A bill has been proposed in Wisconsin to stop the filming of legal hunting activities by anti-hunting groups.
A State Representative, Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), has introduced a bill recently that will make it against the law to follow, photograph and record hunters engaged in the legal pursuit of game.
The penalties proposed could include jail time of up to nine months or a fine as high as $10,000.
Jarchow has proposed the bill after he received multiple complaints of an anti-hunting group called Wolf Patrol filming bear hunters during last summer. This group is opposed to bear hunting with dogs and also looks to protect wolves in Wisconsin.
The State Representative supports legal protest but draws the line at interfering with legitimate hunting.
“If you don’t like hunting or you disagree with the tactics or whatever you want to do, protest. Write letters. Go on TV. Do whatever you want to do, but do not go out in the woods and intentionally follow hunters around and harass hunters. Because not only is it obnoxious, it’s actually really dangerous,” said Jarchow.