The state of Wisconsin is considering selling 8,300 acres of public hunting land in 40 counties. Read on to learn why and what you can do about it.
The Wisconsin state legislature has ordered the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to make a list of 10,000 acres of public hunting land to sell off in 2017. According to the legislature, the DNR is being ordered to sell off a portion of the public hunting land in the state because the state cannot adequately manage the land it owns.
So far, the Wisconsin DNR has identified 118 specific parcels of land totaling 8,300 spread across 40 different counties. A detailed list of exactly which pieces of public hunting land are at risk of being sold may be viewed here.
So why should you care? After all, Wisconsin alone has over 1.5 million acres of public hunting land and 10,000 acres is just a drop in the bucket.
Unfortunately, this may be just the tip of the iceberg. If this sale of public hunting lands goes through, there is no telling how much more land will be sold by the state in the future.
After the precedent is set that it is acceptable to sell off state owned public hunting land, there is a big temptation by legislators to sell off even more to cover budget shortfalls or finance pet projects. That has recently happened in Nevada, which has sold off over 95% its state trust land.
Once that land is gone, there is no getting it back. The forests and meadows that were once ideal places for hunting deer and pheasant will be turned into condos and strip malls.
Contact your elected representatives today and tell them that you do not support any measure that would result in the sale of public hunting lands in Wisconsin.