I personally don't think this is a money issue - at least from tag sales. If there were 20 counties and they sold 500 more tags at $13, that is just $130,000. That isn't going to be a significant swing in the DNR budget. Add a $1 or $2 to all tags and that would be well over $130k. I believe they think they need to decrease the deer in those counties, and believe the rifle season is the best way to do it. Technically it is a "late" season with rifles allowed in some of the counties. It was noted 20% of the deer killed in the special CWD season were shed bucks. All of us would agree the late season shed bucks are way under reported.