One of the biggest frustrations regarding deer management, deer regulations, deer seasons, deer diseases and deer “ownership” seems to be that there are as many ideas and variations as there are hunters in the room or the bar.
Someone who has thought about all of these factors and who has worked for more than three decades struggling with various viewpoints pointed out to me the good about what many of the rest of us call frustration, or worse.
Yes, according to his mindset, thinking outside the box, being open-minded, and coming at the situation from another direction are all much less concerning than if the angst were not there.
Disagreement shows hunters care deeply about deer hunting. That’s part of the bright side.
The day we don’t care deeply enough to argue about differing ideas will be a sad day, he said, because that will mean, as this theory goes, that people just don’t care as much about deer hunting as they seem to today.
Think about hunters commenting regarding what a successful deer hunt is to them. While some will agree, many different suggestions will be put forward. And maybe most are correct, at least correct for a particular hunter at this moment with his or her experience and time in the activity.
We tend to argue, stand tall, defend, and then deny others their point of view. But much of those squabbles come as support for a grand tradition that is so engrained in the fabric of Wisconsin.
With a state that has so many deer, and so many who care so deeply, surely there are enough kinds of seasons, places to hunt, and ways to hunt that most of us can have it our way much of the time.
It’s when we try to demand our methods, our ideology, on others that we begin to lose one of Wisconsin’s greatest traditions.
As we fight among ourselves, we begin to lose the respect of those non hunters who, up until now, have our backs.
So continue to disagree, but tone it down enough to see someone else’s viewpoint. And tone it down enough so the 78 percent of non-hunters don’t misinterpret what’s really going on here.
We’re all just being passionate about deer hunting.