Wisconsin sportsmen to sound off on crane hunt

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress plans to ask the public whether a hunt is a good idea at its spring hearings Monday, less than a month after a Republican bill that would have created a hunt died in the Legislature after bird lovers railed that hunters already kill enough animals.

The question promises to re-ignite a heated debate. Wisconsin prides itself on its hunting heritage. Hunting advocates argue the sandhill population is out of control and the birds devour farmers’ corn seeds. But the state also is home to the International Crane Foundation, one of the world’s leading crane protection organizations, not to mention throngs of people who admire sandhills.

PLEASE. Attend your local Conservation Congress meeting at 7:00 p.m.on Monday, April 9, 2012 and vote NO on the sandhill crane hunt in Wisconsin. This is VERY IMPORTANT.

Dane County
Middleton/Cross Plains Performing Arts Center
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Middleton WI
7:00 PM

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Wisconsin sportsmen to sound off on crane hunt – JSOnline.

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Wisconsin to Consider Hunting of Sandhill Crane – NYTimes.com

On February 22, 2012 state representatives Joel Kleefisch (R 38), Joan Ballweg (R 44) and
Richard Spanbauer (R 53) introduced AB613 a bill which would requires that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) authorize the hunting of sandhill cranes.

Advocates of the crane hunting legislation, introduced on Wednesday by State Representative Joel Kleefisch, emphasized that it would allow officials to limit the number of cranes harvested and would require hunters to complete an education course. Officials from the International Crane Foundation said they were maintaining a neutral stance because the foundation views itself as a conservation group focused on scientific research about cranes and their ecosystems, not on politics.

Mark Berres, an assistant professor of avian biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that even with a growing number of sandhill cranes, far more needed to be studied about their genetic diversity and fledgling rates, adding, “I can’t understand how you’re going to open up a hunting season before you learn more.

It was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources. Please let them know that you do not support AB 613. This committee includes:

Representative Jeffrey Mursau Rep.Mursau@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-3780 Capitol 18 North

Representative Roger Rivard Rep.Rivard@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-2519 Capitol 307 North

Representative Mary Williams Rep.WilliamsM@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7506 Capitol 17 West

Representative Joel Kleefisch Rep.Kleefisch@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-8551 Capitol 321 East

Representative Lee Nerison Rep.Nerison@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-3534 Capitol 310 North

Representative Erik Severson Rep.Severson@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 267-2365 Capitol 312 North

Representative Jim Steineke Rep.Steineke@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-2418 Capitol 304 North

Representative Tom Tiffany Rep.Tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7694 Capitol 208 North

Representative Duey Stroebel Rep.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 267-2369 Capitol 8 West

Representative Michelle Litjens Rep.Litjens@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7500 Capitol 221 North

Representative Louis Molepske Rep.Molepske@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 267-9649 Capitol 22 West

Representative Cory Mason Rep.Mason@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-0634 Capitol 6 North

Representative Chris Danou Rep.Danou@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7015 Capitol 303 West

Representative Fred Clark Rep.Clark@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7746 Capitol 9 North

Representative Nick Milroy Rep.Milroy@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-0640 Capitol 8 North

Representative Brett Hulsey Rep.Hulsey@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-7521 Capitol 3 North

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Wisconsin Consider Hunting of Sandhill Crane – NYTimes.com.

Michael Mitchell: Cranes the latest target

Was it just a slow news day in the office of state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, or does he really think hunting sandhill cranes is a good idea? I find it hard to believe he speaks in any way for responsible hunters and gun owners in Wisconsin or even Oconomowoc.

First it was mourning doves. Then it was crows. Now it’s sandhill cranes. Maybe he’ll next suggest that the state issue license plates with the new state motto: “If It Moves, Kill It.”

— Michael Mitchell, DeForest

Michael Mitchell: Cranes the latest target.

Wisconsin lawmaker calls for sandhill crane hunt

A Wisconsin lawmaker has quietly proposed a bill that would let hunters blast the birds to stop them from chewing up farmers’ cornfields. The legislation promises to spark a bitter debate in a state that is both defined by its deep-rooted hunting traditions and serves as home to the International Crane Foundation, one of the world’s premier crane protection organizations.

“I don’t think this is the state to push for a crane hunt,” said Karen Etter Hale, a vice president of the Wisconsin Audubon Council. “If hunters want to further damage their reputations by pushing for yet another species to hunt, then that’s what they should do.”

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Wisconsin lawmaker calls for sandhill crane hunt | Green Bay Press Gazette | greenbaypressgazette.com.