May 20, 2014
GREEN BAY -- Recommendations for the 2014 deer hunting seasons - including a zero antlerless deer quota for 19 counties in the northern and central forest zones - will be considered by the Natural Resources Board when it meets May 28 in Green Bay.
A proposal on the fishing tactic known as "trolling" is also on the agenda. Currently trolling - trailing a lure or bait from a boat being propelled by means other than drifting or rowing - is allowed in some counties and banned in others.
The seven-member board, which sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources, will be in Green Bay during the three-day period May 27-29 with a full slate of activities.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, the board meets informally with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Executive Council
Various presentations and tours are set for Thursday, May 29, including a First Down for Trees event at 10 a.m. at Lambeau Field featuring members of the Green Bay Packer organization, veteran players and remarks by DNR secretary Cathy Stepp.
Also on Thursday's itinerary are the early morning boat launch and afternoon weigh-in for the first day of the Cabela's National Team Championship walleye fishing tournament, presentations on environmental permitting associated with work on the Leo Frigo Bridge and the restoration of the Cat Island Chain in the bay.
For its monthly business meeting, the board will convene at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Tundra Lodge and Conference Center at 865 Lombardi Ave. in Green Bay.
Individuals with any concerns they would like to bring to the attention of the board are welcome to speak. The registration deadline for the May 28 business meeting is 11 a.m. Friday, May 23.
To register, contact Laurie Ross, NRB liaison, at 608-267-7420, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNR wildlife managers will ask the board to approve recommendations for the 2014 deer hunting seasons, including a zero quota for antlerless deer in 19 counties.
Two consecutive harsh winters, when combined with other factors, have resulted in low deer numbers in the northern forest and central forest zones. The zero antlerless quotas mean most hunters will not have the option of harvesting an antlerless deer in the affected counties and will help the deer population recover in these areas. The entire state will remain open for buck hunting.
The proposal on trolling was previously considered by the board in June 2013. Additional public input was sought at the spring fish and wildlife hearings in April 2014 where the proposal was largely supported statewide with 61 counties in favor and 11 opposed.
Currently trolling - trailing a lure or bait from a boat being propelled by means other than drifting or rowing - is allowed on all waters in 18 counties and on 105 specific waters within 45 counties where trolling is not allowed county-wide.
Generally, the proposal would allow trolling with one line per angler on all waters in 17 counties and trolling with up to three lines per angler in all other counties.
The board will consider a DNR request to add the Blanding's turtle to the state's protected wild animal list.
The board will be asked to approve a series of modifications to administrative rules as required by Section 103 of 2013 Wisconsin Act 1, the ferrous mining law. This list of modifications will bring administrative code into line with state law.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie Ross 608-267-7420 or Ed Culhane, 715781-6833