It means with the DNR's margin of error that our deer herd is is bad shape. I saw this article today also, http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/ ... ocated=RSS
They put the population at 830,000 and we are not finished with winter yet. A large part of the EAB zone is already at the 4th worst winter on record for snow fall, only 2" short of last years 3rd worst "harsh winter" on record and we're not done yet. A large part of the now "regular zone" should not be hunted, there has to be enough deer to feed the wolves and bears.
Deer count, bear count, wolf count, the numbers just aren't adding up and it's time we get some straight answers. First, how are they figuring winter kill when winter isn't over yet? How did we go from 1.7 million down to 830,000 in 1 year? How did we go from 13,000 bears to over 40,000 in 1 year? How are we going to deal with 700-850 wolf pups this year adding to the 530 wolves we have already? The biologists said we could handle 350-500 wolves max and that was when we only had 13,000 bears and 1.7 million deer. The DNR's goal of 700,000 is going to wipe out the deer herd up north and make them as scares as chickens teeth everywhere else.
They need to add a new zone category, Zones that are below goal numbers, where no doe tags are sold and bucks have to be at least 6 points and spread outside the ears and all EAB units should be given a break for at least a year to recover from such a dramatic drop and until the DNR can prove there are more than 700,000 deer in this state. I see no reason to reduce the deer population further in any part of the state outside the CWD zone and even that's debatable. It's still not too late to get the elk herd going, but that too has been screwed up and with the number of bears, wolves and lack of deer, it's not looking good for them either.
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