Contact(s): Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773 or Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420
MADISON - A request for approval of antlerless deer harvest quotas, antlerless permit levels and a deer hunting season framework for 2018 and a request for an easement purchase of more than 20,000 acres in Sawyer county are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets May 23 in Madison.
The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.
The Department of Natural Resources is proposing 2018 deer hunting season frameworks that include antlerless tags in all but one county. Iron County is the only county where the department recommended a buck only season for 2018. Two others (Ashland and Price) were recommended by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs), but where the department recommends offering a limited number of private land antlerless tags. The department is in agreement with many northern CDAC recommendations to lower antlerless quotas from preliminary recommendations in response to significant April snow storms and public concern. As it has for decades the department will be offering hunters a "buck plus antlerless by tag" general deer season during the archery, crossbow, firearm deer seasons along with a four-day December antlerless only hunt. Several counties have also recommended additional late season antlerless hunts and extended archery seasons.
The board will also consider a request to purchase a 20,902-acre conservation and access easement from Northwoods ATP for $7.2 million from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund. The conservation easement spans the towns of Winter and Draper in Sawyer County. The easement would preserve and protect the land and provide the public with additional access to the land for recreational purposes. If approved the land would be known as the Lake of the Pines Conservation Easement.
On Tuesday, May 22 the board will have an informal dinner meeting with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress leadership council at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the Great Dane Pub in Madison to discuss voting alternatives and participation at spring hearings and how to increase it.
The public is welcome to attend. Those that want to testify at the board meeting must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison. Public participation deadline: Board liaison receipt of your request to testify or written is 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018. No late requests or comments will be accepted. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.
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