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Do you agree with Wisconsin Assembly Bill 8, which allows the use of archery gear and crossbows in urban areas?

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Do you approve of the proposed permanent rules allowing hunting and trapping in most state parks?

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Public hearings set on permanent rules for hunting in Wisconsin state park properties

Rules will also do away with park turkey management zones

MADISON – The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on permanent rules for hunting and trapping on Wisconsin State Park properties at a series of upcoming public hearings.

2011 ACT 168, signed into law in April 2012, established that hunting and trapping activities are generally allowed on state park properties effective Jan. 1 2013. The Department of Natural Resources implemented the first year under Act 168 using its authority to set emergency rules, which were approved by the State Natural Resources Board in December 2012.

Under its authority to limit hunting and trapping for safety reasons under Act 168 the board set the open hunting and trapping seasons in state parks from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15 and from April 1 through the third spring turkey period. In addition deer hunting with a bow will be open Nov. 15 until the end of the archery season in early January. Act 168 gave the DNR the authority to prohibit hunting and trapping within 100 yards of a designated use area such as a campground, picnic area, or beach, where there are public safety concerns, or to protect unique habitat.

The board also limited the types of traps used at state parks to those that would prevent catching dogs and prevented shooting across trails in areas that are not open to hunting.

The department is not proposing new season dates or modifications to periods when hunting and trapping are allowed in state parks that would be different from what was implemented in December, 2012.

The permanent rules will include all of the same hunting and trapping rules included in the emergency rules and will include some additional changes such as eliminating the spring state park turkey management zones [PDF] , and allowing hunting dogs to be off leash for dogs actively engaged in hunting at three state parks. The rules will also eliminate language that is no longer needed, simplify existing regulations, and create new rules related to safety.

“With turkey hunting now allowed on most state park properties there is no longer a need for individual state park turkey management zones,” says Scott Loomans, DNR wildlife regulations specialist.

Prior to Act 168, 17 state park properties had already allowed spring turkey hunting by permit. Each of these properties had been listed under hunting regulations as separate turkey management zones. Under the proposed permanent rules, those state park turkey zones will be eliminated and a park property will become part of the surrounding zone in which it is located.

The proposed rule and fiscal estimate may be reviewed and comments electronically submitted through the Wisconsin Administrative Rules website (exit DNR). Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted via U.S. mail to …

Mr. Scott Loomans

Department of Natural Resources

PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921

… or by email to Scott Loomans. Comments may be submitted until Jan. 24, 2014.

The hearings will all begin at 6 p.m. and be held on the following dates at the locations listed:

  • January14, Appleton – Fox Valley Technical College, D.J. Bordini Business & Industry Center, 5 Systems Drive
  • January 21, Eau Claire – DNR Service Center, 1300 W Clairemont Ave.
  • January 22, Wausau – Town of Rib Mountain Town Hall, 3700 N. Mountain Road
  • January 23, Fitchburg – DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Scott Loomans , DNR wildlife regulations specialist – (608) 225-9440
  • Peter Biermeier, state park recreation, planning and development chief – (608) 264-6136
  • Paul Holtan, state parks public affairs manager – (608) 267-7517

 


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Do you support the proposed changes in deer seasons and deer management?

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Should the proposed new Wisconsin deer regulations include a statewide ban on baiting and feeding?




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Not included in DNR proposals: statewide baiting, feeding ban

On Nov. 14, Wisconsin Outdoor News contributing writer Greg Seubert wrote:

Clintonville, Wis. — A statewide ban on baiting and feeding deer is not part of the DNR’s proposed changes for Wisconsin’s 2014 deer hunting seasons.

That doesn’t sit well with a member of the Regulations and Season Structure action team that recommended the ban this summer.

Tony Janecek, of Cecil, attended one of 35 statewide hearings in Clintonville on Oct. 29 on the DNR’s recommendations stemming from the Deer Trustee Report and the agency’s proposed changes for the 2014 seasons. He was also one of more than 50 people who spent seven Saturdays from April through July coming up with recommendations from the report, issued last year by Dr. James Kroll.

“Those recommendations on the seasons and permits and so forth were good recommendations,” Janecek said. “Unfortunately, the DNR chose not to advance all of the recommendations by the committee and that really concerns me because nobody told us they were going to review these and take what they wanted.

“They told us all the way along that these were going to be the final recommendations in the report and they were going to go out to these public hearings,” he added. “It didn’t happen.”

A statewide ban on baiting and feeding is ultimately up the state Legislature. The action team voted 13-2 in July in Stevens Point in favor of the ban to give lawmakers some direction.

Baiting and feeding of deer is now banned in Adams, Barron, Burnett, Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marquette, Milwaukee, Polk, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Vernon, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, Waushara, and Wood counties.

Mark Noll, of Alma, who served on the action team with Janecek, voted for the ban.

“I think the important thing when you look at Dr. Kroll’s recommendation, the key word is to resolve the baiting and feeding issue,” he said after the team took its vote in July. “Why do we need to resolve it? Because it’s tearing hunters apart and it’s tearing the hunting community apart.”

Janecek said the team spent a lot of time discussing the pros and cons of such a ban.

“Regardless of how you feel about baiting and feeding, the public is not going to be given a chance to express how they feel in these meetings because that recommendation – a very strong, highly supported recommendation of no baiting, no feeding – never was advanced,” he said. “Nobody in the state will be able to address that. It was one of the issues that Dr. Kroll said needed to be talked about. It is a big issue and I’m really disappointed. I was there and I think that issue deserves to be talked about at public meetings. It was dropped off of our recommendations.”

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