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Baraboo High school sophomore Isaac Pineda, left, and junior Trent Hirst clear brush in the woods around UW-Barabooat the direction of Baraboo Range Preservation Association Director Todd Persche last November.

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MADISON — A majority of outdoor lovers who attended the Conservation Congress’ spring hearings say legislators should impose a user fee on state properties.

The congress asked attendees at its spring hearings Monday if they would support a $5 fee on state land, fishery, wildlife and natural area users between ages 16 and 64. The congress says the fee could generate more than $3 million to help maintain the properties.

A majority of hearing attendees in 49 counties said yes. A majority in 22 counties said no.

Those who attended the local hearing at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus supported the measure by a vote of 82-41.

The congress also asked hearing attendees if legislators should end the group hunting law, which allows a member of a hunting party to kill a deer and place another party member’s tag on it. A majority of attendees in 64 counties rejected the idea.

Sauk County Conservation Congress attendees voted it down 69-52.

Baraboo News Republic reporter Tim Damos contributed to this report.

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