View Full Version : 25% fewer WI deer taken

11-24-2009, 08:36 AM
See no deer ..hear no deer....WI DNR predicted herd numbers must be off a little..Seems like a lot of money and time goes into this system they have of trying to control the herds..The desire to hunt is getting less and less every year.

11-24-2009, 09:16 AM
Here in my neck of the woods, it was very quiet opening morning, and most of the weekend. BUT, there is a TON of standing corn yet.

11-24-2009, 09:24 AM
I heard the fewest shots both Opening day, and sunday of any that I can remember. We hade 4 people in the woods, and did not see 1 deer.

11-24-2009, 09:36 AM
Down 47% from 2 years ago. Thank you insurance companies for not wanting to pay out.

11-24-2009, 10:50 AM
Opening day this year was the the most quiet I've ever experienced in 30 yrs. of hunting.All wasn't lost,my 13 yr.old shot at his first buck and missed, buck fever bit him hard.Collectively our group seen 3 deer, that is sad. We also spent alot of time in the woods also. Talking to other hunters, I feel fotunate we saw the deer we did. Alot of hunters I talked to saw nothing.

11-24-2009, 12:29 PM
We hunt just south of Montello, and I saw more deer opening day this year than I did the last two years (5 bucks/5 does). I took two 8 pointers and another guy hunting with us also got an 8 pointer. Three hunters, three deer, done by 11am on opening day. I also heard a lot of shooting around us. We did have some fog that made it tough for a while though.

11-24-2009, 01:20 PM
Lots of deer in WI farmland. Northwoods very few mostly in towns where protected. Good fishing & hunting in Northwoods is a myth. Both used to be very good but not that way now with spearing & poor DNR deer management nothing in woods & water. Now DNR says they messed up deer control but hunters been saying no deer in forest for 3 years. Sometimes I wonder if DNR hunts or fish or they just don't care. Bears & Wolves at all time high populations. Hmmm? What has changed???

11-24-2009, 02:09 PM
I hunt in Oconto county. I saw a doe and a buck. Shooting by us was pretty much done by 9:00 opening day. My dad and Brother-in-law saw total of 12 doe. Sunday - was a dry day - no deer and a couple of shots. I think DNR better take a hint before everyone stops hunting for a year or two and then they will really see what happens when everyone pulls together.

11-24-2009, 02:17 PM
The WDNR has no idea what they are doing period!

It does not matter what subject you are talking about: Stormwater Management, ATVs, Deer, Wolves, Shoreland Zoning. They are the bottom of the barrel of all of their respective fields because the people with heads on their shoulders go into private practice. Then the WDNR continues their downward spiral by promoting from the inside.

The WDNR serves for one purpose only.... furthering and enlarging the bureaucracy they have created.

11-24-2009, 03:38 PM
Asmski, you hit the nail on the head, the DNR is only concerned about 1 thing and that's creating revenue to fuel the bureaucracy, absolutely no doubt about that. There are literally 3 govt. entities that I can't stand visiting, DMV,DNR and the Post Office. The people employed at these places all act like elitist, self important,stuck up snobs. The DNR better wake up, the hunting community is paying attention and at the moment they are not satisfied with the results.

11-24-2009, 03:50 PM
Went to Hayward, WI this past weekend. Didnt see anything in the woods. Probably this warm weather we are having.

11-24-2009, 05:17 PM
weird? were were stacking them up like cord wood on sat an sunday in nw wi! not big bucks but take your pick of does? Weather I believe is huge and i think the rut is a just about over so that doesnt help

11-24-2009, 06:26 PM
i cant blame the warm weather cuz of no one seeing deer. i have ssen just as many deer when it was 65 degrees as i have when it was 40 degrees while bow hunting this year. i also dont thinkt the rut is over but its starting to slow. the deer population is down every were and its got to really suck for peolpe in northwoods. i see 3-5 years for a 50 percent recovery with addition of open season wolf hunts during there matting season which i think it is during january thru march(at least thats when coyotes are matting). but in all hoinesty.... i dont think the dnr cares. just keeping buying your licenses each year(as they rise each year) and keep trying. sorry guys

11-24-2009, 07:30 PM
Dnr doesn't care.Less hunters is less enforcement! DNR = DAM NEAR RUSSIA !! DNR say deer kill in the north down 29% over last year,They don't tell you last yrs. deer kill was down 41% from the year before!! I think wolves and bears are #1 deer problem.Wolves eat deer,alot of them.Bears like newborn fawns and we have way to many bears. Time to smoke a pack a day and shoot and bury by the spring bird feeder!

11-24-2009, 09:08 PM
This one was chasing rabbits! http://www.johndee.com/discuss/messages/58069/120781.jpg

11-24-2009, 09:12 PM

Ubee, coyotes take fawns too. Together, along with less winter food, will take the population down pretty hard.

U.P. is down 30% according to reports at the bridge and marquette field office of dnr.

11-24-2009, 11:32 PM
Ubee That is a huge wolf I have never seen a wolf that big. Were was that wolf shot? That would scare the crap out of me to see a wolf that big. That wolf is well fed & if they start getting that big around here my 44 will be in my saddle bag.

11-25-2009, 08:17 PM
Did you happen to weigh that monster? Just wondering how much it weighted.

11-25-2009, 11:48 PM
got the pic off a canadien fishing site, ill try to find out more! somebody suggested that it was photo shopped. I'll do some checking

11-26-2009, 10:28 AM
Ubee, yea let us know if real or not, I know they can get big, but didn't know that big!..ha

11-26-2009, 10:36 AM
That wolf has been circulating around the internet for awhile.

11-29-2009, 08:11 PM
I got that wolf picture in an email about 3 weeks ago. One thing that came to my mind is how did that guy lift and hold a 230 lb animal off the ground? Ever try to throw a 170 lb deer into the back of your truck by yourself?

11-29-2009, 10:09 PM
photo shop http://www.johndee.com/discuss/messages/58069/121198.jpg

11-30-2009, 10:02 AM
Big Mac Bridge says deer kill down by a shade less than 40%, over last year and it was no record last year either.

Lack of snow
QDM price to be paid
Predation...coyotes galore.

11-30-2009, 11:21 AM
Road hunted all day yesterday,cut a deer track about 3.30pm in the fresh snow.followed it till dark!muzzleloader season coming up!~ herd control. lmfao

11-30-2009, 09:30 PM
Ubee....you godda stop burnin dah gas and get outda dat jeep and go more dan 100 yards into dah woods...ders deer in dare. Day learned from dar momma dat it ain't safe playing in da road, eh? Oh, and to cover your tracks if'n yah got to cross dah road...sos dem darn yoopers can't see dah tracks....dem darn deer day are alot smarter dan day look....

11-30-2009, 09:41 PM
Passed on 20-30 deer this season so far. Lots of shooting around us opening morning but got real slow after that. I hunt just North of St. Croix Falls WI and we normaly do pretty well. Between my brother and law and I we have a total of 3 down so far. Muzzeloader starts today and I will be out in the woods looking for that 10 pointer that is sneaking around!!!

12-01-2009, 09:22 AM
We ended well for the 9 day hunt also. 9 hunters, 5 bucks, 4 does. Nothing large. I saw about 20 deer total through the 5 full days I hunted near Neillsville, WI. Overall, it appeared just like every other year. Lots of shooting and we all had deer in the freezer at the end of regulation.

I hear people complain non-stop that they are not seeing deer. They move..... You need to move with them. They may have been there 3 years ago but may have been pushed by people, animals, or whatever you think may have moved them. The point is, we may need to adjust our hunting location to match where the deer are. Whether that is down the next unit, or clear across the state.

How does Canada support having so many bears, yet you can go there and hunt for moster deer? I even believe they may have way more wolves than Wisconsin covering a larger area. If the hunting and management is so much better in another state, please do feel free to go there. I know I do. 2010 will put me in Montana, Colorado, and Wisconsin for hunting.

12-01-2009, 09:32 AM
Hunter shot deer and was surrounded by wolves in Minn


12-01-2009, 09:42 AM
I've told this story before on here, so I'll make it quick.

This was back in 2001, my 2nd year hunting north east of Winter, WI about 15 miles. I shot a deer about 4:00pm, just before dusk, swore I hit it, but couldn't find the blood in the leaves with a flashlight. Yes, I waited until it was dark as we had a party of 4 hanging out thinking there might be another.

Next day on my afternoon walk out to the stand, I found the blood trail, followed it about 300 yards, where I found the deer, dead, and the hind quarters GONE in less than 24 hours. Wolf tracks all around the area that year. This was only about 1000 feet from my cabin at the time.

They are out there, and they wait for what they want.

12-01-2009, 09:43 AM
When you get a natural balance like Isle Royale moose/wolf study it shows the wolf populations flucuate with the moose population. I would suspect a few Wolves to be dying off shortly.The bears eating fawns have a small window. Last year woodruff dnr reported over 30 orphaned cubs! Was this because someone shot the mommy in their bird feeder or did the dnr live trap the mom and haul her up to the UP line and release her?most WI. hunters interested in the Hunt ,donate the venison to the food pantry!

12-01-2009, 02:04 PM
Went to iron county,hunted county forest between Hurley and Island lake.Saw more wolves than deer by 5 to 1.Second year in a row that we have seen wolves.The pack is 2 dogs larger than last year. .

12-01-2009, 02:21 PM
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