Patrick Durkin column: Lawmakers overreact to spearing situation

8:45 PM, Apr. 27, 2013
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Wisconsin's fishing season opens Saturday, and for the first time in about 25 years I'm hearing fears we could see ugly anti-spearfishing activity at Northwoods boat landings.

Some blame the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker for angering Chippewa tribal members by expediting laws on wolf hunting and taconite mining with no regard for tribal values.

Others blame the Chippewa for responding to the perceived insults by declaring they'll spear 59,399 walleyes this spring from Northwoods lakes. That's assuming, of course, that spring arrives and melts the lake ice. ...

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