On the Net
Learn more about the issues to be addressed at Monday’s hearings at dnr.wi.gov.
Some topics of local interest:
• A proposal affecting for Brown County would eliminate the 15-inch minimum on walleye, sauger, and hybrids in the Lower Fox River upstream from the De Pere Dam.
• A proposal affecting Marquette County would change boundaries of the fish refuge area near Badger Paper Mill Dam on the Peshtigo River in Peshtigo.
• A proposal affecting Oconto County would increase from 40 to 50 inches the minimum size for Muskie taken on Anderson and Archibald lakes.
Hearing locations by county
All hearings will be at 7 p.m. Monday. Locations:
Brown: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (SC132), 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay
Door: Sturgeon Bay High School, 1230 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay
Kewaunee: Kewaunee High School, 911 Third St., Kewaunee
Manitowoc: UW-Manitowoc Theatre, 705 Viebahn St., Manitowoc
Marinette: Crivitz High School, 400 South Ave., Crivitz
Oconto: Suring High School, 411 E Algoma St., Suring
Outagamie: Riverview Middle School, 101 Oak St., Kaukauna
Shawano: Shawano Middle School, 1050 S. Union St., Shawano
Sheboygan: Sheboygan Falls H.S., 220 Amherst Ave., Sheboygan Falls
— Wisconsin DNR
Outdoors enthusiasts across Wisconsin can express their opinions Monday on topics related to hunting, fishing and other natural resources issues.
Public hearings will be held in each of the state’s 72 counties to allow people to testify to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Board and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.
Statewide, the annual gatherings typically attract thousands of people. Last year, more than 4,000 people attended the meetings, though the head of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress hopes that the turnout this year will be much greater.
“We hope it will be around 8,000,” said Conservation Congress Chairman Ed Harvey of Waldo said Friday. “This is a great opportunity for the people.”
The congress is a panel of elected citizen-delegates that works with state agencies to manage natural resources.
The annual hearings help the state set policy related to conservation issues, including hunting regulations affecting deer, bears, cougars, elk and turkeys. People also can vote on resolutions suggested by the public, run for seats on the Conservation Congress and elect delegates to represent their individual counties.
Some changes in laws start with suggestions from the public. Harvey said a change in the way turkey tags are sold came from a suggestion at a Conservation Congress hearing in Marathon County.
Hunting-related proposals on the agenda for the DNR wildlife-rules hearing would:
• Extend archery deer season to include the nine days of the November gun deer season.
• Allow expanded use of crossbows during archery deer season — about half the U.S. states will allow crossbow use this year.
• Restrict baiting and feeding of deer before and during gun deer season, which is now allowed in some counties.
• Extend spring turkey hunting periods by two days.
• Allow certain hunters to kill a cougar that is harming a domestic animal.
Any proposed changes in state law would ultimately have to be approved by the Legislature, Harvey said.