July 19, 2019

Wisconsin Families Afield Bill Approved by Senate Committee

Press Release from the Sportsmen’s Alliance:

On Jan. 5, the Wisconsin Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry Committee approved legislation that would allow parents to decide at which age their kids begin to hunt. The bill also removes a prohibition that prevented both mentors and newcomers from using a firearm or bow on a hunt. Senate Bill 301 represents the latest progress by Families Afield, a national coalition founded by the Sportsmen’s Alliance, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation. The coalition’s mission, which is also supported by the National Rifle Association and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, is to lower the barriers that prevent newcomers from trying hunting.

Wisconsin originally became a Families Afield state in 2009 by establishing a mentored hunting program that allowed an experienced mentor to take a newcomer hunting prior to the completion of hunter education. Previously, young people could not begin hunting until age 12, and were required to complete hunter education to be eligible.

However, the legislature left two significant restrictions in place that need to be addressed. While mentored hunting is permissible, the state requires that participants must be at least 10 years of age. Only seven Families Afield states have an age restriction this high, while 34 allow parents to make the decision about when their kids begin to hunt. Second, Wisconsin is one of only four Families Afield states that prohibit both the mentor and the apprentice to possess a firearm or bow. The rest allow the mentor to make that decision. Both of these restrictions are a disincentive to hunting participation. Research continues to prove year after year that mentored hunters are the safest hunters in the woods.

Senate Bill 301, sponsored by Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, would remove both the 10-year-old restriction and the one-gun requirement. The changes, which brings Wisconsin in line with neighboring Michigan and Minnesota, were approved by the committee by a vote of 3-2. SB 301 is supported in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, Wisconsin Bowhunters Association and the Wisconsin Chapters of Safari Club International.

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Senate Panel Backs Bill to End ESA Protection of Wolves in 4 States, and Prohibit Court Interference

A Senate committee has approved a Republican amendment to strip federal protection from gray wolves in three Great Lakes states and Wyoming. The measure also prohibits courts from intervening in those states on behalf of the embattled predator.

Source: Senate panel backs bill to drop wolf protections in 4 states, including Michigan

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Wolves are a danger to us

*Editor’s Note* – What I highlighted below is a comment that few Americans understand or are aware of. It is the intent of those who advocate for large predator protection to make sure people cannot use public land.

In 2014, a federal judge from Washington D.C. decided to put the gray wolf back on the endangered species list because of a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society. A recent report shows an increase of livestock, hunting and pet dogs being killed by wolves in Wisconsin. There have also been confirmed reports of wolves attacking a father and son as well as another attack on one of our veterans, according to American Hunter magazine. After the attacks, the area that these attacks occurred in was closed to public use. That is not right. Wolves should not be able dictate where we can go on public property and when.

Source: Wolves are a danger to us

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Wisconsin Committee Approves Hunter Anti-Harassment Bill

SB 338 is intended to amend current statute to further protect the rights of legal hunters, trappers and fishermen. The bill was approved by the Committee on Sporting Heritage and will now before the Wisconsin Senate for a full vote.
Bill Text Summary:
This bill makes changes to the laws prohibiting certain activities that interfere with hunting, fishing, and trapping.
Current law prohibits a person from engaging in certain intentional conduct that interferes with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. The conduct prohibited under current law (prohibited conduct) includes harassing a wild animal, impeding or obstructing a person who is engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, or impeding a person who is engaged in an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping.
Current law generally defines an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, as travel, camping, or other acts that are preparatory to lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. This bill expands this definition so that it also includes scouting, target shooting, dog training, and animal baiting or feeding.
The bill also expands the prohibitions in current law so that a person may not interfere or attempt to interfere with an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping by engaging in prohibited conduct. The bill also expands the types of conduct prohibited to include disturbing a lawfully placed hunting stand, disturbing lawfully placed bait or other feed, using a drone under certain circumstances, and engaging in a series of acts (serial conduct) that are intended to impede or obstruct a person engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping or an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. The types of serial conduct prohibited include maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the person,
approaching or confronting the person, or photographing the person.
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Adams Co. Wisconsin: Second Wolf Encounter Report

A second wolf encounter in the Colburn Wildlife Area of Adams County, Wisconsin, by a father and son hunting, prompted an investigation. The report of that investigation can be found by following this link.

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Dumping Deer Registration a Colossal Mistake

*Editor’s Note* – This drastic cut in deer management in Wisconsin comes at what seems to me, a really bad time. From what I have been reading, Wisconsin’s deer herd is shrinking and I’m not sure scientists have a firm understanding as to why.

But, isn’t this another example of how things are changing? None of which is for the good. Scientific management of wildlife is being replaced, even if gradually, by social regulation, i.e. shrieks and demands from Environmentalists and animal right perverts. We were told by the Environmentalists that they were going to change the way we discussed and approached wildlife management and I believe we are seeing the beginning stages of this. When a department, such as Wisconsin’s, removes pretty much the only means of gathering accurate scientific data, used to scientifically manage deer herds, the only conclusion has to be that they don’t plan on managing deer anymore, but to simply resort to “natural regulation.”

Maybe it’s time. Maybe it is time to let these idiots have their natural regulation. Let’s shut down the entire department in charge of tending to wildlife, and that includes non-game species, stay far away from anything to do with caring for the resource and let things fall where they may. Perhaps that is what it will take before intelligent people will put an end, once and for all, to this perverted, nonsensical approach to wildlife management and human control.

I hate to come off as the pessimist, but there’s really no going back on these damaging deer management decisions. The current Administration’s gutting of the Department of Natural Resources is complete (500+ jobs eliminated from the Department, including nearly all wildlife research scientists). From here on out, my beloved state of Wisconsin’s deer management program — once the epitome of sound, science-based decisions — will now be managed in much the same way other states have done it for years.

Source: Dumping Deer Registration a Colossal Mistake – Deer & Deer Hunting | Whitetail Deer Hunting Tips

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Maine’s Early Deer Harvest Numbers? Crickets…..

A friend sent me this information and I thank him. Here we have portions of reports across parts of the United States where early deer hunting harvest information is made available to anyone interested. Check these out:

New Hampshire Deer Hunting Report

Maryland

Tennessee

Virginia

Wisconsin

And in Maine, where historically it takes 4-6 months for hunters to get any information about deer harvest…….Well, you guessed it:

MaineCrickets

And if it isn’t embarrassing enough that they can’t manage to inform people about what’s going on during the deer hunting season, I’ve just learned that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recently modified last year’s deer harvest report because “some information from tagging stations just arrived.”

Are you kidding me? Maine must be the most isolated state in the world. We live in a world of instant information and the best we can do is to receive deer hunting harvest numbers nearly one year after the event? WOW!

 

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Efforts to Ensure No Wolf Attack in Wisconsin

*Editor’s Note* – In what can only be described as an effort to suppress and prohibit an official incident of a wolf attack, authorities have gone out of their way to say that Nellessen’s “incident” with three wolves earlier this month was not an attack – and yet they have undertaken steps to kill wolves in this area stating for a reason of public safety.

Makes sense to me…NOT!

Nellessen’s incident and the agencies’ handling of it have drawn added attention because, if confirmed, it would have been the first verified wolf attack on a human in Wisconsin.

Since their investigation and interviews found no physical contact with the wolves and no injury to Nellessen, law enforcement officials did not classify it as an attack.

“It can become a semantic argument,” MacFarland said. “No matter how it’s described, it’s a case where the department is following its protocol following a threat to human safety.”

Source: Paul A. Smith – Efforts underway to trap, kill wolves in Adams County

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Wisconsin hunters press committee to pass anti-harassment bill

The Republican-backed bill is largely a response to activities by the Wolf Patrol, a group of animal rights activists who followed and filmed wolf hunters in Wisconsin and Montana in 2014 looking for illegal activity. The federal government placed Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered species list in December, ending Wisconsin’s wolf hunts. But bear hunters fear the Wolf Patrol has now targeted them for harassment.

Source: Wisconsin hunters press committee to pass anti-harassment bill – TwinCities.com

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Wisconsin’s ‘Right to Hunt’ Law Could Mean Jail for Animal Activists 

The proposed bill, however, would criminalize photographing or videotaping hunters, as well as what it calls “impeding a person who is engaged in an activity associated with lawful hunting.” It would also cover any “acts that are preparatory to lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping.”

Source: Wisconsin’s ‘Right to Hunt’ Law Could Mean Jail for Animal Activists – Yahoo News

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