DNR to hold public hearings Monday night on resource management

MADISON (WFRV) — The Wisconsin DNR is holding 72 public hearings across the state where people can give their input on natural resources management.

This year will see 112 questions covering a broad array of proposed rule changes relating to fish and wildlife management.  The fisheries questions revolve around changing bag limits, seasons, and length limit regulations.  Wildlife questions include expanding the areas where waterfowl hunting lie, increasing the limit on the number of small game animals a person is allowed to possess, and establishing a 9 a.m. opening time on the first day of pheasant, quail, Hungarian partridge, and southern rabbit seasons, as well as modifying the spring wild turkey hunting season opening date.

“There’s a couple of things for waterfowl hunters, there’s some trapping proposals, and some hour changes for the opening of pheasant hunting,” DNR district supervisor Jeff Prtizl said.  “People can go to our website ahead of time and look at the questions, preview what lakes they’re talking about and look at the other questions as well to come prepared.”

“Some of them (recommendations) will turn into new rules if the public supports them, some of them are just advisory, perhaps to advise the legislature on directions we’d like to see things going in the future,” he said.  “It’s just a neat chance for direct public participation, which is unique to the process and unique to Wisconsin.”

Voters will also have a choice to run for a seat on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, or elect others to represent their county views regarding natural resources.

The public hearings begin at 7 p.m. Monday in each county.

For more information, visit the DNR’s website.  

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