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Should Wisconsin have a hunting season on tundra swans?

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WCC’s 80th year opens with tundra swan idea

In the January 23 online edition of Wisconsin Outdoor News, Lee Fahrney wrote:

Wausau, Wis. — It was 1934 when the likes of conservation icons Aldo Leopold, Wisconsin Chief Game Warden Harley MacKenzie, and Superintendent of Game William Grimmer created the county-based system of citizen natural resources involvement known as the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. In 1971, Gov. Patrick Lucey signed a bill into law recognizing the congress’ role as an advisory body to the Natural Resources Board and the DNR.

Now in its 80th year, the Conservation Congress Executive Council met Jan. 10-11 to consider all things conservation and formulate proposals for the 2014 spring hearings agenda.

Recommendations include adding a tundra swan season, on-line registration of deer, and protection of white deer within CWD zones. These ideas were to have been advanced to the Natural Resources Board at its Jan. 21 meeting.

Citizen proposals from at least five Wisconsin counties have urged the establishment of a tundra swan season. Al Shook, WCC delegate from Waukesha County, noted that several other states have similar seasons.

“Tens of thousands fly through Wisconsin each year,” Shook said, a contention supported by Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist. In a 2012 presentation to the WCC Migratory Committee, Van Horn noted that as many as 78,000 tundra swans (2011) have been observed during the peak count in late November to early December.

Tundra swans were removed from the state endangered list in 2009, said Van Horn, who acknowledges the complexity of migratory game bird issues. “These questions are never simple because the birds move across the continent in different ways and the hunting regulations involve federal rules, flyway management plans, and state regulations,” he said.

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