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State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Speak out: DNR wants to change bow hunting rules

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Many Wisconsin hunters will tell you they are not happy about the way the department of Natural Resources (DNR) has managed the annual deer hunting season. Now it might be the bow hunters’ turn to get upset.

The DNR has announced that under a proposed rule, “Archery deer hunters would be restricted to using the antlerless deer carcass tag that is issued with each archery hunting license to only those deer management units with an established antlerless deer harvest quota.”

Current rules allow the use of an antlerless tag in any deer management unit in the state.

The state has 134 deer management units (DMUs) and all have a set deer population quota. The DNR reports that during 2010, “18 DMUs will have no antlerless permits available to gun hunters in an effort to increase deer populations in the fastest possible way. Under this proposed rule, archery deer hunters also would not be able to kill an antlerless deer in these units.”

The elimination of areas for bow hunting could cause frustration. I am starting to hear from concerned constituents worried about the changes. They consider the plan to be more meddling by the DNR that will only serve to create problems.

A DNR official says the earliest the rule could be in effect would be the 2011 season; however, if there is enough support, the DNR could ask the Natural Resources Board to adopt an emergency rule to take effect during the 2010 hunt.

Public hearings about the proposed rule are scheduled. After a brief informational presentation, public comments and statements will be accepted. The public hearings at 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • May 17, Rhinelander - James Williams Middle School, 915 Acacia Lane
  • May 18, Fitchburg - DNR South Central Region Headquarters, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd.
  • May 24, Green Bay - DNR Northeast Region Headquarters, 2984 Shawano Ave.

Written or email comments may be sent to Scott Loomans, DNR wildlife rules coordinator, 101 S. Webster St. Madison, WI 53707, (608) 267-2452,

More details can be found here.

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