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Report: Concerns still being raised about United Sportsmen group

Duck hunting (courtesy of Forest and Range.org)
Duck hunting (courtesy of Forest and Range.org)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Concerns are still being raised about the United Sportsmen, the group which had a controversial half-million dollar state grant pulled last week. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Tuesday that the United Sportsmen of Wisconsin and its affiliated foundation did not file state income tax returns for 2011 and 2012. Accountants told the paper it's possible the groups are an unfamiliar subsidiary, in which case they do not have to file themselves -- but otherwise, they raised enough money to be required to file.  

The United Sportsmen was the only group to apply for a state grant to encourage more Wisconsinites to go hunting and fishing. Republican lawmakers included the grant in the state budget, while prohibiting some other conservation groups from applying.  

Questions were raised because the group did not train outdoor enthusiasts, like the others did. 

The Journal Sentinel also pointed to the group's political connections. Later, concerns were raised about the United Sportsmen's non-profit status. It later said it was a for-profit entity. 

Governor Scott Walker withdrew the grant last week, after it was learned that the group's president was cited in 2005 for shooting a bear without a proper hunting license in Langlade County.

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