In this case I do not think anyone was looking for job security or a make work project. Rather the current turkey management plan is very outdated;
land use has drastically changed since 1996 and the maps used to determine permit numbers are from 1996, these are the same maps used for deer management and we all know how that worked out.
There are 40% fewer turkey hunters than 10 years ago. This dramatic drop has been hidden from view because the permits sold are counted not the license sales.
The complication regarding the fall hunt is due to that hunter survey we've discussed; indicating hunters want a statewide 2 bird limit. The managers think they are following thru on hunter desires. Personally I think they are mistaken as the survey was far from scientific. I know some hunters who brag they filled out a dozen of those surveys.
After all the firings and reassignments of the deer managers, all the others are very paranoid and nervous about making recommendations. And who can blame them?
Scott Walter is head and shoulders above his predecessor in knowledge. There will likely be some changes recommended that will spark controversy in some quarters mainly due to the admission turkeys have done well in WI all on their own. Other than the release of turkeys into already good habitat the WDNR accomplishes little else on a day to day basis to increase the population. There is not much they can do as the turkey population has reached its full capacity and now we wait for nature to control the population within carrying capacity.
Human management of game populations has its limits.