Deer meetings to be held at April 14
By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel
In a move to increase attendance and efficiency, Department of Natural Resources officials will hold this year's deer herd status meetings in conjunction with the annual Wisconsin spring hearings.
The meetings, formally called the Department of Natural Resources Annual Spring Fish & Wildlife Public Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress Annual Spring County Meetings, will be held simultaneously in all 72 counties at 7 p.m. on April 14.
DNR managers and WCC officials recently decided to combine the annual deer herd status and spring conservation meetings. The deer meetings have traditionally been held at select sites in March.
Herd status meetings provide an opportunity for hunters and other interested individuals to discuss the current status of the deer herd and ask other deer management questions, according to the DNR.
Local wildlife biologists will present information about new deer hunting rules and regulations that were recently adopted following the Deer Trustee Report. Wildlife biologists will attend each meeting to listen to ideas and observations from the public and discuss possible strategies for managing Wisconsin's deer herd.
To help deer herds recover in many northern counties, the agency is anticipating more "buck only" deer management units this year.
The department will be especially interested to hear from the public regarding antlerless deer permit levels, said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist.
"With all the changes as to how we approach deer management now, plus a tough winter and the impacts it will have on the herd, we hope that by holding the meeting jointly with the spring hearings, we will see an increase in public participation" Wallenfang said in a statement.
The spring fish and game hearings present an opportunity for anyone interested in natural resources management to share their input through non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed hunting and fishing rule changes and advisory questions.
Here's a link to the spring hearings questionnaire.
Those unable to attend a local meeting can provide input using an online herd status summary and survey, which will accept input from March 25 to April 18. Comments and survey results will be compiled and provided to the wildlife biologist responsible for each county before final permit levels are set for the 2014 deer season.
Here's a list of the April 14 meeting sites.
Tom Petri, G.O.P. Congressman From Wisconsin, Is Retiring
By ELENA SCHNEIDERAPRIL 11, 2014
WASHINGTON — Representative Tom Petri, Republican of Wisconsin, said Friday that he would not seek re-election after 35 years in Congress.
A spokesman for Mr. Petri’s office said several factors had contributed to his decision but would not elaborate. Mr. Petri is scheduled to make a formal statement on Monday in Neenah, Wis.
Mr. Petri, 73, who has represented the Sixth Congressional District since 1979, is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and that committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
“This is a huge loss for the state of Wisconsin,” Representative Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin, said. “His expertise with transportation and education issues is unmatched.”
Mr. Petri has faced only two primary challenges since 1996, but State Senator Glenn Grothman, who is known for his criticism of what he calls big government and is supported by the Tea Party, had announced that he would take on Mr. Petri this year.
It has been a big year for congressional retirements. Mr. Petri is the 24th Republican who will not return to the House. On the Democratic side, 19 House members have said they will retire at the end of the year, are seeking another office or have already left.
Four Senate Democrats and three Republicans will not be back.