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December 17, 2017

12/1/2017 7:27:00 AM
DNR dooms deer

To the Editor:

Back in the '60s it took four hunters to apply for a doe tag and deer populations grew. Now, in some counties, one hunter gets numerous doe tags with a license and in others they can buy extras, and the deer population goes down. In the past, bow season stopped five days before deer season and started after rifle season when it closed before Christmas and deer populations grew. This year bow season started mid-September, (as always) and extends right through rifle season, to Jan. 7, 2018. Also, included in the same time period is the use of crossbows which are accurate to 100 yards and according to the DNR kills more deer than archery. Let's not forget the nine day muzzleloader season, which, as advertised, are accurate to 400 yards. In the '60s there were no wolves, no eight year wait for bear tags, you could buy a bobcat tag like a small game license and the deer population grew. Now we have three to four times as many wolves as the "count" claims, drawings for bear and bobcat, and the deer population shrinks. Are we going for a "predator" state? We used to have heavy snow and cold in the winters and the deer survived. Now the last two to three winters have been like a rough fall season, yet the deer don't rebound like they should. The head of the DNR used to have wildlife and DNR experience and the deer population grew. Now we have a politician - and we all know they only listen to us when they want our vote. What do you think will happen to the deer population now? I feel so sorry for my grandkids because unless the DNR changes, deer will be on the endangered list next.

Al LaPorte


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