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As Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine was going to press, changes in deer hunting rules and regulations were being implemented to comply with language in the just-signed 2017-19 Wisconsin state budget. Wording in the magazine's "Deer Hunting Details" story on Pages 12-13 might cause some confusion to readers. We have removed those pages from the online version. For those reading in print, here is a clarification:

Deer "carcass tags" (which the magazine referred to as "harvest authorizations") are no longer required to be validated and attached to a deer carcass. Proof of tags must still be possessed by hunters.

Acceptable forms of proof are: paper copy, Go Wild digital file, Go Wild validated Wisconsin driver's license, or Conservation Card. Registration of the harvest is still required by 5 p.m. the day after harvest. A hunter will need the tag number to register the harvest through the GameReg system at gamereg.wi.gov or 1-844-426-3734 (1-844-GAMEREG), or in person at a station that offers GameReg access.

For the most up-to-date information on all hunting regulations, go to dnr.wi.gov and search "deer hunting."

October 2017

Tracing sandhill to its roots

How Wallace and Hazel Grange built a legacy of preservation in central Wisconsin.

Julie A.M. Hess and Anna N. Hess

When it comes to Wisconsin's history of ecological work, education and protection of natural resources, time has enshrined many names we remember with reverence, while still others remain relatively unknown. Two often overlooked greats from the state's early conservationist group were Wallace and Hazel Grange, who defied obstacles to preserve some of the most important marshland in Wisconsin.

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Also in this issue…

Photo of a marshy landscape in fall colors with a muskrat swimming in foregroundA tribute to wetland management
Sandhill's boundless widlife is no accident.


Photo of a group of antlerless white-tailed deerAim for an antlerless state of mind
When it comes to deer management, every hunter plays a role.


Photo of a man and two young hunters in blaze orange with a dead deer in the foreground © Bill HirtFirst hunt far from ordinary
Sense of gratitude prevails after sharing in amazing outing.


Photo of a colorful brook trout in a stream © Don BlegenPure beauty of the brook trout
Only pristine streams can support this special species.


Photo of branch of tree showing green leaves and black berries © Kelly KearnsBucking a thorny invader
Take time this fall to tackle that hostile 'wall of buckthorn.'


Photo of a sign that states 'Private lands leased for public access' and other information © Kathryn A. KahlerPublic access pays big dividends
Opening private lands for public activity creates a win-win for owners and users alike.


Photo of a row of trees along an urban street © DNR FilesFrom ashes to diversity
Throughout the state, urban forests provide a bounty of benefits.