Letter to the Editor:
After reading the column about the new rules for the state of Wisconsin deer hunters by Kurt Krueger, I was not only shocked but disappointed that it was approved by the Natural Resources Board. The members must have all been in a hurry to get home and watch a football game.
Here are some of my concerns:
No more in-person registrations, but phone and online call in. Really? This should make it easier for the violators to go home and butcher the animal and go out and harvest another deer. No count there. What about tags when taking deer for processing?
Allowed to kill a doe and then harvest a buck. Maybe three bucks, that should take care of breeding any does that are left. In the area where I used to hunt, out of a group of 12 hunters, for the last five years we were lucky to see two deer out of the group. That new rule should take care of any deer in the area in three years or less. Stupid rule.
Seems that the baiting law for deer was bypassed in the new rules. Why? Each year there are many complaints of a neighbor having piles of corn on his hunting property, but the neighbor does not see any deer. It should be no baiting period. When was the last time you saw deer browsing while you were archery hunting?
The most complaints from deer hunters was the high deer counts, the Department of Natural Resources named areas when the deer trails were absent of deer signs and handing out too many antlerless tags.
I am 83 years young and love the great outdoors and enjoy my fellow sportsmen.