5 year old buck +
To any WI guys who can get out to their local meetings this week(mine is tonight in La Crosse Co and Juneau Co is tomorrow night, but I don't think I will make it to Juneau), check out the DNR website for the meeting times in your respective counties. This round of meetings will preliminarily set your antlerless harvest quotas for the next 3 years. The "stakeholder teams"(which are almost exactly what the MN guys are dealing with) are set up to vote to decrease the herd in every circumstance. Of the 7 or 8 members on each team, there are at least 4 members who will never vote to increase your deer numbers even if they needed it, ever. A DOT rep, Farm bureau rep, Forestry rep, and a homeowner association rep will never vote to have more deer, period. It is not in any of their best interests to vote for an increase. I will be speaking at my meeting, they give you like 3 minutes or something. I will be telling them that an increasing number of WI hunters are watching their every move in anticipation of herd reduction votes and that we as hunters are ready to fight them if necessary to keep them from doing the same thing that MN has done to the deer herd in their state. If you get the chance to attend your meeting please do yourself and your kids a favor and attend and voice your opinion on the stakeholder process and the DNR throwing out science and replacing it with popular social pressure to manage our deer herd. We shall see.