FYI as I hear it the WI DNR is not in support of this
Yea, that is what Scott Hull (the WDNR turkey dude) is claiming now. However, he was consulted and asked for input every step of the way by the state NWTF who helped write it and the Senators.
Does this mean we are going to start fighting like the state's deer hunters are? Sure hope not.
I don't know how to read this situation except for one undeniable fact - the number of hunters who applied for a license in the drawing dropped significantly in 2010. Which means the current spring season scheme is discouraging participation. This is very bad for the long term outlook of turkey hunting in WI.
As one who has worked hard for 3 decades to encourage and recruit more hunters this very frustrating.
In the short term we will all get many extra tags to fill and from a totally selfish standpoint that is good for us diehards.
A lot us who are concerned about the long term outlook of hunting would like more suggestions.