is public land in S.E. Wis really this bad?
I've heard of some really bad behavior from people on public land. As some posters have stated, there is also some terrible behavior from private land owners. I've heard of multiple landowners who will drive tractors, atv's, etc. by hunters in order to protect 'their' deer.
Unfortunately, a lot of it boils down to poor hunter ethics, whether it be private or public hunting. If you're given the privilege of having public land to hunt, then treat it and others with respect. Don't put up illegal stands, be respectful of others in the woods, and don't get greedy.
Private landowners can be just as bad. Ruining another's hunting because of selfishness is poor sportsmanship.
Finally, if you are hunting public land, consider donations for land stewardship / Cherish Wisconsin fund.
By the way, I sell hunting licenses at my job. I hear a lot of stories. A lot of them don't cast WI deer hunters in a great light.