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Weekly News Published - January 12, 2016 by the Central Office

 

Northern pike are waiting as ice fishing season ramps up with Free Fishing Weekend

DNR experts urge extreme caution as ice conditions vary greatly

MADISON -- While the ice fishing season is off to a slower than usual start this year, anglers can be sure of one thing: when the ice finally cooperates, the northern pike will be waiting.

In many areas of the state, a recent blast of arctic air has arrived just in time to set conditions up for Free Fishing Weekend, which this year runs on Jan. 16 and 17 and allows fishing anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp. Ben Heussner, a fisheries biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said those who decide to give ice fishing a try this weekend will be in for the experience of a lifetime if they find themselves with a northern on the other end of the line.

Northern pike put up a strong fight, but this one was no match for Cecelia Toshner, 5.
Northern pike put up a strong fight, but this one was no match for Cecelia Toshner, 5.
Photo Credit: WDNR

"Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice, feeling a northern pike strip the line away under the ice can be an exhilarating experience," Heussner said. "My favorite nicknames for northern pike include 'water wolf' and 'gator' because they truly describe the demeanor of this aggressive predator."

As a cool water species, northern pike remain active throughout the winter season and reports from anglers and fisheries biologists statewide indicate northern pike are now producing more action than walleye or panfish in many areas where ice fishing has gotten underway. Heussner said he recommends using heavy 20 lb. monofilament when fishing for northern pike because of their sharp teeth; it's also helpful to keep a jaw spreader and set of needle nose pliers handy to remove the hook.

Northern pike abundance is widespread throughout the state with most lakes in the southern part of the state south of Highway 10 offering a minimum length limit of 26 inches and a daily bag limit of two. In the north, many lakes carry no minimum length limit and offer a daily bag limit of five northern pike. Anglers are encouraged to check the Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations 2015-2016 [PDF] to be sure of local size and bag limits.

While pike are known for their fight, they also produce flavorful fillets. Heussner said one helpful technique to avoid the "y" bones [PDF] that run along the spine involves breaking the fish down into five separate fillets: one above the top of the spine, two flank fillets on either side of the rib bones and two fillets from either side of the fish from the dorsal fin back to the tail.

With respect to other species, DNR fisheries biologist and sturgeon team leader Ryan Koenigs said he anticipates 2016 will produce another strong class of fish for sturgeon spearing season, which opens Feb. 13 and runs either 16 days or until this year's increased harvest caps are met. A more detailed outlook on spearing season will be provided in the coming weeks for the Lake Winnebago system.

Elsewhere, panfish are the quarry of choice on Otter Lake, a 602 acre impoundment in Eastern Chippewa County that is a popular destination for anglers year round, said Joseph Gerbyshak, DNR fisheries biologist in the region. A recent fishery survey put nearly 60 percent of the bluegill over 7 inches - a great size for the pan. The lake also provides a quality walleye fishery with 74 percent of the walleye captured in the 2014 survey at over 15 inches.

Some of the necessary tools for battling northern pike including safety picks, jaw spreader, pliers, gaff hook, measuring tape, scoop, live bait, tip-ups.
Some of the necessary tools for battling northern pike including safety picks, jaw spreader, pliers, gaff hook, measuring tape, scoop, live bait, tip-ups.
Photo Credit: WDNR

In the central part of the state, DNR fisheries biologist and pike team co-leader Jennifer Bergman anticipates there will be great opportunities in the days ahead on Nepco Lake in Wood County for panfish, northern pike, largemouth bass and walleye. The Eagles Nest Flowage in Juneau County should produce a strong crop of panfish and largemouth bass while Petenwell Lake in Adams and Juneau counties should offer up some nice walleye, catfish and panfish once the ice takes hold.

Still, even in the north, DNR fisheries biologist John Kubisiak urges anglers to exercise great care in picking their spots. Many of the larger, deeper lakes only recently iced over and will not support foot traffic, much less a vehicle. However, the single digit temperatures should help conditions firm up and on some of the smaller lakes of 200 acres or so in size, anglers have been reporting nice catches of perch and northerns.

Anglers urged to use extreme caution as ice conditions vary from location to location

Even with the colder temperatures, DNR fisheries biologists and conservation wardens are recommending extreme caution on state waters. On many lakes, unseasonable weather has created freeze and thaw cycles resulting in ice that may be several inches thick in one spot, but thin or structurally unsound in other spots.

"Always err on the side of caution and keep a close eye on the ever changing ice conditions," Heussner said. "Do not assume consistent ice throughout the waterbody and be aware that shifting ice can create open water situations."

Ice safety picks, which can be made at home or purchased at many local sporting goods stores, should be carried at all times. A boat cushion or throw with a rope attached offers another measure of safety and doubles nicely as a knee pad when setting up or catching a fish.

DNR does not monitor local ice conditions or the thickness of the ice and encourages anglers and others who will be out on the ice to check in with local bait shops, fishing clubs and resorts. These groups serve winter anglers every day and often have the most up-to-date information on how thick the ice is on local lakes and rivers, as well as areas that are especially dangerous.

Other ice safety tips include:

To learn more, visit dnr.wi.gov and search: ice safety.

Check out Free Fishing Weekend fun and events

Residents and nonresidents are welcome to fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp during the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend on January 16 and 17. The event covers all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species.

To learn more, visit dnr.wi.gov and search "Free Fishing Weekend." For those without equipment, DNR offers ice fishing tip-ups and jigging rods at many state parks and DNR offices.

Ice augers are not available. Theresa Stabo, DNR fisheries outreach coordinator, suggests claiming an abandoned hole, or better yet - making friends with the anglers at the nearest ice fishing shanty and asking them to drill a hole or lend an auger. Check out the list of loaner sites to find out where tackle loans are available.

Get a license

For novices who would like to continue the thrill of "hard water" fishing after Free Fishing Weekend, "first-time buyer" resident licenses are available for just $5. Fishing licenses can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at all authorized license agents, and at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of operation; DNR Service Centers are not open on Saturdays).

For more information on ice fishing around the state contact: Ryan Koenigs, DNR fisheries biologist in Oshkosh, 920-303-5450,  Ryan.Koenigs@Wisconsin.gov; Joseph Gerbyshak, DNR fisheries biologist in Eau Claire, 715-839-2877, Joseph.Gerbyshak@Wisconsin.gov; Jennifer Bergman, DNR fisheries biologist in Wisconsin Rapids, 715-421-7852, Jennifer.Bergman@Wisconsin.gov; John Kubisiak, DNR fisheries biologist in Rhinelander, 715-365-8919, Johnf1.Kubisiak@wisconsin.gov.

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Wisconsin DNR Lake Superior stocking efforts continue restoration, benefit anglers

Wisconsin DNR Lake Superior stocking efforts continue restoration, benefit anglers

ASHLAND, Wis. - Efforts to restore naturally reproducing fish populations and create new opportunities for anglers continued in Lake Superior during 2015 as a total of more than 360,000 fish were stocked into Wisconsin waters, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The totals included 105,000 lake trout, 149,400 brown trout, 101,000 splake and 5,291 walleye, said Terry Margenau, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor. The numbers reflect the department's efforts to balance ratios of predator fish with the lake's forage base to support a healthy and sustainable fishery.

Seeforellen strain brown trout have demonstrated good survival rates in Lake Superior and are playing a larger role in the recreational fishery.
Seeforellen strain brown trout have demonstrated good survival rates in Lake Superior and are playing a larger role in the recreational fishery.
Photo Credit: WDNR

Lake trout stocking occurs in the western portion of Lake Superior, between Superior and Port Wing, where lake trout restoration efforts have been ongoing.

"Our assessments last year indicated two-thirds of the lake trout sampled were native, suggesting our restoration efforts are progressing," Margenau said.

No lake trout stocking is done in the Apostle Islands region because of good natural reproduction there.

"Our refuges help protect the spawning stock and spawning shoals," Margenau said. "When good habitat exists, Mother Nature provides us with the best hatcheries possible at no cost."

These lake trout fry will grow for another 16 months prior to being stocked into the western waters of Lake Superior.
These lake trout fry will grow for another 16 months prior to being stocked into the western waters of Lake Superior.
Photo Credit: WDNR

Brown trout have become a larger component of the nearshore fishery for anglers both during open water and ice fishing. Brad Ray, DNR Lake Superior fisheries biologist, said the increase in brown trout has helped fill the void left by lower natural production of coho salmon in recent years.

"Since the stocking of Seeforellen strain brown trout began, the recreational harvest has more than doubled, while the number of naturally reproducing fish harvested has remained consistent," Ray said. "The increase in harvest of brown trout is due to better survival of the Seeforellen strain and not due to additional stocking."

Seeforellen strain brown trout originate from Lake Michigan, where the eggs are collected in fall. Eyed eggs are transferred to Bayfield's Les Voigt Hatchery, where they are incubated and reared to a size of 3 inches the following summer, when they are transferred again to the Brule Rearing Station. Les Voigt Hatchery supervisor Darren Miller said stocking occurs the following May when fish are approximately 16 months of age and 5.5 inches.

Splake, a hybrid cross between a male brook trout and female lake trout, have provided a popular nearshore sport fish in Lake Superior. However, because of poor returns of stocked fish in recent years, stocking strategies changed in 2012.

Splake are a cross between a male brook trout and female lake trout. DNR changed its stocking strategy in 2012 to release the fish at a larger size resulting in improved nearshore fishing opportunities in Lake Superior.
Splake are a cross between a male brook trout and female lake trout. DNR changed its stocking strategy in 2012 to release the fish at a larger size resulting in improved nearshore fishing opportunities in Lake Superior.
Photo Credit: WDNR

"Splake are now stocked as yearlings and returns to the angler creel are up 35 percent," Ray said.

Chequamegon Bay, between the cities of Ashland and Washburn, was also stocked with more than 5,000 large walleye in October. The effort was part of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, which aims to increase walleye populations throughout the state.

"These fish averaged more than 8 inches in length and have the potential to be legal size within the next one to two years," Margenau said. "Stocking these larger fish also greatly improves survival."

For more information about management of the Lake Superior fishery, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "Lake Superior fisheries management."


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Winter eagle counts underway, show positive trends for weekend's eagle watching events

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated with revised figures for the bald eagle survey in southern Wisconsin.]

MADISON - Winter bald eagle counts are underway in Wisconsin and are showing higher numbers than last year in many places, setting the stage for fantastic eagle watching events this weekend in Sauk Prairie and Appleton, state eagle experts say.

"The conditions are looking much better for eagle watching events this weekend than they did a few weeks ago," says Sumner Matteson, a Department of Natural Resources avian ecologist. "Lakes and rivers are freezing up, concentrating bald eagles at open water spots below dams."

People gather on the Wisconsin River overlook to view eagles at a previous Sauk Prairie Eagle Watching Days.
People gather on the Wisconsin River overlook to view eagles at a previous Sauk Prairie Eagle Watching Days.
Photo Credit: Kurt Eakle

A warm December meant that bald eagles were still hanging around summer roosts in northern Wisconsin because lakes and rivers were ice-free and they had easy access to their main food, fish. For example, the Christmas bird count near Ashland recorded a record number of bald eagles in late December.

The cold snap is good news for Sauk Prairie's Bald Eagle Watching Days, Jan. 15 and 16, and for A Day With Eagles Along the Fox River, held Jan. 16 and 17 in Appleton.

Both events offer eagle watching opportunities at outdoor sites along the Wisconsin River and Fox River, respectively, as well as plenty of indoor activities to see eagles up close through live raptor shows, presentations about eagles and related topics, and displays. DNR co-hosts the Sauk Prairie Bald Eagle Watching Days and many DNR staff members are giving presentations at the Appleton event.


2013 Eagle Watching Days eagle release
Video Credit: WDNR

Links to these and other eagle watching events in coming weeks in Cassville, Kaukauna, Prairie du Chien and Ferryville can be found on the Eagle Watching in Wisconsin page of the DNR website. DNR staff participates in these events and encourage people to attend to learn more about eagles as well as other Wisconsin wildlife.

Winter eagle surveys show higher numbers than last year

Spring 2015 eagle nest surveys revealed a record number of breeding adults and nests, continuing the successful comeback of bald eagles since their near extirpation in Wisconsin and nationally in the 1960s.

Winter eagle counts are done in Wisconsin and other states in the lower 48 to show trends where eagles stay during the winter and to reveal important wintering habitat, says Laura Jaskiewicz, a DNR Natural Heritage Conservation biologist who is coordinating the winter eagle survey.

Surveyors are to conduct their counts between Dec. 30, 2015, and Jan. 13, 2016, at areas that typically provide good winter eagle habitat. Some surveys are done by air by DNR pilots and biologists. Others are done by DNR staff and volunteers on foot, in cars or in boats.

"Results are still coming in for the 2016 winter eagle surveys and it's too early to tell how the numbers stack up statewide compared to last year," Jaskiewicz says. "We had a record number of eagles nesting in Wisconsin but results from the winter survey can fluctuate greatly year-to-year based on the weather."

Last year, observers completed 41 midwinter bald eagle survey routes and reported 357 bald eagles, a decrease of 44 percent from surveys in 2014.

Eagle totals reported so far in 2016 show that numbers are up in many places compared to last year. But surveyors caution that eagle numbers change from year to year and week to week based on weather and geography. Here is a sampling of results from the different regions.

Southern Wisconsin

Dan Goltz, wildlife biologist stationed in Boscobel, reported that their Jan. 11 flight along the Wisconsin River revealed 165 eagles, nearly tripling the numbers reported in each of the last two years when the river froze much earlier. The greatest concentration, 40 eagles, was observed along the river between Ferry Bluff and Spring Green, Goltz says. Ground surveys by volunteers from the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council found the number of eagles roosting in the Sauk Prairie area doubled in January compared to December.

West Central Wisconsin

Brenda Kelly, Mississippi River wildlife biologist, reported 69 bald eagles along the Mississippi River between La Crosse and the Dubuque, Iowa, up from 21 last year and 30 in 2014. "Last year, we were locked up with ice by the end of November." she says. "This past December we had some unusually warmer weather and as a result had more open pockets of water equaling more areas for the eagles to find food on."

Jess Carstens, DNR wildlife biologist in Menomonie who covers an eagle survey route encompassing the Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers, saw much higher numbers this year (29) than last year due to the warm weather. Carstens says those numbers are typical of what is found during mild weather years.

Northern Wisconsin

Ryan Haffele, DNR wildlife biologist in Baldwin who conducted eagle surveys in St. Croix and Pierce counties, reported that overall the numbers of eagles observed increased over last year, but the sightings were mainly along the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers along Highway 35 and likely reflected open water left on Lake Pepin. With the recent cold snap, a lot of this open water has frozen, sending the ducks south and scattering eagles across the landscape more.

Northeastern Wisconsin

Aerial surveys on the Fox River Jan. 6 counted twice as many bald eagles as the previous year: 90 in 2016 compared to 40 in 2015, according to Steve Easterly, DNR wildlife technician stationed at Oshkosh. The bulk of the eagles he counted were at the mouth of the Fox River in Oshkosh.

"Last year it was so cold the river had iced up by the time we did the survey. I think the birds all boogied south," he says.

Adopt an Eagle Nest, new eagle license plate help continue work to protect eagles

Citizens and organizations can help make sure these annual surveys continue by sponsoring an eagle nest or purchasing a new eagle license plate, which provides a $25 annual donation to the Endangered Resources Fund. A new printable holiday card is online to make giving the eagle plate even easier and more fun.

DNR's Adopt-An-Eagle Nest program allows sponsors, for a minimum contribution of $100, to receive an adoption certificate, an aerial photo showing the location of your eagle nest, results from the surveys and a full-color eagle calendar.

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Bergey named director of the Wisconsin State Parks program

MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources has announced that Ben Bergey, a 20-year agency veteran, has been appointed as director of the Wisconsin State Parks Program.

Ben Bergey
Ben Bergey
Photo Credit: WDNR

"Ben brings a wealth of experience in the state parks program and a passion for the parks and natural resources of the state," said Sanjay Olson, administrator of the DNR Division of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Bergey began his career with the Wisconsin State Parks and Recreation Program in 1996 as a limited-term employee at Cadiz Springs Recreation Area. After completing a degree in natural resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, Bergey was hired as a full-time ranger at Lake Kegonsa State Park. In 2006 he was promoted to the assistant superintendent at Peninsula State Park, and from 2007 to 2013 he served as property supervisor for the Copper Falls Work Unit. In June 2013, Bergey was appointed district supervisor for the parks program, covering parks, trails, and recreation issues in 32 counties in northwest Wisconsin.

As director of the DNR Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Bergey will be responsible for oversight of more than 100 state properties, including parks, southern state forests, recreation areas and trails, hosting more than 15 million visitors a year.

"Ben values the program's talented and dedicated staff and has a gift for building relationships with staff, partners, and customers," Olson said.

"I'm looking forward to this exciting opportunity to work with this very talented team to lead the program into the future," Bergey said.

With his wife and four children under the age of 9, Bergey especially enjoys outdoor pursuits that can be shared with family and says he knows first hand how important the state's parks and other recreational properties are to residents and visitors to the state.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Bureau of Wildlife Management welcomes three new employees

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Bureau of Wildlife Management welcomes three new employees as they serve in key statewide roles - each will be stationed in Madison.

Furbearer Specialist

Shawn Rossler
Shawn Rossler
Photo Credit: WDNR

Shawn Rossler has been named the DNR furbearer specialist within the Bureau of Wildlife Management. Rossler holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Central Michigan University in Conservation Biology.

Rossler has worked on a variety of research projects, including white-tailed deer, wolves, bobcats and fisher. He was the assistant furbearer specialist with Wisconsin DNR from 2009-2012, where he led the statewide trapper education program. Wisconsin Trapper Association member John Irwin shares, "The trapping community in Wisconsin welcomes the opportunity to work with Shawn again."

Upland Wildlife & Farm Bill Specialist

Shawn Rossler
Mark Witecha
Photo Credit: WDNR

Mark Witecha has been named upland wildlife and Farm Bill specialist within the Bureau of Wildlife Management. Witecha began his career with the department in 2013 and currently serves as a wildlife biologist stationed at Lake Mills.

In this position, Witecha will lead the planning and implementation of habitat management projects on several thousand acres of state land. He currently serves as a member of the Pheasant Advisory Committee and advises on management issues, hunting regulation development and allocation of Pheasant Stamp funds for habitat maintenance and development projects. Witecha is also a member of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Wildlife Subcommittee of the State Technical Committee, which identifies funding eligible wildlife management practices for Farm Bill conservation programs in Wisconsin.

Previously, Witecha worked for Pheasants Forever in Kansas as a Farm Bill wildlife biologist for two years. While in Kansas, he gained extensive partnership building experience working with state, federal, non-profit and private partners to develop landscape-scale upland bird initiatives.

Scott Walter, Ruffed Grouse Society biologist, added, "Mark's experience in Farm Bill issues and partnering with private landowners, conservation groups and state and federal agencies will greatly benefit upland wildlife species conservation in Wisconsin."

Public Lands Specialist

Shawn Rossler
Tim Lizotte
Photo Credit: WDNR

Tim Lizotte has been named public lands specialist within the Bureau of Wildlife Management. Lizotte has served as the DNR Southern Fox Area wildlife supervisor since 2007, and oversaw critical habitat development projects, land acquisition and sound land management on over 30,000 acres of land.

Lizotte began his career with the department in 1998 as a wildlife technician in the Oshkosh and Horicon regions. In 1999, he was promoted to wildlife biologist and stationed in Oshkosh, Wis. where he managed over 7,000 acres on 60 state-owned habitat areas of the Glacial Habitat Restoration Area. As Southern Fox Area Wildlife Supervisor, Lizotte led the development of a statewide Adopt-a-Fish & Wildlife Area program to enhance land management and foster local community connection to public conservation lands.

Al Shook, Conservation Congress Migratory Committee Chair, stated, "Tim's work to restore the Kincaid parcel on our Waukesha County Paradise Valley Wildlife Area was a win-win for Wisconsin's waterfowl resources and citizens of our state - I know he will do well as he takes his talents to the next level."

For more information regarding wildlife management in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "wildlife."

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Healthy eating a 2016 goal? Plan your spring Learn to Hunt turkey event now

MADISON - Want to help those looking to improve health in the new year and promote conservation at the same time? Plan your spring Learn to Hunt Turkey event now.

Keith Warnke, Department of Natural Resources hunting and shooting sports coordinator, says learn to hunt events show novice hunters how harvesting their own food from Wisconsin's country sides is what makes the state's hunting traditions a favorite among seasoned hunters.

"Many adults who did not come from hunting families and are interested in hunting often have no idea how to start," Warnke said. "These Learn to Hunt events are a great way for them to learn in a controlled and safe environment with an experienced hunter. If you are interested in a new and rewarding experience, give me a call."

Warnke says winter's tightening grip is the perfect time to plan your Learn to Hunt turkey event.

Learn to Hunt events truly are for interested novices who would not otherwise have the chance to explore hunting which, Warnke adds, is key to successfully preserving our conservation heritage.

Recruiting and retaining new hunters along with reengaging hunters who haven't been out in a while is a priority for Wisconsin and the national hunting community as a whole.

"Accountability and outcomes are key to success," Warnke said. "By that I mean asking ourselves if the program really created a new hunter; someone who would not otherwise have hunted."

To do that DNR is recognizing an opportunity and providing a service to people interested in hunting, but lacking a pathway to begin.

"The composition of Learn to Hunt events has continued to evolve, with increasing focus on food," Warnke said. "We have seen a big demand for our classes from young adults and I think it would be really easy for groups, clubs, and mentors to copy our blueprint of reaching out to adults and families."

Learn to Hunt events may be scheduled before, during or after the six spring turkey time periods. However, most are held in late March and early April. Interested individuals and clubs will want to get started now to complete the necessary steps.

The department has made it easy for sponsors to organize Learn to Hunt events with on-line applications, reimbursement opportunities, assistance in finding event insurance and event advertising on the DNR's website.

Sponsors will need to submit a completed application form to the local wildlife biologist for approval, and should make sure at least one of the event instructors is a certified Hunter Education Instructor. Mentors assisting in the event will need to submit an application to be a mentor. Following the event, sponsors must submit a report of event participants and may apply for a $25 reimbursement per participant to assist with event costs. In addition, Warnke says the program will help advertise events by posting them on the Learn to Hunt page of the DNR website and the Hunter's Network Facebook page.

More information on the Learn to Hunt program is available on the DNR website dnr.wi.gov, keyword "LTH."

For those of you interested in taking hunter education there are more courses being offered now than any other time of year, so go the dnr.wi.gov and type "hunter safety" into the keyword search box to get more information

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Deer hunting season may be over, but there are plenty of opportunities to stay involved in Wisconsin's deer management this spring

MADISON - With the archery and crossbow season officially closed, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff would like to thank hunters for another great season in the field.

This year's Deer Tales video is now available - hunters in Sauk County shared some of their favorite memories and stories from the field.



Video Credit: WDNR

Participate in a County Deer Advisory Council this spring

While this year's deer hunt is over, those interested in deer management in Wisconsin are encouraged to attend a County Deer Advisory Council meeting that are held in 71 counties of the state. Councils provide input and recommendations to the department regarding deer management. Council meetings provide opportunities to give feedback, review population data and deer impacts on forests and agriculture, develop three-year population objective recommendations and develop annual antlerless harvest quotas.

For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."

Manage your land for deer and other wildlife with help from DMAP

The Deer Management Assistance Program provides habitat and herd management assistance to landowners interested in managing their property for wildlife. While Level 1 program applications are accepted on a continuous basis, the deadline for Level 2 and 3 enrollment is March 1, 2016.

In DMAP's first year, the department accepted 114 applications and worked with nearly 300 landowners. In 2015, an additional 248 applications were received, and the department is currently working with over 700 landowners on nearly 88,000 acres of land. For more information regarding DMAP or to complete an application, search keyword "DMAP."

For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer."

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Last Revised: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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