Thoughts on this?
WTH IS GOING ON!!
"How about this, 1 buck, 1 doe, deer license $60.00, season September 15 to December 15. Any weapon, any time, giddy up. Stop telling other people how to hunt."
I'm all for it! Of course the doe tag would have to only be available for non-buck only areas.
For the Spring Hearings I will be voting to shorten the crossbow season and shorten the archery season, voting against extending the rifle season, and voting to get rid of the extra antlerless hunts (I believe that is how the questions are laid out - haven't read the published questions yet). I do not despise crossbow hunters and really don't care what weapon you use, but I do despise the continual liberal policies of the extra tags, extra seasons, and longer seasons over the past 20 years. Anything to reduce the killing of deer I will be voting for. Your idea - an attempt to limit buck harvest I completely agree with. I would be fine with longer and extra seasons if harvest is reduced. I believe the gun hunting license losses would slow also with more deer on the landscape, and limiting buck harvest would undoubtedly somewhat increase the success rate during rifle season - there are a lot of hunters that would not forego their rifle tag by shooting a forkhorn before rifle season.
As usual all parties involved in managing deer in Wisconsin cant see the forest for the trees. Start managing Wisconsin for a high quality deer hunt and being able to see deer as we did in the 80s and 90s . It really is as simple as improving deer populations in turn improving Wisconsin deer hunting . Most of the northern 1/3 of the state is a barren wasteland currently and hunters are quitting in droves . Until our WDNR starts being honest about deer populations this will get worse not better.
So is it possible that there is not a reduction in hunters, but just a reduction in license bought, no more visible license/ back tags, no more in person registration, just a thought.
Name a state that requires mandatory in person registration for all deer kills. Not saying there aren’t any, but I’m not going to go through and try to find one.
"I bet 10-20% of reduction is because people don't call in their kills. "
Doesn't explain why the deer registration dropped that much in one year - this isn't a new change. For some reason did people get together in 2019 and plan not to register their kills for this year?
Another very informative article.
Thanks oldhunter; The durkin link spells it out perfect.
Check out this Link. As the new millennium saying suggests, "It Is What It Is".
Here are the questions. Again, question 5 is deceptively worded. A no vote means status quo. I will be voting no on all but number 6. For those worried about the accuracy of the current registration system, how many deer get registered as bow kills during gun season? While I don’t think an extended season will make much difference good or bad, it’s just a bone they’re throwing to the gun hunters in an effort to keep them from going crossbow. I think the antlerless season is appropriate where necessary and needs to stay in the toolbox. I don’t think a no hunting period is necessary, everyone is in the woods anyway. Number 4, they should go back to the old management zones and consolidate them based on habitat.
ERE - this should be the link you are looking for. It shows the six questions drafted by the NRB board and proposed for the Spring hearing. The crossbow question is number #5. I do have to agree that the question and it's preamble are worded tricky and confusing, might even include deceiving. especially the parts about the elderly and disabled being exempt from the restricted dates. I have been told that only the legislature can bring back those permits. Supposedly The NRB/DNR can only change the season dates. There appears to be a lot of questions about this proposal as to what and how things can be changed, with no credible answers at this point. Hopefully, some credible explanations will be forthcoming before the spring hearing.