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Old 05/01/15, 03:31 PM
 
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It's taken 4 legislative sessions but we finally got a hearing for our bill in the senate. The bill number is SF 1325. So far it's gone through 3 committees with a unanimous vote in all 3 committees. Now it's being blocked.

The chair in the house has refused a hearing for the companion bill HF 1655 twice.

We've got tons of support but if key legislators refuse to the let the bill be voted on it doesn't matter.

If the bills don't pass more dogs will be killed this fall. Last fall another 7 dogs were killed and that's only the ones that were recorded.

If you live in MN please contact your legislators and ask them to support SF 1325/HF 1655. If you don't know your legislators use this link.

http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

The bills have the support of the Ruffed Grouse Society. Many of their members have quit hunting grouse or only hunt grouse before trapping season starts. The trappers association oppose the bills but offer no solutions.

If you don't live in MN but come here to hunt or vacation you still have a voice.
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Old 05/01/15, 04:28 PM
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Thanks for the update. Frustrating as it is!
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Old 05/01/15, 06:58 PM
 
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This dog lost both eyes and the hearing in one ear after being caught in a body grip. Our law allows the trap to be left unchecked for up to 3 days. Somehow Kobe survived the trap and laid there with the trap clamped on his face until the trapper returned. When the animal control officer came to release him from the trap Kobe wagged his tail.

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/pol...bate/70748126/
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Old 05/02/15, 03:09 PM
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I was catching up on this thread. Great job to all you guys for promoting this effort, I hope this ends up your way and your dogs stay safe. This is what I found on the Wisconsin site. No idea if it's relevant, because I never came across a trap. I've seen trappers close to where we were working our dog for pheasants and I definitely wondered about this.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/trap/documen...ipbrochure.pdf

Here's the actual regulations from last season.

http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/wm/wm0002.pdf
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Old 05/03/15, 07:27 AM
 
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Thanks. WI regulations are much better than MN regs but dogs are still being killed in WI. They need to regulate 160's.

Lots of MN hunters stop hunting in MN once trapping season opens and hunt in WI because it's safer. It's not safe but it is safer.
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Old 05/03/15, 01:57 PM
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Definitely gives me something to talk about at Thanksgiving. I haven't hunted with dogs in so long, kind of wondering if my uncles have had friends lose dogs in traps, we usually just talk deer but they're more "in" the hunting network than I am.
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Old 03/20/16, 10:40 AM
 
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The new session has started and SF 1325 was activated. Now we are trying to get the chair of the committee in the House to give HF 1655 a hearing.

If we fail to get the bill passed more dogs will be killed this fall. At least 7 more MN dogs were killed in 2015 and that number is very likely under the actual number because reporting is still voluntary. We are also preparing to launch a much larger and more widespread campaign to reach the 2 million dog owners in MN. Most haven't heard of this issue but that's about to change.

There is a huge amount of pressure building and the longer the solution is stalled the greater the chance that trapping regulations will be much more restricted than our commonsense bill. Lots of hunters are now saying "I used to support trapping but...." That's because of the uncompromising position of our trapping associations.
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