What the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Did Recently For Wisconsin Sportsmen and Women:
- Working to pass legislation to remove the wolf from the Federal Endangered Species list.
- Successfully fought a State Budget proposal that would make the Natural Resources Board only an advisory group.
- Successfully fought a state budget proposal that would ban DNR public land purchases for thirteen years.
- Working with Kids and Mentors Outdoors to increase the number of hunting and fishing mentor programs in Wisconsin.
- Successfully petitioned DNR to restore the northern coyote season during the nine-day gun deer season
- Successfully worked with other sports groups to pass a wolf management law authorizing hunting and trapping of wolves.
- Worked with other groups to pass the Hunting Mentorship law and the Hunter Recruitment and Retention law
- Worked with other groups to pass the Concealed Carry law.
- Successfully fought to get strong rules for public access for hunting, fishing and trapping on Stewardship purchased lands
- Successfully filed an appeal to open roads closed by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Hundreds of miles of roads opened up as a result
- Worked successfully with Southeastern WI area field trialers to restore adequate field trialing at Bong Recreational Area.
- Worked with the Wisconsin Trappers Association to successfully reform wild fur possession and sale statutes (green fur bill)
- Appealed four DNR decisions denying public access for trapping and hunting on lands purchased with Stewardship funds. This appeal is resulting in 11,000 acres of land being opened to turkey hunting.
- Successfully drafted and passed a bill streamlining laws for wetland restoration projects which will net Wisconsin millions of dollars to restore wetlands.
- Worked with other groups to assure that new legislation regulating dog breeders has minimal impact on sportsmen and women.
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Continues Its Major Efforts in Youth Conservation Education
- Established a long-term endowment to maintain school-based environmental education at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette.
- Created a Wisconsin Conservation Leadership Program for high school and college students to develop a new generation of conservation leaders.
- Provides two staff field biologists for nine Wisconsin schools to have weekly outdoor conservation learning experiences.
- Sponsors seven annual scholarships to the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources for future fish and wildlife managers, foresters and wardens.
- Sponsors youth scholarships for a conservation summer camp.
- Furnishes free of charge fully equipped educational trunks for schools and camps (K-12) for whooping cranes, bears, wolves and small mammals.