Contact(s): Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773 or Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420
MADISON - A request for adoption of proposed emergency rules relating to deer and turkey registration, a request to revisit Lake Michigan lake trout bag limits, proposed rules related to erosion control and storm water management at construction sites, and a proposed land exchange at Kohler-Andrae State Park are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets February 28 in Madison.
The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.
The board will consider an emergency rule for changes to deer and turkey registration and the reporting of waterfowl harvests. The emergency rule is necessary to make some provisions of NR 10 Wis. Admin. Code, which regulates registering harvested wildlife, consistent with provisions of 2017 Act 59. That statute eliminated the issuance of deer and turkey carcass tags and the requirement to validate those tags upon taking possession of an animal. Under the new statute, the department will issue "harvest authorizations." Hunters will still be required to provide proof of licensure and harvest authorization while hunting and to register the harvest. The emergency rule is necessary to meet timelines for the upcoming hunting seasons. The department will undertake a permanent rule change that will include public participation and a public hearing.
The board will also consider:
The board will also hear informational items on an update on Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan and the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study.
At approximately noon the board may convene in closed session under the authority of s. 19.85(1)(e) Wisconsin Statutes to discuss the Department of Natural Resources' competitive bargaining and negotiation position with respect to a potential real estate transaction in Southeast Wisconsin.
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 is 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Registration information is available on the agenda and on the DNR website.
Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.