Interesting that QDM is getting the blame for people losing interest in hunting. A lot of the lost interest from people is in the northern 3rd of Wisconsin. This area has the by far highest concentration of public lands and by far the lowest concentration of QDM in the state. This is 'brown its down' and 'bang any buck' country and it certainly has been shot up by the non-QDM folks. Of course when I go hunting the last thing that factors into my harvest decision is the status of my freezer. This is a limited resource and there is not enough for everyone to harvest 1 deer or 2 deer, even though some people act like they need that or more. You find that attitude more prevalent among QDM'ers which is why our lands didn't get beat up as bad in the last 10 years. There is still a ton of interest and kids joining the sport in my neck of the woods. Yet in the areas where I used to hunt up north where there is virtually no QDM there is also no interest, deer, or participation, and I am to believe this is due to QDM?
As for comments insinuating that the divisiveness on this thread is due to the QDM'ers, I must ask why? Why doesn't the brown is down crowd take any blame? Why doesn't the bang any buck crowd take any blame? Currently the regulations in this state are in favor of the brown its down and bang any buck guys. You get a buck with any license purchased with no restrictions. Group hunting is available for the slobs that can't get enough only shooting 2 bucks per year. Seasons keep getting longer putting more pressure on the resource. X-guns are now available during the rut for people who can't bowhunt. No more in person registration so if you shoot something you are embarrased of you don't need to worry about it. Even though cut back from their candy at halloween heyday, tons of antlerless tags are still readily available. When it is proposed that the regulations are changed to 1 buck, 1 buck with apr for a second, no group hunting, antler point restrictions in certain areas, etc, where the QDM crowd would have some(not all) regulations in their favor, the 'BID' and 'BAB' groups won't give an inch. They'll claim they "need to fill the freezer", claim "you can't eat the horns" while waiting for the first small buck to come through, etc. They don't want to give up their gravy train of shooting the sloppy seconds of the QDM guys which is ridicuously easy now given how many people are passing bucks. I find it to be pathetic.
Why isn't there compromise? I fish mainly for eater panfish and walleyes, yet I have and will vote in favor of trophy muskie regulations in areas where it makes sense even though it is to my detriment. Why should all waters be managed to the way I want it only? I believe there should be different styles of management based on it making sense for the habitat and to give people with different preferences areas to pursue that match their goals. What would be wrong with limiting the buck harvest to 1 tag, but you can still fill it how you like? Why can't we get rid of group hunting? What would be wrong with implementing some QDM style antler restrictions in the 10 or 15 counties that already practice it the most and leaving the other 57-62 counties with no antler restrictions? How come some of you insist on a death grip of managing the entire state your way? Are you that selfish?