Wack, none of us had any real problem with your plan. The main goal here is getting the money maker for WI to stay here. None of us want our taxes to go up because people quit deer hunting. I don't think there is any other income that goes directly to the state that has as much of an impact on our roads, etc. The over harvest and wolves are taking their toll on the Wisconsin Deer Herd.
Dinosaurs lived in Wisconsin at one point and time, if we're bringing wolves back, let's bring Dinosaurs back as well. We can't have just one predator that dominates everything. We need to balance out the predators too. Let's release cougars, salt water crocs, Bengal Tigers, Brown Bears, Grizzly's all kinds of things. The predators need to balance out the predators and keep themselves in check too. The thing most people fail to recognize, is this is WI, not Alaska, or remote parts of Canada.
Elk will help our #1 money maker stick around longer and could eventually become number 1 even with 700,000 -1,000,000 deer in the state. No this isn't Alaska, but we have a lot of good habitat and the biologists say that the habitat needs the elk. The more elk, the less pressure on deer and more secure our future will be. That's the biggest misconception people make. We don't have room or habitat for elk, we'll never get to hunt them. If we do nothing, no, we'll never get to hunt them. How long it takes doesn't matter. Even as for viewing only, they'd help our economy from tourists and already have. With minimal effort and 500 elk, we could be hunting in 20 years. Other states have done it in 10. Funny part is the habitat up north is good. The best elk habitat is in central southern WI. The Savannah plains. I'm not saying it's a good idea, but it would be nice to have that option.
We can actually bring dinosaurs back? Balancing wolves bears deer and elk would be easier than wolves bears and deer. We don't need more predators, we need more predator food. 5th grade biology. We are very close to getting it done but not enough support from hunters. DNR biologists are all for it, DNR has funding for it, RMEF are fighting OUR battle. Yet we here in WI are too stupid to help them out.
Well you just might be able to hunt next year with a gun. The DNR says they screwed up, miscounted the deer and may revise the EAB program next year in certain areas. Where most of the wolves are, it wasn't EAB this year. The way this winter is piling up so far, it's going to be a long hard winter. So if your area isn't EAB next year, does it still pay to take out the gun? Just between wolves and winter kill, there will be no deer. If you hunted EAB this year, it means your area had more deer than the regular units. If you didn't see deer in your EAB unit and you're already complaining, you're really going to complain once your unit is at DNR goal. There is no guarantee that populations won't go below the DNR goal. It's very possible we may all have to take a year or more off hunting and become photographers. Problem with that is there's no guarantee we'll ever be able to hunt deer again and chances are high that we've seen the biggest deer population ever. It was fun while it lasted. Maybe if we give mother nature back her elk and buffalo, she'll let us keep some deer.
If you can afford to buy up land, you can afford $35 for RMEF membership to help our elk, that will help our deer, that will help fight for wolf delisting, which will help our bear population, help improve our habitat, help our DNR, our economy...
Then go to the DNR meetings and say what you have to say about deer, EAB, CWD,wolves, Ag tags, planting cash crops on public hunting grounds, management plans and just for me, ask what about the elk in Clam Lake area? Black River Falls. At least in one little part of WI. we could restore the land to nearly perfect and hope it catches on and spreads. We can do this in the next couple years or we can do this after all the deer are gone and wolves destroyed and have to start from scratch.
American by birth, hunter by choice.