Yep lot of nice hunting land in Bayfield County is selling for under 1000 an acre. The problem that will happen is that the Northern 1/3 of Wisconsin has most of Wisconsin's public hunting land. With the deer numbers being so bad up there hunters are not going to be headed up north for gun season. This will put even more pressure on the limited amount of public land in the southern 2/3 of
Wisconsin. In my experiences once a hunter leaves the Northwoods for a different area they do not return. This could and more than likely will cause a problem for the DNR.
I agree Tt. The fact is, it isn't like this is a new thing. Land has always been cheap up in that area and a lot of it had to do with the lack of deer, even 10-15 years ago when the state was at much higher deer numbers. I know what your saying about that area up there, but when "Joe Deer Hunter" looks at that land but knows there is no deer around, would he consider it to be "nice hunting land" or just cheap land that is 5+ hours from home. One thing about the hunters not going back up north is that after they find a place in Central WI to hunt, they can choose to drive 2-4 hours and see very few deer, or drive 5-7 hours and see the same few deer. That part is a no-brainer. They will always keep going back to the closer spot. I have lived this scenario for most of my hunting life, more and more guys piling into the larger state owned properties like Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area, the Black River State Forest and even the Necedah NWR and all the smaller county lands like the Wood, Juneau, and Adams County Forests and smaller MFL Open lands. Why drive the extra 3-4 hours to make it up to the Chequamagon-Nicolet National Forest or Northern Highland State Forest and see as few or fewer deer for your efforts. This dynamic has and will definitely continue the trend in driving recreational land values. It already has created an issue for the DNR, that is why they are pushing for the separate private vs public land antlerless tags and why they created the Central Forest Deer Management Zone, as that is where most of these larger, more southern, public properties are located.