The council, established by 2011 Wis. Act 168, advises Gov. Scott Walker, the Natural Resources Board, and the state legislature on fishing, hunting and trapping issues. The group mainly focuses on recruitment, retention and increasing access to resources and outdoor opportunities.
The council consists of 12 appointees in total, including the DNR secretary or a designee, one member appointed by the governor, two members of the Assembly, two members of the Senate, one member appointed by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress executive committee and the five members appointed by the Natural Resources Board.
The currently vacant position is one of the five appointed by the Natural Resources Board. Each of these five appointments represent distinct interests, including deer hunting, bear hunting, bird hunting, angling, and furbearer hunting or trapping. The vacant position will represent angling interests.
The selected appointee will complete the vacated term, which ends July 1, 2018, but can be re-appointed.