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Help shape Wisconsin’s migratory bird hunting seasons

Your input matters, and upcoming public meetings and other options to submit comments put you in the driver’s seat to help shape upcoming hunting seasons. Take a look at proposed season structure and submit feedback during March public hearings, via written comment and through our new online input tool.

To view proposed waterfowl seasons and other helpful information regarding migratory bird hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “waterfowl.”

There are a few notable changes in 2019 compared to past proposals, which include:

Early Teal Season proposed for nine days;
Addition of Light Geese (Snow and Ross’s) to the early goose season;
Proposed Black duck bag limit increase to two per day;
Pintail bag limit decrease to one per day; and
Mississippi River Zone regular duck season includes a 12 day split.
Public hearings will be held at the following locations, starting at 7 p.m.:

Monday, March 11, La Crosse – State Office Building, Rooms B-19 and B-20, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road;
Tuesday, March 12, Rice Lake – AmeriVu Inn, 1710 South Main St.;
Wednesday, March 13, Appleton – FVTC D.J. Bordini Center, Room BC112A, 5 N. Systems Drive; and
Thursday, March 14 – Pewaukee – Wildwood Lodge, N14 W24121 Tower Place.

Public comments regarding proposed migratory bird season structure will be accepted at each public hearing. New for 2019, public input will also be accepted through an online public input tool through midnight Friday, March 15. This tool will walk users through season structure options and Department of Natural Resources proposals.

If you are unable to attend a public hearing or wish to provide feedback directly, public comments will be accepted through midnight Friday, March 15. Written comments can be sent to Taylor Finger, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, via email to taylor.finger@wisconsin.gov or by calling 608-266-8841.

Following the public comment period, final waterfowl season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board at its April 10 meeting in Madison. As always, DNR staff appreciate time spent by waterfowl hunters each year providing feedback and playing a key role in migratory bird management.

To learn more about waterfowl management in Wisconsin, check out an episode of the Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcast featuring Taylor Finger and Trenton Rohrer. Podcasts are available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and PodBean – search for Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record.