There are a lot of hunters out there, who enjoy going out, there are some hunters out there, who love hunting and wouldn't drop it for the world, and then there are some people who are being introduced to hunting and are unbiased at this point and time. I would hate to see the state lose 50% of it's hunters due to lack of deer sightings, and youngsters not showing interest anymore because it's too cold, and boring. Losing 50% of the 1.2 billion dollar industry, you're talking about people losing jobs, companies going under (small sport shops, butchers), roads having less money from the revenue, and you know that if that's the case, they will just raise the taxes, and WI is already taxed enough. As far as deer/car accidents, WI isn't even in the top 10 in the nation, and they are crying about that? Sure, 10 years ago we were in the top 10, but 10th place at that.
Nothing against farmers personally, but you can make a direct link to the farmers who ask for these special harvest permits, and the loss of income the state would be accumulating. In the article linked by Goose, the DNR stated that statewide the loss of agricultural crops, and deer car related accidents was estimated
at $100 million. Keep in mind, I've never come across an insurance agency that told me the truth about anything, as far as what is the best coverage for me, but rather what is the best coverage that will make their insurance company the most money. In addition to this, the agricultural crop damage, obviously was when the prices were at it's $8 dollar a bushel. That is no longer, so the totals in that "estimation" are obviously high.
While the loss of 50% of the states hunters is only $600 million. From a financial stand point it makes more sense, to be extra careful about the hunters, and make sure you don't lose a lot of them. While the market for agricultural prices fluctuate, as we see now, the only flucuation in the revenue from hunting licenses, granted the same amount of people hunt would be whether or not they raise the prices of the licenses. Of course gas prices go hand in hand with some of the money hunters spend, but I don't think that this $1.2 billion they speak of ever accounted for that. Since the numbers I've seen have been over a billion for several years, not necessarily since the gas prices jumped over 2 bucks a few years back. Keep in mind, regardless of where this goes will have a serious impact on land prices as well. It all comes down to greed, and who is being favored at that particular time. Everything will come crashing down again, corn prices, gas prices, housing market and land prices. As a matter of fact, it already has as a number of you already noticed. That is a simple fact of life. What goes up, must come down, and I think they are taking the deer population too literally with that saying.
Anyway, I've been extremely upset about this topic for a long period of time. I've been putting together facts over the past year (thanks for the link Goose, it is helping me out a ton, as I've never seen this before) to help the hunters argument since the rest of the state is looking at it from a financial aspect. i.e. Insurance companies, farmers, tree farmers (lumber companies). Seems to me, we are pretty much right back to where we were when we first colonized WI, except we have a lot of wolves that are making a strong comeback, as opposed to us shooting them when we see them.
If you have any interesting facts, monetarily or whatever else that you think will be useful during my presentation at the next hearing this coming spring, please feel free to post it on here, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be more than willing to take your ideas, facts
and proven data into serious consideration. Keep in mind, my argument is going to be solely on the financial aspect, and followed up by tradition, family values, and heritage.