Saturday, September 22, 2018

Getting Out

Field Notes 4/13/18

Input sought at CDAC meetings

People have a final chance to comment on deer hunting-related issues at upcoming County Deer Advisory Council meetings across Wisconsin, including those in Eau Claire, Chippewa and Dunn counties. 

Comments will be taken on a variety of deer hunt topics, such as the antlerless kill figure, permit levels and the structure of the hunting season. 

The Dunn County CDAC meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Dunn County Fish and Game Association clubhouse, 1600 Pine Ave. East in Menomonie. 

The CDAC meeting in Eau Claire County is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the state Department of Natural Resources service center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. 

In Chippewa County, the CDAD meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Room 003 in the Chippewa County Courthouse, 711 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls. 

CDAC meetings are scheduled for next week in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Information gathered at those meetings will be used to make possible changes to deer hunts in each of those locations. 

Volunteers, staff work on survey

MADISON — As spring weather sweeps across the state, biologists and volunteers are monitoring Wisconsin’s wildlife.

Each spring, state Department of Natural Resources staff and volunteers complete surveys to learn more about the state’s pheasants, ruffed grouse, frogs and a variety of other wildlife species. 

Spring and summer surveys take place on designated roadside routes, work that sometimes requires biologists to make frequent stops. Motorists should be on the lookout for people taking part in those efforts, DNR officials said. 

Survey results can be found online, and people interested in learning more about Wisconsin’s wildlife species are encouraged to view available data. For more information, visit the DNR website,, and search using the keyword “reports.”

Trout stocked in state waters

MADISON — State Department of Natural Resources staff are stocking about 740,000 trout to inland waters in time for this year’s May 5 fishing opener. 

A total of 275,000 rainbow, 200,000 brown, 215,000 brook, and 50,000 lake trout will be stocked in more than 400 waters by that date, said Jeff Mosher, DNR fish production manager.

The fish to be stocked were raised at Nevin Fish Hatchery, Osceola Fish Hatchery and St. Croix Falls Hatchery. A complete list of 2018 inland waters expected to be stocked with those fish can be found by visiting and searching using keywords “catchable trout.”

From staff reports

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