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If you are interested in getting involved with the Conservation Congress or have a specific question about the Conservation Congress, contact:
Kari Lee-Zimmermann
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Madison WI 53707-7921
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Annual spring fish & wildlife public hearing and WCC county meeting

In-person meetings canceled, public input still accepted online April 13-16

In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are closely following guidelines from the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).

We continue to receive the most up-to-date information, including new guidance from DHS which recommends canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 people or more to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease.

As such, the in-person portion of the 72 public meetings known as the Spring Hearings that were to be held in each county on April 13 are canceled. The public will continue to have the opportunity to provide input on the natural resources advisory questions from the DNR, Natural Resources Board (NRB), and WCC through the online input option.

The online input option will go live at 7 p.m. on April 13 and will remain open for three days (72 hours).

The WCC will continue to take resolutions through early submittal. Resolutions should be submitted via email to SpringHearingInfo@Wisconsin.gov or mail typed hardcopies to: Kari Lee-Zimmermann, Conservation Congress Liaison, P.O. Box 7921 WCC/4, Madison WI 53707-7921. All citizen resolutions must be received by close of business on April 6. Resolutions must also meet the requirements identified here or they will not be accepted.

If you have questions or issues with the online input option or wish to submit a citizen resolution, please email SpringHearingInfo@Wisconsin.gov.

The results will be posted as soon as they are available.

2020

  • Online input FAQs-UPDATED
  • Resolution submittal FAQs
  • Wildlife program background, Lead Exposure in Wisconsin Birds, CWD brochure
  • Fisheries program background
  • 2020 Spring Hearing Questionnaire
  • For your information

    2019
    2018

    *Please note there is an error in the background of question 3. The background indicates that Wisconsin allows the harvest of 75 panfish in total per day, however, that is incorrect. Wisconsin regulations allow for the harvest of 125 panfish in total per day (25 of each yellow perch, rock bass and crappie; 25 in total of bluegill and/or pumpkinseed (sunfish); and 25 in total of white and/or yellow bass).

    *Also note there is an error in the background of question 54. The bobcat application deadline is August 1 rather than December 10 (application dealine for bear and spring turkey is December 10).

    *View the summary of Weapon Use by Wisconsin Deer Hunters Report [PDF] for information related to question 18.

    2017

    *Please note, in question #36, the proposed 10" minimum length limit is only for black crappie.

    2016

    *Please note the map on page 23 in the Spring Hearing questionnaire referenced in question 26 is incorrectly labeled. View the correct map [PDF] for WCC question 26.

    2015

    * Note: Click on the slide show tab and then choose to start the presentation from beginning to view the video.

    2014
    2013

    Corrections: Questions 88 & 89 - Due to federal regulations, these proposed changes would not be applicable to youth waterfowl hunts.

    Question 98 - The question should read "Do you support changing the daily bag and size limit on northern pike in the Winnebago System from a daily bag limit of two and a minimum size limit of 26 inches to a bag limit of two but only one may be less MORE than 26 inches?"

    2012

    Please note: Because all DNR fish and wildlife questions are advisory-only this year, there are no proposed changes to rule language.

    2011

    Correction: There is an error in the background of NRB advisory question #46 in the spring hearing questionnaire. The second paragraph, fourth sentence should read: The Natural Resources Board feels banning baiting and feeding in counties where it is currently allowed will encourage deer movement during shooting hours and result in a more even distribution of deer available to hunters on both public and private lands.

    Please Note: The proposed changes to the rule language for the DNR's fish and wildlife questions were not printed in the back of the 2011 spring hearing questionnaires. The proposed rule language can be viewed using the following links.

    2010
    • 2010 Spring hearing questionnaire [PDF]
    • 2010 Statewide spring hearing results [PDF]
    • 2010 County resolution results
    2009
    • 2009 Spring hearing questionnaire [PDF]
    • 2009 Statewide spring hearing results [PDF]
    • 2009 County resolution results
    2008
    2007
    2006
    Last revised: Wednesday April 01 2020