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Quit speculating on deer herd; expose the facts

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Regarding David Giuliani’s Dec. 28 article “Far fewer deer killed,” why is nobody stating the obvious? There are now far fewer deer to kill. I’d like to see more facts exposed.

Rather than speculation about the cold weather or a local speculating “maybe it’s Blue Tongue disease,” I’d like to have actual numbers of deer killed by our DNR posted.

And, I’m not talking about deer like the “wounded” one shot locally. I’m talking about the hundreds of deer our DNR have killed in state and county parks in northern Illinois in recent years in pursuit of an untested theory to control a perceived problem with Chronic Wasting Disease.

These deer are killed in the dark of night, dead of winter, when deer are herded up in cover desperately seeking food. They’re lured to bait piles by the hundreds from all surrounding properties and shot by sharpshooters funded by our state and paid for by taxpayers.

The feeling held by most area sportsmen is the state is being paid off by insurance companies to drastically deplete the herd. Good investigative reporting would get to the bottom of this suspicion, accurately report on exact numbers of deer killed by this method, and when and where the killings occurred. This is our state DNR carrying out this program; we have a right to know.

Weather? A little cold? Come on. We now have six gun weekends for deer hunting compared with what used to be only two not that long ago. Disease? I spend as much time in the woods monitoring our local deer as anyone. If Blue Tongue was a problem, you’d have legitimate reports in the summer of unexplained dead deer being found in ponds and along creeks – and not just a few.

Rather than speculate, let’s expose what’s really going on here in northern Illinois.

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