WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS May 2019

May mast

News & Reviews

May 2019


Let the fishing season begin!

Any anglers worth their cast know: It’s time! The traditional hook-and-line inland fishing opener for many species is the first Saturday in May. Make sure you’re ready with license in hand — buy at gowild.wi.gov — and check all the details on places to fish, regulations, tips for taking kids fishing and more at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “fishing.”

Karner blue

Help needed for Karner blue

Volunteers are needed to help the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly by conducting surveys this summer. Training sessions will be held in June and the survey season runs in July and August. Wisconsin is one of the last remaining strongholds in the Karner range. The Karner Volunteer Monitoring Program seeks to document observations of the butterfly in the state to track population status, distribution and trends, adding to long-term data sets and aiding the DNR in habitat management decisions. Training sessions for Karner volunteers include a one-hour presentation and one-hour field session. Dates are: June 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Black River DNR Service Center; June 8, 1-3 p.m., Hartman Creek State Park; June 15, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wild Rose Fish Hatchery; and June 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Sandhill Wildlife Area. Please sign up by using this link. For more information, visit the Karner Volunteer Monitoring Program website at wiatri.net/inventory/kbb.

Talking turkey

It’s turkey season! The 2019 spring turkey season is underway. Check dnr.wi.gov, keyword “turkey,” for all the details including zones and dates, regulations, registration information and more. And if you or someone you know gets their first turkey this season, you can mark that memorable experience with a "First Turkey" certificate by filling out the information form found here.


Outdoor Expo at MacKenzie

Hey, teachers, consider a field trip to the MacKenzie Center in Poynette for the annual Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo, May 15-16. The event is designed for 4th- to 7th-grade classrooms and registration is required. Hands-on activities include archery, fishing, wildlife hikes and more. Admission is free! Get details and sign up here.

Water Summit in Door County

The 2019 Water Summit is set for June 4-6 in Door County, featuring presenters including underwater explorer Jill Heinerth and author Dan Egan (“The Death and Life of the Great Lakes”). Other presentations will touch on water policy, fisheries, aquatic invasive species, agricultural impacts and more. The DNR will be represented with a talk by water resources management specialist Mike Gilbertson. The Water Summit is part of Celebrate Water Door County activities supported by the Door County Community Foundation. Registration is $35 per person, with optional field trips and lodging at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor extra. For details, check CelebrateWaterDoorCounty.org.


Application open
for 2019 elk hunt

The time is now to think Elk Hunt 2019. Like last season when the state's first managed elk hunt was held, a total of four bull-only tags will again be available in a drawing through the DNR for the hunt in the Clam Lake Elk Range of Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Sawyer counties. Wisconsin-licensed hunters may apply now through May 31 for a $10 fee, with the tags awarded in mid-June. A fifth tag will be awarded through a raffle from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The license fee for hunters is $49. Five additional bull-only tags are available for Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes. Money from the DNR application fee and RMEF raffle is earmarked for elk management in Wisconsin. Recently, the last planned translocation of elk from Kentucky took place in Sawyer County. Find a video of the elk arriving in Wisconsin here. For more on elk in Wisconsin, check dnr.wi.gov, keyword “elk.”

Girls and the
great outdoors

A special outdoors event for girls of all ages is planned for May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. OutWiGo Girls will include bike rides, hikes, crafts and more to celebrate Mother's Day weekend with Mother Nature. Find a PDF schedule of events here. The free event is hosted by Wisconsin State Parks; a vehicle admission sticker is required to enter the park. Meet at the Scuppernong Trail System parking lot off of Highway ZZ (58 W35820 County Road ZZ in Dousman). For details, go to dnr.wi.gov, keyword “OutWiGo.”

Earth Day

More for Earth Day

Work Play Earth Day events continue in May, celebrating Earth Day beyond its April 22 commemoration. Check dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Earth Day,” for an up-to-date list of events at state properties.