Dang, that online voting concept passed.
If online voting becomes the norm, IMO, "things" will never be the same again. As a 40 plus-year attendee, I've grown weary at the lack of interest and attendance at county meetings by sportsmen and sportswomen, coupled with the rise of the anti-consumptive crowd. As I looked around at the meager showing Monday night, I guesstimated the average age of the attendees to be my own, mid-60s.
I recall meetings in Sauk County back in the late 70s/early 80s with the deer issues that had fellas standing in the halls outside the room. Plenty of discussion, points, counterpoints, etc. Now it's fairly much cut and dried, with a few giving testimony and opinion.
Those sportsmen and sportswomen who choose not to attend have their own reasons, obviously. The uniqueness of Wisconsin's CC has been lost on them, and for whatever reason they've chosen to not attend and interact, they will be taking that to the grave with them.
I'm disillusioned by the lack of participation by hunters, fishers, and trappers in this state. Even spring WTA meetings used to have zest back in the days of the Juneau County Sportsman's Club. Started at 9 or so in the morning and would last all day. Back when we needed a Sergeant at Arms to keep the peace. Fellas remember Doug Gorst?
So now we're on the verge of online voting. The antis are good at rallying their troops, especially behind closed doors on the keyboard. I don't have much faith in the younger bunch of outdoors folks. The electronic idols have taken over their lives. Think they've got time to vote on outdoor issues they don't participate much in?
Concern with outdoor issues sometimes doesn't kick in for most folks 'til they're in their 40s when they realize what they valued when younger is slowly slipping away. And there are plenty of folks in their sixties on up who have "given up" and are content to sit on the couch and reminisce about the good old days, whether they were really good or not. Don't expect much out of them.
Who will show up at CC county meetings if/when things change? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsu2oASd6x8