The deer season, hunting
With the annual nine-day gun deer season at hand, the sport of hunting in the Badger State emerges into its brightest spotlight once again. It can accurately be described as the single most-popular sporting event in state history, drawing some 620,000 people to the forests opening day this Saturday, Nov. 23.
That is one reason why this newspaper devotes a lot of attention to the deer hunt and just about every season for hunting, trapping and fishing, but there are other sound reasons for doing so.
These sports are some of the state’s most important recreational pursuits. They were founded in tradition and are well established in law. The deer hunt, specifically, is the foundation of the state’s deer management system — conservation at its finest.
From a tourism perspective, the North Woods and its nearly 2 million acres of public hunting grounds draw tens of thousands of hunters each year. Figures aren’t available on what they spend, but nationally, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that hunters spent $24 billion pursuing their sport in 2011.
Of course, dollars and cents alone do not represent hunting’s true worth. It is a sport that puts people in touch with the environment and gives them intricate knowledge of the game they pursue. Its challenges build stamina and character. The sport provides millions of teenagers an exciting alternative to drugs, crime and sex.
The sport has an even brighter future now that the mentored hunting program is under way, giving thousands of 10- and 11-year-olds a chance to experience the hunt in a safe manner. Mentored hunting has a flawless track record for safety in Wisconsin, and it’s no surprise considering the arm’s-length rule.
Hunting is one of the oldest family sports the state has ever known. Deer camp serves as a homecoming of sorts for family and friends, pulling together generations of people who have this wholesome sport as part of their heritage. We wish hunters the best of luck, and more importantly, we hope they have a safe hunt.
Chain commission’s unity
The most impressive part of reports that Eurasian water milfoil has been entirely controlled on the Eagle River Chain is that four municipalities found a way to work together in the best interests of the resources, property values and the tourism industry.
The Unified Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Commission represents the city of Eagle River and the towns of Lincoln, Washington and Cloverland. The partnership is a bright spot in municipal cooperation for a challenging cause.
What they’ve accomplished the past seven years is going from having nearly 300 acres of high-density milfoil infestations to only 70 total acres of milfoil — with most colonies now considered scattered and far from dominant.
We commend the municipalities for working through the differences they’ve likely encountered and for holding these precious, navigable waters as a top priority in the fight to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
|Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:06 PM|