A friend of mine said something about the EAB's turning into Herd Control zones next year. He registered a few deer on Thanksgiving with family members and they were 471, 472, and 473 at a registration station in Shiocton(zone 62b). Apparently by Thanksgiving last year, this particular registration station had around 1100 registered. The DNR apparently made a statement, which I haven't been able to locate yet, that they (the DNR) might have over estimated the Deer Herd by 40%. According to their original estimates, that means that could be nearly 500,000 deer they thought were in the woods, but ended up not being there. I don't actually know how they do their estimates for the EAB areas, but it is frustrating. For me it was extremely frustrating this year, as I have mentioned in previous posts.
I wish there was a way, that all of the hunters could make a stand, perhaps a "hunters union" or whatever, but it's not likely. Some people like to hunt so much, for different reasons that it is almost impossible to make a stand against the DNR by not hunting. The amount of money the state of Wisconsin makes off of deer hunting licenses is ridiculous. Losing over 100,000 licenses, or more, would put a dent in their gun deer sales of an income at least $2,500,000, lets also keep in mind the stores that would lose money on sales for clothing, hand warmers, bullets and whatever else. That's a lot of money. I don't think there is a clear cut way to win the fight against them, I wish you luck if you don't hunt next year, but keep in mind, it might be of your best interest to go to DNR meetings when they are talking about topics like this, and be sure to voice your opinion.
I don't like the EAB any more than you do, and I especially don't like the October gun hunt any more than the next guy as well. The DNR has roughly 350 days to figure out how they screwed up so badly, and try to fix the problem for next season so they don't lose a lot of revenue in licenses next year. I know for sure if the DNR speaks near me, I will be at the meeting, to listen to what they have to say, have my detailed list of deer seen, mature bucks, does, fawns and young bucks at my side. As well as the statistics for the number of doe:buck harvest ratio throughout the past several years, and I will be asking questions myself. Demanding answers, and taking names.
Good luck, hopefully they don't have EAB in some of the zones they did this year, all you can do though, is harvest does anyway, to make sure you are doing your part in "managing the herd".