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NEWS ARCHIVE:     Age: 1,256 days

Spring Fish & Wildlife Rule Hearing results

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Published: April 13, 2011 by the Central Office

Contact(s): Kari Lee-Zimmermann, DNR (608) 266-0580

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release is beign reissued with some the complete results table. The previous news release was missing some rows. We regret the error.

MADISON - A total of 5,574 people attended the 2011 Spring Fisheries and Wildlife Rules Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 11. The hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and provide their input on proposed fish and wildlife rule changes, Conservation Congress advisory questions, and to submit resolutions for rule changes they would like to see in the future.

Statewide hearing results and the questions are available on the Spring Rules Hearings page of the DNR Web site. The results will be presented to the state Natural Resources Board in May.

Hearing results, along with written comments on proposed rules, and DNR recommendations are used to advise the state Natural Resources Board. This year's results will be reviewed at the board's May 25 meeting in Madison. Votes are non-binding and are presented to the Natural Resources Board to reflect public sentiment on proposed DNR rule changes.

DNR fish and wildlife managers will spend the next several weeks analyzing the vote tallies and developing recommendations they will present to the board in May.

The hearings are held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings. DNR related proposals are presented to attendees by DNR staff. Following DNR business, the meeting is reconvened as a Conservation Congress meeting and congress advisory questions are presented and county congress delegates elected. The congress is an advisory body to the Natural Resources Board. During the congress' portion of the hearing, citizens may introduce resolutions for consideration and vote by those attending the hearings.

2011 Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearing Statewide results.

For detailed results, see the Spring Rules Hearings page of the DNR website.

2011 STATEWIDE ATTENDANCE 5,574

 

1 Require quick-strike rigs when using minnows larger than 10 inches in length

3,547

1,091

2 Muskellunge 40-inch minimum size limit on most waters statewide

3,221

1,485

3 Cisco, whitefish, hybrids daily bag in Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters

3,471

713

4 Walleye, sauger, hybrid size limit/bag limit in 19 southern Wisconsin counties

2,459

1,856

5 Rice and Stump lakes muskellunge 50-inch minimum size limit

2,112

1,249

6 Lilly Lake largemouth and smallmouth bass protected slot size limit

2,122

769

7 Lilly Lake panfish daily bag limit reduction to 10 in total

2,124

809

8 Lower Fox River walleye, sauger, and hybrid minimum size limit elimination

2,157

815

9 Burnett County large and smallmouth bass minimum size limit elimination

1,898

823

10 Extend hook and line catfish rules to include Green Lake and Marquette Co

2,021

503

11 Re-establish closed area for setline fishing for catfish in Winnebago system

1,570

926

12 Re-establish open area for setline fishing for catfish on the Fox River

1,643

732

13 Peshtigo River fish refuge

2,029

566

14 Anderson and Archibald lakes muskellunge 50-inch minimum size limit

1,790

994

15 Minocqua Chain largemouth and smallmouth bass and walleye regulations

1,739

1,158

16 Designate Appleton Memorial Park Pond as an urban fishing water

2,034

433

17 Create fish refuge at the Thiensville-Mequon Dam

1,883

544

18 Redstone Lake muskellunge 50-inch minimum size limit

1,695

1,025

19 Black Dan and Island lakes walleye, sauger, and hybrid size and bag limit

2,006

572

20 Big Elkhart Lake muskellunge 50-inch minimum size limit

1,751

920

21 Designate Kohler-Andrae State Park Pond as an urban fishing water

2,086

422

22 Glen Lake largemouth and smallmouth bass protected slot size

1,656

705

23 Squaw Lake largemouth and smallmouth bass protected slot size

1,649

724

24 Washburn County large and smallmouth bass minimum size elimination

1,821

713

25 Designate Delafield Rearing Pond as an urban fishing water

1,995

456

26 Minnow harvest regulations on the Mississippi River

2,661

941

27 Change date of general fishing opener

2,958

1,569

28 Allow archery deer hunting during the traditional November firearm season

2,630

2,356

29 Allow normal hunting hours for pheasants on weekends at stocked properties

3,004

1,333

30 Repeal the blaze orange requirement during the elk season

2,277

2,299

31 Establish a September firearm and archery hunting season for elk

3,132

1,400

32 Allow landowners to shoot a cougar that is harming a domestic animal

4,247

712

33 Require that hunters must provide bear carcass samples for research purposes

3,372

1,352

34 Extend each of the spring turkey hunting periods by two days

3,024

1,974

35 Renew the fall turkey hunting season extension in management zones 1-5

3,469

1,201

36 Allow the use of rifles for firearm deer hunting in Waupaca County

2,742

869

37 Est. firearm and muzzleloader-only deer seasons at Copper Falls State Park

2,677

712

38 Prohibit discharge of firearms on department lands-Manitowoc County

1,780

1,305

39 Prohibit discharge of firearms on department lands-Pierce County

1,706

1,336

40 Prohibit discharge of firearms on department lands-St. Croix County

1,699

1,354

41 Lower the age at which anyone can use a crossbow from 65 to 55

2,806

2,198

42 No change to duck hunting zones and possible season dates

2,130

1,393

43 Three zone option with current midstate dividing line of Hwy 10 and 41

1,299

1,989

44 Three zone option with current midstate dividing line of Hwy 64

1,444

1,865

45 Use of non-toxic shot on department lands

1,979

2,726

46 Restrict deer baiting and feeding ten days before 9-day firearm season

3,066

1,928

47 Division of Bear Management Zone C (# 110710)

2,870

1,158

48 Legalize Crossbows for Archery Season

1,969

3,017

49 Use of Archery Equipment with a Gun Deer License (# 520310)

2,533

2,301

50 Legalize Rifles for Hunting Deer Statewide (# 130110)

2,742

1,973

51 Use of a Crossbow for Rough Fish (# 230110)

3,693

1,023

52 Allow Trapping on State Park Lands (# 540210)

3,710

872

53 Allow Hunting on State Park Lands (# 540210)

3,488

1,078

54 Cable Restraints on Private Lands (# 510210)

2,823

1,408

55 Shorten Fall Beaver Trapping Season (# 050210)

1,783

1,925

56 Initiate study to Define Effects of Dog Training on Nesting Birds (# 670310)

2,137

2,042

57 Night Hunting of Raccoons During the 9-Day Gun Deer Season (# 670410)

1,266

3,286

58 Bear Hunting with Dogs Statewide

1,989

2,300

59 Wolf population goal of 350 or less in the next revision of the Wolf Plan

3,989

827

60 Implement meaningful population controls in the next Wisconsin Wolf Plan

4,254

581

61 Federally delist the gray wolf in Wisconsin

4,402

526

62 DNR not relocate wolves that have caused problems

3,885

951

63 Fish and Wildlife Fund Money for Commercial Fishing (# 410110)

2,610

2,153

64 WCC Process before Legislative Action (# 150210)

3,794

561

65 Change Definition of Vehicle for Transportation of Weapons (# 230210)

2,967

1,361

66 Open Water Rule Modification For Disabled Hunters (# 440110)

3,053

1,104

67 Unattended Decoys on Private Lands (# 110110)

2,389

1,916

68 Conservation Congress Curriculum Added to Hunter's Education (# 460110)

3,483

746

69 Remove 15 Day Requirement for Permit Transfers (# 510110)

2,954

1,067

70 Disabled Veteran's Recreational Card (# 650210)

3,920

431

71 Increase Archery License by $1 for Youth Archery & Bowhunting Training

2,811

1,722

72 Dog Access Regulations at Badger Ordinance Site (# 110410)

2,555

909

73 Exemption From 100 Yard Firearm Discharge Prohibition On Public Lands

2,206

2,076

74 Metal Detecting on State Lands (# 700110)

2,549

1,640

75 Turkey Permit Preference for Wisconsin State Residents (# 650310)

3,891

587

76 Open Fall Crow Season Earlier (# 240510)

2,732

1,050

77 Manage Largemouth and Smallmouth as Separate Species (# 040610)

2,946

1,128

78 Northern Pike Size Limit on Diamond Lake, Bayfield County (# 040810)

1,808

764

79 Walleye Restoration or the Chippewa Flowage (# 580110)

1,781

985

80 Reduce Panfish Bag Limit on Eau Galle Lake Dunn County (# 170110)

1,702

842

81 Free Winter Fishing Weekend (# 580510)

3,610

667

82 Northern Wisconsin Gamefish Season Extension (# 680110)

2,689

1,086

83 Musky Survey Using the Automated License Issuance System (# 200110)

2,499

1,198

84 Reduce Largemouth Size Limit on Trump Lake in Forest County (# 210210)

1,958

674

85 Increase rifle hunting area in Shawano County (# 590310)

2,305

801

 

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Last Revised: Wednesday, April 13, 2011