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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Guts Crucial Parts of Bi-Partisan Sporting Heritage Bill

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board met to hear public comments regarding the recently enacted Sporting Heritage Act.  Approved by the state legislature with overwhelming bi-partisan support and signed by Governor Walker, Act 168 was intended to open up nearly all of Wisconsin’s state parks for sportsmen during the state’s most active hunting seasons.  However, the Natural Resources Board was given the responsibility of forming a detailed plan for its implementation. 

Anti-hunting activists provided the Board with utterly outrageous comments and testimony making accusations that this Act would transform law-abiding hunters and sportsmen into poachers and threats to public safety.  Unfortunately, members of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board caved to these radical activists and gutted the reasonable implementation proposal submitted by the state Department of Natural Resources.

The Board’s actions openly defy the state legislature’s intent to promote and encourage more access and opportunities for Wisconsin’s more than 600,000 licensed hunters and sportsmen in state parks.

 As a result of this egregious action taken by the NRB, hunter access to additional state parks in the fall will be limited to one month (from November 15 – December 15) and from April through the third week of the spring turkey season.  This is a fraction of the increased opportunity intended by the state legislature. The NRB used the baseless claim of protecting public safety to restrict hunter and sportsmen access and opportunity on taxpayer-owned land. The NRA and its members throughout Wisconsin are extremely disappointed in the actions taken by the Natural Resources Board.

This fight is far from over! 

Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated about developments related to this issue and upcoming plans to rectify this injustice affecting Wisconsin’s hunting community.



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