Going to rifle is a huge mistake. When will WI catch up with the rest of the deer world. We should be going to more shotgun only counties if not the entire state like Illinois and Iowa. This is yet another reason why the WI DNR is looked at as the laughing stock of all DNR's around the country. When will WI realize what they have and manage the deer herd properly?
I thought that the shotgun only restriction was based on human population per square mile. Shotguns have always been required wherever the land was basically small parcels and the thought was there would be too great of a chance of hitting another person with a "long range" rifle caliber. By the way, in the 16 years that I lived in Waupaca County, most of my deer kills were within 40 yards. My home was in the Lind township on the last 40 on the southern boundary with Waushara County. If we set up our deer drives heading south, the drivers had shotguns and the posters had rifles. Go figure.
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