Legal Help for Hunters: It’s About Time
According to an article in the Journal Sentinel (Smith 2009), “Wisconsin Hunters Rights' Coalition and the Wisconsin Chapters of Safari Club International have retained a law firm in their drive to eliminate Earn-A-Buck regulations and the October antlerless deer hunting season in the state.” All I have to say about this approach is…its about time.
Earn-a-buck regulations, which we all know is shooting a doe before we can harvest a buck. Some think this is simple or very basic tool to helping the DNR regulate the size of the herd. When is it time that we as hunters get a say on how we want to regulate the herd, well it sounds as though we have finally gotten the answer.
According to the article Michael Best & Friedrich is the firm brought on to help change current methods. What I know about Michael Best & Friedrich is that change is on the way. Thank you MB&F!
According to the Wisconsin DNR site “Changing season structure for areas where the population was substantially lower than in previous years by:
- Preliminarily recommending cutting back the number of Herd Control units (the October gun hunt) from 56 to 19, mostly in the northwest.
- Recommending reducing the number of Earn a Buck units from 29 in 2008 to 25 this year (outside of CWD units) in the Green Bay and Eau Claire areas.
- Asking hunters about the elimination of the antlerless hunt in some northeast units that are significantly below a healthy population goal.”
Source: Hunters' groups enlist legal help in deer review, by Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 8, 2009 http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/42699192.html
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, DNR announces up to date preliminary deer harvest figures, March 10, 009 http://dnr.wi.gov/news/DNRNews_Article_Lookup.asp?id=1008