DNR spring wildlife and fisheries rules hearing to be held April 13

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  1. By Central Office April 1, 2015

    Contact(s): Kari Lee-Zimmermann, DNR/Conservation Congress liaison, 608-266-0580; Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773

    MADISON - On Monday, April 13, 2015, at 7:00 pm, there will be 72 public hearings [PDF], one in each county where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin.

    This year there are 112 questions that cover a broad array of statewide and local proposed rules changes for state hunting, trapping and fishing rules, as well as advisory questions from the state Natural Resources Board and Wisconsin Conservation Congress. The complete 2015 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spring rules hearings questionnaire is available for review online or at local DNR service centers. Individuals without internet access may be able to view the online questionnaire by visiting their local library.

    County residents also have the option to run for a seat on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, or elect other delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is officially recognized as the only advisory body in the state where citizens elect delegates to represent their interests on natural resources issues on a local and statewide level to the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources.

    Individuals will also have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation ideas or issues to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process.

    Given the large number of questions this year, people interested in attending the hearings are encouraged to review the questionnaire online prior to the April 13 hearings and should arrive at the hearing location early to register before the hearings begin at 7:00 pm.

    The fisheries questions relate to season, bag limit, and length limit regulations, including:

    • expanding inland trout seasons and reducing the number of special regulations;
    • changing panfish bag limits on 100 lakes to improve panfish average size; and
    • removing or modifying dates and boundaries on 51 fish refuges.

    Wildlife questions include:

    • expanding the areas where waterfowl hunting;
    • increasing the limit on the number of small game animals a person is allowed to possess;
    • establish a 9 a.m. opening time on the first day of the pheasant, quail, Hungarian partridge, and southern rabbit seasons; and
    • modifying the spring wild turkey hunting season opening date, among other rule changes.

    Meeting results, along with written comments on the evening's questions and DNR recommendations are used to advise the state Natural Resources Board. Votes are non-binding and are presented to the Natural Resources Board as advisory. The 2015 spring rules hearing questionnaire [PDF] is available by searching the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov for keywords "Spring Hearings."

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kari Lee-Zimmermann, DNR/Conservation Congress liaison, 608-266-0580 or Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773

    Last Revised: Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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