Gunther, The last thing the DNR wants to happen is the deer numbers go back to what they were. If you read the DNR's goals for deer population, they want to reduce the herd to 700,000 deer. The DNR set that goal because of pressure from Agriculture and insurance companies. The Department of Agriculture see's deer as the enemy. An enemy that could infect domestic animals with disease and the enemy the eats there crops and profits. With the use of Agriculture crop damage tags they've gained control of the deer population, bear population, turkey population and most likely will get first crack at controlling the wolf population.
The Dept. of Ag has the power to issue crop damage tags, grow crops on our public hunting grounds, and stop the DNR from reintroducing elk to Wisconsin's north woods via the ban on transporting elk. When we put agriculture before our natural resources and put the Dept. of Ag in control of the DNR, and our natural resources, they do not have the natural resources best interest in mind. They have agriculture's best interest in mind and what's good for crops and domestic animals, isn't good for wildlife. I know several places that are DNR public hunting grounds, were planted with soy beans and harvested in early oct. leaving the field bare. Thats good for the wildlife, good for hunting. NOT!
There are 143 wolf packs in Wisconsin right now. 560+ wolves. We have habitat up north for 500 wolves with 300 as the original goal. Each wolf pack will have 5-6 pups on average, next year the wolves will be more than double what they are now. Could be over 1400 wolves by this time next year. Yet 1 wolf gets killed and it's all over the news. By time the red tape and political BS gets done, wolves will have wiped deer off the map. Mark mt words, it is happening now and they going to spread out fast. Remember how fast turkeys turkeys spread throughout the state? That's how fast wolves can take over. Within the 1st year a wolf pack moves in, you will see a huge difference. In 1 year you can go from 120 deer per square mile down to 15. That's what happened in 1 year where I hunted.
The only other thing that can kill as many deer as fast as wolves and the Dept, of Ag. is the DNR underestimating the deer herd, underestimating the wolf population, underestimating the number of deer taken out by Ag tags, and deer kill last winter, then issuing too many deer tags and running EAB too many years in a row. The DNR will be lucky if they don't go under that 700,000 deer goal. If you think deer hunting is bad this year, just wait, it's going to get worse because that's the goal.
American by birth, hunter by choice.