Sat every evening last Friday through Sunday, did not see a deer. This same spot last year had tons of does/fawns and multiple bucks running around. This year only 3 different deer on the cam, an impressive buck and a fawnless doe included. Sunday night I got into the stand and maybe made a bit more noise than usual, so I blew my grunt call a couple times, not even 5 minutes later a wolf came trotting out of the brush behind at 10yrds. Could this be the reason for lack of deer on my camera? Should I find a new spot? Needless to say I’ve hunted a lot of hours in Sawyer county and never have seen a wolf, I left my tree stand a bit before dark that night with my 357. Closer than ever.
First of all, 100 deer per square mile is not an exaggeration. There are fields down here where it’s not uncommon to see 50-75 deer in the evenings. It’s the perfect recipe of rich deer hunters and anti hunters. The land is expensive compared to northern Wisconsin no matter what. Almost every deer hunting landowner down here thinks they are Bill Winke. They own 40+ acres that they paid 7k+/acre. They own kubota tractors with all the attachments and put up buildings for them, so 6 year old Johnny can see 50 deer a night sitting in a red neck blind over a food plot. Meanwhile half the deer have cwd and are staggering through the residential neighborhoods during the day like zombies. There are no predators. We have coyotes up the A, but they do nothing on the herd. The only predators are us, and there’s not many of us left down here. The rich landowners are not hunters, the are entitled brats. I am in Oneida county at my cabin as I write. Spent the day hunting. Saw deer, wolf tracks, grouse and woodcock. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
"If we had wolves down here around Madison, we probably wouldn't have an issue with CWD. "
That is the biggest falsehood being spread around by the pro-wolf gang. There is no correlation that wolf presence affects CWD. Prions live through the wolf digestive tract, so it isn't like wolves are somehow removing prions from the landscape.
I seen a wolf once up by conover where we hunt.....had a hole in the guts and was running wide open.......hope it didnt suffer for long....
Nobody said anything about wanting 100 deer per square mile, if you want to talk about exaggerating that's a game winner there.
When the deer hunting property down there gets to $400 to $500 an acre you can claim it has plummeted as well.
Excellent point Fish Sandwich. Lack of predation can be as bad as over predation
If we had wolves down here around Madison, we probably wouldn't have an issue with CWD. People watch too much TV. It's not natural to have 100 deer per square mile. Deer hunting land value has already plummeted down here. Not many people want to risk eating the meat anymore. Watch what happens in Iowa and all the other places where deer density is way too high. Be glad you have a balance up there.
I have been hunting hard in Jackson & Clark county for over 10 years.
I have seen a wolf in person in Jackson County. And now I have a lease in Clark County.
The first 2 years on my current lease, I didn't hear wolves, or had any pictures on my cameras.
2 years ago I began hearing wolves on a regular basis. And starting this year, I have had 1 collared wolf on camera. Plus now at least 2 other confirmed wolves on camera. Thus was confirmed by a current wolf expert at the DNR!
So, YES, this is becoming a BIGGER PROBLEM.
There simply needs to be a yearly hunting season for the wolf!!!
Please DNR & Courts, let's make this happen quickly!
We are losing hunters & some quality deer hunting on many public lands!
S S S
They can't see them from Madison so its okay yet. Wait until their property gets torn up and values plummet, then maybe they will open their eyes.
having hunted northern Sawyer county for the last 45 years , the family has hunted the same area for the last 83 years. when the deer drop below 7 deer per square mile wolf pack will move to where there is food, lone wolves will remain, deer populations will return in 4 to5 years then the Dnr will shoot all the does and cycle starts over, have seen a number of wolves while hunting, have also had members of group gowled at. we now all carry while bowing hunting