February 16, 2016 – Madison – Today the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association (WBHA) applauded the Wisconsin Legislature for passage of the Right to Hunt Act of 2016.
Last fall, Wisconsin hunters and trappers had run-ins with animal rights extremists which often involved harassment, interference, videotaping, and stalking-like behavior.
Under current law, it is illegal to interfere with lawful hunting, fishing and trapping. However, local law enforcement and DNR officials found enforcing the current law to be extremely difficult.
“When this bill becomes law, it will make the current hunter harassment law easier to enforce and will hopefully cut down on these dangerous encounters,” said WBHA President Al Lobner. “In addition, it will increase penalties to those engaging in this type of anti-social behavior.”
In Wisconsin, hunting is a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin. By interfering with hunting, fishing, and trapping, opponents are violating the rights of the people lawfully exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right.
“Hunting, fishing, and trapping are traditions in Wisconsin spanning generations,” added Lobner. “WBHA thanks the legislature for understanding the value of these traditions, and their willingness to protect them. We especially want to thank Representative Jarchow and Senator Moulton for authoring the proposal.”
This important piece of legislation now heads to the desk of Governor Walker for his signature.