Outdoor lovers reject swan hunt, vote to ban baiting, feeding
MADISON — Outdoor enthusiasts say they don't want a tundra swan hunting season.
The Conservation Congress, a group of sportsmen that advises the Department of Natural Resources on policy, held its annual spring hearings across the state on Monday. Attendees answered nearly 60 questions asking for their positions on a number of possible proposals.
One question asked whether the attendee would support a tundra swan season. According to questionnaire results the DNR released Monday, 3,199 people voted no and 2,439 voted yes.
Attendees did approve plans to allow trolling statewide, lengthen the trout fishing season and consolidate hunting stamps into a single stamp and fishing stamps into a single stamp, however.
The results aren't binding on the DNR but they do offer a way to gauge public support for potential moves.
In another issue, one question asked whether the state should ban deer baiting and feeding statewide 10 days before and during the 9-day November gun season.
Results the DNR released late Tuesday afternoon show 3,639 people voted yes and 2,180 voted no.