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Langlade County sportsmen joined over 7,000 people from across the state who participated in the 2014 spring fish and wildlife hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings.

About 60 people attended the session held Monday in the Volm Theater at Antigo High School.

Among highlights of the statewide vote, outdoor enthusiasts said they donít want a tundra swan hunting season.

One question asked whether the attendee would support a tundra swan season. According to questionnaire results, 3,199 people voted no and 2,439 voted yes.

Local vote on the issue was 21 in favor to 29 opposed.

Voters said Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding statewide 10 days before and during the 9-day November gun season.

Results show 3,639 people voted yes and 2,180 voted no. Locally, the ban was rejected on a 24-30 tally.

Attendees also approved plans to allow trolling statewide, lengthen the trout fishing season and consolidate hunting stamps into a single stamp and fishing stamps into a single stamp.

County voters agreed with trolling, 36-11; voted against extending the trout fishing season, 20-25; and agreed to the simplified stamps, 27-24 for hunting and 29-19 for fishing.

The results arenít binding on the DNR but they do offer a way to gauge public support for potential moves.

The information hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indicate preference on a wide range of fish and wildlife management questions, Conservation Congress advisory questions, and to submit resolutions for rule changes they would like to see in the future.

Meeting results, along with written comments on the evening's questions and DNR recommendations are used to advise the state Natural Resources Board. This year's results will be reviewed at the board's May 28 meeting in Green Bay.

The hearings are held annually on the second Monday in April in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings. DNR related proposals are presented to attendees by DNR staff. Following DNR business, the meeting is reconvened as a Conservation Congress meeting and congress advisory questions are presented.

This year the annual spring deer herd status meetings were also held in conjunction with the Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings. The herd status meetings provided an early opportunity for hunters and other interested individuals to discuss the current status of the deer herd and ask other deer management questions. In addition, local wildlife biologists presented information about new deer hunting rules and regulations that were recently adopted as part of Deer Trustee Report implementation.

The spring hearings also provide an opportunity for citizens of each county to elect Wisconsin Conservation Congress delegates to represent them on natural resource issues. The congress is an advisory body to the Natural Resources Board. During the congress' portion of the hearing, citizens may introduce resolutions for consideration and vote by those attending the hearings.


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From left, Mike Zeckmeister, Northern Region wildlife supervisor, Dave Seibel, fisheries biologist, and Tim Otto, conservation warden, at Monday's fish and game hearings held in the Volm Theater.
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