Hunter survey for antlerless deer tags

retch sweeny
 
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RE: Hunter survey for antlerless deer tags

Postby retch sweeny » Tue May 05, 2009 4:12 pm

Below are the results from the Survey Conducted by the Hunter Survey Center   
 
This survey collected responses from hunters all across Wisconsin ( And a few Non-resident WI hunters from MN and IL) and was closed when the 200 respondent level was reached. The survey ran for 96 hours (4 days) Fri. PM thru Tues. pm) with the bulk of the replies occurring on Monday and Tuesday.   
 
Preface: This survey is to gauge Wisconsin hunter opinions in regards to 2009 antlerless deer harvest opportunity. If you do not hunt in any of the units listed in question 1 or 2, skip question 1 thru 3 and proceed to questions 4 thru 7.  
 
Survey results:  
 
The antlerless deer quotas for 2009 list 13 units in which ZERO antlerless tags will be available to gun hunters. All of these units are far below population goals. They are units: 7, 29B, 31, 32, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 50  
  
All archery licenses come with an antlerless tag that is good state wide.  
  
Question 1. If you happen to bowhunt in any of the units listed above, would you harvest an antlerless deer from one of the units listed above if given a bowhunting shot opportunity?  
   
Yes:  26% 
  
No:  30% 
  
Skipped:  44% 
  
2. In 2009, 12 Northern units will have a very limited antlerless deer harvest quota. These antlerless tags will be available over the counter to both bowhunters and gun deer hunters. They are as follows.
   
Unit______Desired antlerless harvest quota 
  
1----------------------700 
   
3----------------------700 
   
4----------------------200 
  
28---------------------650
 
29A-------------------300
 
30---------------------400
 
34---------------------200 
  
37---------------------800
 
41---------------------500 
   
45---------------------250 
   
49A--------------------125 
  
52---------------------750 
  
Question 2. As a bowhunter that hunts in any of the 12 limited quota units listed above, (that has already received an antlerless tag) do you plan on purchasing an over the counter antlerless tag in addition to the one already issued to bowhunters or do you pass and let firearms hunters buy them for use during the firearms season? ( even though you may also be a gun deer hunter as well as a bowhunter)  
 
I would purchase an additional antlerless tag with the intent to use it during the archery season:  11% 
  
I would purchase and additional antlerless tag with the intent to use it during the firearms season:  9% 
  
I would not purchase an additional antlerless tag:  34%
   
Skipped: 45%
   
Question 3. If you hunt any of the units mentioned in question 2, (with either a firearm or a bow) would you consider purchasing one of the limited antlerless tags with no intent to fill the tag but would purchase the tag to prevent another hunter from buying the tag and harvesting an antlerless deer? 
  
Yes:  14%  
 
No:  9% 
  
Skipped: 41%  
 
Question 4. My primary weapon of choice for deer hunting is? 
  
Bow: 77%  
 
Gun:  21% 
  
Skipped: 2%
   
Question 5. If forced to choose only one weapon and season to hunt deer, I would. 
  
Only hunt with a bow during the archery deer season:  79%   
 
Only hunt with a firearm during the firearms season(s): 19% 
  
Skipped:  2% 
  
Question 6. If you DO NOT hunt in one of the units listed in question 1, select the response that you most agree with. 
  
I don't have a problem with bowhunters harvesting an antlerless deer when firearms hunters will not be allowed the same opportunity. 60%  
 
I do NOT agree with bowhunters harvesting an antlerless deer when firearms hunters will not be allowed the same opportunity. 31%   
Skipped:  9%  
 
Question 7. If you DO NOT hunt one of the units listed in question 2, select the response that you most agree with.  
 
I don't have a problem with bowhunters purchasing an additional antlerless deer tag:  52%  
 
I do NOT agree with bowhunters being able to purchase an additional antlerless deer tag since they already receive one when buying their archery tag:  39% 
 
Skipped:  10% 
 
  
The last section offered a place to comment on the survey questions/topics. It read: 
 
8.  In regards to the questions above, please provide additional comments in regards to any question you felt the available choices provided did not adequately capture your opinion. 
  
52 Total Comments.  Most comments were well thought out and on point. Others were............. Well, let's just say, they were interesting even if some had nothing to do with the questions asked. 
   
1. Do you think the DNR is capable of managing the deer herd............ Absolutely NO!  
 
2. what your point dufuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   
 
3. end baiting 
  
4. At this point I question whether I will be hunting at all   
 
5. Get rid of EAB and T-zones forever 
  
6. Shoot the deer before the wolves get them 
  
7. No EAB
   
8. End the Oct and Dec. Antlerless gun seasons 
  
9. ban baiting NOW!!  
 
10. The DNR is way to powerfull just like the DOT
   
11. As long as the DNR is not selling more tags than there are deer.  
 
12. i like to shoot does

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RE: Hunter survey for antlerless deer tags

Postby wack » Wed May 06, 2009 3:34 pm

So who or what is the Hunter Survey Center?

Interesting. I wonder why so many questions were skipped? Can't learn much when the majority didn't answer some of the questions. It's also interesting that : Question 4. My primary weapon of choice for deer hunting is? 
 
Bow: 77%  

Gun:  21% 
 
Skipped: 2%

Since there are a lot more gun hunters than bow hunters, does this mean a large percentage of bow hunters are online compared to gun hunters? Most of my answers were in the majority but with the majority being bow hunters and the large number of no answers, I don't see much useful information coming from this survey. I'm interested to know what the Hunter Survey Center learned from this survey. I think once we get accurate numbers on the deer herd, there maybe places that need protecting and hunting should be limited in those areas, doesn't matter if gun or bow. A plan needs to be made.

 Retch, is there any progress on the new herd estimate? How long is it going to take to tweak SAK, make the needed changes to get a more accurate count? Will we get a revised prehunt deer count from the DNR before the season starts?
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RE: Hunter survey for antlerless deer tags

Postby retch sweeny » Wed May 06, 2009 4:40 pm

So who or what is the Hunter Survey Center?

 
They are the group that conducted the survey.
 
SAK inprovements are coming but nothing will happen for 2009, Expect a lower pre-hunt population estimate. I can't see how it could be any other way.

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RE: Hunter survey for antlerless deer tags

Postby wack » Thu May 07, 2009 6:25 am

ORIGINAL: retch sweeny

So who or what is the Hunter Survey Center?


They are the group that conducted the survey.

SAK inprovements are coming but nothing will happen for 2009, Expect a lower pre-hunt population estimate. I can't see how it could be any other way.


I know they conducted the survey, now I know they are a group, who does the "group" consist of? For what purpose was the survey conducted?

I would hope revised 2009 pre hunt estimates would at least be made public in time for hunters to make sound choices as to where to hunt and where not to hunt. If it's too late to change the 2009 season, it's up to hunters to make sure we don't over hunt the herd until we can actually see what damage has been done. I still haven't bought my patrons yet, probably will and spend more time fishing, turkey, duck and goose hunting. I'll be happy with one deer, gun or bow, buck or doe and I hope to draw a bear tag for 2010. I'd be happy to swap my 2009 deer tags for a bear or wolf tag. [:)]
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RE: Hunter survey for antlerless deer tags

Postby wibucks » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:12 pm

I've lost faith in the DNR years ago.  Instead of being scientists and doing their jobs as scientists, the DNR is all politics.  We hunt unit 31 and last year the unit was a herd control zone and now there are zero anterless tags available.  How can "good" science be that far off?  In many professions that would be consider malpractice or negligence.

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