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MADISON — The complete questionnaire for proposed changes to Wisconsin fish and wildlife rules that will be reviewed at the 2015 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spring rules hearings is now available online.
On Monday, April 13, 2015, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin.
The questions cover a broad array of statewide and local proposed rules changes for state hunting, trapping and fishing rules, as well as advisory questions from the state Natural Resources Board and Wisconsin Conservation Congress.
County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, or elect other delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process.
People interested in attending the hearings are encouraged to review the questionnaire on line.
The fisheries questions relate to season, bag limit, and length limit regulations, including:
• expanding inland trout seasons and reducing the number of special regulations;
• changing panfish bag limits on 100 lakes to improve panfish average size; and
• removing or modifying dates and boundaries on 51 fish refuges.
Wildlife questions include:
• expanding the areas where waterfowl hunting;
• increasing the limit on the number of small game animals a person is allowed to possess;
• establish a 9 a.m. opening time on the first day of the pheasant, quail, Hungarian partridge, and southern rabbit seasons; and
• modifying the spring wild turkey hunting season opening date, among other rule changes.
Meeting results, along with written comments on the evening’s questions and DNR recommendations are used to advise the state Natural Resources Board. Votes are non-binding and are presented to the Natural Resources Board as advisory. The 2015 spring rules hearing questionnaire is available by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keywords “Spring Hearings.”