WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS November 2019

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News & Reviews

November 2019

Wild Wisconsin hunter

Prep to hunt with Wild Wisconsin

DNR’s Wild Wisconsin video series returns for a third season, with a wealth of information to make the hunting season a success. The series is hosted by DNR wildlife educator Lauren Finch, and Aaron Warbritton of The Hunting Public online community. From the 2019 deer forecast to CWD to hunting on public lands, Wild Wisconsin has everything a hunter needs. There’s even an episode covering cooking that features a delicious venison recipe from Luke Zahm, owner of Viroqua’s Driftless Café and new host of WPT’s “Wisconsin Foodie.” Click on the links below to watch individual episodes, or find them all on the DNR’s YouTube channel.


license item

Use GoWild to avoid
online license scams

As hunting seasons carry on, the DNR offers a warning to the public about online scams that claim to offer Wisconsin hunting licenses but leave purchasers empty-handed. The sites also collect sensitive personal data as part of these unauthorized transactions. “Don't fall for imposters,” said Kimberly Currie, DNR director of customer and outreach services. “There is only one official online site that sells Wisconsin hunting licenses, and that is our GoWild site.” Hunters also can purchase a valid license from an authorized sales agent such as a local sporting goods or hardware store, or at a DNR Service Center. If you believe you’ve fallen victim to a license scam, you can file a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 1-800-422-7128, or email DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov.
deer donation

Keep deer donations coming

For 20 years, Wisconsin’s Deer Donation Program has allowed hunters and meat processors to donate venison to food pantries around the state, with more than 92,000 deer donated since the program began in 2000. That’s more than 3.7 million pounds of meat! To celebrate the 20th anniversary, hunters who donate this season will receive a free commemorative ballcap while supplies last. When donating, keep in mind that CWD testing is required in the 24 affected counties. Monetary donations to the program also may be made when purchasing a hunting license.

Take a walk in the woods

Learn what’s growing in the woods at Richland County’s Ash Creek Community Forest during a free forestry field day Nov. 3. The DNR and Richland County Land Conservation Committee are hosting the “Winter Tree Identification” event at 1 p.m. at the forest, on Highway 80 south of Richland Center. After unveiling of a new trail map sign by the RCLCC, the local DNR forester will lead a hike to ID trees by looking at bark, buds, twigs and other characteristics. Bring your hiking shoes for this guided afternoon in the woods! For more from DNR’s Division of Forestry, check dnr.wi.gov, keyword “forestry.”

FWSP store

Coming soon:
New FWSP store

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store is on hiatus but will reopen Dec. 1 with a new look and many more items, including 2020 Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission stickers. Available packages also will feature subscriptions to Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine! Check out the new online store starting in December at FWSP.org.
wild rice

Wild rice seeding
in Green Bay

Wild rice is making a comeback as part of restoration projects in the waters of Green Bay, including lower Green Bay and along the west shore. Wild rice has many benefits to wildlife as fish habitat, food for waterfowl and more, plus it retains important cultural value for Wisconsin’s First Nation tribes. A team of conservation professionals and volunteers will gather in Green Bay the week of Nov. 4 for a third year of seeding efforts at the bay’s coastal wetlands, this time with 2,000 pounds of wild rice to hand seed. The group includes the DNR, UW-Green Bay, Ducks Unlimited, UW-Madison Division of Extension, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Click here for more on the project, guided by UW-Green Bay aquatic vegetation research.
odonates book

Damselfly guide

Fans of damselflies now have an updated edition of an important resource for field identification. “Damselflies of Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan” (a refresh of 2005’s “Damselflies of the North Woods”) features updated maps, new photos and information on all 51 damselfly species in the region. The guide is written by Bob DuBois, a DNR research scientist who coordinates the Wisconsin Odonata Survey, with photos by Mike Reese. The book is available from retail outlets (Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, $24.95); search for the title online or ask at your local bookstore. And for more on dragonflies and damselflies, including a photo slide show, check out the magazine’s “Enthralled by odonates” story by Kurt Huebner from the Summer issue.