Please see the attached below. The Wisconsin Spring Meeting is April 10, 2017. Any county can bring this up and vote on the issue. Please make a copy and bring it to your local meeting if you agree with it, signed addressed dated and phone number. I, for one, am tired of the randomness of the refuge system and their ability to grab Wisconsin lands without a say from Wisconsinites. The area mentioned was taken from hunters with no vote. It was once a great area to hunt. Hunting pressure is now huge and dangerous. This was not thought out by the Refuge Wildlife Service. They said the area was meant to be a Diver refuge but just north of this inland, backwater area, is Pepin Lake. Its huge and has abundant mass and food source for Divers. But they didn't want that.. they wanted to lower the numbers of hunters in the most hunter friendly and accessible area. This could set a precedence for all of Wisconsin. This write up does not try to override the Refuge services right of law for establishing refuge areas, but does drive home that Wisconsin has a constitutional right to protect its boundaries for all recreation. If the refuge impacts more than just what is deemed Refuge law, then citizens should have a right to voice and vote on the issue. If you are willing to print off this attachment and bring it to your local WDNR meeting, could you please send a reply as to what county. I would like to see more than one in each county but again, any move forward to help western wisconsin hunters would be great!
See Attachment: could not attach a word or simple text document?? so here is the info. Please just copy and paste into your local word or pdf.
Citizen Resolution # ___________________
(For Hearing Officer completion)
Nelson/Alma Big Lake Duck Hunting
PURPOSE: Big Lake in Pool 4 of the Mississippi has been a Wisconsin hunting tradition since man hunted the Mississippi river. Recent land grabs by the National Refuge service have closed this area off to migratory hunting, “all other hunting”, and trapping in 2009. The result has condensed the hunting area significantly and made PUBLIC hunting and recreation in the area dangerous due to the condensed hunting pressure. This area was a vibrant area for local business during the hunting season. The tangential results have been a decline in hunters due to the safety and accessibility to the river and negative financial impacts to local communities. Under section 26 of Wisconsin’s State Constitution, we believe that the National Refuge had no rights in placing a protective status on ANY Wisconsin state boundary without the consent of the citizens of Wisconsin due to its wide affects on all recreation.
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Conservation Congress and WDNR reverse this illegal and unconstitutional refuge and return the area of Big Lake back to the Wisconsin Citizens based on both the Wisconsin Constitution and the safety for all its recreational citizens. This area is not only used for hunting but all recreational activity. All recreational activities, specifically the right to fish, hunt and trap, are protected by the Wisconsin Constitution which takes precedence over the National Wildlife Refuge. We believe that a small section of Lake Pepin would be more appropriate, if agreed by the Wisconsin citizens, for a Diver duck refuge.
Resolutions introduced at each Spring Hearing are public documents under Wisconsin's Open Records law [ss. 19.31-19.39, Wis. Stats.] and will be posted online for the public to review. Any personally identifiable information will be available to the public but will only be used by the Department for administrative purposes.
Please print your resolution on 8 ½ X 11 white paper (one-sided) and provide the WCC County Chair with TWO COPIES at the spring hearing. Only the individual author or designated representative may present the resolution. The author or designated representative must be present at the time the resolution is introduced. No more than two resolutions may be introduced by any person during the Congress portion of the spring hearings.
Contact one of your local WCC delegates with questions or for assistance with writing your resolution.
DNR Spring Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress County Meetings Monday, April 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m
Buffalo Alma High School, S1618 State Road 35, Alma, WI 54610
Dunn Dunn County Fish and Game Club, 1600 Pine Avenue, Menomonie, WI 54751
Eau Claire CVTC Business Ed Center, Casper Room 103, 620 W Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Jackson Black River Falls Middle School, LGI Room, 1202 Pierce Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615
La Crosse Onalaska High School, Performing Arts Center, 700 Hilltopper Place, Onalaska, WI 54650
Monroe Tomah High School, Cafeteria, 901 Lincoln Avenue, Tomah, WI 54660
Pepin Pepin County Government Center, Room 101, 740 7th Avenue West, Durand, WI 54736
Pierce Ellsworth High School, Cafeteria, 323 Hillcrest Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011
Trempealeau Arcadia High School, Room 219, 756 Raider Drive, Arcadia, WI 54612