Dan Salmon wrote:I don't honestly think there is one BIG solution to all the problems.
1. Deer are not evenly dispersed within deer management units - Don't know how you fix this. I honestly don't think you can.
2. Deer population is difficult to measure - This is statistical, there is no real way to count the population. I think they do a pretty good job of it already.
3. Wolves and predators are growing in numbers - Yes, they are. And they probably do affect the deer population and dispersal some, but I believe it is more a habitat driven dispersal.
4. Reduced timber harvest in Northern Wisconsin is making the habitat less attractive to whitetails - Habitat = Critters.
5. CWD - I think it's naturally occurring and we've finally found a way to detect it. Until it is shown to not cross to humans I think there still needs to be an effort to research and monitor it.
6. Deer rules are controlled by Republican and Democrats not scientists. - Short of a coup by the people, this isn't going to happen with the current rules in place in Congress. There needs to be term limits at both the State and Federal level, a politician was never meant to be a career.
7. Less land access - more private land - There is a lot of public land available in Wisconsin and in America. Is it the best, no. Why? Because we allow the anti's and environmentalists to use the courts to not allow us to manage these lands sustainably. They think they are protecting something that was never designed to be a static entity. It is always growing, degrading and regenerating. They are not allowing for the regeneration process and in are in effect creating the Endangered Species that they pretend to love so much.
8. The average age of deer hunters is growing, less kids interested - This is a trend that has grown from the change from an agrarian culture to an Urban culture. As people have moved from the country to the city, they have lost touch with their heritage and traditions.
9. More people are disgruntled with the deer population in Wisconsin than happy with it - If people would stop taking the attitude that they know better how to do something than the professionals do, this wouldn't be a problem. Will it happen? I doubt it. There will always be the person/people that know more than the doctors, engineers, etc.
10. There are still social issues with shooting does - See above
11. People dont hunt like they used to. No more deer drives, more sanctuaries, more sitting, less pressure and more land development specifically for holding deer - Thank the commercialization of hunting for this. It's nice to see that commercialization hasn't gotten to the level it has with deer and elk hunting for other species like pheasants. I enjoy pheasant hunting for the simple fact that there isn't a "trophy standard" in place for others to judge you success or lack of. You go out, work and in the end may get some birds or you may not, but your day isn't measured by the "puppy" you brought home.
12. QDM, TDM, etc affects deer harvest - It certainly does. It also shows the absolute and complete misunderstanding of statistics. Most people seem to think that they all have the next world record Whitetail roaming around on their 40. Statistics show you have a better chance of being hit by lightning, but still, he's there and if it weren't for the damn neighbor running the quad by me this morning, I'd be on the cover of Field & Stream!
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