1. Eliminating all deer hunting in Nov for WI would likely result in the in-ability to harvest enough deer to get populations back down to DNR mandated goals as the deer by Dec 1 are in transition to their traditional wintering areas and therefore fairly fragmented throughout the landscape. This would be especially true of the northern forest units of WI, where it is more critical to get populations back down to goal before winter sets in, otherwise they are at risk due to the lack of available food source.
Dan was correct in an earlier post. The reduction in clear-cut type forest management and movement to more mature forests during the 1990's and 2000's are greatly impacting forest land units to harbor populations that used to roam the north back in the 1970's. This is becoming a big issue for the north.
Iowa can get away with it's season in Dec because of the huge amount of agriculture throughout the entire state and the somewhat milder winters and less snow-pack they experience. Access to food is a non-issue for deer survival in Iowa no matter where they winter. Some day I'm moving to Iowa!
2. With our 700 thousand hunters, moving rifle season into the first two weeks of Nov would result in having a herd that resembles Michigan and Minnesota... mostly 1.5 and a few 2.5 yr old bucks. The age structure of the herd seen today would be decimated in just a few short years.
3. The current season structure allows for quality animals to be harvested by BOTH archery and gun hunters alike, while leaving enough to mature another year for the following seasons. Take a look at the BC / PY entries across the country over the last 20 years. Nobody is better than WI. Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio might have better top end bucks, but they don't have the quanity of quality bucks WI does.
4. I'm not aware of anything the prevents someone who wants to take their fair shot at harvesting a quality animal in the first 2 weeks in Nov from purchasing an archery license and getting out there with the other 250 thousand hunters and giving it their best shot. It's completely fair and very challenging for all that do it. When you get lucky and able to harvest, it's awesome. When it doesn't happen, which is most years for me, I strategize about what I can do next year, read online forums, hunting magazines, online DNR info, and of course do a lot of dreaming.
I know full well that if myself and the other 250K were more successful than we are now, there would be a lot less deer for the gun hunters and less quality for the following seasons and that of course would increase hunter against hunter tensions even more. It truly is a social issue.
5. As for allowing all 250 thousand and future additions to use a crossbow, see the many previous posts.
Bottom Line (and of course this is just personal opinion): If not concerned about having great age structure throughout the state and not concerned about what's left by the time gun hunting starts, then I can see one's desire to allow crossbows to be used by any and all. I would hope in this "modern" era of deer hunting the desire to have and keep our quality herd ranks right up there on one's hunting wishlist.