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October 27, 2022

Public input requested 

An annual waterfowl harvest survey is open to duck hunter feedback now through Dec. 31 for the Green Bay and Lake Michigan regions of Wisconsin. 

The U.S. Geological Survey's questionnaire will collect public feedback about waterfowl harvest and regulations for the Wisconsin Open Water Zone. Input from hunters will help natural resource managers develop regulations for the Open Water Zone that will be effective for the 2021 through 2025 waterfowl hunting seasons. 


Hunting season began Oct. 15 and concludes Dec. 13. 


The new Open Water Zone will begin 500 feet offshore and extend to the Wisconsin/Michigan state boundary. Hunters can provide feedback about the season structure of the Open Water Zone, such as the opening date, if the zone should have a split when hunting is not allowed, and the preferred number of days the split should last, if desired. The survey will also collect details on where and what species of waterfowl are harvested in these open water environments. 


The survey is open for a short period annually through 2024. 


The USGS, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Waterfowl Association encourage hunters to complete the 2022 survey online


For more information on waterfowl research in the Great Lakes region, please visit the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center website


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