Horn Porn in Wisconsin is terrible. QDM and the Trophy Buck movement has destroyed hunting in this state, or at least hunting as it used to be. Now it is a huge contest on who can shoot the biggest buck and get the most bragging rights. Neighbor vs. neighbor. friend vs. friends. I have seen people ridicule kids who have shot their first deer b/c it wasn't a "shooter" buck and dont they know that they are destroying their future hunting......I know many people who have outright quit hunting. During the Earn-A Buck days, landowners and lease hunters would get together, and hunt public lands, do huge drives, and shoot every doe they could to "get their buck tags" and to "save the deer" on their land. Truck loads of deer would be hauled off public lands. Public lands were , not surprisingly, were wiped out of deer. Some populations are still recovering, while deer on some private areas are over-population. Fields will have hundred of deer in them at night, while public parcels will barely have even a track on them. Treestands being stolen that migh tbe "too close to my line"....................WI hunting is horrible for the "average joe" that doesn't own land. That being said, there are probably more big bucks shot now than in any time in history in Wisconsin. In fact, I see more big bucks than I do does most seasons.
You see the Buffalo County outfitter shows, and read all the publicity on WI, but the reality is dim. My dad and younger brother quit hunting all together. My bro hunted 4 years in WI and saw 1 deer.
Its bad. Your problems out west pale to the problems here. and we have wolves too!