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Madison — Today Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 75, which eliminates the Earn-a-Buck program, and Senate Bill 228, which relates to placing, possessing, or transporting a firearm, bow, or crossbow in a vehicle or motorboat in order for them to be in effect for hunting season.  The bills were passed during the legislature’s regular session.  Governor Walker called the legislature into a Special Session to focus on jobs that ran concurrently with the regular session.

“Like thousands of Wisconsinites, I look forward to opening day and spending some time in the woods,” said Governor Walker.  “We listened to the common-sense requests of the outdoor community and are now signing them into law.  I want to thank Senator Terry Moulton and Representative Tom Tiffany for their work on SB 75 and thank Senator Moulton and Representative Krug for working on SB 228.”

“I am pleased to see these important bills signed into law today,” said Senator Moulton.  “For far too long the state has ignored the concerns of hunters when it comes to common-sense handling of firearms and reasonable hunting restrictions.”

"This practical legislation will make it easier for hunters and sport shooters to enjoy their sport," said Representative Krug.  "This will benefit our tourism industry and economy as a whole in Wisconsin"

“Thanks to the Governor’s quick action in signing this legislation, hunters will be able to exercise safer handling of their firearms already in the 2011 deer season,” said Carol Schoettel, member of the Hunters Rights Coalition and Vice President of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association.

“We thank the Governor for recognizing that the intention of these programs was to maintain our deer herds and all we have to show for it is an increase in tagging violations thanks to inaccurate registrations and population estimates,” said Safari Club International Central President Joe Koback.