plan update

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:58
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to correct the comment deadline on the draft Lake Michigan fisheries management plan.  The deadline for comments is May 20, 2017.]MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has completed the final draft of its long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin's Lake Michigan waters and invites citizens to provide final input. Lake Michigan has seen drastic ecological changes in recent years and the new plan will guide fisheries management through the next 10 years. - - "We listened to what the public said during public input sessions and incorporated this feedback along with our own thoughts into the draft 10-year plan," said Brad Eggold, DNR Great Lakes district fisheries supervisor. "Now, it's time to see whether we are on track with the expectations and desires of the public."
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Catchable trout: coming soon to a water near you

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:58
MADISON -- Anglers of all ages will soon have many more reasons to get excited about the upcoming inland fishing season opener on May 6 thanks to efforts by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to stock "catchable" trout in locally accessible lakes, ponds and streams. - - For 2017, more than 650,000 trout including adult broodstock, yearlings and large fingerlings are being stocked in more than 300 inland waters statewide. In all, some 240,000 rainbow trout, 221,000 brook trout and 198,000 brown trout will be delivered before the inland season opener on the first Saturday in May.
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