umpiremark wrote:I think there are "pockets" of good deer hunting in WI ... we all know about Buffalo Cty and Waupaca Cty, etc., etc., etc.
But for the most part, the whole state as a "whole entity" is definately not equal when it comes to numbers, sightings, experiences and value. I know "families" and gangs down here in the CWD that out of say, 8-9 hunters took 8 does and 5 bucks. One kid (I say kid, because I'm 55) I know, saw 4 does/fawns opening day and shot 3 of them and shot 2 bucks the next day.
On the other hand, I didn't see one deer in 3 straight days. My brother in law and his brothers hunt way up north and between the five, in four days, no one saw one deer, day or night, dead or alive.
It's easy to get caught up in the numbers, 220k deer, 660k hunters, hmmm ... 1 in 3 hunters get a deer. Like football and baseball, there is no parity in Mudville!!! If you're unlucky (like we are) to hunt in an area that's not abundant with deer all year round or hunt on poor property or public land or whatever - what I mean is outside these "pockets" of high deer kill - you'll experience way outside the 1 in 3 deer kill ratio for a number of successive years.
I don't think hunters realize that when they're complaining about more deer and more numbers, in reality what they really want is even parity across the state in every county, in every woodlot. One in three should be one in three. Not 17 deer out of 8 hunters there while 12 hunters get skunked over there.
Just my thoughts.
Here is a link that shows county break down. I hunt Sawyer county and after 3 straight years of watching the buck kill decline by 15-30% per year, i guess only a 6% decline is progress. As a group we saw about the same number of deer as last year, certainly no increase that would justify unit 13 going from bucks only in 2010 to having 5600 doe tags available this year. Pretty discouraging when you finally see a doe, let it walk and then hear a shot come from that direction 5 minutes later. Happened to me 2x this season.
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