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September 14, 2010

MADISON - Hunters looking forward to the fall hunting seasons can find the latest information on population trends in deer, bear, upland game, furbearers and waterfowl in the 2010 Wisconsin Fall Hunting Forecast (pdf: 2.9 MB) now available on the Department of Natural Resources website.

This is the second year the fall hunting forecast has been published in an electronic magazine available in portable document format. The forecast has the latest information from DNR wildlife biologists, foresters, conservation wardens and scientists on what to expect in the fields and forests this fall.

"Hunters can expect to find important and timely details that will make time in the field more enjoyable and more productive," says Tom Hauge, director of the DNR wildlife management program.

The forecasts were written by department staff using the most current information gathered from wildlife surveys, statistical projections, field experience and also information gathered from hunters and hunting organizations in Wisconsin. It also includes information on season dates, bag limits and license and stamp requirements.

Jason Fleener, assistant big game biologist, presents the details and the current status of the deer herd. Linda Oliver, assistant big game biologist, reports of Wisconsin's bears. Acting Upland Game Biologist Sharon Fandel outlines what hunters can expect with upland game. The furbearer forecast was assembled and written by John Olson, furbearer biologist. Kent Van Horn, waterfowl biologist, details waterfowl information. Additionally, regional wildlife supervisors provide hunters with information on conditions that they can expect in the different parts of the state.

The 2010 Fall Forecast features the most current status of all phases of hunting and trapping, and the information is nicely wrapped up in one well-organized and easy-to-read document. The Fall Forecast is a useful companion to the hunting regulations for Wisconsin sportsmen and sportswomen.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Manwell, DNR Public Affairs Manager, 608-264-9248; Jason Fleener, DNR acting big game specialist 608-261-7589 or Linda Olver, acting bear specialist - (608) 261-7588

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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