There’s some truth to the saying, “if something can go wrong, it
That’s often the case when computers are asked to do our sorting,
not because computers make mistakes, but because we have to tell
them exactly what we want them to do and sometimes we don’t give
them the correct message.
There was a glitch during Wisconsin’s spring turkey permit
selection process last month. No need to go into the details of who
did or did not do something, but kind words should be awarded to
the wildlife employees who solved the mix up in the best possible
way for the turkey hunting crowd, and the resource.
It might have been easier and quicker to just take the first sort
of the applications and say, oh well, better luck next time.
Instead, those wildlife managers closely connected with the turkey
program decided to redo the sorting of the applications, including
those who were missed during the first run.
And best of all, those individuals who managed to see the results
of the first sorting, had their luck preserved. In other words, if
someone looked on line and saw that they were awarded Zone 1,
Period A; they still have Zone 1, Period A.
To accomplish this a few more permits had to be put into the
available allotment, but not enough to cause either hunter crowding
or a short term turkey population crash.
In other words, everyone should be happy that a mistake was
corrected and doesn’t have to go back and ask, why did I have a
permit for Zone 1 three days ago and now I don’t have one?
There is, however, a lesson or two to be learned from all this.
First, the Department of Natural Resources is on the user’s side.
That should never have been in doubt in the first place. Those who
didn’t believe that before this event aren’t likely to change their
mind, but they should consider doing so.
A cold fact, however, might be that part of this glitch occurred
because a number of state workers decided to abruptly retire,
causing some history of how things are done to be lost.
That can mean, in some cases, new employees, or already overloaded
employees, were pushed into doing a job they have not been
adequately trained to do. The person who would normally train them
may have retired, too.
Regardless of whether it is a political appointment or a person
moving up through the ranks, when we start giving out positions as
pay for past favors, the wrong people sometimes end up with the
job. But don’t blame the employee for that; the blame might go to
the person making the appointment.
Replacements for open positions are best done carefully and
thoroughly with special consideration to make sure the person is
trained for the job. But that may be difficult to do as retirements