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Monday, May 20th, 2024

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Wakeboats dominate Wisconsin spring hearings; a look at how voters responded to key questions

The votes showed more opposition to wakeboats from a year ago, when 62% of voters supported wakeboat restrictions. Critics charge that wakeboat waves erode shorelines, stir sediments and destroy aquatic vegetation, especially on small lakes. (Stock photo)

Wakeboats struck another tsunami of opposition during April’s Wisconsin conservation hearings, with more than 70% of voters favoring restrictions on the fun, but controversial, wave-generating boats.
Voters also supported a proposed ban on 360-degree forward-facing imaging cameras for fishing, but rejected a proposed ban on all lead-based ammunition by 2030. The hearings attracted 18,802 participants, who weighed in on 49 proposals. It was the first time since 2019 that citizens could attend the hearings and vote there. Roughly 1,000 people voted in person April 8, but most voted online April 10-13.

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