New Bill will ban EAB & limit October gun hunts in WI
Representative Tom Tiffany and Senator Terry Moulton have introduced legislation to address the social and economic future of Wisconsins deer hunting heritage by protecting the historic and traditional integrity of the firearm, muzzleloader and archery deer seasons.
For over a decade, Earn-a-Buck and October antlerless (T-zone) hunts have been a major point of contention with hunters across the state. As studies have revealed, the social acceptance of deer management policy is critical to the success of any management plan. Without a buy-in from hunters and landowners it is doomed to fail.
Earn-a-Buck and early hunts have undermined the culture of deer hunting and there is no better example of that than the eight years of CWD management. The DNRs own numbers show a steady decline of hunters and harvest while their deer population estimates have continued to grow.
Intended to maintain thriving deer herds, these programs have actually led to an increase in tagging violations resulting in inaccurate registrations and population estimates.
This bill DOES NOT inhibit the DNR from using its arsenal of tools for herd control including antlerless tags, extended seasons or the use of early hunts for the control of disease. It does eliminate Earn-a-Buck and October T-zone hunts but statutorily ensures that even with aggressive herd control measures that some semblance of the traditional season framework stays intact.
Under the bill, DNR will be able to promulgate rules to allow for youth, mentored and disabled hunts. Also, the DNR will be able to promulgate rules to control the spread of CWD or other diseases.
Deer hunting is deeply engrained in Wisconsin culture and is a billion dollar industry. Protecting this heritage for future generations is what this bill is about. With consistency and less regulation, we hope to put the fun back into deer hunting. ~ Senator Terry Moulton
To contact your state legislator in support of this proposed bill (LRB?1821/1): http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx