WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet Department of Natural Resources staff at the 2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show that opens Wednesday, March 6, and runs through Sunday, March 10, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.
The relationship between the agency and the sports show dates to the days when the agency was called the Wisconsin Conservation Department.
“It’s been a long and happy engagement,” said DNR Southeast Region Secretary’s Director Joe Liebau Jr. “Because the focus of our agency is customer-driven, this is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage with our staff.”
The DNR’s exhibit features a 600-gallon freshwater tank where visitors can view live bluegills, crappies, perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Conservation wardens will be on hand to chat with visitors and answer questions about fish and game rules and regulations.
Parents are encouraged to bring their youngsters to the “Kids Corner” of the DNR booth. As they’ve done for several years, DNR wildlife staff will bring an array of wildlife pelts including beaver, badger, coyote, fox and wolf for young people eager to learn more about our furry friends and pick up fish and mammal -themed giveaways.
Also returning will be the free kids casting clinics where young anglers can hone their skills. This popular attraction is once again cosponsored by the Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association.
Visitors to the DNR booth can purchase their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. License sales are a big attraction, especially since previous year licenses expire March 31.
The DNR booth is in the southwest corner of the exposition center. The hours for the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show are Wednesday, March 6, through Friday, March 8, from noon to 9 p.m. On Saturday, March 9, hours are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. On Sunday, March 10, doors open at 10 a.m. and the show closes at 6 p.m.