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lawmakers consider bill banning earn a buck MADISON, Wis. (AP) hunters could bag a buck without worrying about taking a doe first under a Republican bill that would dramatically scale back the state’s contentious earn a buck requirements. The measure would eliminate requirements that hunters must kill an antlerless deer before they can take their first buck. It also would push the state back toward a more simplified deer season structure by generally prohibiting early season gun hunts before the traditional nine day November hunt. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to take up the bill at a publ Louboutin Shoes ic hearing on Wednesday. If the proposal becomes law, it would mark a tremendous victory for the state’s hunters. They’ve complained for years about earn a buck and a complex web of early season hunts. The state Department of Natural Resources has insisted earn a buck and the extra hunts are key to keeping the state’s deer herd under control. But hunters say earn a buck forces them to pass up trophy bucks and that the layers of hunts are too complicated and put too much stress on deer. Republican Gov. Scott Walker said on the campaign trail last year the state should end earn a buck and herd control hunts. Sen. Terry Moulton, R Chippewa Falls, one of the bill’s key sponsors, said the key to herd control is hunter participation but earn a buck and the extra hunts are draining enthusiasm. “In order to get your biolo Louboutin Shoes gical results, you’ve got to address the social aspect of hunting,” Moulton said. “If you don’t get hunters to buy into the system, you’re not going to get the deer. This is something I think the hunters have been asking for.”
Capitol security high despite end of protests MADISON, Wis. (AP) labor protesters took their signs and sleeping bags and left the Wisconsin Capitol weeks ago, but at least one fixture of the winter protests remains: heightened security. Metal detectors and law enforcement still flank the hallways of the Capitol’s only two open entrances. Six other ground level entrances have been closed for weeks, and protests are now limited to the rotunda’s ground floor, although demonstrators can move about the building when not protesting. The measures were put into place after thousands of protesters descended on the Capitol in February in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s bill stripping most public workers of collective bargaining rights. Republican lawmakers reported received multiple death threats for their support of the bill, although only one person has been charged for threats emailed to GOP senators. Capitol police also found 41 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition outside the building in early March. Police later said there was no crime connected to the shells. Although the protests have largely stopped since Walker signed the bill into law late last month, Carla Vigue, a spokesman for the state Department of Administration, would give no indication this week when the added security might be eased. The law remains tied up in the courts. Some visitors to the Capitol said they Louboutin Shoes didn’t mind the added security. “It’s a bit inconvenient, but Wisconsin has been in the news and we know why this is needed,” said Rick McGrath, a parent chaperone who visited the Capitol this week with students from Todd Elementary School in Madison. “It could be much worse Louboutin Shoes if they weren’t here and someone did something bad.” Others were more skeptical. Dianne Wiegel has been coming to the Capitol for weeks to lead sing alongs by union protesters. She said she had to wait in line for 20 minutes as police checked a group of children through security Thursday. She doesn’t believe there’s any risk that requires the metal detectors and heavy police presence.
should shed light on death investigation BLACK EARTH, Wis. (AP) County Sheriff’s officials are hoping an autopsy Friday will shed more light on the circumstances surrounding a death in Black Earth. Deputies were called to the scene of the death Thursday. Investigators say all parties involved have been contacted and interviewed.
poll: Walker law really about hurting unions MADISON, Wis. (AP) new poll finds skepticism around Gov. Scott Walker’s stated reason for trying to remove collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Walker has said the law will help balance the state budget and help local governments absorb deep cuts in state aid. Wisconsin Public Radio released its poll results Friday. It finds that 57 percent of respondents think the issue was more about decreasing the power of public sector unions, while 31 percent say it’s about decreasing the budget deficit. A majority, 59 percent, also disapproved of state Senate Democrats leaving the state to delay action on the measure. The telephone poll of 400 respondents was commissioned by WPR and performed by St. Norbert College. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points and was conducted between April 5 and Monday.