I'm in the insurance biz. I can tell you the number of deer/car crashes have decline dramatically the last 3-4 years, in fact, I only had one report all year at my agency. Look on the road, have you ever seen such a little amount of road kill? When is the last time you saw a few deer out in a field at dusk? It's been a long time for me. What he says doesn't hold true.
Regarding the large harvest numbers, minus this year where the numbers have gone way down, I think it's pretty easy to explain. Take a chunk of land, put up a 10 ft fence, put 100 deer in it and 25 hunters. Success rate would be 25 and the herd would seem large based on harvest figures. Now put 30 deer in the same area and 25 hunters. Same harvest figures and from an outside view, large population due to harvest. Only when the figures decline would there be a clear indication of low population. Warnke believes since hunters continue to take 400,000 animals a year, there is an over abundance but what he doesn't consider is this. We are hunters, it is in our blood to hunt as long and as hard as it takes to harvest a deer. So with the decline in harvest and all of us hunter spending more time hunting without having any luck, is a sure sign of lower population. Post rut, cold weather, etc...doesn't mean squat to me. Give me 6 hunters and 40 acres with 4 deer on it, I guarantee we'll get deer. WI deer hunters hunt hard, if the deer are there, we'll get them. The deer are just not there.
Warnke and the DNR can say what they want, but you need to read between the lines. They are not in control. They have been trumph'd by the Dept of Agri, the Govenor and other liberals in the State government. Per a response to a letter to a State offical: we have tried to fight these powers but have lost.... anything short of legal action which I doubt will work, has failed.......with a majority of the seat being taken by Democrats, I doubt there will be much checks and balances anymore.
Do you think they really care about the little revenue tags produce? My numbers might not be accurate but 17 million is small($24 a tag x 700000 hunters). They can make that up by taxing every resident an extra $4.25. Now losing 180 million on TB, that's another story.
These liberals don't care about you, they see as far as the nearest tree to hug. They don't care about declining interest in deer hunting because are youth don't see deer, they want the hunting tradition to be lost.
Deer are not the only thing trying to be eradicated here. YOU are.