Governor Scott Walker was first elected to serve as Wisconsin’s 45th governor in 2011. He previously served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1993 to 2002. In 2002, he took on the position of Milwaukee County Executive and served in this capacity for eight more years. In 2015, Governor Walker joined the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus as a means of expressing his commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and trappers.
Governor Walker grew up in the small town of Delavan, Wisconsin. His passion for the outdoors was instilled in him at an early age through his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America; he had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout by the time he was a teenager. Governor Walker continues to be an active hunter, angler, and recreational shooter. He can frequently be found spending his spare time on the range or in the field pursuing sporting clays or upland game birds.
“Sportsmen for Walker” was a popular campaign slogan when Governor Walker ran for office in 2011. In 2012, he announced that he had fulfilled a campaign promise of requiring annual audits of the fish and wildlife account funds from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Governor Walker sought to ensure that the money collected from the Waterfowl Stamp Program was spent appropriately, and that there remained a degree of transparency and accountability between the department and the public interest. The Waterfowl Stamp Program had generated more than $500,000 for the 2011 fiscal year, and supported 19 waterfowl habitat programs throughout Wisconsin.
The Badger State’s time honored traditions of hunting and angling boast more than 1.5 million participants state-wide. Governor Walker continues his work in the capital as the voice of these sportsmen and women whom annually contribute over $4.03 billion to the state economy. The industries that support these communities have created almost 56,000 jobs, proving the vital economic role that hunters and anglers hold within the state.
Governor Walker at the 2013 Fishing Opener.
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- Facilitating voter registration at the time of hunting/fishing license purchase (9.84%)
- Addressing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer populations (13.11%)
- Increasing public access to private lands (24.04%)
- Granting more fish and wildlife management authority to the states (32.79%)
- Other (20.22%)