You are not going to like it when the DNR reaches it's targeted goals in your area. This is the first paragraph of a DNR report on Whitetail deer population status of 2007.
The statewide posthunt white-tailed deer population estimate for 2007 was 1,217,000. This was 74% above the statewide goal of approximately 700,000. The 2007 posthunt population estimates were more than 20% above goal in 104 deer management units. With a harvest of over 171,000 adult bucks and more than 345,000 antlerless deer, the posthunt 2007 population estimate was unchanged from last year's estimate; however, changes in estimates between years are in part confounded with changes in methodology and assumed model inputs.
You can read it in full here, http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/har ... rpop07.pdf
I'm no accountant but if our deer herd is 74% above goals, doesn't that mean they want to get rid of 3 of 4 deer that we had last year. They want 1,217,000 deer to be 700,000 state wide. You add the fact that 550+ wolves live in Wisconsin and eat 18 deer per year each, 5,000+bears that eat deer, cars kill a lot of deer and DNR and Dept of Ag. keeps issuing tags and let's not talk about the CWD zone and the tough 2008 winter. The Dept of Ag wants fewer deer and they use the DNR to get there way. Between the DNR, DoA. CWD and wolves, you're going to see a huge drop in deer numbers and once we get to the targeted numbers, will the DNR be able to keep them from dropping below 700,000?
I'm going to keep on saying it till it gets done. The best thing we can do for the deer and bears in Wisconsin is add elk and buffalo, or completely remove all wolves. The wolves got put back on the endangered species list Sept 29, 2008. Wisconsin's habitat up north can support 500 wolves according to the studies. We are already past 550 wolves and closer to 600, spreading and growing very quickly. http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/mammals/wolf/wolf_map.htm
And deer densities are dropping quickly in these areas, cut by 2/3rds in places. Notice how the regular deer hunting zone is the same area the wolves are in. Chalk all those lost doe tags up to wolves. Also doe get shot in regular zone and registered in earn a buck zone to get a sticker. DNR has no idea what deer are being registered in different units and no way of regulating it, so good guys who follow the rules get stuck earning a buck. The few areas with a lot of deer per square mile you find farmers with Ag tags shooting doe year round by the dozens. State wide for one reason or another deer are being slaughtered in record numbers from all angles. Farmers, hunters, wolves and disease. The deer herd may not be overpopulated for the first time in hundreds of years.
So are we going to be happy drawing 1 deer tag every other year? Or kill off the wolves again? Or bring back the big game animals it takes to feed wolves? I'm with the wolf for putting more yummy critters back in the woods and it wouldn't be so hard to share with the wolves if it meant they bring buffalo, elk, and maybe a moose or two with them to share with us. Only then can we use hunting as a conservation tool. To have more than wolves and deer on the big game ticket.
Next time you are in the woods, just think how cool it would be to have a 6x6 elk walk by.. How about trying to stick an arrow into a woodland buffalo? Bears have been growing until the wolves took over prime territory. They compete with wolves and would benefit big time from elk and buffalo. As is, don't look for that 9 year bear tag waiting list to shorten up or deer hunting up north to improve anytime soon. Expect wolves and bears to wander south as the hunting gets tough. 700,000 deer doesn't sound so bad if they're sharing it with the other big game animals that were here in the past. The more elk and buffalo you start with, the sooner we can hunt them. Other states have started hunting in under 10 years. Clam Lake studies and Black River Falls studies are done, paid for and all in favor of elk, it's time we get it done.It's 3rd grade science, parts of a food chain. We have deer, deer hunters, bears and wolves. What's missing? Isn't it cruel to turn wolves loose and feed them only venison? Expect them not to go after live stock? Tree huggers who saved the wolves now need to feed them and help replace some of the meat they took off our tables. We need to get them started on the elk and buffalo right away, if not, we're back to breaking the laws again....If tree huggers have wolves on the endangered list, isn't our elk and buffalo on that same endangered species list? We may even have to use that law to save our deer pretty soon and the bears would be next.
Call the governor, tell 'em wack sent ya! Tell him to give the DNR and Rockey Mountain Elk Foundation permission to transport elk From Elk Island Canada and the funds to get it done. We're that close, it's that easy. The only hurdle left is the ban on transporting elk.
American by birth, hunter by choice.