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Hearing Monday to eye licenses for non-motorized boats
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The Wisconsin Fish and Game hearings will be held here and 71 other counties across Wisconsin Monday evening, with the events a mere shadow of earlier sessions.

Fewer people are attending, those who do visit come to check their ballot books and then department without hearing a word or sharing a word during the hearings.

Whether that condition is due to bureaucracy, the scope of the items to be considered or the fast-changing world of electronic can certainly be debated. Administrative rule changes over the years have taken away much of the hearing’s teeth.

But this year may be different. The list of questions and proposals contain gems far more interesting than demanding certain muskie-catch lengths on selected Vilas County lakes along with other regionalized and technical issues.

Just a glance at the hearing book Thursday brought out a Conservation Congress proposal to license non-motorized boats, including canoes and kayaks, along with a raft of proposals to undo some of the regulatory easing for mines, and ban lead shot and fishing tackle.

We will let the participants decide on the mining and lead issues without comment, but we can’t resist a incredulous grin at the boat licensing proposal.

The Conservation Congress’s reasoning is that non-motorized crafts—and that includes kayaks and those slick little paddleboats everyone seems to have pushed up to their shores—contribute to the spread of invasive species. Folks who know about those things suggest that a license fee could raise dollars to combat the problem.

Maybe, but we see it as a blatant grab for cash and regulatory authority over another segment of the boating population, one not fueled by speed or gasoline.

If you going to do a blatant grab for money, at least be clever. This proposal fails the test.
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Hearing Monday to eye licenses for non-motorized boats
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The Wisconsin Fish and Game hearings will be held here and 71 other counties across Wisconsin Monday evening, with the events a mere shadow of earlier sessions.

Fewer people are attending, those who do visit come to check their ballot books and then department without hearing a word or sharing a word during the hearings.

Whether that condition is due to bureaucracy, the scope of the items to be considered or the fast-changing world of electronic can certainly be debated. Administrative rule changes over the years have taken away much of the hearing’s teeth.

But this year may be different. The list of questions and proposals contain gems far more interesting than demanding certain muskie-catch lengths on selected Vilas County lakes along with other regionalized and technical issues.

Just a glance at the hearing book Thursday brought out a Conservation Congress proposal to license non-motorized boats, including canoes and kayaks, along with a raft of proposals to undo some of the regulatory easing for mines, and ban lead shot and fishing tackle.

We will let the participants decide on the mining and lead issues without comment, but we can’t resist a incredulous grin at the boat licensing proposal.

The Conservation Congress’s reasoning is that non-motorized crafts—and that includes kayaks and those slick little paddleboats everyone seems to have pushed up to their shores—contribute to the spread of invasive species. Folks who know about those things suggest that a license fee could raise dollars to combat the problem.

Maybe, but we see it as a blatant grab for cash and regulatory authority over another segment of the boating population, one not fueled by speed or gasoline.

If you going to do a blatant grab for money, at least be clever. This proposal fails the test.
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