Rep. Swearingen Responds to DNRSubmitted: 06/12/2020
Story By Morgan Johnson

Rep. Swearingen Responds to DNR
RHINELANDER - Hunting is one of the most popular outdoor activities for Wisconsinites, and aspiring hunters are required to complete the DNR's hunter safety course in order to participate in the sport.

The course teaches skills to be safe and responsible hunters with hands-on activities.

However yesterday the Oneida County Sheriff's Office announced in a press release that the scheduled hunter safety courses for 2020 are postponed.

The course that was planned to begin June 22 had 30 students enrolled as well as a waiting list for the future.

If Oneida County chose to hold the course anyways, the DNR would not recognize the course.

As a result students would not receive their certificates and instructors could be decertified.

Wisconsin's 34th Assembly District representative Rob Swearingen believes the postponement causes a bit of inconvenience to the people already enrolled.

"I share the Sheriff's frustration in the fact that he already had this course scheduled. It had thirty registered students in it as well as a waiting list for additional classes in the future," he said.

Swearingen worries that the cancellation hinders long-time traditions.

"The hunter safety course is really anonymous and integral with hunting and sportsmen across the state of Wisconsin, not just here in the Northwoods," said Swearingen.

He thinks the courses can still be held in a safe manner.

"I think that these traditions need to be carried out and carried on and done safely. I think the instructors at the Oneida county sheriff's department can handle that," he said.

Swearingen's office is communicating with the DNR to discuss alternative possibilities to still host the courses this year.

A course was attempted two different times this year.

The Sheriff's Office apologizes for having to turn away all the students that signed up for the class.

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