LETTER: Nature lovers want a say in wildlife issuesWe would like to respond to letters published May 7 and 10 concerning the Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting. Describing attire the night of the election was not intended as insult.
We would like to respond to letters published May 7 and 10 concerning the Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting. Describing attire the night of the election was not intended as insult. It was pointing out who were the general attendees — hunters and NRA backers. The WCC is a hunt club.
The letter writers claim the “whole idea is to get input from the citizens to work with the DNR to make things better for resources.” If that were true, then not only hunters would receive written notice regarding election and vote on important issues. The idea of a non-hunter on the board as “non-productive and impede the process” says it all. Has it occurred to them that the “resources” or better, “wild life,” does not belong to hunters, but to the citizens of Wisconsin, if anyone actually can even claim ownership?
There are many people who pay to go to state parks, bird watching, skiing, hiking, camping and love to watch wildlife that is not being chased down by hunters or coming across an animal in a leg trap or a snare around its neck. It is not just hunters putting money into system for wildlife management. The idea of wild life management that increases kill quotas, decreases license fees, allows traps to go unchecked for four days and increases hunting and trapping periods in state parks is terrible from any viewpoint other than the hunter.
Yes, my sister and I both ran as delegates. We lost — why — it is a hunt club and we left early. There was no reason to stay and discuss issues, as it was obvious we were out-numbered.
The WCC convention held May 9-10 encouraged delegates to attend. They had a 4-hour trap shoot/dinner opportunity during the convention.
They took a “vote,” really a tally, regarding legislation to prohibit dogs in wolf hunting. It won popular vote at the spring election, but the WCC convention counted by counties. So now it lost. There were some counties with population of 600,000 with only 49 votes. This is not fair representation. This demonstrates how numbers can be twisted to serve a purpose.
The only way we will get any fairness for our wildlife and nature lovers is through legislative change. We will be working on that level.