DU's Flock to the Capitol set for March 18 in Madison

Madison — Sportsmen who would like to have more contact with legislators have the opportunity to do just that on Wednesday, March 18.

Ducks Unlimited is hosting its annual “Flock to the Capitol” that day and will host an informational event at 10 a.m. in the North Hearing Room.

Besides DU volunteers, expected to attend in the morning are representatives of Pheasants Forever, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

In addition legislators who have become members of the brand new Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus are invited to attend, as are any other sportsmen.

The new caucus was formed to help eliminate politics and increase working relationships between legislators on natural resources issues.

There is no cost to attend.  Organizations will be making brief reports on some of their natural resources priorities and concerns.

Then in the evening DU is hosting a reception at the Concourse Hotel and Governors Club.  Located one block from the Capitol, the reception features refreshments and heavy
hors d’oeuvres.

This is an opportunity to meet state legislators and talk about natural resources issues.

The cost for the evening is $10, and although walk-ins will be allowed, people are asked to call Brian Koch, DU volunteer, at (608) 345-5355 with intent to attend so that enough food can be ordered.

DU hosts the meetings to encourage outdoorsmen to meet and have contact with those elected officials and business leaders who are decision makers.  This is especially important in a year when a new state budget is being proposed that could drastically influence the future of natural resources in Wisconsin.

For people concerned about natural resources, other opportunities to express concerns about the budget are available at these Joint Finance Committee hearings:  March 18 in Brillion; March 20 in Milwaukee; March 23 in Rice Lake; and March 26 in Reedsburg.

Decisions are made by people who speak up – or don’t speak up!

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