AH, HA! Finally, I've heard a reason(it may not be a good reason). I would like to take a look at one thing, "their" deer. This is one of the main reason the DNR and WI has got into this mess. Remember, I started this thread on the premise of knowing all of what I know from correspondence from the DNR, state officials, WU and biologist. I'm trying to take objective action, making decisions to accomplish what all sides want.
Fact(from correspondence): The state has had a problem with deer management because hunters and nonhunters allowed numbers to get out of hand. Perfect reason why we are up against EAB. People treated deer as "their" commodity, feeding deer to keep them on their property, limited/ no hunting on the property. Over population and CWD became the problem.
A perfect example near our land up north. We, along with property owners saw very little during this year. My relatives hunted on a large plot of land with very little hunting pressure during ML season. They saw deer all over the place. It was basically like a game farm, food plots and all. Landowners own the land, the trees, etc....but they don't own the deer. Everybody wants to have a bunch of deer on their land, so do I but what would I give up to have that.
Would you like to have a population of 1.2 million deer and in most areas, not see anything. Or would you be happy with 900,000 deer and see 1-2 deer a day? Deer not feed or living around a food plot/bait pile would move more to search for food. Yes, maybe off your property but what would move on? If your worried about that big one being shot on your neighbors property, well, good luck. The big boys roam miles when they are in rut, your food plot is not going to help.
So the DNR Czar has heard the people, due to the huge objection in food plot regulations and concerns of deer density in certain areas, the following change will be made. After we re-estimate population using the two models, in year 2, EAB will be inforced in units with high deer densities. Remember, we have larger units now so if you don't have a huge food plot....better get planting. Competition sucks. Czar has spoken.
You wanted the opportunity to manage the herd but you objected to a reasonable limitation, which brought you back to the same major issue you had before. This was the main purpose behind this thread. We want everything our way, don't want to give something up. Why do you think the DNR's attitude is always " Yeah, the hunters want this or that". If you saw 15 deer a day, you'd want to see 20. And I'm one of them, I haven't shot a doe in over 15 years. Two bucks, plus 1-2 deer out west was enough venison for me per year. I hate gutting out doe, I find very little pride in shooting one. I have 12 heads on the wall and am looking for number 13. But now I have to EAB and can't.
Do I think the DNR is wrong, obsolutely. But when I look at things objectively, we must give to get. The DNR has a whale of a job, nothing is ever "right". If we want a good hunting and to manage the herd, we ALL must do the right things. Proper buck/doe ratio, proper deer densities on our land, selective harvest of doe. If that means you have 4 doe and 2 bucks on a 40, take 1 buck and two doe. Not just be happy with 1 or both bucks. If we can't, the DNR has to.