Public hearings regarding Wisconsin’s proposed 2018 waterfowl season structure will be later this month, including a hearing Monday, March 12 in La Crosse. The hearing is 7 p.m. at the state office building, 3550 Mormon Coulee Rd., Rooms B-19 and B-20.
After public comments have been collected, a final season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board at its Apr. 11 meeting in Madison.
“The 2018 waterfowl seasons will be based on the 2017 continental waterfowl population estimates, which were at near-record estimates since USFWS surveys began 62 years ago. With average to above average precipitation last fall and this winter in Wisconsin, we expect populations to remain high in 2018, and if we have favorable conditions this fall, hunters can expect good waterfowl hunting opportunities” said DNR migratory game bird ecologist Taylor Finger.
The other three hearings are in Rice Lake (March 13), Appleton (March 14) and Pewaukee (March 15).
The department will accept public comments on the proposed waterfowl season structure at each public hearing. Written comments will also be accepted until midnight March 16 and can be sent to Trenton Rohrer, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, via email to Trenton.Rohrer@wisconsin.gov or by calling 608-261-6458.
To view and provide input on the 2018 waterfowl season options online, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “waterfowl.”