Large Turnout For Online Only DNR Spring Hearings

May 8, 2020

Credit Wisconsin DNR

This week the DNR released the results from the on-line Spring Hearings held annually to get input on questions concerning resource management.

The outdoor enthusiasts strongly rejected calls for a longer gun deer hunting season. Among a long list of advisory questions was extending the gun deer hunt to either 16 or 19 days. Both were rejected by about 3-1 margins.

Other questions included reducing the number of hunting seasons. A proposal to eliminate the December hunt passed.

Kari Lee Zimmerman is DNR liaison with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, an advisory group to the DNR. She says the on-line voting began last year, and after in-person hearings were canceled this year because of the pandemic, on-line voting took off..

. "The (DNR), Natural Resources Board will all look at the numbers of what people thought one way or the other with these various issues when they think about moving forward with a possible change in a rule..."

A question about using steel shot on state lands drew a mixed results with a slight edge toward approval on most questions.

Each county had specific questions regarding local issues.

One question that saw support was raising the fee for out-of-state residents to get deer and bear licenses.

A proposal to prohibit the feeding and baiting of deer statewide due to CWD concerns was rejected.

Establishing a spring bear hunt was approved.

We have a link to the results here.