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New tag laws affect Shawano High

New hunting laws have been taking affect in Wisconsin. Shawano High students are also included in the impacts of the new law. Many hunters at SCHS have heard about the law change and how it will affect them.

Students and faculty who hunt have noticed the change as well and are all in agreement that they have concerns about it. This year, all throughout Wisconsin, after hunters harvest a deer, they do not have to put carcass tags on, but  must register the deer online.

“It’s stupid,” said Junior Kobe Schreiber. “There is going to be more unsafe and illegal hunting.”

Schreiber, who has been hunting since he was nine years old, feels that this new law is just unnecessary. Schreiber has been following the rules since he first start going into the woods. He is primarily a gun hunter, and his favorite thing to hunt for is the Whitetail deer.

“Taking away the carcass tags was just dumb, you feel like you should put something on the deer after you shoot it,” said Schreiber.

He is not the only one who feels that way, either. Teacher and long-time hunter,  Mr. Jeremy Hodkiewicz feels the same way. He is a gun hunter, but does not go out much because he rarely has the time. Regardless of how often he goes out, he still does not agree with the law.

“I did not mind using them; they’re convenient,” said Hodkiewicz. “The only reason they took them away was to save money.”

Hodkiewicz is also a big supporter of the carcass tags. He also agrees with Schrieber, that without them, there will be more illegal hunting. The carcass tags are not the only thing the DNR should bring back. He also believes they should bring back the back tags.

“I don’t agree with taking away back tags. It is very unsafe,” said Hodkiewicz. “If someone came on my land, I have no way of identifying them, and if something happens, the outcome could be a disaster.”

Back tags were worn on the hunter’s back with their information so that the hunter can be identified. On February 29, 2016 Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that made it no longer required for hunters to wear back tags while they are hunting.

“There will be a lot of unsafe hunting and trespassing,” said Schreiber.

Taking away the back tags was a potentially very dangerous move, but now taking away carcass tags is another questionable move. It could open up illegal hunting and poaching now that hunters do not have to prove that an animal was shot legally. Without the carcass tags, people can be unethical and go over their bag limit.

The taking away of both of these tags has taken an effect at Shawano High. Just like most of the hunters in the state, the hunters here do not agree with these new laws.