Living near Oshkosh I've been following this story for some time now and it's been quite confusing. They've been at it for 2 years trying t come up with a plan and this is what they came up with......
The plan was to hire this company to bait the deer. WHAT? Yes bait. While they bait the deer, they tell everyone when, where, who, so that the day they load the guns to shoot the baited deer, everyone who disagrees can surround the kill zone with demonstrations to make as much noise and confusion as possible and come to the deers rescue! This way it looks like they at least tried but nothing got done. They got 3 deer. O BOY!
Now I would have volunteered to quietly kill a few deer with my bow, with out bait, but if they're going to tell everyone where, when, how, FORGET IT! Nothing against the company hired, but the city of Oshkosh put this company in a very difficult and dangerous situation and $125 per deer whether it's 3 deer or 40 isn't nearly enough if that's the way they're going to do it. I wonder how many concerned citizens went through that woods prior to and during the hunt to try to drive the deer out. There's just no way to safely do this with all the anti's protesting in the area at the same time.
The sad thing is it gives hunters a bad name in the eyes of the kids who just like seeing the pretty deer and don't understand why bambi needs to go. The press covered it like 8 year olds too, sad little girl on TV almost made ME cry. As much as I'd love to take my bow in and help them out, it would only hurt hunters in the long run. We'd be better served volunteering to drive the deer into a pen and ship them up north so we can hunt them in the woods (and feed the wolves. [:D].). There was even an offer of transportation equiptment to haul the deer and I believe the company hired also transports wildlife if I'm not mistaken.
They could take them to the public hunting grounds in Winnebago county, not far away, except the fact that the deer have more food in Oshkosh then on public grounds nearby. Why do you think they choose to live there? I have never killed a deer with an empty stomach and they aren't there because they like people, cars, dogs and city life. Public hunting grounds are planted with cash crops and harvested in the fall. Come winter, no food, no deer. The deer are forced to farm fields and back yards, and then killed in the name of culling and agriculture damage tags.
American by birth, hunter by choice.