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Our View: Get involved in conservation hearings

9:08 PM, Apr. 2, 2013  |  Comments
Using dogs to hunt wolves is one of the advisory questions during the Conservation Congress hearings.
Using dogs to hunt wolves is one of the advisory questions during the Conservation Congress hearings.
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A number of important issues are on the ballot as the Wisconsin Conservation Congress holds its annual round of spring hearings in all 72 counties on Monday.

The Sheboygan County hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Plymouth High School.

The congress is a group of influential sportsmen who advise the state Department of Natural Resources on policy.

This year's key issues include changing sturgeon spearing hours, allowing motor trolling statewide, allowing the use of rifles for deer hunting statewide, and allowing overnight placement of stands and blinds and DNR-owned and managed land.

Others questions include walleye limits on certain bodies of water in the state, using dogs to hunt wolves, bag limits for panfish, hunting in state parks and youth hunting restrictions.

The congress takes the results of its votes into consideration when advising the DNR, so it is important that those who have opinions voice them and vote at the hearings. The number of controversial issues on this year's ballot should lead to lively debate. If nothing else, attending a hearing is a learning experience in trying to negotiate the myriad of regulations involving fishing, hunting and trapping in the state.

We urge people to become involved in the discussions on Monday - and beyond. Many thousands of people have a vested interest in the results.

We saw on Tuesday how voting can influence what happens locally and statewide, as we chose leaders for municipal, judicial and school positions. The Conservation Conress balloting is no exception. It can make a difference in how we interact with the natural world, and that affects all of us.

Get involved and let your voice be heard.

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