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BACKGROUND: DNR announces proposed 2011 deer hunting season structure
MADISON, WI. - Department of Natural Resources wildlife management officials will propose a 2011 deer season structure that promises a return to a more traditional hunting framework by eliminating the October antlerless hunt and allowing the first deer to be either sex in the CWD management zone.
"We hope hunters will see we've been listening to their concerns and that we are taking steps toward the kind of deer season they want to see in Wisconsin," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "We need the cooperation of our partners, the landowners and the hunters to help manage this deer herd. That is why we've decided to implement herd control tools more acceptable to hunters in 2011," she said.
Specific 2011 deer season framework recommendations that will be presented to the Board for review on April 26-27 include:
Last year, 18 below-population goal deer management units in northern Wisconsin were designated as "zero quota" units meaning that neither gun deer hunters nor archery deer hunters could shoot an antlerless deer. The herd has rebounded in a number of these units, but in eight where the population continues below goal (Units 3, 7, 29B, 34, 35, 39, 44, and 45), DNR will recommend continued "zero antlerless quotas."
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Wisconsin Spring Fish & Wildlife Rule Hearing results
MADISON – A total of 5,574 people attended the 2011 Spring Fisheries and Wildlife Rules Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 11. The hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and provide their input on proposed fish and wildlife rule changes, Conservation Congress advisory questions, and to submit resolutions for rule changes they would like to see in the future.
Hearing results, along with written comments on proposed rules and DNR recommendations are used to advise the state Natural Resources Board. This year’s results will be reviewed at the board’s May 25 meeting in Madison. Votes are non-binding and are presented to the Natural Resources Board to reflect public sentiment on proposed DNR rule changes.
DNR fish and wildlife managers will spend the next several weeks analyzing the vote tallies and developing recommendations they will present to the board in May.
Here are statewide voting results on some key issues:
Waterfowl hunting can proceed on national wildlife refuges
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2011 - Ducks Unlimited and waterfowl hunters across the nation are celebrating today’s federal district court ruling that supports the opening of waterfowl hunting on a number of public lands. Today’s ruling from the Northern Federal Court District of Ohio will help ensure that our country’s waterfowl hunting heritage will be protected. DU joined with Safari Club International and others to intervene in this action on behalf of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as they attempted to open waterfowl hunting on almost 70 national wildlife refuges around the country. The action was opposed by anti-hunting interests in a lawsuit.
After the ruling, Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall said he supported the decision and reaffirmed DU’s support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Ducks Unlimited and its members have always been strong supporters of the National Wildlife Refuge System, whether it is through participating in the purchase of duck stamps or through directly partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” Hall said. “I’m pleased this ruling will allow the USFWS to continue its mission of managing and conserving waterfowl and other wildlife along with offering quality wildlife-related recreation opportunities to the American public.”
The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2003 by organizations philosophically opposed to hunting, attempted to end hunting activities on multiple public lands in the National Wildlife Refuge System by alleging that the refuges had not gone through the proper environmental review process.
Due to the serious implications this lawsuit could have on the ability of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage waterfowl and hunting on refuge lands, Ducks Unlimited joined efforts to defend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s position. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages lands in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
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