Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420; Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773
MADISON - Updates on the 2017 Wisconsin firearm deer season and a request to set deer population objectives for coming years, and proposed rules related to lake trout harvest in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets December 12 and 13 in Madison.
The board will conduct two days of business meetings beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.
On Tuesday the board will hear a summary report of the 2017 firearm deer season from Department of Natural Resources wildlife and law enforcement officials. The board will also consider a request for adoption of proposed emergency rules related to Deer Management Unit boundaries and a request for approval of recommendations for 2018-2020 deer population objectives.
The board will also consider separate rules related to lake trout harvest in Lake Superior and in Lake Michigan. On Lake Superior the proposed rules would amend the commercial harvest limits and the daily bag and size limits for anglers in the Apostle Islands area of the lake. On Lake Michigan, the rules would increase lake trout harvest limits and create a continuous season.
The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting. Public participation deadline: NRB liaison receipt of a request to testify and/or written comment is 11 a.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.
Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.