In a previous thread, I somewhat defended Warnke for the position he's in. I even wrote him an e-mail. I told him I felt sorry for him as he is the "poster boy" of WI DNR and deer herd management. But I also told him when everything comes down and the stuff hits the fan, he's going to be the "fall Guy". Yep, sure did say that...never got a response though. He isn't calling the shots, others above him are.
I've talked to many wardens and staff of the DNR. General "off the record" is that enough is enough(this was 3 years ago). Most of the wardens and lower level DNR staff are Sportsmen/women, they don't like it either.
I agree everyone makes mistakes, but don't be to nieve on their admission. It does seem like these are very convienent mistakes. Too much information was in their hands prior to getting on TV and stating 1.7 million deer. They had th fawn numbers, they knew 1.7 million was a lie.
As for conspiracy theories, I doubt the DNR has an "area 51". But what I do know from communications with elected officals, there has been much behind the scenes fighting on this subject. 5 years ago when I lived in Appleton, I wrote the State Senator in my district, his exact words where, "We are in complete disagreement with the DNR on how they are managing the deer situation, we would like to get legislation through dissolving the current structure of the DNR and start new". Then a few communication with several reps this year, of which were made off the record. I wish I could post the response but I have to respect his wishes. Basically, we are up against forces much more pwerful than just the DNR and their "mistakes".
All I can say is, if you want answers, start writing elected officials. Sooner or later, you'll get a response and the answers your looking for. Don't be shocked on what you find.
Oh, deer hunters don't pay for the DNR, tax payers do. Hunting license pay for much more than just DNR, eliminate that revenue and there still will be a DNR.