By Nick Freimuth
According to Dick Baudhuin, a member of the Conservation Congress and Door County Deer Advisory Council member, deer harvesting in 2016 is off to a slow start.
Baudhuin sites the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources latest release on the deer harvest as his cause for concern. “Up to October 25, 2016, the Door County deer harvest is at 375. Last year over the same period 451 deer were harvested in Door County. That is a 17% decrease,” Baudhuin said.
The Door County Deer Advisory Council member continued, “This is alarming! The past three years the Door County Deer Advisory Council voted unanimously to recommend reducing the deer herd. Earn a Buck is no longer an option, so the next best option is an antlerless season. So if hunters don’t like that idea, I think they should start using the three free antlerless tags they get with each permit. (Three with gun and three with bow for a total of six.)”
Baudhuin recommends harvesting venison for local food pantries, friends and neighbors if your freezers are full. Your response to Baudhuin’s concerns is welcome. Please respond in the comment section below.