By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- In 1942, Wisconsin required deer hunters to wear a back tag so that they could be identified at a distance. The exact what purpose of the new regulation is not clear. It may have been related to WWII, because the back tag regulation was put in place between Pearl Harbor and the first deer season that occurred after the start of the war. Perhaps Wisconsin legislators feared armed German or Japanese agents roaming the Wisconsin North woods. Perhaps it was simply part of the Roosevelt push to create more bureaucratic administrative control over all aspects of life. Wisconsin was a center of “progressive” thought. The back tag requirement was a law passed by the legislature, not a regulation imposed by the Wisconsin Fish and Game department.
It gradually became known that back tags were not very useful. By 1994, there were only 11 states that required a back tag for hunting. by 2005, the number had dwindled to 5 states. By 2016, only Wisconsin and New York still had the antiquated statute. from huntingny.com:
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