Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420; Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773
MADISON -- A request to approve antlerless deer harvest quotas, antlerless permit levels and a deer hunting season framework for 2017 and a request to approve the 2017 waterfowl hunting seasons are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets May 24 in Madison.
The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison. On Tuesday, May 23, the board will have an informal meeting with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress District Leadership Council (previously known as the Executive Council) at approximately 6:30 p.m., with social hour at 5:30 p.m., at Great Dane Pub, 123 E. Doty Street, Madison.
This is the third year that County Deer Advisory Councils have played an integral role in setting antlerless harvest recommendations and other deer season details. In general, CDACs are recognizing an increase in deer numbers throughout the state after a third consecutive mild winter. As a result, the department will advance the majority of CDAC recommendations that include an antlerless harvest quota of over 276,000, are proposing buck-only hunting in just four counties (down from as high as 19 in 2014), and the special Holiday Hunt for antlerless deer only in 17 counties.
The proposal for the 2017 waterfowl season structure would be similar to the 2016 season with a 60-day duck season and a 93-day goose season with a continuous season in the northern zone and split seasons in the southern and Mississippi zones. It will also eliminate the two periods for the Horicon zone and establish one Canada goose hunting season allowing hunters to hunt on any day of the continuous 92-day season.
The agenda also includes: requests for adoption of the rules related to fishing regulations on inland, outlying, and boundary waters, that were approved during the 2017 statewide fisheries management spring rules hearings; request for approval of the Menominee River State Recreation Area Master Plan and master plans for 12 state natural areas; a request for approval of the department's recommendation to conduct regional master planning for department properties statewide; and other actions.
The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting. The deadline to register to testify or submit written comments for this business meeting is 11 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.
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