WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS March 2019

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News & Reviews

March 2019

2019 license sales start

Go Wild

Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activity licenses for 2019 are on sale now. Get yours online at Go Wild! or stop by any DNR service center. Buy or renew at the Conservation Patron level and a subscription to Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is included!


Doing your taxes? Don't forget the tax checkoff to contribute to the Endangered Resources Fund through your state income tax form. Your donation makes a difference for Wisconsin!

NRF trips

Get outdoors with NRF field trips

Plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors are available through the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin field trip program. More than 230 guided field trips are offered this year, with Department of Natural Resources staff leading the way on many of them. The Spring issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources has highlights of the program, in its 26th year; for details check WisConservation.org. There, you also can join the NRF (required for registration) and sign up when registration opens on March 27.

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CDAC meetings

County Deer Advisory Councils will meet in mid-March to start the process for setting antlerless harvest quotas and permits for the 2019 deer seasons. All CDAC meetings are open to the public and welcome feedback. Find meetings statewide via the searchable CDAC database. After initial sessions to form recommendations, final CDAC meetings will be the week of April 15.

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Sand Lake Conservation Camp

Students entering grades 6-8 in fall with an interest in the outdoors are encouraged to check out Sand Lake Conservation Camp at Camp Bird, near Crivitz, June 19-21. Learn such things as how to catch and identify aquatic animals, how water quality affects the ecosystem, what fish are native to Wisconsin and how DNR fisheries biologists study them. Cost is $100 if registering by May 22. The camp is sponsored by the Marinette County Land & Water Conservation Division and the Wisconsin Land & Water Conservation Association. For details, contact Anne Bartels at abartels@marinettecounty.com or click here.
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Water Summit set

Registration is now open for a 2019 Water Summit planned for June 4-6 in Door County, part of Celebrate Water Door County activities supported by the Door County Community Foundation. The Water Summit will feature keynote talks from underwater explorer Jill Heinerth and author Dan Egan. There also will be presentations on fisheries, aquatic invasive species, sustainability, agricultural impacts, water policy and more from representatives of various entities including the DNR. Registration for the Water Summit is $35 per person. Optional field trips are $20 each and lodging at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor is extra. For details, check CelebrateWaterDoorCounty.org.
Spring cover

Spring print issue
is nearly here

At Wisconsin Natural Resources, we're ready for spring — and another great print edition of the magazine. Our cover story features ways to head outside with Natural Resources Foundation field trips. The issue also includes stories on boosting monarch habitat plus the 15th anniversary of the Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network, along with a handy pullout featuring ways to get involved. There’s a tale of trout fishing on the Prairie River near Merrill, a Q&A with the owner of Camp Menominee in Eagle River and a story on Smokey Bear, who is celebrating 75 years as a fire prevention icon. A special report on flooding looks back at several high-profile disaster events in the state last year and the many ways DNR responded. It’s a timely read as spring brings the possibility of more flooding, with DNR always prepared to step up. Learn more and subscribe at wnrmag.com.


2019 Fishing Report
has what you need

The annual Wisconsin Fishing Report is included in the Spring print issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources. With detailed information about numerous species and sites statewide, it will get readers ready for the 2019 hook-and-line fishing season — which traditionally begins on the first Saturday in May for most species and locations. The report also is available at DNR service centers and as a PDF online; check dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Fishing Report.”

Turkey authorizations

Bonus turkey harvest authorizations will go on sale the third week of March. Dates are: March 18, Zone 1; March 19, Zone 2; March 20, Zone 3; March 21, Zone 4; and March 22, Zones 5-7. Any remaining authorizations will be available starting at 10 a.m. March 23. Cost is $10 for state residents, $15 for others. Buy at GoWild.wi.gov