December 18, 2009
Wisconsin Hunters Livid Over Low Harvest
By Dave Hurteau
From WKOW TV:
Frustrated hunters gathered at the capitol, demanding answers about last month's dismal deer hunt.
The major concern at today's public hearing was that the Department of Natural Resources herd reduction regulations might be destroying the deer population.
Hunters killed nearly 30 percent fewer deer in November compared to last year.
Senator Neal Kedzie pointed fingers at the DNR. . . .
"I know there is frustration with hunters, but if the suggestion is made that we are not listening at all, I take issue with that." said DNR Secretary Matt Frank.
He said . . . the agency ended the 'earn a buck' program and tabled an idea to extend the deer hunt to 16 days.
Deer harvests in neighboring states are also down. According to the DNR, Minnesota is down 10 percent and Michigan dropped by 30 percent.