Is anyone OK with deer hunting in N. Wisconsin the way it is?
While I agree there is a wolf problem, I also agree with the steady and measured harvest pace. If not, and a harvest or two gets out of control, we lose it. Don't believe it, take a look at what happened to wolf hunting in Wyoming.
Some relaxed seasons and high harvests and the feds put the wolf back on the list... now they have nothing, and won't for a while.
Triggers - The managers set the quota, and raise the quota the next year if it is not met. They also advertise and persuade people to fill the tag, and are the main source of deer population information for the state.
Weather - Managers don't influence the weather. However, the managers blame the weather almost every year for low deer registrations.
Endangered Species Act - No, they did not write the Act. However, they set the quota for wolf kill. Even though the wolf quota is met quicker every year, they respond by shrinking the quota.
Bears - They set the quota on bears. They are also responsible for population estimates. They have goofed on population estimates, but yet fail to issue more tags.
Not tough to figure out. Starts with a "D", and ends in a "NR".
Well if you interviewed them and hired them, I am sure you hired the person you felt best qualified to do the job you wanted. Or is it not that simple? Just because you pay taxes does not mean people with government jobs are here to serve your needs. They do a job outlined by your elected officials, you did vote right? You want change, you have to voice your opinion where it matters and to whom it matters. Or you educate yourself a bit, and do what you can to control your little hunting area. JMO
I always used to blame hunters for low deer numbers, but I think I may be changing my tune. Let's be honest the average WI hunter just keeps proving how they are mindless zombies who could give two sharts about the resource. It's all about how many they can shoot. Give them more deer on the landscape they will still shoot every deer they see. "We used to shoot 20 a year, now we don't see crap, darn DNR is screwing us" I propose the DNR just gives up and says screw it, you hunters are the "experts" you handle it. That did not work many moons ago but we are confident now it will work. The DNR made some big changes to deer management, changes that "you" guys wanted, now give them time to work or realize you were wrong in the first place. My hunting situation has not changed much in the last 20 years, but then again I am a bar stool herd manager who likes to see deer and realizes what it takes to do that.
I am not a DNR lover by any means but I also would not want their job. Society blames the DNR, Police, and Government for all their problems and shortcomings instead of looking in the mirror. If you don't see many deer, STOP shooting deer for a few years, seems pretty simple. If you need to hunt 45 days a season to kill a deer, you are doing it wrong, sorry but it is not that hard.
Why does everyone get so worked up over these glorified goats anyway?