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Greater prairie-chicken management


The Department of Natural Resources has begun the process of updating the 10-year greater prairie-chicken management plan. The previous plan was completed in 2004 and covered the period 2004-2014. The plan revision is being developed in cooperation with the Greater Prairie-chicken Advisory Committee. The greater prairie-chicken is a native grouse species that lives in open grassland habitats. In Wisconsin, it occurs in four nearly isolated sub-populations centered on four DNR Wildlife Areas – Leola, Buena Vista, Paul J. Olson and George W. Mead – in Adams, Portage, Wood and Marathon counties.

Plan revision update

The department held a meeting with the Greater Prairie-chicken Advisory Committee on March 4th, 2021 to discuss the first draft of a plan revision to guide the management of prairie chickens in Wisconsin from 2021-2031. The committee is currently revising the plan and will be releasing a first draft to the public soon. Once a draft is released, a public comment period will follow, continue checking this page for updates.


Prairie-chicken survey reports

Prairie-chicken survey reports

2004-2014 Wisconsin Greater Prairie-chicken Management Plan [PDF]

Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee

Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee

The Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee, a diverse group representing government agencies, non-governmental organizations, tribal interests and conservation groups, meets to discuss issues relating to greater prairie-chicken management in Wisconsin.

The Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee reviews and makes recommendations on the management of the Greater Prairie-Chicken in Wisconsin. The committee advises the Wildlife Leadership Team on a variety of topics such as surveys, research priorities and management plan development.

Committee meeting information