Sherwood, Wis.(WFRV)--State lawmakers approved a law earlier this year that expands hunting and trapping in Wisconsin state parks.
The Natural Resources Board and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are considering ways to implement the new law safely.
While Act 168 allows hunting during open season, the state is proposing that the board expand hunting season from October 15th through the Thursday prior to Memorial Day weekend.
Susan Ferguson walks her dog in High Cliff State Park in Calumet County every day. One thing she is not a fan of is hunting in the area.
Says Ferguson, "There were times we would see groups of 50 deer go through, now it's not common for us to see any deer at all."
For year, deer hunting was allowed in state parks like High Cliff to control the heard.
However, hunters had to use muzzle loaders during the 9-day season.
In April, Governor Walker signed the Sporting Heritage bill. It's a new law opening state parks to hunting and trapping of all kinds, including rifle hunting.
Local Five's Donald Robinson has this report.