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Policy Council Member
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
"The more we can remove the DNR from politics, the better off the state will be.
The management of natural resources needs long-term vision.
The problem is that politics has a very short-term attention span," said Schinkten.
"Whitetails Unlimited does not have a history of becoming involved in specific legislative proposals, but this is a different matter.
For 67 years the Wisconsin DNR secretary was selected by the Natural Resources Board, and this bill returns to that system.
This is a structural change that makes the DNR secretary more accountable to the citizens of Wisconsin, rather that a political appointment loyal to whomever the current Governor happens to be," said Schinkten.
"We have a window of opportunity to make a real worthwhile change," said Schinkten, "but there is no time to waste.
Schinkten urges Wisconsin residents concerned about this issue to contact their members of the Assembly and Senate, and let them know their feelings in a short, polite, direct message.
"Just tell them that you want them to override the Governor's veto of Assembly Bill 138, and leave your name and address so they know you are one of their constituents," said Schinkten.
Whitetails Unlimited Joins Forces with The NDA
"Traditionally, WTU has supported our grassroots chapters in their conservation efforts, but has not been active in advocating specific policy positions because WTU does not have the resources available to properly evaluate the countless proposals and issues that arise throughout the country.
We have always encouraged our members to become educated and active in their local areas.
Teaming with the NDA is a great opportunity to bring to the forefront those issues important to deer hunters across the nation," said Schinkten.
As a national organization with a very diverse membership, Schinkten said it is important for Whitetails Unlimited to stay true to its core mission, but by affiliating with the NDA we can provide more information to deer hunters, and get them more active in advancing the sport of regulated deer hunting.
Upon receiving the 2014 Golden Glow ...
Upon receiving the 2014 Golden Glow Organization Award on behalf of Whitetails Unlimited, WTU President, Jeff Schinkten (R) presented a $20,000 check to Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) representative, Trevor Baucom. Gary N-ski photo.Upon receiving the 2014 Golden Glow Organization Award on behalf of Whitetails Unlimited, WTU President, Jeff Schinkten (R) presented a $20,000 check to Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) representative, Trevor Baucom.
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