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How Do You Feel About Gov. Walker Suspending Oct. Deer Gun Hunting?

Gov. Scott Walker says that hunters and legislators want Wisconsin to have a traditional gun hunt for deer. How do you feel?

Gov. Scott Walker suspended Friday the four-day gun hunt in October in Wisconsin’s south central Chronic Wasting Disease zone.

“Legislators and hunters have made it clear they want Wisconsin to return to a more traditional season, which includes the nine-day November gun deer hunt,” Walker said in a news release.  “Eliminating the four-day October hunt in the CWD zone is one of the most simple and most effective ways we can show hunters that we are listening.”

The first four-day hunt was held in 1996, but Walker’s legislation eliminated the hunt outside of CWD management zones in 2011, as well as the Earn-a-Buck regulation. 

Rob Bohmann, chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, told the Associated Press, that Walker’s decision was a good move for hunters.

"It's basically been a non-effective event,” Bohman told the Associated Press. “Those deer will still be there in gun season as they were in October."

Walker’s decision was made after a report by Dr. James C. Kroll that reviewed Wisconsin’s deer management practices.

“We feel an early doe harvest has negative impacts on deer behavior, resulting in a subsequent reduced buck harvest during the gun season,” said Kroll in the news release.

How do you feel about the hunting changes? Is it a good thing or a bad thing for hunters? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Brian Dey August 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
As an avid outdoorsman, who has hunted and fished exclusively in Wisconsin for most of his life, this is an excellent decision. Sticking to the topic and not some political agenda, all these extra hunts have damaged the deer population During the past 20 years, when we've seen steady decline in deer kill totals, we have had several extra hunts added, extended hunts in CWD zones, T-Zones, extra doe permits granted and total disregard to the effects to the deer herd as it relates to future hunting. So much, that the acronym for DNR to hunters has become "Do Nothing Right." That has changed the past couple of years and it is reflecting in better hunting in some areas of the state. The wolf hunt is one example. The elimination of T-Zones is another. This effort presented here is another atempt to curtail the over-hunting that has been allowed the past 6 yrs. Why is hunting a big deal? Nearly 700,000 hunters will flood the woods this year. The average hunter in Wisconsin will spend $1,500 on traveling, lodging and gear throughout the various hunts. That equates $1.05 Billion into the states economy annually. If the hunts would have continued down that path, many hunters would go elsewhere. I dedicate a lot of time and money each year into hunting and have had several years of not even seeing a deer. That is changing and it is ideas like this that are making it happen.
big ben August 27, 2012 at 04:37 AM
We got more deer in Brookfield than anywhere else. To bad we can't hunt out our back yard with Bow. But that would be to easy. Well its Illegal, but its gonna get hit by a idiot who dont know how to drive
$$andSense August 28, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Ben As much as I and others enjoy hunting, the f-word does not help the case of those on the internet who might otherwise agree while refraining from use of the word.
Jim Price August 28, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Or hit by somebody who don't know no grammar. What the heck are you trying to say, big ben?
SANDRA SHAW December 03, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I am in full agreeance that gun hunting should be outlawed.

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