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STATE NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD TO CONSIDER DEER QUOTAS, PANFISH AND TROUT RULE REVISIONS AT MAY 27 MEETING
May 19, 2015
MADISON - Requests to approve the antlerless deer harvest quota for the 2015 deer hunting season, update inland trout size and bag limits, and apply new panfish regulations on approximately 100 lakes are among the issues the state Natural Resources Board will take up at its May 27 meeting in Madison.
The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, in Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison.
Among items the board will consider:
- The Department of Natural Resources is recommending deer harvest quotas which are designed to manage deer towards population objectives established for each unit/county. For 2015, there would be 13 units without an antlerless quota and a harvest quota for the rest of the state of 224,735 antlerless deer. The issuance of bonus deer hunting permits, which are in addition to free farmland zone tags, would include 18,450 that are valid on public access lands and 125,375 that would be valid on private lands.
- Updating inland trout size limits and bag limits in every county of the state, which reduces the number of special regulation types and expands trout fishing opportunities. The proposed system also would use color-coding resembling a stoplight to guide anglers. Under the system:
Applying new panfish regulations to approximately 100 lakes in order to evaluate angler acceptance and the extent to which each regulation improves panfish average size. The rule establishes three categories:
- Green means go fish, with no length limit, a bag limit of five fish and no bait restrictions;
- Yellow means caution, with an 8-inch length limit, a bag limit of three fish and no bait restrictions; and
- Red means special regulations are in place. Anglers are advised to stop and understand the regulations before fishing.
- 25/10. Under this rule, a total of 25 panfish may be kept per day but no more than 10 of any one species.
- Spawning season 15/5. Under this rule, a total of 25 panfish may be kept per day except during May and June when a total of 15 panfish may be kept but no more than five of any one species.
- 15/5. Under this rule, a total of 15 panfish may be kept per day but no more than five of any one species year round.
The complete May board agenda is available by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keyword "NRB" and clicking on the button for "view agendas."
The public may testify at board meetings on topics open for public comment (listed on the agenda) and during the citizen participation period. The deadline to register to speak at the board meeting or to submit comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015. The public may also submit written comments about issues that come before the board. For more information see the board public participation page of the DNR website.
Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the Internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420
Last Revised: Tuesday, May 19, 2015