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Do you favor allowing the unattended, overnight placement of portable stands and blinds on DNR owned and managed lands, but limiting the period when stands and blinds may be left unattended to September 1 through the following January 31?

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Would you favor legislation to prohibit the use of dogs to hunt and training dogs to hunt wolves?


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Use of dogs to hunt wolves: Yes, No…???

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The Question:“Would you favor legislation to prohibit the use of dogs to hunt and training dogs to hunt wolves?”

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photo c. WDNR ©2012 Scott Flaherty

In the Spring Fish & Game Hearings Questionnaire, Question No. 68 (a Conservation Congress advisory question) reads:

Hunting wolves with dogs and training dogs to hunt wolves are controversial. In 2012, the state’s wolf quotas were quickly and fully reached without the use of dogs.

In the Jan. 24 edition of Wisconsin Outdoor News, editor Dean Bortz wrote:

Wolf hunting with dogs is back in play for ’13

Madison — Trailing timber wolves with hounds will be allowed during the 2013 wolf season following a Jan. 4 ruling by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Peter C. Anderson.

In a two-part ruling that day, Anderson declared that he would not allow hunters to trail wolves with dogs outside of the hunting season, such as during a “training” season, but he would allow the use of dogs during the hunting season.

In announcing his ruling, Anderson took obvious offense to earlier discussions between Natural Resources Board members, the DNR, and DNR lawyer Tim Andryk during which Andryk suggested the agency does not have certain rule-making authority.

“You really have to scratch the record to find where the Natural Resources Board believes it has no authority (in the legislatively created wolf season). It looks like they were told (that by their lawyer).

“The DNR does have authority to adopt additional rules on hunting. The agency has that authority and now you cannot write letters saying the judge is wrong … . I’m telling you you have that authority,” Anderson said.

“But, that’s the extent of my ruling. They (DNR) have that authority, but they do not have the obligation to do more than they did. There is no standard by which I can tell them to go further to regulate the tracking and trailing of wolves with dogs,” he said. “The court can tell them the extent of their authority, but not how to use it.

“I think a lot of people in this state think it’s nuts to use dogs to hunt wolves. I don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other and, even if I did, that’s not the question.

“I respect the fact that a small minority of people who want to use dogs to hunt wolves have gotten their way, notwithstanding whatever the majority might believe. I have to say my hat’s off to you. If you can accomplish legislatively what a large number of people in this state think is a crazy idea – there are only 20 of you, or 200 of you, or whatever the number is – you have manipulated the system in a way that’s gotten success for you and that’s impressive. I don’t take offense that a small number of people occasionally get their way in the Legislature,” he said.

When asked later by lawyers for the plaintiffs and defendants to clarify, Anderson confirmed that he will allow the trailing of wolves during the hunting season, but not during any training periods outside of the hunting season.

He upheld the plaintiffs’ injunction on the training of dogs to trail wolves.

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DSORe POLL S802

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Is CWD getting out of control in Wisconsin?

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Do you agree with Judge Peter Anderson’s ruling allowing the use of dogs for hunting wolves, but not permitting the training of dogs for that purpose?


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Ruling on Dog USE in Wolf Hunting…???

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The Question:“Do you agree with Judge Peter Anderson’s ruling allowing the use of dogs for hunting wolves, but not permitting the training of dogs for that purpose?”WHAT do YOU think of this.
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Statement from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp on Judge Peter Anderson’s ruling on the use of dogs for wolf hunting

We are pleased that Judge Anderson removed the injunction that banned the use of dogs for hunting wolves. However, we are disappointed with Judge Anderson’s decision to prohibit training of dogs to hunt wolves.

We will continue to seek input from the public and from stakeholders – including tribes – as we continue to develop permanent rules on the wolf season, and the use of dogs for both training and hunting of wolves.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact:

  • Bill Cosh, DNR – (608) 267-2773
  • Dana Brueck, DOJ – (608) 266-1221

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