Fish- Don't mean to get your goat and as I stated before I enjoy your passion and do respect you. You are a good sportsman who does alot nobody else will. I'm not going to compare us in who's done more but I've talked to our DNR, Mr. Warnke, local wardens, out of state wardens out of state biologist and so on. Gone out to WY a couple of times, camped on public land and walked for miles chasing mule deer and antelope, been out to Colorado in the mountains walking and and hunting elk and so on. I put in 150 hrs on stand hunting deer here in WI each year and the rest of the year I'm doing something related to deer hunting. I'm a passionate bow hunter who's been blessed with some pretty good land to hunt and I understand not everyone is in that position.
Please don't think I just have good land to hunt and don't do anything to deserve it. During the winter, spring, and fall I'm doing everything I can afford to improve the land and the deer that roam it. I work in a mill and work every hour of o.t I can to take care of my family and if theres enough left over Ill use it to put gas in the tractor or buy another stand. Do I have hundreds of acres to hunt and manage no, but we have 50 acres that we get to put our sweat and blood into to try to encourage the deer to stay on our property a little more. Theres nothing wrong with that. We're good sportsman just like you and do what we can to have our little deer heaven.
Everyone on here is a passionate hunter who cares about the deer we hunt and chase. We're all sportsman in one way or another and we each do our own thing to help out. Am I a gifted writer who can put the right words together to express my point? no, but when I run into a warden or even a fellow hunter Ill listen to them and share my opinions as well. Do I make a difference? I don't know, but I do what I can and thats all I can do.
I love conservation and the work that goes into it. I enjoy that as much as I enjoy hunting.
We all are brought up hunting with different beliefs, whats great is that we can look back and learn from our mistakes. I think we all need to take more action and do what WE can do to improve our little neck of the woods. If that means not shooting does then don't shoot does, if your in earn-a-buck try different legal ways to earn your buck, maybe theres a farmer with 10 acres that'll let you hunt and take a doe there or whatever. If you need to take a couple of does off your land then do so.
I say quit blaming everything else and take matters into your own hands. Ill do what I think is right and try to get my neighbors to do the same but beyond that its out of my control. Ill try to do what I can do make a difference and to be heard but once again thats all I can do.
The best way for me to make hunting better for me and those in the future is to work my butt off and try to improve the habitat for those that live in it. Thats where I try to make the biggest difference.
Ill take a brandy old fashioned sour while we're solving the worlds problems on your tailgate!
And seriously, thank you for doing your part.