State DNR recommends scaling back hunting rules
MADISON The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommended this week that a hunting bill be scaled back after lawmakers and state agencies were inundated with nearly 2,000 angry emails and letters opposing its breadth.
The DNR proposed scaling back the Sporting Heritage Bill, which would open nearly all Wisconsin parks and trails to hunting, to exempt about one-third of that area, according to The Post Crescent of Appleton. The agency on Friday also proposed additional safety measures, such as a gun ban at High Cliff State Park on Lake Winnebago.
The newspaper obtained the more than 2,500 emails and letters sent to lawmakers, the DNR and the Natural Resources Board. Of the 2,000 or so comments received by the Natural Resources Board, 96 percent were opposed to at least some aspects of the law.
"This is absolute insanity and you must reconsider!" said Joan Sample, of Madison. "Someone is going to get hurt or killed, and it will be on the DNR's and State's shoulders."
One resident wrote to state Rep. Jim Steineke, a Kaukauna Republican who helped pass the law.
"Are you planning on doing any camping in state parks once the gun fire starts?" asked Rosemary Salzman, of Wild Rose.
One dog owner threatened legal action if his dog left a trail to relieve itself and stepped into trap.