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    I have some minor editing suggestions for the site; my goal was to make it more forceful. I hope this is helpful! (And if anyone else has suggestions, pile on! Let's take up the request to make the saveWIdeerhunting site POWERFUL!)

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    Doesn't that headline sound stupid? Deer hunting is a Wisconsin tradition (one that adds more than a billion dollars a year to the state economy), and many people here rely on hunting to feed our families. 638,000 people hunt on Wisconsin public lands every year. But Dr. James Kroll, the new "deer czar" appointed by Gov. Walker, wants to make the deer herds the property of wealthy landowners rather than a public resource. That will make hunting a privilege of the wealthy.

    I can't afford $2000 for the right to hunt - can you?

    Why is Kroll controversial? He is on record as stating that people who want more public hunting opportunities are "pining for socialism" and that "Game Management is the last bastion of communism." In Texas, where they started adopting his model back in 2001 after heavy lobbying by private game farm owners (Kroll owns a 200 acre deer ranch), 95% of hunting is now done on private land, and getting a lease to hunt costs around $2000-$5000 per gun.

    There's no point in owning a deer rifle if you don't have a place to use it, but Kroll wants to put many of Wisconsin's deer behind eight foot fences. One article that I read defending the appointment suggests that the $24 cost for a hunting license is too low, that "$750 or $1000 for a deer really is not very expensive", and that anyone who can't afford it should hunt rabbits. Of course, the state is also considering selling off DNR-owned land, so it may be harder to find a place to do even that. As one deer manager said about public-land hunters, "It will suck to be you."

    What's a deer czar? This is a new position, formally called Deer Trustee, that was created by Governor Walker last year to tell Wisconsin how to manage our deer. Traditionally, this has been done by the DNR; while hunters haven't always (or usually) been happy with them, their goal at least is to manage public resources for the good of the state rather than to make money, and the last outsider review, by a group of leading scientists in 2006, concluded that "Wisconsin has the most comprehensive and transparent deer management program [in the country]." Dr. James Kroll, a deer rancher from Texas, was appointed to the job, for which we'll be paying him $125,000. His report, the preliminary version of which is available now, will make recommendations as to how public land use and hunting permits should be changed in the future.

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