Personally I don't agree with the DNR on a lot of subjects. I strongly disagree with the amount of doe tags issued in Oneida County. I strongly disagree with the early doe season in October. I strongly disagree with the doe season in December. Why are we bow hunting two days before rifle season starts?
How can the DNR contend they are protecting or preserving the animals when they issue so many tags? Most of you who have rifle hunted in Oneida County, know exactly what I'm talking about. 45 deer per square mile and more than half the hunters who enter the woods opening day don't even see one.
I believe we have too many wolves and too many black bears, all of which are predators taking their toll. I truly believe each county, at the Spring Hearing, should set the harvest quota. Why not ask the people who live, work, and hunt in their communities. We used to be asked for our input at the Spring Hearings. Now the DNR sets the quotas before the Hearing.
Baiting or feeding or baiting and feeding. Are they the same or different? I can tell you this topic has been debated over and over and I bet the split is still 50/50. I believe the issue here is two fold. One, baiting is baiting for the purpose of hunting and feeding is for the purpose of recreational viewing of wildlife.
Should the DNR decide to eliminate the baiting on state land, so be it. I really don't have an opinion on baiting; I have hunted over bait and without. I do have an opinion on feeding. Like I stated feeding is for recreation viewing and in most circumstances on Private Property.
This is where I believe the DNR has overstepped their authority by telling property owners what they can or can't feed. Next it will be the squirrels, rabbits, birds, and anything else they decide. What is the point of owning property and paying taxes if you have no right to enjoy your land?
I do believe if the sportsmen and property owners of this state would take the time to contact their legislators or Conservation Congress Members we can and will get our voice heard.
Those of you who think that my record is unblemished you're wrong. I have done a few stupid things. They include, wood, fishing, and a boat cushion. Violations of which allowed me to donate to the State.
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