"…newly created tool opportunities in most states had been stagnant for decades."
Do your research. Ohio got snares, with very few restrictions in 1996. West Virginia got them shortly thereafter based on Ohio law. Michigan got them next, but subsequently had the legs kicked out from under them by their own DNR.
You should also note that in Ohio the initiative was undertaken by trappers
. Specifically, the Ohio State Trappers Association. But, I don't remember anybody
from the WI trappers association contacting the OSTA about snaring. It's quite possible we may have been able to help -- had Wisconsin trappers
taken the initiative.
In Wisconsin the initiative was not undertaken
by trappers. The initiative was undertaken by DOW personnel who lacked a fundamental knowledge
of snares and snaring. The regulations, as promulgated, reflect this lack of knowledge. Where was the WI trappers association in all this. What was their input?"WI did what they thought was in their best interest to be able to get the use of cable restraints to trappers in WI."
Yes, but I just can't envision anyone exhibiting pride in the outcome.