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DNR Looks to Decide Next StepSubmitted: 04/10/2013
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RHINELANDER - The DNR released their results from the state-wide voting on nearly 100 different issues.

One of the major issues, the question of weather or not to allow trolling state - wide with each angler allowed to have 3 lines...

The question was rejected in overall votes by over 280 votes. However 44 counties approved the measure, compared to 27 rejecting it. Marinette county had a tie.

In the Northwoods, folks in Oneida, Lincoln, and Vilas counties rejected the measure. It was approved in Clark, Taylor, and Langlade counties.

This was considered an advisory vote for the DNR. Now game and wildlife officials will spend time studying the results.


Marisa Silvas takes a look at how the DNR Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings allowed Northwoodsers a chance to get involved in making an impact on rules for hunting and fishing.

Everyone wants their voice to be heard. Luckily in Wisconsin, residents have the chance to speak up in their communities.

The DNR and Conservation Congress annual spring hearings were held on Monday.

SOT - Tim Ebert (DNR Warden) "This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life," says DNR Warden Tim Ebert. "(They come) from all parts of the state to show up in the county of which they life, and let their opinions be known to the department."

All 72 counties in the state debated and voted on hunting and fishing rule changes. Onieda County's meeting brought out about 90 concerned sportsmen.

"There's always some stuff that comes out that maybe you didn't think of before," adds Ryan Jirik of Rhinelander. "So it's neat to sit here and see what's proposed."

Jeremy Holtz (DNR - Wildlife Biologist) "People come to me and say, who made this law? Well, the citizens did," says DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz. "And if you don't participate in the process, you don't get a chance to learn about it,and you don't get a chance to have your voice heard."

There were 99 questions on the ballot. The topic that garnered the most attention, the controversial rule to allow motor trolling statewide. Even though there were varying opinions, everyone was happy to have the chance to express their thoughts.


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