Entries sought for Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, Waterfowl Stamp design contests

MADISON, WI - Wisconsinites with an artistic talent have until July 16 to submit artwork for the 2019 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests.
Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. Judging is in late July or early August.
For rules, entry information and reproduction rights agreements, visit dnr.wi.govand search keywords "Wildlife Stamps."
All stamp contest applicants are asked to review contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet technical requirements for it to be properly processed and prepared for judging.
In last year's contests, Caleb Metrich was awarded first place in the Waterfowl Stamp contest and Robert Leum was awarded first place in both the Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp contests.
To receive contest entry deadlines, detailed event information and the announcement for the winning artwork for the 2019 Stamp Competition, visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics." Follow the prompts and enroll in the "Waterfowl, Wild Turkey, and Pheasant Stamp Design Contests" list.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Trees for Tomorrow natural resource careers workshop scheduled

EAGLE RIVER, WI – Trees For Tomorrow, an accredited natural resources specialty school in Eagle River, WI, is accepting applications from high school students interested in attending a week-long Natural Resources Careers Workshop this summer.
The 2018 workshop, set for June 17-22, at the Trees For Tomorrow’s campus, will introduce students to foresters, fisheries and wildlife biologists, water resource specialists, conservation wardens, recreation land managers and other natural resources professionals.
This workshop is a cooperative effort between Trees For Tomorrow, natural resource agencies, and corporate sponsorship from Weyerhaeuser, Domtar, Cellcom and the Wisconsin County Forests Association. Scholarship donations from these partners make it possible to offer this program for only $200 per student, and includes five days of valuable instruction, lodging and 15 homemade meals. Financial assistance may be available for students whose family has a demonstrated need.
Participation is limited to 30, and students must complete the application materials and be recommended for the program by a teacher or school counselor to be accepted. Applications are due to Trees For Tomorrow by April 14.
“We want to make this opportunity affordable for all high school students. The experience helps to point the next generation toward careers managing our valuable natural resources,” said Vern Gentele, coordinator of the workshop.
“Thanks to our corporate partners, we can provide this program for a minimal fee, and provide additional assistance to those who may need extra help in participating in this life-changing experience,” Gentele added. “This program helps students quickly gauge what interests them, what the various occupations require for education or training, what they pay, and what today's job market is like.” Trees For Tomorrow has sponsored the Natural Resources Careers Workshop for more than 50 years. Sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors are eligible to attend.
Information and application materials are available under the Programs tab at TreesForTomorrow.com.
Information may also be obtained by calling Gentele at 715-479-6456.

SOURCE: Trees for Tomorrow

Maple syrup making begins at Minnesota state parks

When we think of a food source in Minnesota, we often consider grain fields, gardens, poultry farms, orchards and cows.
How often do we think of a maple tree?
State parks are home to thousands of maple trees from which pure maple syrup is made. Attend a free program at a state park and learn about tapping maple trees while using tools found in the kitchen.
Programs start on March 3 at Whitewater State Park (near Winona). Attend the 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. program or the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sign up by calling 507-312-2308, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
More maple syrup programs are scheduled at several Minnesota state parks throughout March and early April. For the complete schedule, and more information about how to tap trees and make maple syrup, visit www.mndnr.gov/maplesyrup.
At some parks, stop in any time for a syrup-making demonstration. Others offer hands-on instruction with a taste of the finished product. Participants learn how to identify and tap the right kind of tree as well as how to boil the sap collected until it is ready to serve. It usually takes 30 to 40 gallons of tree sap to get a gallon of pure maple syrup. Usually, the best time to collect sap has been between mid-March and mid-April, when temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s during the day and below freezing at night.
Maple syrup programs at Minnesota state parks are free, but vehicle permits are required to enter the parks ($7 for a one-day permit or $35 for a year-round permit).
Due to space limitations, some programs also require advance registration. Occasionally, due to extreme weather or other conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.
For more information, contact the DNR Information Center by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

La Crosse Archery to host first chili cook-off

Chili cook-offs certainly are becoming popular.
Several local businesses and organizations schedule annual cookoffs for cooks wishing to show off their best recipes.
The first La Crosse Archery Chili Cook-Off is scheduled on Saturday, March 24, from 3-5 p.m.
Entry fee is $10. Register online only at www.lacrossearchery.com.
Bring your best chili in a slow cooker, hot and ready to serve.
The contest features all types of chili. Just pick your favorite style – spicy, white, or even a surprise recipe.
The archery club will provide bowls and spoons for sampling and judging. Host officials recommend entering about 4 quarts of chili to provide an adequate supply for sampling and judging. Beverages (beer, water and soda) will be available for purchase.
Proceeds from the contest benefit Backcountry Hunters & Anglers - a group that works to protect public lands.
For more information, contact 608-781-7752.

Ham Lake's Buchholz snowmobile instructor of year

Marvin Buchholz, of Ham Lake, has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Volunteer Instructor of the Year for 2017.
During his almost 50 years as a volunteer instructor, Buchholz has instructed more than 2,500 youth and adults about how to operate snowmobiles safely and responsibly. In addition, he’s helped recruit and train more than 20 other certified instructors.
“The best example I can give of the quality and character of Marvin’s instruction is that Marvin is now teaching third and fourth generations of the same families,” said Kevin Vnuk, an instructor with Buchholz, who nominated him for the award. “They keep coming back to Marvin’s class because of the quality and content of the class.”
He’s also a go-to person when it comes to addressing any concerns about snowmobiles in Ham Lake. Buchholz has been active in his community, too, serving for 47 years as volunteer firefighter for the city of Ham Lake. In addition to being one of the department’s founders, he also was its longtime training officer. He’s also been a member of the Ham Lake Lions Club for more than 40 years.
“Marvin has been an active participant in the sport of snowmobiling for more than 50 years,” said Bruce Lawrence, recreational vehicle coordinator for the DNR Enforcement Division. “He has ridden more than 100,000 miles on snowmobiles and at age 75 still rides hundreds of miles every year.”
More than 1,000 volunteer instructors teach DNR snowmobile safety courses across the state. For more information on the dates and locations of these courses, see an online list on the DNR’s snowmobile safety page or call 800-366-6367. For a copy of the 2017-2018 Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules and Regulations handbook, call 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, or visit the snowmobile regulations page on the DNR website.
For a copy of the DNR’s 2016-2017 Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules, and Regulations handbook, call 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157 or visit the regulations webpage.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

DNR announces updated CWD Response Plan

MADISON, WI - Increased surveillance, increased sampling, carcass movement restrictions and local community involvement are just some the goals outlined in the recently updated Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources CWD Response Plan.
The updated plan, the result of a collaborative effort between the DNR, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and key stakeholders, will be the guide for CWD response and management over the next five years. Implementation of the plan as part of Gov. Scott Walker's Chronic Wasting Disease Initiative has already begun.
Among the key points in the plan is the work of County Deer Advisory Councils and local communities. The citizen based CDACs set the deer population goals for their counties, which is an important factor in those counties where CWD has been detected.
"We can't emphasize enough the importance of the work carried out by the County Deer Advisory Councils, hunters and citizens," said DNR Secretary Dan Meyer. "They know more about the deer herd in their counties than anyone and their contribution is a valuable tool in addressing CWD."
When a detection is found in a new area, DNR in collaboration with the CDAC and local landowners will launch a rapid response Citizen Advisory Team to determine the extent of CWD, share the information widely, and collectively determine the appropriate response.
Team members will host citizen-based informational meetings in several locations in the county. They will go "door-to-door" visiting landowners within a 2-mile radius of the positive detection to help develop and promote voluntary landowner surveillance testing permits, encourage the reporting of "sick deer" at the local level, and educate landowners on the current feeding and baiting regulations.
This approach was first used after the 2011 CWD discovery in Washburn County where there hasn't been a positive CWD detection since. The same idea is now being deployed in Lincoln County where the first case of CWD was announced in January.
Hunters play a vital role in tracking and managing the disease. The updated plan calls for making more CWD sampling opportunities available to hunters through sampling kiosks around the state and making more hunters aware of self-sampling testing kits. The DNR will continue to encourage hunters to get their harvested deer tested not only for their own piece of mind, but to help us track the disease.
Realizing that deer carcass movement around the state and carcass disposal practices may play a role in the spread of CWD, there will be increased efforts to make hunters aware of the risks of moving carcasses from CWD positive counties to other counties where CWD has not been reported. Proper carcass disposal will also be stressed. New information on proper disposal can be found on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching for "deer carcass disposal sites."
DATCP, which has authority over deer farms, is working closely with stakeholders to address bio-security measures through rule language that will result in enhanced fencing requirements at game farms where a CWD positive has been found.
There is no single solution to eradicating CWD, but it will take a collaborative effort of state agencies, Conservation Congress, CDACs, hunters and the public to better manage it.
Find out more about this updated CWD Response plan by going to the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keywords "CWD Response Plan."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

DNR sets new recreational skills classes for women, families

Women and families can learn outdoor recreational skills in a supportive atmosphere by registering for any of a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities in the newly released 2018 Becoming an Outdoors Woman and Becoming an Outdoors Family catalog.
“Women can learn skills related to outdoors sports in a safe and supportive environment,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “And in many cases, prior experience is not required.”
For more information about upcoming classes, visit mndnr.gov/bow or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 and request a copy of the BOW 2018 spring, summer and fall catalog of events.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR