• Entrance fees are waived.
• Please do not congregate at self-registration stations or electronic kiosks.
• Restrooms on state properties will remain open given there are enough resources, cleaning supplies and access to personal protective equipment for staff to maintain them.
• Please do not congregate at restrooms.
All state park offices, visitor centers and non-essential buildings are closed for the duration of the public health emergency
• Effective immediately, the DNR will close the following state buildings to the public: Park headquarters, offices, visitor centers, nature centers, research stations, ranger stations, shooting ranges, fish hatcheries, shelters, showers, concessions and indoor group camp buildings on all DNR owned properties open to the public.
• Properties will continue to be staffed and outdoor recreational opportunities (hiking, trails, fishing, hunting, etc.) remain open at this time.
• Boat launches at state parks remain open.
• Visitors are reminded to practice proper personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to limit group sizes to under ten people when enjoying state properties.
Camping and special permits
• All campsites (individual, group, and indoor) are closed through April 30, 2020.
• Refunds will be issued to all customers.
• No new reservations will be accepted until further notice.
• DNR staff or Camis Reservations staff will be reaching out to individuals with current or upcoming group camping reservations to issue refunds. Any other questions regarding camping reservations can be directed to the Camis Call Center at 888-947-2757.
• DNR property managers will also be contacting groups or individuals who have existing special event permits.
• Our customer service representatives also continue to provide service via phone at 1-888-936-7463 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Hunting and fishing
• Wisconsin's waters are open. You can fish if you have a license. Normal season regulations apply.
• All current regulations apply for hunting, trapping, and fishing seasons.
• Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
• Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
• Covering coughs and sneezes;
• Avoiding touching your face; and
MADISON—The Department of Natural Resources is seeking nominations through Jan. 1, 2020 for individuals with experience and interest to fill the angling, bear hunting, bird hunting, deer hunting and furbearer representative positions on the Sporting Heritage Council. The council, established by 2011 Wis. Act 168, advises Gov. Tony Evers, the Natural Resources Board and the state legislature on fishing, hunting and trapping issues.
The group mainly focuses on recruitment, retention and reactivation of anglers, hunters and trappers, as well as increasing access to resources and outdoor opportunities. These efforts, in the long run, provide outdoor recreation benefits to a wide range of people who seek nature-based experiences.
The council consists of 12 appointees in total, including the Department of Natural Resources Secretary or a designee, one member appointed by the governor, two members of the Assembly, two members of the Senate, one member appointed by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress executive committee and five members appointed by the Natural Resources Board.
The currently vacant positions are the five appointed by the Natural Resources Board to represent the distinct interests of deer hunters, bear hunters, bird hunters, anglers and furbearer hunters or trappers. These representatives will provide news, information and perspective to the council on issues affecting his/her broad interest group. Representatives will work with the Sporting Heritage Council to recommend actions intending to increase participation in fishing, hunting and trapping activities. Applicants must be nominated by a sporting organization. The nomination form and more information can be found on the DNR website here.
BALSAM LAKE — The public has a final opportunity to provide comments on antlerless deer harvest quota, harvest authorization level and season structure recommendations for Polk County.
The council will hold its final spring meeting on April 16 at 6:00pm at the Balsam Lake Government Center. At this meeting, the council will receive additional public comments prior to developing final recommendations.
The council’s preliminary recommendations, formed during its March meeting, are available for review at HYPERLINK "https://dnr.wi.gov/" dnr.wi.gov, keyword " HYPERLINK "https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html" CDAC,” by clicking " HYPERLINK "https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/CDACFind.aspx" Find” and selecting Polk. Councils considered scientific data and public opinion when developing their preliminary recommendations.
The council has recommended a harvest quota of 7,870, with 5,200 private land and 1,000 public land antlerless harvest authorizations available to hunters.
The council also recommends offering two county-specific Farmland Zone antlerless harvest authorizations with each license.
The council did NOT recommend an antlerless-only Holiday Hunt for the 2019 deer season.
These recommendations are expected to achieve Polk Counties three year population objective to maintain Polk County’s deer population.
To develop its final recommendations, the council will consider online input and other public comments along with professional assessments from Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists, foresters and law enforcement. The public may also comment at any time before April 10 by contacting a CDAC member (a list is available on the CDAC web page at HYPERLINK "http://dnr.wi.gov/" dnr.wi.gov, keyword " HYPERLINK "http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html" CDAC”) or by emailing HYPERLINK "mailto:[email protected]" [email protected].
Polk County’s final quota, harvest authorization level and season structure recommendations will be presented to the DNR following the April meeting, and will then advance to the Natural Resources Board for approval in May. If approved, the recommendations will take effect for the 2019 deer hunting season.
Additional information on CDAC recommendations, agendas and membership is available at HYPERLINK "http://dnr.wi.gov/" dnr.wi.gov, keyword " HYPERLINK "http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html" CDAC” or email HYPERLINK "mailto:[email protected]" [email protected] with any questions.
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