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    Wisconsin Lawmakers Prepare to Safeguard Hunting- (10/06)
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    Two Wisconsin lawmakers are drafting legislation to ensure that land access does not become a stumbling block for Wisconsin sportsmen.



    Wisconsin Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, and Sen. Dave Zien, R-Wheaton, are drafting the “No Net Loss of Lands Acts.” The planned companion bills will require all land currently held by the state or initially purchased with state or sportsmen’s dollars be examined to determine if it could be accessed by sportsmen. Quantifiable evidence must be presented by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) why land should not be open to sportsmen.



    “We want to make sure that land bought with tax dollars and Stewardship Funds is available to be used by all Wisconsin citizens,” said Sen. Zien.



    The proposals will also prevent haphazard closure of state land to hunting, fishing and trapping. Rep. Suder and Sen. Zien, longtime supporters of sportsmen’s rights, want to require the DNR to petition the appropriate standing committees of each house of the legislature and provide objective reasons for land closures. All lands currently held by the state as parks, wildlife areas, preserves, trails, and forests, as well as land previously purchased with state funds but now held by counties, trusts or conservancies will be subject to the proposed policy.



    Rep. Suder and Sen. Zien identify lack of public access as a factor in declining sportsmen’s numbers, and want to help reverse the trend.



    “In the last ten to twenty years, we have seen the number of people hunting, fishing and trapping in Wisconsin diminish at alarming rates,” said Rep. Suder. “Our ‘No Net Loss’ proposal will ensure that sportsmen will be able to use and enjoy those lands purchased with taxpayer money.”



    These bills are similar to a federal bill developed and promoted by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance in 2000. That legislation was supported by a coalition of nearly 70 state and national conservation organizations.



    Several states, including Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland and Mississippi, have recently passed “no net loss” bills that protect state hunting land for future generations.



    Rep. Suder and Sen. Zien also want the state agency to create and post a county-by-county listing of public lands on the DNR website.



    In addition to helping preserve the state’s outdoor heritage, the measures will also have positive economic impacts. Hunting and fishing annually bring $5 billion to the state’s economy and support more than 45,000 jobs.



    Visit www.ussportsmen.org for developments on this and other sportsmen’s issues.





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  • #2
    Window for Youth Hunting Bill Closing in Wisconsin Sena

    Window for Youth Hunting Bill Closing in Wisconsin Senate



    (Madison, Wisconsin) - Sportsmen ask Senators for a vote that will spur increased hunter numbers

    With only days left in the 2007-2008 legislative session, the Wisconsin Senate has not held a vote on sportsmen's top priority, legislation to create a hunting mentorship program.

    On March 5, the Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation expected to produce better hunter numbers. The bill, Assembly Bill 672, was authored by Representative Scott Gunderson. It has been the top priority of many Wisconsin and national sportsmen organizations since 2005. The Senate version of the bill, SB 529, has been approved in committee and is ready for a vote on the Senate floor.

    Approval by the Senate and the signature of Governor Jim Doyle are all that stand in the way of a victorious end to the campaign.

    “We were thrilled the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill that will allow parents to pass on their hunting traditions to the next generation,” said Rob Sexton, vice president for government affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA). “We’d be very disappointed to see this important legislation die in the Senate.”

    Time is the issue. With only days left in the 2008 session, Senators will have to move quickly to pass Senate Bill 529 before the legislative deadline, sometime in mid-March. Indications from Senate Majority Leader, Russ Decker, and committee chairman, Senator Roger Breske, have been positive, but time is growing short.

    The legislation is part of the national Families Afield campaign created by the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Shooting Sports Foundation and USSA. In Wisconsin, the bill has been enthusiastically supported by the National Rifle Association, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, Wisconsin chapters of Safari Club, Wisconsin State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and more.

    Under the proposed program, a new hunter, ten or older, could go hunting with an experienced sportsman as long as the two stayed within an arm’s reach. There can be only one firearm between the two hunters. The bill also repeals Wisconsin’s archaic prohibition of young people target shooting with their parents until age 12.

    Similar programs have already passed in 24 states since 2004, including 2008 measures in Nebraska, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming. Neighboring Michigan, which launched its program in 2006, had 12,000 new hunters in just the first year of the program. There have been no accidents involving participants in any of the states that have passed mentored hunting legislation. It supports previous research that demonstrated that the safest hunter in the woods is one accompanied by an experienced mentor.

    The success in other states has Wisconsin sportsmen wondering why they don’t deserve the same opportunity.

    “Our hunting heritage is as crucial here in Wisconsin as any of the states that have already taken this step,” said Bill Torhorst, past president of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “We really need our senators to come through for sportsmen and pass Senate Bill 529.”

    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.
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    • #3
      Wisconsin Debates While Michigan Recruits Young Hunters

      Wisconsin Debates While Michigan Recruits Young Hunters


      (MADISON, Wisconsin) - When it comes to recruiting new hunters, Michigan’s aggressive new law to empower parents to pass on their hunting heritage to the next generation is paying off with nearly 31,000 new hunters. Similar legislation in Wisconsin remains mired in the legislature for the second session in a row, leaving sportsmen wondering why their Senators will not stand up for the future of hunting in their state.

      In 2005, the state of Michigan passed an apprentice hunting bill, which allows experienced sportsmen to take a newcomer hunting before the completion of a hunter education course. In 2006, the first year of the program, Michigan had 14,558 apprentice hunters. In 2007 the program grew to 16,389 participants.

      The apprentice, or mentored, hunting concept is part of the national Families Afield program created by the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. Since the program’s launch in 2004, 24 states have passed laws similar to Michigan’s.

      Wisconsin remains a top priority to both state and national sportsmen’s organizations, including the National Rifle Association, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, Wisconsin chapters of Safari Club, Wisconsin state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and more.

      Comparisons between Michigan and Wisconsin occur on many fronts from college football to farming and timber, and of course hunting and fishing. Michigan has attacked concerns over declining hunting numbers head on, while the Wisconsin Senate is only hours away from killing similar legislation once again.

      “Hunting is very important to the people of Michigan. When it came time to pass legislation we knew would ensure the future of hunting, we did not let politics get in the way, as sometimes happens,” said former State Representative, Sue Tabor, of Michigan, who for years chaired her state’s House of Representatives committee that handled hunting and natural resources issues.

      In Wisconsin, state representatives understood the importance of the legislation, and approved it on a voice vote, with no controversy.

      “I simply can’t understand why the Senate won’t just pass this important bill,” said Bill Torhorst, former national president of the National Wild Turkey Federation, who lives in Oregon, Wisconsin. “After all the hard work sportsmen have done on this legislation, they deserve to see a vote.”

      The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.
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      • #4
        Wisconsin Sports Fest Launched

        Wisconsin Sports Fest Launched



        (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) - Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are “up for grabs” in a new Wisconsin fundraising event administered by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and the Wisconsin Wildlife Conservation Fund.

        Proceeds from this raffle will help protect hunting, fishing, and trapping across the state.

        The 2008 Wisconsin Sports Fest is slated for Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16 at the Sunnyview Exposition Center in Oshkosh. More than 350 prizes will be given away during the two-day event. The prize list includes eight vehicles (seven trucks and one car), eight ATVs, five boats with motors, dozens of hunts and other vacations, three Harley Davidson motorcycles (including a Limited Edition 105th Anniversary Dyna), over 120 guns and bows, numerous steel trailers and thousands of dollars in cash. A complete prize list can be found at www.WiSportsFest.org.

        In addition to huge raffles, live entertainment will appear on stage on both Friday and Saturday nights, headlined by Leon Russell and Poco. Other groups appearing include Austin’s Rosie Flores, the Commander Cody Band, Blueheels and the Honky Tonk Twisters.

        Outdoor personalities including Jim Zumbo – Jim Zumbo Outdoors, Bob Walker – Sportsmen’s Outdoor Strategies, Ray Eye – Winchester Turkey Revolution and Dan Small – Outdoor Wisconsin Television will be on hand to entertain attendees. Also appearing will be Jeff Gagnow – No Excuses TV, Paul Butski – GSM/Walker Products and Sportsmen’s Outdoor Strategies, Brian and Mark Smith – Raghorn’s Wild Adventures, Justin Gaiche – Hooked Up TV and Wisconsin turkey calling champion, Jeffrey Fredrick.

        Nashville’s own Irlene Mandrell will be greeting attendees and signing autographs.

        The Wisconsin Sports Fest is being held in cooperation with Deerassic Park and the National Whitetail Deer Education Foundation. They are the architects of the Deerassic Classic, after which the Sports Fest is modeled. That event is now in its sixth year and attracts over 30,000 attendees. For more information about the Deerassic Classic, visit www.deerassic.com.

        The Wisconsin Sports Fest is being sponsored by numerous businesses in and out of Wisconsin, including Cabela’s and its Richfield, Wisconsin store, Budweiser – Wisconsin Distributors Appleton, Harley Davidson of Appleton, John Deere – Serwe Implement and Ernie Von Schledorn family of vehicle dealers.

        Wisconsin Sports Fest ticket packages and prices range from $25 to $200. You NEED NOT be present to win. For more information or an up to date listing of ticket agents visit www.WiSportsFest.org or call (614) 888-4868 ext. 201.

        More ticket agents are needed. Call to find out how you and your business, club or other organization can become an authorized Wisconsin Sports Fest ticket agent.

        Tickets can be purchased throughout Wisconsin at the following authorized ticket agents:


        Agent Contact Address City St Zip Phone
        Abler Meat Market Matt Abler 420 Fond Du Lac St. Mt. Calvary WI 53057 (920) 753-2102
        Archery Specialists Jerry 865 Surprise Ending New London WI 54961 (920) 982-0769
        Badgerland Archery Jeff Mueller N7720B Industrial Road Portage WI 53901 (608) 745-1108
        Berlin Conservation Club Steve Beres W898 Whiteridge Rd Berlin WI 54923 (920) 361-4413
        Bitter Creek Sports Jeremy Wenninger 206 Slinger Road Slinger WI 53086 (262) 644-5799
        Black Wolf Archery Lori Hofmann W6782 Ford Dr. Unit B Fond Du Lac WI 54935 (920) 923-2445
        Buckrub Outfitters Tina Johnson N13W28400 Silvernail Rd Pewaukee WI 53072 (262) 547-0866
        Bulleyes Sports Terry 45 W. Main St. Platteville WI 53818 (608) 348-2820
        Chances Bar & Grill Chris & Leo Merkes N8592 Front St. (Hwy 26) Burnett WI 53922 (920) 689-2026
        Country Inn Barr & Grill Barry Mastricola W3005 CR R Berlin WI 54923 (920) 361-1800
        Critters Wolf River Sports Chris Bucher 700 W. Main St. Winneconne WI 54986 (920) 582-0471
        Dutch’s Trading Post Jake 258 N. Main St. Fond Du Lac WI 53095 (920) 922-0311
        Ernie von Schledorn N88 W 14167 Main St. Menomonee Falls WI 53051 (866) 227-7252
        Ernie von Schledorn 700 East Ave. Lomira WI 53048 (800) 924-3335
        Ernie von Schledorn 1050 N Main St. Mayville WI 53050 (866) 235-0013
        Ernie von Schledorn 1420 Horicon St. Mayville WI 53050 (866) 235-1027
        Festival Foods 1200 West Northland Ave Appleton WI 54914 (920) 968-2212
        Festival Foods W3195 Van Roy Rd Appleton WI 54915 (920) 968-2200
        Festival Foods 1125 East Johnson St. Fond Du Lac WI 54935 (920) 273-0490
        Festival Foods 2415 Westowne Ave Oshkosh WI 54904 (920) 966-3378
        Fred Gruetzmacher Fred W1470 Hwy 64 Merrill WI 54452 (715) 536-4582
        Harley Davidson Jon Emmer 5322 Clairemont Drive Appleton WI 54913 (920) 757-1651
        Hartford Conservation & Gun Club Brad Koch 6000 Hwy 60 E. Hartford WI 53027 (414) 673-9919
        Holliday Food and Sport Dave Block 101 Eureka St. Ripon WI 54971 (920) 748-6262
        Holliday Food and Sport Dave Block 715 N. Main St. Waupun WI 54963 (920) 324-4062
        Holliday Shopping Center Bill Lind 326 Main St. Montello WI 53949 (608) 297-0211
        John's John Biel 1201 Madison St. Beaver Dam WI 53916 (920) 885-2121
        Leipsic Tavern Dan Schmitt N5683 Co. TK G Beaver Dam WI 53916
        Lena Swarm Archery Wade Jeske 6640 State Hwy 22 Oconto Falls WI 54154 (920) 846-0211
        Midwest Cimmarron Archery Peter Gussie 9201 Main St. (Rt. 12) Richmond IL 60071 (815) 678-7371
        Midwestern Shooters Supply Randy 191 Church St. Lomira WI 53048 (866) 269-4995
        Northwoods Sporting Goods, Inc. 200 Sunset Ave - Unit 3 Coleman WI 54112 (920) 897-2684
        Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau Arlene Schmuhl 2401 West Waukau Ave Oshkosh WI 54904 (920) 303-9200
        Rock River Tap Bob Carpenter 110 W. Lake St. Horicon WI 53032 (920) 485-4241
        Serwe Implement - John Deere Archie Serwe N1311 Drumlin Dr Campbellsport WI 53010 (920) 533-8391
        Serwe Implement - John Deere Jim Serwe W 4037 Hwy 23 E. Fond Du Lac WI 54935 (920) 921-4042
        Shooters Shop Eric Grabowski 2465 S. 84th St. West Allis WI 53227 (414) 327-7044
        Tall Tails Sports and Spirits John Borzick 101 W. LeGrand St. Boscobel WI 53805 (608) 375-5540
        The Dump Libby Nehring N6062 Schliesmann Rd Rio WI 53960 (920) 348-5733
        The Shedd Shelly Eilbes W3124 County Rd Y Lomira WI 53048 (920) 387-3311
        Tom’s Guns Tom &Julie Bergholz 215 W. Main St. Marshall WI 53559 (608) 655-3772
        Triple D Outfitters Jason Vande Zande 20 W. Main St. Waupun WI 53963 (920) 324-3292
        Tripp II Taxidermy Rusty Tripke 222 Weed St. Fox Lake WI 53933 (920) 928-3650
        Wendt's On the Lake Shawn Wendt Hwy 45 Van Dyne WI 54979 (920) 688-5231
        Willow Bay Sporting Goods Bart Eyler 202 Main St. Oconto WI 54153 (920) 834-4910
        Wisconsin Bowhunters Asso Jean P.O. Box 240 Clintonville WI 54929 (715) 823-4670



        The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.
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        • #5
          Wisconsin Advisory Group Votes to Urge Wolf Season

          Wisconsin Advisory Group Votes to Urge Wolf Season

          April 16, 2008 (Wisconsin)

          The Wisconsin Conservation Congress voted on April 14 to urge the state to develop a gray wolf hunt to keep population numbers within management objectives.

          The wolf hunt resolution passed through the Conservation Congress by a vote of 4,848 to 772 according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

          The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is a group of delegates elected by the citizens of the state and serves as an advisory group to the Natural Resources Board and the Wisconsin DNR. The group holds meetings in each of the 77 Wisconsin counties.

          The gray wolf, also known as the timber wolf, was taken off the federal endangered species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) early last year in the Western Great Lakes region. That region includes the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. Wisconsin officials estimate the gray wolf population in the state is between 500 and 600.

          A gray wolf hunt will need to be approved by the Wisconsin DNR. Officials say that now that the measure has passed the Conservation Congress it will go to the Natural Resources Board.

          According to officials, it could take several years for a hunt to take place as the Department will conduct further population studies and hold a series of public meetings to gauge public opinion before making a decision. If approved at that point, the State Legislature will also have to give approval.

          Anti’s are working to stop the hunt. Anti-hunting group Defenders of Wildlife has voiced its displeasure for the plan and intends to ask its Wisconsin members to oppose the hunt.

          The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF) is currently representing hunters in a lawsuit brought by anti’s that will prevent the removal of recovered wildlife populations from the federal endangered list.

          Anti-hunters sued the U.S. FWS in April of 2007, claiming it violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when it removed from the federal endangered list the distinct populations of abundant gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region. Sportsmen are concerned that the obstruction of delistings will prevent states from resuming rightful control of healthy wildlife populations.
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