Regs OKed for Hunting in Wisconsin's Parks

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September 26, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Rules aimed at protecting people and dogs in state parks from hunting and trapping mishaps this fall have been approved by the Department of Natural Resources Board.

Wisconsin Public Radio reported that Republican legislators and lobbyists for hunting groups have been pushing for more hunting and trapping in state parks. Non-hunters pushed back hard, and now the DNR has adopted some new rules for this fall aimed at somewhat of a middle ground: Shooting from or across trails closed to hunting will not be allowed, and trappers in state parks will be limited to underwater or dog-proof traps.

The DNR's Kurt Thiede says both measures are designed for safety.

“The traps are built in such a way that a dog could not get caught in it,” “In addition, they don’t need to worry about fire from or across trails.

Theide says the regulations will be posted at state parks and on the Internet. The DNR will follow up next year with more permanent rules, after seeing how this year’s rules work.

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