Save Wisconsin Hunting
By Bob Jahn
One of our most important Wisconsin traditions could be under attack, and you have the right to know.
Public hunting has been a cherished value for hundreds of years. As a hunter myself, I have often relied on public hunting as a way to bond with my kids and put food on the table for my family. Now, all of this could be under assault. If hunting were privatized, it would pose a genuine threat to sportsmen throughout the state.
In an unprecedented executive order, Scott Walker spent $125,000 in taxpayer money to hire a “Deer Czar” from Texas named James Kroll. Referring to public hunting as, “the last bastion of Communism,” Kroll has an extreme philosophy of turning public hunting grounds into profit-making entities. This would have dire consequences for average Wisconsinites, and make it far costlier to take part in this Midwestern tradition.
Kroll, who once called national parks, "wildlife ghettos," has an extreme philosophy of privatization that is completely contrary to the views of Wisconsinites. If he had his way, our beloved past-time could be held hostage by billionaire tycoons and corporate profiteers. Families in rural Wisconsin would be hit especially hard, as many eat venison instead of buying beef in a store. It also has the implication of causing deer over-population, as less people would hunt due to increased costs.
Hunting is a cherished Wisconsin past-time dating back many years. Thousands of families rely on it to feed their families, and the state relies on hunters to keep the deer population in check. Hunting has historically been a sport that all Wisconsinites can enjoy, and continues to transcend income and age, being passed down from one generation to the next, in a uniquely Midwestern fashion.
Green Lake, WI