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Fall Wisconsin hunting and trapping forecasts available online

Contact(s): Caitlin Henning, DNR wildlife communications specialist, 608-228-6518

Fall forecasts for many Wisconsin game species are now available on the DNR website. - Photo credit: Brenadette Grindle
Fall forecasts for many Wisconsin game species are now available on the DNR website.Photo credit: Brenadette Grindle

MADISON, Wis. - Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are getting underway, and a number of hunting and trapping forecasts are now available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors.

Forecasts for the following species can be found at the links below in portable document format [PDF] - each forecast is located on the corresponding species page:

To receive email updates regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page titled "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select the "white-tailed deer" distribution list (found within the "hunting" list).

For more general information regarding hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "hunt." For more updates throughout fall hunting seasons, follow the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on our social media platforms.



September 16 and 17 public meetings to unveil updated Lake Superior fisheries management plan

Contact(s): Bradley Ray, DNR fisheries supervisor, 715-779-4036

A draft plan for managing the Lake Superior fishery is now available for public comment. - Photo credit: DNR
A draft plan for managing the Lake Superior fishery is now available for public comment.Photo credit: DNR

ASHLAND, Wis. - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will hold two public meetings to discuss an updated Lake Superior fisheries management plan. The meetings will take place at 6 p.m. on September 16 at the Peter Rich Community Center, 1201 N 8th St. Superior, and at 6 p.m. on September 17 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G, Ashland.

At these meetings, department staff will present the draft Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan, which has been developed over the last two years with significant input from stakeholders and a 26-member advisory panel. Attendees at these meetings will also have an opportunity to provide comments on the plan. In conjunction with these meetings there will be a 30-day comment period on the plan.

"The previous Lake Superior fisheries management plan is 30 years old," said Bradley Ray, DNR fisheries supervisor. "This meeting is the culmination of two years of effort by the Lake Superior Fisheries Team, the 26 members of the Lake Superior Management Plan Advisory Panel, and numerous other stakeholders to update the Plan. We are excited to unveil this draft of the Plan for more public input."

The fisheries management plan provides a broad overview of fisheries and fish communities of Lake Superior and establishes objectives for future management. The management plan incorporates input from diverse stakeholders including representatives from sport, commercial, and tribal fisheries, conservation groups, academia, tourism, and land and water conservation groups.

"Lake Superior is a shared fishery, and we have endeavored to take all interests into account in the development of this plan. The plan allows the department to implement existing effective management strategies and to direct future adaptive management strategies for Lake Superior. We look forward to sharing the draft plan with our stakeholders allowing them to have another chance to be involved in the direction of fisheries management in Lake Superior over the next 10 years," said Ray.

To learn more about Lake Superior fishery management and review the draft Lake Superior Management Plan or submit comments on the draft plan, visit and search keywords "Lake Superior fisheries management" or contact Bradley Ray via phone 715-779-4036 or email at People can submit written comments on the plan through Oct. 20 2019.



Public comment period open on Wisconsin 2019 draft Water Management Program

Contact(s): Shaili Pfeiffer, water resources staff specialist, 608-267-7630

MADISON, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources is seeking review and comment on Wisconsin's 2019 draft water management and water conservation and efficiency program review through October 15, 2019. The department is also seeking comments on Wisconsin's water conservation and water use efficiency goals and objectives.

The program review is a requirement of the Great Lakes Compact (Compact) for members to review how their water management program implements the Compact.

The program reviews also provide an opportunity for each of the members of the Compact and the public to understand how all the members are implementing and adhering to the requirements of the Compact.

The department will review comments before submitting in its final program review to the Compact Council in December 2019.

Wisconsin's water conservation and water use efficiency goals and objectives guide the state's water conservation and efficiency program. These goals and objectives were last reviewed in 2011.

The draft water management review and the water conservation goals and objectives are available by searching the DNR website,, for "Great Lakes Compact." Comments can be emailed to or by U.S. mail to Shaili Pfeiffer, PO Box 7921, DG/5, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

The Great Lakes Compact is an agreement between the eight Great Lake states to implement parallel water management programs in the Great Lakes Basin, with a companion agreement that includes the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The Great Lakes Compact became effective in December 2008.

Drafts of other Great Lakes states and provinces water management reviews are available at the Great Lakes Regional Body website:


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Last Revised: Wednesday, September 04, 2019

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