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February 28, 2007

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Discussion Topic: Would You Want Earn-A-Buck Regulations?

From Wisconsin’s The Janesville Gazette:

Milton-Area hunters reacted loudly Monday night to the prospect that the [Wisconsin] Department of Natural Resources may bring back earn-a-buck regulations in an effort to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease. . . .

Some hunters say the DNR should let the disease run its course. They argue that the DNR wants to cut the herd too much, and soon there won't be enough deer to make it worth hunting.

"People just don't see the deer that they used to," one man said from the audience. "They sit there all day and never see a deer. I heard that not just once or twice. I hear that from all over.”

Said another: "You're not going to eliminate (chronic wasting disease) no matter how hard you work at it. Just let us go out and hunt. CWD is basically getting shoved down our throats in some areas."

Do you think earn-a-buck regulation are a good way to curb CWD? Would want such regs in your area?


Aaron Pape

where I hunt in Wisconsin we have earn-a-buck. It works alright. I never have a problem getting my doe. I just wish that they would bring back the October T-Zone hunt. that would make it easier for hunters to get their doe early and not have to worry about it during the regular season.


i agree with mr pape. i hunt in earn a buck also.
in buffalo county, earn a buck is almost a necessary evil due to the "guided" hunts that occur here. hunting guides and big buck hype have driven land prices to an unheard level. yes there are nice, big deer here, just as big in other parts of the country. there's a "guide service" here that guarantees a 140 class buck, woo-hoo. if earn a buck didn't take place here, herd ratios would be severely out of whack. yep, it's a pain, but we have managed to live with it.


hey zumbo! if you're reading this, drop me a line, i support you. if you want to hunt with me, let me know.

Matt Dykstra

I think the DNR should let it run its course. There is no chance that they will be able to stop the disease. In Michigan they tried the same thing with TB. The result was hardly any deer when we went hunting. Out of three years in deer camp for a week, I saw one doe.

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