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Special Edition Weekly News Published - May 31, 2017 by the Central Office

 

Special Edition DNR Weekly News

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Due to the Monday, May 29 Memorial Day Holiday we were unable to include all news releases in the May 30, DNR Weekly News.]

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Natural Resources Board approves 2017 deer harvest quotas and season structure

MADISON - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved deer hunting season framework and antlerless deer quotas for 2017 at its May 24 meeting in Madison.

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Final season framework reflects recommendations from County Deer Advisory Councils - 2017 marks the third year these councils have played a key role in Wisconsin's deer management efforts. In addition to direct feedback from councils, more than 6,500 questionnaires were received during a public input process that ran from April 3-13, 2017.

"I'm looking forward to an excellent deer hunt throughout all the seasons this year - we had another very mild winter, which will bode well for the herd throughout the state, so I anticipate another year of increased harvest," said Kevin Wallenfang, Department of Natural Resources big game ecologist. "County Deer Advisory Councils worked hard to weigh the many factors and public desires that drive deer herd management, and we thank them for their work in helping to shape this year's hunting seasons."

In 2017, four deer management units within the Northern and Central Forest zones will allow only bucks to be harvested, while the rest of Wisconsin will have a total quota of 276,515 antlerless deer (compared to 256,775 in 2016).

A decrease in "buck-only" counties compared to the last two years (12 in 2015 and 10 in 2016) is a good indication that councils and the DNR are seeing herds rebound in Northern Forest Zone counties. As a reminder, rules are in place to allow disabled hunters, military personnel on leave, Deer Management Assistance Program cooperators, and youth hunters (the Junior Antlerless Tag is valid statewide) to harvest antlerless deer in buck-only units. As a result, there will be some antlerless deer harvested in each of the 4 buck-only units in 2017.

The sale of bonus antlerless deer hunting tags will include 31,945 tags valid on public access lands (compared to 22,775 in 2016) and 168,210 tags valid on private lands (compared to 136,875 in 2016). Bonus antlerless tag sales will occur as follows (sales begin each day at 10 a.m.):

In addition, Farmland Zone antlerless tags will be available with the purchase of every deer hunting license. The number of tags offered will depend on the county of choice, which must be indicated at the time of issuance. These tags will be issued as early as June 1.

A Holiday Hunt will be held within 17 counties and provide for an additional antlerless-only opportunity for firearm hunters from Dec. 24, 2017 to Jan.1, 2018.

The department's deer hunting webpage will be updated within the coming weeks with additional resources regarding the 2017 deer hunting quotas and season framework. To help hunters prepare for the 2017 deer hunt, the following documents are now available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "deer":


To receive email updates and other information regarding deer hunting and season structure in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and select 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.

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Snapshot Wisconsin rolls into Dane, Grant, Rusk, Taylor, Marathon and Clark counties - get involved today

MADISON - Landowners in Dane, Grant, Rusk, Taylor, Marathon and Clark counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin.

Snapshot Wisconsin
If you interested in learning more about Wisconsin's wildlife, enroll your property in Snapshot Wisconsin and get a firsthand look at what is in your backyard.
Photo Credit: DNR

Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer based monitoring effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more to learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife. This project is led by Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.

This project offers a unique opportunity to view wildlife in their normal routines in the wild and data collected will help researchers better understand Wisconsin's ecological landscapes. To date, 604 volunteers currently maintain 687 trail cameras - 10,336,444 photos have been collected.

"Snapshot Wisconsin is a great way to get involved in volunteer-based monitoring and learn more about all of our different wildlife species," said Susan Frett, one of the volunteer coordinators working on the project. "We have volunteers in Wisconsin participating as trail camera hosts and approximately 4,000 volunteers from around the world participating in crowd-sourced classification of our images on www.snapshotwisconsin.org."

To qualify to participate, volunteers must have access to at least 10 acres of contiguous private land in Dane, Grant, Rusk, Taylor, Marathon or Clark county and agree to maintain a trail camera on that land for at least one year. Training and supplies are provided and no prior experience with trail cameras is necessary. Basic computer knowledge and access to the internet is necessary to participate. Local, in-person training sessions are currently planned for July and online training is also available.

Follow Wisconsin DNR on Facebook and Twitter for Snapshot Wisconsin updates
Follow Wisconsin DNR on Facebook and Twitter for Snapshot Wisconsin updates and fun photos of all types of critters.
Photo Credit: DNR

Snapshot Wisconsin is also recruiting applicants in Dodge, Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oneida, Racine, Sawyer, St. Croix, Vernon and Waupaca counties. Tribal members or affiliates on tribal lands and educators throughout the state are also encouraged to participate. Additional counties will be added over the next few years.

Volunteers can sign up by visiting www.snapshotwisignup.org or find out more details by visiting the webpage which can be found at dnr.wi.gov using keyword "Snapshot Wisconsin".

And, be sure to follow the department's Facebook page [EXIT DNR] for Snapshot Wisconsin updates, which will include photos from a number of project volunteers.

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Entries Sought for Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp design contests

MADISON - Wisconsin artists have until July 20 to submit artwork for the 2018 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests.

This painting showing turkeys in a Wisconsin farmland setting, submitted by Caleb Metrich of Lake Tomahawk, took first prize in the 2017 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest.
This painting showing turkeys in a Wisconsin farmland setting, submitted by Caleb Metrich of Lake Tomahawk, took first prize in the 2017 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest.

Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 20, 2017 in order to be eligible. Judging will take place in a closed session on July 27, 2017.

First place in the 2017 Waterfowl Stamp design contest was awarded to Sara Stack of Marengo.
First place in the 2017 Waterfowl Stamp design contest was awarded to Sara Stack of Marengo.
First place in the 2017 Pheasant Stamp design contest went to Craig Fairbert of Tony for his depiction of a rooster pheasant.
First place in the 2017 Pheasant Stamp design contest went to Craig Fairbert of Tony for his depiction of a rooster pheasant.

For rules, entry information, and Reproduction Rights Agreements, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "Wildlife Stamps." All stamp contest applicants should review contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet technical requirements in order to be properly processed and prepared for judging and possible display at the Wisconsin State Fair.

In 2016, Caleb Metrich, Sara Stack and Craig Fairbert took home first place prizes for their entries in the Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests.

(First place in the 2017 Pheasant Stamp design contest went to Craig Fairbert of Tony for his depiction of a rooster pheasant.)

To receive contest entry deadlines, detailed event information, and the announcement for the winning artwork for the 2018 Stamp Competition, visit 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 enroll in the "Waterfowl, Wild Turkey, and Pheasant Stamp Design Contests" list.

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2016 Wisconsin wildlife reports now available

MADISON - Results are available for a number of wildlife surveys completed for 2016, which include data collected from small game, big game and non-game categories.

The following reports for 2016 can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, keyword "reports."

Small Game

Big Game

Non-game

Department of Natural Resources staff would like to thank volunteers who assisted with survey efforts for their continued commitment to Wisconsin's wildlife.

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Last Revised: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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