LETTER: Deer hunting is good for the state; it’s even good for deer

To Ozaukee Press:

As the number of Wisconsin hunters increases, so does the population of what is being hunted—deer. Now, most may be confused since they believe killing more deer will make their population decline, but that is not the case.

In his book, “Wildlife Ecology and Management,” William Robinson explains how this works: “Harvesting reduces the population size, but the reduction results in an increase in the growth rate of the population. This increase in growth rate is brought about because of higher birth rates and lower death rates resulting from decreased competition for resources. This increased growth rate provides a surplus of individuals above the number required to replace the population, and this surplus can be harvested.”

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports on the whitetail deer population after every year’s deer hunt. In 2016, there were approximately 1,343,500 deer, which was 14% higher than in 2015. In 2015, there were 613,165 hunting licenses sold, while in 2016 the number was 812,609. This shows the positive correlation between the number of hunters and the number of deer in Wisconsin.

So how does this affect Wisconsin? People travel from all over the nation to hunt our abundant population of deer. This benefits the Wisconsin economy tremendously. Out-of-state hunters pay a substantially higher price for hunting licenses than state hunters.

The license fees paid by all hunters support DNR conservation efforts all over the state, another way all Wisconsin residents benefit from deer hunting.

Businesses get a big lift from the spending by the hundreds of thousands of deer hunters. One example is our local butcher shop, Blau’s Saukville Meats, which says on its  Facebook page, “Both our refrigerated semi trailers are full” due to the unusually large deer harvest this year.

This puts Wisconsin in good economical place as the deer population continues to grow. And we should all hope hunters are successful. Not only will they have venison for their tables, but they will be benefiting the economy as well.

Margaret Cope
Port Washington

 

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