A Wisconsin hunting law makes it mandatory for a hunter to first shoot an antlerless deer before harvesting a buck. Hunters have opposed the Earn-a-Buck program, since it required hunters to pass on a trophy buck if the hunter had not had the opportunity to shoot a doe first. Some legislators that passed the Earn-a-Buck program believe it is only inconvenient for hunters who are looking for that trophy buck, and that by having this program, it helps with the deer population management.
Hunters are eager for the repeal to take place. Tuesday it passed through the assembly and just needs a signature from Governor Scott Walker for final approval.
Rep. Kelda Roys, D-Madison, strongly disagreed with the Legislature’s decision to end the Earn-A-Buck program. According to Roys, it is not up to the Legislature to make decisions regarding natural resources, and these decisions should be left up to DNR professionals.
DNR professionals say that deer hunting is a Wisconsin tradition, and brings a lot of money into the economy. They determine the deer population by annual hunting harvest numbers of the deer. One deer hunter is excited for the repeal, saying it will make it easier to get a buck, and more fun. With a sport that seems to be losing popularity, it may be smart to make it fun and simple without too much political involvement. From The Badger Herald .