DNR Hosts Online Chat for Deer Trustee Report
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CREATED Oct. 14, 2013
GREEN BAY -- Hunting season is underway in Wisconsin with the gun-deer hunt just over a month away.
Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hosted a live online chat to get public input on proposed rules for the implementation of the Deer Trustee Report.
The online chat is a preview of the 35 hearings the DNR will host across the state beginning on Oct. 22.
“I think it's great they're actually asking people about it, instead of just making their own decisions,” said Worth Goddard, a hunter.
During the char, many topics were discussed, including chronic wasting disease and deer numbers. There were also concerns about the use of crossbows during archery season, something Goddard also wants more information about.
“I don’t feel that it would be fair to the hunters already out there,” he said.
But the DNR said that's really not up to them.
“That's really driven by the state legislature at this stage of the game. The legislature has to pass a law on the use of crossbows,” said Eric Lobner, DNR Deer Trustee Report Implementation Coordinator.
It's getting questions like the crossbow issue answered that the DNR wants to do during chat sessions, and hearing comments about the deer trustee report to make any changes before the implementation target date of 2014.