So how does Wisconsin inprove deer hunting?
a whole new philosophy is needed. But I have discussed this a million times before on LL, and most people are either too greedy and self-centered, or too......small minded.......to understand......or are simply afraid of changing anything.
In the mean time, I will just continue to enjoy my western hunts. The western states manage their game much better than eastern states, even with big issues like CWD, EHD, and the general decline in mulie pops........the western states simply know how to manage populations for the betterment of all hunters, not just large landowning ones who benefit from Eastern game management practices.
Just want to comment on what an excellent post you submitted. Pointing out the lack of knowledge to general ignorance of many who comment on the topic is an issue that is largely ignored, but which leads to most of the controversy.
I get sick of hearing it's the DNR this and DNR that. Keep in mind the DNR is trying to do a almost impossible job. The best they can do is give a recommendation on how a unit (county) should be managed. Each county is made up of a large number of localized deer herds not just one big one and each localized area is not = to the other. Might have a county that is being managed for 25 deer/sq. mi but that doesn't mean you don't have areas that have great habitat and could be managed for 40deer well just 10mi down the rd that area should be managed for 12 due to poor habitat in that spot. How many of you know how many deer should be in your local area? How many of you know if the local area you hunt is being over browsed, under browsed (can hold more deer) or the deer are in line with the habitat. Also deer aren't spread out = over a local area but almost always pocketed in the areas with the best habitat and if you don't hunt in one of those pockets you just won't see many deer. Like when I hear guys say I used to see this many deer 20+yrs ago. Could be due to over harvest true but more times then not I would put my money on the deer are more nocturnal now, the habitat has changed resulting in lower carrying capacity, the best habitat is no longer where you hunt or the deer were over populated back then. Those reason are more likely the case.
Not trying to sound like a know it all because I don't but do have a good amount of knowledge when it comes to deer and habitat management.