As more and more Wisconsinites become aware that Governor Walker has appointed a “deer czar” who will likely privatize deer hunting, they become “very, very anxious.” So said Representative Donna Seidel during a recent phone interview. “Here in Wisconsin we have a long-standing tradition of deer hunting on public land…to lose access to public land for tens of thousands of deer hunters is outrageous and not the direction that Wisconsin needs to be moving in.
The idea that public land would not be available for hunters is incomprehensible to tens of thousands of people…in this neck of the woods, hunting has been a long-revered tradition, generation after generation has been so committed to this sport,” explained Representative Seidel.
“It’s also really important to understand that hunters rely on venison to feed their families; it’s a staple.”
Additionally, some deer hunters donate venison to food pantries, which more and more Wisconsinites find themselves relying upon. “We’re going to see an incredible decline in provisions for food pantries and people in need are going to be hurting even more” if less people have access to hunting, according to Seidel.
That’s because access could become greatly limited if Governor Walker’s newly-elected deer czar, Dr. Kroll implements the same reforms in Wisconsin as he apparently has in Texas.
Dr. Kroll is “famous for the authority of hunting on private land,” explained Rep. Seidel. In fact, she said, “In Texas, 24% of those who apply for and pay for hunting licenses have no access to land on which to hunt” because Dr. Kroll “has not spent much time worrying about access for middle and low-income hunters.” Rather, he spends much of his time talking to the media.
Dr. Kroll may spend a lot of time talking to the media, but he hasn’t spent time telling Wisconsinites exactly what his plans are here. His report won’t be delivered until June 30 when “it’s likely that his leanings toward privatization of hunting will become apparent,” explained Seidel.
But that won’t be until after the election.
Information is just gurgling to the surface now, said Seidel, and residents of Northern and Northcentral Wisconsin are beginning to get the facts about Walker’s new deer czar and how he could potentially destroy a long-held Wisconsin tradition.
Rep. Seidel is concerned, and for good reason, that hunting in Wisconsin will become an elite sport for the rich only.
“Maybe purple is the color of royalty, but blaze orange here in Wisconsin looks pretty good on everyone.”