More hunting, trapping in state parks starts Jan. 1

A greatly expanded hunting and trapping plan in state parks will be legal starting New Year’s Day, so officials want your input on how to implement the new regulations.

The Natural Resources Board, governing body of the Department of Natural Resources, will hold five listening sessions in October and November, gauging public opinion on Act 168, commonly called the Sporting Heritage Bill, which takes effect Jan.1, 2013.

The law, passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker in April, will essentially expand hunting and trapping in state parks from beyond the current hunt for deer and turkey to include virtually all major hunting seasons, from fall up to Memorial Day weekend.

The listening sessions will all begin at 6:30 p.m. and attendees that would like to speak or submit written comments should sign up at the door on arriving at the session. Locations are:

Oct. 29, Fitchburg – Quality Inn and Suites, 2969 Cahill Main.

Oct. 30, Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

Nov. 5, Merrill – Merrill High School, 1201 N. Sales St.

Nov. 8, Appleton – The Bordini Center, Fox Valley Technical College Campus, 5 Systems Drive

Nov. 13, West Allis – Tommy Thompson Youth Center (State Fair Park), 640 S. 84th St

Please attend one of these sessions and let the DNR know that the majority of Wisconsinites are not in favor of hunting or trapping in Wisconsin state parks.

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More hunting, trapping in state parks starts Jan. 1.

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