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New early teal, goose and mourning dove seasons regulation booklet available

MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources released a revised three-in-one regulations booklet for the 2015 early Canada goose season, early teal and mourning dove seasons which all begin Sept. 1. The department set out to revise the regulations for the three concurrent early bird seasons in a more accessible way after receiving feedback from hunters.

The updated 2015 early teal, early Canada goose and mourning dove regulations [PDF] pamphlet features:

In addition, check out the updated teal duck identification slideshow and quiz available on the DNR website and searching keyword "waterfowl."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist, 608-266-8841



Learn archery at upcoming MacKenzie Center event

UPDATE: Due to high temperatures and humidity the learn archery event is canceled.

POYNETTE, Wis. - People can spend an afternoon learning a new outdoor skill from certified instructors when the MacKenzie Centers conducts an upcoming free archery clinic. Participants will learn the basics of archery and get some target practice. The archery clinic will be held Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. Equipment will be provided and instruction is free.

Archery clinic
Learn the basics of archery at MacKenzie Center.
WDNR Photo

Learners of all ages are welcome, though MacKenzie's archery equipment is best suited for ages eight and up. The event will be held outside and will meet near the Lodge parking lot. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

In addition to the archery clinic, visitors are invited to see the Wildlife Area to view native wildlife with bison, wolves, owls and more. Pack a picnic lunch and come early to enjoy the picnic area, hike the nature trails or climb the fire tower. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Department of Natural Resources MacKenzie Center is located at W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, Wis. For more information, search the DNR website,, for keyword "MacKenzie."

Check out other upcoming events, search the Department of Natural Resources "get outdoors" events page for MacKenzie Center events.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Chrystal Seeley-Schreck, DNR natural resources educator, 608-635-8112; Ruth Ann Lee, DNR natural resources educator, 608-635-8112



DNR announces EIS decision for proposed Bayfield County Badgerwood swine operation

ASHLAND, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources has decided to use an Environmental Impact Statement process for the proposed Badgerwood swine operation in the town of Eileen, Bayfield County. The department decided the EIS process would be the best way to comply with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act requirements for environmental analysis in advance of any permit decisions for the project.

Over the last few months, the department has received correspondence from citizens, interest groups, local governments and Tribes regarding the environmental review for the project, including a letter from the applicant requesting an EIS process.

The first step in the analysis process will be to provide an opportunity for interested persons to identify important issues to be addressed in the EIS. The department will soon announce more details on the EIS scoping process and methods to provide such input.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Larson, 715-685-2913; Bill Cosh, communications, 608-267-2773



Summer is here - pick up your Conservation Patron license today!

MADISON - Summer in Wisconsin is in full swing, and a Conservation Patron license is the perfect way to enjoy all the outdoors has to offer at a great price.

A Conservation Patron license provides all the basic fishing and hunting privileges at a great price - $165 for Wisconsin residents, a price reduction of nearly one-half when compared to the value for each item included. For Wisconsin residents under the age of 18, a Conservation Patron license costs only $75.

Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at all authorized license agents, and at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of operation; DNR Service Centers are not open on Saturdays).

DNR Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services staff is available to assist the public online and via phone from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Spanish and Hmong bilingual customer service representatives are also available. Customers may reach customer service at 1-888-WDNR INFo (1-888-936-7463) or by e-mail at An online chat link is also available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services, 608-266-2621



Ron Bruch and Tony Grabski appointed to Sporting Heritage Council

MADISON - Ron Bruch of Oshkosh, Wis. and Tony Grabski of Blue Mounds, Wis. have been appointed to the Sporting Heritage Council by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.

These newly appointed positions are two of five positions appointed by the board. Each board appointment represents distinct interests, including deer hunting, bear hunting, bird hunting, angling and furbearer hunting or trapping. Bruch will represent angler interests, while Grabski will represent deer hunting interests.

"These appointees will add a wealth of creative ideas to the recruitment and retention of sportswomen and sportsmen around the State of Wisconsin," said Preston Cole, Natural Resources Board chair.

The council, established in 2011, advises the NRB Governor Scott Walker and the State Legislature on fishing, hunting and trapping issues. The group mainly focuses on recruitment, retention and increased access to resources and outdoor opportunities.

The council consists of 12 appointees in total, including the DNR secretary (or designee); one member appointed by the governor; two members of the Assembly; two members of the Senate; one member appointed by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress executive committee and the remaining five members appointed by the Natural Resources Board.

The two new appointments are effective immediately and will run through July 1, 2018. Members can be re-appointed.

For more information regarding the council, visit the department website,, and search keywords "sporting heritage council."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773


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Last Revised: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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