UPDATE: Walker signs bill outlawing hunter harassment

UPDATED: Saturday, April 2, 2016 --- 2:26 p.m.

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill prohibiting people from bothering hunters in the Wisconsin woods.

Walker signed the bill Saturday at the Wisconsin Bear Hunters' Association's 52nd annual convention in Rothschild.

In a statement, Walker calls hunting, fishing and trapping "major pastimes" in Wisconsin, and says the bill provides hunters with "additional protections from interference."

The bill's Republican authors say concerns about hunter harassment have grown since the Wolf Patrol, a group of animal rights activists, followed and filmed wolf hunters in Wisconsin and Montana in 2014.

The bill expands the definition of interference with a hunter to include remaining in a hunter's sight and photographing or confronting a hunter more than twice with the intention to interfere.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 11, 2016---12:56 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a bill that would prohibit people from bothering hunters in the woods.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote Thursday with no debate. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote last month.

The bill's Republican authors say concerns about hunter harassment have grown since the Wolf Patrol, a group of animal rights activists, followed and filmed wolf hunters in Wisconsin and Montana in 2014.

The bill would expand the definition of interference with a hunter to include remaining in a hunter's sight and photographing or confronting a hunter more than twice with the intention to interfere.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 11, 2016---10:04 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is set to pass a bill that would prohibit people from bothering hunters in the woods.

The Assembly was scheduled to take up the bill during a floor session Thursday afternoon. Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker. The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote last month.

The measure's Republican authors say concerns about hunter harassment have grown since the Wolf Patrol, a group of animal rights activists, followed and filmed wolf hunters in Wisconsin and Montana in 2014.

The bill would expand the definition of interference with a hunter to include remaining in a hunter's sight and photographing or confronting a hunter more than twice with the intention to interfere.

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 5, 2016---3:41 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Another legislative committee has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prohibit people from bothering hunters in the woods.

The Senate's sporting heritage committee approved the measure unanimously Tuesday. The vote clears the way for a full vote on the Senate floor. The Assembly's natural resources committee passed the bill on a 14-1 vote in November, setting the measure up for a vote in that chamber, too.

The measure's Republican authors say concerns about hunter harassment have grown since the Wolf Patrol, a group of animal rights activists, followed and filmed wolf hunters in Wisconsin and Montana in 2014.

The bill would expand the definition of interference with a hunter to include remaining in a hunter's sight and photographing or confronting a hunter more than twice with the intention to interfere.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 17, 2015---2:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly's natural resources committee has approved a bill prohibiting people form harassing hunters in the woods.

The 14-1 vote clears the way for a full vote on the Assembly floor. The chamber wrapped up its fall floor sessions on Monday, however, and isn't expected to reconvene until January.

Wisconsin law already prohibits someone from interfering with hunt, fishing or trapping activities. The bill would add scouting, dog training and baiting and feeding as hunting activities. It also would expand the definition of interference to include engaging in an activity more than twice that's intended to impede a hunter, including remaining in a hunter's sight, photographing a hunter, using a drone to photograph a hunter and confronting a hunter.

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Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015---11:21 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker is trying persuade a committee to approve his bill prohibiting people from harassing hunters in the woods.

Rep. Adam Jarchow of Balsalm Lake introduced the bill last week. He says hunters need more protection from extreme environmentalists who have been following them into the woods and filming their activities.

Under the bill, anyone in engages in two or more acts over any period of time that are intended to impede or obstruct a hunter. Acts would include staying within a hunter's sight, photographing them and using a drone to follow or photograph them. He says such activities have been on the rise since lawmakers approved a wolf hunt in 2011.

Jarchow told the Assembly's natural resources committee during a public hearing Wednesday that extremists are stalking hunters.

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