Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters to Spring Aboard by enrolling in a boating education course. Online boat safety education course providers will offer incentives or course discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign.
As fishing activity ramps up in waters with early season opportunities, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers and boaters that a few extra minutes spent emptying live wells and cleaning plant debris from anchors and trailers plays a critical role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Anglers who fish Wisconsin's boundary and outlying waters are reminded to carry a paper copy of their fishing license under law enforcement agreements with the neighboring states and federal agencies that share enforcement duties on these waters. This includes the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers locally.
There's excitement in Wisconsin's woods as young wildlife begin to emerge, making spring a great time to observe wildlife. However, a multi-agency Keep Wildlife Wild committee is reminding wildlife observers to watch the fun from afar. People need to resist their well-intentioned temptation to interact with a young animal they perceive to be on its own. Human interaction often does more harm than good in these situations.
As spring approaches, many Wisconsin residents are anxious to get outdoors and pursue their warmer-weather outdoor recreation passions. You can purchase your 2019 fishing and hunting licenses, as well as order the 2019 collectible conservation card. Licenses and conservation cards can be purchased online at GoWild.wi.gov and from over 1,000 license agents. The new conservation card now features Wisconsin elk, the image members of the public selected last fall through online voting.
Bonus turkey harvest authorizations, previously known as leftover permits, will go on sale the week of March 18, with a designated sales date for each zone. The scheduled sales dates for the 2019 spring turkey season are: • Zone 1 - Monday, March 18; • Zone 2 - Tuesday, March 19; • Zone 3 - Wednesday, March 20; • Zone 4 - Thursday, March 21; and • Zones 5, 6 and 7 - Friday, March 22.
The first of a number of deadlines for ice anglers to remove permanent ice fishing shelters from inland and boundary waters is upon us. The deadline is March 1 for Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters. For inland Wisconsin waters, ice fishing shelters must be removed daily and when not occupied after the first Sunday following March 1 for waters south of Highway 64 and after the first Sunday following March 12 for waters north of Highway 64. For 2019, those dates are: • Sunday, March 3 for waters south of Highway 64.
Now is a good time for tree pruning, while temperatures remain cold, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tree health experts. The best time to prune trees in Wisconsin is during winter when a tree is dormant. This is because: • Insects and diseases that attack open wounds on pruned trees aren't active in winter • Without leaves on the trees it is easier to see and prune broken, cracked or hanging limbs.
Snowmobilers in Wisconsin are required to purchase a Wisconsin trail pass in addition to having valid Wisconsin Public Use registration. Trail passes are only required when operating on snowmobile trails and corridors. Annual trails passes are $30 for Wisconsin residents, $50 for non-residents, or $10 for someone who is a member of a snowmobile club affiliated with the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs. Information about the discounts is available on the association's website at www.awsc.org/Trail-Pass-Registration.aspx
With fall here in full force, many hunters are going afield in pursuit of their favorite game. Landowners and hunters alike need to remember what is required by law to retrieve any downed game along with trespass laws.