Hunters gather for Wisconsin Deer Trustee meetings

(WEAU) - Six town hall meetings is how Dr. Deer plans to gather information for writing his report to the governor on what needs to be done in Wisconsin.

"For fifty years, I've been to DNR meetings and you know what they don't listen to us, it's a waste of our time," said hunter, Ole Iverson.

Ole Iverson isn't the only hunter to feel that way.

And Dr. James Kroll says it's one of the biggest problems he's seen.

"A loss of confidence and lack of communication between the DNR and the people that the DNR works for," said Dr. James Kroll.

But hunters say the meeting in Black River Falls may help.

"It might but there are some people that have a view of the DNR that some people don't the DNR as good people," said hunter, Daniel Amundson.

Kroll believes he can fix the communication between the two and get the DNR out of their offices and into the woods.

Yet, another problem he wants to solve is how the state determines the number of deer in Wisconsin.

"There's a universal complaint about the sex age kill, SAK model, the DNR has been using to establish population goals," said Kroll.

He says DNR scientists need to spend more time talking to hunters and tackling the issues as a team.

"Landowners want not only foresters to come and help them develop management on their land but the wildlife folks to be a partnership with foresters and agriculturists and so forth."

As part of his contract with the state, Kroll will produce a report with all of his recommendations and forward it to the governor later this year.

We tried to get the DNR’s take on the town hall meetings, but a representative declined to comment.

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  • by Emma Location: Brf wi on Apr 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
    Ole Iverson is right he is not the only one who feels like that. I myself feel the same way.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:58 AM
    What if hunters were to manage their own herd? Just because you can buy 20 kill tags doesn't mean you should kill 20 deer. Thr DNR isn't shooting them for you.
  • by data is data.. on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:19 AM
    There are legit population sampling methods that are used in population management all over the US..EVERY SINGLE DNR wildlife biologist has AT LEAST a degree in such..if not a masters...They were taught these methods of sampling in college..and this is what they use... Scientific data is pretty bad at lying.. I saw 45 deer in one field on my way to Eau Claire the other day..
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      by Richard on Apr 20, 2012 at 09:13 AM in reply to data is data..
      The problem with data is that it can be scewed in any direction a person wants to take it. Just because a person sees 45 deer in one field says nothing about the overall deer herd. Population sampling methods are taught to every wildlife biologist. To use sampling methods you need complete data.... which our DNR does not gather. I don't understand why people feel the need to put a number on the deer herd anyway. I would rather see us look at a percentage of carring capacity. Wouldn't that give us a good idea of how many need to be harvested?
  • by Greg Location: Wis Rapids on Apr 20, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    My Boy you should have around here in the 60-70 then you would known what deer hunting was,The deer today is not even half the deer pouplation of today.
  • by Karl Location: Sparta on Apr 20, 2012 at 01:40 AM
    Get the DNR out of their offices and into the woods? That's exactly what we don't need. What we do need is for them to simply leave their offices.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:26 AM in reply to Karl
      Mr Internet Expert, what do you propose is the proper way to manage the deer herd? I find it funny that everyone say there are no deer in the woods... Funny because we are still at record level harvest levels compared to 10 years ago. Don't you remember what hunting was like 30 years ago? I don't because I wasn't even born then, but at least I do know what it was like. Complain all you want while sitting on your high chair, WI still has some of the best hunting in the country.
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