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On Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) will give the public the opportunity to provide online input on the natural resources advisory questions from the WDNR, Natural Resources Board (NRB), and WCC.

Due to COVID-19, the in-person portion of the 72 public meetings known as the “Spring Hearings” that were to be held in each county on April 13th are cancelled.

The online input option will go live at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13th and will remain open for three days (72 hours) until 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 16th. To provide input on the advisory questions, please click HERE to view the WCC Spring Hearings page.

This year's survey will include the following WDNR Wildlife Advisory question aimed at shortening the length of the crossbow season:

Question #14: Do you support allowing hunting with crossbows for everyone prior to the gun deer season from October 1st thru October 31st and reopening for the duration of the archery season after the gun deer season? Those 60 and over or holding a disabled permit will continue to be able to utilize crossbows for the full archery season.

Click HERE to read the 2020 Spring Hearing Questionnaire.

If you do not want your crossbow season to be shortened or to lose the opportunity to harvest a deer with your crossbow during the rut period, you must take action through visiting the WCC Spring Hearings page by clicking HERE and VOTING NO on this question. While this is an advisory question and the survey result does not change the crossbow season dates in 2020, the data derived from advisory questions has been used in the past as justification for making future season changes.

Additionally, please review WDNR Wildlife Advisory Questions #13 and #17, as they will also potentially effect crossbow hunting opportunities.

Neither biological data nor hunter survey data support placing a limit on the Wisconsin crossbow season dates. In the fall of 2019, the WDNR completed the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the use of crossbows in Wisconsin and throughout the country. To read the summary report from the study Wisconsin’s Evaluation of Crossbow Use and Season Structure, please click HERE. The study looked at both biological and sociological factors and concluded that, “In summary, the various surveys and methods used to perform this evaluation of crossbows in Wisconsin suggest that crossbows are a welcomed addition by most in the deer hunting community,” and “it is unclear that shortening the crossbow season will be effective at adjusting the allocation of buck harvest among weapon types.” The WDNR also cautions that, “Shortening the crossbow season will reduce opportunity to harvest a deer using the weapon of choice for some deer hunters. Given Wisconsin’s abundant deer resource and the challenges of maintaining hunter numbers in the future, taking such an approach would require careful consideration.”

We strongly encourage you to act now! Make plans to visit the WCC Spring Hearings page on Monday, April 13th at 7:00 pm to provide your input by clicking HERE. Spread the word to your friends and family members through word-of-mouth, social media, and e-mail that crossbow use in future archery seasons may be threatened and encourage them to visit the WCC Spring Hearings page and cast votes as well.

VOTE NO for limiting the season dates for crossbow hunting in Wisconsin!
 

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This is a big deal guys. This is an inside push from the wrong guy in the right place. The general public doesn't want a change, the DNR doesn't want a change and the biology doesn't show need for a change, and yet, for the second year in a row, the questions are being raised.
 

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I don't understand how in 2020 people can be so ill informed. Ohio has had full inclusion for crossbows during the entire four month archery season since what ? The late 1970's? It hasn't ruined anything here, it has only opened opportunities for more hunters to participate. That's what we should all be striving for. More opportunities, not less.
 

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Today is the day! Don't forget to complete the hunter survey beginning at 7 pm TONIGHT.

If you do not want your crossbow season to be shortened or to lose the opportunity to harvest a deer with your crossbow during the rut period, you must take action through visiting the WCC Spring Hearings page by clicking HERE and VOTING NO on this question.
 

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Is this a Wisconsin residents only call to action? At 7:00 p.m. when this online portal opens, are you asking "ALL" crossbow hunter from "ALL" states to respond , or only Wisconsin residents?
 

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The following is info from the Wisconsin DNR website pertaining to the Conservation Congress spring hearing procedures.

"• Who can use the online input option for the Spring Hearings? Anyone can utilize the online input form for the 2020 Spring Hearings. Just as anyone can attend a Spring Hearing and provide input in person, anyone can use the online option. For security, and to ensure the integrity of the results, individuals will be required to sign in to use the online version, just as they are required to sign in if they attended a hearing in person."

This is only the second year of online voting, so I am not totally aware of registering process. They do claim to have fraud prevention detection built into the online version. However there should be no restrictions regarding age, residents, etc.. So anybody should be able to participate. As an example could be if you owned land in Wisconsin and lived in Minnesota, etc.. Additionally, your spouse, children, whomever can participate.
The only resident requirements were voting for specific county Congress delegates, of which you had to reside in that county. The delegate voting was suspended for this year, with current delegates terms extended until 2021.

Hope this helps.
 

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Yes this vote is for Wisconsin resident hunters only.


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Just thought everyone following this thread might want to see the communication that the Wisconsin Bowhunters Association recently sent out to its members encouraging them to vote for limiting the crossbow season (Question #14).

Please keep in mind that the study conducted by the Wisconsin DNR DOES NOT SUPPORT the conclusions reached in this letter (click HERE for the link to the study).

"Thank you for your support of Wisconsin Bowhunters Association.

WBH is one of the strongest voices for bowhunting in the country and that’s because of you, our members. Thousands of active, supportive members give us the power and leverage to preserve the integrity of bowhunting and protect bowhunting seasons. However, that strength in numbers is only effective if we can get your support when we need it.

And we need it now.

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board is seeking public input on a plan to provide liberal crossbow hunting opportunity, but limit it enough to balance its hunter success with that of gun and bowhunting.

This was to be presented at the Spring Hearings to be held on April 13th; however, with the Covid 19 restrictions, all voting will be done on-line this year.

There are several questions you can vote on that will impact you as a bowhunter, and we suggest that you consider all of them carefully and vote accordingly; however, questions #14 and #17 are truly critical to the future of bowhunting in Wisconsin and we request that you vote in favor of both. There is a minor difference between the two, although question #14 more accurately balances the harvest. Both questions still enable the disabled and anyone 60 and over, to use a crossbow during the entire bowhunting season.

At the 2018 Spring Hearings a similar question was asked, and it was defeated – narrowly. It failed by 7 votes or less in 20 counties. It seems a lot of bowhunters and WBH members did not show up because they believed it didn’t affect them personally. Because every crossbow hunter was affected, that group did show up and narrowly won the majority of counties. If you and other WBH supporters take a few minutes to vote on April 13th, that won’t happen again, but you have to vote. Even many of our members that hunt with crossbows support these proposals.

If you are a bowhunter and/or a deer gun hunter – this will affect you.

One of our biggest concerns with adding excessive crossbow hunting before the gun season is that it would lead to a shorter early bow season. Last year, 42% of the bucks harvested were taken before the gun season – the majority of those were taken with crossbows. That percentage is rising each year, and gun hunters rightfully want action. Question #24, also on this year’s Spring Hearings Questionnaire, asks to move the gun season earlier, thus taking away prime bowhunting opportunity. The problem isn’t the archery kill, it never was, but bowhunters will be penalized unless the early crossbow harvest is reduced.

Voting is simple. You can do it from home on your computer or smartphone. On Monday, April 13th after 7PM, log onto the WI DNR website at https://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html and select the link to 2020 Spring Haring Online Input. You can vote on April 14th or 15th if you can’t do it Monday evening, but please mark your calendar and don’t forget. It’s important for all of us.

Please help us support the future of bowhunting in Wisconsin. Your vote will make a difference.

Wisconsin Bowhunters Association Board of Directors"
 

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I stand corrected, anyone is allowed to vote! There is no resident requirements! Get the Vote out tonight everyone! No, no, no and no!


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I voted! No, no, no and hell NO!


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Tonight at 7 PM is the deadline for voting! Please touch base with your friends and family to be sure they have voted.
 

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During this time when hunter numbers are shrinking, we should be thinking of ways to engage more folks rather than limiting the opportunities for hunters.
Absolutely! “Hunters” limiting other hunters shouldn’t be going on. The “enemy” are the anti-hunters and should not be in-fighting within the ranks of hunters.
 

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Where are te results?
 

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I think they bring the results up sometime in May at the board meeting and then vote on any changes in the beginning of June at that board meeting.


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Because this was online the results should be posted soon. What I found was to go to the dnr website and type in “spring hearings” and they should pop up once available.


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