4,300 Participate in Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings

More than 4,300 people came out to participate in the 2016 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 11. The public hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indicate preference on a wide range of proposed fish and wildlife management issues, Conservation Congress advisory questions, and to submit resolutions for rule changes they would like to see in the future. Statewide hearing results and the questions are available on the Spring Rules Hearings page of the DNR website or go to; search “spring hearings.” A majority of voters favored ideas to shorten the beaver and otter trapping seasons by two to four weeks on non-trout waters and create a local public notice and input process to change certain fish regulations on inland waters. Citizens also supported the Wisconsin Conservation Congress’ advisory proposals relating to the removal of waterfowl blinds on public lands and the creation of a Wildlife Conservation Stamp.

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