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DNR Holding Public Hearings Tonight

08 Apr News

The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on a wide variety of proposed fish and wildlife rule changes, and to propose other changes, at the 2013 DNR spring fish and wildlife rules hearings and annual Conservation Congress county meetings this evening.

There will be 72 public hearings tonight, one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 pm. where individuals interested in natural resources management will have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed hunting, trapping, and fishing rule changes and advisory questions.

The hearings, held annually, will be immediately followed by county Conservation Congress meetings during which residents can vote on and introduce their ideas to address natural resources related concerns.

Some of the proposals include: Removing the northern bass management zone early catch-and-release season for large mouth bass and allow the harvest under existing size and bag limits; allowing motor trolling statewide; simplifying pheasant hunting rules and allowing unattended stands and blinds overnight on DNR land.

Area meetings include: Langlade County-Antigo High School Volm Theater; Oneida County-James Williams Middle School, Rhinelander; Vilas County-St. Germain Elementary School and here in Tomahawk Lincoln County residents can attend at the High School Field House.