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Spring conservation hearings set for Monday evening, April 9

Wisconsin outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the annual spring conservation hearings set for 7 p.m., Monday, April 9, in each county to weigh in on issues ranging from expansion of cross-bow use and a proposed season on sandhill cranes, to whether felt-soled waders should be banned and fishermen should be allowed to troll with three lines.

In western Wisconsin, hearing locations include:

Dunn -- County Fish and Game Club, 1900 Pioneer Ave., Menomonie, WI 54751

Pepin -- Pepin County Government Center, County Board Room, 740 7th Ave. West, Durand, WI 54736

Pierce -- Ellsworth Senior High School, Auditorium, 323 Hillcrest, Ellsworth, WI 54011

Polk -- Unity High School/Unity Community Ed., Auditorium, 1908 150th St. Hwy 46, Balsam Lake, WI 54810

St. Croix -- St Croix Central High School, Commons, 1751 Broadway St., Hammond, WI 54015

A complete outline of issues to be discussed can be viewed on the Wisconsin DNR web site (also attached) and results from all 72 hearings will be available on-line, beginnning Wednesday, April 11.

Hearing results will be forwarded to the full body of the Conservation Congress in May. Members may then choose to uphold or reject the public opinions on the various advisory questions. Results are then forwarded to the Natural Resources Board as advisement from the Conservation Congress.

Among questions to be considered:

-- Should Wisconsin tighten its requirements for hunting guides? Under current law, a $40 fee and Wisconsin residency are essentially the only requirements to declare oneself a licensed guide. Changes would impose record keeping and reporting requirements.

-- Should Wisconsin expand open water opportunities for waterfowl?

-- Should regulation of motor-trolling be loosened?

-- The DNR wants to know more about how anglers access fishing regulations and whether it should develop a mobile ap for same?

-- Should rough fish spearing rules be eased?

-- Should the DNR allow overnight placement of trail cameras on public lands?

-- Would you support restoration of funds to help subsidize state recycling programs?

-- Should DNR wardens have the authority to issue citations for illegal burning of prohibited materials like tires, shingles, plastics, etc.?

-- Should archers have to apply for doe permits by respective management units, similar to gun deer license holders?

-- Should cars and trucks adhere to a 25 mph speed limit on frozen lakes?

For more information, visit the DNR web site.