"I don't think privatization will be a big issue. Wisconsin has large County, State, and National Forests. We have a lot of wetlands and other natural areas. With the stewardship fund, we are purchasing new public lands every year."
The DNR is also selling public land. As a nation as we go deeper in debt and not to raise taxes, I would not be surprised to see the DNR futher liquidate land. Also, as land gets more and more private, and as the population grows, more and more pressure will be put onto public land.
"There are plenty of public lands available, but deer management is an issue on many in the northern third. You can find plenty of spots where you can sit all day and not see anyone. Space is not the issue."
Only in certain areas in the north this may be true. Of the county forests, MFL land, and state land it never fails to amaze me how many hunters are present. Used to be I could walk 2 miles in and not see anyone, not the case anymore in many areas.
"EAB was a big deal. In the mid 2000's, if you weren't in EAB, you were likely in an EAB watch unit. The DNR was heavy on the harvest in nearly every unit. Some areas with a large predator base still haven't recovered. Some areas have recovered. Bet everyone was affected by EAB, EAB watch lists, and the aggressive goals."
The aggressive goals certainly! Predator losses would be more tolerable if the DNR didn't set such high antlerless harvests for so many years. EAB has never affected many of us in the north as more public land was available, and winter took out a good portion of the herd many years..