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New opportunities and a number of resources available to deer hunters accompany new rule changes in Wisconsin

MADISON - Deer hunters are encouraged take advantage of a number of available tools and resources to make sure they are ready for another exciting 9-day gun deer season.

Informational Packet

An informational packet has been made available to hunters with any questions related to rules new and old alike. With a few simple clicks, hunters can learn what has changed in 2014.

This year's packet includes the following materials:

To view this and other information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, visit, search keyword "deer," and find the "deer hunt informational packet" menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

The department's frequently asked questions page offers a helpful look at questions that have commonly been asked so far this fall related to deer hunting.

To view the frequently asked questions about the gun deer hunt page, search keyword "deer" and find the "tools for your season" menu.


Those interested in receiving email updates regarding new regulations can sign up to receive occasional email reminders about season dates, license and tag types, and other information. Visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select a list of your choice.

Informational Live chats

The department has offered a number of informational chats open to the public, with DNR wildlife, law enforcement, regulations and communications specialists on hand to answer questions. So far, chats focused on crossbow hunting, antlerless permits, e-registration, and general regulations have drawn over 1,000 live participants, with nearly 200 questions answered.

Hunters are encouraged to participate in the following chats leading up to this year's 9-day gun deer opener:

To view a chat schedule and check out previous chats, visit and search keyword "chat."

Deer Hunt 2014

Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 is the 23rd annual hour-long special designed to help hunters prepare for the upcoming firearms deer season. Host Dan Small will interview Wisconsin deer management experts to discuss changes to this year's hunt and offer helpful tips and tricks as you gear up and head out into the woods.

For more information, visit and search keywords "deer show."

Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 is a production of Dan Small Outdoors, LLC, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

State Park deer management units no longer in place

There are no longer individual deer management units for specific Wisconsin state park system properties, as deer hunting is now allowed on most properties. Hunters no longer have to apply for special hunting access permits to hunt on state park properties. Each state park now falls within the county deer management unit in which it is located.

State parks are open for hunting and trapping beginning on Nov. 15 and running through Dec. 15, except that hunting with legal archery methods is allowed through Sunday, Jan. 4. There are some exceptions to the hunting in state parks rules. Hunting is not allowed in Copper Culture, Cross Plains, Governor Nelson, Heritage Hill and Lakeshore state parks, Hank Aaron State Trail, Fischer Creek State Recreation Area, Havenwoods State Forest, Lapham Peak and Pike Lake units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Hunting is limited to bows and crossbows only in Big Foot Beach and Lake Kegonsa state parks. Harrington Beach, High Cliff, Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula, Perrot, Rib Mountain and Wildcat Mountain state parks and Loew Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest only allow the use of muzzleloaders, bows and crossbows during the firearm deer season.

Hunters who plan to hunt in any state park property are responsible for knowing what areas of each property are open to or closed to hunting. Hunting is prohibited within 100 yards of designated use areas such as picnic areas, campgrounds, beaches and heavily used trails. It is also illegal to discharge a firearm, air gun, bow or crossbow from or across any state trail or other area in a state park that is closed to hunting.

Maps of open and closed areas are posted at each property and are available by searching the DNR website for keyword "hunting state parks."

All visitors to state park properties are encouraged to wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing during the open state park hunting period.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589; Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-261-0751; Paul Holtan, DNR communications for hunting in state parks, 608-267-7517



America Recycles Day November 15

Recent report shows Wisconsin residents recycled more than 830,000 tons in 2013

MADISON -With the approach of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, recent collection numbers compiled by the Department of Natural Resources are showing that Wisconsinites support recycling all year long.

The information, available by searching "recycling studies" at, showed Wisconsin's 2013 residential and commercial recycling efforts recovered about 831,000 tons of used paper products and food and beverage containers for use in manufacturing. That's a 79,000 ton increase over 2012 figures.

"The average Wisconsin household returned 702 pounds of paper and containers back into the economy through recycling at home, at work and while out and about. That's about the same weight as a grand piano," said Brad Wolbert, DNR Recycling and Solid Waste Section chief.

Wolbert added that recycling tonnages have held steady and even increased over the past five years in Wisconsin, despite the continued development of lighter food and beverage packaging as well as the increasing shift toward online publishing.

Every year, local governments send reports to the DNR with data on the amount of recyclable paper and container products recycled by their residents. Facilities that process these materials for recycling provide similar reports, and include information from commercial collections.

The DNR combines the data in these reports to determine how much material was captured for recycling each year, target technical assistance to local communities and respond to information requests from citizens, businesses and public officials.

"Wisconsinites are strongly committed to recycling," said Wolbert. "In a recent statewide survey, 96 percent of respondents identified themselves as having some level of commitment to recycling."

Wolbert also noted that, on average, Wisconsinites recycle far more discarded paper and containers than state law requires. Counting other recycled items such as electronics, tires, appliances and used oil alongside recycled paper products and containers, Wisconsin recovers 242 pounds of recyclable material per person.

State recycling experts point to two important conveniences that generally lead to higher recycling participation and collection rates. "First, almost 58 percent of the population now has access to 'single stream' recycling collection," said Wolbert. "This is where all recyclables are collected in a single bin and later sorted into different commodity types at a processing center."

Second, Wolbert said, nearly 70 percent of the population has access to curbside collection. Communities with greater than 5,000 residents are required under state law to provide curbside collection, and many smaller communities also offer curbside collection as a service to their residents.

"Recycling keeps useful materials out of landfills and incinerators, and returns them instead to the manufacturing sector where they can be turned into products and save producers money on raw materials," said Wolbert.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Wolbert, DNR, 608-264-6286,



Public invited to weigh in on Lake Superior fisheries management at Ashland meeting Dec. 1

Lake trout harvest outlook, fish population data among topics on agenda

ASHLAND, Wis. -- Anglers, commercial fishers, conservation stakeholders and interested citizens are encouraged to attend a public meeting hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Dec. 1 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland to discuss Lake Superior fisheries management plans including the lake trout harvest outlook for 2015.

For the coming year, lake trout population assessments show lower numbers of fish will meet the minimum size range of 15 inches, although models indicate that relatively strong lake trout reproduction in 2008 and 2009 should result in higher fish numbers and harvest quotas beginning in 2016. Public input is being sought to identify local fisheries issues and discuss management objectives as well as opportunities and challenges. The meeting aims to ensure all aspects of the fishery are considered and increase awareness of the resource.

"We look forward to exploring management options with the public and we welcome diverse viewpoints from stakeholders," said Bill Cosh, DNR spokesman. "We appreciate the vital role lake trout play in the region's economy as well as Lake Superior's ecology and we will use the public comments and latest scientific findings in our continuing efforts to sustain and enhance the fishery."

For the 2015 season, DNR anticipates reduced limits that will affect commercial, recreational and tribal anglers. A temporary rule will be proposed to cover the season for commercial and recreational anglers while long-term sustainability is discussed among stakeholders.

The Dec. 1 public meeting in Ashland will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (exit DNR), 29270 County Highway G, Ashland, WI 54806.

For more information about the Lake Superior fishery, visit and search "fishing Lake Superior."

CONTACTS: Bill Cosh, DNR spokesman, (608) 267-2773,; Jennifer Sereno, communications,; 608-770-8084.



2014 Project WILD and Project WET Facilitators of the Year Recognized

MADISON -- An inner-city environmental educator from Milwaukee and a high school life-sciences teacher and district environmental education coordinator from Plainfield have been recognized for their efforts to promote wildlife and water conservation education in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources awarded Dawn Koceja with the Project WILD Facilitator of the Year award, and Joe Raboin with the Project WET Facilitator of the Year award on November 8 at the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education's statewide awards ceremony entitled "A Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education" held in Madison.

Project WILD is program that assists educators in teaching about wildlife and their habitat. Project WET -- Water Education for Teachers -- is a water education program. Both are national programs, but are delivered on a statewide basis.

"These awards are given to facilitators who have provided outstanding contributions to each of these programs," said Janet Hutchens, DNR Project WILD and Project WET coordinator. "Award recipients have strengthened literacy focused on wildlife and water conservation and have provided citizens with a greater understanding of Wisconsin's rich natural resources and their management, along with effectively demonstrating the use of the program's materials. These individuals have demonstrated a sustained active dedication to the program's goals and serve as a valued partner of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources."

Koceja began seven years ago as a Project WILD Facilitator to train inner-city educators in environmental education. Koceja combines training with museum exhibits with walks outside in downtown Milwaukee, exploring different habitats and biomes. Koceja's workshops have ranged from early childhood teachers to experienced teachers looking for an environmental education refresher. Her largest audiences are the college students at several universities and colleges where she shares Project WILD as part of science methods classes.

Dawn Koceja
Dawn Koceja (right) receives the Project WILD facilitator of the year award from Janet Hutchens, DNR Project WILD and Project WET coordinator
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As the Multigenerational Education Coordinator at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Koceja uses Project WILD in her own programming from summer camps for kids, to staff professional development and even working with aging adults with dementia; she has used the content to engage many visitors and groups, using butterflies and bugs as icebreakers.

Raboin is a high school life-sciences teacher and district environmental education coordinator for Tri-County School District in Plainfield. Each summer, he offers a school forest counselor training course for incoming high school juniors focused on natural resources and prepares counselors to be educators. Students learn to write lessons, manage groups, and peer-teach using Project WET as well as Project WILD and Project Learning Tree.

Joe Raboin receives the Project WET facilitator of the year award from Janet Hutchens, DNR Project WILD and Project WET coordinator
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These youth teachers then lead a real school forest field trip for about 100 younger students in the school district and then serve as a bridge between school and community as well as between generations. Raboin has served nine years and in the future hopes to recruit a more diverse audience into his workshops, promote active lifestyles focused on the outdoors, and foster an appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world in his student leaders.

Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. The program emphasizes awareness, appreciation and understanding of local wildlife and natural resources and encourages learning in the outdoors with field investigations that meet national and state education standards.

Project WET is Water Education for Teachers and provides Wisconsin water resources education to youth leaders with a goal to promote awareness and empower students to take action in their communities to help solve local water resource issues.

Project WILD and Project WET training is available across the state through a large network of facilitators who provide training locally. To learn more about how to become trained, find your local trainer, and subscribe to a workshop notification service, visit the DNR website at and search for "Project WILD" or "Project WET."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet Hutchens, state coordinator, Project WILD and Project WET,, 608-261-8453


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