Trempealeau refuge to offer special waterfowl hunt

TREMPEALEAU, WI - Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will once again offer a special waterfowl hunt for hunters with disabilities on Oct. 21-22.
To participate in this special refuge hunt, all applicants must have a Wisconsin Class A or C Disabled Hunting Permit, a current Wisconsin issued hunting license, 2017 State & Federal Duck Stamps and a completed Migratory Bird Hunt application.
The hunt is limited to 14 participants. If more than 14 applications are received by the deadline (Oct. 11), then a random drawing will be held. Those not selected for the weekend hunt may choose from the weekday hunt scheduled for Oct. 23-27.
Special hunt applications are available at the Refuge office or may be downloaded on-line at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Trempealeau/visit/permits.html.
Applications for the special waterfowl hunt must be returned no later than Oct. 11.
Interested hunters may contact Trempealeau NWR for more information or to request an application by calling 608/539-2311, ext. 6 (TTY users may call via the Wisconsin State Relay Service at 1-800-947-3529).
To request an application by mail, write to Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, W28488 Refuge Road, Trempealeau, Wisconsin 54661 or contact us via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOURCE: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Tickets available for Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

Gov. Mark Dayton invites the public to join him at a community banquet, Friday, Oct. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University, to celebrate the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall.
“I am proud of Minnesota’s great hunting traditions, and I have enjoyed pheasant hunting here for over 60 years,” said Dayton. “For the past seven years, we have held Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Openers, which have been very popular. I thank our wonderful hosts in the Marshall area for all of their hard work to make this year's Opener such an outstanding event. I invite all Minnesotans to join us for this special Minnesota tradition.”
Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and available until sold out, at the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 507-532-4484. The banquet features a social hour, dinner and program which will include Dayton, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Explore Minnesota Director John Edman and local presenters.
The banquet is part of the weekend festivities, hosted by Marshall, that showcase the many hunting, recreational and travel opportunities the Marshall area has to offer visitors. This is the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Marshall previously hosted the second Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in 2012, after Montevideo hosted the inaugural event in 2011.
Marshall has a population of 13,680 and is located 150 miles southwest of the Twin Cities at the junctions of U.S. Highway 59 and state highways 19, 23 and 68. Marshall and southwest Minnesota actively promote hunting and outdoor recreation. Within 25 miles of Marshall, there are 37 Walk-In Access areas totaling just under 3,000 acres, 20 waterfowl production areas totaling approximately 3,779 acres and 132 WMAs totaling 24,407 acres. In Lyon County alone, there are 47 WMAs totaling 11,184 acres. All are open to public hunting.
Explore Minnesota and the DNR are assisting the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce in planning the event.
More information and updates on the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener can be found at exploreminnesota.com/mngpho.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR


Special Minnesota youth deer hunt scheduled in October

Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
“Youth deer season is about putting the youth’s hunting experience first,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “Many students get a couple days off school for teacher workshops during the youth season so the long break is a great time to plan a hunt that can teach valuable skills and help grow a youth’s interest in the outdoors.”
Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344 (including Whitewater Game Refuge), 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 601 and 603. Blaze orange or blaze pink requirements apply to all hunters, trappers and adult mentors in areas open for the youth deer season. Public land is open, and private land is open if the hunters have landowner permission.
Youth ages 10 through 15 must obtain a deer license. Youth ages 12 to 15 need to have completed firearms safety or, if not, can obtain an apprentice hunter validation.
During the youth season, a parent, guardian or mentor age 18 or older must accompany the youth and only need a license if the youth is taking advantage of the apprentice validation option. Party hunting on a youth license is not allowed – so youth must take and tag their own deer.
The bag limit for the youth season is one deer only. Youth may use their regular license or a bonus permit if they take an antlerless deer, regardless of the management designation. Bucks must be tagged with the youth’s regular license. Participation does not affect eligibility for the regular deer season; however, the harvested deer counts against the youth’s annual statewide bag limit and the bag limit for the deer permit area.
If hunting in permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603, the early antlerless only season is in effect from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, so adults and youth can hunt at the same time in these areas; however, if a youth harvests a deer and wishes to continue hunting during the early antlerless only season they must purchase an early antlerless permit.  
Youth hunters in permit area 603 must have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. Properly cut-up deer and boned-out meat can be taken out of the area provided no brain matter or spinal column material is attached. Information on proper steps to follow after harvesting a deer in permit area 603 is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/cwd/603.
CWD testing during the youth season is not required in the other permit areas where mandatory testing will occur on Nov. 4 and 5 during the first two days of the firearms deer season.
More information about the youth season can be found on page 34 of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and online at mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting.

  Minnesota DNR


Changes go into effect for deer, turkey tagging

MADISON, WI - The 2017-2019 biennial budget recently signed by Gov. Scott Walker includes changes in deer and turkey tagging that are going into effect immediately.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently implementing changes involving the use of deer and turkey carcass tags and hopes to clarify any confusion the new requirements may cause during the fall hunting seasons now underway.

Deer and Turkey
Under the new budget law, deer and turkey carcass tags are not required to be issued with licenses. In addition, validation and attachment of carcass tags are no longer required.
These changes do not affect other species such as bear, bobcat, fisher, otter or sturgeon.
To date, nearly one million deer and turkey carcass tags have been issued for the current fall hunting seasons. The DNR will honor all previously issued deer and turkey carcass tags as an authorization to hunt deer and turkey within the assigned or designated location. Customers making additional purchases throughout the remainder of this year's hunting seasons will be issued products that will not include the usual validation and attachment language.
While hunting, customers will still be required to carry proof they are authorized to hunt within the designated location. Hunters will be able to use their DNR issued Conservation Card, a GoWild validated WI driver's license, a GoWild digital file or a paper tag/authorization as proof of compliance. For the remainder of 2017 seasons, the game registration system will recognize either the previously issued tag number or the harvest authorization number to connect the customer's information from their profile to the zone and season in which the customer is authorized to hunt.
The DNR will continue to issue carcass tags for deer, however, hunters will not be required to validate or attach the carcass tag to the deer. The tag will continue to be issued based upon DMU, zone, land type (private/public), sex of deer and will identify weapon as appropriate.
To minimize impacts to customers for the 2017 fall turkey season now under way, the department will allow the use of previously purchased turkey carcass tags to serve as the new turkey harvest authorization.
Harvested turkey and deer must still be registered under current law. Harvest registration is a critical part of deer and turkey population management. Customers will be asked to enter either their carcass tag number or their turkey harvest authorization number into the Game Registration system to begin the harvest registration process.

Canada Goose Registration
Canada goose hunters are no longer required to report their daily harvest. The DNR will be collecting harvest information in the future through the use of waterfowl surveys.
For more information on the changes and how they might affect you during the current and upcoming fall hunting seasons, visit dnr.wi.gov.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


Collared deer, coyotes legal to harvest in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI – This fall, hunters may spot collared or ear-tagged deer or coyotes in Southwest Wisconsin and should treat these animals like any others when pursuing game.
Many animals in this area were collared as part of the Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predator Study - a five-year investigation into deer mortality.
“The most important thing for hunters to know is that collared and tagged deer and coyotes should be treated just like the rest of the animals in the area,” said Dan Storm, DNR ungulate research ecologist. “We’ve collared a random sample of deer and coyotes, so the collars don’t indicate anything about the animals’ health or suitability for harvest.”
Hunting licensing and normal harvest regulations apply to collared deer as they do to un-collared deer - hunters should make their decision without regard for GPS collars. Hunters who harvest collared deer should call the number listed on the collar (608-935-1940) so DNR staff can retrieve each collar.
“Collared and tagged deer are absolutely fine to harvest, so if you would otherwise harvest that deer, go ahead and take it. If you would normally let it pass by, do so,” said Storm.
DNR researchers are collaring deer and coyotes in two study areas across Grant, Iowa and Dane counties, with an ultimate goal to comprehensively examine factors that could impact deer survival and deer population growth in southern Wisconsin. Those include CWD, predation, habitat suitability and hunter harvest. The study is part of the Governor’s initiative on chronic wasting disease.
“We’re collaring deer, coyotes and bobcats over five years, and these animals will help department staff better understand deer mortality and predator densities for the in the region,” said Storm. “Obviously, we know that one of the mortality causes for deer is hunter harvest, so we hope that the collars do not influence a hunters decision as to whether or not to harvest that animal.”
Whether you harvest a collared deer or an un-collared deer this season, the DNR asks for hunters’ help by having their deer tested for CWD. The department needs to sample your adult deer to help further understand CWD in your area. Visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “CWD sampling” or contact our call center at 1-888-936-7463 to learn more.
For more information regarding the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator study, search keywords “SW Study.”

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


Deer hunters encouraged to get deer tested for CWD and assist with surveillance efforts

MADISON - Deer hunting seasons are about to begin with archery and crossbow this weekend, and the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters who harvest deer to have adult deer tested for CWD. This is particularly important in areas affected by chronic wasting disease. See map (link)

The department is utilizing a variety of different approaches to test deer from specific areas of the state, for more information regarding where to take your deer for sampling, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "CWD sampling," contact local DNR wildlife management staff, or call 888-936-7463.

Hunters are reminded to contact sampling stations in advance to verify hours of operation and that surveillance efforts focus on adult deer, since older deer are more likely to have the disease.

"As a leading agency on and having national expertise on CWD response and monitoring white-tailed deer in Wisconsin, DNR wildlife management staff provide testing not only as a service to deer hunters, but as a critically important part of efforts to monitor the distribution and prevalence of the disease," said Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief.

"The department will continue to have targeted areas where surveillance and sampling is increased and are working closely with select taxidermists throughout the hunting season.

A map of the 2017 CWD sampling area [PDF] can be found at keyword "CWD."

If test results come back positive for CWD, hunters should follow advice from the Center for Disease Control [EXIT DNR], Wisconsin Department of Health Services and World Health Organization [EXIT DNR] to not consume venison from that deer.

CWD sampling is being offered at various locations throughout southern, central and northern Wisconsin including both in-person service as well as self-service options. Self-service kiosks are 24/7 options for hunters to drop off a deer head to be tested for CWD. The on-line registration database now includes within the station type option drop down menu the specification of self-service kiosks in available counties.

Hunters can search for CWD test results individually or view a summary. Hunters will need a customer ID or CWD sample barcode to search for individual results. The average turnaround time from when the deer is brought to a sampling station to when the results are available is about 10 days. For information regarding CWD test results, search keywords "CWD results".

The cooperation of hunters and private businesses has become increasingly vital to the success of our sampling process. Department staff would like to thank all those who continue to assist with CWD surveillance.

DATE: September 14, 2017
CONTACT: Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief, 608-266-3143


2017 Wisconsin Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast now available

MADISON - Fall hunting seasons are underway and as you gather your gear and plan your trip into the field or woods, be sure to add a read of the 2017 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast [PDF] to your list of things to do. 

The annual Forecast is now available and full of valuable information on where to find your favorite game, updates on hunting regulations or how you can get involved with deer herd management through the Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance Program or DMAP.

"This is an exciting time of year for Wisconsin hunters whether you're out for ducks, doves, bear or deer," said Interim DNR Secretary Kurt Thiede. "The Fall Forecast is not only a great guide on where to hunt but is a great source of information for new or young hunters who are just being introduced to the sport. It can be a helpful tool in passing on a Wisconsin tradition."

To view this year's hunting and trapping forecast, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "forecast" or "hunt."

DNR Customer Service staff is available to assist the public online and via phone from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Spanish and Hmong bilingual customer service representatives are also available. Customers may reach customer service at 1-888-WDNR INFo (1-888-936-7463) or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find all licenses for the fall hunting season and beyond, log into your Go Wild account or visit www.dnr.wi.gov and search keywords, "Go Wild."

DATE: September 14, 2017
CONTACT: Sawyer Briel, DNR policy and communication coordinator, 608-261-0751