May 20, 2014
MADISON - Wisconsin would be able to offer an experimental early teal-only duck hunting season that would begin September 2014, under a proposal that is open for public comment and will be subject of upcoming public hearings.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established an experimental framework that will require each season during the initial three-year period to be scheduled in September prior to Wisconsin's regular duck season. Throughout this period, the wildlife biologists would be required to monitor and report hunter success, which will determine the success of the early season.
During 2013 and early 2014, DNR staff presented information in public meetings, advisory committee meetings and special breakout sessions at the waterfowl hunter's conference and gathered feedback with a waterfowl hunter survey.
Based on preliminary public input and staff analyses, the department has proposed the following season structure for public comment:
In addition to the proposed early teal season, the USFWS will also allow Wisconsin to add an additional 20 days to the end of the current 70-day dove hunting season. Public comments on this change will also be accepted.
Public hearings on the proposals will all run from 7 to 10 p.m. and will be held:
The DNR will accept public comments on the proposed early teal season and extended dove season through June 5, 2014. Comments may be directed to Taylor Finger, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, by email to Taylor.email@example.com, or by calling 608-261-6458.
Results of the hearings will be presented to the Natural Resources Board on June 25 for a final decision.
For more information regarding the proposed early teal season, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for "teal proposal [PDF]." For more information regarding dove hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "dove."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Van Horn, DNR wildlife ecologist, 608-266-8841