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DNR Website Clarification From Rep. Rob Stafsholt

Dear WBHA,

My office has been contacted by several of your members with concerns on some language that appears on the DNR website pertaining to bear hunting. The current language does not state that the use of bait on our opening week of bear season with the use of dogs is permitted. I requested clarification from DNR staff and this is what I received back on this:

Thank you for the email message and the phone call!

I was able to reach Dave MacFarland, DNR Carnivore Specialist with the Bureau of Wildlife Management, to get some clarification on the use of bait and dogs during the upcoming bear season.

There have not been any changes regarding the use of bait to run dogs in the first week of the bear season. It is legal to use bait throughout the season in all zones.

In the northern zones A, B and D: From Sept. 6th – Sept. 12th hunters must use the aid of dogs, and bait may be used to locate bears on which to run dogs. From Sept 12th – Oct. 3rd all methods are legal. From Oct. 4th – Oct. 10th all methods that do not involve the use of dogs are legal. In short, the first week you have to use dogs, the last week you cannot use dogs. You can use bait throughout, but you can only use it to start your dogs the first week.

In zone C, which is the southern 2/3 of the state: The use of dogs is not permitted at any time during the season. Hunters can hunt with any method not using dogs from Sept 6 – Oct 10.

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if there is anything else you need.

Thanks again!
Erin

Hopefully this information helps to clarify any questions that you may have or will receive. Please feel free to share this with your members and put it on your Facebook posts. Have a great hunting season!

Your Friend,
Representative Rob Stafsholt

 


Wisconsin Bear Hunters Donate To Chetek Tornado Damage Clean-Up Effort

On June 6th, members of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association (WBHA) presented the Chetek area Salvation Army with a $5000 check to help with tornado damage clean-up in the area.

“This is an area of the state that our members are very familiar with. We were extremely saddened to hear of the damage and loss of life caused by last month’s tornado in Barron County,” said WBHA Foundation President Stephanie Hanson.

The funds, raised through WBHA’s Foundation, were presented to the Salvation Army’s Duana Bremer at a small ceremony held at Prairie Lake Estates. “Thank you for the support from the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association,” stated Bremer. “These funds will go directly to help victims of the tornado who were residing in the trailer park. We thank you very very much.”

“We have heard nothing but the best regarding the Salvation Army’s response,” said WBHA Board Member Eric Tuckner. “We are proud to present them with this modest donation to help with efforts in this region.”

In attendance was Representative Romaine Quinn, adding, “Wisconsin Bear Hunters are not only dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, but are also a group of men and women who care deeply for their communities. We are extremely thankful for their generosity during this great time of need.”

 


Hunter Harassment Update

July 21, 2017

Members,

Unfortunately, the Wolf Patrol saga is far from over. As some of you have seen in the past few weeks, they have been carefully harassing hunters again. We have recently been told that the hunter harassment bill is being interpreted to only affect Wolf Patrol in cases of direct impediment into a training or hunting exercise.

Our only course of action at this time is to continue to tolerate this behavior and carefully document and collect evidence of their actions. I encourage all of you to use the Wisconsin DNR tip hotline: 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367). This number is a direct line to an operator that will help you correctly file a complaint. It also ensures evidence of filing a complaint with a guaranteed follow-up with a warden.

I assure you all we fully understand the frustration with this situation, but we know professional behavior is the only coarse of interaction with wolf patrol.

Remember you have just as much right to train and hunt as they do to document without interference. We hope to gain some ground with clarification of the current laws but it will require some patience, tolerance, and time.

I wish you all a better training season to come.

Lucas Withrow
WBHA Vice President


2017 Annual Raffle Winners

Click the button below to see if you won anything in this year’s annual raffle! Contact Jim Hamilton to arrange prize collection: Jim Hamilton | 715-460-3033 | jimhamilton@zimdarshardware.com

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Hunter Harassment Reference Cards

Hunters,

Hopefully you won’t need them, but WBHA has produced some Hunter Harassment Reference Cards. These are worth having on hand as reference in case of a discrepancy or to sway enforcement action when presented as proof of the law. Stay safe!

Hunter Harassment Reference Cards


Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association

“Preserving tomorrow’s heritage today”

Wisconsin Bear Hunters' AssociationWelcome to the website of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association. For over 40 years the WBHA has been at the forefront of protecting the rights of sportsmen and sportswomen in Wisconsin as well promoting youth hunting, conservation, and sound wildlife management.

Bear hunting in Wisconsin is the ultimate family sport and the WBHA is nearly 3,000 members strong and itself is family based. We would like to invite you and your family to join us as we work together to protect Wisconsin’s great outdoor heritage.

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Convention Info

54th WBHA Annual Convention

March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018


Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild, WI. Don’t forget to book your rooms in advance!

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions (Updated July 1, 2017)

MVU Update

The latest Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) can be found at the following link. https://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/forest-level.php?110913.

Download PDF: https://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/components/reports/sopa-110913-2017-07.pdf


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