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Public input needed regarding proposed fall waterfowl hunting season structure

By Central Office March 7, 2018

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


MADISON - Waterfowl hunters and anyone else with an interest in Wisconsin's fall waterfowl hunting season structure are encouraged to take a look at proposed season structure and submit feedback during March meetings and via written comment.

There a couple changes this year compared to past proposals, which include:

For viewers who may have missed a Facebook Live session with Taylor Finger, Department of Natural Resources migratory bird ecologist, this helpful presentation is now available on the department's YouTube page. To view proposed waterfowl seasons and other helpful information regarding migratory bird hunting in Wisconsin, visit and search keyword "waterfowl."

Join DNR migratory bird ecologist Taylor Finger as he explains this year's proposed season structure.

Public hearings will be held March 12-15 in addition to written comments accepted through March 16. following this public comment period, final season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board at its April 11 meeting in Madison.

Public hearings will be held at the following locations starting at 7 p.m.:

Department of Natural Resources staff will accept public comments regarding proposed waterfowl season structure at each public hearing. If you would like to provide input directly or are unable to attend a hearing, written comments will be accepted through midnight Friday, March 16. Written comments can be sent to Trenton Rohrer, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707 or via email to or by calling 608-261-6458.

Proposed 2018 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: Opening day shooting hours will begin one-halfhour before sunrise for all regular waterfowl hunting seasons.

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

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

Proposed Canada goose regular season structure and daily bag limits

Proposed daily bag limits:

Proposed structure includes the elimination of the Horicon Zone to create a statewide Exterior Zone.

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):

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

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

Proposed Daily Bag Limits:

Last Revised: Wednesday, March 07, 2018

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