A lot of misinformation and narrow thinking in some of these posts. Let me clarify a few things, at least in regards to Wisconsin.
EAB (earn-a-buck) is only active in the CWD units in the state. CWD units are not considered eradication zones anymore. Decrease the effective breeding does, you limit the disease as far as its growth rate. About 1% of deer in CWD area's test positive. The DNR is not the one stating CWD does not infect humans, rather the CDC (Center for disease control). The DNR simply puts the CDC information in their hunting guideline books.
EAB is the reason why WI has produced so many trophy bucks in the last few years. People were not able to shoot every spike, 4pt or 6pt that came across their path. By forcing hunters to shoot a doe prior to a buck, they reduce the herd, increase testosterone in bucks creating a more active rut and more traveling by rutting bucks to find a doe. It also saves the lives of many young bucks that will then grow into bigger and better bucks and increases competition levels among bucks. We currently have a moratorium on EAB, except in CWD, due to constant complaints by special interest groups. Now anyone can blast anything they see, and we all know that most "deer hunters" are weekend warriors who spend almost no time in the woods, no time scouting and have no hunting etiquette. I see people doing deer drives on opening weekend. That just ruins the entire area, as the deer will move to deeper more protected areas, pushing into more private areas.
Back on topic, in regards to Herd density and understanding deer. Wisconsin has implemented a new study that is unlike any done before. WI DNR are working with hunters to live trap fawns, to collar, track and study them like we have done other animals. This has not been done with deer before. There are two study factors taking place. One, is to find better ways to count deer, other than counting scat piles in a square mile area. The other is to study and understand buck mortality rates. Studying the cause of death and factors that affect bucks live span and growth. This is exciting to see real study being done, and that WI DNR are not just using old and outdated methods of deer study.
Sharpshooters in the state of WI are NOT always hired by the DNR. There are many hired by local towns/cities to remove deer from residential and city areas. It rarely has anything to do with CWD. (Last DNR sharpshooting I remember, culled 28 deer in Southern Kettle Moraine Forest on Walworth/Waukesha county lines. 28 killed, none tested positive for CWD) It has to do with super high deer density populations on smaller land areas in cities and towns due to urban sprawl. The DNR would rather open these areas to archery hunting, but the cities/towns would rather pay sharpshooters to remove deer, instead of allowing locals not only the ability to reduce the deer population in their own cities and towns, but would put venison in their freezer.
Beyond all this, you have people who blame deer herd reduction on the wolves in the state. In some aspects that can be true. If you have only 8 deer in a square mile, its likely that 8 will get serious pressure from wolves. However, in 2009 there was estimated 662 wolves in wisconsin. A healthy adult wolf can consume up to 20 deer a year. Do the math. 13,240 deer a year if they are successful everytime.
Hunters= 300,000-600,000 deer killed a year on average
Bears=33,000 (mostly fawns)
Coyote=16,000 (mostly fawns)
Wolves=13,000 (adults & fawns)
Bobcats= 6,000 (mostly fawns, some adults)
Winter= 5-15% of total population
These #'s are as of 2009. That is current data. So, ask yourself again, what is the real cause of lower kill counts the last two years? Is it animals who eat deer that are their natural food source or is it humans causing overkill. You can't harvest 500,000 deer, 6-7 seasons out of the last 10 and then blame wolves for low deer population.
My biggest issue is with weekend warrior deer hunters and the so called sportsman. Each is as greedy as the other, but for different reasons and both spend their time blaming everyone but themselves. We are all part of the problem and the solution, but which part are you?