By Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Department of Natural Resources officials want to let hunters leave tree stands on agency-managed lands overnight.

DNR officials said in a memo to the Natural Resources Board that the agency’s current prohibition on overnight stands is designed to prevent people from staking out territory. But they say allowing overnight stands could be convenient for older hunters and hunters can leave stands out overnight on other public land.

They plan to ask the board Wednesday to approve a scope statement allowing them to begin work on rules allowing tree stands overnight on DNR land.

The statement says the rule could include a trial period on DNR lands in northern Wisconsin and provisions stating stand placement doesn’t reserve a location.

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