APRIL 02, 2011 | SHOW #614
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Would you support legislation to ban deer baiting and feeding statewide 10 days before and during the nine-day gun deer season?
BACKGROUND: Restrict deer baiting and feeding ten days before and during the traditional 9-day firearm season
Natural Resources Board Advisory Question #46 in this year's Spring Fish & Game Rules Hearings reads as follows: We have heard hunters talk at many meetings and hearings in recent years and they say that feeding and baiting deer affects deer distribution and natural daytime movement. When deer need to move less to find food, and are concentrated in areas where access and/or hunting are restricted, the quality of the hunt is reduced. For the department, this makes managing the herd difficult and it contributes to the debate about the accuracy of deer numbers.
In 2006 and 2008, Conservation Congress spring meeting attendees voted in favor of banning baiting for deer hunting by 56% and 54%. Another question in 2006, which proposed banning both baiting and feeding just 10 days prior to and during the traditional 9-day firearm season, had a greater level of support with 62% voting in favor. These votes have not led to any changes. The Natural Resource Board feels banning baiting and feeding in counties where it is currently allowed will encourage deer movement during shooting hours and result in a more even distribution of deer available to hunters on both public and private lands.
Baiting and feeding would still be allowed at other times of the year. This compromise would still allow those who believe they need to hunt with bait to do so during most of the archery and some firearm seasons. This compromise is not ideal for reducing disease transmission risks associated with baiting and feeding, however, it would result in less deer feed being placed on the landscape at a time of year when much food is currently place.
The DNR is not able to modify baiting and feeding regulations by administrative rule. Changes to baiting and feeding regulations must be made in state statute by the legislature.
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WISCONSIN HUNTING & FISHING SEASONS
Volunteers sought to help protect spawning sturgeon from poachers
News Item Copy: OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Each Spring, volunteers are needed to guard lake sturgeon from the Lake Winnebago system as they migrate to spawning sites on the Wolf River to protect the fish from poaching. The Sturgeon Guard program is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Sturgeon for Tomorrow, a local sturgeon conservation organization.
Guards are scheduled in pairs, in 12-hour shifts, with shift changes at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. While it is impossible to predict the exact dates that spawning will occur each year, guards are routinely scheduled somewhere within a window from April 15 through May 5, but exact dates and locations are not predictable, so some shifts have to be cancelled. Spawning generally occurs for a five to seven day period.
Prior to assignment, guards check in at “Sturgeon Camp” just north of Shiocton, where they receive a meal, a sack lunch, two-way radios to stay in contact with conservation wardens, and a Sturgeon Guard identification hat.
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News Item Copy: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said he does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms. Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today. It will only take a few seconds of your time. Then pass the link on to all the pro gun folks you know. We hope these results will be published later this month. This upcoming year will become critical for gun owners with the Supreme Court's accepting the District of Columbia case against the right for individuals to bear arms.
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