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Doyle doubts Nugent will have much influence on sandhill crane hunt proposal

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Almost 20 years ago, hunters in Wisconsin persuaded state leaders to allow a hunting season for mourning doves.  Now, there’s a new bird in their sights…and a campaign to let state residents hunt sandhill cranes. 

La Crosse area lawmaker Steve Doyle is surprised by some arguments he’s hearing for a crane season.

Doyle noted that rock star Ted Nugent was in Madison this week, supporting the hunting of cranes by saying things such as “sandhill cranes are like ribeyes in the sky.” Doyle characterized the rally which featured Nugent as a “sideshow.”     

“This is one where I don’t think that we’ll be out shooting sandhill cranes next year, but I’ve been proven wrong before,” he said.

Doyle doesn’t think Nugent has enough “credibility” to persuade legislators on the hunting bill, or on a bill to make it easier to carry concealed firearms. 

The crane hunt is supported by farm groups such as the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.     

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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