These rules, and the legislation which grants the department rule-making authority, do not have fiscal effects on the private sector or small businesses. No costs to the private sector or small businesses are associated with compliance to these rules.
9. Analysis and Supporting Documents Used to Determine the Effect on Small Business or in Preparation of an Economic Impact Report:
10. Effect on Small Business (initial regulatory flexibility analysis): These rules are applicable to individual sportspersons and impose no compliance or reporting requirements for small businesses, and no design standards are contained in the rule
11. Agency Contact Person: Scott Karel, 101 S. Webster St., PO BOX 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. email@example.com (608) 267-2452
12. Place where comments are to be submitted and deadline for submission:
Written comments may be submitted at the public hearings, by regular mail, fax or email to:
Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707
Section 1 NR 10.01 (2) (a) 1. is amended to read:
Kind of Animal and Locality
Open season (all dates inclusive)
NR 10.01. (2) (a) Ruffed Grouse
1. Zone A as established under s. NR 10.33.
Beginning on the Saturday nearest September 15 and continuing through January 31 January 5.
Daily bag 5; possession 15
Section 2. Statement of Emergency. The department finds that an emergency rule is necessary in order protect the ruffed grouse population and so that the state can continue to properly manage the species in a way that preserves the public welfare.
To monitor the ruffed grouse population, the department utilizes annual drumming surveys and estimates harvest annually through a small game hunter survey. Ruffed grouse drumming activity declined 34% statewide from 2017 to 2018. The decline was greatest in the northern region, with a 38% decline in drumming grouse detected. This area contains the most extensive early-successional forest habitat and healthiest ruffed grouse populations, so focus is generally placed on trends in the northern region. Also, estimated ruffed grouse harvest declined from 262,943 in 2016 to 185,336 in 2017, a 29.5% decline. This represents the lowest estimated harvest in the 34 years the department has been conducting the small game hunter survey.
Section 3. Effective Date. This rule takes effect on the day of publication in the Wisconsin State Newspaper, as provided in s. 227.24 (1) (c), Stats.
Section 4. Board adoption. This rule was approved and adopted by the State of Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on September 25, 2019.
Dated at Madison, Wisconsin _____________________________.
STATE OF Wisconsin DNR
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Preston D. Cole, Secretary