Saturday, September 22, 2018

Getting Out

Field Notes 3/23/18

Fishing, wildlife hearings to occur

MADISON — A continuous season for bass fishing — with harvest only allowed during the current open season — restriction on moving deer that test positive for chronic wasting disease and a new fee to use state wildlife, fisheries and natural areas are among the questions the public can vote on at the annual spring fish and wildlife public heearing and annual Conservation Congress county meetings.

On Monday, April 9, hearings in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties will begin at 7 p.m. at designated locations. The meetings allow people interested in natural resources management to ask questions of and provide testimony to state Department of Natural Resources staff and the Conservation Congress on various matters. That input can prompt changes in state regulations. 

Among the fisheries management advisory questions are two of statewide interest related to bass fishing. One seeks input on the idea of a statewide, continuous open season for bass fishing. The other proposes establishing alternate size and bag limits for participants in permitted, catch-and-release bass fishing tournaments.

Wildlife management advisory questions to be addressed at the hearings include asking whether deer killed in a chronic wasting disease-affected county could only be transported within that county or to an adjacent CWD-affected county to minimize the risk of transmitting the deadly deer disease. 

For more information about the hearings, visit the DNR website, and search using key words “spring hearings.”

Fall turkey drawing ended

MADISON — Fall turkey hunters in Wisconsin will no longer be required to apply for or compete in a drawing for fall turkey hunt authorizations. 

Instead, one fall turkey hunt permit will be issued at no additional cost with the purchase of a fall turkey or conservation patron license. Customers will need to specify their zone of choice when purchasing their license.

In addition to fall hunt permits issued with the purchase of a license, bonus fall hunt permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Select turkey management zones will have a set number of bonus permit available for $10 apiece beginning in August. 

Fall turkey kill numbers are down in Wisconsin during the past decade. DNR surveys indicate the lower total is because of reduced hunter participation, prompting the DNR to decide the fall turkey hunt permit drawing is no longer necessary.  

For more information on the fall turkey hunting season, visit and search using the keyword “turkey.”

From staff reports

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