MADISON (WKOW) — Democratic Wisconsin Senator Fred Risser officially introduced a bill that would ban wildlife killing contests in the state.
The long-time Democratic Senator says, “Wildlife killing contests are a cruel stain on Wisconsin’s long legacy of conservation. These contests lead to the indiscriminate killing of wildlife in order to win cash prizes, guns or belt buckles. Not only are questionable tactics used to attract and kill the animals, but often, the animals are not used for any purpose after they are killed and their carcasses are left to rot.
This senseless violence is not the same as ethical hunting. Wisconsinites have a historic reverence for wildlife, and these wildlife killing contests directly contradict that long and proud history and serve no useful purpose. California and Vermont have passed similar legislation.”
Some who host and participate in the contests are upset with the proposal. Leroy Hubbard, owner of the Hyde Store in Ridgeway, told us in January, “It totally bothers me if it would be banned. We go by the DNR regulations.”
Hubbard says the competitions set rules on how many wild animals people can hunt.