Tuesday, May 29, 2012
10:51 PM | Posted by Chris | Edit Post
There are a few new groups that have put their hat in the ring when it comes to fueling the Wisconsin recall efforts. They have grasped on to an “issue” that is rarely used by them. Wisconsin has a rich tradition of deer hunting and the over 600,000 Wisconsinites who hunt deer are a passionate crowd. Polling data is showing Governor Scott Walker has a six to eight point lead over his challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. That is certainly not insurmountable, but it doesn’t look good for those looking to oust the Governor. What they need is to swing a few of Walker’s votes their way.
For the full background of this story, read Making Sense of The Dr. Kroll Controversy. The short story is the Governor pledged to hire an outside consultant to look at Wisconsin’s deer management strategy in 2010. Dr. James Kroll got the job. Some people were critical of the hire but in my opinion it was generally lauded. Kroll has over three decades of deer management experience. He is quite possibly the most well known deer biologist in the country, certainly in the Top 3. However, he does have ties to high fence operations(he owns a small operation and does consulting work for others) and that is the major hang up for most who disapprove. But Kroll also does a lot of consulting work for organizations who hunt in much the same way Wisconsinites do.
This entire issue was almost exclusively a deer hunter issue until the past few weeks. As the June 5 recall election drew near, these groups started getting desperate. So they’ve brought forth a series of lies in attempt to garner support from deer hunters. Sure, there are plenty of deer hunters who may be voting for Mayor Barrett anyway. But it’s fair to say most of the deer hunting set are going to vote for Governor Walker. The intent of these scare tactics is to get some of those people to swing over.
They have made claims about Wisconsin selling off hunting land and deer hunts that cost over $2,000. The fact is neither Governor Walker, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, or Dr. James Kroll have the ability to sell public hunting land. The funny thing is, it’s obvious these groups don’t know much about Wisconsin deer hunting. Look at these photos. They are screen shots from a face book page and a website. Notice something missing with these hunters?
All of the hunters in these photos would have expensive Wisconsin deer hunts. Not because Scott Walker made them pay $2,000 to hunt deer. Because they would be in violation. None of them have backtags. These hunters obviously aren’t from Wisconsin. Because of the way the groups are structured and their late entry into the game, we don’t know who these groups are. But it will be interesting to find out. It probably won’t be a surprise.
On another note, Wisconsin is about to make the biggest public hunting land purchase in state history. Pretty cool huh?
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