I say try bringing the out of state license fees up....
I always say that the search for accountability should start first with the mirror. If my paycheck gets bigger, then I can spend or save more. If it gets smaller, the my budget must adjust. I need to look at my fixed expenses. Which items are a must have, should have, and fun to have? The decision making should start their. Looking outward for someone else to take care of me is not how I live my life.
....I'm not trying to kick the out of state guys out, but with the reputation WI has for hunting and trophy deer, it should be worth it.
There are definitely trophy deer in WI, but I've rifle hunted in WI for 24 years and bowhunted 6. I've taken three 8 pointers in that time. They are trophies to me, but the largest is 120". I've shot bigger deer in TN and in less time.
....If I lived elsewhere, I'd have no problem dishing out a little more to come to WI and take home two or three deer. I have to believe WI is one of the cheapest and easiest places for an out of state hunter to come.
Take home 2-3 deer? I saw 3 does during gun season. None had fawns with them. I haven't seen a buck since 2008. I can shoot 3 does per day in TN. I went this weekend and saw a spike and 5 does. The state has liberal limits, big bucks, and I can still see a bunch of deer in a mornings sit.
Where's my mirror???