I often wonder why us living wildlife advocates are labeled as being “extremists” because we would rather see wildlife alive rather than dead. If you really want the true face of extremism when it comes to wildlife “management” in Wisconsin look no further than bear hounder shill and kill everything advocate Robert Welch and his “Hunters Rights Coalition.” This guy and his group feel that no type of killing brutality should be off limits as evidenced by the wolf kill bill that his group, another name for the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, wrote for their puppet Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC). Take a look at the “victories” the NRA and the Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition are heralding:
This is what they tout as victories:
- Allowing 10 year olds to kill animals.
- Expanding bear hounder dog “training,” and children to participate in hounding because in their words: “Bear Hunting is truly a family sport and this will ensure more kids are able to be in the woods.” Thats right nothing like blowing a bear cub out of a tree and having dogs rip it apart to bond with your family.
- Allowing uncased guns in a vehicle, because you never know when you might have to do a little illegal road hunting.
- Concealed carry law, because this has so much to do with hunting
- The wolf kill bill, of course.
- The “Sporting Heritage Act” which teaches killing IN our schools for credit.
- Makes all stewardship lands open for killing of all sorts.
- Law that requires majority of Natural Resources Board Members be hunters, trappers, and part of agriculture. That’s not stacking the deck is it?
- Putting anti-wildlife bear hounder shills in charge of the DNR.
- Appointing canned hunting operator and Safari Club International leader, Greg ‘Kaz’ Kazmierski, to the Natural Resources Board. No conflict of interest here.
- Castle Doctrine Law. Because this again has so much to do with hunting. Maybe if you are hunting unarmed minorities who happen to come onto your porch.
- Appointment of Texas canned hunting advocate James Kroll as a “Deer Czar.” Another example of $120,000 fiscal conservatism at its best.
- Crossbow killing bill. Because we just have to make it easier to kill don’t we?
- Wetland destruction bill.
These groups know that they have total control of the DNR and legislature so they flat out brag about it. They had a canned hunting operator who will directly benefit from what he votes on appointed to the Natural Resources Board. Then they have written into law a stacking of the deck by requiring four of the seven Natural Resources Board members be hunters and part of agriculture. Again voting on rules that directly benefit them. Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this? I though that the Public trust Doctrine made it clear that wildlife was to be “managed” for the benefit of ALL citizens, not just select special interests? Of course many Democrats also voted for these insane bills, so insanity reigns on both sides. Could this be the next lawsuit looming on the horizon?
Welch and his bear hounder benefactors own the DNR and legislature and make no secret of this. However, more and more hunters are starting to speak out about Welch, George Meyer, the bear hounders, and the other slob hunting proponents. Their power grab is rubbing many people the wrong way. Could we be seeing the beginnings of a “civil war” within the Wisconsin hunting community? One can only hope.