Take Action Today! Wisconsin members should contact their state senator and ask them to vote NO on Senate Bills 774 and 775. Wisconsin’s sportsmen and women need more places to hunt, fish and trap, not fewer. Wisconsin sportsmen and women can contact their state senator by using 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.”
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.