Fish, game hearing here Monday|
|Outdoor lovers will get a chance to sound off on a host of issues, including the Department of Natural Resource’s deer management changes, at the annual spring hearing Monday night.|
The hearing will be held in the Antigo High School’s Volm Theater at 7 p.m.
New for 2014, the annual spring deer herd status meetings will be held in conjunction with hearings. Herd status meetings provide an early opportunity for hunters and other interested individuals to discuss the current status of the deer herd and ask other deer management questions.
Local wildlife biologists will present information about new deer hunting rules and regulations that were recently adopted as part of the deer trustee report's two-year management review. The herd status updates and new rules for 2014 presentation will follow the Conservation Congress delegate elections.
The spring hearings will cover three major areas: elections for county Conservation Congress delegates; DNR proposed wildlife and fisheries rule changes; and Conservation Congress proposals for possible future rule development.
The main focus will be on a trolling proposal revised since last year's vote.
Under the plan, anglers on inland waters could troll with one line anywhere in the state without having to consult the regulations booklet for county or water-specific rules. There also will be many inland waters where trolling will continue to be allowed with three lines per angler and additional areas where three-line trolling would be allowed.
Attendees at the hearings and meetings will also get the chance to help shape future panfish, trout and bass fishing management.
Bass questions focus on an increasing interest in using regulations that liberalize harvest but protect larger bass, with one of the questions attempting to get an updated perspective on what anglers consider a "trophy bass."
A suite of advisory questions allow anglers to weigh in on ideas for expanding trout fishing opportunities by extending trout seasons.
Among the DNR wildlife advisory questions are whether people who fail to apply for limited draw hunting or trapping permits for three or more years to maintain preference points they have previously acquired and whether people who have missed a limited draw permit application should still be allowed to apply for a preference-point-only.
Other wildlife questions are whether people should be able to transfer a limited draw harvest permit or points by simply allowing transfer to any other person who is legally able to hunt or trap in this state and whether Wisconsin should allow the use of foot cable restraints during the latter potion of the furbearer harvest seasons, beginning on December 1.
The state Natural Resources Board has an advisory question on establishing a single hunting stamp which would be purchased by all hunters but would be less expensive, earmarking funds for waterfowl/wetland, pheasants/grassland, and turkey management purposes as in the past and allowing any additional funds to be available for forest management and hunter recruitment. Currently Wisconsin has separate stamps for turkey, pheasant, waterfowl, inland trout and Great Lakes trout and salmon.
Other Natural Resources Advisory Questions are on restricting deer baiting and feeding 10 days before and during the traditional nine-day firearm season and legalizing the harvest of white and albino deer statewide.
The Conservation Congress also has a large number of advisory questions from the executive committee and the various study committees. Among the advisory questions are whether to ask the Wisconsin Legislature to give the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources authority to develop a hunting season for tundra swans; whether Wisconsin should offer additional deer registration opportunities to include in-person, phone in, or online; and whether there should be legislation that would allow the owner of a hunting dog the ability to retrieve their hunting dog without landowner's permission.
The deer herd status will be discussed Monday night at the fish and game hearing here.
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