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Results for POLL S822

Is live streaming of Natural Resources Board meetings a good idea?

Response POLL S822, s823

Comments [1]


Wisconsin’s biennial budget passed this week by the Joint Finance Committee would require the state to sell 10,000 acres of public land by 2017. Do you agree with that position?

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10K acres public land on the Sale Block: Agree… ???

Poll Pic, s823
The Question: “Wisconsin’s biennial budget passed this week by the Joint Finance Committee would require the state to sell 10,000 acres of public land by 2017. Do you agree with that position?”

WHAT do YOU think of this.


photo c. WDNR ©2013

State stewardship funds trimmed by $18 million

GOP lawmakers also want 10,000 state-owned acres sold

In the May 15 issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reporter Lee Bergquist wrote:

The Legislature’s budget committee made major cuts and changes to Wisconsin’s land conservation program Wednesday after Republicans on the panel expressed worries about its long-term cost.

The Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 on a party-line vote to cut bonding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program by a total of $18 million over the next two fiscal years.

And in a move that especially angered Democrats, Republicans called for the Department of Natural Resources, which runs the program, to put 10,000 acres of state land up for sale by June 30, 2017.

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NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL S823


Results for POLL


The hunter or the landowner? Is this incident a case of Right or Wrong, or is it a question of which individual acted, in the best interest of the hunter/hunting heritage

YES 67% | NO 33% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | Comments [8]


Last week, 67% of you sided with Kristen Monroe, while 33% agreed with the landowner. This week, let’s broaden the question: Have we lost the sense of hunting’s heritage?

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Hunting’s Heritage – lost or just misplaced … ???

The Question: Last week, 67% of you sided with Kristen Monroe, while 33% agreed with the landowner. This week, let’s broaden the question: Have we lost the sense of hunting’s heritage?WHAT do YOU think of this.


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The Hunting Heritage Basics: Dented or Broken?

Hunting Heritage teaches every hunter the following basic rules:

  • Always conduct your hunt in a safe and responsible manner
  • Always respect the rights of the landowner
  • Access is available – as a privilege, not as a right
  • Be responsible stewards of the natural resources on public and private property
  • Never waste game or outdoor resources

Hunting is a community affair. Whether the hunters are from a single household or a cluster from a rural area; small rural town; a hunting camp; or club; the result is a union of people seeking the same outcome – a successful hunt.

When the hunting season arrives, the entire community is involved one way of another. A sense of camaraderie, spiced with healthy competition and jovial reconnection are all present. The application of the The Hunting Heritage Rules becomes a standard practice; a rule of social and civil, community law; to and for all those in the hunting community. So regular are they, that when one is violated, the entire community feels – and suffers – the repercussion.

Such violations are rare, when the hunting community is populated by people familiar to and with the community history. The harmonious nature of the community is upset when someone, who is not familiar with; or even antagonistic to the community rules; abrades or defies the community’s interest. Disrespectful conduct angers the community and can lead to very difficult future dealings.

Hence the reason for the Hunting Heritage Rules. They guide the hunting season; the interaction of the participants; serve as arbitration (if needed) for settlement in dispute; insures the hunting season is an enjoyable event and remains held in high esteem.

As with any set of rules, the application of a code of rules is the most difficult. Executing the rules requires a real sense of fairness, honor and at times discretion. Such is the case in the hunt Kristen Monroe wrote about in last week’s poll. All parties appeared to engage the Hunting Heritage Rules with impeccable letter-of-the-law diligence. But it is obvious there was less than amicable or, happy – outcome.

Could this have been avoided? Is there a simple – even obvious – resolution path to be learned from Kristen’s experience?

Having grown up in a community, rich in hunting heritage, I have witnessed both good and bad execution of these rules. It is important that the integrity of the Rules be guarded, but as well, the integrity of the hunting community must be guarded carefully, too. In order that as good an outcome as possible be resolved, then coming to a consensus that meets as many needs as possible – for any given condition – is better than a blanket execution of the rules. Flexibility and graciousness are key components for civility and insuring the rules remain safely intact for the future of hunting.

Considering all of this information, we must ask ourselves: Are we losing touch with our Hunting Heritage roots? Have we lost the sense of our Hunting Heritage?

If so, we must work to restore and rebuild any and all damage done. Our storms have just begun, we need every ounce of coalition possible with outside forces willing to be allies and friends. We do not need to be weakening our own infrastructure with petty squabbles and misunderstandings from inside. We need unity. We need to retain and shore-up the Hunting Heritage Rules, for they are our eyes for the future..

Poll S746 results and comments are found here

Essay by Les Booth, Editor O’fieldstream Outdoor Journal. Les is the ‘gist ‘ behind the technology used by Dan Small Outdoors, LLC., writer, photographer, deisgner and soon-to-be-published author.


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