The culture that is Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That’s great. There were over 600,000 hunters. Allow me to restate that number. Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to help keep the deer menace at bay. But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan’s 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

That is from Apollo, via Andrew Sullivan.

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If we did compare armed individuals as a percentage of population rather than fully equipped and mechanized armies by country, I wonder which country would have the most armed people.

Hunter safety is no accident [pun intended].

In the four cited states, 2,300,000 had received instruction in fire arms and hunter safety. Further, deer hunters purchased (providing funds for each state dept. of environmental conservation) state big-game licenses, and made various other equipment/supplies purchases, cabin/motel rentals, etc. adding to AD.

david, that likely is Switzerland.

Charlie -

The Deer have a well organized Fifth Column attacking on multiple fronts (PETA, the Brady Campaign, the EPA, tort lawyers, etc.). The Deer army also employ biological warfare (rapid breading practices), and guerrilla warfare (moving in cells or herds, living off the land, small squad raids onto farms for supplies, etc.). The hunter army is also poorly organized, and frankly, lazy (only fighting on weekends and for a few weeks a year? Like the Brits taking teatime during an engagement!).

We don't stand a chance.

I feel like there's a Red Dawn joke in here somewhere, but I'm in no mood to find it.

David, I would also guess Switzerland has the highest proportion of armed citizens. Total firearms / total people is interesting, but one hunter with k firearms is less formidable than k people each with one.

@infopractical While staying in the US, I have heard this as argument as reason to own guns.

-Why do you need a gun?
-In case we are attacked?
-Who will attach you?
-Well, the Soviets
-It's 2004.
-You never know.

In any case, you statement really depends on what you mean by "never".

I have seen several claims that Americans purchased over 14 million guns in 2009, which is claimed to be more firearms than those under the control of the world's largest 21 active armies. (Not sure if that includes the U.S. armed forces).

The Iraqi army surrendered because it stood no chance against a modern army with coordinated armor, air support and artillery. The same way all these hunter weapons would be useless against an equivalent invader.

An invading army could then do whatever it wants to control the territory. Mass exterminations, forced labor camps and gang-raping has been historically effective at this sort of thing. The fact the US doesn't practice these things, doesn't mean a foreign invader wouldn't.

"If we did compare armed individuals as a percentage of population rather than fully equipped and mechanized armies by country, I wonder which country would have the most armed people."

In guns to people ratio, the US wins. In percent of homes that have arms, its Switzerland, Iraq or Finland, I forget which.

We in Wisconsin have a culture? Time to move, I guess.

Wisconsin is totally composed of hicks? Have you been to Madison?

Lest we forget, invading armies are not the only reason for the amendment with the number 2 in front of it.

Tyler,

On a similar note you should maybe examine the relative lack of value that a doe has compared to a buck, and the DNR in Wisconsin's various attempts to control the deer population. First by going out and shooting the does themselves and more recently with the "earn a buck" program.

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