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County Deer Advisory Council meetings provide great opportunity to get involved in deer management

Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589

MADISON -- Beginning March 13, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary antlerless quota and permit level recommendations on public and private lands within their counties.

Council meetings will also determine if any additional deer hunting opportunities beyond the normal seasons may be offered in 2017. Each CDAC meeting is open to the public - a meeting schedule is available by searching the Department of Natural Resources website,, for keyword "CDAC."

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March CDAC meetings will develop preliminary recommendations for deer season recommendations in each county.
Photo Credit: Jerry Davis

"There is never a shortage of opinions on deer management, and interest in local deer councils has continued to grow as people learn more about the process and opportunity to provide important feedback," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist. "CDAC meetings will help shape the 2017 deer seasons."

March CDAC meetings will develop preliminary recommendations, and a public feedback period in early April will include an online survey -- councils will reconvene in mid-April to determine final deer season recommendations in each county. Final permit levels and deer season structure will be determined at the May 2017 Natural Resources Board meeting.

Councils will accept public comments prior to forming both preliminary and final recommendations. The public may attend and provide feedback at any CDAC meeting or send comments to CDAC members - a contact list for each council and other helpful information is available at, keyword "CDAC." For additional information, contact



Apply for Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program by March 1 to improve habitat for wildlife

Contact(s): Bob Nack, DNR DMAP coordinator, 608-264-6137

MADISON -- Landowners, hunters and land managers interested in improving wildlife habitat on land they own or hunt are encouraged to sign up for Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program before the March 1, 2017 application deadline.

DMAP engages landowners and hunters to balance wildlife and habitat needs on a given property. Landowners can designate anyone as a representative for their property to allow friends or family that may not own land themselves to take the lead on habitat management. Applications are accepted at any time for automatic access to Level 1 benefits, including an online library of habitat and deer management resources, communication with local DNR staff, annual DMAP reports, volunteer opportunities and invitations to regional DMAP workshops.

Applications for properties larger than 160 acres, which enroll at Level 2 or 3, should be submitted before March 1 in order to be eligible for site visits and property-specific habitat and deer management plans in 2017.

Neighboring landowners with properties within one-half mile of each other can also explore enrolling as a group cooperative. Group cooperatives with a combined acreage of at least 160 acres receive a site visit and management plan. Cooperatives provide an opportunity to monitor local wildlife populations and share costs and equipment on habitat projects to benefit deer and other wildlife over a greater area.

Regional DMAP workshops
Regional DMAP workshops engage landowners and hunters to balance wildlife and habitat needs on a given property.
Photo Credit: DNR

Landowners can join hundreds of DMAP cooperators as a steward of our Wisconsin land and wildlife resources -- to apply or learn more about DMAP, search the Department of Natural Resources website,, for keyword "DMAP."

To receive DMAP email updates and other information, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics." Follow the prompts and select the "Deer Management Assistance Program" option, found under Wildlife Management.



Tune in to Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin and get ready for the spring turkey hunt

Contact(s): Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-261-0751; Dan Small, Deer Hunt 2016 Host, 414-588-4082

MADISON -- This March, tune in to "Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin" and learn more about one of Wisconsin's most popular game birds - the wild turkey.

"Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin" will teach viewers about the history and biology of the wild turkey, with an emphasis on the restoration and management of this species in Wisconsin.

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Wild turkey
Photo Credit: Ryan Brady

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The full show and a short preview can be viewed online on the Wild Turkeys of Wisconsin YouTube channel: [EXIT DNR].

For more information regarding wild turkey management in Wisconsin, including the current Turkey Management Plan, search the Department of Natural Resources website,, for keywords "turkey management." To learn more about turkey hunting opportunities, search keywords "turkey hunting."

Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin is brought to you by the Outdoor Heritage Education Center, DNR Turkey Stamp funds, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Hunting Works for Wisconsin.



DNR awards grants for surface water project planning

Contact(s): Shelly Thomsen, DNR lakes and rivers team leader,, 608- 266-0502; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications,, 608-770-8084

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has awarded 215 grants in 67 counties totaling more than $3.1 million for projects to improve water quality and aquatic habitat.

The surface water planning grants support lake and river project planning and aquatic invasive species education, prevention and planning. This year, the grants will leverage an additional $1.8 million in matching funds by lake and river associations, local governments and nonprofit groups.

Shelly Thomsen, DNR lakes and rivers team leader, said the projects help communities understand the condition of aquatic ecosystems and watersheds, conduct studies and develop management plans. Grant funds originate from a tax on fuel used by boats in Wisconsin.

"This year, we're seeing a lot of interests by lake groups to develop and update management plans on their lake," Thomsen said. "Planning grants help local groups collect, analyze and communicate information needed to protect and restore lakes and their watersheds. It's the first step for improving water quality in our state."

Thomsen said a significant project involves developing a lake management plan for the Winnebago Lakes, which include lakes Winnebago, Poygan, Winneconne and Butte des Morts. The Winnebago Lakes cover 167,000 acres, span five counties and comprise 17 percent of Wisconsin's surface water area. Developing a management plan will help partners working on the system identify opportunities to improve water quality and drinking water, as well as protect the largest viable population of lake sturgeon in the world.

The 2017 surface water planning grants were submitted to DNR in December. Clean Boats, Clean Waters projects, which fund staff to conduct boat and trailer inspections and educate boaters on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species at boat landings, accounted for the largest number of awards with 118 grants totaling more than $640,000. Aquatic invasive species education, prevention and planning efforts represented the greatest area of investment with 30 grants totaling some $1.4 million.

Grant Type

Grants Awarded

Award Amount

Local Match Amount

Lake Planning




AIS Education, Prevention, & Planning


$ 1,447,498.03


River Planning




Lake Classification




Clean Boats, Clean Water




Total FY16 Planning Grants




To see the full list of awards search the DNR website,, for "surface water grants." Links to awarded grants can be found on the right hand side of the Web page.



Natural Resources Board to meet March 1 in Madison

Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420 or Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773

MADISON - Proposed rule related to lake trout harvest in Lake Michigan and a proposed rule related to updating recreational license products available online are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets March 1 in Madison.

The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison.

The agenda also includes an update on the first five-year review of Wisconsin's chronic wasting disease response plan and an update status and management of Eurasian water milfoil in Wisconsin.

The complete board agenda is available by searching the Department of Natural Resources website,, for keyword "NRB" and clicking on the button for "view agendas."

The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting. The deadline to register to testify or submit written comments for this business meeting is 11 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017. Registration information is available on the agenda on 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.


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Last Revised: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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