Public hearings throughout Wisconsin will gather input regarding fall waterfowl hunting...

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  1. By Central Office March 10, 2016

    Contact(s): Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist, 608-266-8841

    MADISON - Public hearings regarding Wisconsin's proposed 2016 waterfowl season structure will be held March 14-17. After public comments have been collected, final season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board at its Apr. 13 meeting in Madison.

    To view proposed 2016 waterfowl seasons online, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "p>
    The public input process employed to establish 2016 waterfowl hunting seasons is slightly different due to a change in process by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2016, hunters will know waterfowl hunting season dates by late April, rather than late August as in previous years.

    "In 2016, waterfowl seasons will be based on the 2015 continental waterfowl population estimates which were the highest continental waterfowl estimates since USFWS surveys began 60 years ago," said DNR migratory game bird ecologist Kent Van Horn. "We expect populations to remain high in 2016 so projections are favorable and if water conditions are good this fall, hunters can expect good waterfowl hunting opportunities."

    Public hearings will be held at the following locations - each will begin at 7 p.m.:

    • Monday, March 14, 7 p.m., La Crosse - State Office Building, Rooms B-19 and B-20, 3550 Mormon Coulee Rd.;
    • Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m., Rice Lake - AmeriVu Inn, 1710 South Main Street;
    • Wednesday, March 16, 7 p.m., Appleton - Agricultural Services Center, Main conference room, 3369 West Brewster St.; and
    • Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m., Pewaukee - Wildwood Lodge, N14 W24121 Tower Place.

    The department will accept public comments regarding proposed waterfowl season structure at each public hearing. If you would like to provide input directly or are unable to attend a hearing, please submit written comments to Taylor Finger, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, via email to
    [email protected] or by calling 608-261-6458. Comments must be received before midnight Friday, March 18.

    Last Revised: Thursday, March 10, 2016

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