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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Wisconsin Initiates Deer Policy Commission

<a href="http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/trio-examines-wisconsins-deer-management-policies-o630fqd-133754063.html" target="_blank">Deer and deer hunting are often in the news in Wisconsin. But rarely do they become a plank in a statewide political campaign.

In his 2010 run for governor, Scott Walker appealed to disgruntled hunters with a pledge to hire an independent consultant to scrutinize deer management policies of the Department of Natural Resources.

Though Wisconsin has one of the largest deer herds in the nation, is routinely more than 25% over the legally established deer population goal, is among top states in annual deer harvests and leads all states in record-book bucks, a recent drop in deer kills as well as DNR efforts to reduce the deer herd with controversial Earn-A-Buck regulations caused an uptick in hunter discontent.

Ten months after inauguration, Walker issued an executive order creating a "white-tailed deer trustee" to conduct an "independent, objective and scientifically based" review of the state's deer management practices.

Within days, the Department of Administration retained James Kroll, a professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, to lead the review.

Kroll then added Gary Alt, former Pennsylvania deer manager, and David Guynn, professor emeritus at Clemson University, to the task.

The $125,000 contract for the work will be paid by the DNR. Ed Eberle, administrator of intergovernmental relations at the DOA, is supervising the review.

The executive order calls for a preliminary report in March and a final report in June.

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LOL. Wonder if that study is going to go the way the "disgruntled hunters" wish?
Sounds like a familiar situation!

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My guess is that the deer hunters are not going to be happy with the results.

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I would guess that with Kroll being the independent consultant that the results will be well respected on both sides.

Alot of people on hear think it is just PA hunters that complain. The truth of the matter is that it occurs in about every state and usually involves deer.

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Hunting is NOT about deer though, not in PA or any other state.

So when is the independent squirrel study scheduled?

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If Gary Alt is involved they will have ALOT less Deer.

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If Gary Alt is involved they will have ALOT less Deer.
Yep, and a much healthier and well balanced deer herd and habitat.
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Perhaps they can start a HWI forum and the guys that complain from PA can give them some support by complaining on it.




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reminds me of the old saying, "careful what you wish for." as far as a politician managing wildlife, scott walker got this done right. but i'm guessing the deer hunters ain't going to like it, cuz it will probably involve less deer. i read a couple national hunting forums & wisc hunters have been complaining theres no deer left for the last couplke years.

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Yes they have. And, I think it's all because of the insurance companies, etc.

Funny how when you read the other state forums, it's the same as here on HPA.



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