Wisconsin Discusses Possible Hunting Changes

Wisconsin DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine

On Monday, the annual Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Spring Fish & Wildlife Hearing took place along with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring County Conservation Meeting.

One proposal the Wisconsin DNR hearing discussed was with regard to overnight placement of portable stands and blinds. The proposal asks whether to favor allowing the unattended, overnight placement of portable stands and blinds on department and managed lands between September 1 and January 31.

Currently, this is prohibited on DNR managed lands. The regulation is designed to prevent the "staking out" or making advance claims to hunting locations in favor of a first-come, first-served practice. Some are worried that this may lead to confrontations out in the field while others believe ethics would dictate that the right thing to do would be to leave someone else's stand alone.

A Conservation Congress Endangered Resources & Law Enforcement Committee advisory question asked whether to favor removing Wisconsin's requirement of wearing a backtag during the archery and gun deer and bear hunting seasons.

However, the backtags have proven useful to help identify trespassers in the past. In one instance, where a man stabbed another out in the field, the attacker was identified by his backtag. The discussion included that private landowners would more than likely want to keep the backtags as a requirement.

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