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December 11, 2012

Wisconsin Might Open State Parks to Hunting

By Chad Love

The state of Wisconsin is now considering opening some of its state parks and trails to hunting after the original proposal to allow hunting in all state parks and trails met with much opposition.

From this story on twincities.com:
The state Natural Resources Board will hold a public meeting where officials will reconsider a measure that would open all Wisconsin parks and trails to hunting. The meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Madison comes after lawmakers and state agencies received nearly 2,000 emails and letters, the vast majority opposing the so-called Sporting Heritage Bill. Some people said they wouldn't bring their families to state parks if hunters were around. Others were concerned about whether their pets might step into animal traps. In response to the backlash, the state Department of Natural Resources has recommended scaling back the measure to exempt about one-third of parks and trails. The Natural Resources Board will meet to consider the DNR recommendation and also take oral and written comments from the public.

Thoughts? Does your state allow hunting in some state parks and recreation areas? Has it caused any problems or issues?

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

Hunting in state parks is often a lot better than public land, the only problem is, and I don't know if every state does it this way, is it is a quota hunt with only so many names being drawn in a lottery type fashion.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

There are state park hunts in Iowa but there is a quota and only certain areas may be opened. They may also be limited to archery hunting as well. Which state parks are opened is based on animal numbers but now most parks need hunting.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

you cannot bow hunt in most state parks right now, but the nine day gun season is typically open in most of those parks. The hunting that isn't open is the other animals for example the park I worked at this summer had 14 miles of trials we maintained they get used in the winter if theres snow but the summer and fall the trials just don't see a ton of traffic the people who do use it predominately are the deer hunters for nine days. I could see the park getting more visitors if for example grouse or bow hunters were allowed to hunt there. Part of me likes the fact that it is a form of refuge, (2000+ acres the park i worked at) the other part of me wants to grouse hunt this property having seen the habitat and birds there all summer. They park supervisor stated that laws would be in place like they are now (cannot hunt with in 200yards of campground for example). I would think tapping would add many new ones within the park.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

In WV there is no hunting in any of our state parks and it hasn't even been brought up that I know of.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I like the idea, but this needs to be planned out thoroughly so it is executed successfully. There is bound to be some opposition from the antis and those who don't know anything about hunting other than weapons are involved and they don't like weapons.

Archery hunts are the way to go. No gun shots, limited ranges, most shots aimed at the ground. Also, there should be limitations on the number of hunters so that the woods are not over-crowded, and limitations on the number of critters harvested so there's still an adequate number of wildlife for all people to see and enjoy. Finally, "No Hunting" zones need to be firmly established.

It sounds like a lot of limitations, I know, but in order to move forward and gain access to areas we have never had access to, we need to be prepared to make big compromises. Public image is a big deal.

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I know which wi state park i'll hit first

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

MN has some state park hunts as well but with quotas as many people have been saying. I think having hunts with quotas is a good idea. Not every place needs to be hunted. It is okay to have some havens where game can be safe.

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

i think hunting should be allowed in some state parks and especially some state trails. there are state trails that go right through state owned hunting land. dogs are not allowed on these trails so if you are grouse hunting you have to make sure you stay away from these trails. also some trails basically surround entire lakes, whith no hunting or dogs allowed on these trails it is impossible to duck hunt these lakes.

however i don't think trapping should be allowed. to many children and people with dogs that could get into traps

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I like the idea, but this needs to be planned out thoroughly so it is executed successfully. There is bound to be some opposition from the antis and those who don't know anything about hunting other than weapons are involved and they don't like weapons.

Archery hunts are the way to go. No gun shots, limited ranges, most shots aimed at the ground. Also, there should be limitations on the number of hunters so that the woods are not over-crowded, and limitations on the number of critters harvested so there's still an adequate number of wildlife for all people to see and enjoy. Finally, "No Hunting" zones need to be firmly established.

It sounds like a lot of limitations, I know, but in order to move forward and gain access to areas we have never had access to, we need to be prepared to make big compromises. Public image is a big deal.

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

Hunting in state parks is often a lot better than public land, the only problem is, and I don't know if every state does it this way, is it is a quota hunt with only so many names being drawn in a lottery type fashion.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

There are state park hunts in Iowa but there is a quota and only certain areas may be opened. They may also be limited to archery hunting as well. Which state parks are opened is based on animal numbers but now most parks need hunting.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

you cannot bow hunt in most state parks right now, but the nine day gun season is typically open in most of those parks. The hunting that isn't open is the other animals for example the park I worked at this summer had 14 miles of trials we maintained they get used in the winter if theres snow but the summer and fall the trials just don't see a ton of traffic the people who do use it predominately are the deer hunters for nine days. I could see the park getting more visitors if for example grouse or bow hunters were allowed to hunt there. Part of me likes the fact that it is a form of refuge, (2000+ acres the park i worked at) the other part of me wants to grouse hunt this property having seen the habitat and birds there all summer. They park supervisor stated that laws would be in place like they are now (cannot hunt with in 200yards of campground for example). I would think tapping would add many new ones within the park.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

In WV there is no hunting in any of our state parks and it hasn't even been brought up that I know of.

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

I know which wi state park i'll hit first

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

MN has some state park hunts as well but with quotas as many people have been saying. I think having hunts with quotas is a good idea. Not every place needs to be hunted. It is okay to have some havens where game can be safe.

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

i think hunting should be allowed in some state parks and especially some state trails. there are state trails that go right through state owned hunting land. dogs are not allowed on these trails so if you are grouse hunting you have to make sure you stay away from these trails. also some trails basically surround entire lakes, whith no hunting or dogs allowed on these trails it is impossible to duck hunt these lakes.

however i don't think trapping should be allowed. to many children and people with dogs that could get into traps

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