The Tomahawk Leader received this emergency letter from the Tomahawk Chamber regarding the following:
Dear Chamber Members,
This proposal has come to our attention and we wanted to share this information with our membership. Please Read! This meeting is very important!
On April 13, 2009: The DNR Conservation Council Meeting will be held at the Tomahawk High School at 7:00 p.m. (Editor's note: see note on additional area locations at the end)
It is in everyone’s best interest to attend this meeting and STOP this proposal. The DNR Conservation Council is proposing a change to the Gun Muzzleloader Deer Hunt Season! Muzzle Loader Deer Season would be during the holiday season which means that the SNOWMOBILE, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND ATV TRAILS would be closed during the HOLIDAY WEEK!
We all know the importance of the snowmobile traffic between CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS! With this proposal we would not be able to open the trails until after NEW YEARS!
Please attend this meeting and bring all friends and neighbors. Voting is done electronically and ONLY AT THIS MEETING!
Below is the actual proposal:
QUESTIONS 60 & 61 – Later Muzzleloader Deer Seasons
The current 10-day muzzleloader deer season starts immediately after the close of the regular 9-day firearm deer season. Some hunters feel that it would be beneficial to have a later-opening muzzleloader season. More hunting opportunities could be realized during the holiday season and deer would have a few weeks to settle back into normal patterns again.
QUESTION 60 – Would you support a 10-day muzzleloader deer season opening on December 22nd, no matter what day of the week, running through December 31st?
60. Yes _____ No _____
QUESTION 61 – Would you support a 16-day muzzleloader deer season opening the Saturday before Christmas, and continuing through the Sunday following New Years Day? (Example: 12/19/2009 until 1/3/2010)
61. Yes _____ No _____
For more information please call the DNR at 453-2188 or Kari Lee-Zimmermann at (608) 266-2952.
**(Portions from the April 7, 2009, Tomahawk Leader: Citizens across Wisconsin have an opportunity to share their opinions on proposed changes or present new ideas in the management of Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife resources at the 2009 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Rule Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) annual county meetings.
The hearings and meetings will be held starting at 7 p.m. Monday at locations in every Wisconsin county. DNR staff representing fisheries, wildlife and law enforcement will be available before the start to answer questions related to the spring hearing questionnaire.
This year, the questionnaire contains 91 questions. Of these, 55 are rule change proposals from the department, and the remainders of the questions are advisory questions proposed by the Congress or the Natural Resources Board.
All votes recorded are advisory only and are presented to the Natural Resources Board at their May meeting in a summary of public opinion.
Some of the proposals relate to turkey hunting, bobcat hunting and trapping, specific department properties that accomplish things like changing or eliminating refuges, improving waterfowl hunting, allowing the harvest of hen pheasants and modifying deer hunting opportunities.
During the Conservation Congress portion of the meeting, citizens will elect delegates to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, indicate support-nonsupport for a number of fish and wildlife rule change proposals developed by the Congress and may introduce citizen-initiated resolutions at their local meetings. The WCC is a legislatively created advisory body to the Department of Natural Resources.
While written comments are not accepted on WCC advisory questions, citizens may submit written comment on the DNR proposed rules. Written comments on the proposed hunting and trapping regulations should be submitted via U.S. mail to Scott Loomans, DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. Written comments must be postmarked no later than April 14.
The locations for Monday’s area spring fish and wildlife hearings are – Lincoln County: Tomahawk Elementary School, 1048 E. Kings Rd. Tomahawk; Price County: Price County Court House, 126 Cherry St., Phillips; Oneida County: James Williams Junior High School, 915 Acacia, Rhinelander; and Langlade County: Antigo High School, 1900 10th Ave., Antigo. The hearings all begin at 7 p.m.)