"I wouldn't complain about deer hunting at all in today's terms. In 50 years if you don't have land or money you will not be able to hunt. Plain and simple. Wicassa said it best in that you will see a European system. The public land you have today will be sold off. Walker is selling it off like no other govenor before him. Go to your local conservation club. How many young adults are at the meetings to help continue conservation practices and purchases of land and easements?"
Governor Walker is the devil I take it. Selling off public land that has no easement to get to it is very worthwhile in my opinion. The only ones who benefit are the neighboring landowners. I don't want my taxes paying for private landowner's private deer farm. There will most likely always be public land, and it is almost impossible to have hunting any worse than it already is. However, you have to be lucky enough to live near these large parcels, and I agree everywhere else will turn into Europe - most of the State is already that way.
"How many bucks are getting bigger if the meat mongers are chasing does. I say let them, they want the meat then so be it. They are just improving your chance at a buck. "
Huh? These guys hunt bucks and does, and their goal is to fill all their tags. Just because they shoot a doe doesn't mean they won't continue hunting for a buck. Shooting does also destroys future buck populations.
"I have been bowhunting for 31 years. The key is to adapt, improvise and overcome. It's how I look at public land properties. How many guys cry on opening day of bowhunting when it's 92 degrees out and mosquitos carry you away. While there home I'm in the woods sitting on the best public property I can find and I also have the first crack at a buck. After it cools off, and the lazy hunters hit the woods I may either A) harvested that buck or B) educated that buck with my scent. The lazy hunters are then behind the 8 ball. "
Great for you. There are a lot of guys who hunt public land all archery season. The premise of this topic is the destruction of the deer herd in many parts of the state. I don't care how much of a master hunter you are, deer have to be present to be successful.
"Don't get me wrong, there is a select few who dedicate themselves to the woods and the hunt. Especially public land, but these hunters are few. "
I am one of those "few" hunters, and I can honestly say that public land I hunt is at an all time worst.
"Dnr actually hates deer".......Study it a little more and "deer hunters hate the DNR". Why? Because it affects what has always been convenient to the hunter. People HATE change."
If you mean "change" as slaughtering the deer herd the past 20 years, then yes, I hate "change."