I did read up on Washburn points on the Ontario bear season and am very familiar with the current regs on sturgeon. The bear situation was completely different than the regs for sturgeon. I think the point this group was trying to accomplish is exactly like the sturgeon. The bear situation was a problem of landowners, officers and warden shooting bear without the G&F department calculating these animals in their annual harvest.
A biologist from WI DNR stated to the Pres of WU, the fawn numbers in WI were down to the point they wouldn't have had EAB and T-zones in most areas. I'd be happy to get that person's name for you to referance if you'd like. So the groups point was correct, we are very close, if not already to a overharvest. Not an emotional argument but a factual one at that.
The second point of stopping a season already on the books. This is exactly what the sturgeon season will do when a quota is met. I'm not sure how many of you hunt out of state, but most states have an emergency closure is the kill reaches a certain point. The group felt like with the information given to them, we had reached this point.
Finally, no one has been cheated out of a hunt or the price of tags. The extra "holiday" season and T-zone are just added hunts to certain areas. Hunters have been given the same amount of hunting time as they have in the past.
Mtnman, I'm surprise on the tone of your last few post. In the beginning, you sounded a bit more like Washburn. Your not getting soft, are you? lol
And Washburn, I really appreciate your views. It is impossible to have an educated discussion without opposing views. Otherwise, we'd all be ranting emotionally.