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Anglers get ready: Musky expected to hit hard this fall

MADISON - You heard it here. Musky are going to hit hard this fall in Wisconsin.

"They're going to have to -- they haven't eaten much all summer," says Tim Simonson, co-chair of the state's musky committee and an avid musky angler.

Green Bay musky
Having a large enough landing net makes it easier on the fish and the angler when successfully landing and releasing a monster Green Bay musky this fall.
J. Aschenbrenner Photo

"The recent history is a trend toward a growing number of big fish caught late in the year. So far this year, the musky fishing's been down. The hot summer it made it kind of miserable to fish. And water temperatures were probably above the optimum for musky feeding.

"I think those fish are going to hit hard late in the season. I still expect we'll see one of the top three years ever for big fish," Simonson said.

Last year, Muskies Inc. members reported catching more than 100 muskies 48 inches or greater in Wisconsin. That number has grown steadily since the 1970s, and leaped forward in recent years.

Simonson credits the Green Bay musky fishery, re-established through a generation of stocking and other management efforts by DNR and partners, with helping boost the numbers.

"People started discovering those fish in about 2006 and it's ballooned into a real popular destination for big fish, particularly in the fall," he says.

The contribution of big fish from Lakes Michigan and Superior to the Muskies Inc. registry has increased from 2 percent in 2004 to 24 percent in 2009.

Simsonson says there's a perception that fall is a good time to catch fish. Analysis of creel surveys and other records haven't been able to establish that definitively, but there's enough anecdotal information to show that some of the biggest fish are caught late in the season, he says.

His advice to anglers is to head to big water if it's big fish they're after. Ultimate fish size is related to lake size.

His short list of places to try: Green Bay, the Chippewa Flowage, the Madison lakes, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, the St. Louis River, Lake Wissota, Holcombe Flowage, Pewaukee Lake and the Petenwell Flowage.

Chippewa River musky
Brad Bohen landed this 46-inch musky from the Chippewa River in Rusk County on Sept. 12, 2010, and a new world record for the Unlimited Class tippet category in the Catch & Release Fly Rod Division.

He also reminds anglers that the musky season will be open a month longer south of U.S. Highway 10. This is the second year since the southern zone musky season was extended to December 31. The northern zone musky season closes November 30.

Musky notes

Simonson reminds anglers to take a few simple steps to keep the musky fishery strong, particularly for those anglers planning to use live suckers as bait.

  • Use a quick set rig instead of a single hook rig. Studies, including one in Wisconsin,have shown delayed mortality of 80 percent or greater when musky are allowed to swallow single hook bait before the angler sets the hook.
  • Follow rules to prevent the spread of VHS, a deadly fish disease. You can use suckers or other minnows left over at the end of the day on the same water or on another water if you did not add any lake or river water or fish to their container. You may carry the suckers away in up to 2 gallons of water.
  • For any harvest of fish, remember to follow the fish consumption advisory to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants in the fish. Women of childbearing age, nursing mothers, and all children should not eat muskies from any Wisconsin waters. Men and older women may eat one meal per month of muskies.
  • More musky notes

    The 2010 Muskellunge Management Update (pdf) is available online and has carries the latest news in musky management in Wisconsin, including information on proposals approved by DNR's fisheries management board to go to the state Natural Resources Board in December for their consideration to included in the 2011 spring fish and wildlife hearings as statewide fisheries questions. One proposal calls for increasing the minimum length for musky to 40 inches statewide from the current 34 inches; another calls for requiring quick strike rigs to decrease hooking mortality.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Simonson (608) 266-5222

    48-inch-plus musky have been increasing every year.
    48-inch-plus musky have been increasing every year.

    Musky conditions look good around the state

    Populations of Wisconsin's official state fish are looking good this fall, based on condition reports and forecasts filed by fish biologists and technicians in the last few weeks, and also from the population information some of them submitted in May 2010.

    Outlying waters of Green Bay and the Lower Fox River - Green Bay has been one of the top big fish musky destinations for the past three years and this trend will continue this fall, thanks to a 50 inch size limit, catch and release ethic, and loads of forage. While the muskies don't go on summer vacation, their eating and movement patterns make them prime targets in the fall. In the lower bay the muskies seem to concentrate with the schools of gizzard shad moving into the mouth of the Fox River. Here trolling medium to smaller baits produces, and trolling speeds may be the most important factor. Anglers are also learning that these 'skis aren't the only game in town and are beginning to fish more traditionally by spreading out and casting weed lines with big jerk baits, glide baits and bulldawgs in the Oconto, Peshtigo, and Sturgeon Bay areas. Once the water temps drops below 50 degrees, fishing baits that imitate the abundant whitefish can improve your odds of a big fish. Spring netting this year by DNR crews turned up a dozen fish over 50 inches and one monster that was 54 inches! Anglers should be prepared with a large enough landing net so they can leave the fish in the water while unhooking, hold the fish horizontally for one or two pictures, and report any tagged fish so DNR biologists can better understand the growth and movement of these very exciting fish! - David Rowe Fisheries Biologist Green Bay

    Adams and Juneau counties - The muskellunge population on Petenwell is growing in strength as observed from our spring 2010 fyke netting survey. Both the number of fish available and the size of the fish has increased. The population has gotten a recent boost with two stocking events one from the State and one from the Petenwell Musky Challenge. A third stocking event is yet to take place this fall sponsored by Consolidated Musky Club Inc and Wood County. Fishing this fall could be a challenge as many large woody structures were displaced and moved with the recent high water events and flooding.- Justine Hasz, fisheries biologist, Wisconsin Rapids

    Barron and Polk counties - Polk County is known for its excellent muskellunge waters. Popular lakes such as Deer, Bone, Wapogassett, Cedar and the Apple River Flowage provide excellent musky fisheries with many musky in the mid 40 inch range and on occasion some bigger. Catch rates are usually very good on Polk County Lakes due to an consistent stocking program from DNR hatcheries and a strong catch and release ethic from hook and line anglers. Rice Lake in Barron County offers the area's best chance for a 50-inch fish. Muskellunge densities and catch rates are low but some very large fish are present. Those anglers who put their time could be rewarded with a personal best muskellunge. Some other lesser know waters such as Sand Lake and Big Moon Lakes in Barron County and Big Blake Lake and the Black Brook Flowage in Polk County can also produce a quality fish from time to time and should also not be overlooked. - Heath Benike, fisheries biologist, Barron

    Chequamegon National Forest in Price, Sawyer, Ashland counties - Abundance is still high on many small waters in the Chequamegon National Forest and anglers just looking for action should try Day Lake Flowage, Spider-Moquah Lakes, English Lake, Mineral Lake and Potter Lake in Ashland County; and Ghost Lake, Lower Clam Lake, and Black Lake in Sawyer County. On these smaller lakes with a high abundance of musky, the key is to downsize your baits. Large forage is generally scarce in these lakes and the musky are used to chasing smaller baitfish - so anglers should adjust accordingly. Other waters with good abundances of musky include Butternut Lake, the Phillips Chain, Solberg Lake, and the Pike/Round Chain in Price County. - Skip Sommerfeldt, fisheries biologist, Park Falls

    Florence and Forest counties - Fall is a great time to fish for trophy muskies in Northern Wisconsin! During the summer months in many lakes, the largest fish will often suspend themselves in deep water searching for their optimal temperature range and preferred cold water prey items. As the water temperatures drop during the fall some of these larger fish will relocate themselves along traditional fishing spots (weed lines and drop-offs) making them much more vulnerable to anglers. Cooling water temperatures also trigger these large fish to feed more consistently throughout the day, offering better daylight fishing then during the summer months. This time of year muskies prefer larger prey items so upsizing your bait is normally a good idea. The bait of choice for most anglers during the fall is a live sucker ranging in size from 12 to 18 inches. Today there are a number of different sucker harnesses available that afford you the opportunity to catch your fish without it swallowing your bait and hooks. I strongly urge fishermen that plan on releasing their catch to consider using one of these "quick set" rigs when using live bait for muskies. Weather conditions can be challenging this time of year, but for many anglers their efforts has been rewarded with many of each years largest muskies being caught between October and November 30th. So get out on the water, that's where I'll be! - Greg Matzke, fisheries biologist, Florence

    Iron County - The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage musky population has improved over the past 12 years. Surveys show that musky abundance is similar from 1997 to 2009 but the size structure has dramatically improved. In 1997, 17 percent of the fish sampled were 40 inches and longer while no fish were captured exceeding 45 inches. In spring 2009, 31 percent of the fish sampled were 40 inches or longer while eight percent exceeded 45 inches. There was no evidence of natural musky reproduction and the population and fishery remains dependant on stocking. - Jeff Roth, fisheries biologist, retired.

    Lincoln County - A comprehensive survey on Lake Mohawksin, a 1,910-acre impoundment on the Wisconsin River in Tomahawk, found strong, self-sustaining populations of walleye, musky, northern pike, smallmouth bass and panfish. There is a strong musky population with good numbers of fish up to 45 inches long. - Dave Seibel, fisheries biologist, Antigo

    Marinette and Oconto counties - In Marinette County, Caldron Falls has been stocked by the DNR for more than 20 years and it supports a very good fishery. Those fish have expanded into the next flowage known as High Falls. Both impoundments produce several legal-size musky each year. White Potato is also a stocked fishery but it is located in central Oconto County. White Potato is a large shallow water lake that also supports a good musky fishery. DNR recently assessed Brule Flowage in Florence County and that information confirms a decent musky fishery exists in that flowage located just north of Florence. - Mike Donofrio, fisheries supervisor, Peshtigo

    Marathon and Portage counties - The musky stocking program for the flowages on the Wisconsin River between Stevens Point and Wausau has been very successful and the local fishing has benefited. The stocking program continues to get better with the assistance of local musky clubs, and the DNR is taking a more active role in management by marking every stocked musky with an elastomer jaw tag, used for evaluating natural reproduction. These tags are invisible to anglers, however a large number of adult muskies are now marked with orange internal anchor tags, placed between their pectoral and pelvic fins (belly). Anglers should report these tag numbers along with length and waterbody by calling the telephone number listed on the tag, as this is valuable recapture information for biologists. - Tom Meronek, fisheries biologist, Wausau

    Oneida County - A muskellunge survey on Tomahawk Lake estimated a low-density population of about one fish for every 18 acres of water. The Minocqua Chain was last stocked in 2001, but was put back on quotas due to low numbers of fish from the non-stocked years. Big-fish potential was excellent, with 57 percent of the fish larger than 40 inches and 15 percent over 45 inches. Just a few fish ranging 31 to 49.2 inches were handled in a netting survey on Stella Lake, where stocking also will be resumed. George Lake showed good numbers of small fish, but about 20 percent were over 40 inches. Crescent Lake had a lower catch than George, with 18 percent over 40 inches. A reminder that dragging a sucker while under power with an electric motor is trolling and is prohibited in lakes where motor trolling is not authorized. Wardens have received complaints and written citations this fall for anglers trolling with suckers.- John Kubisiak, fisheries biologist, Rhinelander

    Price County - Fall 2008 and spring 2009 surveys of Butternut Lake allowed sportfish population comparisons to goals outlined in the 2005 Butternut Lake Fishery Management Plan. Capture rates for musky ranked in the 81st percentile among spring netting surveys on similar "fast-action" musky waters, suggesting that musky density remains above the goal of 0.2 - 0.3 adults per acre. Anglers are encouraged to selectively harvest a musky 34 to 40 inches long once in a while to help attain goals for musky, perch and walleye. - Jeff Scheirer, fisheries biologist, Park Falls

    Shawano County - Musky have continued to provide a great fishery on Shawano Lake, with several 45- to 50-inch musky captured/observed during our fall assessments. - Al Niebur, fisheries biologist, Shawano

    Taylor County - Anglers of all skill levels can pick from a variety of fishing opportunities that Spirit and North Lakes offer. Novice and avid musky anglers should enjoy fast-action with a decent chance to land one of memorable size. Netting in spring 2009 yielded 31 musky ranging 29.5 to 42.5 inches. Musky abundance and size structure were better in North Spirit Lake where 42 percent were 38 inches or longer. - Jeff Scheirer, fisheries biologist, Park Falls

    Washburn County - Muskie will be putting on the feed bag on the Namekagon and St Croix rivers. Not trophy waters, but good numbers of fish into the low 40-inch class. The Namekagon is canoe or drift boat water but small motor boats can manage on the St Croix. Fly fishing can be quite an effective method. Expect great fall scenery and very little human activity. - Larry Damman, fisheries biologist, Spooner .

    Waukesha County - Okauchee Lake has incredible growth rates with an astounding 42-inch average length reported by 2009 tournament anglers. The county's largest lake, Pewaukee Lake, has big muskies and lots of them. The Department of Natural Resources continues to stock up to 2,500 10-inch fall fingerlings annually on this lake and an October 2009 fishing tournament recorded a phenomenal catch rate of 27 musky in eight hours ranging from 34 to 46 inches long.- Benjamin Heussner, fisheries biologist, Waukesha

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    Rare albino musky caught in Rusk County

    RUSK COUNTY - The musky Paul Parise boated on Oct. 6, 2010, from the lower Flambeau River in Rusk County is truly the rarest of the rare: a 51-inch albino musky.

    albino musky
    Paul Parise landed this 51-inch albino musky on Oct. 6, 2010, from the lower Flambeau River.
    Contributed Photo

    "That is a pretty fantastic catch," says Tim Simonson, co-chair of the Department of Natural Resources musky committee. "Albino musky are pretty rare to begin with, and for one to survive to that size is pretty uncommon given they don't have the protective camouflage to hide from predators or sneak up on prey. This fish stood out from day one, but through luck and maybe some skill, it survived."

    The fish is the second albino musky to surface in Wisconsin waters in recent years. In 2005, a DNR fisheries crew caught a white musky in their fyke nets during population surveys. But that fish was much smaller -- 32.7 inches long and 7.9 pounds at the time.

    Albinism is a heredity condition in humans, other mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, in which there is a total or partial lack of pigment that gives color to the skin, hair and eyes.

    The growth and development of an albino is the same as that of a normal individual. They also have the ability to reproduce offspring.

    The complete story about Paul Parise's unique musky catch and release will appear in the December 2010 issue of MUSKIE Magazine, the official publication of Muskies, Inc. [www.muskiesinc.org] (exit DNR).

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Simonson (608) 266-5222

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    Winnebago systems sturgeon spearing license deadline Oct. 31

    OSHKOSH -- A higher harvest cap for lake sturgeon and the prospect of landing some really nice, large fish are two more reasons for sturgeon spearers to make sure they've bought their sturgeon spearing license by midnight Oct. 31, 2010.

    The licenses are required for spearers to participate in either the Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season or the Upriver Lakes season. Both start, Feb. 12, 2011. Licenses are $20 for residents and $65 for non-residents and can be purchased: over the Internet through the Online Licensing Center; by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236); at license sales locations; or DNR service centers during their regular business hours . The 2011 sturgeon spearing seasons open on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes on Saturday, Feb. 12.

    Harvest caps increase as fish population increases

    Harvest caps for the 2011 spearing seasons have been increased because the sturgeon population in the Winnebago System has grown larger, says Ron Bruch, fisheries supervisor in Oshkosh.

    Harvest caps for 2011 will be 395 for juvenile females, 790 for adult females, and 1,200 for males, compared to 350, 740, and 1,000 respectively, for 2010. Based on annual spawning assessment surveys and tag returns in the spear harvest, the adult stock of lake sturgeon in the Winnebago System was estimated to be at 15,847 adult females and 31,748 adult males in 2010; these estimates are used to set harvest caps. Harvest caps for juvenile females are set at 50 percent of the adult female cap.

    DNR caps the harvest at no more than 5 percent of the adult population to sustainably manage the fishery. Sturgeon are slow-growing and late maturing, with females spawning for the first time at 20 to 25 years of age and then only once every three to five years.

    "We track the population very closely, and in the early 1990s and 2000s, it appeared the population had reached some kind of plateau," Bruch says. "In the last 10 years, however, we've seen this uptick again. The adult population has definitely increased, which allows us to increase the harvest caps. "

    DNR spring surveys showed that lake sturgeon in the system are also getting larger and older. "We still have lots of big fish out there," Bruch says. "We handled fish again this spring during the spawning assessment that were pushing 200 pounds."

    Sturgeon history was made on the first day of the 2010 season when the all-time record sturgeon, a 212.2-pound, 84.2-inch female, was speared by Ron Grishaber of Appleton. It was a record weight not only for Lake Winnebago, but also set new sturgeon spearing record for Wisconsin.

    The number of these trophy-size fish has been increasing significantly over the last decade due to harvest regulations implemented over the last generation to better protect vulnerable female fish.

    More details about license requirements

    The minimum age for spearing is 14. Youth who turn 14 between Nov. 1, 2010, and the last day of the 2011 spearing season can still buy a spearing license after Oct. 31. Military personnel home on leave can also purchase a license after Oct. 31, according to David Argall, with DNR's customer service and licensing bureau.

    The number of licenses sold is not limited on Lake Winnebago, but is limited to 500 for the Upriver Lakes fishery. The Upriver Lakes fishery is managed through a drawing and 500 individuals who submitted an application before Aug. 1, 2010, were authorized to buy an Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing license for the 2011 season. Once a person is authorized to buy an Upriver Lakes license for a season, he or she is not able to buy a license for Lake Winnebago. Those who applied for an Upriver Lakes license in the drawing but were not authorized received a preference point and can still buy a Lake Winnebago license before Oct. 31, Argall says.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: David Argall (608) 267-7699; Ron Bruch (920) 424-3059

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    Wisconsin state parks friends group to present best park features awards

    MADISON - The best Wisconsin state park for canoeing and kayaking is Rock Island, located off the tip of Door County; while the best park for winter camping is Pattison, located in Douglas County. Those are among the results of the 2010 Gold Seal Awards, tabulated after a season-long online survey of park users.

    The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Awards program each year to highlight park and trail visitors' picks for the best Wisconsin state park and trail features.

    The Gold Seal results were tabulated through the online survey on the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website: www.fwsp.org (exit DNR) that asked users which parks had the best offerings in ten categories over the summer 2010 season.

    The winners of the Gold Seal Awards for 2010 are:

    State Park Hero Awards

    In addition to the Gold Seals, the statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks will be recognizing a DNR land manager, a local Friends group, and a Friends member with State Park Hero awards. These awards showcase the terrific leadership and exemplary service of individuals and groups that selflessly supporting the State Park System in 2010.

    The winners of the State Park Hero Awards are:

    All awardees will be honored at the FWSP annual meeting and awards ceremony Oct. 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum on. All DNR staff members, volunteers, and Friends members are invited to attend this fun event. An invitation can be found at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website: www.fwsp.org (exit DNR).

    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System over the last decade in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenna Assmus, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks - 608-264-8994

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    Upper Mississippi River now a "Wetland of International Importance"

    TREMPEALEAU - The floodplain forests along the Upper Mississippi River, including more than 130,000 acres in Wisconsin, are now officially recognized as a global treasure.

    Their designation as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty aimed at protecting and promoting wetlands, was officially celebrated in a ceremony last week with international, state and local partners.

    The designation itself has no effect on current river users, nor does it affect current jurisdictions or responsibilities of the federal, state and local governments that manage the river. But wildlife officials believe the international recognition can help secure additional federal attention and open the door wider to collaboration with international experts.

    Perhaps the biggest impact will be to raise awareness in Wisconsin and elsewhere of the magnificent resource on the state's western border. "The designation is a recognition of just how critically important this is for a multitude of species," says Jeff Janvrin, a Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist who has worked on habitat restoration projects along the river for more than 20 years. "It's also recognition of the hard work people have been putting in to protect the river over the many generations."

    The complex series of forested backwater channels, marshes and islands in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa are home to more than 100 fish species and 42 mussels species. Mississippi River wetlands provide habitat to more than 300 birds and a flyway for 40 percent of the waterfowl in America. A slideshow featuring a sampling of these natural resources is found on the Wisconsin Wetlands page of the DNR website.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Andersen (608) 785-9994; Jeff Janvrin (608) 785-9005

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    Outdoor enthusiasts cautioned to watch for illegal drug activity in remote areas

    MADISON -- State and local officials are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious if they come across illegal drug growing operations in remote areas of Wisconsin. While several large grows were found and removed this summer and early fall, there still may be more marijuana growing operations in areas of remote public and private land -- with some growers armed and ready to protect their grows.

    "While local, state and federal law enforcement authorities have successfully teamed up this year and addressed several large grows on public lands, the public still needs to be cautious," said Randy Stark, Wisconsin chief conservation warden. "There still may be illegal drug operations on the landscape that could be a danger to outdoor recreationalists. With the large number of hunters in the woods while harvesting activities may be happening, the public needs to be cautious if they run across a grow."

    Stark said marijuana grows area a costly mess to clean up, and they deprive the public of the intended use of their lands, and potentially put the public in danger.

    "Wisconsin is blessed with great public lands and wild places, and the public traverses and enjoys them throughout the year. We are grateful that law abiding citizens care enough about their public lands to be aware and report problems," Stark said. "Hikers, anglers and hunters should be alert, and if they see something that doesn't look right, they should report the find to local law enforcement authorities."

    Some things to look for include signs of summer habitation such as huts, tents or other makeshift structures; equipment; watering jugs; chemical containers; or signs of disturbed vegetation including abnormal cuttings or clearing of small areas.

    If problems are found on private land, notify local law enforcement authorities. The Department of Natural Resources operates a 24/7 confidential tip line for reporting suspected or observed illegal activity. The number is easy to remember, 1-800-TIP-WDNR(1-800-847-9367 or cell #367.)" You can also call a national tip number at 1-800-NAB-DRUG (1-800-622-3784.) Anyone with a cell phone with texting service can now send an anonymous tip to Wisconsin DNR from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. by texting the word TIPWDNR and the tip information to 847-411 (tip411).

    "Don't put yourself in danger. Don't try to investigate the site yourself. You could inadvertently disturb clues to the perpetrators," Stark said.

    Anyone who comes across a suspicious area is advised to leave the way you came in and to record anything you observed such as vehicle descriptions, license or registration numbers from vehicles, equipment or other tools, GPS coordinates if you have a unit with you.

    "We want everyone to be safe and enjoy Wisconsin's outdoors and traditions, and we want to work with the public to ensure that public lands are used for their intended purpose," he says.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Engfer - Conservation Warden, (608) 266-0859

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    New rules important to deer hunters

    MADISON - Hunters participating in the 2010 Wisconsin deer hunting seasons should be aware of a number of new rules in place this year.

    Among the major changes are a rule that now allows use of magnifying scopes on muzzleloader rifles and another allowing the "quartering" of deer in the field to ease their transport.

    Scopes or telescopic sights on muzzleloaders

    Starting this deer season, hunters using muzzleloader firearms to hunt in Wisconsin may legally use a telescopic sight or scope with magnification during the 10-day muzzleloader-only deer season. Muzzleloaders with scopes may now be used for all gun deer seasons, including certain state parks with special muzzleloader seasons. There is no restriction on power or magnification of scopes or telescopic sights. Laser sights are only legal if the person holds a Class C disabled hunting permit.

    "Quartering" of deer

    Hunters may now divide a deer or bear into not more than 5 parts prior to registration, but only to facilitate removal from the field. The head must remain attached to one of the 5 main parts, and hunters must retain all parts, including hide and lower legs, except entrails from the field and exhibit at registration.

    Movement of Deer Carcasses: from CWD Zone or other CWD States

    Hunters are now allowed to transport a whole deer carcass, or parts that contain the head, neck or spinal column from the chronic wasting disease management zone and deer, elk or moose from other states where CWD has been identified to areas in Wisconsin outside the Wisconsin CWD management zone if delivered to a licensed meat processor or licensed taxidermist within 72 hours. The taxidermist or meat processor must be told that the animal came from a CWD area so they know to dispose of the head, neck and spinal column at a licensed landfill or rendering plant.

    Other changes include:

    A New Hunting and Trapping Regulations fact sheet (pdf) is available on the Department of Natural Resources website with has a full list of new hunting and trapping regulations that includes some rule changes that were implemented late in 2009.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: DNR public affairs managers

    Northern region: Jim Bishop (715) 635-4242

    West Central region: Ed Culhane (715) 839-3715

    Northeast region: Tom Turner (920 )662-5122

    South Central region: Greg Matthews (608) 275-3317

    Southeast region: Marcus Smith (414) (263-8516

    Central Office, Madison: Bob Manwell (608) 264-9248

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