With the 2017 hound training season starting July 1st I would like to take this time to remind our WBHA members and other hound hunters to respect landowner’s property and build relationships with these landowners. The reason that I am mentioning this now is that they will be a big part of being able to hunt on large tracts of privately owned timberland now and in the future in the state of Wisconsin. The landscape is changing quickly and the future of being able to train and hunt on these lands is in jeopardy. As the long-term timber leases expire new owners that do not hunt or care about hunters access and only care about their bottom line look at hound hunters as a burden to them that cost them money. Road maintenance seems to be their biggest expense in keeping these roads open all year long and of course bear hunters get the blame because of the time of the year that we are using these roads. The WBHA is working on a solution that hopefully can regain some of this lost access soon. Just remember as we hopefully get access back it can be taken away from one careless hound hunter tearing up a wet road because they want to get 100 yards closer to their dogs. Take care of the roads that you hunt on and turn in anybody that is tearing them up.
This will be the second year that the Hunter Harassment bill is in full force. I want to remind you that the Anti’s are being very public about how they want to test the new law, so be prepared and