Winnebago Cty Forest Preserves, no hunting again!
Well, it looks like the Winnebago County Forest Preserves will continue to use sharpshooters to cull the deer herds. They voted and supposedly a final NO vote to hunting in the forest preserve.
I have said all along, the only way the tax paying hunters in this county will ever get to hunt the forest preserves is to bring lawyers into this matter. The same thing happened in McHenry county. The hunters had to sue before they were allowed to hunt. Yes, they now get to hunt in the conservation districts.
You didn't really think that common sense would be used to debate this issue in our highly conservative county. The votes were already known before the meeting ever started.
As taxpayers, we should have the same rights and snowmobilers, horse back riders, freesbe golf participants, and golfers.
You constantly hear the forest preserve is to preserve not kill wildlife. You can take this stance but you can't have it both ways. How many animals were killed or left homeless when the many golf courses were built and woodlots paved for parking lots? How much prairie grass and wetlands do you see on these golf courses?
Obviously everyone in the forest preserve district is in agreement that the deer herd needs to be reduced. That is why they allow sharpshooters in there.
In Illinois it is illegal to feed the deer right now. The reason, CWD is thought to be transmitted by deer feeding in the same spots. How does the forest preserve cull the herd. They put out big bait piles, shine them at night and shoot them.
So let's put a hypothetical situtation. Big bait pile is out, the hunters get tired and go home. A CWD deer comes in to feed, eats, and leaves. The next day 10 more deer come in and eat off the same pile. Now those 10 may contract CWD. Does this sound like effective way to manage CWD?
It sounds like an effective way to spread CWD.
If anyone that was involved in the McHenry County lawsuit is reading this, contact me or PM me. I would love to hear more about how you managed to get the hunting program established.