Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources press release-
On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 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 hunting and fishing rule changes and advisory questions.
Spring Hearing Guidelines
• The Spring Hearing begins at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 8, 2013. Please arrive by 6:45 PM so you
will have time to register and receive your materials.
• During the Spring Hearing, county residents elect delegates to represent their county’s
interests related to conservation matters.
Only county residents are allowed to vote for conservation congress delegates. To determine
eligible voters, you will be asked to provide some form of identification to determine your county
of residence. In other words, you need an ID (such as a drivers license), or a piece of mail that
proves you live in the county where you are attending the hearing.
• If you are a resident of the county, you have the ability to elect delegates to represent your
county. You will be provided four colored ballots to be used for electing representatives. The
individuals who want to be elected will introduce themselves at the hearing. You will be asked to
record your vote at the appropriate time.
Note: As a resident you can also be elected to the Conservation Congress, but if this is your first
Spring Hearing, we recommend that you first learn more about the organization and what is required
to be a delegate before you are nominated.
• If you are not a resident of the county, you will not be able to elect delegates nor will you
receive the delegate election ballots.
• Regardless of your residency, each attendee will be allowed to vote on the questions so you
should receive a questionnaire booklet, a pencil and two large ballots to record your votes on the
advisory questions and on any locally introduced resolutions.
• The first agenda item will be the election of delegates. Shortly after 7 p.m. individuals who
would like to be delegates will introduce themselves. If you are a resident, you will be instructed
where to record your vote and when.
• After the delegate election they will start going through the questions one at a time.
• You will mark your ballot by marking yes or no with your pencil. Do not erase if you make a
mistake, rather turn in your ballot and get a new one. Also, do not use pen. Directions on how to
fill out a ballot are located inside the questionnaire.
• The DNR warden will introduce the department advisory questions. These changes could lead to
future proposed rule changes pertaining to hunting, fishing and trapping if supported.
• After the DNR warden is finished with the DNR advisory questions, the Conservation Congress
chair for the county will begin introducing the citizen resolutions. Any citizen can introduce an
idea or concern, called a resolution to the audience. There is a sample resolution and guidelines
located within your questionnaire. The resolution should identify the problem or concern you would
like addressed. If you would like to introduce a resolution, you may contact the DNR warden or
Conservation Congress delegate for guidance.
• You may vote on any of the local resolutions introduced.
• After the citizen resolutions are complete the county chair will begin the Conservation
Congress advisory questions. These advisory questions ask for opinions and feedback, but do not
immediately result in changes to laws. The votes tallied from these advisory questions assist the
Congress and DNR in determining if these questions should be moved forward into the rule making
• This year, the WCC will be asking the citizens for ideas and input relating to the
simplification of hunting, fishing, and trapping rules and regulations in a town-hall forum
following the advisory questions. There will also be a page in the back of your questionnaire where
you can write comments or ideas for simplification you’d like to propose.
• When the hearing is over, or when you decide to leave (you can fill out your ballot and leave at any time) please turn in your completed ballot at the door.