In my opinion the best thing the state could do is to go to a one buck a year per hunter. No antler restrictions just one buck per hunter through all the seasons. Get rid of the combo license and force people to be more selective about their bucks, if they want too and be able to take more does in the areas that are over populated. I like the combo tag, not because I could take two bucks, but because I can take two does on public land. Never have, but its nice to be able too. Go from firearm and archery only license to just a antlered deer hunting license valid for all seasons.
I am not a fan of the EAB...seems to be a hot negative topic in Wisconsin, but I have not been keeping up with it over there. As opposed to change and as slowly as it comes here in Michigan, I would think a solution that is long term and sustainable would be best. My fear is once it is established the DNR, NRC or hunters will not be willing to move on once it has done what it can and its time to move onto other forms of management.
I may be unpopular on this point, but I think it is time for a reasonable license fee increase. When was the last time our license fees went up? Off the top of my head it was at least 10 years ago. How much have things changed since then? Salaries, gas cost, cost of any supplies, etc? As much as I don't like spending more money, we are a large part of the DNR's funding and I don't see how we can expect more from them when we aren't willing to give more for it. How much? I don't know. But I think the fee structure should include antlerless licenses that a cheaper than antlered licenses. Especially in areas where there are too many deer.
All the above summed up: Kill the combo and firearm/archery tags, have one antlered deer tag good for only one deer per hunter... with no antler restrictions; a reasonable license fee increase with doe tags markedly cheaper than buck tags... with the license increase smart management of our herd based on areas that are very similar to ours and have been successful.. and management on a smaller basis than currently is done. If I were king for a day...
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