Two recently-signed laws are designed to help promote snowmobiling in the Northwoods and elsewhere. One change will affect most riders.
Act 142 goes into effect in 2015. Snowmobile registration will cost $30 and will be extended to three years from the current two. A key provision of the law is ALL snowmobiles on public trails will be required to display a trail pass. But there is a way to pay less.
It seems like almost everyone has been complaining about our long, cold winter. A DNR wildlife biologist says this one likely will take a toll on the animals in the wild. Jeremy Holtz says they calculate how hard the combination of snow depth and chill will be on animals like deer and come up with a severity index....
New electronics often find their way under the Christmas tree and a DNR spokesperson says don't throw the old electronics out in the trash.
The E-Cycle Wisconsin program began about four years ago as electronics manufacturers help fund the recycling program.
Coordinator Sarah Murray describes what should be e-cycled...
"....so if folks have old TV's, computers, computer accessories, any type of computer electronics like that there's several sites throughout the state where they can take those to be properly recycled...."
A new DNR Public Access Lands Atlas...with the acronym "PAL"... is now available online and in a printable format. The atlas highlights the significant increase in public access to Wisconsin lands made possible through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, as well as other lands open to the public for outdoor recreation.
The atlas contains 441 maps, two indexes, a glossary, and extensive contact information to help you connect with land managers to learn more about the properties.
A DNR Fisheries Manager says after a series of meetings on upgraded walleye stocking in Wisconsin waters, the public has reacted favorably.
Governor Walker announced in May the state would spend more than $12 million to upgrade facilities and grow walleye fingerlings to a larger size. The larger fish tend to have a higher survivability rate.
Steve Avelallemant outlines some of the feedback they've been hearing...
The DNR has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 2 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. The zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-2014 wolf harvest season. That zone includes most of Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties, and portions of Lincoln and Langlade counties.
Wolf Harvest Zone 2 is the first zone to be closed this season. The harvest of wolves currently remains open in all other zones.
20 hunting dogs have been killed since July as they come into contact with wolves.
Typically, the dogs are trained to hunt bear in July and August. During that time, the dogs are in the woods and come into contact with wolves who have young, especially near what are called rendezvous sites.
DNR Large Carnivore Specialist David MacFarland says the depredation numbers are up...