Posts Tagged ‘hunting’

Restricting Felons From Hunting

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Madison – March 25,2010

State Representative Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) proposes legislation to provide penalties to felons who hunt illegally. Follow the link to Bob Hague’s report.

Hunters Applaud Governor For Signing Youth Mentored Hunting Bill

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Madison – Today Wisconsin Hunters and young people got a big win as Governor Doyle signed the “Youth Mentored Hunting” Bill. This new law creates a new mentored hunting program for apprentices as young as 10 years old. The bill was authored by Senator Jim Holperin and Representatives Ann Hraychuck and Scott Gunderson, together with dozens of co-sponsors.

Pictured: Governor Doyle, Legislative Leaders, Hunting Leaders and Youth Hunters.

“The Hunters Rights Coalition was formed around this issue. We know that if hunters stick together we can accomplish a lot for the future of our sport. We are thrilled to see this important proposal advance,” said Carl Schoettel, Vice President of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association.

“Wisconsin has become the 28th state to pass a law reducing barriers to hunting since 2004,” said Rob Sexton, Vice-President of US Sportsmen’s Alliance. “It’s great to see Wisconsin providing more hunting opportunities.”

“Over 280,000 new hunters have been added across the country by initiatives like this,” said Greg Kazmierski, Chairman of the Dairyland Committee for Wisconsin’s Safari Club International. “This proposal creates a safe way for youth or adults to experience hunting with a mentor before going through the necessary training to be able to hunt on their own.”

The bill does NOT lower the hunting age for hunting without adult supervision, nor does it change the requirement for hunter safety education. The bill also makes legal the common practice of children under 12 being able to target practice with their parents.

Dean Hamilton, President of the State Chapter of NWTF said, “We have made passage of a mentored hunting bill our top priority because we know that our future as hunters is dependent on getting these kids out into the woods before they get hooked on video games or TV.”

The Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition was originally formed in 2005 to bring together sporting groups that were committed to preserving our hunting heritage.

For more information contact our representative: Bob Welch

Judge puts wolf back on endangered list

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Ruling ends killing of animals that threaten livestock, pets

By Lee Bergquist – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A federal judge on Monday overturned a decision that removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

The ruling immediately halts the practice of killing wolves that threaten livestock and pets in the three states.

Forty-five wolves have been killed in Wisconsin this year, either by government personnel, at the request of landowners, a state official said.

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, including the Humane Society of the United States.

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington, D.C., said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could not remove wolves from the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region while wolves remained endangered in other parts of the country.

In July, a federal judge in Montana issued an injunction in the Rocky Mountain region after states opened a hunting season on wolves.

With the wolf population sufficiently recovered in Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources had supported the lifting of protections.

Wolves were delisted on March 12, 2007. That allowed the state to take over regulating the wolves.

Since then, landowners who complained that wolves were harming or killing livestock or pets could obtain a permit to kill wolves. In practice, however, most wolves have been shot by personnel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wisconsin authorities have also allowed landowners to kill wolves without a permit, if they found wolves attacking their livestock.

In 2008 that has happened twice. Adrian Wydeven, biologist for the DNR, said the agency was disappointed by the ruling. He said the DNR will go back to the Fish and Wildlife Service in the hope of getting permission for authorities to kill problem wolves in limited cases.

With strong support from the hunting organizations and farming groups, the DNR said in August that it might initiate the first public hunt of wolves in more than 50 years.

“Hunting is totally off the table at this point,” said Wydeven, the agency’s top expert on wolves.

Bob Welch, a lobbyist representing the Hunters Rights Coalition, called the ruling a flawed decision.

“The facts on the ground have not changed,” Welch said. “There are plenty of wolves in the Great Lakes region.”

The estimaged population of wolves last winter was 537 to 564 wolves, according to the DNR.

The agency’s goal for recovery has been 350. In 2000, Wisconsin had fewer than 250 wolves.

Karlyn Berg, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the United States, said her organization was pleased by the ruling.

There are instances when problem wolves need to be killed, but she said, “people want to continue to go back to the old way of management that humans have to kill a certain number of wolves to make everything hunky dory.”