Deer hunt rule changes not enough to fret about

August 18th, 2014

With bowhunting season four weeks away, hunters are starting to ask more questions about Wisconsin’s new deer-hunting regulations spawned by the 2012 “Deer Trustee Initiative.”

For instance, bonus-antlerless deer tags go on sale starting Monday for those who hunt the state’s new Northern and Central forest zones. The sale expands Tuesday when Central-farmland tags hit the market, and Wednesday the Southern-farmland tags go on sale.

Perhaps the biggest challenge with the new deer program is its new terminology. None of it is complex, but it’s different and requires change.

Just relax and keep asking questions. Be assured, you won’t be the first person to inquire. If you don’t believe it, check out the Department of Natural Resources’ “Frequently Asked Questions” site.

Click here to read the entire article by Patrick Durkin, Press-Gazette posted by WisconsinOutdoorFun.com.

Public comment invited on draft panfish rules

August 15th, 2014

New panfish bag limits are being proposed for 18 Sawyer County lakes and 93 other lakes statewide in an effort to improve the panfish size structure in each lake. Public comments on the new rules are being invited at three hearings later this month and also by email to the DNR.

Steve Hewett, fisheries section chief with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the goal of the changes is to improve the average size of panfish in lakes that are not achieving their potential.

The proposed rules follow three years of angler surveys, focus groups, more than 30 public meetings and spring hearings hosted by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

More information about the plan, including a draft list of the 110 lakes along with the proposed limits, can be found at DNR.wi.gov by searching for “panfish plan.” In addition to attending the public information meetings, citizens may submit comments to Jon Hansen, DNR fisheries biologist via email to jonathan.hansen@wisconsin.gov or mail to P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, att. Panfish Plan.

Click here to read the entire article posted by the Sawyer County Record.