Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Hearings April 8th

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The 2013 Wisconsin DNR spring fish and wildlife proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting will be held on Monday, April 8th. There are 72 public hearings, one in each Wisconsin county, starting at 7 p.m.

Those interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed hunting and fishing rule changes and advisory questions.

The spring hearings cover three major areas: elections for county Conservation Congress delegates; proposed wildlife and fisheries rule changes that have been developed through previous Conservation Congress meetings; and Conservation Congress proposals for future rule development.

Among the wildlife rule proposals being considered is when the bear hunting season is open, hunting hours apply to those who are training bear hunting dogs as well as to people who are hunting bears. Also for allowing unattended, overnight placement of portable stands and blinds on Department owned and managed lands.

In addition to the department's rule proposals, there are a variety of advisory questions, including a number pertaining to regulations for training dogs that will be used to hunt wolves, expanding bobcat hunting and trapping areas, and simplifying Canada goose hunter rules.

The Conservation Congress also has a variety of advisory questions asking citizens to gauge public support on various natural resource issues including a proposal to eliminate the backtag requirement and expanding the definition of artificial lights for predator hunting.

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