Those interested in natural resources issues had the chance to speak their minds Monday evening at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual spring hearings.
The hearings were held in every Wisconsin county to discuss fish and wildlife proposed rule changes, WCC proposals for future rule development, to allow the submission of citizen resolutions and to elect WCC delegates.
Citizens have input through testimony and non-binding vote on proposals.
A number of meeting attendees in Vilas and Oneida counties offered testimony against a DNR proposal to allow motor trolling with up to three lines per angler statewide.
A number of other proposals were also up for consideration. Results of the non-binding vote are now in.
Some of the results
The proposal to allow trolling statewide was ultimately voted down 2775-2391. Oneida County voted 86-48 no; Vilas 146-48 no.
A series of questions on proposed regulations on training dogs to hunt wolves were all voted “yes” statewide and in both Oneida and Vilas counties. The proposals would limit the training period and hours of pursuit, packs of hunting dogs to six, and require identification and vaccination records for hunting dogs.
An NRB advisory question that asked if respondents favor legislation prohibiting the use of dogs to hunt wolves or training them to hunt wolves was voted 2631-2494 yes statewide. Oneida County voted 67-46 no and Vilas County voted 76-75 no.
A proposal that would allow the DNR to more quickly adjust ceded territory walleye or muskie bag and length limits was favored 3849-819 statewide. Oneida County voted 120-14 yes; Vilas 154-29 yes.
A DNR proposal to apply the catch-and-release bass season in Northern Bass Management Zone to smallmouths only was favored 2877-1672 overall. Oneida County favored the change 78-50, while Vilas County voted 110-78 no.
On a proposal that would allow unattended, overnight placement of portable stands and blinds on DNR lands the state voted 2939-2262 no. The proposal was favored in Oneida and Vilas counties, 82-47 and 88-80 respectively.
Look for more on the spring hearings at Lakelandtimes.com, and in Friday’s edition of The Lakeland Times.