Shilling Pushes for Angler and Hunting Access

MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) is renewing her push to increase access to prime hunting and fishing locations. Currently, individuals are only allowed to cross railroads at designated sites and could be charged with trespassing if they do not cross at these sites. LRB-5428, would restore access to public lands and allow a person to walk directly across the tracks or right-of-way of a railroad.

“Over the past few years I have heard from hundreds of residents in western Wisconsin who value outdoor recreation and feel strongly about having access to their favorite fishing, hunting and trapping spots,” said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “While it was disappointing that Gov. Walker previously blocked this legislation, we have a new opportunity with Gov. Evers in office to tackle this issue and restore access to prime hunting and fishing locations across Wisconsin. This bipartisan legislation is a commonsense solution that will address a major challenge facing outdoor enthusiasts – especially here in western Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. I’m hopeful the Legislature will take swift action so we can address these land access issues before the start of the spring hunting and fishing seasons.”

Senator Shilling has hosted several local listening sessions in which land access issues were discussed. Local residents have spoken out overwhelmingly in support of this legislation. A similar provision in the 2015-2017 biennial budget would have restored public access but was vetoed by Gov. Walker despite bipartisan support from Wisconsin communities.