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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:
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Annual spring fish & wildlife public hearing and WCC county meeting

On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m. where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin.

County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress and to elect delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process.

NEW: Online Input Option

For the first time ever, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will be providing an opportunity for the public to weigh-in on the Spring Hearing questions through an online option. The online input option will be provided through a link that will be posted on this page and will go live at 7:00 p.m. on April 8. The online version will remain open for three days (72 hours). Individuals in attendance at the Spring Hearings can choose to fill out the paper input form the night of the hearing or take a random verifiable number that can be submitted through the online system. The random verifiable number will allow an individual's input to be tallied along with the input provided by in-person attendees in the county in which they attended.

Individuals who are unable to attend a Spring Hearing in person can provide input through the online version (without the random verifiable number). This input will be compiled and considered with the overall input but will be separate from the county-specific (in-person) input.

  • With the addition of the online option for providing input, the results of the Spring Hearings will not be available the following day as they have been in the past. Results will be posted on this page as soon as they are available.
  • The election of WCC delegates and input on citizen introduced resolutions will remain unchanged and will require in-person participation.


  • 2019 Spring Hearing questionnaire [PDF]
  • * There is an error in the background for question 11. It currently reads, "Our surrounding states do not have closed seasons for bass." However, Minnesota has a closed season for bass. Michigan, Iowa and Illinois all have a year-round season for bass, though it is a catch-and-release season on some waters.

    *Note for question 16: The Winnebago System is defined in NR 20.03 (19) Wis. Admin. Code:
    " 'Lake Winnebago system' means Lakes Buttes des Morts, Winneconne, Poygan, Winnebago and all their tributaries from their mouths upstream to the first dam including the Fox river from Lake Winnebago upstream to the dam above Princeton and all its tributaries from their mouths upstream to the first dam and the Wolf river from its mouth upstream to the dam in the city of Shawano and all its tributaries from their mouths upstream to the first dam including Cincoe lake, Partridge Crop lake adn Partridge lake in Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties."

  • 2019 Spring Hearing locations [PDF]
  • 2019 hearing flyer [PDF] (Need help? [PDF])
  • Proposed changes to wildlife rule language [PDF]
  • Proposed changes to fisheries rule language [PDF]

For your information


*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.


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


*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.


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


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?"


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


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 Spring hearing questionnaire [PDF]
  • 2010 Statewide spring hearing results [PDF]
  • 2010 County resolution results
  • 2009 Spring hearing questionnaire [PDF]
  • 2009 Statewide spring hearing results [PDF]
  • 2009 County resolution results
Last revised: Tuesday March 12 2019