Another Public Lands hunting, trapping ban is being proposed, this time in Wisconsin.
According to The Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center Wisconsin Sen. Fred A. Risser (D-Madison) has introduced two bills that would ban trapping and hunting in all state parks.
Senate Bill 774, which bans the use of foothold and body-gripping traps in states parks, and Senate Bill 775, which bans all hunting in state parks, have both been assigned to the Senate Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee. If either bill were to pass and become law, Wisconsin would see a decline in access to hunting and trapping, and, worse, these bills would politicize wildlife management.
Research has consistently shown that the number-one reason people give up hunting is due to a lack of access. Sen. Risser would further exacerbate this problem by denying access to more than 60,570 acres.
Reducing access to public lands for hunting and trapping is also bad for the state’s economy. In Wisconsin, the average hunter spends more than $2,800 per year, generating a total of $4 billion in economic impact. Reducing the number of hunters and trappers would also impact conservation funding, as hunting and trapping licenses and taxes on firearms fund the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
“Senate Bills 774 and 775 are just plain bad policy in every way,” said Luke Houghton associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “These bills are bad for wildlife, bad for the economy, and bad for conservation.”
Montana has seen similar attempts by EXTREME ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS as recent as 2016 when the DANGEROUS ANIMALS RIGHTS ACTIVIST SPONSORED BALLOT INITITATIVE I-177 in an effort to ban trapping on PUBLIC LANDS.
Montana’s voters soundly defeated this ridiculous ballot measure but that hasn’t stopped animal rightists in other states from attempting to ban trapping and hunting with one attack after another on states rights by politicizing wildlife management.
As Montanan’s we must keep watch on the activities of these radicals no matter where they are because any successes they have in other states will likely be attempted in Montana in the future with renewed vigor.
To contribute to any number of these attacks on our outdoor heritage visit www.sportsmensallinace.org . The sportsmen’s alliance is the organization that helped defeat I-177 in 2016 and is not associated in any way with the similarly named organization Montana Sportsmen’s Alliance.