Contact(s): Marcus Smith, DNR communications, 414-263-8516
WEST ALLIS - Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet Department of Natural Resources staff at the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show which opens Wednesday, March 7, and runs through Sunday, March 11, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.
DNR Secretary Dan Meyer said the relationship between the agency and the sports show dates to the days when the agency was called the Wisconsin Conservation Department. "It's been a long and happy engagement, Meyer said, "Because the focus of our agency is customer-driven, this is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage with our staff," he added.
The DNR's exhibit features a 600-gallon freshwater tank where visitors can view live bluegills, crappies, perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Live reptiles and amphibians will be on display at the wetlands and waterways section.
Parents are encouraged to bring their youngsters to the "Kids Corner" of the DNR booth. As they've done for several years, DNR wildlife staff will bring an array of wildlife pelts including beaver, badger, coyote, fox and wolf for young people eager to learn more about our furry friends and pick up fish and mammal -themed giveaways.
"This is definitely a 'please do touch' display," said Meyer.
Also returning will be the free kids casting clinics where young anglers can hone their skills. This popular attraction is once again cosponsored by the Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association.
Visitors to the DNR booth can purchase their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. License sales are a big attraction, especially since previous year licenses expire March 31.
The DNR booth is in the southwest corner of the exposition center. The hours for the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show are Wednesday, March 7, through Friday, March 9, from noon to 9 p.m. On Saturday, March 10, hours are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. On Sunday, March 11, doors open at 10 a.m. and the show closes at 6 p.m.