GOP gubernatorial candidates take aim at deer herd managementGOP gubernatorial candidates Mark Neumann and Scott Walker have some differing ideas on improving deer hunting in the state.
By: Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
GOP gubernatorial candidates Mark Neumann and Scott Walker have some differing ideas on improving deer hunting in the state.
Walker says he's only been hunting for a few years, and has yet to shoot a deer. Yet the Milwaukee County Executive is pledging to put more deer in the forest, by bringing in an independent third party auditor to monitor the health and population of the deer herd. Walker says his Whitetail deer trustee would not undercut state lawmakers who already have ramped up their oversight of DNR deer managers.
Walker acknowledges the DNR is already doing a big study of the state's deer population, but he says his trustee would be able to look at the information and make suggestions on ways to improve hunting programs like the earn-a-buck system.
Walker's main opponent in the GOP primary, Mark Neumann says the Whitetail trustee should not be a new government hire. Neumann also says the DNR should have a new leader, and that person should be from the private sector. Neumann says he killed his first deer at age 13, and has a variety of deer antler racks hanging at his suburban Milwaukee home.