February 24, 2015
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet and speak with Department of Natural Resources staff at the 75th Annual Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show which opens Wednesday, March 4, and runs through Sunday, March 8, at the Wisconsin Exhibition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said the relationship between the agency and the sports show dates back to the days when the agency was called the Wisconsin Conservation Department.
"It's been a long and happy engagement," Stepp said. "This is a great opportunity for folks to ask questions or just talk with our staff, and we are looking forward to it. Our focus is to serve our customers, the public, and this is a wonderful way to do it up close and in person."
The DNR exhibit features a 600-gallon freshwater tank where visitors can view live bluegills, crappies, perch, largemouth and small mouth bass. Live reptiles and amphibians will be on display at the wetlands and waterways section. Returning this year will be the free kids' casting clinics where young anglers can hone their skills.
As they have done for several years, wildlife managers will bring an array of wildlife pelts including beaver, badger, coyote, fox and wolf for youngsters eager to learn more about our furry friends. "This is definitely a 'please do touch' display," said Stepp. Conservation wardens will be available to answer questions about law enforcement, boating and ATV safety.
As always, show visitors can purchase their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. License sales are a big attraction, especially since previous year licenses expire March 31.
People attending the sports show can learn about the Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance Program. It provides habitat and herd management assistance to landowners interested in managing their property for wildlife. The department helps landowners with the implementation of forest regeneration and deer hunting practices that emphasizes property goals while considering the ecological and social impacts of white-tailed deer.
Staff from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin will again be available to share information about the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund. The fund was established so that individuals and businesses can give now to care for the state's fisheries, parks, wildlife areas and state natural areas forever.
Visitors can learn how to access and use the Pocket Ranger app. The app helps locate Wisconsin's fishing, hunting and wildlife watching sites and gain immediate access to on-the-spot species profiles, rules, regulations, and permit and license details.
New this year will be hands -on demonstrations of how to operate the Official Guide for Wisconsin State Parks app. This free app provides information on all state parks, including general policy, contact information, activities, trails, park maps, access to online reservations and much more.
The 1,800-square-foot DNR exhibit is located in the southwest corner of the exhibition center. About 20 DNR employees staff the exhibit daily. The hours for the 2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show are Wednesday, March 4, through Friday, March 6, from noon to 9 p.m. On Saturday, March 7, hours are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. On Sunday, March 8, doors open at 10 a.m. and the show closes at 6 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Marcus Smith, DNR public affairs manager, 414-263-8516