Hraychuck Encourages Attendance at Deer Hunting Meetings

Friday, October 9th, 2009 at 11:28 am

MADISON – State Representative (D-Balsam Lake) and Assembly Fish and Wildlife Committee Chairwoman Ann Hraychuck encourages sportsmen and women to attend one of the public hearings being held on the proposed rule outlining the 2010 and 2011 deer hunting season structures. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding hearings across the state in 11 locations.

“This is the public’s opportunity to have input early in the process before the legislature gets involved,” said Hraychuck. “When these administrative rules come to my committee, the DNR includes how many people came to the public hearings and what was said. So it really does matter when you show up to these meetings and make your opinions known.”

As a result of the deer population hearings held by Rep. Hraychuck and Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover) last spring, the DNR created an Earn-A-Buck (EAB) Alternative Study Committee. The committee was charged with developing potential alternatives to herd control methods such as EAB. One of the proposals that came out of the EAB Committee was having a statewide 16-day gun deer season opening on the Saturday before Thanksgiving instead of the traditional nine-day hunt. The entire report can be found online at deerherd.editme.com/.

The public hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an informational presentation. The public testimony portion of the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting Details October 21:

Ashland, Ashland AmericInn Conference Center, 3009 Lakeshore Drive E.

October 26: Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Tech. College auditorium, Room M103, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

October 28: Spooner, Spooner High School Auditorium, 801 County A.

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