I was given this link by a rep of the DMU stakeholders advisory board. Very interersting information here. You will see what other special interest groups are saying. http://DMUreview.editme.com
Here are a few views on deer population and control.
"Unfortunatley, the impact deer have on the forest is difficult to see in passing. This is because it is something that happens slowly over time. To the casual observer, the forest looks the same day to day and year to year unless something dramatic happens. To really see that there are changes taking place, they need to be looked for and studied. There are a lot of places in the forest where I work that I would say look the same to me as they did the day I started almost 14 years ago. I know they are different because I know that in the amount of time that has passed, there has had to be a change, even though I cannot say I "see" it. It is even more difficult with the small amount of vegetation that the deer remove every year, but after time it adds up.
I'm not saying that we need to eliminate deer from the landscape, but their numbers do need to be controlled. The biggest thing I am looking for is to get numbers down to the goals that are set." Wisconsin County Forest Asso.
This is interesting since they can't see the change but it must be happening..So shoot the deer.
"The list in my previous post is not necessarily a list of units that we want to see changes to but are units that we would absolutely be opposed to an increase in goals. For the most part, we would be opposed to goal increases in any unit with county forest land."
Ok, so with no real scientific data, WI County Forest Asso opposes any increase in goal in units with county land? You might want to take a look at the new structure of DMU, more than likely you'll have County land in your unit.