Friday, March 24, 2017


Spring Hearings: Sandhill Hunt, Numerous Important Questions
Attend & Vote Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.!

Please attend your Spring Hearing to weigh in on whether Wisconsin should establish a Sandhill Crane hunt (last proposed in 2015) and on another 12-14 interesting and important questions. Attending requires only a small time commitment. While listening to and providing comments can be important, if you have limited time, you can go early, fill out the ballot, and leave.

Spring Hearings take place in every county of the state on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. The entire ballot and list of all county hearing locations are on the WDNR website: http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html. You can attend the hearing in any county you wish, but you can only vote for Wisconsin Conservation Congress delegates in your home county.

Once again, a proposal to establish a Sandhill Crane hunt is on the ballot. It is Question #80. For more information and a thorough analysis of this issue, please see the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology website: http://wsobirds.org/about-wso/news/402-state-sandhill-crane-hunt-under-consideration-again

An additional 12-14 questions are of importance. These include, in brief, Question #51 (online voting), #61 (beaver management), #63 (frac sand permit moratorium), #64 (planting more milkweed), #65 (lead reclamation at shooting ranges), #68 (repeal of the iron mining law), #69 (pollution impacts), #70-71 (high capacity wells), #72 (oppose the Enbridge pipeline expansion), #76 (restore state funding to state parks), #78 (funding the Stewardship Fund), and #84 (rail safety measures). Be sure to review the rest of the questions for others that may be of interest.

Please take time to attend your hearing and encourage others to do so. The majority of attendees are hunters, fishers, and trappers, but the hearings have always been open to everyone, so it's important that other outdoor enthusiasts are heard from as well.