2013 Wisconsin Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast Helpful

Jerry DavisA hunter and trapper’s forecast for the upcoming seasons is now available online on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Web page.

Most outdoor enthusiasts will find this document quite useful.  It can be read and studied, along with the several hunting and trapping pamphlet regulations.

While some of the information in the forecast is time sensitive, much of it is not.  Given the lead time necessary to collect, write, edit and finally post a 52-page report, quickly some things become out-of-date, even change, or regulations are implemented after the report is written.

There isn’t much that can be done to prevent that outdating, since all the writers have additional workloads to cope with throughout mid-summer when data is being gathered and accessed.

The DNR did make use of some other biologists, biologists whose job it is to do this sort of thing.  For example, Gary Zimmer, of the Ruffed Grouse Society, contributed important information on the ruffed grouse season.

I doubt an introduction is necessary, in the same way that an introduction to hunting pamphlets is unnecessary.  These introductions almost never add, and may be written by a staff member less familiar with the big picture.

If someone feels the urge to introduce the hunting public to the seasons, tell us what is new, different, and important, not what our emotions should be as we leash our hunting companions and head afield.

If this were a hardcopy forecast, I’d be even more critical of parts of the design, but most of us only see it online.  Most of the images, which are a nice way to break up the copy, are photographs of photographs, making them quite fuzzy.  They tend to be distractions rather than nice ways to excite Mr. and Mrs. Hunter.  Nice idea, poorly carried out, however, and not the fault of the photographers.  And no fault of the design person, either.  She or he probably worked with what they were given.

Intermingling the season dates, maps and highlighting some author quotes make the forecast document extremely easy to use.

Some ideas seem to have been down-played, while others were given more emphasis than we might want or need.

In an attempt to tell the public about chronic wasting disease changes, increases in incidences were generalized, and we did not get any idea as to the expansion, or not, of the CWD across the state.

Don’t let the size frighten you.  Like the regulations pamphlets, only refer to those sections that are of interest.  I presume most hunters will read three to four subsections and skip the rest, making printing the entire forecast with a printer unnecessary in most incidences.

Thanks for taking the time, field biologists, to give us your take on various animal populations.  Please continue the activity and improve it as time, money and supervision allows.

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