Hunters, other outdoor lovers vote on Wisconsin issues

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Monday night, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held its annual Conservation Congress in all of the state's 72 counties. This year, those who hunt deer and turkey had the most to say.

With 88 questions on the ballot, a crowd gathered at Appleton North High School to participate in Outagamie County's meeting of the Conservation Congress, where the DNR looks to get feedback in a non-binding vote.

"It's a great way to get opinion both verbally and written, and just to see what's approves and what doesn't is a good way to see where we are sitting, what's going on," DNR Conservation Warden Jake Bolks said.

While rule changes involving the state's deer and turkey hunt generated conversation, a proposal to extend the archery season to the end of January in Farmland Zone units which also have a firearm holiday hunt also inspired people to show up.

"The deer issue is interesting to me. I like lengthening the bow, hunting season. Personally, I think it's a good idea. It give you more chance to get out after the gun season when there's fewer hunters in the woods," Wes Fietzer of Appleton expressed.

As for turkey hunting, state wildlife managers would like to eliminate the fall application process and simply sell tags over the counter.

Whether that has support will be decided during these meetings across the state.

"You have to have the public buy in whatever you're going to do. If they're just going to go thru legislation and sign in a bunch of laws and people got to live with them, that doesn't fly very well. In order to get participation you have to get the stake holders that are really involved," Doug Seidl of Outagamie County's Conservation Congress said.

The results of this meeting and 71 others statewide will be tabulated over next few days, then released through the DNR website.

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