Wisconsin DNR Considers Changes To Sporting Heritage Bill

Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 8:21 am

The state Department of Natural Resources is recommending that a hunting bill be scaled back, after lawmakers and state agencies were inundated with nearly 2,000 angry emails and letters.

A Post-Crescent of Appleton report says the Sporting Heritage Bill would open nearly all Wisconsin parks and trails to hunting. The DNR on Friday suggested keeping about one-third of state parks and trails closed for hunting.

The newspaper obtained the more than 2,500 emails and letters sent to lawmakers, the DNR and the Natural Resources Board. Many were opposed to aspects of the law.

Some worried that campers, hikers and pets would get hurt. Others said they would never use parks where hunting was being allowed.

The Natural Resources Board is scheduled to review the DNR’s proposal Tuesday in Madison.

The state Department of Natural Resources is also looking for volunteers to help researchers with a deer mortality study early next year.

The DNR is in the third year of a five-year research project examining causes of deer deaths. Each year the agency has relied on volunteers to help gather data in the field.

This time around the DNR is looking for anyone willing to spend a full day in the woods with biologists, checking traps, taking blood samples, performing ultrasounds on does and fitting deer with radio collars and ear tags before releasing them. Biologists plan to work around Winter and Shiocton in January, February and March.

Volunteers can sign up on the DNR’s website

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