In my opinion, WDNR is one of the best in the country. However, it also has one of the toughest jobs in the country and certainly isn't perfect. This season is a good example.
The shear number of hunters and the lack of public land in the southern half of the state make things very difficult. Then throw in CWD.
Welcome lumberrick, I do not feel the DNR is evil or bad. I believe the lower rank, or from Warnke down have a good understanding. In my conversations with them, along with some state politicians, their hands are tied. The NRB appointed by the Gov is part of the problem, the Dept of Agri and other Dept in our state are the other. If you take the time to ask your local warden, you'll find he/she is a sportsman and "off the record" agree with many of our thoughts. We are in a political battle here.
You definately have much more experience in forestry than I, but in discussions about our land in Marinette Cty, a few loggers had told us prior to selective cutting, we should have done it 10 years ago. Hunters are emotional, they have their traditions and the landscape of the land means o lot. I. for one, had a real hard time logging off our land because it would never look the same(in my life time). It needed to be done. I'm sure there is a large percentage of us that feel the same. I'm not sure the deer are mostly to blame, proper land management would allow for more undergrowth for the deer and better hardwood. Again, I'm probably wrong but that's my take
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