[Editor's note: the following statement was submitted by a reader as a rebuttal to the article "Walker to Deer Hunters: Pay Up or Get Lost."]
by Joel Anderson
The article “Walker to deer hunters: pay up or get lost” is so full of half truths that it is difficult to know where to start.
The article treats Dr. James Kroll as if he were some kind of extremist. The fact is, Dr. Kroll is an acknowledged expert in whitetail deer management who is widely respected by hunters in Wisconsin. His appointment by Governor Walker was a breath of fresh air.
Yes. Kroll did call public game management “the last bastion of communism.” Sometimes the truth hurts. Lets take a look at the facts:
The current price of a deer hunting license in Wisconsin is $24. This license entitles a hunter to one antlered deer, along with a number of antlerless deer that varies with season and place.
Hunters on game farms pay a minimum of $750 to shoot a deer. Prices for prize bucks are much higher.
In other words, the current system of government regulated deer hunting allows people to bag a $750, $1,000 or $8,000 buck for $24. How is that fair? If this is not communism, it at least is socialism.
All Kroll and Walker are trying to do is let the market, not government, set the price of deer.
$750 or $1000 for a deer really is not very expensive. It works out to $12-15/lb for venison, which is no more than we pay for prime beef.
And remember, Kroll’s policies apply only to whitetail. For those who may not be able to afford $750 for a deer tag, there still is plenty of other game, like rabbits. Deer hunters don’t want a handout. Most of them will be happy to pay a little bit more to keep government out of the hunting business.
So enough with the scare mongering. It is obvious that the real motive of those opposing Kroll is to hurt governor Walker in whatever way they can. All he wants to do is let the market decide the price of deer. That hardly is extreme.