Whitetail deer trustee final report released


We have been waiting for the Wisconsin Deer Trustee’s final report and here it is.  Click the links to read the report in its entirety.  I will be posting thoughts on certain details of interest, check back and leave your comments.

JUNE, 2012
Drs. James C. Kroll (Trustee), David C. Guynn, Jr. (Committee Member), and Gary L Alt (Committee Member)

Presented to, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Madison, Wisconsin


Final Recommendations


Along with the release of the final report, Governor Walker released the following statement:

Today’s report marks the conclusion of an independent study aimed at evaluating our current deer herd management practices. Moving forward we need to act on the report to enhance Wisconsin’s rich hunting tradition.

While DNR staff has worked hard, we need to do more to ensure hunters and conservationists have confidence in the department’s ability to manage the deer herd. Dr. Kroll and his team have gone through an exhaustive process to receive and evaluate comments from the public. The input incorporated into this report from hunters and conservationists will help us restore trust in the DNR’s ability to enhance Wisconsin’s hunting heritage as we move forward with implementation.

I look forward to working with Secretary Stepp and her team to follow through on Dr. Kroll’s report.

Last year Governor Scott Walker signed Executive Order #44, which created a Whitetail Deer Trustee position to independently and objectively review and evaluate Wisconsin’s deer herd management practices.

Statement on the deer report from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp:

Today we received the Wisconsin deer herd report from Deer Trustee, Dr. James Kroll and his team Dr. David Guynn and Dr. Gary Alt.

 A comprehensive report such as this will take several weeks to review, but the Department of Natural Resources is ready, willing and eager to roll up our sleeves and get started. We look forward to working with the public, the Natural Resources Board, Governor Walker, Dr. Kroll, Wildlife Management Professionals, Legislators and the Conservation Congress to find ways to make deer hunting even better in Wisconsin.

I want to thank Dr. Kroll and his team for their efforts. All along we’ve had the same goal, to make sure Wisconsin leads the nation in deer management and that our rich deer hunting tradition remains strong.”


Druming & Spitting Turkey

At least they were there

Once upon a time turkey hunters had to stop hunting at noon.

Now all states I hunt in are open to sunset or 20 minutes after. At one time we referred to this as cruel and unusual punishment. 4:30 a.m.  to 9 p.m. is a long day. Long gone are those  idle afternoons with time to relax and and recharge because I have now discovered  gobblers are active all day long so if you want to do the Snoopy Dance,  you have to be there.

The Wyoming Black Hills are one of the hardest places I have ever hunted turkey.  Late in the afternoon, on the last day of the hunt I heard a half hearted gobble at least a 1000 feet up on a plateau. After gasping in as much of the thin air as possible I set up with my back against a large ponderosa pine.

After 45 minutes of calling to dead silence some kind of liquid started hitting my neck the sun was shining so I assumed the pine was sapping.  Never mind a little bit of sap somewhere behind me a turkey’s war drum was starting up. Thinking he  was over on my strong side I shifted slightly to get readyas more of that dang sap splashed  my neck.

Suddenly there was a thunderous gobble; startled and spinning around a  Merriam  5 feet away bugged eyed and frantically wing-beating to increasing that distance.

Was what I thought pine sap really turkey spit?