DEC: 2017 tree stand-related accidents resulted in 6 hunter fatalities


Bird hunting trip goes wrong when one accidentally killed


IPOH: A bird hunting trip had gone awry for four hunters in Gerik when one of them shot and killed 24-year-old Mohamad Haniff Mat Zabidi after mistaking him for a deer.

The incident happened at a spot in the forest near the Bintang Hijau rest area along Jalan Kupang, Gerik last Sunday (Feb 18), but Mohamad Haniff’s body was discovered on Thursday (Feb 22) afternoon.

Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm Yahya Abd Rahman said the deceased had gone hunting with his three friends using homemade shotguns.

“During the hunt, the four decided to split up. One of them fired a shot thinking it was a deer and killed Mohamad Haniff on the spot,” he said.

SAC Yahya said a special team from the Criminal Investigation Department was set up to investigate the case.

He added that they picked up the three suspects – two in their 20s and a 65-year-old man – at 9.30am on Friday (Feb 23) and said that the 65-year-old man has a firearms licence.

Earlier, Gerik OCPD Supt Ismail Che Isa said the body was discovered lying on its back.

“His family members said they last saw him on Sunday when he told them he was going hunting,” he said, adding that the body had been sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here for a post-mortem.

The three hunters have been remanded for five days until Feb 27 to assist in investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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Manslaughter Charge Dismissed Against Hunter In Shooting Accident

Thomas Jadlowski

Thomas Jadlowski

A manslaughter charge was dismissed this week against a Sherman man who shot and killed his neighbor in a hunting accident in November.

In a four-page ruling, Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley said the District Attorney’s Office erred when it presented its case in front of a grand jury against Thomas Jadlowski in the death of Rosemary Billquist. Specifically, Foley said District Attorney Patrick Swanson failed to answer a question of a grand juror regarding a lesser charge against the Sherman man.

Jadlowski was indicted by the grand jury on charges of second-degree manslaughter and hunting after dark.

Swanson said he did not agree with Foley’s ruling

“It’s a decision I disagree with,” Swanson told The Post-Journal. “There were some legal hyper-technicalities that I don’t agree with. At this point we have to decide whether to appeal the decision or bring it back to the grand jury.”

However, Swanson said appealing the decision to an appellate court presents “logistical issues” as rulings could take several months. He said his office has 30 days to re-submit the case to another grand jury.

“We have to decide what’s best moving forward,” Swanson said. “The reality is the appeal would take a lot longer, and there are resources that have to be considered.”

According to Foley, the issue began after Swanson gave the grand jury instructions on second-degree manslaughter. A juror asked the district attorney, “What is the next step down? Manslaughter three, if there is such a thing?”

Swanson replied: “The next step down is criminally negligent homicide.”

The district attorney paused before continuing, “I’m going to ask for your consideration on manslaughter second. And I may be back in to ask you to consider on criminally negligent, but I’m asking you to consider manslaughter second first.”

In his ruling, obtained by The Post-Journal, Foley said Swanson should have instructed the grand jury regarding the lesser charge. The judge did note, however, that there was enough evidence to support the original indictment.

“It was clear from the above referenced exchange that the grand jury had an interest, or at least being instructed on, a lesser degree of homicide,” Foley wrote. “It is the opinion of the court that the district attorney, as the grand jury’s legal advisor, had an obligation to answer their questions accurately and to comply with their request, by instructing them on criminal negligent homicide.”

The decision comes not long after an August trial date had been set for Jadlowski, who is being represented by Dunkirk attorney Michael Cerrie. Jadlowski told police he thought he saw a deer Nov. 22 when he fired a single shot, striking Billquist.

Billquist was rushed to an Erie, Pa., hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Swanson said he spoke to Billquist’s family Thursday evening after learning of Foley’s decision. He said he will thoroughly review his options before moving forward.

“Judge Foley found we had sufficient evidence for the indictment,” Swanson said. “This was a hyper-technicality that we should have discussed the lesser offense.”

“This is part of the system,” he continued. “We are still learning our new court.”

August Trial Date Set For Man Charged In Hunting Accident

Thomas Jadlowski

Thomas Jadlowski

MAYVILLE — An August trial date has been set for a Sherman man charged with manslaughter in the November shooting of a woman he reportedly mistook for a deer.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Aug. 7 in front of County Court Judge David Foley in Mayville. Thomas Jadlowski, 34, pleaded not guilty in November after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree manslaughter and hunting after dark in the shooting death of 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist.

Jadlowski told police he mistook Billquist for a deer when he fired a single shot after dark Nov. 22 near Armenian Road in Sherman. The shot struck Billquist, who was rushed to an Erie, Pa., hospital and later pronounced dead.

Billquist was walking her two dogs when the incident occurred.

A meeting was held Friday in Foley’s chambers between the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office and Jadlowski’s defense to discuss the date for the upcoming trial. Jadlowski is being represented by Fredonia attorney Michael Cerrie, who did not return a call for comment.

Friday’s announcement comes more than a month after Patrick Swanson, Chautauqua County district attorney, announced charges against Jadlowski during a heavily reported press conference in Mayville. Swanson, who called the shooting a “tragedy,” said his office assisted the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and state Department of Environmental Conservation with the investigation.

The grand jury indictment came about a week after the shooting amid national attention. Stories of Billquist’s death appeared, among elsewhere, in the New York Times, Washington Post and People magazine. Jamie Billquist at the time said his wife “loved life and was an angel.”

On Friday, Jamie Billquist said he remains committed to “keeping her memory alive” through foundations established in Rosemary Billquist’s name with the help of her former employer, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Two 5K runs — June 3 in Sherman and June 9 in Falconer — will aid the foundations with scholarships and programs.

Jamie Billquist called the announcement of the trial date “just another step in the process.” He said if the case goes to trial he plans to be there every day.

“I want to be the face of her,” he told The Post-Journal on Friday. “If I have to take off work that’s fine. I want people to see the other side of this tragedy

State drops deer cruelty charge against Washington hunter

By Stephen Betts | Sep 06, 2017

WASHINGTON — A 58-year-old Washington man was convicted Wednesday, Sept. 6, of a trio of hunting violations,but the most serious charge, felony cruelty to a deer, was dismissed by the state.

Ronald Mole pleaded no contest in Knox County Superior Court to night hunting, placing bait to entice deer and discharging a firearm near a dwelling. The no contest plea results in a conviction, but allows him to challenge the facts in separate administrative or civil proceedings.

The District Attorney’s Office dismissed a more serious charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. The charge was considered to be the first time that the animal cruelty law had been used in relation to the shooting of a deer by a hunter.

Mole will be fined $1,000 if he adheres to terms of a deferred disposition over the next 12 months. The terms require him to obey all laws during the next year. If he commits any new offenses, he could face up to the maximum of 365 days in jail for the night hunting conviction.

The offenses occurred Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 on the Old Union Road in Washington, according to paperwork filed in court by Maine Game Warden Joey Lefebvre of the Maine Inland and Fish and Wildlife department.

The animal was shot while Mole was illegally night hunting, according to investigators. The deer was left to suffer during the night until Mole returned the following morning, the state claimed.

The cruelty charge had alleged that Mole acted in a way that “manifested a depraved indifference to animal life or suffering, did intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause extreme physical pain to an animal, cause the death of an animal, or physically torture an animal.”

Generally, animal cruelty cases involve abuse to pets.

After Mole was charged, his attorney, Christopher MacLean, of Camden, had said he was amazed that his client had been charged with animal cruelty.

“In a state with such a proud hunting tradition, it absolutely amazes me to see a felony prosecution for animal cruelty in a case where the deer was lawfully shot and properly tagged by a licensed Maine hunter. Cases like this slowly erode hunting rights in the state; I fear the next step will be to restrict gun ownership itself by those who have no understanding of Maine’s hunting tradition,” MacLean said at the time the charges were brought.

The state said the hunting occurred at 8 p.m. Nov. 6. Sunset was at 4:19 p.m. Hunting is prohibited from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.

Then District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said after the charge was filed that the theory of prosecution for this case was that there was a far greater chance of a deer’s suffering if it was hunted illegally at night when a clean shot is less likely and when the deer cannot be tracked as easily.

Firing a gun within 100 yards of a residential dwelling is illegal in Maine without the permission of the property owner.

A companion case against Lisa Black, 47, of Washington, was dropped by the state. Black had been charged with unsworn falsification and false registration of a deer.

Barry Slaunwhite was killed in a hunting incident 15 months ago on Big Tancook Island. (CONTRIBUTED)

Barry Slaunwhite was killed in a hunting incident 15 months ago on Big Tancook Island. (CONTRIBUTED)

A Big Tancook Island man who was involved in a hunting incident 15 months ago that left a father of two dead, pleaded guilty to careless use of a firearm in Bridgewater provincial court on Thursday.

Christopher Adam Stevens, 32, was scheduled to begin trial over the Oct. 28, 2016, incident that occurred while the two men were deer hunting in Big Tancook Island, but his lawyer (Thomas Feindel) informed the court of Stevens’ change of plea.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 12.

The charge carries with it a maximum two-year prison sentence for first-time offenders but the Crown opted to pursue a lesser summary conviction. The maximum sentence in this case is six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Details of the day in question were not disclosed on Thursday but will be laid out during the sentencing hearing.

Feindel would not comment on the case, saying he didn’t have permission from Stevens do so.

Crown prosecutor Emma Baasch, who opened discussions with Feindel a couple of weeks ago, said she wasn’t surprised by Stevens’ decision to plead guilty.

“The case was one in which, like all cases, the Crown has a realistic prospect of conviction and had a realistic prospect of conviction in those circumstances,” said Baasch. “A guilty plea is never really a surprise.”

At this point, the case remains shrouded in mystery. RCMP have been tight-lipped in revealing details of its investigation. What is known is the name of the victim, Barry Slaunwhite, and that the two men knew each other but were not hunting together. The person who was responsible for the shooting made the call to 911.

Slaunwhite’s obituary says the 52-year-old man’s death was a result “of a tragic hunting accident.”

“He had a passion for hunting, fishing and all things outdoors,” states the obituary. “Above all else Barry loved his family, friends and spending time at his cottage on Big Tancook Island. He was especially proud of his grandson Carter whom he loved with all his heart, he treasured every moment he had with him.”

Baasch wouldn’t say whether Stevens’ change in plea would influence the Crown’s sentence recommendation. His punishment could be influenced by a pre-sentence report conducted by Stevens’ probation officer.

“The circumstances of the offender will permit us the best approach to follow in this matter.

“The Crown will be making a recommendation and we may come to an agreement with the defence on what that recommendation is.”

She also touched on the tragedy of the case.

“We’re dealing with a tragic outcome and an activity that’s so widely enjoyed in Nova Scotia,” she said.

“It has impacted a great many people but the facts of the case can’t be discussed until March 12.

Stop chasing animals to death

by Priscilla Feral

The “Draw of Bows” (Jan. 20, Conn. Post) highlighted one person’s morbid fascination with shooting arrows into deer following personal tragedies – explaining she and her spouse were at peace when they lured deer with corn, and then killed them. Afterward, they post Instagram photos of holding bloody dead deer.

Frankly, that’s horrifying.

Although a volunteer with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) claims that “if people ever lose the desire to hunt, then (they) won’t be human anymore” that spurious argument is out-of-touch with what’s happening in Connecticut and across the country.

DEEP profits from hunter licensing and federal excise taxes on weapons and ammunition, which drives their arguments, but hunting has lost its appeal in our state for two decades – mirroring a country wide trend.

Fewer than one percent of Connecticut residents hunt. Nationwide, hunting has declined 16 percent since 2011 to 11.5 million, or 5 percent of U.S. residents, while wildlife-watching has increased to 86 million, or 35 percent of U.S. residents who observe and photograph birds, deer and other wildlife as opposed to shooting them to death.

Without new generations becoming licensed hunters, state agencies will be forced to talk about more than the interests of a shrinking minority who chase deer with bows and rifles.

Since it’s no longer acceptable to call hunting recreation, hunters invent social benefits to excuse the bloodletting. We hear about the need to defend wildflowers from over-browsing. We hear about heading off collisions between automobiles and deer. We’re told hunters feed the hungry. We hear that hunters protect our communities from Lyme disease.

There are substantive common sense arguments to show that limits to food and sheltering foliage causes animal populations to limit themselves. In truth, nature is being managed to death and it’s time for communities to call for ceasefires.

Let’s stop DEEP from catering to less than one percent of those who just like making wildlife dead.

Priscilla Feral


The writer is president of Friends of Animals.

Ass-backwards Defined: Make good shot with your weapon, then with your camera  

Spend some quality time behind the camera and make the buck of a lifetime into a lifetime memory with a top-drawer photo.

Hunters in the Carolinas who take trophy bucks rarely turn down a trip to the taxidermist, even though a quality mount may cost hundreds of dollars. But few spend time taking capture quality photos of their kills. A shoulder mount over the fireplace will showcase a quality animal, but photographs from the day and place of the kill will better capture the event.

To make a great photographic memory, hunters need to be prepared and have a good digital camera ready in case a lifetime buck ventures into range. While a professional-level camera will take photos of the best quality, the technology available in most consumer-grade digital cameras is more than adequate.

Today’s cell phones do much more than just make and receive calls, and if their cameras shoot more than 5 megapixels, they are a valid option after a trophy buck hits the dirt. The key is to keep the phone/camera perfectly still to take the best shot.

Settings are important, and while hunters can fine-tun the white balance, focus, aperture and shutter speed, the auto functions on cameras and smart phones in most conditions.

If you have a digital camera, a small tripod can be helpful and can be purchased for as little as $20. Also, almost all cameras have a timer feature that can be used in concert with a tripod to take photos of the hunter with his trophy when no help is available.

 The only manual setting that should be adjusted is the flash. Even when sunlight is plentiful and the auto flash indicator didn’t turn on, adding flash can make a good shot fabulous. Adding flash is especially good when the sun is high because shadows can ruin a great shot, and hunters are likely to be wearing a hat or cap ­that will cover his or her face with shadows. A flash eliminates shadows, and during low-light conditions, it provide the light necessary to bring out colors and the fine detail in a crisp, quality photo. 

Beyond equipment, the biggest part of taking a good photo is the setup. The best photos are taken from the woods or in a natural setting where the deer was killed. Too many times, cameras aren’t pulled out until the deer is on the driveway, in the skinning shed or at the gas station where the background is ruined by an assortment of unwanted objects. Don’t let anything in the background take away from the photo.

The person holding the camera should set up several shots of the deer and hunter from different angles while always keeping the sun at the camera’s back. Any time the sun is off to one side or the other, it will cast shadows and can create glare that will ruin a photo. On extremely bright, sunny days, a few shots should be taken in a shaded area with the flash activated. While good sunlight is a positive, too much sun can cause the hunter to squint, and unwanted glare is a risk.

The best photos include the entire hunter and deer with just a little extra space all around. Fill up the frame with the subject; you need to be relatively close to the subject for the camera’s flash and focusing capacities to take effect. You can always crop the photo later.

A lifetime buck doesn’t come into range every day. Hunters should take precautions to take the best possible photos to preserve these special events for a lifetime of memories.

Hunting and politics, especially today’s version, never mix well


No modern political party has injected politics into Wisconsin’s hunting and wildlife-management programs like Republicans during Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, and yet several GOP leaders in key natural-resources positions have feeble credentials as license-buying, game-harvesting hunters.

Harsh? Not really. When Walker ran for governor in 2010, he touted “Scott’s Plan” for deer hunting. He promised voters he would appoint a “deer trustee” to revise the state’s deer hunting program, and told crowds, “Like most sportsmen, I’m tired of sitting in a deer stand all day and not seeing any deer.”

During the 2010 and 2014 races, as well as the recall election in 2012, “Sportsmen for Walker” signs were common statewide.

The GOP even institutionalized litmus tests for the outdoors. After taking office in 2011, Walker and his party passed Act 149, which requires at least three members of the seven-citizen Natural Resources Board to have held a hunting, fishing or trapping license in at least seven of the 10 years before they were nominated to serve. That policy took effect in May 2017 for the NRB, which sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources.

You’d think folks setting such standards would have impeccable qualifications themselves. But an open-records review of license purchases and game-registration files shows Walker himself wouldn’t have qualified for one of those license-based NRB seats until three years ago. He didn’t buy his first hunting license until March 2007, and didn’t fish until buying his first all-inclusive conservation patron license in March 2010.

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That standard also would have disqualified Cathy Stepp, who served as Walker’s DNR secretary from January 2011 through August 2017. Stepp didn’t buy a hunting, fishing or trapping license from 2003 through 2010. She then bought a fishing license, and hunting licenses for deer, turkeys and geese in March 2011, roughly two months after taking control of the agency the NRB oversees.

Unlike Walker – who has yet to register a deer in Wisconsin despite being licensed to do so every year from 2007 through 2017 – Stepp shot deer three straight years from 2011 to 2013. She added a turkey to her kills in May 2016.

Although Walker and Stepp would now qualify for any NRB seat, Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, does not. Tiffany, chairman of the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry, has owned hunting or fishing licenses only five times since 2004. He bought no licenses from 2009 through 2014, and none in 2017.

And even though only two of Tiffany’s licenses included deer hunting privileges, he felt qualified to lead efforts to eliminate earn-a-buck rules and October gun-deer hunts statewide in 2011. Earlier this year, he also helped relax baiting-feeding bans for deer hunting.

Even so, one of Tiffany’s cheerleaders is Mukwonago’s Greg Kazmierski, who’s been widely regarded by DNR staff as Wisconsin’s true “deer czar” since Gov. Walker appointed him to the NRB in 2011. “Kaz” is credited with getting the governor to appoint Texas’ James Kroll as Wisconsin’s deer trustee in 2012, and then rewriting deer regulations to his liking once Kroll went home.

Still, no one can look at Kaz’s license-buying history and lump him in with Stepp and Walker as a politically expedient deer hunter. He’s registered seven deer in 11 seasons since 2007, and bought gun and archery deer licenses annually since the state began tracking sales electronically in 1999.

But Kaz is no “hunting and fishing fool” – a compliment among outdoors-folks. He hasn’t bought a turkey license since 2005 or a small-game license since 2002, and never fished from 2001 through 2012. He even qualified for a $5 first-timer’s fishing license in 2013, but hasn’t fished since.

Current DNR Secretary Daniel Meyer, who replaced Stepp in September, has more diverse outdoors interests. Judging by his license purchases, Meyer routinely fishes. He also regularly hunts small game, including waterfowl and wild turkeys, but seems more casual about deer. Meyer bought an archery-deer license in 2003, never registered a deer from 2007 through 2016, and didn’t buy a gun-deer license in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2015 and 2016. However, Meyer killed a deer in November.

That brings us to Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage. Given the modest overall credentials of the GOP’s aforementioned outdoors team, one might mistakenly think Kleefisch is trying to single-handedly boost the party’s hunting credibility.

He’s kept his hunting knife bloody since buying his first small-game license in 2003 and his first deer license in 2004. I say that with respect. Since the DNR began tracking individual harvest data on whitetails, wild turkeys and Canada geese in 2007, Kleefisch has registered 19 deer, 39 turkeys and 236 geese. Those aren’t misprints.

Further, by my unofficial tally, Kleefisch has spent $2,577 on tags, licenses and associated fees since 1999. Few of his fellow legislators can rival such numbers.

Unfortunately, Kleefisch likely leads the Legislature in game violations, too. The DNR cited him in 2013 for registering a deer too late, and cited him again in 2016 for overbagging turkeys when accidentally killing two with one shot. He also received three warnings for previous turkey- and goose-hunting violations.

One thing these GOP leaders seldom do, however, is donate extra money to state-run conservation efforts such as the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund, venison and turkey processing fund, or the endangered species or aquatic invasive species programs. Kazmierski donated $10 to Cherish Wisconsin in 2016. Walker gave $10 to general fish and wildlife funding in 2011; and twice contributed to venison processing, giving $1 in 2009 and $20 in 2010. The rest combined to give $0.

And just so you know, DNR records credit me with 12 deer registrations since 2007; 18 straight years of buying a patron’s license and extra tags for $2,602.50; and $49 in donations to the venison processing, fish and wildlife, Cherish Wisconsin and aquatic invasive species programs.

Does any of that make me special? Of course not. But I’m also not the one who uses hunting for political gain.

I’m just reporting it.

Hunters and severe winters — not wolves — key to Wisconsin’s deer numbers


When it comes to gray wolves and white-tailed deer, there are enough deep-seated beliefs to fill the Dells of the Wisconsin River.

Some of them, like many of the acts in the nearby town, are based more on fiction than fact.—

Here’s one: The wolves are killing all the deer in northern Wisconsin.

It’s not a new refrain, but it’s one I continue to hear from some of my hunting colleagues each year.

Now in late summer 2017, as bucks begin to lose their velvet and wolf pups start to venture out more with adults, conditions are ripe to discuss trends in both species.

In a word, both are “up.”

There are 480,273 deer in the 18-county northern forest management zone, according to the 2017 pre-hunt population estimate from the Department of Natural Resources.

The 2017 number represents an 18% year-over-year increase.

The population of wolves, as you may know, is at an all-time high in Wisconsin. The DNR in June reported a record high of at least 925 wolves, most of which are in northern Wisconsin.

The latest wolf report represents a 6% increase from 2015-’16 and a 24% rise from 2014-’15.

So the two iconic wildlife species have been increasing in number across Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

Why? And how can it be? If wolves are at an all-time high – and if they “eat all the deer” – shouldn’t the deer herd at least be falling?

A look at the data and management related to each species can be illuminating.

The wolf population has increased largely due to a December 2014 federal judge’s decision that placed the western Great Lakes population under protections of the Endangered Species Act. The ruling has prevented state officials from holding public hunting and trapping seasons or using other lethal means to manage the species.

Deer have been increasing partly due to protection, too. For the last several years, the number of antlerless deer permits has been significantly reduced in northern units. Some counties have allowed zero.

With more female deer allowed to live and reproduce, the population assumed an upward trajectory.

Mother Nature is the other primary factor allowing deer herd growth in the north. The last three years have been marked by “soft” winters, including the fourth (2015-’16) and sixth (2016-’17) mildest on record since 1960, according to the DNR’s Winter Severity Index.

In contrast, two very rough winters took a toll on the deer herd in 2011-’12 and 2012-’13. The 2011-’12 winter was the third most severe on record; the following year was especially tough on deer since winter conditions lasted into May.

The milder winters have been reflected in recent years in higher fawn-doe ratios and a higher proportion of yearling bucks with forked antlers, according to DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang.

Another factor – habitat – likely has improved marginally in northern Wisconsin in recent years due to some changes in forestry practices. But it’s harder to quantify and likely takes longer to show its effects on the deer herd.

I find the status of both species particularly interesting now, as wolf numbers have climbed to a record high.

Wolves obviously eat deer. According to most experts, an adult wolf will consume the equivalent of 20 adult-sized deer annually.

But when compared to other sources of deer mortality in Wisconsin, wolves rank down the list.

I ran the numbers and trends past David Mech, senior research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in St. Paul, Minn. Mech has studied wolves for 59 years and is considered an expert on the species and its effect on plant and animal communities.

“Under these current Wisconsin regulations and conditions, wolves are apparently not a competitor, or aren’t really having that much of an impact (on deer),” Mech said.

The leading causes of deer mortality in the state, as Wisconsin wildlife managers have long said, are human hunters and severe winters.

A 2009 DNR document ranked the deer kill in Wisconsin’s northern and central forest regions this way: 122,000 deer killed by hunters (bow and gun), about 50,000 due to winter stress (the range could vary widely), 33,000 to black bears, 16,000 to coyotes, 13,000 to motor vehicles, 13,000 to wolves and 6,000 to bobcats.

The trends over the last few years in northern Wisconsin are clear.

When I was in Bayfield and Sawyer counties in May for the Governors Fishing Opener, I counted 72 deer on an evening drive from Cable to Hayward.

The conditions reminded me of the plethora of deer I used to see in the area in the mid to late 1990s.

Wolves are up in number. Deer are too.

Humans and Mother Nature have far more control over deer populations than wolves ever will.

I’m hoping my hunting buddies read this. But as always, I’ll be happy to tell them in person.

Pass it along to your friends, too.

As we move forward with management plans on both species, it’s important to bring as many facts to the debate as possible.