On the Fish list #1 I agree.
2)Part of my stimulus plan hire people to improve every public hunting ground one by one. I want land that holds deer year around and especially well adapted for winter. I want food sources year around to compete with the agriculture in the area. I want acorn oaks and fruit trees, natural browse, food plots and a variety to suit the wildlife unique to that area. I would no longer allow cash crops to be grown on public land and harvested prior to winter and these public grounds are the ones I'd start with. If planting these grounds is part of the land deal with the state, I'd buy out the farmers rights or give up the land because a dirt field is useless during winter and devastating to wildlife depending on that land.
3) food pantry hunters are good for hunting image. DNR claims there will be fewer hunters in not so far away future. Keep tags reasonable but lets figure out how to count the deer and be more careful about tags issued and methods used to reach goals.
4)I'll leave testing up to you but I'm spending my efforts on research for better method of testing,(I.E. testing live deer, and for a cure. A vaccine that maybe could be put into bait? I've got the whole UW system and Obama money, get them on it now.
5)Farmers who don't hunt and don't want crop damage should get grants from DNR (Obama money) for fences. We can keep terrorists out of the US, we can keep critters out of a corn field. For those who do hunt, give them the ability to manage there own land. Encourage habitat restoration with grants, and give them control in a way that they can profit from good land management. I'd take a hard look at Texas programs and implement what works.
6)We don't have a clue as to the actual number of bears. Mind blowing that 13,000 bears turned into 47,000 over night. How'd that happen? We need a recount! lol I want more bears than wolves and if we are going to have both, we need elk. Until then, I'm raising the price on bear tags and waiting to know how many. I'm cashing in bear tags and shooting for 15,000 bears after harvest 2010.
7)Keep with the wolf program and start selling wolf tags. This will help offset lost deer hunting rev. and give deer hunters something to shoot at until deer population recovers. 500 wolves should provide 500? tags 2009. 2010 will have to be a count and see, I'll put the current biologists in charge and let them determine the numbers, but get some tags out there 2009. I'd hire A Hmong chef to put together a K9 cookbook for wolf meat recipes to encourage hunters to eat what they hunt or at least give it to someone who will. [:)] Feeding my elk to the wolves will be a death sentence in Wisconsin. If we have to capture the wolves, I'm using Doyle and his communist regime as wolf bait. When they run out, child rapists and snowmokillers next.
9)The perfect habitat is exactly the same habitat that was here 300 years ago, before white man came. Every animal, every plant had it's place and role to play. We're missing a lot of our animals, there for we are missing a lot of our plant life, there for the ecosystem is weak and vulnerable to invasive species of insects, disease, plants and animals. As our forestry industry dwindles do to China's willingness to sell there wood products cheaper than we can produce them here, and in sight of the paperless revolution, it's time to re evaluate our investments in timberland and start converting this land into habitat, healthy woods restored to support wildlife and keep our forests strong. More wildlife, more renewable resources, stronger economy. Forestry and wildlife industries can work together for the better of all.
Turkey's? Yummy. 1 in spring and 1 in fall isn't enough. I missed the darn dead line for spring. That's got to go. lol Same story as deer, count them and kill them. No hen hunting in spring, maybe if needed in fall. Got to go, wife's callling.
American by birth, hunter by choice.