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Creation of a hunt on migratory tundra swans in Wisconsin is one of the most controversial topics being discussed across the state in tonight's annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearings, held in each county at 7 p.m. Anyone who has an opinion either way on this topic, or any other on the agenda, should attend their county's scheduled hearing. / Rob Zimmer/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

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Whether you are for or against an annual hunt on migratory tundra swans in Wisconsin, as well as one of many other key decisions being discussed tonight for advisory to the Department of Natural Resources, it is your responsibility to attend your county’s annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearing held tonight at 7 p.m.

A copy of the agenda topics being decided, as well as a listing of locations, by county, for these simultaneous meetings held across the state can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/about/wcc/springhearing.html

There will be 72 public hearings held, one in each county, beginning at 7 p.m. where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin.

In addition, the DNR will provide an overview of the status of the deer herd and some upcoming changes to the deer season that are a result of the implementation of the Deer Trustee Report.

One of the most controversial topics being discussed across the state is the creation of a hunting season on migrating tundra swans in our state.

Other topics include decisions on the legality of hunting white deer.

While many non-hunters have often expressed concern in the past about attending these hearings due to the feeling of being overwhelmed by hunters that show up in big numbers, it is important to attend as these advisory meetings set the stage for what’s to come in the world of hunting, fishing and the outdoors in our state.

The information obtained, introduced and feedback gathered at these hearings is provided directly to the DNR for action.

— Rob Zimmer: 920-419-3734, yardmd@postcrescent.com

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