Action Alert: Urgent Call to Action for Wisconsin Deer Hunters

March 28, 2024 By: Catherine Appling-Pooler

We are facing a critical threat to our deer herds with the introduction of Senate Bill 30 (SB 30), and it’s crucial that we take action to protect the health of our deer population and the integrity of our hunting traditions.

SB 30 proposes to remove captive herds from the determination of baiting bans for chronic wasting disease (CWD) or bovine tuberculosis (TB) positive counties, potentially exacerbating the spread of CWD and TB in both captive and wild deer populations.

CWD is a significant concern for deer hunters and conservationists alike. It poses a serious threat to the health and sustainability of our deer herds, impacting both captive and wild populations. Therefore, it’s imperative both captive and wild herds are taken into account when responding to positive CWD cases.

Furthermore, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) should be the primary authority on CWD responses and deer herd management. By entrusting the DNR with this responsibility, we can ensure decisions are based on sound scientific principles and best practices for wildlife conservation.

As passionate deer hunters and advocates for our natural resources, we must urge Governor Tony Evers to veto SB 30. This bill undermines efforts to combat CWD and protect our deer herds, jeopardizing the future of hunting in Wisconsin.

We cannot afford to let politics override science when it comes to managing CWD and preserving our deer hunting heritage. Let’s stand together and make our voices heard. Contact Governor Evers today and urge him to veto SB 30 to safeguard the health of our deer herds and the future of deer hunting in Wisconsin.

Together, we can make a difference and ensure a brighter future for Wisconsin’s deer population.

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