I had the priviledge of lengthy phone conversations with Jack and Mtnman today. We tossed around a few ideas on how to battle our current deer harvest issues. Prior to us moving any further, I would like input from everyone if they'd be on board.
We are looking at setting up an organization of WI hunters. There would be no cost for membership, we'd have one simple mission statement, and donations of your time would be appreciated.
Basically, we'd have a very small website for people to sign up on and maybe a forum. When you sign up, you agree to our mission statement and goal. This would act as a petition. With Jack, Mtnman and other people's political allies....we'd use this as power to influence legislators with our vote. With the backing of a very large group, legislators, who are on our side, would have enough power to battle the special interest groups and the DNR. As united, our voices would be heard and we'd gather attention to our problems.
We're talking about a very large group, not just 150 members. We'd need hundreds of thousands to make an impact. So we'd need everyone's efforts to tell people, e-mail or small signs. I believe just by e-mail alone it could work. Since it would be free, no reason for anyone not to sign on.
We are close in having the ability to organize. We have the ear of several politicians, a possibility of an atty on our side, special interest organizer in Madison and web design. Jack's existing group of 100+ hunters(just in his local hunting area) already have organized. Talk of a billboard in his group. Jack also has two bills he's introducing this spring on CWD..Sorry Jack if that was "off the record". We have the resources but we need the members.
The simple mission statement would be regarding deer population and herd reduction. Basically, we want our voices heard on EAB, T-zones and over issued doe tags. Against the 700,000 deer herd number. One thing we couldn't do is battle for/against certain hunting practices i.e. baiting. These type of issues will have split opinion so we'd stick with what we all can agree upon. The over harvest of deer in the state of WI, use of EAB and T-zones, etc....
Another point of our mission statement could be organizing of landowners to self control deer harvest. So if we can't vote them out, we can take away the DNR ability of regulating the deer harvest.
Your membership would be your signature to the petition, we'd correspond via forum and e-mail....sorry no banquets or gun give aways.
We are up against a two headed monster, I'd be happy to talk to anyone on here on what happening in the capital. Jack and Mtnman know too. Nothing will change next year unless we do something. The CC and DNR have said this already. Lets take back control of what rightfully ours.
So we want people's "Yea" or "Nea" on this. We will not waste our time if people are not going to participate. We need help in other parts of the state. So far we have central, SC and NE parts covered....obviously, more help those areas would be needed. Please e-mail me if you'd like more info.
Also, we would need a name so please suggest one with the Yea/nea. The cpl I've thought of: United Sportsmen of WI(USW), Alliance of WI SPortsmen(AWS), or PEDA(People Encouraged to see Deer Asso).
Let's stop talking about it, let's do something about it.