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Albino deer and tundra swans among April DNR hearing


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Albino deer and tundra swans could possibly be targeted by Wisconsin hunters if state residents okay the idea.

Those are two of the proposals on the agenda for the spring DNR hearings held in every county in the state in April.

Right now, it's against the law to shoot albino, or white deer except in CWD zones, but the DNR says from a biological perspective, there's no reason to protect them.  Residents will also be asked whether hunters should be able to target tundra swans. The DNR says the big birds are the most common swan in North America.

Also up for a vote, whether deer baiting and feeding should be banned starting ten days before, and during, the gun deer hunt.  Another proposal would require anyone who wants to trap wolves to pass an educational course.

Fishing questions include whether to allow trolling for fish, statewide; creating catch and release seasons for game fish during months that are now closed to fishing, moving the date of the fishing opener so it never conflicts with Mother's Day weekend, and whether to reduce the pan fish bag limit to five, ten, or fifteen fish.

Residents will be able to vote on all of those questions, and many more at the spring hearings.  They will be held on April 14th. Click here to read the full list of questions.

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