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Whooping crane chicks to be released to the wild later this week

Second set of six checks to start their first migration

EDITOR'S NOTE: Davin Lopez, DNR's whooping crane coordinator, and Joan Garland, International Crane Foundation outreach coordinator, will be on The Larry Meiller Show live on Wisconsin Public Radio from 11-11:45 Oct. 31 on these WPR Ideas Network stations or online. If you miss the show, you can still listen to the archives (all links exit DNR).

HORICON - Six whooping crane chicks are expected to be released into the wild later this week at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge with the hope they'll fall in with an adult crane and start their first migration to Florida.

"One of our birds from last year is still at Horicon, so we're hoping that by releasing the chicks in the same general area that they'll be able to hook up with her and learn the migration route," says Marianne Wellington, chick rearing supervisor for the International Crane Foundation, one of nine organizations in a partnership to establish an eastern flock of migratory whooping cranes.

First migration is one of many critical life stages for the birds, which are reared in captivity by people wearing costumes that resemble cranes, and for the partners' efforts to build the flock. Whooping cranes have an instinctive urge to migrate but they learn when and where to go from their parents.

Six other young whoopers from Wisconsin took off Sept. 27 behind an ultralight plane and are making slow progress southward. The birds typically fly 20 to 30 miles a day when weather allows but they have been grounded on more days than not in Illinois by inclement weather or poor flying conditions, according to Davin Lopez, DNR's whooping crane coordinator.

The two methods of releasing the birds and teaching them the routes - conditioning them to follow behind an ultra-light and directly releasing young birds as a group to follow adult whooping cranes or sandhill cranes headed south -- are being used now to increase the odds that crane chicks will successfully learn the migration routes and behave like wild birds, Lopez says.

Whooping crane
Young whooping cranes raised by costumed "foster parents" will be released soon at Horicon in hopes they will follow adult whooping or sandhill cranes and make their first migration south.
USFWS Photo

"There are certain advantages of each method that for now remain important to helping the program be successful," he says.

Since 1999, Wisconsin has played a major role in efforts to restore a migratory whooping crane population in eastern North America. DNR is a founding member of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership and the summer breeding area is in Wisconsin. The state's role in helping restore this federally endangered species to North America is highlighted as part of DNR's year-long feature on the 40th anniversary of the state's endangered species law.

Before these efforts to establish a flock in the eastern U.S. began, only one migratory population of whooping cranes existed in the wild, raising concerns that any catastrophic event could have completely eliminated the species. That remaining flock, which wintered on the Gulf coast of Texas and migrated north in spring to Canada, had dropped to 16 birds in the 1940s.

Wildlife officials consider establishing the eastern flock a cutting-edge species recovery project; one U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official described it as "the wildlife equivalent of putting a man on the moon," according to Come on whoopers!, an article in the October 2012 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.

Lopez says that the eastern migratory flock is growing but that nesting success and survival of chicks is not as strong as the partners originally hoped. The population is 104 birds, not counting the six birds following the ultralight or the six that will be released later this week; both groups are not considered released yet.

The flock has produced chicks at Necedah in recent years, but whooper parents have abandoned many of their nests there before the eggs hatch. One theory is that black flies have been a problem and have been chasing the parents off the nests, Lopez says.

To better understand why parents were abandoning nests and to develop another nesting site, the partners in 2011 started releasing young birds in DNR's White River Marsh Wildlife Area in Green Lake County and at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County. They also started experimental black fly control efforts at Necedah.

In 2012, nesting and hatching success improved - there was a record nine chicks hatched in the wild - but only two of those chicks survived. Partners are unsure what happened to the chicks, but believe they were likely killed by predators, Lopez says.

Next year, partners won't treat for black flies at Necedah as part of continuing research into understanding the factors determining nesting success. "If black flies are the reason behind low nesting success, then next year, when we don't treat, we'd expect to see nest abandonment go up," he says. "If it's that the birds are getting older and more experienced, we'd expect nesting success to continue to go up even without the black fly treatment."

Wellington says that partners have learned a lot about whooping cranes and raising them, and are still learning more. For instance, research involving the direct release birds seeks to determine "when they set their GPS that this spot is their home," she says.

The chicks Wellington and her three interns work with were hatched at the International Crane Foundation near Baraboo and were reared there until they were 5 to 7 weeks old, at which time they were moved to Necedah and raised there in a semi-captive state. Once the birds start to begin flying, they are moved to Horicon where they are kept in pens that are protected from predators but allow the birds to fly out and start getting acclimated to that kind of habitat.

Wellington and partners are also trying to understand how quickly chicks can gain from human "foster" parents the skills they need so that time with the humans can be reduced to just what's necessary. "They learn a lot from their parents, so we're trying to find what they need to learn before they are released. They mimic what we do, so the less time we spend with them, the less time we have to change them," she says.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Davin Lopez (608) 266-0837; Joan Garland, International Crane Foundation, 608-381-1262

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New DNR video highlights Neenah's award-winning brownfield redevelopment

MADISON - A new video provides a snapshot into one of the state's award-winning brownfield redevelopments: a mixed-use redevelopment including the Plexus Corporation's $16 million headquarters, a $7 million medical clinic and new parks and public amenities along Neenah's downtown waterfront.

"Reclaiming and Rebuilding Neenah" highlights the partnership between city officials, the Department of Natural Resources, developers and private partners as they revitalized the 100-year-old vacant Glatfelter paper mill property, located in the heart of the city's downtown business sector.

The project helped create new jobs and retain several hundred jobs.

"We're in the business of helping communities like Neenah achieve their vision of economic renewal for their downtowns," said Darsi Foss, DNR brownfields chief. "We are very proud of our partnership with the city and what they've achieved in such a short time."

Foss said the DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program worked with the Community Development Authority of Neenah and its consultant on the cleanup and redevelopment of the former six-acre brownfield. The department lent technical oversight and liability assistance, along with more than $525,000 in assessment and cleanup seed money.

"This video showcases how great public-private collaboration can result in a world class redevelopment worthy of national recognition," said Foss.

This October the city of Neenah received two awards for the Glatfelter site, the 2012 National Brownfield Renewal Economic Impact Award from Brownfield Renewal Magazine, and the "Adaptive Re-use of Urban Land Award" from 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin. The national award will be presented in Atlanta, Ga., during the Brownfields 2013 conference next May.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Savagian, 608-261-6422

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Despite low water, chinook egg collection goals met

STURGEON BAY, Wis. - It started slow but ended fast.

Until Monday, one of the drought's impacts in Wisconsin was the low number of chinook salmon making their fall spawning runs and returning to the rivers where they had been stocked years before. That was a concern for state fish managers charged with collecting chinook eggs to produce the next generation of kings at state fish hatcheries to challenge anglers.

The lack of rain particularly made for some challenges at Strawberry Creek egg collection facility just south of Sturgeon Bay. Normally, thousands of fish stream in from Lake Michigan to spawn in the creek. Most of them were released into Strawberry Creek as fingerlings three to four years ago. This year, the chinook didn't initially come up the stream like they have in years past.

"These are probably the worst water levels we have seen at Strawberry Creek since we started the chinook stocking program in the late 1960s," said Steve Hogler, Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist.

When the water levels dropped in 2000, DNR staff installed a pump to help supplement the flow of water into the creek. Despite turning that pump on this year to help bring fish up to the egg collection facility, Strawberry Creek was down to nearly a trickle as the water spread out at the mouth of the creek where the low lake level caused a blockage. To fix that, a section of the creek was dredged to further aid the fish.

The numbers of chinook coming into the facility was still not where it had been previously so staff turned to the backup plan and harvested chinook from the C.D. Buzz Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility in Kewaunee, said Mike Baumgartner, property manager at Besadny, late last week. "This year we had no choice but to spend a day harvesting eggs just in case we can't catch a break at Strawberry Creek."

Then, the rains came, and the fish followed. More than 1,200 fish crowded into the Strawberry Creek facility in the last week and state fish crews collected hundreds of thousands of eggs, putting them over the goal for eggs collected.

DNR fisheries crews have a goal of raising a total of 724,000 chinook salmon from the eggs collected at both facilities. They will be raised at the Kettle Moraine Springs Fish Hatchery and the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Hogler, 920- 662-5480 or Trish Ossmann, DNR Northeast Region public affairs manager, 920-662-5122

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Cooperative agreement brings sturgeon to Menominee tribal reservation

KESHENA FALLS, Wis. -- It was a homecoming along the Wolf River last week as 33 sturgeon took up residence in a stretch of river that, up until last year, had been without sturgeon for 125 years. More than a decade of work brought the prehistoric fish to the river, which runs through the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff worked with Menominee tribal leadership to transplant the sturgeon from the Wolf near Leeman to the Menominee Indian Reservation just below Keshena Falls. This is the second year of a 10-year agreement to bring 100 sturgeon each year to a stretch of river that was historically one of the larger spawning sites on the Wolf before the dams went in downstream.

Menominee sturgeon release
Students from Menominee Indian High School help net sturgeon.
WDNR Photo

"Sturgeon are culturally important to the Menominee people," explains Ryan Koenigs, DNR fisheries biologist, "but with the lack of fish here for so long, they've lost a little bit of the interaction with the sturgeon on this stretch of the river. Bringing fish back to this place allows the younger generation to reconnect and become in tune with how culturally important the sturgeon is to the tribe."

This year, dozens of students from the Menominee Indian School District joined DNR staff along the Wolf River to help implant transmitters and release the sturgeon. They had a hands-on lesson in how to net the fish, check for PIT tags, and release the sturgeon into their new home.

Blessing sturgeon
Menominee Indian Tribal Historian David Grignon conducts a ceremonial blessing of the sturgeon .
WDNR Photo

"We're bringing back the culture," explained Don Reiter, tribal fish and wildlife manager. "We're educating the students in our high schools, middle schools and grade schools and when we have a project like this, we do our project planning with the schools' involvement."

"It means a lot to me personally," said Kaycee Frechette, a senior at Menominee Indian High School who helped release a sturgeon, "because of the experience my dad had with watching the sturgeon spawn for the first time in over 100 years and I'm glad I got to be part of it."

The success of this partnership was immediately apparent this last spring when there was evidence of natural spawning occurring just below the falls. For the Menominee people, seeing sturgeon spawn on their land was more than just a sight to see.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Koenigs, 920-303-5450 or Trish Ossmann, DNR Northeast Region public affairs manager, 920-662-5122

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Green your Halloween!

MADISON - Halloween revelers can make a commitment to celebrate a Green Halloween this year by reducing their impact on the environment, according to state environmental officials.

"The celebrations traditionally associated with the holiday can create extra waste and pollution," says Elisabeth Olson, a natural resources educator with the Department of Natural Resources. "Alternatives can make for a more creative and family-friendly event."

Olson recommends these tips to reduce, reuse and recycle this Halloween:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Elisabeth Olson 608-264-9258 or Andrew Savagian, DNR air and waste division public affairs manager, 608-261-6422

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Reflections on assisted hunting

93 sponsors held special deer hunts this year for hunters with disabilities

Deer hunts for the disabled were held across Wisconsin week before last, and as always they were wildly successful.

The numbers are impressive - 93 sponsors this year, individuals and groups, and 75,000 acres enrolled. It grows each year. There is no count of disabled hunters, as these records are not required, but 437 made their way into the books anyway and the actual number is certainly much higher.

Dunn County hunt
Hunters John Martinson, Chris Stanek and Mitch Hoyt share a laugh before taking the field in Dunn County as part of the 2012 deer season for disabled hunters.
WDNR Photo

Numbers, though, are the least important part of this story. Something happens at these hunts that sets them apart. It's not easy to define, but it's easy to see and feel if you're around one, and to hear - because of the laughter.

Everyone at these events, hunters and volunteers alike, is there because on that given day there isn't any other place they'd rather be.

The largest deer hunt for disabled hunters in Wisconsin takes place near Willard in Clark County where as many as 97 property owners make more than 11,000 acres of prime hunting lands available to 60 to 70 disabled hunters each autumn.

Organizer Dale Petkovsek, a quadriplegic since a teen-age car crash in 1978, said landowners first saw the program as an additional opportunity to trim an overly large deer herd in farm country. It's been going for 14 years now, with headquarters at Dale's North Mound Tavern. Local hunters, including landowners, act as guides and assistants and just about everyone who can comes back year after year.

"Some deep relationships have formed," Petkovsek said.

It's a giant logistical undertaking. That big jovial guy peeling off strips of raffle tickets at the Saturday night banquet - he's a local businessman. You couldn't pay him to stay away.

Those guys out back, behind the giant event tent, skinning deer and wrapping venison for the hunters - one of them is a retired forester and deputy warden, Richard Chose, and another is his friend, Steve Bushman. They and the others have a regular comedy routine going.

"We're like arthritis," Bushman said. "We keep coming back...and this way, I keep good and practiced in case I ever shoot one of my own."

A third skinner is Gary Johnson. It was his idea years ago to set up the deer processing operation. He remembers one small girl who was severely disabled. She had a thrilling hunt, and then she blew him right away with her electric smile. It wasn't even fair.

"Just seeing that joy on her face...I'll be back every year."

The tavern was packed and so was the big event tent outside. There was a gargantuan quantity of food. Inside the tent, Glen Robinson was at a table with his wife, Estelle. Robinson has no legs. He'd seen four deer that day and he shot one of them. He's hunted here from the beginning, other than a few years when his children were producing grandchildren and he was busy looking after them.

"This is a lot of fun," he said. "There's always someone to visit with when you're not hunting."

Robinson
Hunter Glen Robinson of Chippewa Falls listens for winning raffle ticket numbers at the post-hunt banquet at the west central Clark County hunt for the disabled.
WDNR Photo

Kris Belling, a regional wildlife supervisor with the state Department of Natural Resources, presented Dale, and his sister, Mary, with the DNR West Central Region Natural Resources Award at the banquet this year. Dale and Mary were nominated by conservation warden Adam Hanna and wildlife technician Scott Krultz, another volunteer.

Dale, impatient with the applause, refused to take any credit and said the wooden plaque belonged "to everyone in this tent."

Seven days later, Xcel Energy and the Indianhead Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, as part of the organization's Wheelin' Sportsman program, sponsored a deer hunt for the disabled on Xcel's 4,300-acre, undeveloped Tyrone property along the lower Chippewa River in Dunn County. Xcel has been lauded by environmentalists for restoring native habitat on the vast property.

There were seven hunters and seven volunteer "mentors," although "assistants" would be a better word. These hunters don't need mentoring. They just need a little help getting into the field, and should they bag a deer, someone to field dress it and drag it.

Organizers Dave Mahlke, a regional federation official, and Matt McFarlane, Xcel's property manager, had a big field tent set up and a roaring fire to beat back the early morning rain.

The hunters were glad to be out on this beautiful land, despite the rain. Mitch Hoyt, who's been in a wheelchair since part of a friend's tree stand collapsed years ago, said he was grateful for the invitation but wondered, with a grin, if it was okay for him to be there.

"My electric company is WPS," he said.

There were T-shirts and caps to distribute and, of course, lots of food to eat and snacks to pack, per Wisconsin code. The hunters spent the rest of the long day in the field, widely separated on the huge property, and it rained on their blinds all afternoon and into the evening. A much needed rain, if not conducive to hunting. Deer don't like to move much in an all-day soaker. It defeats their sense of smell.

Among the volunteers were a DNR communicator and Dave Mahlke's son, who shares his name. The younger Mahlke, 29, suffered a traumatic brain injury serving his country in Iraq. He'd qualify for a disabled tag but he's fighting his way back and chose instead to volunteer.

"I learned what it takes to be a wounded sportsman, the courage involved, the never-say-die attitude," his father said that morning.

A roaring campfire awaited our return from the field, and there was more food and the hunters told their stories, and as this was an inaugural effort, there were suggestions for future hunts. And per Wisconsin code, there was laughter.

We'll be back next year. You can count on it.

For information on Wisconsin's many opportunities for disabled people who love the outdoors, and opportunities to volunteer, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/openoutdoors/.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ed Culhane, DNR West Central Region public affairs manager, 715-839-8715

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Celebrate Wisconsin's Clean Water Act progress and heroes

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This column was previously released to the media.]

When you pull a walleye from the Wisconsin River, cruise along the Fox River or dine overlooking the Milwaukee River, it's hard to believe that 40 years ago waters had sludge so thick birds could walk across; that Green Bay dumped perfume into the East River to mask the stench, and that a sulfite liquor spill in the Oconto River discolored the paint on houses.

What a difference the Clean Water Act has made in Wisconsin! We have a lot celebrate as a result of what Ken Johnson, our water leader and 36-year DNR veteran, calls "the most profoundly successful environmental law ever conceived."

Wisconsin River
Wisconsin River
These before-and-after photos show the difference the Clean Water Act has made on the Wisconsin River below Rhinelander. The sludge shown downstream of a paper mill in the 1960s photo has been cleaned up and the water quality much improved, evident in the 2001 photo.
Top photo Bob Martini; bottom photo Ron Becker

The Clean Water Act required municipal and industrial wastewater dischargers across the country to get permits with stricter limits on the pollution they sent into lakes and rivers. It leveled the playing field among states. It provided municipalities and states with federal funding to upgrade wastewater treatment plants and hire needed staff, and its "citizen suit" provision allowed environmental watchdogs and other groups to sue polluters and the agencies regulating them. The law required permits for dredging or filling harmful to wetlands.

Wisconsin moved quickly and aggressively. DNR staffed up to meet the challenge, as did municipalities and industry. Citizen groups kept the pressure on. All of these folks made the Clean Water Act work for Wisconsin. That included pioneering a wasteload allocation approach that cleaned up our waters without halting the growth of cities or businesses.

As former Natural Resources board member John Brogan put it:

"We proved that you could have fish and factories instead of fish or factories."

By 1983, Wisconsin became the first state to issue permits holding dischargers to the higher "secondary" standard of treatment as we succeeded in removing much of the visible pollution. Levels of toxic and bacterial pollutants we couldn't see went down, the dissolved oxygen that fish need went up, and our waters started healing.

Numbers tell part of the story: mercury levels on the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minn., decreased three-fold; Fox River paper mills cut pollution discharges from 425,000 to 22,000 pounds of solids a day; Milwaukee went from having as many as 60 combined sewer overflows a year to 2.5; and wetland loss slowed significantly from the 5 million acres drained or filled by the 1980s to about 1,400 acres a year in 1991, and to several hundred acres today.

Even more powerful to me are these measures of success: the smiling faces of people who flock to our lakes, rivers and wetlands; the fact that our cities and businesses are turning toward Wisconsin waterfronts, not away from them; and the clean water that flows out of the tap for residents who rely on the Great Lakes and Lake Winnebago for their drinking water.

Forty years in, the Clean Water Act is still protecting and restoring our waters, but there is more work to be done. Runoff pollution, invasive species and algae blooms are among some of the biggest challenges we face.

We are moving ahead to develop approaches that work for Wisconsin. In 2010, we became the first state to adopt phosphorus standards for rivers, lakes and streams. We are working with municipalities and industries as their discharge permits are re-issued to find flexible, cost-effective solutions to meet new permit limits. We are working with farmers to reduce nutrients from farm fields. These approaches will incorporate sophisticated modeling and monitoring, and will tap into the ideas and experience of the farmers, industry and municipal wastewater treatment plant operators on what works best.

For now, however, it's a time for us to celebrate and give thanks. I invite you to visit a special Clean Water Act feature on our website - dnr.wi.gov - to learn more and share your stories about Wisconsin's clean water heroes.

And the next time we sit on a pier watching a beautiful sunset, swim at our favorite beach or land a fish -- big or small - we can remember that a lot of people worked very hard and creatively to make those experiences possible. Thanks for the memories!

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Johnson, DNR water division administrator, 608-264-6278 or Lisa Gaumnitz, DNR water division public affairs manager, 608-264-8942

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Deer hunters urged to report feral pig sightings to the DNR

MADISON - State wildlife officials are encouraging hunters heading out for Wisconsin's traditional nine-day gun deer hunting season to keep an eye out for feral pigs. Feral pig sightings and harvests should be reported on the Department of Natural Resource's website: dnr.wi.gov keyword "Feral Pigs."

Since 1997 feral pigs have been reported in at least 51 Wisconsin counties, although not all of these reports have been verified. "Each year we receive reports of feral pig sightings and harvests from around the state," says Brad Koele, DNR wildlife damage specialist. "Fortunately most of these reports turn out to be domestic pigs that were running loose. However, any report of feral pigs is of interest and concern given the negative impacts they can have on habitat, Wisconsin's agriculture, and domestic swine industry."

For removal purposes, feral pigs are currently considered unprotected wild animals and may be hunted year-round, with the exception of the Friday before opening day of the nine-day gun deer hunting season when it's not allowed. Also, feral pig hunting hours are the same as for deer during the nine-day season. During the rest of the year, there are no hunting hour restrictions for feral pigs.

There is no bag limit on feral pigs. Landowners may shoot feral pigs on their own property without a hunting license. Anyone else can shoot a feral pig as long as they possess a valid small game license, sport license, or patron license and have landowner permission if they are on private land.

Feral pigs are defined as existing in an untamed or wild, unconfined state, having returned to such a state from domestication. Feral pigs can be found across a wide variety of habitats and are highly destructive because of the rooting they do in search of food. They're also efficient predators preying on many species including white-tailed deer fawns and ground nesting birds like grouse, woodcock, turkeys, and songbirds.

Feral pigs are known to carry a number of diseases of danger to humans and the domestic swine industry, including swine brucellosis, pseudorabies and leptospirosis.

While the DNR encourages the removal of feral pigs whenever possible, Koele cautions that before shooting hunters need to be sure the pigs are feral and they are not someone's domestic pigs that may have just escaped. Hunters could be liable for the replacement cost of the pig if they are domestic.

State officials request that anyone shooting a feral pig call a DNR service center or contact a DNR wildlife biologist so that blood and tissue samples can be collected for disease testing in collaboration with USDA and the state veterinarians' office.

Additional information on feral pigs and feral pig hunting is available on the DNR website: dnr.wi.gov keyword search "feral pigs."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Koele, DNR wildlife damage specialist, 608-266-2151or Jenny Pelej, DNR division of lands public affairs manager, 608-264-9248

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Deer hunters can help manage wildlife by participating in wildlife survey

MADISON - Hunters have submitted more than 1,100 deer observations for the 2012 Wisconsin Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey since the survey began in September, which state wildlife officials say will be added to previous year's data to better track population changes and improve management decisions.

"Deer season is a treasured time of year for many Wisconsinites," says Brian Dhuey, a wildlife research scientists with the Department of Natural Resources. "It's a time to get back into the outdoors and relieve the stresses of everyday life. But now we're asking hunters to take those traditions one step further and become involved with deer management."

Since 2009, DNR researchers have encouraged Wisconsin's deer hunters to record deer and other wildlife seen while deer hunting via the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, which is designed to provide information on long-term trends for the 17 selected wildlife species.

The 2012 data will be added to the previous three years, and as data accumulates, Dhuey says, DNR staff will be able to better track population changes and improve management decisions. This survey can also gather information on animals that are very hard to monitor thus saving the DNR time and money.

Since the survey began in September, the more than 1,100 observations reported included 448 bucks, 1,040 does, 710 fawns, and 202 unknowns. Deer seen per hour varies widely by region, with the high being the Eastern Farmland (0.79 deer per hour) and the low being the Southern Farmland (0.53 deer per hour). Turkeys, raccoons, and ruffed grouse are the next most commonly seen animals while hunting.

The survey period continues into January 2013. Keyword search "deer hunter wildlife" on the Wisconsin DNR homepage [dnr.wi.gov] for more information, print the tally sheet, and view results of previous years. Keep track of your observations on the tally sheet and then enter them online through January 2013. Individuals that provide their email address - which must be provided at the bottom of every form submitted - will receive a personalized summary of their 2012 deer hunting season.

Even with thousands of Wisconsin hunters in the woods this fall, the 'eyes' hunters often rely on are trail cameras. Trail cameras have captured hundreds of interesting or rare animals across the state, even documenting range expansion of some species.

"Many of the photographs we've received have been posted to our trail camera gallery," Dhuey says. "We ask that you please continue to send in these photos!"

The trail camera gallery can be accessed through the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey webpage. Take a moment to view some of the photos or watch a video. Check back often, the site is updated as soon as new photos are received.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Dhuey, 608-221-6342 or Jes Rees, 608-221-6360

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