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DNR spring hearings to be held in every county April 8th

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) -

Hunters and anglers in the state could see some changes in the near future but before anything happens, you can weigh in at the DNR's spring hearings. They're happening in every county in the state on Monday, April 8th. 

DNR staff is recommending that deer hunters be allowed to use rifles statewide.  Currently some parts of the state are restricted to shotgun only. Hunters would also be allowed to leave portable tree stands to stay up overnight on lands owned and managed by the DNR. Under that rule any person could use the stand if the owner isn't in it.

Another proposal would allow the training of dogs for wolf hunting but training could only be done during the day, and only during wolf season and through March.  

Another change: Waterfowl hunters would be allowed to hunt in open water on Lake Wissota, instead of being restricted to close to shore.

Proposed fishing changes include allowing trolling statewide and allowing largemouth bass anglers to keep fish they catch in the early season in northern Wisconsin.  Anglers on Eau Claire's Half Moon Lake would be required to release any bass between 14 and 18 inches long. The bag limit there would also be reduced from five bass to three. If approved all of the changes would take effect next year. 

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress will also be gauging public interest in ending the December antlerless deer hunt, eliminating the requirement that deer hunters wear back tags, raising the fee for a non-resident deer license, and requiring owners of non-motorized boats to now pay for registration.   

DNR Spring Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress County Meetings

Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Adams- Adams County Courthouse, County Board Room A230, 400 Main Street, Friendship, WI 53934

Ashland- Ashland County Court House, 201 Main Street West, Ashland, WI 54806

Barron- Barron Government Center, Auditorium, 303 330 E. LaSalle Ave., Barron, WI 54812

Bayfield- Bayfield County Courthouse, County Board Room, 117 E. 5th Street, Washburn, WI 54891

Brown- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (SC132), 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay, WI 54313

Buffalo- Alma High School, Gymnasium, S1618 STH 35, Alma, WI 54610

Burnett- Burnett County Government Center, Room 165, 7410 County Road K, Siren, WI 54872

Calumet- Calumet County Courthouse, Rm. B025, 206 Court Street, Chilton, WI 53014

Chippewa- Chippewa Falls Middle School, 750 Tropicana Blvd., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Clark- Greenwood High School, 306 W. Central Ave., Greenwood, WI 54437

Columbia- Wayne E. Bartels Middle School, Gymnasium, 2505 New Pinery Rd., Portage, WI 53901

Crawford- Prairie du Chien High School, Auditorium, 800 E. Crawford St., Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Dane- Sun Prairie High School, Performing Arts Center, 888 Grove St., Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Dodge- Horicon International Education Center, Lower Level Auditorium, N7725 STH 28, Horicon, WI 53032

Door- Sturgeon Bay High School, 1230 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Douglas- Superior Senior High School, Cafeteria, 2600 Catlin Ave., Superior, WI 54880

Dunn Dunn- County Fish and Game Club, 1600 Pine Ave., Menomonie, WI 54751

Eau Claire- CVTC Business Education Center, Auditorium, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701

Florence- Florence Natural Resource Center, Basement Conference Rm., 5631 Forestry Dr., Florence, WI 54121

Fond- du Lac Theisen Middle School, 525 E. Pioneer Rd., Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Forest- Crandon High School, Auditorium, 9750 US HWY 8 West, Crandon, WI 54520

Grant- Lancaster High School, Auditorium, 806 East Elm Street, Lancaster, WI 53813

Green- Monroe Middle School, 1510 13th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566

Green Lake- Green Lake High School, Small Gym, 612 Mill St., Green Lake, WI 54941

Iowa- Dodgeville High School, Gymnasium, 912 Chapel Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533

Iron- Iron County Courthouse, 300 Taconite Street, Hurley, WI 54534

Jackson- Black River Falls Middle School, LGI Room, 1202 Pierce Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615

Jefferson- Jefferson County Fair Park, Activity Center, 503 N. Jackson, Jefferson, WI 52549

Juneau- Olson Middle School, Auditorium, 508 Grayside Avenue, Mauston, WI 53948

Kenosha- Bristol Elementary School, Gymnasium, 20121 83rd Street, Bristol, WI 53104

Kewaunee- Kewaunee High School, Auditorium, 911 Third Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216

La Crosse- Onalaska High School, Auditorium, 700 Hilltopper Place, Onalaska, WI 54650

Lafayette- Darlington Elementary School, 11630 Center Hill Road, Darlington, WI 53530

Langlade- Antigo High School, Volm Theater, 1900 10th Ave., Antigo, WI 54409

Lincoln- Tomahawk High School, Field House, 1048 E. Kings Road, Tomahawk, WI 54487

Manitowoc- UW-Manitowoc, Auditorium, 705 Viebahn Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220

Marathon- D.C. Everest Middle School, Auditorium, 9302 Schofield Avenue, Weston, WI 54476

Marinette- Wausaukee School, N11041 Highway 141, Wausaukee, WI 54177

Marquette- Montello High School, Community Room, 222 Forest Lane, Montello, WI 53949

Menominee- Menominee County Courthouse,W3269 Courthouse Lane, Keshena, WI 54135

Milwaukee- Nathan Hale High School, Auditorium, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, WI 53227

Monroe- Tomah High School, Cafeteria, 901 Lincoln Ave., Tomah, WI 54660

Oconto- Suring High School, Cafeteria, 411 E Algoma St., Suring, WI 54174

Oneida- James Williams Middle School, 915 Acacia Lane, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Outagamie- Appleton North High School, 5000 N. Ballard Road, Appleton, WI 54913

Ozaukee- Webster Middle School, Commons, W75 N624 Wauwatosa Rd., Cedarburg, WI 53012

Pepin- Pepin County Government Center, County Board Room, 740 7th Ave. West, Durand, WI 54736

Pierce- Ellsworth Senior High School, Auditorium, 323 Hillcrest, Ellsworth, WI 54011

Polk- Unity High School, Auditorium, 1908 150th St. Hwy 46, Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Portage- Ben Franklin Junior High School, Auditorium, 2000 Polk St., Stevens Point, WI 54481

Price- Price County Courthouse, Board Room, 126 Cherry St., Phillips, WI 54555

Racine- Union Grove High School, 3433 S. Colony Ave., Union Grove, WI 53182

Richland- Richland County Courthouse, Upstairs Courtroom, 181 West Seminary, Richland Center, WI 53581

Rock- Milton High School, Auditorium, 114 W. High Street, Milton, WI 53563

Rusk- Ladysmith High School, Auditorium, 1700 E. Edgewood Ave., Ladysmith, WI 54848

Saint Croix- St Croix Central High School, Commons, 1751 Broadway St., Hammond, WI 54015

Sauk- UW Baraboo Campus, Lecture Hall A-4, 1006 Connie Road, Baraboo, WI 53913

Sawyer- Hayward High School, 10320 N. Greenwood Lane, Hayward, WI 54843

Shawano- Shawano Middle School, LGI Room, 1050 S. Union St., Shawano, WI 54166

Sheboygan- Plymouth High School, Auditorium, 125 Highland Ave., Plymouth, WI 53073

Taylor- Multi-purpose building, Hwy 64/ Hwy 13, Medford, WI 54451

Trempealeau- Whitehall City Center, 18620 Hobson St., Whitehall, WI 54773

Vernon- Viroqua High School, Commons Area, 100 Blackhawk Drive, Viroqua, WI 54665

Vilas- St. Germain Elementary School, Gymnasium, 8234 Hwy 70 West, Saint Germain, WI 54558

Walworth- Delavan-Darien High School, 150 Cummings St., Delavan, WI 53115

Washburn- Spooner High School, Auditorium, 801 County Highway A, Spooner, WI 54801

Washington- Washington County Fair Park, 3000 Cty Hwy PV, West Bend, WI 53095

Waukesha- Waukesha Co. Tech. College, Richard Anderson Ed. Center, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072

Waupaca- Waupaca High School, PAC-Auditorium, E2325 King Road, Waupaca, WI 54981

Waushara- Waushara County Courthouse, County Board Rm. 265, 209 S. St. Marie St., Wautoma, WI 54982

Winnebago- Webster Stanley Middle School, Auditorium, 915 Hazel Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901

Wood- Pittsville School District Administrative Bldg., Auditorium, 5459 Elementary Ave., Pittsville, WI 54466

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