Wisconsin Hunting News

Wisconsin Law Allows Right to Carry Concealed Firearm

The National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris W. Cox joined Governor Scott Walker on July 11th as he signed the Wisconsin Personal Protection Act into law. This makes Wisconsin the 49th state to give law-abiding citizens an option to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection.

Wisconsin Seeks Input on CWD Tainted Farm

Neighbors and others interested in the deer farm formerly known as Buckhorn Flats are invited to a public meeting on the future of the property, now owned by the state Department of Natural Resources.

The open house meeting will run 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in the auditorium at the Almond-Bancroft School at 1336 Elm Street in Almond. Background on the property, now called the Almond Deer Farm, will be provided, and the public is invited to ask questions and offer input on the management of the site.

Wisconsin State Budget Helps DNR Reach Goals

On Sunday June 26th, Gov. Scott Walker signed the state's two-year budget into law. The Department of Natural Resources was treated well in the budget process – a sign of Governor Walker's and lawmakers' confidence in and value of the agency's role in a strong Wisconsin. We are well positioned to accomplish our mission.

Delisting of Wolves in 8 States Begins

On the heels of legislation passed last month with the support of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) as part of the FY 2011 budget agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week that it is lifting Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for 5,500 grey wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes and has published a proposed rule to remove gray wolves from ESA designation in the Western Great Lakes.

Wisconsin Turkey Season Opens April 13th

The April 13 opening of the 2011 spring wild turkey hunting season is just around the corner, and state wildlife officials say hunters can look forward to a good spring hunt. They are also encouraging experienced hunters to consider taking a youth out during the April 9 and 10 statewide spring turkey youth hunt.

Wisconsin DNR Offers Turkey Hunter Education Clinic April 2nd

A free Turkey Hunter Education Clinic will be held at the Flambeau Area Sportsman Club on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. until noon. The clinic will cover turkey calling, identification of legal birds, regulations, in-depth hunting techniques, camouflage, shotgun patterning, equipment, safety, and archery hunting. The class is conducted by DNR certified instructors.

Wisconsin DNR Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearing Questionnaire Available

The questionnaire package for the 2011 Department of Natural Resources Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearing and Annual Conservation Congress County Meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website.

Wisconsin Offers Free Turkey Hunting Clinics

Free Turkey Hunter Education Clinics will again be offered this year around the state. These free clinics are presented by volunteer instructors and are sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Wisconsin Spring Turkey Permits Issued, Leftovers on Sale March 21st

More than 145,500 permits were recently issued for the spring 2011 Wisconsin wild turkey season through the spring turkey preference drawing. Postcard notifications to successful applicants will be going out in the mail later in the week.

Hunters who do not receive a postcard by mid-February can check on the status of their permit application online through the Department of Natural Resources Online Licensing Center or by calling the DNR Customer Call Center from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m., seven days a week, at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

Wisconsin Deer Season Opens Nov. 20th

Wisconsin's regular nine-day gun deer hunting season opens Saturday, Nov. 20 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 28. State wildlife officials say that while herd control has been the primary statewide focus over the last decade – and remains so in areas of the state this year -- herd growth is actually the primary objective throughout much of northeast Wisconsin for 2010.