Somewhere in there we have to look at poaching but who has valid data for this? Regional car kills need to be looked at. Logging trends need to be looked at.
A true analysis looks at all these and more. To make a long story short, you will never get back to the deer population of yesterday. There is too much pressure and too many factors, natural, social, political.
Back then the deer migrated to logged off areas or cedar swamps. Even with our hard winters in 2012 and 2013 the deer stayed in rural populated areas where people fed them. I wonder if feeding is banned in our area Of Bayfield and Sawyer County- will the deer return to these areas-I'm guessing yes or they will starve.
One picture I have in my mind that I cant get rid of is from driving around the Namekagon River in 1977 or 1978 on River Road in Southern Bayfield County. The time of year was late March- deer were standing in the river-have dead and the banks of the river were scattered with dead deer- Eagle were feeding on the deer-but I don't remember seeing or talking about wolfs-they were not here yet.
Interesting how things change-or do they?