Now is a good time for tree pruning, while temperatures remain cold, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tree health experts. The best time to prune trees in Wisconsin is during winter when a tree is dormant. This is because: • Insects and diseases that attack open wounds on pruned trees aren't active in winter • Without leaves on the trees it is easier to see and prune broken, cracked or hanging limbs
It is no accident Wisconsin is known nationally as one of the safest places to hunt deer for the whole family and friends. This state is fortunate to have thousands of volunteer hunter education instructors dedicated to keeping everyone safe while enjoying the outdoors. And you have to credit the hunters who carry on that safety priority during their own hunts and as mentors. This is what makes Wisconsin a great hunting state.
Tagging rules have changed, but registration requirements have not. Lucky hunters are still required to register their harvested deer electronically by 5 p.m. the day after being recovered. The GameReg system is simple, fast and convenient for hunters. Hunters have three options for registering: • online at GameReg.wi.gov • by phone at 1-844-426-3734 (1-844-GAME-REG) • at a walk-in registration site where the process will be completed electronically. A full list of registration sites can be found on the department web site.
With fall in full force, many hunters are going afield in pursuit of their favorite game. Landowners and hunters alike need to remember what is required by law to retrieve any downed game along with trespass laws.
As the archery and turkey seasons continue, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters about recently implemented changes involving the use of deer and turkey carcass tags. • Deer tags are still issued with license purchases. However, validation and attachment of tags is no longer required, nor is the requirement to keep the tag with the deer meat. • Turkey carcass tags have been replaced with turkey harvest authorizations. Turkey hunters are no longer required to validate or attach the tag, or to keep the tag with the turkey meat.