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2011 Bear Kill Summary

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The 2011 Bear Kill numbers are in and we have a PDF for you to download. Overall, the total bear kill number was 4,257 with a 47% success rate. Click to download a PDF of the 2011 Bear Kill Summary

Wayne’s Wishing Well

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

There will be a benefit held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 for WBHA Member Wayne Dillenberg, who passed away on November 2, 2011 following a painful battle with cancer. This benefit will raise funds to be used for incurred medical and living expenses.

For more information, please click here to download the PDF for Wayne’s Wishing Well

2012 Class A Bear Drawing

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The 2012 Class A bear drawing is complete. Notices to successful applicants will be mailed today, February 14th. Applicants may check their drawing or preference point status on-line by accessing their DNR Customer account, calling DNR’s Call Center at 1-888-936-7463 (toll-free, 7 days a week, 7am-10pm), or visiting a DNR Service Center. Drawing winners may purchase their Class A bear license beginning March 7, 2012.

There were 104,391 Class A Bear license applications this year. Of the 104,391 applicants, 26,794 requested a license and 77,597 requested a preference point only.

A total of 9,015 customers were successful in this year’s bear drawing. The minimum number of preference points required to draw a license were:

Zone A – 1,197 people with 6 points who wanted a kill tag were awarded a license and 35 with 6 points who wanted a license were NOT awarded a license. Everyone with 7 points or more got a license in Zone A.

Zone B – 378 people with 9 points who wanted a kill tag were awarded a license and 534 with 9 points who wanted a license were NOT awarded a license. Everyone with 10 points or more got a license in Zone B.

Zone C – 524 people with 4 points who wanted a kill tag were awarded a license and 910 with 4 points who wanted a license were NOT awarded a license. Everyone with 5 points or more got a license in Zone C.

Zone D – 667 people with 8 points who wanted a kill tag were awarded a license and 527 with 8 points who wanted a license were NOT awarded a license. Everyone with 9 points or more got a license in Zone D.

Total Licenses drawn by Zone: Zone A – 3,425; Zone B – 1,335; Zone C – 2,970; and Zone D – 1,285.

Get well soon!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Please join the WBHA in wishing former WBHA President Hubert “Hubie” Malson a speedy recovery! He is currently in the hospital and we wish him well.

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WI Governor Signs The Stewardship Transparency Bill

Monday, December 19th, 2011

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed AB 48, the Stewardship Transparency Bill, into law.

AB 48 Signed Into Law

Seated: Governor Scott Walker. Standing: Scott and Kathy Maves (Hunters Rights Coalition), Ryan Augustine (Rep. Ott's office), Joe Koback (SCI Central President), Scott Meyer (WBHA Board Member), State Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon), Greg Kazmierski (Natural Resources Board Member), State Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn), Andy Pantzlaff (United Sportsmen of Wisconsin) Photo by Jay Salvo

From AB 48:

Current law authorizes the state to incur public debt for land conservation
activities under the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship 2000 Program,
which is administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In addition
to this stewardship program, the state was authorized to incur public debt for land
conservation activities under the original stewardship program that began in 1990
and ended in 2000. Under these programs, the state itself may acquire the land, or
interests in land, or DNR may award grants or other state aid to certain local
governmental units, the Kickapoo Reserve Management Board or other nonprofit
conservation organizations for land conservation activities.

This bill requires DNR to make available, for a fee, a written directory of all land
acquired under both stewardship programs (stewardship land) that is open to the
public. Also, DNR must make available a list of all stewardship land acquired before
October 27, 2007, for which public access has been prohibited or restricted and the
reasons for the prohibition or restriction. For stewardship land acquired on or after
that date, current law requires landowners to post signs that notify the public which
activities are permitted, restricted, and prohibited on the land. The directory and
list must be completed within two years after the bill becomes law.

Click here to see the full bill.

Governor Signs Pro-Hunting Legislation

Friday, November 4th, 2011

HRC Applauds Governor’s Quick Action on Pro-Hunting Legislation

Governor Walker signed SB 228 and SB 75 into law.

Governor Walker signed SB 228 and SB 75 into law.

November 4, 2011 MADISON – The Governor announced today that he will be signing two recently
passed pro-hunting bills – SB 228 and SB 75 – into law this afternoon.
The Gun Case Bill, SB 228, just passed through the Assembly yesterday. No longer will Wisconsin have
the most restrictive gun case law in the country. It is currently illegal to lay an uncased and unloaded
firearm on the trunk of your car as you tighten your boots.

“Thanks to the Governor’s quick action in signing this legislation, hunters will be able to exercise safer
handling of their firearms already in the 2011 deer season,” said Carl Schoettel, Vice President of the
Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association. “Wisconsin’s gun case law has been completely impractical and
has done nothing but penalize hunters for an irrelevant action, giving Wisconsin the reputation of being
unfriendly to hunters.”

SB 228 is very straightforward, allowing hunters to have uncased and unloaded guns, bows and
crossbows in or on their vehicle. Placing the firearm on or in the vehicle is often the safest and most
practical place. Hunters should not have to put their firearm in the snow as they get out their gun-case
every time they get back to their vehicle.

The other bill being signed today – SB 75 – from Senator Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and
Representative Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), helps preserve the integrity of Wisconsin’s deer hunting
seasons by permanently ending Earn-a-Buck and making October T-Zone hunts into a rarity.
“We thank the Governor for recognizing that the intention of these programs was to help maintain our
deer herds and all we have to show for it is an increase in tagging violations thanks to inaccurate
registrations and population estimates” said SCI Central President Joe Koback.

The programs have been incredibly unpopular and the only measurable impact on hunting has been to
turn some hunters away from the sport. The Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) own statistics
show fewer hunters are hunting and less deer are being harvested while their own deer population
numbers continue to grow.

The Hunters Rights Coalition is Wisconsin’s only group 100% dedicated to advancing hunting
opportunities and protecting the rights of Wisconsin’s hunters. The Coalition is made up of several
groups including: The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, Wisconsin Chapters of

Gov. Walker signs bill.Pro-hunting bills signed

Transfer a Bear Permit to a Youth Hunter

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Transfer a Bear Permit to a Youth Hunter

An adult bearhunter who is authorized to purchase a Class A Bear Hunting License is able to transfer that authority to a youth hunter who falls into an age at or between 10-17 years old.

Thanks to a DNR webpage, we’ve organized what makes a hunter eligible and what you need to do. At the bottom of the page we’ve included some helpful links.

What Makes You Eligible?

  • A minor is only eligible to receive a transferred approval if that minor has not been previously transferred that type of approval
  • The youth hunter receiving the transfer, if 12 years or older, must have completed a hunter education course
  • The transferee must be at least 10 years old at the beginning of the bear season or turn 10 during the season
  • The transferee must be under 18 at the time of application or at least 15 days prior to the start of the season
  • Transfers can still be granted to individuals who turn 18 during the application deadline and the end of the bear season
  • A minor may only be transferred a Class A Bear License once
  • The transfer of the license does not affect the number of preference points the minor may have previously acquired
  • Both residents and non-residents may transfer a Class A Bear License
  • Tranferees may either be residents or non-residents

There are a few points you need to know and consider before beginning the process.

  • The youth permit transfer application must be RECEIVED at least 15 DAYS PRIOR to the start of the bear season
  • The transferor must purchase the Class A Bear License and submit the license and backtag with the youth transfer application
  • If a resident transfers the license to a non-resident minor, the resident must pay, at the time of application, the difference between the fees of a resident and non-resident license
  • There is no fee rebate if a non-resident transfers the license to a resident minor
  • The transferor may NOT receive payment or consideration for the transfer of  a Class A Bear License
  • Transferred licenses will be mailed to the youth hunter if the youth turns 10 prior to the start of the bear hunting season
  • Youth who turn 10 after the beginning of the bear season will be mailed a notification of the successful transfer. The notification MUST BE taken to a DNR Service Center in order to obtain their Class A Bear License
  • The transferor of the license will lose the preference points that they have accumulated
  • There is no transaction fee for the transfer
  • All transfer applications are final

What You Need To Do

  1. Download (PDF 41KB) and complete the application. The application can also be obtained at a DNR Service Center
  2. Submit the transferor’s Bear Hunting License and Backtag
  3. Pay the License fee
    ($49 and $251)
  4. Provide a photocopy of the transferee’s hunter education certificate
  5. Mail all materials to:
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    Attn: Youth Permit Transfer
    PO Box 7924
    Madison, WI 53707

Once these steps are completed, the license will be mailed to the transferee upon application approval. A Minor who is transferred a license shall retain all preference points that he or she has previously accumulated.

If you have questions about eligibility, the process or general inquiries, please contact the DNR by calling 1-888-936-7463

Helpful Links

Missing Dogs UPDATE (8/21/2011)

Monday, August 15th, 2011

On August 15, 2011, the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association received the following email through our website:

From: Julie Bugella

How do I get this info onto your site? Can you help me, please? All bear hunters I have run into have been friendly and I do not believe they would have hurt my dogs: Friday early evening, August 12, 2011 I had two dogs go missing from my house. They were in their pen, locked. One is a Newfoundland, 1 year, female “Jupiter”, black with a white dot on her chest, the second is a Newfoundland, Chow mix, 6 years, female “Suzi” all black. Both are up to date on all  shots, are licensed, and friendly. I live at N13506 Old Log Cabin Road in Minong. PLEASE if you have ANY information on these two dogs email me. PLEASE.
Thanks,
Julie

UPDATE:

On August 21, 2011, we received an update from Julie:

I posted a message 8/13/11 regarding my dogs had gone missing in Minong, WI. I have recovered them. One Newfoundland (Jupiter) and one Newfoundland/Chow mix (Suzi). I will always remember the bear hunter I ran into and spoke with regarding their dissapearance. He was so kind and reassuring and even said he would  broadcast it for me. If you are reading this, Thank-You. I will always keep this site in my “favorites” should I ever  find a dog. Living up here in a heavily wooded area I have found/rescued and cared for several dogs.

Thanks.

So the Bear Bill passed, what’s new?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Governor Walker hands a pen he used to sign the 2011 Bear Bill to Senator Terry Moulton, the Author of the Bill. Looking on are Rep. Tom Tiffany, Sen. Pam Galloway, and WBHA Board Member Al Lobner.

Governor Walker hands a pen he used to sign the 2011 Bear Bill to Senator Terry Moulton, the Author of the Bill. Looking on are Rep. Tom Tiffany, Sen. Pam Galloway, and WBHA Board Member Al Lobner.

After a long process, Governor Scott Walker signed the Bear Bill (Senate Bill 72) into law on June 16th. This bill proposes several much needed changes to how bear hunting is conducted in Wisconsin. Here is a breakdown of those changes:

  1. It creates a new “try it for free” weekend for bear dog training on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday in August.
  2. It allows a person who is under age 16 (instead of 12) to engage in Class B activities without having to purchase a license.  Bear Hunting is truly a family sport and this will ensure more kids are able to be in the woods.
  3. For safety reasons, this bill will allow someone holding a Class B license to act as a “back-up shooter” in case the first attempt has created a dangerous situation.Specifically this means that a Class B license holder may shoot and kill a bear that was shot, but not killed, by a Class A license holder in the same party if there is still a valid Class A tag and if killing the bear is necessary to protect the safety of people.  The back up shot must be taken at the point of kill (not after running around for a half hour through the woods).
  4. The bill removes the discriminatory requirement for Class B participants to wear a back tag.  The DNR will no longer be issuing the tag, you may still receive a tag due to the update status of the ALIS system, but you are not required to wear it. A Class A license holder will still need to wear a tag.
  5. Finally, the bill will allow Class B participation in dog training, tracking, chasing bear, or locating bear during the actual hunting season, as long as they do not shoot at, capture or otherwise take a bear.  Dogs are still allowed only during that part of the season authorized for Dog-Bear hunting.  This will most likely be used by parties that do not currently have a Class A license in their possession, allowing them to enjoy the sport (minus the shooting part) during the hunting season.
Gov Walker speaks about his support for bear hunting just prior to signing the bear bill.

Gov Walker speaks about his support for bear hunting just prior to signing the bear bill.

Representatives of several sportsmens groups gathered to witness the bear bill signing, including WBHA, Safari Club, and the Wisconsin Bow Hunters.

Representatives of several sportsmens groups gathered to witness the bear bill signing, including WBHA, Safari Club, and the Wisconsin Bow Hunters.

Gov. Walker signs SB 72, the 2011 Bear Bill. This was WBHA's top legislative priority for the year.

Gov. Walker signs SB 72, the 2011 Bear Bill. This was WBHA’s top legislative priority for the year.

You can view the bill in PDF format by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Lost Dogs Forest County, Help Appreciated

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Two English Setters were lost on a walk this weekend between Butternut Lake and Four Duck Lake in Forest County, WI. They answer to Dixie and Belle. Bear season has started and should anyone from the WBHA hunt this area of the Nicolet please contact Tim Dalton at 608-576-5402 or email tjdalton@chorus.net should they see them but not get them to collar.