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Wisconsin DNR may set permanent weapon restriction rules

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Permanent rules prohibiting hunters from firing their weapons across state park trails is set to be considered by the Wisconsin DNR.

A 2011 state law allows for hunting and trapping in state parks. However, the Department of Natural Resources board still has the authority to prohibit those practices in designated areas. For the 2013 hunting season, the board adopted emergency rules which prohibited hunters from firing guns, air-guns, bows and crossbows from or across trails. The emergency rules also required trappers to use dog-proof traps.

The DNR board is set to take up the permanent version of these rules in a meeting on Feb. 26th. Officials say the rules shouldn't have any effect on hunting in state parks, although the trapping restriction would limit trappers to mostly raccoons.

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