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Northwoods hunters complain about poor gun-deer season

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A hunter ties up a doe shot at Potawatomi State Park. (courtesy of FOX 11)
A hunter ties up a doe shot at Potawatomi State Park. (courtesy of FOX 11)

UNDATED (WSAU) Wisconsin’s D-N-R is dealing with a new round of complaints from this year’s deer-hunt. Even though the number of deer harvested was up from the year before, many hunters are complaining about a lack of bucks in the northern hunting zones. Preliminary figures seem to back them up. The number of bucks taken in the northwoods was down 12-percent. The number of antlerless deer was up 16-percent.

The Natural Resources Board says many hunters say years of the earn-a-buck program have gone too far to thin the deer population. There was no earn-a-buck this year, after Governor Walker signed a bill that dropped the program. Other hunters say fewer antlerless deer tags should be issued in the region next year.

The D-N-R says statewide 223, 000 deer were harvested, up 3-percent from a year ago.

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