Here's a couple of recent news items of note to Wisconsin turkey hunters.
First, Senate Bill 481 appears to be dead. The Wis Bill tracking website (http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB481hst.html
) lists its status as of 4/22 as "Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1". Since I wasn't sure if this meant the Bill was dead or simply delayed, I emailed the Senate Chief Clerk. His reply was "The short answer is that the bill is dead. Here's the long answer. The Wisconsin Legislature operates on a biennial session schedule which is established every odd-numbered January as Senate Joint Resolution 1. Among other things, that Joint Resolution specifies that any bill that fails to pass by the end of the last session day is considered dead, barring any extraordinary session being called."
The second note of interest is a very good May 19 article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "Wisconsin Takes the Turkey title" http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/94351184.html
The article says that in 2009 for the first time Wisconsin harvested more turkeys than any other state, "... according to figures compiled by the turkey federation and interviews with state agencies". Wisconsin harvested 52,581 turkeys. The next closest state was Missouri with 44,713. Wisconsin hunters ... appreciate how far this state has come in such a relatively short time. It can go the other way. I've read that more than one state has suffered declines in recent years. An example listed in this article is Alabama that had recorded as many as 60,000+ turkeys in past years. Alabama's 2009 harvest was 36,600.