State hunting bill may get modification due to angry response

DNR recommends scaling back hunting rules

The state Department of Natural Resources is recommending that a hunting bill be scaled back, after lawmakers and state agencies were inundated with more than 2,000 angry emails and letters.

A Post-Crescent of Appleton report said the Sporting Heritage Bill would open nearly all Wisconsin parks and trails to hunting. The DNR on Friday suggested designating about two-thirds of state parks and trails for hunting.

The newspaper obtained the more than 2,000 emails and letters sent to lawmakers, the DNR and the Natural Resources Board. Many were opposed to aspects of the law.

Some worried that campers, hikers and pets would get hurt. Others said they would never use parks where hunting was allowed.

The Natural Resources Board is scheduled to review the DNR’s proposal Tuesday in Madison.