Saturday, December 8, 2012

DNR pushes Hunting over Recreational Use of our Parks. Can Mining be far Behind?

It looks like the DNR and the Walker Authority, have declared open season on our state parks.

What's that about opposition? The public must be filled with idiots, liberals or both. In either case, Republicans won the election.

But the public seems to overwhelmingly oppose hunting in state parks. What do they know, right?

“Small government” Republicans are about carry out a law allowing hunting in state parks. Again, what do Wisconsinites know about parks, hunting or for that matter, guns blasting away for fun?
jsonline: DNR plan would open 2/3 of state parks, trails to hunting: About two-thirds of the acreage in the Wisconsin state park and trail system would be open to hunting and trapping from Oct. 15 to late May … The plan is the DNR's latest as it prepares to implement Act 168.
Cap Times: The most controversial aspect of Act 168 is a requirement that all state parks be open to hunting and trapping. 
The idea of allowing hunting and trapping for seven months at popular state parks like Devil’s Lake, Blue Mound or Peninsula drew hundreds of irate citizens to a series of public hearings held around the state this fall

“I’m not sure any real thought went into this other than trying to make a political statement,” says Wiley, a board member since 2004 and its coordinator of land management, recreation, fisheries and wildlife issues.
The original intent of the law, allowing hunting in every state park, is flat out crazy. Overkill and dangerous? Not to the slowest thinker in the Assembly. Hunting should be "near where people live?"
Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, Act 168’s main sponsor, disagrees. He says having public hunting grounds near where people live is a key piece of a multi-pronged strategy to get more women and young people to embrace Wisconsin’s long-standing hunting legacy, while encouraging those who have given up hunting to return to the sport.

Who asked for this, who needed this, and who the hell thought this was a good idea? Doesn’t matter, it’s going to happen, with or without the amendment:
Public comments have run overwhelmingly against the DNR's proposal to implement Act 168. Of the 2,033 public comments received by letter, email, phone and in person, 1,949 opposed the plan, according to the agency. The Natural Resources Board held five listening sessions this fall to help guide implementation of Act 168.
Again, will Scott Walker represent the "silent and mysterious majority" again and sign this into law, like he did with Act 10?

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