State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
It is the time of year thousands of hunters adorn blaze orange and stake out their slice of Wisconsin’s forests, hoping to bag a trophy buck.
Wisconsin’s 2012 gun deer season is November 17 – 25. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued over 473,000 gun deer licenses, roughly 3,000 more than last year.
That means there will be at least 3,000 more people traveling around the state, purchasing supplies from local stores and eating at local restaurants. This represents income for our businesses. Deer hunting economic impact estimates are over $1 billion for the badger state. At a time national unemployment remains frustratingly high and the stock market swings with great volatility, hunting provides a dependable boost to our state’s economy.
In addition, the deer hunt provides a critical means of controlling the deer population. The Department of Natural resources deer population goal is about 800,000. Despite last year’s gun deer harvest of over 250,000, the state’s estimated deer population still is at 1.14 million. Without hunters, the number would be much higher. The deer harvest protects against deer-related farm damage, car accidents, and the spread of disease.
Hunting is a tradition shared by Wisconsinites for generations. It is part of our identity. It brings families and friends together and puts us in touch with our settler’s roots. Best of luck to all hunters.
Hunters will be interested to know the DNR is providing a new mapping tool to assist the public find property open for hunting under the state’s Managed Forest Law. You may access this helpful information at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestLandowners/openToPublic.html