WI State, hunting group file briefs in favor of dove hunt


Mar 11, 2001
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State, hunting group file briefs in favor of hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Legal briefs filed by the state and a hunting group argue against a permanent injunction that would block an open season on the mourning dove, Wisconsin' s official bird of peace.

Opponents won a judge' s ruling in August preventing the new hunting season from beginning Sept. 1 as scheduled.

A brief filed Wednesday on behalf of the state Department of Natural Resources contends that the DNR has authority under state law to set a season to hunt the dove.

" In clear statutory language, the Legislature has delegated to DNR the authority to set open seasons for game, which by statute is defined to include all varieties of wild birds, " according to the brief by state Justice Department lawyer Phil Peterson.

The Wildlife Legislative Fund of America, which also filed a brief Wednesday, said Dane County Circuit Judge Daniel Moeser misinterpreted statutory definitions of game and non-game birds when he made his August ruling.

In that decision, Moeser granted a preliminary injunction sought by Wisconsin Citizens Concerned for Cranes and Doves, blocking the hunt.

He ruled that the DNR lacked authority to set a hunting season for something not defined by state statute as a game bird.

On the Net:

Wis. Dove Hunters: http://widovehunt.com

Wis. Citizens Against a Mourning Dove Hunt: ttp://nodovehunt.webjump.com

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