Wisconsin Hunting News

Wisconsin Wolf Permit Applications Exceed 3,000 in First Two Days

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) didn’t really know what to expect during the opening week of permit applications for the state’s first managed wolf hunt in decades. To their satisfaction, the department has already received 3,277 applications in just the first two days of the application period as of 10 a.m. Friday, August 3.

Wisconsin’s 2012 Spring Turkey Harvest Up 6 Percent from 2011

Turkey hunters took advantage of comfortable hunting conditions this spring, judging by the preliminary registration total of 42,612 turkeys, a 6 percent increase over the spring 2011 turkey season. A total of 201,984 permits were issued for this year’s hunt, down slightly from the 2011 total of 210,384.

Unseasonably warm weather characterized much of the season, in stark contrast to last year when snow, wind, and rain hindered hunters during the early time periods.

Public Meetings Set to Gather Input for Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season Rule in Wisconsin

The public will have the opportunity at four upcoming meetings to provide input on the draft concepts to be included in a wolf hunting and trapping season rule that will be going to the state Natural Resources Board on July 17 in Stevens Point as an emergency rule.

The public meetings will include a review of the history of wolf recovery and management in Wisconsin and will focus on major rule components such as harvest management zones, as well as potential wolf harvest quotas and hunting and trapping permit levels. Public comments and questions are welcome.

Fall and Spring Turkey Season Applications Now Available in Wisconsin

Applications for the 2012 fall and 2013 spring Wisconsin turkey hunting season are now available and can be purchased at any of the 1,350 locations that sell Department of Natural Resources licenses or over the Internet through the DNR Online License Center.

The fall turkey application deadline is August 1, and the 2013 spring turkey application deadline is Dec. 10.

Restored Kentucky Elk Populations Being Shared with Other States

Now that Kentucky’s elk population has been successfully restored, the state is unafraid to share its “natural” wealth. While Wisconsin is still rewriting its elk management plan and hoping to receive elk from Kentucky soon, elk restoration is already underway in southwestern Virginia with support from Kentucky.

The $2,600 Deer Hunting License

deer tag An old, rare Wisconsin deer hunting license sold for a record-setting $2,600 at a live, online auction held by Krueger & Krueger, LLC. Numismatologist Kurt R. Krueger said this was probably the highest price ever paid for a Wisconsin bull hunting license.

Wisconsin Third Highest Coho Harvest on Record, Best Since 1982

Lake Michigan anglers in 2011 recorded the highest harvest of coho salmon in three decades and the third highest on record since the state started stocking salmon and trout in the 1960s, according to recently released results from angler surveys.

"Coho fishing for Wisconsin anglers on Lake Michigan last year was the best it's been since 1982," says Brad Eggold, Department of Natural Resources fisheries supervisor for Southern Lake Michigan. "Boaters were fishing hard for coho from April to early August and focused on these abundant and easily catchable fish."

Wisconsin Learn to Hunt Bear Application Process Open

People interested in learning to hunt Wisconsin’s largest game animal have until May 25 to apply to participate in a Learn to Hunt Bear outing featuring classroom and field instruction capped with a real hunt with skilled mentors.

Changes in the Wisconsin Wolf Depredation Payment Program

Recently enacted legislation has changed the process and timeline and may impact the compensation schedule for livestock, hunting dogs and pets proven to have been killed or injured by gray wolves.

Looking for a New Place to Turkey Hunt in Wisconsin?

A new program to provide additional land for public access has opened up more than 30,000 acres in 31 Wisconsin counties for hunters getting ready for the spring turkey hunting season.