Discussion Topic: Do We Need to Harvest More Deer?

Tom Givnish, professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the Chronic Wasting Disease Stakeholders Advisory Committee established by the state DNR says that under current regulations, hunters aren’t getting the job done when it comes to reducing deer numbers.

From The Capital Times:
"There is a social contract between hunters and the rest of society, because deer are owned by the state for all of us," Givnish said. "Hunters are allowed to harvest deer and in exchange the expectation is they will help manage deer so they don't have an adverse impact on the ecosystem. That hasn't worked out in recent decades in Wisconsin or in the eastern U.S. . . ."

"I would recommend reexamining some of the assumptions behind hunting regulations," he said. "I would greatly lengthen the hunting season, and in some extreme areas we should consider hunting with dogs, using bait, and hunting at night."

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