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VOL: 9 ISSUE: 909 - 01 MARCH 2014


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This.Week, s909• Deer are suffering this winter
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Would you support creating catch and release seasons for game fish that would replace closed fishing seasons if there are no significant biological impacts?


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The Question: "Would you support creating catch and release seasons for game fish that would replace closed fishing seasons if there are no significant biological impacts?"
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Question 2 in the Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings Questionnaire deals with catch-and-release fishing seasons

In June 2013, Governor Walker vetoed a section of the 2013-15 state budget bill that would have established a catch-and-release only season for bass fishing in areas of the state where there is not a continuous open season for bass fishing. To gather additional public input, the department wants your opinion on replacing existing closed fishing seasons with catch and release seasons for all or most game fish species.

Catch and release season benefits:

  • Anglers have additional opportunities to fish year-round, increasing interest in fisheries and expanding tourism and economic development statewide
  • It defers harvest of fish until the open season, maintaining good numbers of fish to a time period when they are less vulnerable and more anglers have an opportunity to participate
  • Anglers gain expertise in a particular fishery or fishing technique, and may develop an interest in "limiting their kill” instead of “killing their limit"
  • Focus on use of bag and length limits to manage fish populations rather than seasons

Catch and release season concerns:

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KEVIN WALLENFANG

Wisconsin DNR big game ecologist reports on the impact of this harsh winter on the Wisconsin deer herd
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CARRIE ZYLKA

Outdoor blogger talks about the expanded Ladies Lodge at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 5-9 at State Fair Park
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TED BONDE

Coach of the New Holstein High School ice fishing team reports the results of last weekend’s Wisconsin High School Ice Fishing Championship on Lake Winnebago
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Hearing on NEW PROPOSED rule changes:
2014 Hunting/Fishing regulations
Monday 14 April

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2014 spring fish and wildlife proposed rules hearing questionnaire available online

MADISON - The questionnaire package for the 2014 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife public hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website.
On Monday, April 14, there will be 72 public hearings [PDF], one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. where people interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Congress on proposed hunting and fishing rule changes and advisory questions.
The hearings, held annually on the second Monday in April, are combined with the county meetings during which attendees can introduce and vote on their solutions to natural resources related issues.
The spring hearings cover three major areas: elections for county Conservation Congress delegates; proposed wildlife and fisheries rule changes that have been developed largely through previous Conservation Congress meetings; and Conservation Congress proposals for future rule development.
Due to changes in administrative rule procedures, this spring there is only one proposed rule change to allow trolling statewide. There are additional fisheries advisory questions on creating catch and release seasons for game fish that would replace closed fishing seasons if there are no significant biological impacts; and a series of questions on possible rules for panfish and trout management.
There are wildlife advisory questions on transferring hunting and trapping permits, allowing foot cable restraints for furbearer trapping late in the season; and simplifying hunting and fishing stamp requirements.
Additionally, new this year, DNR wildlife staff will provide information and answer questions from the public regarding the implementation of the new deer hunting rules and how they will affect hunting opportunities in 2014 and beyond.
The Conservation Congress also has a variety of advisory questions asking citizens to gauge public support on various natural resource issues.
During the Conservation Congress county meetings, county residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress and to elect delegates from their county to represent their views regarding natural resources issues on the Conservation Congress, the citizen advisory body to the Natural Resources Board and DNR. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process. To view the 2014 spring wildlife and fisheries questionnaire package [PDF] or for information about the process search the DNR Web site for spring hearings.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
  • Kari Lee-Zimmerman - (608) 266-0580


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New GRANT PROGRAM for hunter training and education - $200K available
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New grant program for hunter training and education

$200,000 to be available every other year for focus on adults, females, and families MADISON -- Wisconsin groups dedicated to the development of safe and ethical hunters are invited to apply for portions of a new $200,000 reimbursement grant program to support private-public partnerships focused on supporting the state's hunting heritage.
Keith Warnke, Department of Natural Resources hunting and shooting sports coordinator, says the grant answers the growing need to engage and train new hunters from a non-hunting background.
"We see a need to expand the effort to provide effective training and education for responsible new hunters and mentors by developing a private-public partnership reimbursement grant program - similar to our shooting range grant program," Warnke says. "This program is grounded in the basic idea that only a committed hunter/mentor can educate, develop, and train a new hunter."
Pilot studies have shown a growing interest in hunting from adults and families who have never hunted. In the past three years, Warnke says, the DNR has shifted the focus of Wisconsin's hunter training, development and education programs to adults, females, and families in response to research findings in the state and nationwide.
This grant program also will be focused on developing and testing various programs and evaluating effectiveness. Applicants should submit ideas for the development, piloting, and evaluating of novice hunter training systems focusing new adult mentors and hunters.
"Novel, outside-the-box ideas are needed," Warnke says. "But, we also need to make sure that we are measuring our results and evaluating effectiveness so we can know if something is having the desired effect."
Successful programs will be expanded in Wisconsin and can be adapted by other states.

Who, when, how to apply; who decides recipients

  • The application period opens on March 3.
  • Local clubs, organizations, communities, governments, tribes, and colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • The deadline to apply for this grant will be June 2.
  • A total of $200,000 will be available each biennium; the maximum grant award amount is $10,000 per project but organizations may apply for multiple individual projects.
  • Up to 30 percent of the total grant funding may be used to reimburse Learn to Hunt organizers, continuing a popular DNR program. "We believe it is also important to continue to emphasize a strong "natural path" of hunter development and training."
  • Projects will be scored by an independent group of hunters and agency specialists, ranked by score, and recommended to the Sporting Heritage Council for their review. The office of the DNR Secretary will review the Sporting Heritage Council's recommendations and make the final decision on funding.

Priorities - what focus a successful application needs

Warnke says proposals that implement systems with documented success at producing new adult hunters from non-hunting backgrounds will receive top priority. Next priority will be proposals that test or trial new ideas and systems to train, develop and educate new adult hunters and those that effectively re-train mentors to commit to new hunters for a period of years through multiple introductions and educational experiences in hunting.
"We expect added focus on partnership to ensure our hunting heritage. States and partners will benefit from projects with measurable outcomes and adaptation feed-back loops," Warnke says. "The project will result in an expanded hunter development/education program, increased participation in hunting, innovative hunter recruitment techniques, as well as provide a template for other partners or states to use, and an evaluation process for determining success of respective programs and adapting programs to changing audiences."
The application will be available online only beginning March 3 by searching the DNR website for Grants and clicking on the button for find a grant.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
  • Keith Warnke, DNR Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator - (608) 576-5243
  • Joanne Haas, Law Enforcement public affairs manager - (608) 209-8147


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