Have a hand in shaping deer management and the 2022 deer season by submitting comments to your County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC). We’re welcoming comments during the online comment period April 9-15.

Each county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council to provide input and recommendations to the department on deer management within their county.

In early May, each CDAC will make recommendations to the department for the 2022 season based on deer herd metrics, county deer population objectives and public feedback. The DNR will bring its recommendations for the 2022 season to the Natural Resources Board in summer.

Learn what your CDAC is considering for this season and the other ways you can get involved by visiting the DNR’s County Deer Advisory Councils webpage.

Wisconsin DNR And Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Fish And Wildlife Hearing

In addition to participating in deer management in Wisconsin, you will have the opportunity to provide input on proposed natural resources rule changes from the DNR and advisory questions from the Natural Resources Board (NRB) and Wisconsin Conservation Congress through another online input opportunity.

The 2022 Spring Hearing online input webpage will go live at 7 p.m. on April 11 and will remain open for 72 hours. Results will be posted as soon as they are available.

This year there are 16 advisory questions from the DNR related to Fisheries and Wildlife Management. There are also two advisory questions from the NRB and 45 advisory questions from the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. All questions are available to preview here.


A close up of a pine seedling growing in the ground at the state nursery.

Last Call For Seedlings

We are still accepting orders for tree seedlings to be planted this spring.

Planting seedlings from state nurseries is a great way to celebrate Arbor Day (April 29, 2022) which is dedicated to increasing the number of trees across the country to help improve the environment.

In 2021, Gov. Tony Evers signed an Executive Order pledging to protect and restore Wisconsin’s forestland by planting 75 million trees by 2030 as part of the U.S. Chapter of the Global Trillion Trees Initiative. By ordering seedlings, you can help.

Wisconsin state nurseries have 1- and 2-year-old Red Oak, 1-year-old jack pine, 1-year-old black walnut, 2-year-old Red Pine, and 2-year-old Black Spruce available for purchase.

All seedlings are grown at the Wilson State Nursery in Boscobel and are well suited to their native Wisconsin soil. The minimum seedling order includes a packet of 300 seedlings in 100 count increments of selected species, 500 shrubs or 1,000 tree seedlings.

These seedlings must be planted in Wisconsin and are to be used in reforestation efforts, creating wildlife habitat, controlling erosion or constructing natural windbreaks.

For information on seedling availability or place an order, contact our nursery hotline at 715-424-3700.

You can find answers to common questions about tree planting on the DNR’s website.


A black bear tears apart a bag of garbage in front of a bed of flowers in a residential yard.

Be Bear Aware: Hear From Experts April 19 For Tips On How To Co-Exist With Bears

Join our Bear Aware Webinar at 6 p.m. on April 19 to learn about living among black bears.

Wisconsin is home to a thriving black bear population estimated at more than 24,000 bears. Although the black bear primarily lives in the far northern third of the state, bears are becoming more common in the lower two-thirds of the state than ever before due to a growing population.

By understanding bear behavior, you can reduce negative human-bear conflicts. Webinar attendees will hear from DNR and USDA-Wildlife Services bear experts about bear habitat and history and get tips for reducing the potential for bear conflicts around homes and businesses.

Following a presentation from the experts, there will be a Q&A session where you can ask about bear biology and how to co-exist with Wisconsin’s largest carnivore.

Black bears are naturally cautious animals that generally avoid contact with people for their safety, but conflicts between people and bears can arise. Bears can quickly learn to associate humans with food when food sources are available.

If a bear finds food, such as bird feed or garbage near your home or cabin, it will likely return for more. Bear visits are more likely to stop when food is no longer available. Bears will periodically check sites where food was once available, so it may take several days to weeks after a food source has been removed for a bear to stop visiting food sites altogether.

It is important to make sure these tasty food sources are hidden from bears at all times of the year, but it’s especially crucial in warmer months when bears are more active.

While bears usually are solitary forest animals, their powerful sense of smell can lead them into urban areas to search for food, especially in the spring and fall. Black bears are secretive animals and usually try to avoid people. However, conflicts with humans can occur when bears destroy gardens, bird feeders, apiaries and trash cans.

The DNR’s Living With Black Bears In Wisconsin pamphlet is a great resource for learning more about co-existing with bears in Wisconsin.

More information about black bear behavior and avoiding unwanted encounters is available in the DNR’s Living with Bears in Wisconsin brochure.

Event Details

WHAT: Bear Aware Webinar

WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19

WHO: Brad Koele, DNR Wildlife Damage Specialist
Alaina Gerrits, DNR Wildlife Biologist
Randy Johnson, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist
Dave Ruid, USDA-Wildlife Services Wildlife Biologist

WHERE: Join via Zoom here
Join by phone: 877-853-5257; Webinar ID: 886 3482 8734

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