Annual Conservation Congress county meeting

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Annual Conservation Congress county meeting

Postby Shorty » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:30 am

The Annual Conservation Congress county meetings are April 10. They are voting on 88 questions, one of which is hunting Sandhill Cranes. What do you think, should those big birds be hunted? ... =249078732

In early 2017, a state-wide discussion was re-ignited after the Wisconsin Conservation Congress included a question about a Sandhill Crane hunting season in their annual spring hearing questionnaire. Although this is just the first step in proposing a possible hunt – a “yes” vote at the Congress meetings this spring is not final approval of a hunt in the state, we believe the citizens of Wisconsin should be well-informed about the implications of a Sandhill Crane hunt in our state.

Decisions should be made using good science and considering diverse opinions while sharing a vision for healthy crane populations on healthy landscapes. Cranes and the habitats they use are valued and supported by hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, farmers, and other landowners. Cranes also evoke a strong emotional and spiritual connection for many people in Wisconsin and around the world.

While federal and state conservation agencies have developed and approved a management plan for Sandhill Cranes, we need to address several concerns before citizens consider a Sandhill Crane hunt in Wisconsin:"

DNR Spring Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress County Meetings
Monday, April 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m

"DNR spring wildlife & fisheries proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting
On Monday, April 10, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m. where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress and to elect delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process."

QUESTION 80: Sandhill crane hunting season (540616) (requires legislation)
There are 700,000 sandhill cranes in North America and 17 states have hunting season including two states
in our flyway: Kentucky and Tennessee. A management plan approved by 31 states and Canadian provinces
in eastern North America established that the Eastern Population of sandhill cranes was large enough to be
hunted and established a process for a state to apply for a limited quota based hunting season. In Wisconsin,
the state legislature must approve a quota-based hunting season on sandhill cranes before the DNR can
develop a season.

80. Do you support legislation which would give the DNR authority to begin the process to develop a hunting season for sandhill cranes? 80. YES____ NO_____

Meeting Locations: ... ations.pdf

Monona Grove High School, Schwan Fine Arts Center, 4400 Monona Drive, Monona, WI 53716

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