Anybody on here hunt Meadow Valley anymore?
meadow valley monroe county
I hunted it with family back in the late 70's and early 80's. Almost always had venison. Drove through it in the winter a couple years back on Cresent and Drake roads and saw only 2 tracks crossing the road the whole way. Walked in off Buckley (firetower road) and saw more wolf sign then deer sign. While cool to see their huge tracks it doesn't bode well for a whitetail recovery in the area.
I hunted Meadow Valley in my early bow hunting years and loved the camping and hunting in those years; 1980 thru 1985. We shinned for deer as a enjoyment venture and saw so many deer the young hunters today wouldn't believe what once was present back then.
I went to Vilas County for the following 25 years and finally pulled out when the deer drastically disappearing due to the increase of tags and now large wolf population.
Now hunting Jackson County with my son who purchased property there the memories of Meadow Valley are present to this day.
Its odd that Meadow Valley & Vilas County supported those higher populations of deer never hearing of the cwd problem.
The DNR now advocate any way they can to the new hunter especially the young hunters to shoot does, that there are too many present. The DNR also want to find a way to get on private lands to have does taken.
A farmer once told me that if he wanted to increase his milk herd he wouldn't kill off his cows!
As long as the DNR has their wolves, high number of tags issued deer hunting is pretty much doomed in the future. This is the DNR'S Quality Deer Management they deploy.
If I had to guess what's going on up in the once great meadow valley you could just read my posts on the Archery Juneau County thread and probably connect the dots on what's it like these days!!! I'm close to the bombing range which is just a smaller scale meadow valley or Necedah refuge were you have limited human pressure and a lot of wolf presence??? There are still deer but unless "we the people" start managing the wolves it's going to be a slow recovery!!! So yes please go hunt one of them 3 places and go dog and deer hunting this year!! S.S.S. or the almighty gut shot comes to my mind!! Good luck!! Casey