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Public hearings throughout Wisconsin provide great opportunity to provide feedback regarding fall waterfowl hunting season structure

Published by Central Office March 7, 2017

Contact(s): Taylor Finger, DNR migratory game bird ecologist, 608-266-8841

MADISON -- Public hearings in March will provide the public with an opportunity to offer feedback on the proposed Wisconsin fall waterfowl hunting season structure.

Proposed 2017 migratory bird season structure and daily bag limits will be the subject of March public meetings throughout Wisconsin.
Proposed 2017 migratory bird season structure and daily bag limits will be the subject of March public meetings throughout Wisconsin.
Photo Credit: DNR

The public input process for establishing the 2017 waterfowl hunting seasons is slightly different from previous years due to a decision by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to set season structures using data from the prior year. Through this new process, hunters will know waterfowl hunting season dates by late April, rather than late August as in years past.

"The 2017 waterfowl seasons will be based on the 2016 continental waterfowl population estimates that were at near record estimates since USFWS surveys began 61 years ago," said Taylor Finger migratory game bird ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Due to very wet fall and winter seasons we expect populations to remain high in 2017 and if we have favorable conditions this fall, hunters can expect good waterfowl hunting opportunities"

Public hearings will be held at the following locations - each will begin at 7 p.m.:

DNR staff will accept public comments on the proposed waterfowl season structure at each public hearing. Those who would prefer to provide input directly or are unable to attend a hearing can send written comments through midnight Friday, March 17 to Taylor Finger, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, via email to Taylor.finger@wisconsin.gov, or via phone at 608-266-8841.

After public comments have been collected, final season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board at its April 12 meeting in Madison.

To view the proposed waterfowl seasons online, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "waterfowl."

Proposed 2017 migratory bird season structure and daily bag limits

Proposed Early Migratory Bird Seasons:

Proposed regular duck season structure and daily bag limits:

Proposed opening day shooting hours:

Proposed season structure:

The proposed daily bag limit statewide would be six ducks, including no more than:

Five mergansers could be harvested daily, of which no more than two may be hooded - 15 coot could be harvested daily.

Proposed Canada goose regular season structure and daily bag limits

Proposed daily bag limits:

Exterior Zone (92 days total):

Snow/Blue Geese, Ross' Geese, Brant, White-fronted Geese and other geese season structure and daily bag limits

Proposed daily bag limits:

Exterior Zone (92 days total):

Horicon Zone

Coot, moorhen, rail, and snipe season structure and daily bag limits

Season structure for coot, moorhen, rail, and snipe will be the same as wild ducks in the zone in which you hunt.

Proposed Daily Bag Limits:

For more information regarding waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "waterfowl."

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Contact information

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