I agree with a lot everyone points. Registration has just been a pet peeve of mine. The more the DNR micro manages, the more hoops we as hunters and landowners have to jump through, the worse it seems to get and they dont get the results they want. It is going to be interesting around us, a couple of years without EAB and the population will explode. I dont want it to happen again and now the DNR does not have any tools to manage the population. During the lean years I noticed an improvement in antler growth, less spikes and body weights. For the last 2 years I did not have a spike on film. This year we have 3-4 already (one is a small 3ptr). One year of not having earn a buck, our deer sighting have doubled. The scientists say you have to harvest 30-40% of the does to keep your population stable. That is a lot of deer. I just wonder is the answer for deer control - IN FARM COUNTRY - unlimited doe tags and no registration. Let the land owners take care of their individual situations as they desire
I have been a land owner for 20 years. You guys can trust me, I care as much, if not more, about the deer using my property as the DNR. If they gave me more rope, I could and would help them get the deer under control. I recently had a DNR forester in helping me on a logging project and he saw the browse line and offered me numerous crop damage tags. These too have to be registered thus it is impractical for me to manage. I estimate that each deer I shoot costs me 1 - 1.5 hours screwing around with registration.
Just venting guys - hopefully I drop my buck early opening day and I can fill all my doe tags the remaining hours of that weekend - one trip to the registration station before the Packer game, baby