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Pat Durkin column: Idea of hunting season for groundhogs misguided

But they shouldn't be 'protected' either

4:11 PM, May 4, 2013
Groundhogs ? a.k.a., woodchucks ? might not warrant a hunting season, but neither do they deserve the 'protected' status they've held the past 70 years.
Groundhogs ? a.k.a., woodchucks ? might not warrant a hunting season, but neither do they deserve the 'protected' status they've held the past 70 years.
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Let this flap about a hunting season for groundhogs be a lesson to lawmakers: Once people put a name with a face - especially one that's borderline cute - expect mud fights and silent friends if you can't specify good reasons to hunt the critter.

This proposal by state Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, was difficult from the start because we can't even agree whether this overgrown ground squirrel is called a groundhog, woodchuck or whistlepig. And we sound downright cranky when declaring dates (March 1 to Dec. 31) when it's OK to shoot "Jimmy the Groundhog" or "Punxsutawney Phil."

Luckily, we had a ...

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