Wisconsin Hunting Reports/Discussion
Wisconsin NRB & DNR, Not Political, TRUST ME!!!!!!
My takeaway is that they were reaching out to determine something about new, first time, or novice hunters, not intermediate (me) or experienced hunters. Perhaps inartfully, based upon the number of snowflakes upset by the process.
I will miss interacting with Bill Bruins. He never playes the fool at board meetings. He is a great listener and is reasonable. Our last chat was off camera. Bill and I were discussing ways to integrate farm practices with natural resources to improve prairie chicken habitat. The other person in the discussion was a gentleman from Wisconsin Greenfire. The conversation was productive, polite and some great ideas were shared.
Terry Hilgenberg provided a unique skillset to the board. He is a master negotiator of complex real estate deals. He worked closely with his equal at the DNR and that teamwork was evident at board meetings. Terry also ran a smooth meeting when he was chairman of the board.
Aside from skillsets, both Bill and Terry are really nice people. It will be strange not being able to chat with them.
Preston Cole was a stable figure during a time characterized by political instability. He helped improve the relationship between the tribes and the state. His background in large city waste management helped provide direction to the board when pollution issues came up.
What will 2023 bring from the NRB & DNR?
New leader at the helm of the DNR replacing Preston Cole. Prehn submitting his resignation In December. Additionally, Bill Bruins mysteriously submitting his resignation via phone call with no reasons given ( Really, no lose there ). Now the board starting with two new Evers appointees.
Todays Jan 25th meeting agenda includes election of chair and co chair. After losing two of his disciples, will Kaz stay the course?
It really would not surprise me if Hilgenberg throws the towel in next.
Both Kaz and Hilgenbergs term expire in May of 2023.
Whatever happens will happen, my major hope is that politics will not rule more then they do now. Politics should not rule hunting, fishing, or Natural Resources.