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Deer bill, NRB appointees up for Senate hearing May 5

Posted on May 3, 2011

Bass culling, bear bills up for Senate committee vote May 5

Sportsmen who have been following the progress of the bass culling bill, bear hunting bill, deer hunting bill and the appointment of three new Natural Resources Board members might be interested to know that the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment will meet on Thursday, May 5 beginning at 10 a.m. in Room 300 Southeast in the State Capitol.

At 10 a.m., the committee will conduct at executive session on three bills, the bear bill (Senate Bill 72), the bass culling bill (Senate Bill 62) and the pier bill (Senate Bill 59). All three of those bills have already had hearings, and the committee is expected to take a vote on those bills during the executive session.

After the executive session ends, the committee will hold hearings on the Senate version of Assembly Bill 99, the deer season bill. That bill is named Senate Bill 75 in the Senate.

The committee will also be taking testimony on three appointees to the Natural Resources Board. They are: real estate agent Terry Hilgenberg, of Shawano; Archery shop owner Greg Kazmierski, of Mukwonago; and Wisconsin Farm Bureau chairman William Bruins, of Waupun.

If confirmed by the Senate committee, all three nominees would serve for the term ending May 1, 2017.

Sportsmen may attend the public hearing portion of the committee's meeting that day to comment on the deer bill, or board appointees. Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Executive Director George Meyer said that group will testify against the deer bill, even though the WWF supports the DNR's deer season recommendations for the 2011 season.

Meyer said the WWF does not have a history of testifying on Natural Resources Board appointees, with the exception of when UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources deans have been appointed to the board. In those cases, WWF has testified on behalf of the appointments.

Senate Bill 59 (executive session): Relating to the deadline for registering certain piers and wharves with the DNR, by senators Kedzie and Zipperer; cosponsored by Rep. Mursau.

Senate Bill 62 (executive session): Relating to the culling of bass in a fishing tournament, by senators Moulton and Lazich; cosponsored by representatives Kleefisch, Bies, Mursau, Rivard, Endsley, Nygren, Tranel, Ripp, Brooks, T. Larson, Kuglitsch, Thiesfeldt, Litjens, Vos, August, Pridemore, Honadel, Van Roy, Kestell and Kerkman.

Senate Bill 72 (executive session): Relating to privileges under a Class A or Class B bear hunting license, and bear carcass tag and back tag requirements, by senators Moulton, Olsen, Kedzie, Taylor and Lasee; cosponsored by representatives Severson, Murtha, LeMahieu, Rivard, Spanbauer, Brooks, Bies, Mursau, Ballweg, Kleefisch, Vruwink, Tranel, Ripp and Endsley.

Senate Bill 75 (up for hearing): Relating to prohibiting the DNR from establishing certain restrictions on hunting antlered deer and regulating the establishment of fall open seasons for hunting deer with firearms, by senators Moulton, Kedzie, Cowles, S. Fitzgerald, Galloway, Harsdorf, Lasee, Hopper, Olsen, Grothman and Kapanke; cosponsored by representatives Tiffany, Mursau, Bernier, Endsley, Jacque, Kerkman, Kestell, Kleefisch, Krug, T. Larson, Litjens, Nygren, J. Ott, Petryk, Pridemore, Rivard, Severson, Spanbauer and Steinbrink.