Keep wildlife public

Jerry DavisRemember the public trust doctrine?  It was probably discussed during hunter education class.  It had a great deal to do with why folks emigrated from Europe to United States.

Later, wildlife laws were developed in U.S. that proclaimed wildlife to be a public resource, managed for the public good.

As Wisconsin begins to come up with some new deer management ideas, those persons fortunate enough to be allowed in on the discussions should be reminded of the public trust doctrine.

Recently the news media reported on a few things moving forward from a major review of Wisconsin’s deer management.  One that felt like a hot poker, to even thick-skinned individuals, was allowing landowners and hunting clubs to run their own mini hunts after consulting with DNR biologists.

At least that’s the way it was reported in the news.  Hunters may not find out exactly what it is until it is too late.

While it is unclear exactly what this means, it seems to suggest that every hunter who has ever purchased a deer license who cry out, SAY WHAT?

It sounds like privatizing something held as a public resource, which have been managed for the public good.

While some of the ideas formulated by James Kroll may have some value at this time, others do not.  Yet, it seems those few who are crafting a management plan are leaning toward an all or nothing acceptance of the report.

When modern day hunters began voicing concerns about deer management a while back, statements such as having similar regulations throughout the state, having more traditional seasons, moving toward little more than a nine-day gun deer season for gun hunters, less complicated regulations, and larger deer management units were front and center suggestions.

And don’t forget the constant cries for traditions.

This is not the time to give parts of this resource to a few individuals by allowing them to craft their own hunts. Help them manage their land for the state’s wildlife, if they wish, but keep the wildlife as part of the public trust.

The resource should remain with the people, not just those who have money or political connections.

It seems the more hunters, and the general public, ask to have input in conservation decisions these days, the more they are left out of the process.
          

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