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1/22/20 @ 11:45 PM
User since 11/16/10
1/29/20 @ 8:35 PM
User since 11/11/15

It was an awesome tradition, not to mention great for bars and gas stations that registered deer.

You’re right Mike.  And that helped build a little fellowship and camaraderie, something sorely needed among hunters today.

1/29/20 @ 8:23 PM
Mike 04
Mike 04
User since 5/19/16
In regards to the decrease number of deer taken, I can't help but think the tagging rule changes have led to many many deer kills not being reported.  I bet 10-20% of reduction is because people don't call in their kills.  Maybe the DNR should stop being so cheap and go back to back tags.  It was an awesome tradition, not to mention great for bars and gas stations that registered deer.  DNR are sometimes their own worst enemy!!

1/29/20 @ 7:50 PM
User since 10/22/13

We all know what is going on. I will vote at the so called sting hearings. Being a senior I will support hunting enjoyment for all participants during rut. I will now fill every tag I get to help reduce deer numbers to management goals. Will key on nubbies. This will continue until we can all play nice and remove restriction proposals this years and future years.

1/29/20 @ 7:37 PM
User since 3/17/09

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. 

1/29/20 @ 7:20 PM
User since 2/22/07

Old hunter, I'm having trouble attaching links. Can you post the proposed question as written for the spring hearing, very questionable wording.

1/29/20 @ 7:20 PM
User since 12/20/12

I'll be at the spring hearings to cast my vote in favor of restricting the xbow season. I'll also be voting against extending the gun season framework.

1/29/20 @ 5:49 PM
User since 2/28/13

Copied from another forum post, and some solid advice.

To every Wisconsin resident who is concerned with this issue restricting crossbow use for deer hunting. I cannot emphasize this enough, The course of action that needs to be taken There needs to be a strong campaign to inform and recruit crossbow hunters to get involved. The simple way to accomplish that and voice your opinion, is to attend the Conservation Congress spring hearing (Monday April 13,2020) and vote on any questions pertaining to crossbows. There is a meeting location listed in each of the 72 Wisconsin counties. As of last year, a person may also register and vote online. Below is a link to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress website. At this point in time, it is to early for info on the 2020 hearing, but will be posted as it is finalized. I will monitor it an repost when available. You can take it to the bank, that the antis gears are already turning. THE STRENGTH WILL BE IN THE NUMBERS.

Two additional course of actions for Wisconsin residents;
1. Contact the NRB board members, voice your concerns with them. They are currently the powers to alter the crossbow season.
2. To go further, contact your state district senators and assembly representatives. The state legislature is the ultimate authority.

1/29/20 @ 4:24 PM
User since 2/22/07

I cant stress enough about the importance of the upcoming spring hearing questions. If you are on board for a reduction in the crossbow season then my post is moot. However, if you want the season to remain concurrent with the archery season, you need to vote. If you are against a 19 day gun season, you need to vote. I stand behind my belief that this package of questions have been crafted by a small group of anti crossbow folks, and a member of the NRB with a history of recreating questions even after similar questions have been defeated. The wording of the question fits the group and the members narrative. To go along with the vote, e-mailing your concerns to the NRB puts them on notice that another annual attack is getting old. The same behind the scenes games to craft these questions is unacceptable.

1/29/20 @ 2:14 PM
User since 4/1/05

Exactly right Fin Bender!  You can say "a typical late start following an early start historically results in a 15% drop in harvest."  However, when you are starting with far less deer it is hiding the problem looking purely at percentages.

And, we have not heard the reason why a 30-50% drop occurred in northern counties...seems to be ignored.  Why the additional 15-35% drop in northern counties?  Wonder why DNR doesn't publicly explain this?    

1/29/20 @ 1:46 PM
Fin Bender
User since 9/16/11

Countyline -

The last late opener was 2013. The deer population was estimated to be around 1 million deer that year. Gun hunters killed 255,000 deer.

2019 the deer population was estimated at DOUBLE that number at 2 million. Gun hunters killed 160,000 deer.

There's something definitely wrong going on and a late opener does little to explain it no matter what the DNR press release said on the subject. The DNR has lost credibility and I foresee some changes ahead.  

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