WI DNR Wants Your Input On The 2021 Migratory Game Bird Season

Category: News Release

 Mar 10th, 2021 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Mar 10th, 2021 at 11:28 AM

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The DNR will hold virtual public meetings to gather input on 2021 migratory game bird season structure. / Photo credit: iStock/JonHuelskamp

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a series of public meetings and an online public comment period inviting public input on Wisconsin’s proposed 2021 migratory bird hunting season structures.

How to participate

  • Check out the proposed 2021 migratory game bird season structure on the DNR website.
  • Plan to join a virtual public meeting on the season proposal. Follow the links below to register to ensure your spot.
    Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m.
  • Register To Join | Join By Phone: 312-626-6799, 84422556827#
    Wednesday, March 17, 7 p.m.
  • Register To Join | Join By Phone: 312-626-6799, 89421089378#
    Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.
  • Register To Join | Join By Phone: 312-626-6799, 83080983073#
  • Give us your input on the proposal through our online input tool by March 19.

Questions About The Virtual Meetings

If you have questions about joining one of the virtual public meetings, please contact Jeff Williams, DNR Assistant Migratory Game Bird Ecologist ([email protected] or 608-622-6811).

Other Ways To Provide Feedback By March 19

If you would like to provide input outside of a meeting or the online input tool, please write directly either by email ([email protected] or [email protected]) or mail (Attn: Jeff Williams Jeff Williams, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707) or call Taylor Finger (608-212-7923) or Jeff Williams (608-622-6811). The deadline for public comment is March 19.

What Comes Next

After public comments have been collected, the Natural Resources Board will review the DNR’s season structure recommendations at its April 13-14 meeting.

2021 Season Outlook

Because of COVID-19 restrictions on the 2020 spring surveys, the 2021 waterfowl seasons will be based on the 2019 continental waterfowl population estimates. With average precipitation last fall and this winter in Wisconsin, the DNR expect populations to remain stable in 2021. If we have favorable conditions this fall, hunters can expect good waterfowl hunting opportunities.

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